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News Cycles: March 30, 2018

Mar 30, 2018

Welcome to News Cycles, Common Tread’s roundup of what’s happening on our servers and everywhere else. Every Friday, look for a collection of news, stories, and all things moto from around the web. This week, 110,000 miles on a Super Cub, a look inside Energica's 3D printing process, Lemmy hits the boost, and more.

Live on an island? Build a motorcycle from bamboo

Top Gear Philippines interviewed Chris Lacson, the CEO and designer behind the striking Banatti Green Falcon. Lacson and his team took bamboo, a key resource on the island nation, and built a bike around an electric drivetrain. If the idea sounds a bit Gilligan’s Island, watch and decide for yourself. At any rate, the Professor would be proud.

Interview: Ed March and his globetrotting Honda Super Cub, "Ninety"

As part of celebrating the Super Cub’s 60th anniversary, Honda just released a great little writeup on Ed March, who’s done over 110,000 miles on his Super Cub. U.S. readers might know the bike as the C90 or Passport, since a certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. had the Super Cub name first in America. March found YouTube fame with C90 Adventures, where he documents his travels around the world on his unkillable Super Cub.

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C90 Adventures screenshot.

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 first ride review

Lance goes trans-Atlantic for a first encounter with Ducati’s new 1,100 cc Scrambler. As the biggest Scrambler yet, the bike takes the existing platform to a new level, and the result is fairly unique in its class.

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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100. Ducati photo.

New, more affordable GoPro on its way: the Gopro Hero. Just Hero.

GoPro has just announced a new camera, the least expensive in their current lineup at $199. Copycat competitors have strained the action camera company’s sales, and GoPro’s unsuccessful drone effort added an expensive mistake into the mix. With the new Hero, GoPro hopes to make their cameras more accessible, while continuing to offer advanced models like the Hero 6. Many riders (myself included) have held on to older-gen GoPros as prices crept higher and specs became overkill. The bare-bones Hero looks like a solid helmet cam, and perhaps a return to more utilitarian products. 

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The price is right, or at least GoPro thinks so. GoPro photo.

3D printing’s role in the new Energica Ego streetbike

Curious about how 3D printing helps make prototype motorcycles? Energica uses 3D printing to make their Ego electric sport bikes, and they aren’t just limited to rigid plastic parts. Thanks to some space-age stuff called Windform, Energica can even 3D print the seats in a rubber-like material. 

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Energica doesn't 3D print the production seats, but they fine-tune the ergos of prototypes by printing rubbery seats. CRP Technology photo.

Lemmy + superchargers. Any questions?

Kawasaki gave Lemmy the keys to a new H2 SX SE. They didn’t realize they were also giving him the keys to a new kingdom of speed, where forced induction rules supreme.

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2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE. Kevin Wing photo.

That's all for this week. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback, in the comments or via email. If you've got comments, feedback, or moto news you'd like to share, shoot an email to Check back for more News Cycles every Friday.