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Honda MotoGP bike “out of control” and “radical” in qualifying – Marquez – MotoGP

Alex Marquez says the Honda feels “out of control” and “a bit more radical” in time attack trim, after the rookie qualified 17th for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The factory Honda rider has so far failed to lift himself higher than 17th on the grid in the seven rounds run this season, though has proven to have strong race pace with four points-finishes.

His race pace in Saturday’s FP4 – in which he was seventh – was comparable to the likes of Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and KTM’s Brad Binder around him.

But once again in qualifying on fresh soft rubber, Marquez tumbled down the order, with his best of 1m31.198s just over 1.1 seconds off Maverick Vinales’ pole time.

“We are able to manage the rhythm in a good way and keep it really good, but we are not able to improve one second with the new soft

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Upcoming 300cc-plus Honda motorcycle to rival Royal Enfield

Earlier this week, Honda revealed that it will launch a brand-new motorcycle in India on September 30. Today, the manufacturer shared with us the exhaust note of this upcoming motorcycle in a rather unique way.

  • Upcoming 300cc-plus Honda motorcycle to rival Royal Enfield 

  • Will be a brand-new motorcycle for India

  • To launch on September 30

The audio clip is of an exhaust note that sounds exactly like that of a Royal Enfield’s signature thump. It reveals what the bike sounds like while starting up, at idle and as it accelerates through the gears. Listen to the clip below and tell us what you think.

It’s no secret that Honda has been developing a motorcycle to take on Royal Enfield and, at the end of this month, we will finally get to see what it’s come up with. Given what it sounds like, we are almost certain to expect cruiser motorcycle

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Alex’s Yeti SB165 long-term review

After spending nearly two years with my last long-term test bike, the Orange Stage 6, I was struggling to find a replacement. I wasn’t sure if I wanted more or less travel, whether I wanted 27.5in or 29in wheels or if I even wanted a trail, enduro or all-mountain bike.

Although I wouldn’t exactly call my situation a total bind – and there are much worse problems to have in life – it did leave a bit of a question mark over the sort of bike I needed, and wanted, for 2020 and 2021 to fulfil my love of gravity-fed riding while still being able to pedal about.

Yeti SB165 enduro mountain bike

A stunning bike worthy of mountainous terrain.
Alex Evans

So ending up with a 165mm travel, coil shock, 27.5in-wheeled rig took me a little by surprise to be totally honest, but I’m hoping that reverting back to the smaller wheel size and

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Alfredo Bicycles Have Handmade Wooden Frame, Lifetime Guarantee

As such, we’ve spoken about a lot of regular and electric bicycles over the course of the past few months, but not a single one of them holds a candle to the Alfredo. And that’s because Alfredo is as old-school as it gets.

Whereas the rest of the world is in a rush to get to where they have to be, and to get there as fast as possible thanks to powerful motors and bigger batteries, two Italians from the villa of Cittiglio are building two-wheelers that go way back. With a frame made entirely of wood and entirely by hand, the Alfredo is a modern take on one of the oldest forms of transportation and, at the same time, a tribute to Italian cyclist Alfredo Binda.

Named after Binda and built in the small town in which he was born, the Alfredo bicycle is a superb thing to look

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Home Brew Motorized Bicycle Is A Super Grocery Getter

[Thor] sent in an awesome motorized bike build he found coming from the fruitful workshop of [Jim Gallant]. It’s an incredible piece of work built nearly entirely from scratch.

[Jim] welded the frame together on a home-built jig that keeps all the chrome-moly tubes in alignment before they’re pieced together. With the jig, the frame was kept extremely straight making a bike that turns very well and can be ridden no-handed.

All of [Jim]’s previous motorized bikes used small Honda engines, but after hearing Robin Subaru engines are more reliable he decided to give one a go. The motor is attached to the derailleur gears with a continuously variable transmission usually found in scooters. [Jim]’s earlier motorized bikes didn’t have indexed shifting and disc brakes like modern motorized bikes, but he decided to throw them in anyway. Everyone who rides his new super grocery getter comments on how smooth the

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One dead, one injured in Guilderland dirt bike crash

Photo of Edward McKinley

A fleet of Guilderland police patrol cars are parked next to the police station at Guilderland Town Hall on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union archive)

A fleet of Guilderland police patrol cars are parked next to the police station at Guilderland Town Hall on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union archive)

Lori Van Buren

GUILDERLAND — A dirt bike collision early Saturday morning between two 21-year-olds left one dead and the other injured, the Guilderland Police Department said in a Sunday afternoon news release.

The crash took place near the intersection of Stone and Ostrander roads in Guilderland Center just after midnight Saturday.

When authorities arrived on the scene, police performed CPR on one of the men and then paramedics treated both. Both were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Guilderland police said Jonwilliam P. Foreman died from his injuries. Austin Wolcott is still in the hospital. Both are from Colonie. Information on Wolcott’s medical status was not immediately

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Police offer advice as rise in number of cyclists alerts thieves

Cyclists are being urged to secure their bikes following an increase in thefts.

Police have said surge in popularity for cycling during lockdown means demand for bicycles has “never been greater” – leading to an spike in thefts.

Cyclists are being urged to do their part in keeping their bike secure by investing in a sturdy lock, keeping a detailed description of it and taking images.

Constable Mike Urquhart said: “Whether you have just purchased your first bike or are a seasoned cyclist it is worth investing in a good quality cycle-specific lock to secure your bike.

“Thieves will routinely carry bolt croppers or even battery-powered angle grinders and lightweight, poor quality locks offer little resistance.

“As a rough guide consider spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock.

“Always buy the best quality lock you can afford and look out for those that have been

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Bike sales surge, Schwinn pivots marketing plan

Cruising down the boardwalk in Newport Beach on brown vintage Schwinn Collegiate bike.

Neos Design – Cory Eastman | Getty Images

Schwinn, the most recognized bicycle brand in the U.S. and once the top seller, was all set to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year with a marketing campaign featuring modern versions of such venerable models as the Sting-Ray, Varsity, Collegiate and Paramount. Then the coronavirus pandemic slammed on the brakes.

 The offices of the Madison, Wisconsin-based company closed on March 13, around the same time the entire country began shutting down. Then, almost as suddenly, millions of stuck-at-home Americans started riding bikes, many for the first time in years, or the first time ever. Sales of adult and kids’ bicycles surged, to the point where by mid-May two-wheelers under $1,000 were as scarce as toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

 According to market research firm NPD Group, retail bike sales

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World EV Day 2020: The Most Outrageous Electric Bikes In The World

Outrageous e bikes

Gone are the days when electric vehicles were considered to be inferior to petrol-powered counterparts. The advancement of technology in the world of electric two-wheelers have made some of the bikes defy conventional wisdom and stand apart for their uniqueness. On this year’s World EV Day, we explore some of the most outrageous electric motorcycles to have graced modern history.

World’s most expensive electric bike:

UK-based Arc Vehicle have created one of the most futuristic-looking electric motorcycles called the Vector. The British designers and engineers have left no stone unturned when it comes to the juicy specifications of this electric motorcycle. Top-spec underpinnings? Check. Carbonfibre chassis? Check. Lightning-quick charging? Check. Extreme range? Check.

The Arc Vector is capable of putting petrol-powered bikes to shame with a range of 436km on a single charge. What’s more, the battery pack sitting inside the full-carbon fibre monocoque chassis can be charged via a

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Five great Scottish mountain bike trails

There’s a variety of routes at 7stanes Glentress near Peebles making it Scotland’s premiere mountain bike trail centre. There’s also a bike shop, modern cafe and a camping ground to really make a stay out of it. As well as the tougher tests, there are two easy routes, perfect for beginners and the trail goes past small ponds and native animal sculptures and, hopefully, some wildlife. There are also skill areas off the route where you can hone your trail technique.

7stanes Glentress, Scottish Borders, EH45 8NB

Ae Forest, Dumfries and Galloway

Although the Ae Forest bike centre is better known for its downhill trails and an excellent (although difficult) graded trail, the easy trail that begins at the cafe and bike shop is a real gem. The green (easy) trail is reasonably wide and follows the riverside before descending the opposite bank along a boardwalk. There is an old

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