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BMW R5 Hommage: Paying Homage to a Masterpiece

In 1935, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG introduced the BMW R5, a 500cc motorcycle that was initially developed for racing. The R5 was a technical and styling departure from the company’s first motorcycle, the 1923 R32. “At its debut, the R5 was not only a masterpiece of engineering”, said Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design for BMW Motorrad. “The clarity of its ...

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2018 Ducati Panigale V4: Making Superstars Out Of Mere Mortals

  In the October 1977 issue of Car and Driver magazine, Technical Editor Don Sherman wrote a sidebar entitled “Electronic Wizardry: Better Living Through Microprocessors”. He predicted that “one day, electronics will manage all automobile control functions.” Forty-one years later, Sherman’s prediction is now a fact of life. Electronics and onboard computers not only manage most automotive control functions, it ...

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A BMW CUSTOM SCRAMBLER INSPIRED BY A CANDY BAR

YES, REALLY! A SNICKERS CANDY BAR, ACTUALLY! There are countless stories on how a custom motorcycle was designed. It may have been drawn from inspiration, such as another bike, a mix of racing and cruiser bikes, or even..get this… a candy bar! This was the case of this bike here. Odd it may seem, it was inspired by the colors ...

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From the Web: CAFE RACER NINJA 750 BY HUGE DESIGN

I came across this piece from…where else but the Internet! Its very inspiring to run across a story of survival and improvisation. Making lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. Sometimes, its more beautiful, the second time around Bill Webb is an artist. He co-owns a Frisco agency called Huge Design, and he is also a motorcycle addict. His daily ...

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Another Custom Scrambler – The Movember XL’ Honda XL600R from Down Under

Obviously, I love custom bikes and Scramblers! – Earl Manalansan Movember is an Australian charity event that involves men, growing mustaches, and raising money for Men’s health. It has now evolved to one of the biggest charity events in the world and naturally the bike industry wanted to get involved. When Progressive Insurance went hunting for a shop to build ...

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The new Ducati XDIAVEL. Bike in Black

Ducati Philippines recently invited the motoring media to an all-black tie affair for the launch of the new XDiavel, a cruiser bike that frankly, looks dark and evil. And that’s a good thing. Swerving away from the usual red color, the XDiavel is awashed in black with silver highlights. Intended for the macho rider, this bike is oozing with some ...

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A retro HONDA CB1100RS for 2017

Honda brought back the CB name with the CB1100 in 2010 as the reincarnation of the incredibly popular 1970’s CB750. Despite getting an upgrade in 2014, which added a much needed sixth gear and new gauge cluster, Honda’s foray into the retro standard never really took off. According to some enthusiasts, there was nothing new. In other words, “Boring”. As ...

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CYCLEWORLD’S 10 BEST MOTORCYCLES OF 2016

We are so glad to continue Ten Best in its 40th year because we are honored to honor the finest motorcycles the world has ever seen. Looking at the vibrancy and diversity of products in 2016, it’s hard not to think we have hit a New Renaissance. The top end of the market is absolutely sizzling with amazing machines and ...

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Eenie, meenie, miney, Mio! – Choose Your 125

Just like in the automotive industry, we have seen a gradual but consistent shift in demand from manual transmission to automatic transmission in the local motorcycle market. Yamaha may have foreseen this phenomenon about a decade ago when they introduced the Mio scooter. Initially available in carburetor-equipped 115 cc variants, the Mio helped establish the Japanese manufacturer’s current dominant position ...

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Budget Bike – Kymco Royal Visa R

As residents of a third-world nation like ours, we are usually required to secure a travel visa in order for us to go touring abroad. The process of getting one is not only costly, but time consuming as well. There’s always even the possibility of having your application denied by the host country. Yet, if you only need to travel ...

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