Suzuki Patents Hybrid Motorcycle with Semi-Automatic Transmission

Suzuki has filed a patent for a hybrid motorcycle powered by an inline-Four and an electric motor. Filed with the Japan Patent Office, the patent describes how Suzuki would incorporate a hybrid powertrain and a semi-automatic transmission on a sportbike. According to the patent description, the electric motor (the drum-shaped object labeled #43 in the […]

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Two Racers Killed in MotoAmerica Race

Spanish racers Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez have both succumbed to injuries suffered in a multi-bike crash in a MotoAmerica race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Martinez, (35, pictured left), and Rivas, (27, on the right), were caught in a chain reaction crash on the first lap of the second MotoAmerica Superbike and Superstock […]

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Yamaha Recalls WR250X and WR250R Models

Yamaha is recalling certain 2008-2011 WR250X and 2008-2015 WR250R dual-sports because of a problem with the electrical system. The recall affects 12,721 units in the U.S. The recall also affects the 250cc version of the Majesty scooter offered in other markets such as Japan. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, […]

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2013-2015 BMW R1200GS Headlight Protectors from Puig

Puig has released a new headlight protector for the 2013-2015 BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. Made of polycarbonate, the protector shields the headlight from stones and other debris. The surface received an anti-scratch treatment to keep the shield clear. Installation is simple, with just two screws connecting the laser-cut aluminum frame to mounting points below […]

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2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak

KTM is recalling the 2014 1290 Super Duke R because of a potential fuel leak. As of this writing, recalls have been announced in Canada and Australia, and we expect a similar recall for the U.S. to be announced shortly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to Transport Canada, the threaded inserts that […]

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Suzuki Reveals 30th Anniversary GSX-R Livery

Suzuki revealed a new special edition livery for the GSX-R1000 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gixxer. The limited edition paint scheme is a throwback to the colors of the original 1985 GSX-R750 that first established the brand’s legacy. The animated gif below illustrates the similarities between the original GSX-R750 and the anniversary-edition GSX-R1000. […]

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Ryan Villopoto Announces Retirement

Four-time AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto announced his retirement from racing following a serious accident in April at the MXGP World Championship round in Trentino, Italy. Villopoto suffered multiple fractures in his tailbone in the crash but was later diagnosed with severe compression of multiple disks in his lower back and is still under severe […]

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Massive Honda Recall Expanded to Canada; US Likely Next

Last month, we reported on a recall on 29,232 Honda motorcycles in Japan to address a problem with their starters. As we speculated, the problem affects motorcycles in other markets, with Transport Canada announcing a recall for 8,019 motorcycles, covering 26 different models (see below for the full list.) According to Transport Canada, the starter […]

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