Whether us petrolheads like it or not, electric motorcycles are here to stay. But that doesn't mean they have to be boring. For example, who says an electric bike has to have a standard tank shape, if it serves no actual purpose?
French manufacturers, Essence Motorcycle asked that very question when they designed the new E-Raw: "Simplicity is supreme sophistication - Leonardo DeVinci". That's the phrase the they refer to when they speak about their bikes.
"We combine raw materials, metal and wood, which we work by hand, using artisan techniques as ancestral innovation."
The E-Raw has a hand crafted wooden seat and 'tank' perched atop a trellis frame. With the short seat the bike has a street fighter appeal, but you might want some padding, since sitting on wooden benches isn't especially comfortable for long durations.
Essence Motorcycles are stating a 167kg weight with torque output of 133ftlb, which gets the Pymco electric motor hitting 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds.
The bike tops out at 96mph, but according to Essence, the 10.1 kWh capacity battery will be good for a range of 115 miles. There's less waiting around too with a fast charging time of 30 minutes.
Of course, as you might have guessed, this is no run of the mill consumer machine, the E-Raw is an exclusive run, and priced as such. Only 10 E-Raw models will be made, and Essence are selling them for around $60,000 (£48,168) each.
Suzuki’s Arenacross championship-winning RM-Z450 will be available on 0% finance from April 1, along with the RM-Z250, which currently leads the World MX2 championship.
In the hands of Thomas Ramette, Suzuki’s RM-Z450 has won the Arenacross title for the last three years in a row with SR75 World Team Suzuki, and in 2017 filled the first three places in the championship standings, with Ramette joined by Angelo Pellegrini and Cedric Soubeyras in the top three.
The RM-Z450 features a second generation holeshot-assist system, developed in tandem with Suzuki’s factory race bikes, and comes with Showa’s race-proven SFF Air front forks. It also comes with Suzuki’s rich/lean couplers, allowing riders to alter the fuelling with ease to suit riding conditions.
The RM-Z450 is available for £125 per month over 36 months, with a £2,099 deposit. Suzuki’s RM-Z250, which is currently leading the World MX2 championship, can be owned for £115 per month over 36 months with a deposit of £2,259.
The newest RM-Z250 gets a revamped engine over the previous generation machine, featuring 80 new components and a lighter, redesigned frame. It also gets Suzuki’s holeshot-assist system.
We're proud to announce that we're now the Cool Fab Racing British Mini Bike Championships media partners.
Cool Fab Racing is about helping young riders get from the grassroots level to the Grand Prix, Juniors can start racing in the Cool Fab Racing British Championships from as young as 6 in the Minimoto 4.2 class. By the age of 10, it is possible for riders to have come through the Minimoto and MiniGP50 classes to race in the MiniGP70 series, which is, in all but size, a full race bike.
You'll be able to see all of the races and more here over the coming year.
Here's the first race from the first round at Llandow.
If you've been following the recent 2017 Ducati releases, get yourself down to a Ducati dealer on the 8th April for the open day across UK and Ireland that gives you the first opportunity to see all the new 2017 models in the flesh, and a chance to win a Ducati Track day experience including bike hire.
Here's a small reminder of Ducati's 2017 range:
The updated Monster 1200 family on both standard and S models and the Monster 797:
The Multistrada 950:
The Scrambler Desert Sled and Cafe Racer:
All of these models from both brands will be in dealers to view on the 8th April along with the latest apparel and accessories that go hand in hand with each model. If you want a test ride be sure to book in advance.
Dealer staff will be available to discuss the various purchasing options including Ducati TriOptions: http://www.ducatiuk.com/trioptions_finance.do For further information of the 2017 Ducati range and to find your nearest dealer visit www.ducatiuk.com
Hit and runs are one of the worst things you can do as a driver, but in the States it was taken a step further last week when a 49-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured after being hit from behind by a suspected drunk driver. Not only was the guy critically injured, but the driver continued on with the motorcycle stuck in the front bumper of his Jeep.
According to Mobile news station WKRG, the accident took place around 6 am. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike but the car allegedly kept driving. Police were called and the injured rider was taken to a hospital.
Two hours later, police found the Jeep with the motorcycle still attached, parked in a driveway about a mile away. This is one of those cases where you just have to see it to believe it.