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I’ve never really liked scooters. It is just so hard to look macho on one and only girls should ride them. That’s why macho men have always posed for photographs with real motorcycles, not scooters. (more…)

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FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Leon Camier finished the unofficial test at Phillip Island in Australia in fine style as he topped the time-sheets and recorded a lap under the current record. (more…)

The British have a long history of two-wheeled rebellion. In the 50s, biker groups called the ‘ton up boys’ roamed London’s inner city streets, congregating in iconic places such as Ace Café. These boys with greased up hairstyles got their name from riding 100mph-capable bikes in the days of spindly frames and wobbly forks. A result of the 1950s era’s economic prosperity, youths from the lower income had the means to indulge in what was previously an elitist hobby of the 1930s – biking. This became a way of life, giving bikes like the original Speed Twin cult status. (more…)

Bikes Republic Sepang Track Day (13)

The festive season drew a large crowd at the track with over a hundred bikes participating. There were some incidences, but with just one camera stalking the track side and pits, our range was limited.

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It’s February and that can only mean one thing – MotoGP Winter Test in Sepang! Fans of this exhilarating, gravity-defying sport will be kept at the edge of their seats as these young and handsome speed demons race their bikes on the tarmac track for the best lap time.

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According to reports circulating the internet, the owner of Orange County Choppers Holdings Inc, has sought bankruptcy, and has sought U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection for the company’s merchandise with plans to liquidate its assets. (more…)

Renowned automotive custom designers Vilner have taken another (rare) step into the world of motorcycles. The result: a heavily customised Aprilia Tuono aptly named the Stingray.

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The Stingray’s transformation from its Tuono base-bike is pretty extensive. It sports a brand new set of fenders, redesigned headlamps and turn signals with LEDs, new side spoilers with two-vents carved in each, tinted/smoked rear lamps, and a redesigned fuel tank. Topping it off, Vilner has reupholstered the seats on the Stingray, re-sprayed the wheels, painted parts of the Tuono’s frame in black, repositioned the license plate holders, and extended the Tuono’s orginal fork and driving chain length by 150mm. (more…)

THOUGH many riders – professional and semi-pros alike – regard the Isle of Man TT as one of the pinnacle events of the two-wheeled racing fraternity, there are still some who still view it as a mad game. (more…)

KAWASAKI has unveiled its Z250 naked bike. Essentially a Ninja 300 minus its front fairings, the new naked is fairly simple and packs the same powerplant as its full-bodied brethren. (more…)

SPANISH bike maker Rieju has released a naked version of its RS3 125 learner sports bike. Capitalising on an ever-growing bikes segment in Europe, the naked RS3 is set to compete against competitors such as the Yamaha YBR125.

Ironically, a Yamaha-Minarelli sourced four-valve liquid-cooled engine producing 14.8bhp powers the RS3 NKD. Weighing in at just 120kg, the power output should give the featherweight naked a very punchy power delivery. Specs on the RS3 125 NKD include a multi-function digital instrumentation display, 41mm Paioli inverted forks, a wavy 300mm front disc brake by Galfer, as well as cast alloy swingarm. (more…)

THE BMW Group has announced that the firm has sold its Husqvarna sub-brand at an undisclosed price. The swedish sub-brand is now under the stewardship of Pierer Industries AG, a firm coincidentally owned by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.

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“Hate it, or love, the underdogs still on top”, rapped The Game and 50 cent in ‘hate it, or love it’, a song off the game’s earlier albums. For Wayne Rooney haters, that one line cannot be more true. (more…)

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