Motorcycles http://www.stuff.tv/motorcycles/news en-GB Are you kerazy enough to ride this madcap whatercycle? http://www.stuff.tv/are-you-kerazy-enough-ride-madcap-whatercycle/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not that any of us could afford one, but pretending is fun, isn&#039;t it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main_7.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Eek. What is that? I don&rsquo;t know whether I want to kiss it or kick it&hellip; </strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s definitely a motorbike. And the, um, &lsquo;challenging&rsquo; overall look gets more and more interesting the closer you look. There&rsquo;s the swoopy integrated headlight and instrument cluster, as well as the slab-sided carbon fibre forks and rear swingarm. And, from a technical point of view, that single red carbon spar that acts as the spring for both front and rear wheel is pretty damn unique. You&rsquo;ll never be short of stuff to talk about down at the biker café, that&rsquo;s for sure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is it electric? Crazy retro-futuro stuff like this often is, no?</strong><br />No. See the bright silver cylinder heads with the exhaust pipes curving down and away? Them&rsquo;s sure signs that there&rsquo;s a hydrocarbon smasher in there. In this case, a 1600cc Motus engine in a V4 layout. A rip-snorting 185cc as standard, though there&rsquo;s talk from its designers of a 300bhp supercharged version &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kawasaki-releases-world-s-most-powerful-production-motorbike/news" target="_blank">whistly whirlygigs</a>&nbsp;being all the rage for bikes this year.</p> <p>Interestingly, despite its big engine and bruiser cruiser looks, it&rsquo;s said to weigh around 180kg &ndash; which is less than a lot of 600cc sportsbikes. Don&#39;t go booking a day at Silverstone just yet, though, because the big guy&#39;s geometry doesn&#39;t strike us as being much good for hooning. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_16.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_10.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_21.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And who are the people responsible for this&hellip; this <em>beast</em> of a bike?</strong><br />You&rsquo;re still leaning towards the lust end of the loathometer, aren&rsquo;t you? I can see it in your eyes.&nbsp;Well, see, there&rsquo;s this custom motorcycle company called <a href="http://confederate.com" target="_blank">Confederate</a> that makes crazy, expensive bikes to be owned by the likes of Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.&nbsp;Confederate&rsquo;s design chief JT Nesbitt thought that the bikes weren&rsquo;t crazy enough and left to make his own, letting his design hair well and truly down in the process. </p> <p>Doubtless, we&rsquo;re still very much in the Pitt/Cruise bank balance zone with the Legacy &ndash; i.e.: don&rsquo;t ask &ndash; but if you want one, Nesbitt and his team will make one to your specification.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/self-proclaimed-world-s-smartest-helmet-here/news" target="_blank">The world&#39;s smartest motorcycle helmet does everything except steer the bike</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_17.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_11.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="899" title="Bienville Legacy" alt="Bienville Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_15.jpg?1415009420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/are-you-kerazy-enough-ride-madcap-whatercycle/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Sat, 01 Nov 2014 18:56:18 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1451822 at http://www.stuff.tv Kawasaki releases world’s most powerful production motorbike http://www.stuff.tv/kawasaki-releases-world-s-most-powerful-production-motorbike/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Global intake of parental breath causes freak weather phenomenon; Athena poster shops to re-open </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kawasaki H2R" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kawasaki%20main.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Jings! It&rsquo;s got wings.</strong><br />Aye, it does. Like a child setting fire to the greenhouse or a dog reducing all your shoes to leathery shreds, Kawasaki has created a carbon-fibre encrusted, tech-laden scream for attention. Perhaps it&rsquo;s from watching its rivals Honda and Yamaha getting primetime MotoGP love &ndash; a race series that Kwak pulled out of in order to concentrate on its successful World Superbike and MXGP motocross campaigns. Anyway, it&rsquo;s more than got our attention now.</p> <p><strong>Why does it have wings? </strong><br />You weren&rsquo;t listening to a word of that, were you? Honestly, we try and send you out into the world properly informed and you&rsquo;re just just dribbling on the pictures&hellip; It&rsquo;s got wings, like an F1 car, for stability. Look at the big words up there, where it says &ldquo;most powerful&rdquo;. A 998cc four-cylinder engine is a solid base for a sportsbike, but Kawasaki has gone and done something oft-talked about in the bike business &ndash; they&rsquo;ve supercharged it. The H2R makes nearly 300bhp, which stomps all over the previous &ldquo;most powerful&rdquo; badge-holder, BMW&rsquo;s S1000RR.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How fast does it go? </strong><br />What a terribly inelegant question. And quite unanswerable too. With 300bhp in something that weighs a few hundred kilograms, ask not how fast it goes but how long you might be able to stay on it. Kawasaki has been quiet about the electronics package for the H2R, but it&rsquo;ll certainly have some level of traction control and probably active suspension. Top speed is kind of a moot point in bikes, though, because of their inherently poor aerodynamics &ndash; it&rsquo;ll likely do over 200mph, but not dramatically more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Supercharger!" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_6.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kawasaki H2R" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_12.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Kawasaki H2R" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_13.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Whatever. I am going to look like a king cruising this thing up and down the High Street. </strong><br />Not a king: you&rsquo;re going to look like a crim. It&rsquo;s not road legal. No lights or number plate, see? The H2R is a track-day special, and one that&rsquo;ll probably cost around &pound;50,000. Good news, though, a road-legal H2 will follow, says Kawasaki. It&rsquo;ll still have the supercharger, with somewhat less than 300bhp to shout about, but it might be priced somewhere nearer our end of the market.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/ducati-engined-vw-xl1-goes-frugal-fiery-57-seconds/news" target="_blank">The Ducati-engined VW XL1 goes from frugal to fiery in 5.7 seconds</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="I feel the need…" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_12.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nude Supercharged Supermodel!" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_15.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Kawasaki H2R" alt="Kawasaki H2R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_6.jpg?1412559469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/kawasaki-releases-world-s-most-powerful-production-motorbike/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Sat, 04 Oct 2014 07:13:35 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1449277 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW C Evolution http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW’s electric scooter marks you out as a (rich) non-conformist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW&#039;s electric maxi scoot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140820_143600.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the left-hand side of the C Evolution&rsquo;s handlebars is a button marked &lsquo;R&rsquo;. It doesn&rsquo;t stand for &lsquo;Race&rsquo; or &lsquo;Recharge&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s &lsquo;Reverse&rsquo;. And as you wobble silently backwards, legs paddling furiously to stop yourself falling over, you realise that this really isn&rsquo;t a normal city scoot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £13,500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to ride </div> <div class="field-item even"> Quick and quiet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Doesn&#039;t require a full bike licence </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ostentatious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Did we mention it&#039;s £13,500? </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s it like to ride? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Approaching it in the car park, it has the same edgy styling as the C 600 and C650, but in a more futuristic pearlescent white and green finish. Want something less tree-huggy? Better call your local paintshop. We think the broad flanks and location of the BMW logo would make for an amazing WWII fighter-plane-style shark mouth design, but we&rsquo;re prone to wild imaginings.</p> <p>Turn on the &lsquo;ignition&rsquo; and the single LCD display lights up with an (initially bewildering) array of trip and charge information. Press the &lsquo;start&rsquo; button and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a beep and disconcerting silence - familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s ever driven an electric car. Twist the throttle, though, and you&rsquo;re off.</p> <p>As it&rsquo;s electric, all of the torque from its 48hp motor is available from the moment you twist the throttle. No gears; just a whine and a whoosh all the way up to over the legal motorway limit and then, trusting the ABS, all the way back down again.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not ballistic, mind you, because it weighs 265kg. But it is excitingly brisk. You&rsquo;ll leave cars behind at the lights but couriers, on their grungy 600cc Suzukis, will be ahead of you. They might even be contemplating the classic carbon-counters conundrum about their old combustion engine versus your new battery-powered one with its poisonous batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>In contrast to riding a motorbike (for which all your hands and feet and ears are required to make it go) or a scooter (in which the engine revs bear little relation to forward momentum) the C Evolution just goes. It&rsquo;s supremely easy to start and stop, and a combination of the torque and light throttle make it a doddle to balance in traffic. That more than compensates for its portly proportions, giving you the confidence to aim it at a gap and go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten geek accessories</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That paint job is so Palo Alto, darling" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90132938_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The cockpit" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_144214.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The mirrors are high and large and the instrument screen &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve learnt to ignore its dancing power and charge graphs &ndash; is surprisingly legible in sunlight.</p> <p>Next to the aforementioned Reverse button, there&rsquo;s a rocker button to muck about with the trip computer, including average power consumption, range and a Honda Insight-style eco rating. Over on the other side is the &lsquo;Mode&rsquo; button. It lets you switch between Dynamic, Road, Sail and Eco Pro, each of which offers varying levels of on-tap power and regenerative braking.</p> <p>The Mode button is not quite positioned for pressing without letting go off the throttle, which is probably deliberate &ndash; more likely you&rsquo;ll choose a mode when you set off and stick with it, hitting up Eco Pro when the battery&rsquo;s looking low.&nbsp;Which is after about 50-60 miles, depending on whether you&rsquo;re riding it like you stole it. You can charge the C Evolution using a fast charger or a normal three-pin &ndash; there&rsquo;s storage for the cable under the seat and the socket is in a cubby underneath the handlebars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review"> Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an arrow that points forward. Just in case" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143644.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s the Reverse button. Use cautiously" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143654.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Dynamic mode and hustle, or Sail mode and heated grips?" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143703.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW C Evolution tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power: 48hp at 4650rpm<br />Torque: 72Nm at 0-4500rpm<br />Top speed: 75mph<br />0-62mph: 6.2secs<br />Charge time: 0 to 80% in 2:45h, standard plug<br />Range: approx 60 miles<br />Length: 2190mm<br />Weight: 265kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: What&#039;s it like being you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So. We&rsquo;ve done the growling, chest-beating bit with the horsepower and whatnot, and we&rsquo;ve done the experiential on-the-bike bit, so the only thing left to figure out is you. Who are you?</p> <p>Who are you that would spend over &pound;13,000 on an electric scooter? That&rsquo;s Italian sportsbike money or enough for a larkish four-wheeler such as a Renualt Twingo. If you&rsquo;re set on two-wheeled electric thrills, you could import a Zero FX electric motocross bike from Europe for a few grand less, or buy a Brammo Empulse R electric sportsbike here in Britain for a few grand more.</p> <p>You could buy a super-economical, auto gearbox Honda NC750X motorbike for half the price of a BMW C Evolution, or you could buy a pretty tasty electric bicycle for about &pound;4000.</p> <p>What we&#39;re getting at is that while the idea of an electric BMW scooter is a good one, and it is a good scooter, &pound;13,500 seems like an awful lot of cash to pay for one. Just imagine yourself explaining it to someone at a party. Go on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten">The most exciting cars tested from&nbsp;the Tesla Model S to the BMW i8&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The boot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143934.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Some full-face helmets go in here" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143924.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Room for two" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90148694_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW C Evolution is quick, smart, easy to ride and environmentally awesome. Still, even with petrol savings in mind, that pricetag sure is hefty.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review#comments BMW Geek accessories Motorcycles Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:01:16 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1447911 at http://www.stuff.tv The world’s smartest motorcycle helmet does everything but steer the bike http://www.stuff.tv/self-proclaimed-world-s-smartest-helmet-here/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The HUD-equipped Skully AR-1 has smashed its crowdfunding target in two days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The world’s smartest motorcycle helmet does everything but steer the bike" alt="The world’s smartest motorcycle helmet does everything but steer the bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/skully.jpg?1415009383" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Indiegogo campaign for the Skully AR-1 motorcycle helmet is just a few days old, but already it&rsquo;s raised triple over its target backing: an astonishing US$800,000 (&pound;477,000). One can infer that they&rsquo;ve sold some 500 helmets in two days. And from that, one can infer that each helmet sells for a cool USD$1,600 (&pound;955).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Terminator motorcycles, anyone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;ve compensated for safety concerns well: the visor is fog-, scratch- and glare-resistant and the helmet itself is DOT/ECE-certified. More importantly, the HUD itself puts all the above information in the motorcyclist&rsquo;s line of sight without obscuring his or her view of the road.</p> <p>Lastly, there are the requisite quality-of-life buffs that always come to help justify and solidify its place as a high-end product. The &ldquo;Outlast&rdquo; lining in the helmet is supposed to reduce perspiration by 70 per cent. There are multiple sizes to choose from and the foam is precision-laser-cut for a perfect fit. It&rsquo;s also purportedly lightweight and aerodynamic, so that should appeal to the adrenaline-junkie financially stable motorcyclist in all of us.</p> <p>So far, despite its slew of features and that it&rsquo;s basically giving the same features of a modern car&rsquo;s dashboard to the motorcyclist, we can&rsquo;t help but feel uncomfortable about the way it pummels the wearer with all this stimuli. Though for the motorcyclists who do text or call and ride, I suppose this helmet at least provides the safest way to do so.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://The Indiegogo campaign for the Skully AR-1 helmet started on August 10th, a mere two days before the time this article was written. Yet in that space it’s raised triple its target backing: an astonishing USD$800,000. One can infer that they’ve sold some 500 helmets in two days. From that, dear gentle reader, one can infer that each helmet sells for a cool USD$1,600. At that thrifty price tag, of course the helmet is fully specced out. There’s a wide-angle rear-view camera which will feed footage to the HUD in front. The HUD itself will show you the important statistics like speed and fuel levels. Moreover, it connects to your smartphone to display directions and GPS, and integrated audio also lets you answer calls on your motorcycle (without using your hands) or stream music into your helmet." target="_blank">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-motorcycle-movies-ever/news">The 25 best motorcycle movies ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R8nE2V8gcsY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The world&#039;s smartest motorcycle helmet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/self-proclaimed-world-s-smartest-helmet-here/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Motorcycles Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:30:08 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444640 at http://www.stuff.tv Google revs up for self-driving trucks and motorbikes http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech giant is thinking about testing robotic motorcycles and lorries in California </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="1328" title="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" alt="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NMAH-2008-28.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google is looking beyond four-wheels in its bid to dominate autonomous driving. A story in <em>The Sunday Times</em> reveals that Google has been lobbying California for permission to test self-driving motorbikes and commercial vehicles in Silicon Valley.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heading for a million robo-miles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has been testing self-driving Prius and Lexus RT450h cars in California for some time, racking up nearly 700,000 miles of travel. And it recently unveiled a two-seater robotic runabout that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">doesn&#39;t even have a steering wheel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suggestion for autonomous motorcyles may have come from Anthony Levandowski, an engineer working on Google&#39;s self-driving car team. He built his own robo-bike as early in 2005, to compete in a competition organised by US military scientists at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/search/node/darpa">DARPA</a>. At the time, he said, &quot;Two-wheeled vehicles are easier to manoeuvre in tight places and can go faster.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="797" height="530" title="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" alt="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Vehicle%20Prototype%20Image%20Banner%20Cropped%20600px.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Computers in convoy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Robotic trucks are also gaining favour. An EU project called SARTRE recently showed the feasibility of &#39;platooning&#39;, where cars and trucks automatically link together to form fuel-efficient road trains. A US company called Peloton is already testing semi-autonomous trucks on closed roads in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2010, trucks were just 4% of vehicles on US roads but accounted for a quarter of the fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Improving efficiency by 5 or 10% with a robotic truck could save billions of dollars a year. But as the rules currently stand, trucks, autonomous motorbikes, trailers and any vehicle weighing over 10,000lbs are forbidden from being tested in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Although Google is not currently testing any of the vehicles excluded under this section, we believe that the section should be deleted, as any such exclusion unnecessarily restricts future innovation,&rdquo; wrote Medford. <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news"><strong>Google&#39;s self-driving car: two seats, no steering wheel and no brake pedal</strong></a></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Tech/article1445082.ece">The Sunday Times</a>&nbsp;(paywall)]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="1067" title="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" alt="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iconic%20image%20for%20city%20streets.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news#comments Cars Google Motorcycles Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:05:13 +0000 Mark Harris 1444287 at http://www.stuff.tv Polaris Slingshot is a crazed two-seater demon of a motorcycle http://www.stuff.tv/polaris-slingshot-crazed-two-seater-demon-motorcycle/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, it&#039;s technically a motorbike – and probably the most fun you can legally have on three wheels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaris Slingshot is a crazed two-seater demon of a motorcycle" alt="Polaris Slingshot is a crazed two-seater demon of a motorcycle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/polaris-slingshot-main.jpg?1407292073" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Hmm, it doesn&rsquo;t look like a motorcycle&hellip;</strong><br />Yes, the Slingshot seems to defy categorisation. It looks more like a lightweight roadster than a bike, but then it only has three wheels. When you&rsquo;re driving it you&rsquo;ll need to wear a helmet and &ndash; depending on where you live &ndash; may need to hold a full motorcycle license.</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s like an incredibly sexy Robin Reliant</strong><br />If you say so. With a 2.4L engine and five-speed manual gearbox, we&rsquo;re going to go out on a limb and say it&rsquo;s probably a lot more fun to drive than a Reliant. It doesn&rsquo;t have a roof though, so maybe Del Boy&rsquo;s motor has something on it in the rain.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-livewire-first-electric-harley-davidson/news">Meet the LiveWire: the first electric Harley-Davidson</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does it handle?</strong><br />We haven&rsquo;t driven (ridden?) it yet, so we can&rsquo;t say for sure. But the makers claim the sports-tuned suspension means you can feel the road under your seat: &ldquo;it&rsquo;s like surfing asphalt!&rdquo;. Dude.</p> <p><strong>It looks quite stripped back</strong><br />Well, there are no airbags, but there are seat belts, storage lockers, a locking glovebox and a media console with 4.3in LCD screen, Bluetooth, USB playback and six speakers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-meccano-motorbike-ariel-unleashes-bespoke-bike-built-your-tastes/news">The Meccano motorbike: Ariel unleashes bespoke bike built to your tastes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lyDN3wI--Mw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How much for this three-wheeled demon?</strong><br />It starts at US$23,999 (&pound;14,200), although it doesn&rsquo;t appear to be available outside of the US and Canada at the moment. So if you live in the UK you might just have to make do with that Robin Reliant.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polaris.com/en-us/slingshot#ride" target="_blank">Polaris</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">SPEED OVER TO SEE MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaris Slingshot is a crazed two-seater demon of a motorcycle" alt="Polaris Slingshot is a crazed two-seater demon of a motorcycle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaris-slingshot-2.jpg?1407292073" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Hot Stuff Motorcycles Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:33:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443765 at http://www.stuff.tv Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety? http://www.stuff.tv/veglo-commuter-x4-brightest-new-idea-bike-safety/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The shape of this fibre-optic light helps drivers just your distance more effectively, say makers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" alt="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/veglo-lights-main.jpg?1406649085" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I already have lights on my bike</strong><br />No diggity. But probably not like the Veglo Commuter X4. It&rsquo;s a wearable light that has a unique shape which its creators say gives it an edge over traditional bike-mounted lights.</p> <p><strong>How so?</strong><br />The X4 features four fibre optic lights meeting at a central LED hub. It&rsquo;s a shape that&rsquo;s easy to recognise for a driver behind your bike, and makes it easier for him or her to gauge your distance, width and speed. It also extends around the side of your body (or your backpack) to increase your visibility at junctions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And what are the technical aspects?</strong><br />You charge the X4&rsquo;s battery via USB; it comes with several flash and fade settings; it&rsquo;s water resistant; it features reflective strips; and it can fit over backpacks 25 litres and smaller in size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" alt="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veglo-lights-bicycle.jpg?1406649085" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It looks quite familiar&hellip;</strong><br />Veglo has already succeeded in funding mass production via a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, so that&rsquo;s where you may have spotted it. The X4 will be in shops this winter (Veglo currently estimates that pre-orders will be shipping in October), and can be ordered from the company&rsquo;s site. It&rsquo;s &pound;50, and UK shipping is free.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.veglo.cc/" target="_blank">Veglo</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">ENLIGHTEN YOURSELF WITH MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mM43_yJtbkc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Bikes Hot Stuff Motorcycles Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:47:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443560 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the Meccano motorbike: Ariel unleashes bespoke bike built to your tastes http://www.stuff.tv/meet-meccano-motorbike-ariel-unleashes-bespoke-bike-built-your-tastes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Ariel Ace can be configured to look like a low-slung cruiser or aggressive streetfighter depending on your mood… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ariel-ace-01.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ariel, aren&rsquo;t they the guys who make the ridiculously fast Atom sports car? </strong><br />You&rsquo;re right &ndash;&nbsp;the Somerset-based company produces the almighty Atom, which is often considered the fastest-accelerating sports car money can buy. But they&rsquo;re now turning their attention back to motorcycles.</p> <p><strong>So, they&rsquo;ve got history with two wheels? </strong><br />They have indeed. Ariel has been welding engines to bicycles since 1870 but they haven&rsquo;t produced a proper motorbike for almost 50 years. The new Ariel Ace will put an end to all that when it goes on sale in the coming months.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The bodywork looks a little, erm, tubular&hellip;</strong><br />There is a reason for that; it&#39;s because the aluminium frame is the only common thing between all variants of the Ace. It acts as a building block for the various fuel tank, body and suspension options that will make every bike completely bespoke to the customer. Think of it like big boys&#39; Meccano.</p> <p><strong>Is the engine bespoke, too? </strong><br />No &ndash;&nbsp;Ariel has continued its close relationship with Honda and pinched an engine from the current generation VFR model. It&rsquo;s a 1200cc, 170bhp V4 unit and engineers have fettled it to produce astonishing performance that&rsquo;s easily handled by your &lsquo;average&rsquo; rider. That still means a top speed of 165mph and a 0-60mph figure of 3.4 seconds &ndash; enough to scare most Ferrari owners.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ariel-ace-02.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ariel-ace-03.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ariel-ace-06.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>All of this low volume, hand-built malarkey sounds very expensive&hellip; </strong><br />The Ariel Ace is supposed to start at &pound;20,000, but the options list is so long and tempting, that figure could easily and quickly escalate. In return, Ariel promises every customer that just one man will work on his or her bike, meaning they can pop in for a cup of tea and discuss the build as it happens. It&rsquo;s also &lsquo;upgradeable&rsquo;&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Upgradeable? Like an iPhone? </strong><br />In a way, yes. The Ariel Ace can be returned to the workshop throughout its lifecycle to have new parts added, the engine software re-mapped or, thanks to the common frame, the layout changed at any point.</p> <p>Is that low seat causing you back problems? No worries, pop in and choose a new one. Don&rsquo;t like the flat, streetfighter bars? Fear not, Ariel has some sweet café racer numbers ready to go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-livewire-first-electric-harley-davidson/news" target="_blank">Meet the LiveWire: the first electric Harley-Davidson</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ariel-ace-04_0.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Ariel Ace" alt="Ariel Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ariel-ace-05_1.jpg?1404299340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ariel Ace: the bespoke superbike </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/meet-meccano-motorbike-ariel-unleashes-bespoke-bike-built-your-tastes/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:22:49 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440300 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google’s cardboard VR headset shell, Evolve leads E3 critic awards nominations, and a Halo-inspired motorcycle helmet http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin your morning by reading about two very different, but quite cool pieces of head tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard" alt="Google Cardboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard.jpg?1403858768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google launches Cardboard, a phone-centric VR headset made from… you guessed it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I/O keynote attendees were given a curious gift upon exiting yesterday: what looked to be a cardboard mailer with a pull-tab, like the ones Amazon sends individual books and games and such in. But it wasn&rsquo;t that&mdash;in fact it was an amazingly lo-fi VR helmet-like enclosure for Android phones made primarily from the cardboard itself, along with some other odds and ends.</p> <p>Enter Google&rsquo;s Cardboard project. No, really! There&rsquo;s a website and everything. Google says it wanted to experiment with the idea of making VR accessible to all, and as such, it started experimenting with ways to use an Android phone as the basis&mdash;something that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-and-oculus-collaborating-phone-centric-vr-headset/news">Samsung may be doing itself</a> in collaboration with Oculus, albeit surely at a much larger expense.</p> <p>But Cardboard is mostly just cardboard, and Google has provided instructions on how to make it yourself. You&rsquo;ll need to obtain a couple of specific lenses, along with magnets, velcro, and a rubber band, but the end result is a pretty affordable VR headset option, not to mention a rather fun little project to tinker with.</p> <p>Google says the Nexus 4 and 5, Motorola Moto X, and Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and Nexus are fully compatible, while a few others (including the HTC One) are partially so. And there&rsquo;s an app to download, of course, plus an experimental SDK for other developers to start coding their own experiences. All the big news yesterday and we&rsquo;re talking about a heavy paper helmet. Exciting times we live in.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://developers.google.com/cardboard/">Cardboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/google-io-keynote-live-blog/news">Google I/O keynote live blog and live stream: Android L, Android Auto, Android Wear, and Android TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evolve leads E3 Game Critics Awards with six nominations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>E3 is over and done with, but there&rsquo;s still one ritual that has yet to be completed: the judges of the Game Critics Awards&mdash;picked from major North American publications&mdash;must decide the best games of the show from everything they played that week. And yesterday, the nominees were unveiled.</p> <p>Evolve arguably wasn&rsquo;t one of the most-hyped games at the show, but 2K and Turtle Rock&rsquo;s co-op shooter apparently impressed judges, coming away with six nominations&mdash;including Best of Show. Other games vying for top honors this year include Alien: Isolation, Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, No Man&rsquo;s Sky, and Tom Clancy&rsquo;s Rainbow Six: Siege.</p> <p>Destiny and Rainbow Six: Siege each followed with four total nominations apiece, and the PlayStation 4 led the overall pool with 26 total nominated game appearances across all categories. The winners will be unveiled next Tuesday, July 1.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/nominees.html">Game Critics Awards</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">E3 2014 &mdash; all of the biggest news</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NP5Dsuq7mKw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s a Halo-inspired Master Chief motorcycle helmet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a rare double-headwear showing for Fully Charged, check out this real-life motorcycle helmet based on the iconic armor of Halo game series leading man, Master Chief. Serious fans have made this kind of stuff themselves for years, but finally, here&#39;s an official glimpse of what&#39;s planned.</p> <p>NECA is still finalizing the sculpting process with a release target of 2015 (perhaps alongside Halo 5: Guardians), but you can catch an early look at the fanboy-friendly riding gear in the clip above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/06/25/neca-makes-a-master-chief-motorcycle-helmet/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pY6z12_dnP8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin#comments Evolve Gaming Google Google I/O 2014 Motorcycles Xbox One Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440160 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the LiveWire: the first electric Harley-Davidson http://www.stuff.tv/meet-livewire-first-electric-harley-davidson/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is that distinctive Harley engine rumble about to be replaced with a whine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Harley-Davidson LiveWire" alt="Harley-Davidson LiveWire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/harley-davidson-project-livewire-01.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>An electric Harley? Next you&rsquo;ll be pointing out some porcine aviators</strong><br />Yes, it might sound unlikely. Harley-Davidson&rsquo;s classic image of big, loud bikes ridden by big, scary, bearded dudes in petrol-stained leather doesn&rsquo;t exactly tie-in with the whole idea of lentil-chomping tree-hugging eco-friendliness. Well, maybe the bearded bit.</p> <p><strong>And yet&hellip;</strong><br />And yet, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer has just introduced the LiveWire, an electric bike aimed at urban user rather than the freeways of rural North America.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/voxan-wattman-world-s-most-powerful-electric-motorbike/news">Voxan Wattman: the world&rsquo;s most powerful electric motorbike</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It still looks very Harley-ish, doesn&rsquo;t it?</strong><br />Yes, it retains that classic angular, poised look. But it&rsquo;s a little different in construction: the tyres are larger and the seat sits a little higher than on most Harleys, making the bike better at handling potholes and kerbs. The frame is made from aluminium and the indicators and rear lights use LEDs &ndash; and of course there&rsquo;s no engine under your seat but an electric motor instead.</p> <p><strong>Tell me about the motor</strong><br />It&rsquo;s powered by a huge lithium-ion battery and produces 75 horsepower, taking the LiveWire from 0 to 60mph in four seconds. The top speed is 92mph and the range is 100 miles &ndash; fine for city riding rather than cross-country treks. The battery fully charges in three hours. You do of course lose the classic rumble of a Harley engine.</p> <p><strong>When does it go on sale &ndash; and for how much?</strong><br />Harley-Davidson hasn&rsquo;t revealed either of these things yet. It&rsquo;s now offering test rides to selected customers, which suggests there may be some tweaks made before an actual launch. The price will most likely be upwards of US$20,000 (&pound;11,730) in the States.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://time.com/2899493/harley-davidsons-livewire-goes-electric/">TIME</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">HOP ABOARD FOR MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/caterham-unveils-trio-gorgeous-motorbikes/news">Caterham shows off its first batch of motorcycles, and they look amazing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H7u9DTfE14M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harley goes electric </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LiveWire is the first electric hog </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Hot Stuff Motorcycles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:05:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439569 at http://www.stuff.tv This sleek electric superbike floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee http://www.stuff.tv/sleek-electric-superbike-floats-butterfly-sting-bee/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spanish bike maker Bultaco returns from a 31-year hiatus with a pair of battery-powered beasts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A wasp on wheels" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bultaco-1.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Bultaco&hellip; does that comes with a side order of&nbsp;jalapeños&nbsp;and sour cream?</strong><br />Sadly not. But although this isn&rsquo;t the delicious meat and bread-based supper you&rsquo;re lusting, the subject is equally spicy. And equally as delicious.&nbsp;</p> <p>Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Bultaco has announced its return to the two-wheel scene with a pair of futuristic electric superbikes. The angular, streetfighter-style offering is dubbed the Rapitan and the squat little track bike is badged the Rapitan Sport.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>We&rsquo;ve never heard of them. &nbsp;Should we be excited?</strong><br />Bultaco&rsquo;s 1960s Sherpa T model is widely regarded as one of the most durable and capable off-road bikes ever built, and the firm continued to create critically acclaimed mud-pluggers right up until the factory closed in 1983.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s great to see such an iconic motorcycle brand resurrected, even if the latest products are battery powered.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Rapitan Sport" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bultaco-2.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It all sounds very futuristic, but will they be any good?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s early days yet. The resurgent marque is yet to show off its new products in public, let alone reveal a price.</p> <p>We do know a brushless induction motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries will drive the rear wheel, which is something.&nbsp;</p> <p>&lsquo;Ultra condensers&rsquo; are then added to increase the amount of torque delivered. Regenerative braking &ndash; a first in the motorbike world &ndash; will also be featured, as well as an Engine Control Unit that allows the rider to tweak the amount of power available.</p> <p>Handy if it rains, or when riders are struck with a lack of confidence.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Even the wire looks sexy" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bultaco-3.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="900" title="That yellow&#039;s really grown on us" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bultaco-4.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The bikes looks mean. And fast. They are fast, right?</strong><br />Not especially. Bultaco claims both the Rapitan and Rapitan Sport models can hit 90mph when the throttle is pinned wide open, which is a long way off the petrol-powered superbikes we are currently used to. But on the plus side, it only takes 45 minutes to brim the batteries using the &lsquo;Quick Charge&rsquo; system and it can travel for around 85 miles on a single charge.</p> <p><strong>Only 90mph?</strong><br />&lsquo;Only&rsquo;? Speed isn&rsquo;t everything you know. Check out those gorgeous bodies and wasp-like paintjob for starters. Considering the electric motors, 90mph should till be face-meltingly fast enough for most riders too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The handsome Rapitans will be ready for public consumption later this year for an undisclosed price, so start saving if you want tarmac-tearing thrills, straight from the plug.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks good from every angle" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bultaco-5.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks comfy" alt="This sleek electric superbike floats like butterfly, sting like a bee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bultaco-7.jpg?1400517093" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sleek-electric-superbike-floats-butterfly-sting-bee/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Mon, 19 May 2014 16:28:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1437469 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha brings high-voltage electric motorcycles to the masses with the PES1 and PED1 http://www.stuff.tv/yamaha/yamaha-brings-high-voltage-electric-motorcycles-masses-pes1-and-ped1/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These stunning plug-in bikes could provide emissions-free wheelies by 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha PES1" alt="Yamaha PES1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yamaha-pes1.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Wasn&rsquo;t PES1 the name of the football game everyone played before FIFA?</strong><br />Yes it was, and although Yamaha&rsquo;s PES1 (Passion Electric Street) motorcycle looks like Konami designed it; it is actually a stunning all-electric sports bike that you could see cruising the streets in a couple of year&rsquo;s time. There&rsquo;s also the PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt) for those who want to experience the thrills of off-roading without the fuel bills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>They look familiar, have we seen them before?</strong><br />Yamaha unveiled the concepts at the Tokyo motor show in November last year but the Japanese marque has confirmed in its recent annual report that they will be put into production by 2016. Electro-bikes are coming, brace yourselves.</p> <p><strong>But will they be any good? </strong><br />Due to their lithe, aerodynamic structures, electric motorcycles suffer from a lack of space to stuff the cumbersome batteries required to power a vehicle at any serious speed for any notable range. The PES1 is no different, but the naked sports bike is claimed to weigh under 100kg, which lightens the load on the brushless DC motor and compact lithium-ion battery. The top speed on the concept model was just 65mph but expect that to increase by the time it hits showrooms.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Yamaha PES1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yamaha-pes1-01.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Yamaha PED1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yamaha-ped1.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It sounds like a fad to us&hellip;</strong><br />The big news here is that Yamaha - one of the world&rsquo;s largest motorcycle manufacturers &ndash; is backing battery power. Small scale US bike-makers Zero Motorcycles already offers a range of bikes that can travel for up to 157 miles on a single charge and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/saroleas-155mph-electric-superbike-hits-60mph-less-3-seconds/news" target="_blank">Saroléa&#39;s SP7</a> can hit 60mph from a standstill in three seconds. Imagine what Yamaha can achieve if it puts its brains and economies of scale behind it.</p> <p><strong>Isn&rsquo;t motorbike ownership mainly about the soundtrack?</strong><br />There&rsquo;s nothing quite like the feeling of pointlessly revving a powerful bike purely for the aural enjoyment &ndash;&nbsp;and the prospect of silent motoring will undoubtedly put off many. But those polar bears aren&#39;t going to save themselves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff"><strong>VROOM OVER TO SEE MORE HOT STUFF</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M0NA8oNyszk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha&#039;s high-voltage bikes for the masses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PES1 and PED1 bring emissions-free wheelies </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/yamaha/yamaha-brings-high-voltage-electric-motorcycles-masses-pes1-and-ped1/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Yamaha Sun, 11 May 2014 11:09:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1436829 at http://www.stuff.tv Saroléa's 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds http://www.stuff.tv/saroleas-155mph-electric-superbike-hits-60mph-less-3-seconds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This two-wheeled carbon fibre monster lives for speed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="Vroom Vroom. Or whatever the electric equivalent is." alt="Saroléa&#039;s 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sarolea-bike.jpg?1399511907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a serious looking bike</strong><br />It sure is. It might not have the sleek angular lines of a Kawasaki Ninja, but the Saroléa SP7 is an entirely different kind of beast.</p> <p>It&#39;s an all-electric superbike, with one aim - to tear up the tarmac at the electric-only 37-mile Isle of Man TT Zero mountain course in June.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a big ask for something weighed down by heavy batteries</strong><br />While the SP7&#39;s 200kg weight won&#39;t go easy on the scales, it manages to shave off some precious pounds with a frame that&#39;s forged entirely from lightweight carbon fibre.</p> <p>Throw in 180HP and 295 ft-lbs of torque, and you&#39;re straddling a monster that can hit 60mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, before reaching an eye-watering top speed of 155mph.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="712" height="534" title="&lt;3 carbon fibre" alt="Saroléa&#039;s 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sarolea-close.jpg?1399511907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Can I charge it up with a microUSB cable?</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p>The SP7 has an axial flux motor which means that the flow of its electric field flows along the axis of the motor, insead of outwards and away from it. That means that it can use thinner and lighter pancake rotors, reducing the weight even further.</p> <p>It&#39;s all rather sophisticated. So to answer your question, no, you probably can&#39;t use a microUSB cable to juice it up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="712" height="534" alt="Saroléa&#039;s 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sarolea-close-2.jpg?1399511907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="449" title="Physics" alt="Saroléa&#039;s 155mph electric superbike hits 60mph in less than 3 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/axial-motor.jpg?1399511907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/93409498?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><strong>Well then, I don&#39;t want one anymore</strong><br />It&#39;s a good thing you&#39;re not racing it then isn&#39;t it? Because that&#39;s the only way you&#39;ll ever be able to take one for a high-speed spin.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://sarolea-racing.com/sp7.html" target="_blank">Saroléa</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/saroleas-155mph-electric-superbike-hits-60mph-less-3-seconds/news#comments Hot Stuff Motorcycles Wed, 07 May 2014 10:03:05 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1436693 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet Honda’s anime-inspired NM4 Vultus motorcycle http://www.stuff.tv/honda/meet-honda-s-anime-inspired-nm4-vultus-motorcycle/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “TETSUOOOOOOOO!!!” you’ll scream as you tear around Neo-Peckham in this brooding, futuristic bike </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Honda’s anime-inspired NM4 Vultus motorcycle" alt="Meet Honda’s anime-inspired NM4 Vultus motorcycle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/honda-vultus-main.jpg?1395452490" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Whoa, that&rsquo;s a pretty sweet-looking concept bike</strong><br />Oh, it&rsquo;s no concept &ndash; Honda has actually put the NM4 Vultus into full production. We&rsquo;ll agree with you that it&rsquo;s sweet-looking though.</p> <p><strong>One might say it&rsquo;s &ldquo;futuristic&rdquo;</strong><br />One might. The Vultus&rsquo; young design team has taken lorryloads of inspiration from Japanimation, and it&rsquo;s impossible not to see echoes of the street bikes of Akira in its poised, muscular lines. It also has something of the stealth bomber about it, we think. Basically, it does look like a concept bike &ndash; but kudos to Honda for throwing caution to the wind and putting something this unusual-looking into production.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s futuristic once you get beyond the looks too. The &ldquo;reactive&rdquo; dashboard features colours than change depending on your driving mode (or your mood &ndash; there are 25 individual colours to choose from), while the pillion seat flips up when not in use to act as backrest for the rider. All the lighting is LED. Oh, and the automatic transmission can be switched to a trigger-operating &ldquo;computer game-style&rdquo; MT mode.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>MT mode?</strong><br />That&rsquo;s the optional manual mode. There&rsquo;s also automatic D mode for city and highway riding, which delivers the best fuel efficiency, or automatic S mode for livelier, sportier performance.</p> <p><strong>What about the engine?</strong><br />The Vultus sports a 745cc twin-cylinder engine that&rsquo;s been canted forward to provide a low centre of gravity. While Honda hasn&rsquo;t revealed the top speed or 0-60mph time, this doesn&rsquo;t come off as a particularly speedy bike. It is, however, fuel efficient: it can manage as much as 80.2mpg, giving it a range of 185 miles on a single tank of petrol.</p> <p><strong>OK, I&rsquo;m sold. How do I get one?</strong><br />Well, that&rsquo;s something we can&rsquo;t tell you. Not yet anyway. Honda hasn&rsquo;t revealed a release date or price for the NM4 Vultus, but we&rsquo;ll be keeping our ear planted firmly on the grapevine for further announcements.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CRUISE ON OVER TO MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Honda NM4 Vultus" alt="Honda NM4 Vultus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/honda-vultus-2.jpg?1395452490" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Honda NM4 Vultus" alt="Honda NM4 Vultus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/honda-vultus-3.jpg?1395452490" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Honda Hot Stuff Motorcycles Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:49:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434110 at http://www.stuff.tv