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Haval H9 – Review

In this episode of The Open Road, Nick Drives the Haval H9 – just landed from China. Engine – Turbo 4 cyclinder 16 valve double VVT direct injection Max power – 180kw @ 5500rpm Max Torque – 350 Nm @ 1800-4500rpm Transmission – ZF – 8AT w/ paddle shift Weight …

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HSV – What can we expect now?

Well, quite a lot of Awesome actually. After posting the Commodore Film, there was a lot of chatter about the future of both Holden and HSV. It would seem there is no sign of slowing down, just a shift. Now this might not please everyone but if the internet has …

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2018 Holden Commodore – First Impression and Review – The Open Road

Nick was sent on an Adventure by Holden New Zealand to drive the new Commodore to Queenstown from Dunedin Here’s the findings Pricing LT 2.0l Turbo Petrol – 2WD – Liftback $45,990 RS-V 3.6l V6 AWD $58,990 VXR 3.6l V6 AWD $67,990 More pricing options available via Holden A post …

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Lexus LC500 – The Open Road – Review and Test Drive

On this episode of The Open Road Nick drive the Lexus LC500 from Matakana to Auckland. Tech Specs Engine: 5.0l V8 Power: 471 HP L/100km: avg 10.4 ( average varies through modes) Price as tested: $220,000 ( with glass roof) A few after thoughts. There is only so much we …

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R-Rated – 2017 Honda Civic Type R Review – The Open Road

In this episode of The Open Road Nick Drives the 2017 Honda Civic Type R – This is not your Nana’s Civic. A post shared by The Empire Media Group (@theempire_nz) on Feb 14, 2018 at 11:25pm PST Price as tested – $59,900 + ORC Special thanks to -Honda New …

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Leadfoot Festival footage

A good friend of The Empire, Sharn, took her motorcycle to the Leadfoot Festival this year, she got some pretty cool footage that I thought would be good to share for you guys to enjoy! Her bike is a year 2000 Honda NSR125 frame, with 1975 Suzuki GP100 motor (bottom …

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Your first Track Bike!

  So, now you’ve been to the racetrack a couple of times, you’ve been bitten hard by the track “bug”, and you’ve decided that you want to keep your Road Bike nice and shiny and not risk dropping it at the track… Enter the dedicated Track Bike!     Basically, …

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Old vs New Motorcycles

  We’ve seen some amazing developments in the motorcycle world these last few years, with electronics taking things to a whole new level. But I wonder, how much is really necessary for a pure riding experience? Do you simply want to go as fast as humanly possible, or can you …

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Ever wondered how a Clutch works?

I always find it interesting how things work, I also think its a good idea to understand how things work that you might be using, this is a really good explaination video on how a clutch works

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Cemetary Circuit and HD Moto Trackday

  This last week has been epic, filled with motorbikes! I travelled down to Wanganui for the Boxing Day racing at “Cemetery Circuit”, then back home for a trackday at Hampton Downs on my own bike. Such an awesome week!     My Uncle Steve was part of a team …

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