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100 Biker No. 248

100% Biker is the leading grass-roots custom bike magazine in the UK. It is the Bible for all things custom bike in Britain, covering the best from the custom bike and biker event world. It features traditional choppers and bobbers, streetfighters, rats, cafe racers, cruisers and custom bikes that don't easily fall into any definable category.

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Jazz Publishing
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3 min

In a month which hasn’t brought too much in the way of good news for motorcycles—the death of Daley Mathison on the Isle of Man, the banning of the Hells Angels MC, Satudarah and No Surrender MC in Holland and the ‘no it’s not 1st April’ announcement of the potential introduction of ‘noise cameras’—I came across a fascinating little story which caught my attention. As you will know, we bring you regular updates on the fast-moving world of electric motorcycles. So I was curious to learn about a model being launched by California-based Druid Motorcycles. While the company is planning to launch an electric motorcycle, it’s also planning the Sorcerer Hybrid which combines a 14kWh battery and a two-cylinder internal combustion engine. Obviously hybrid cars are hardly news—the first, the System Lohner-Porsche…

1 min
the bmw concept r18

However, we suspect that BMW’s new Concept R18 may well make it into production in a relatively unchanged form—and if it doesn’t, then it really should do! At the heart of the machine is BMW’s new 1.8 litre boxer engine, previously only seen in Custom Works Zon’s Yokohama Hot Rod Show-winning The Departed and Birdcage, a custom build by Revival Cycles in Austin, Texas, and here polished to a mirror finish. While it has more than a passing nod to BMW’s history with its classic livery, it also—as you would expect of a Beemer—incorporates state-of-the-art stuff. At the front is a huge 21-inch spoked wheel, complemented at the rear with an 18-incher, giving it a classic look reminiscent of 1920s BMWs. Of course, there is a reason for this new concept…

1 min
into the light: the arc vector

A carbon monocoque keeps the weight low while giving what the designer call ‘best-in-class chassis stiffness’. We’re not absolutely sure against what they are comparing the Arc Vector for it is pretty much in a class of its own at present, mooted as ‘the world’s most advanced electric motorcycle’. Innovations include hub-centred steering, custom carbon swing arm, Human Machine Interface, Heads-Up Display, haptic alerts and one of the most energy-dense battery cells in existence. It also boasts its own carbon swinging arm, designed in conjunction with MotoGP manufacturers Riba. Power will be provided by cutting edge Samsung 21-700 batteries—the Vector uses a huge 96-of them—which are among the most energy dense and reliable cells available. The Arc Vector will be the first motorcycle to use them even though they are not…

1 min
rolling to llangollen

The first weekend of August sees the return of the LlanBikeFest in the lovely surrounding of Llangollen in North Wales. Now in its fifth year, the event has gone from strength to strength and this year promises to be the best yet. Among the attractions on offer will be the Motorcycle Adventure Author Zone which has proved so popular in the past and that this year will feature the likes of Bernard Smith and Cathy Birchall who rode around the world together with Bernard at the helm as Cathy is blind; Jacqui Furneaux who bought a Royal Enfield at the age of 50 and set off around the world and didn’t come back for seven years, and the remarkable Elspeth Beard, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle…

1 min
2019 with a bullet

Coming to Royal Enfield dealerships this August will be the Bullet Trials Works replica, inspired by the company’s history in the International Six Days Trials and a tribute to Johnny Brittain who won the ISDT twice and the Scott Trial twice, not to mention amassing over fifty major championship trials wins. The Bullet Trials will be available with Enfield’s 500cc single (it was launched earlier this year in India in both a 500 and 350cc configuration but there’s no word on whether the UK will get the smaller capacity model) and a host of styling cues which hark straight back to the classic trials days of the 1940s and ’50s. It will have tyres with a block tread pattern for improved offroad grip and handlebars reinforced with a cross brace, as…

1 min
lids and leathers

Notas is running a campaign to collect old and damaged helmets and riding gear to donate to the emergency services (primarily the ambulance service) around the country. This gear will be used for training purposes, teaching safe removal and how to cut helmets off where necessary. The idea, according to Notas (which describes itself as an informal group for likeminded individuals with an interest in motorcycles and the biker lifestyle) and the ambulance service, is that the most realistic the training, then the better the response in a real-life situation. Notas is looking for clubs, groups and individuals around the country who would be willing to act as collection points for the donations and could drop them off with the emergency service recipients. It’s a simple yet brilliant idea which could…