BMW’s new ‘Concept Link’ scooter

BMW’s new ‘Concept Link’ scooter
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Think scooter meets smartphone BMW Motorrad Concept Linkby visordown YOU’RE riding your motorcycle (or scooter) when suddenly you realise you don’t know where your next appointment is. If only your motorcycle (or scooter) knew. No, we’ve never thought this either. But BMW Motorrad has never been one to let mere demand dictate innovation and so the German firm has just unveiled this, an electric scooter concept that ‘keeps the rider connected while riding, thereby expanding his mobile world by providing him with new opportunities’. See, you want it now, don’t you? Called…

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MotoGP racer Nicky Hayden dies after being hit by car while training on bicycle

MotoGP racer Nicky Hayden dies after being hit by car while training on bicycle
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Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35. Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden had been since the collision last Wednesday, made the announcement. Hayden had severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries. “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day,” the hospital…

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Honda updates CRF450R

Honda updates CRF450R
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HONDA HAS just announced its upgraded CRF450R motocross bike, which now comes with an electric starter for the first time. The electric starter is powered by a light lithium ion battery and has benefitted from a weight saving due to the removal of the kickstart. Honda has also toyed with front a rear suspension settings, ‘for more agile handling’, it says. The changes are incremental, but build on the 2017 version of the CRF450R, which was the first significant redesign of the CRF450R for eight years thanks with new chassis…

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KTM reveals world’s first two-stroke fuel-injected enduro bikes

KTM reveals world’s first two-stroke fuel-injected enduro bikes
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TWO-strokes are dead, right? Apparently not. KTM has this morning revealed the world’s first fuel-injected two-stroke enduro bikes, the 300 EXC TPI and 250 EXC TPI. The Austrian firm says the 2018 competition machines use two injectors into cylinder ports to reduce fuel consumption, make the engine smoother and eliminate the need for pre-mix fuel or jet changes for different environments. KTM off-road marketing head Joachim Sauer said: “It is a very proud moment for us to unveil the world’s first serial electronic fuel injection two-stroke off-road competition bikes. “We at…

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KTM 125 Duke review – first thoughts

KTM 125 Duke review – first thoughts
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VISORDOWN’S Simon Greenacre’s just spent a morning riding KTM’s updated 2017 125 Duke at the launch in Italy. Here are hist first thoughts: ‘This is a 125 that feels truly premium, desirable, competent and exciting. ‘It looks gorgeous, has a nice ride quality from its new WP suspension and an engine that’s sure to have any youth pretending they’re on a 1290 SDR. ‘It needs to be revved hard, and although that’s sometimes a pain, it also gives the 125 a character that draws you in. ‘The TFT colour screen is…

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