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Give Your Ninja 250 A Sick New Look With Brasse’s 31BLK Modification Package

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The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is a fine bike, if a little middling. But with Brasse’s modification kit, you can transform it into something considerably more unique.

It comes complete with two gullwing headlamps, a drag speedometer, a new rear fender assembly, right & left component/cover panels, plus options like a quick-release passenger seat, replacement right and left lower fairings, and a side-mount license plate bracket.

“When not in use, the passenger seat is stored on the front of the bike – locking in place with a double slam-latch mounting bracket. When it’s time to give someone a lift, simply unlatch, and slide the parallel 13-inch solid steel rods back into the frame and pin-lock in place.” This gives you the ability to go from a streetfighter look to a passenger-carrying one in seconds. It’s $1,695 for the kit, which happens to include all the tools for the transformation, so you can do it yourself.

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This Is A Batman Motorcycle Helmet

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The motorcycle riders among you with a special hankering for all things Batman will surely get a kick out of the above helmet. It’s made by HelmetDawg and is fully DOT certified, meaning you can don it on your bike while still safe in the knowledge that at least your head will come out of an accident somewhat intact. It’s based off GMax’s GM48S helmet, but the ears and other custom parts are made from “a breakthrough proprietary elastomer (polymer) formula” and are not just cheap stuck-on additions. The rest of the helmet has a bunch of very neat features that people might want in such a product, like adequate venting and room for a communication system. Considering it’s $325, we’re going to call it a decent deal.

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Chubby Electric Motorbike Claims “World’s Most Powerful” Title

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The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle was unveiled last Monday at the Paris Motor Show, with all the fanfare that a bike claiming to be the world’s most powerful should have. And on paper at least, they’re right: the bike boasts 200bhp at 10,500RPM and 150 ft lb instantaneously. This is enough to propel the two-wheeled machine from 0-60 in 3.4s and to 100mph in 5.9s, on the way to a top speed of 106 mph (170km/hh). That’s not too bad, but is far from the fastest. The Lightning Electric Superbike takes that title, doing the 0-60 in 3s flat, on the way to a top speed of 166mph (265km/h).

Despite boasting more power, the Wattman suffers from being too heavy. The 12.8kWh battery, while being able to recharge to 80% in 30 minutes, doesn’t appear to provide much real world range. As tested by the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) standards, the company can claim a range of 180 km (112 miles). But this means “an average speed of 33.6 km/h (21 mph), which suggests that the batteries will last 5.35 hours at an average power of 2.4 kW (3.2 hp).” That’s not a typical usage scenario for a bike. At full power, the batteries last… 5 minutes. Granted that too isn’t a typical usage scenario, but it’s important to keep in mind that while they’re making huge strides, electric vehicles still have some way to go. And to pursue the title of “world’s most powerful”, while sacrificing performance and range in the process is an easy way to lose the interest of potential customers.

There’s no word on price, but given they’re hand-assembled, we’re going to guess it’s pretty high.

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World’s Largest Motorcycle Is A Gunbus 410

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Even though it’s been around for a few years, we’re just now taking a look at this beast above. Yes that’s an honest to goodness working motorcycle that you can ride on the street. Legally. It’ll either make you look like a tiny human from afar, or a gigantic douchenozzle from near. And since we’re a publication that cares about details, let us give you some about the Gunbus 410: it weighs 1,433 lbs., measures 11.3′ in length, has a saddle height of 2.6′, and the 2 cylinder V-type engine produces 710Nm at 1,900 RPM. If your metric is rusty, as ours is, that’s 510 ft/lbs in Imperial units. Yeah, that’s a lot of torques. Oh, and a reported 350 horses. And the 410 in the name? That’s for the displacement, coming in at a respectable 410 cubic inches; motorcycle aficionados will want to translate this into familiar terms so that’s 6,728cc. That’s right.

The Gunbus 410 is made by a German company called Leonheart Manufacturing and if you’ve been smitten by its gargantuan proportions, you can own one for the princely sum of about $350,000.

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Mission Motorcycle RS: The Electric Bike Just Entered The Big Leagues

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With Tesla paving the way, the reputation of electric vehicles as tree-hugging, wheeled road turtles is slowly fading away. The Mission RS from Mission Motorcycles is breaking ground in terms of performance. With an electric motor that’s one tenth the size of a standard motorcycle combustion engine, the RS packs 160hp and 120 ft/lbs of torque starting from 0 rpm. This can propel this crotch rocket to 60mph in 3 seconds, cover the quarter mile in a blistering 10.492 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 150mph. The bike is so fast that “Piloted by Steve Rapp, the Mission RS dominated the 2011 FIM/TTXGP at Laguna Seca, finishing the 8 lap race 39.9 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Rapp’s qualifying lap time of 1:31.3 broke all previous electric vehicle records at Laguna Seca.” All this with zero emissions, barely any engine noise and a real world range of about 140 miles. You won’t go cross country with this beast, but at least you’ll care about the environment without sacrificing any performance. You will sacrifice one thing however, and that’s money. The Mission RS is limited in production to 40 vehicles, and costs $75,000. Its almost-as-performing and much less rarified sibling, the Mission R, “only” costs $30,000 to $40,000, however.

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Accelerometer Equipped LED Braking Lights Work Even With Engine Brake

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Without brake lights, motor vehicles would be pretty dangerous; simply watching that hunk of metal in front of you getting bigger isn’t going to cut it, ever. But standard lights are also not 100% perfect. For instance when you slow down through either engine brake or downshifting, nothing lights up. And there’s rarely a way to tell whether you’ve just tapped the brakes or are mashing them with all your might. The VoloLights solve both those issues by including a 3-axis accelerometer. Sadly for motorcycles only, these LED lights will blink any time you’re slowing down, whether it’s through pressing the brake lever, through downshifting or even engine braking. What’s more, they’ll blink more rapidly in proportion to how fast you’re scrubbing speed. The system is embedded into a license plate holder that also has plate illumination so you can remain street legal. At $79 as a Kickstarter pledge, it’s a pretty affordable way to add yet another layer of safety to your ride.

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Is The Honda Grom The Moped For Grown Ups?

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You could argue that anyone can ride a Vespa-type of moped, but there is a strong contingent that will find it rather emasculating. There’s something about traditional mopeds that only teenagers and girls can get away with, and please don’t shower us with complaints; we’re just stating a known fact about a particular demographic. And yet not everyone that would want to ride a “grown-up” bike has the time, money or inclination to really do so. The 2014 Honda Grom appears to possibly bridge the gap between the two. While it’s definitely still a moped, the 125cc motorcycle seems to have enough muscle to please the manly man (or rather the manly 20 something), while still not entering the territory of higher-priced, higher insuranced, higher consuming, full-fledged motor bikes. Starting at only $3,000, you can use the Grom to go to college without spending half your tuition money on real-bike costs and without running as much of a chance of meeting a ditch at high speed.

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Predator Helmet Could Help You Get Some Respect On The Road

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This is one badass looking helmet. Based on a regular helmet structure (and thus, safe), Russian-based NLO Moto sculpts with fiberglass, carbon fiber and polycarbonate a crazy looking helmet reminiscent of the Predator. It’s complete with a dreadlock mullet and a tri-laser LED light, which can be upgraded to become a (possibly illegal) actual tri-laser. Other upgrades include carbon spearheads that attach at the tip of the dreadlocks, and “top level airbrushing”. Keep in mind that this is all on top of the base price, which stands at a hefty $780. That’s a lot of money to spend on a motorcycle helmet, so here’s hoping your ride is equally impressive.

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