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BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

The stunning BMW Concept 8 Series isn't the only automotive tease BMW has this week, it also rolled out a brand new vision of zero-emission biking. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link made its debut alongside the Concept 8 Series at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the latest design study from the automaker as it looks ahead to what urban mobility will be like in the years to come. In the case of this particular electric bike, that means styling that manages to be both futuristic and retro simultaneously.

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Gogoro 2 smartscooter is made for riding in twos

Gogoro 2 smartscooter is made for riding in twos

One of the arguments for electric vehicles is how they are much more environment friendly than fuel-based transportation. However, when you have too many of those, they can still be a problem. Sharing is caring, as they say, and that goes for sharing rides as well. Just a week after it announced its rollout on Parisian streets, Coup's Gogoro startup has revealed its next gen e-scooter. The Gogoro 2 smartscooter builds upon the smarts of its predecessor and expands its design and capacity, not just for more storage but also for one more rider.

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Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Move over hoverboards. This is the year of vehicles that, true to their name, actually do fly. PAL-V just opened up sales for what is the world’s first commercial flying car and now another personal flying vehicle of the future might be closer to the present. The world’s first fully-functional, fully-manned hoverbike has just been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it’s built upon the same foundations as a drone. A Scorpion 3, to be exact, made by Hoversurf. While commercial availability is probably still a ways off, you can probably start dreaming of real-life Star Wars Speeder Bike chases soon.

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BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

LEGO blocks are the epitome of reusability. They can be used to form almost any object imaginable and then torn apart to be used to build a different object. But some LEGO blocks are made for specific designs and purposes to recreate a very specific thing, like a car or motorbike model. Can these blocks still be reused to create something else? The creative minds at BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic think so. And to prove it, they took the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and turned it into the LEGO Technic Hover Bike.

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LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco has unveiled a pair of smart bicycles at CES 2017, adding both of these connected products to its North American portfolio. These two new connected smart bikes come in Mountain and Road versions, both of which feature LeEco’s BikeOS, an Android 6.0 system that cyclists can access via a 4-inch touchscreen display. The system is powered by a Snapdragon 420 processor and a rechargeable 6,000mAh li-ion battery.

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LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

Truth be told, concept cars these days are almost a dime a dozen, though some do manage to make our jaws drop once in a while. But a concept motor bike? Not exactly your standard fare. But at its "Iconic Impulses" exhibition in Los Angeles, that is exactly what BMW is showing off. Simply calling it by its name, the Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 doesn’t really do it justice. Whereas most concept vehicles look 5 or so years into the future, this motorcycle was designed with decades in mind. Almost ironically, it look more like a throwback to decades past.

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Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

In an announcement that should surprise nobody, Xiaomi has entered another new market with an electric bicycle. It's called the Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike, and it's just launched this morning in Beijing, China. According to Xiaomi's Vincent Khoo, "Xiaomi is not a smartphone company, but we are a technology company. Why not enter another field such as transportation?" This bike folds up, runs on a rather massive battery, and comes with its own app.

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Xiaomi is now getting into the bicycle market

Xiaomi is now getting into the bicycle market

Xiaomi is perhaps currently more known for its almost magical smartphones that sell like there's no tomorrow each and every time. Soon, however, its product portfolio will be so diverse that it might be harder to pin down what Xiaomi really is. The Chinese company has branched out beyond mobile devices, into smart TVs, smart lamps, and even a smart air purifier. Now it's taking on yet another market, but one that is even more puzzling than the others. Xiaomi is getting into bicycles, but at least they will be smart bicycles.

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Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Folding bicycles are designed to be compact, and that's usually so they can be toted onto a train or bus as well as being stored in tight spaces. For this reason, folding bikes usually need to be as light as they are compact, but achieving a light weight can be difficult without sacrificing usability. Enter Hummingbird, a new folding bike that packs many features, as well as a very light 6.5kg/14lbs weight.

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Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

You've seen self-driving cars before. How about self-driving motorbikes? While autonomous cars can practically be considered robots themselves, Yamaha's latest spectacle actually has a robot driving a motorbike. So yea, no room for human riders. Dubbed the Motobot, because what else would you call it, Yamaha's creation still uses training wheels at the moment and drives at a rather safe speed. But the company hopes that the robot will soon learn how to fulfill its prime objective, which the robot itself ominously says is to surpass humans.

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Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Most recalls concern automobiles, but bicycles can suffer the same fate if faulty parts or construction is found. Such is the case concerning about 1.3 million bikes in the United States, which are being recalled due to a problem related to the front brakes. The recall was detailed yesterday, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission stating the affected bicycles are from 13 manufacturers. In addition, a smaller number of affected bikes are located in Mexico and Canada.

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