2018 Honda Goldwing DCT. It's a completely different animal. Restyled. Re-armed. Revitalised. That's what the factory press team has been telling us. After 17 years, the 2001 model was starting to look a little ropey. Comparatively speaking, that is. The new bike, however, is around 48kg lighter, or 105lbs if you prefer. Sounds like a lot. But in Gold Wing country, it doesn't make a heap of difference. Still, less is more. Well, more or less. Features include all the latest electrical tech, 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (think automatic). An Integrated Starter System (think stop/start in traffic). And a 1.1mph "Walking Mode" (think very slow walking, forward or backward). The engine is still 1,833cc, but it's a brand new unit in a brand new chassis. Question: Are these bikes simply excess for excess sake? Or do they still really scratch a two-wheeled touring itch? Either way, the price is £29,699 for the DCT Tourer, or £26,679 for the Manual. Set to roll in at the end of April 2018.



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H-D buys into Alta Motors


No, the motocross bike above isn't the latest production motorcycle from Harley-Davidson. And it's not a prototype either. It's actually the current electric Alta Redshift MX upon which we've tagged an Harley-Davidson logo. And we did that simply to illustrate the news that H-D has just bought a chunk of Alta, thereby consolidating its commitment to, in the very near future, build electric hogs. Based in Brisbane, California, Alta Motors was founded in 2010. The brief was to create world-class and even world-leading off-road and supermoto electric motorcycles. Currently, we're seeing just four bikes in the range, all based upon a common Alta Redshift platform and tweaked to offer optimum performance for the differing race/riding needs and disciplines. [More...]







Foscam Wireless Camera


To get right down to it, we like these "plug & play" 1280 x 720p Foscam Wireless Cameras, and we like 'em a lot. We bought a couple some months back, and they've since been on test quietly monitoring the comings and goings around the Sump garagesóand they've been doing a great job. We already had four hard-wired high-resolution cameras on the job. But by modern technology standards, these devices are medieval. Not that there's actually much wrong with them, mind. They watch. They listen. They record. But the new Foscam Wireless Cameras take security to a new level, notably by issuing instant alerts to our smartphones when we're out and about. Better still, the set-up routine is simple and (mostly) stress free. [More...]



CCM Bobber announced


Maybe it was inevitable that CCM would eventually get around to manufacturing a bobber. These days they're all the rage, and CCM has already been flirting with cafe racers and flat trackers in order to enhance (or perhaps dilute) its more traditional range of "Skunkwerx" Spitfire series bikes. Founded by Lancashire man Alan Clewsóa highly respected trials and scrambles racer of the late 1960s and early 70sóClews Competition Motorcycles (CCM) has enjoyed a long and convoluted manufacturing path which has included military machines, motocross bikes, supermotos and even a flirtation with the adventure scene. In doing so, some would say that CCM has totally confused its identity, largely through being bounced around a series of ownerships and torn between commercial impulses, always chasing the buck and seizing whatever (dubious?) opportunity came its way. [More...]


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