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The Stallion Mini Gio - 125cc Monkey Bike

Motorcycle ReviewsThe Stallion Mini Gio is tiny machine with a regular four-stroke 125cc engine. Of course, the engine is not that sophisticated it's just a two-valve, air-cooled engine fed by a carburetor producing around 10 horsepower. Mind you, the Stallion Mini Gio is just 66 kilogram.

Well, it's a monkey bike, isn't it, which you'll either love or not. The Stallion Mini Gio does come with extra bling, in the form of a high-level exhaust and alloy wheels. Riding the Stallion Mini Gio will certainly get you noticed.

The Stallion Mini Gio has not much space for a passenger, no helmet lock and not much of a instrument panel. It has a tiny rear rack for some luggage but with that size it's probably more for the show.
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The Ariel Ace - After 50-Years Waiting

Motorcycle NewsIt's been 50 years coming, but this is the all-new Ariel Ace motorcycle. It's quite some upgrade on the last motorcycle produced by Ariel, what was the Ariel Arrow back in 1965, but the company has made giant leaps in order to put this new motorcycle into production.

Ariel, a English company based in Somerset, where they also build the Atom sportscar, the Ariel Ace motorcycle is set to be rolling off the small production line at the rate of two or three a week. The Ariel Ace is powered by the 1237cc V4 engine from the Honda CFR1200 what's an excellent choice of power-plant. The Honda VFR1200 engine also means that the Ariel Ace's final drive is by shaft drive, also the swingarm and electronics are all integrated.

Ariel promise a top speed of 266km/h, although as the Ariel Ace is a naked-bike you probably won't ride it at that speed anyway..
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The Indian Motorcycle Story

Master BuildersIndian Motorcycle, with the financial and full knowledge support from Polaris, the Indian Motorcycle engineering team has designed and built a tree new motorcycles in just a few days short of 26 months, sharing a brand spanking new 1811cc V-twin engine, coincidentally the same displacement as the most expensive Harley-Davidson. And also, as you might expect, they made the new range of Indian Motorcycles complementary to rather than competitive with the existing Victory Motorcycle range, which is also owned by Polaris..

The main difference between the Victory Motorcycle and Indian Motorcycle range is that the Victory motorcycles are designed more as performance-oriented cruisers, while Indian motorcycles are the luxury long-distance offerings, though the two actually do crossover at the top end of each range on price and purpose.

So on the face of it, it was not a bad idea for Polaris to purchase Indian Motorcycle. Polaris already has expertise in designing a line of motorcycles from scratch, so doing the same thing again, albeit with a different take, should have been a relative easy job. And the fact it only took a bit over two years suggest as much...
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BMW Motorrad brings out first ever cornering ABS for supersports bike

Motorcycle NewsBMW Motorrad presented the BMW S1000RR in 2009 - not just its first supersports bike but also the first motorcycle of this type to be fitted with ABS. That same year saw the first racing victory by a supersports motorcycle with ABS at the 24-hour race in Barcelona.

Since the introduction of this Race ABS in 2009, BMW Motorrad has offered an ABS tailored specifically to the needs of supersports bikes, providing a significant increase in active braking safety in this segment, too. The function ABS Pro represents a consistent refinement of the Race ABS in that it now enables ABS-supported braking when cornering. ABS Pro is offered as a retrofittable option which can be acquired through BMW Motorrad dealerships and is initially reserved exclusively for the top supersports model in the BMW Motorrad product range, the BMW HP4.

The function was deliberately conceived for use on public roads, where unexpected dangers can always potentially lie in waiting. While the Race ABS in the BMW HP4 already provides a very high degree of safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now goes a step further to offer increased safety when braking on bends as well. Here, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from blocking even when the brakes are applied quickly; this reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking manoeuvres and stops the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally.
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2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup registration period opening soon

Motorcycle RacingThe 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup application period will open soon and talented young riders are being invited to apply for selection, with candidates from Australia and New Zealand also eligible for participation for the second staging of the competition.

Potential entrants from Asia, Australia and New Zealand have from 1st August 2014 to 5th September 2014 to apply.

The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is an exciting youth development competition, which was launched for 2014, acting as a feeder series to the world of motorcycle racing. The 2015 project expands and aims to give riders from Asia, Australia and New Zealand a formal path into competitive road racing.

Run by Dorna, the organisers of the MotoGP™ World Championship and the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co-organizer of the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup, the competition provides a spotlight for the most talented young riders in the region.
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MotoGP Honda at Germany One - Two

Motorcycle RacingUnbeaten Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) dominated a unique MotoGP race at Sachsenring this afternoon, scoring their third one-two result of the 2014 season.

Marquez’s win was his ninth from nine races, a remarkable achievement from the 21-year-old former Moto2 and 125 World Champion. So far, only two riders have won more than nine consecutive premier-class wins: Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta), who won all ten races of the 1968 500 season, and Mick Doohan (Repsol Honda), who won ten successive victories in the 1997 500 World Championship.

Today’s race started in confusing conditions after a light rain shower moments before the start, with most riders choosing to start the warm-up lap on rain tires, then realizing that slicks would be better for the race. They therefore had to swap to their ‘dry bikes’ and then start the race from pit lane once the rest of the riders had sped past into the first turn. Only nine riders started from their assigned positions on the grid.
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The Garmin Zumo 390 Satellite Navigation for Motorcycles

Motorcycle PartsThe Garmin Zumo 390 is a GPS navigation made for motorcycles. This handy electronic map in a box has a 4.3-inch glove-friendly touch-screen that can be read even in direct sunlight. The Garmin Zumo 390 also has a few cool settings just for motorcyclists, such as a 'Twisty' winding road mode that will map out some sweet carving scenery roads instead of the boring old highway.

Also, the Garmin Zumo 390LM has a Lane Assist setting with junction view where a brightly colored arrow indicates the proper lane needed for you next turn or exit. The Garmin Zumo 390LM has another feature known as TracBack so you can navigate right back to where you started, along the same rout. Another feature is Exit Services that lists gas stations and restaurants for upcoming exits.

The Zumo 390 is of course Bluetooth enabled, so if you wear a headset it will feed you any and all directions. You can also tell the Zumo 390 to look for points of interest through the Zumo Bluetooth interface for a last-minute change of plans or a quick pit stop for food and fuel.
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The Antigravity Microstart XP-1 Kit

Motorcycle PartsWe seen a few interesting products over the last few years, but most aren't that helpful and they become quickly gadgets we forget at home as we not need them. The Antigravity Microstart XP-1 is a gadget that we probably love to take on our road trips. Not only will it charge you mobile phone with ease, but it will also charge your Bluetooth headsets, tablets, and any other USB-charged device without any problems.

But you would probably say I have already a battery pack that can do that... But the Antigravity Microstart XP-1 is also capable to power up your dead battery in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road.
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BMW Motorrad model facelift measures for 2015

Motorcycle NewsFor 2015 BMW Motorrad has decided that a number of models will receive facelift measures as well as the special model K1300S Motorsport included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad dealers in the new configuration from August 2014.

Most of the models will get a new paint finish and color combinations, the models that will be available with different paint finish combinations are: BMW F700GS, BMW F800GS, BMW F800GS Adventure and the BMW F800GT.

For 2015 the BMW R1200GS will not just be available with new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced running smoothness, it will also be fitted with a crankshaft with increased gyrating masses as in the BMW R1200GS Adventure and BMW R1200RT. In addition, the BMW R1200GS can also be fitted with the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System as an ex-works option. This enables both the steering lock and the fuel filler flap to be locked and unlocked. The motorcycle is started using the starter button as before. With Keyless Ride, the key can always remain in the rider's clothing. The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option ex works allows the rider to shift up without clutch, enabling acceleration virtually without torque interrupt. It also allows downshifting without using the clutch.
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The Ducati Monster 821 - Looking Good

Motorcycle ReviewsIf you find the Ducati Monster 1200 a bit too monstrous and the Monster 795 too weak for your tastes then the Ducati Monster 821 is the friendly neighborhood monster for you. On the dimensions front, the Ducati Monster 821 is identical to the Monster 1200. The only visual differences are the double-sided swingarm, which the Ducati Monster 821 gets to keep cost low, and a differently-shaped exhaust.

The Ducati Monster 821 is powered by a tweaked version of the Ducati Hypoermotard's 821cc engine, which makes slightly more power at 11 horsepower and 89Nm of torque. There is also a lot of hand-me-down tech from the Monster 1200. This includes an eight-level traction control system, ABS and ride-by-wire throttle, both with three selectable modes accessible via Ducati's user-friendly toggle switch.
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