Motorcycle

TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

This week the folks at TomTom have made it clear that the TomTom Rider will not be fading into obscurity, re-releasing a new iteration of the device with the same name here in 2013 with a brand new set of specifications and features. This device is made to sit on and with your motorcycle and allow you to get guided in real time, find local hotspots, and share routes with fellow bikers wirelessly via Bluetooth. They'll need a TomTom Rider as well, of course, so pick up a few!

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Apple had to go through Harley-Davidson for Lightning trademark

Apple had to go through Harley-Davidson for Lightning trademark

In today's installment of "words you didn't know could be trademarked," we'll focus in on Apple and its relationship with a motorcycle manufacturer by the name of Harley-Davidson. Apple's "Lightning" branding for its new dock connector certainly plays nice with the company's "Thunderbolt" branding, but in new EU Trademark filings discovered by Patently Apple, we're finding out that the iPod maker had to talk to Harley-Davidson before it could use the word lightning for its products. That's because Harley-Davidson owns the trademark for lightning in a lot of different areas, including motorcycle parts, video games, and even glasses.

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Brammo details Empulse electric motorbike

Brammo details Empulse electric motorbike

Remember the Brammo Empulse R electric bike that we peeked a few weeks ago? The regular version that drops the R has officially been debuted in Hollywood today, with all the nitty gritty details being laid out as well as the price. Brammo say that the bike is capable of reaching speeds up to 100mph, and can travel up to 121 miles on a single charge. it features a 9.3kWh lithium ion battery, and a liquid cooled motor.

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Brammo Empulse R electric superbike leads the industry

Brammo Empulse R electric superbike leads the industry

If you're in the market for a brand new electric two-wheeled motor vehicle this year, you're going to want to check out Brammo's 2012 Empulse. This year Brammo is bringing both the Empulse and the Empulse R to the USA on the 8th of May, describing both bikes as having "the world's first drivetrain that has been designed and built for a production electric motorcycle." These electric motorcycles will be jamming you down the road 100 mph (on the R model) with 121 miles per charge!

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‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

If there’s one thing that can be universally agreed in geekdom, it’s that the bike from Akira is pretty damn cool. There have been various real life replicas of the bike built across the years, but only one has been officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. It was built by Shinji Tejima at the Showa Studio repair shop, taking him seven years, and at an overall cost of ¥10 million (~$121,310).

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Lit Motors C-1 self-balancing motorcycle brings Tron to reality

Lit Motors C-1 self-balancing motorcycle brings Tron to reality

Though it doesn't quite leave light ribbons behind it yet, the vehicle the folks at Lit Motors have created here is the closest you're going to get to Kevin Flynn's "vintage" white cycle from Tron: Legacy without entering The Grid yourself. What you're looking at here is more than an exercise in aesthetics, too, it's a fully-enclosed two-passenger electric motorcycle which is able to fully self-regulate its balance automatically. Kick it in the side just like you would that robotic dog you've all seen videos of - it'll right itself just the same!

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UD Replicas Stormtrooper Motorcycle Suit takes fandom to a new level

UD Replicas Stormtrooper Motorcycle Suit takes fandom to a new level

Automotive is a rather quick growing category on not only our tech blog but the whole internet world's tech radar - and with products like this Stormtrooper Motorcycle Suit made of leather by UD Replicas for the real-life wearing and crashing in of bike riders everywhere, it's not tough to see why! What you're looking at here is two options for the Star Wars and moto-bike lover in your life, one classic white-shelled "Imperial white" stormtrooper and one black Shadow Trooper full set of grade-A cowhide leather. You won't find a fold out of place nor a detail undone here, folks, and you'll certainly be safer on your bike than a "real" stormtrooper is in the blaster pistol smoke.

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Evolve motorcycles to launch three all electric scooters

Evolve motorcycles to launch three all electric scooters

The car industry is going green at a fast pace with more hybrids and full EVs coming to market each year. The motorcycle industry is also going electric as well, but at as slower pace than the auto industry. A motorcycle company called evolve is talking up three new all electric motorcycles that are available now. The bikes are more like scooters than a traditional motorcycle and are meant for use in urban areas.

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Orphiro shows off electric motorcycle that looks retro

Orphiro shows off electric motorcycle that looks retro

There are a bunch of green electric cars on the market today and a few electric motorcycles. The thing that most of those electric motorcycles have in common is that they have a very modern and racy look to them. Take the Mission R electric motorcycle we have talked about before, it looks like a racing motorcycle. Some will like that style and some won't. If you are more the cruiser sort that wants a bike with old school style, the new bike from Orphiro may be your ride.

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Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Chris Malloy of Australia has developed a hoverbike that looks strikingly familiar. This is the first generation prototype that has some definite similarities to the science fiction floating cycles seen in the Lucas film. It is not currently in production, but Chris hopes to bring them to market in about a year. The bike is classified as an ultralite, so there is currently no need of a pilot’s license to operate one.

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