The latest new motorbike and rider technology

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Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Riding in the dark highlights an innate problem with traditional headlights – when you lean into a turn the beam is angled away from the direction you’re trying to go. Related articles on MCN BMW...

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

You might think of Gore-Tex – as used in Charley and Ewan’s kit for their latest TV epic – as a bit of a wonder material. It magically stops water getting in while letting sweat get out. But you might...

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

As bikes get heavier manufacturers search for ways of making them lighter. Just look at the latest superbikes, such as the Ducati Superleggera or Honda Fireblade, with their titanium pipes. But what...

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

One of Britain’s leading electric motor makers have announced ambitious expansion plans which could see their workforce multiply 10-fold and their technology used in thousands of machines on the...

Big four's electric dream: giants link-up for swappable battery project

Big four's electric dream: giants link-up for swappable battery project

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki have put aside their rivalries to work together on developing a standardised set of specifications for electric bike batteries – with a trial starting this...

Diamonds are forever: BMW create maintenance-free motorbike chain

Diamonds are forever: BMW create maintenance-free motorbike chain

BMW say they’ve created motorbike chain that needs no lubrication and no tension adjustment. The maintenance-free unit is to be made available on the S1000RR and S1000XR models as a factory option...

BMW's carbon-fibre swingarm replacement concept

BMW's carbon-fibre swingarm replacement concept

Amongst the landmarks in motorcycle design, the swingarm stands out as one of the greatest. But now BMW have come up with a revised version of the idea that takes advantage of their extensive...

2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

Electric bike tech firm, 2electron, have been working on further developing their McFly system, which emulates the power and torque characteristics, gear ratios, sound and vibration of a potentially...

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Harley-Davidson have patented a variable valve timing (VVT) system for their next engine in a bid to meet emissions targets for an air-cooled engine. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen drawings for...

Keep your distance: BMW to launch radar-guided cruise control

Keep your distance: BMW to launch radar-guided cruise control

BMW have joined the list of manufacturers working to release a radar-guided cruise control function for motorcycles. Following Ducati’s announcement that they will be first to market and spyshots...

New tech: Emergency call system by Bosch aims to halve ambulance response times

New tech: Emergency call system by Bosch aims to halve ambulance response times

Bosch have created a new emergency call system that could save thousands of lives a year. Called Help Connect, the system uses a bike’s existing Intertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect when a crash...

False ecology? The truth about electric motorbikes and the environment

False ecology? The truth about electric motorbikes and the environment

The message that electric vehicles are the zero-emissions transport of the future is impossible to ignore. We’re beaten over the heads with a constant stream of news that tells us internal combustion...

Blowing hot air: Yamaha set to fit turbos across their range

Blowing hot air: Yamaha set to fit turbos across their range

Yamaha are working on turbocharging for their next range of bikes. This isn’t Yamaha’s first use of the tech as they briefly made an XJ650 Turbo in the early ’80s, however this new system is...

Tilt to the future: Patents reveal work on a three-wheeled Yamaha TMAX

Tilt to the future: Patents reveal work on a three-wheeled Yamaha TMAX

The 'Leaning Multi-Wheel' (LMW) arm of Yamaha’s model range looks set to grow with the development of a new model derived from the TMAX 560. Sliding into the range between the NMAX-based Tricity 300...

Actual rocket science: The geometry magic that helps Triumph's Rocket 3 handle so well

Actual rocket science: The geometry magic that helps Triumph's Rocket 3 handle so well

One look at Triumph’s Rocket 3 R and you’d imagine it handles with all the deft agility of a Mississippi paddlesteamer. But ride the 2458cc beast and you’ll be amazed at how easily it turns, given its...

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Airbags used to be the preserve of factory racers and wealthy trackday riders but with prices now dropping below £400 for the first time, everyday road riders can benefit from the latest safety tech.

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Cutting carbon emissions and accepting dried-up oil supplies means adopting alternative technology. So, the obvious thing is of course to bring back two-strokes... In a few years Formula 1 racing will...

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

This Fireblade-powered, ‘funny-front-end’ superbike has become one of the very first to have its bodywork and other components produced by 3D printing technology. Dubbed the Morlaco, it’s the latest...

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

The latest gear from cutting-edge clothing company Saint combines a stretchy and comfortable denim with AA-rated protection, with enough strength to lift a two-tonne skip from just a single layer of...

Are bike manufacturers doing enough to stop bike theft?

Are bike manufacturers doing enough to stop bike theft?

Bikes are pretty easy to steal. A vehicle with no windows or doors that can be picked up by a few strong people is easier to steal than, say, a car. Steering locks are defeated by a firm kick and...

Getting to the hub of Bimota's 'funny front end'

Getting to the hub of Bimota's 'funny front end'

Your bike’s forks offer certain advantages: they’re light, neatly packaged, provide lots of feel and have ample stiffness. But forks are a compromise. Their many functions interfere with each other:...

BMW's Vision DC Roadster concept showcases future carbon frame tech

BMW's Vision DC Roadster concept showcases future carbon frame tech

Carbon fibre might have been around for decades but it’s still something of a wonder material when it comes to combining strength and low weight and, after several false starts, it’s finally becoming...

Bags for life: RST offers cutting-edge airbag tech for all

Bags for life: RST offers cutting-edge airbag tech for all

British kit firm RST have just launched their first range of airbag jackets at prices they say will finally put the technology within reach of everyday riders. Until now, electronic airbag clobber has...

BMW's E-Power Roadster could be their missing link

BMW's E-Power Roadster could be their missing link

BMW have been quietly working on an electric motorcycle project for the last two years. The result is this: the E-Power Roadster Concept – a sort of halfway point between the DC Roadster concept we...

Riding a MotoE-spec Energica Ego Corsa electric motorbike at Valencia

Riding a MotoE-spec Energica Ego Corsa electric motorbike at Valencia

Most people think battery motorcycles are heavy, slow, boring and lack soul. As for electric racing bikes – well they’re just plain dull, aren’t they? Well, after riding Energica’s MotoE racer at...

Is your Ducati 1299 Panigale too slow? This bolt-on hybrid kit could be the answer…

Is your Ducati 1299 Panigale too slow? This bolt-on hybrid kit could be the answer…

A new hybrid conversion kit has been shown at the 2019 Eicma show, in Milan, for the Ducati Panigale 1299 superbike, claiming to boost peak power to around 295bhp and torque to 221ftlb. Called the...

New tech could soon replace conventional helmet liners

New tech could soon replace conventional helmet liners

A major breakthrough in helmet safety could save your skull in a crash and keep your head cooler than current lids. Virtually every motorcycle helmet currently uses an EPS (expanded polystyrene)...

Exploring the tech inside the 2020 Yamaha R1

Exploring the tech inside the 2020 Yamaha R1

Yamaha have pulled off a minor miracle with the new R1 by creating a modern superbike that meets the stringent Euro5 emissions regs, remains reliable and does not lose a drop of power. Related: full...

Exploring the technology behind cornering ABS and traction control

Exploring the technology behind cornering ABS and traction control

A technological revolution is transforming biking as cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, powered by inertial measurement units (IMUs), become the norm even on mundane models, all thanks...