Ural North America

Ural proves its worth in North America

As North America takes over Australian distribution of Ural sidecars, the former boss heads north to Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest to test the rugged vehicle. Ural Australia GM Clare Mailler assures customers that it’s business as usual as the North America distributor, Irbit MotorWorks of America (IMWA), takes over distribution. She says they will …

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Can-Am Spyder F3 Daytona 500 Edition

Spyder family grows and may add motorcycles

While Can-Am has dropped the base model RS and RSS three-wheel Spyder roadsters from their 2017 line-up, the F3 range has expanded with the release of two new models – F3 LTD and F3 Daytona 500 Edition. This comes as BRP is reported to be considering also making motorcycles as it did in the 1970s when it was …

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Harley-Davidson Freewheeler trimes

Harley-Davidson trikes coming soon?

The long wait for Harley-Davidson trikes in Australia, including the new hot-rod Freewheeler, could soon be over. Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss Nigel Keough says the lengthy delay has been getting Australian Design Rule compliance. “Australia has a unique set of compliance issues and we’ve been working through them for several years now; long before I …

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Ural Ranger in Sage Green quality

Ural works on improving build quality

Ural has no new models for 2016, but is working on improving the quality of its three models including new off-road engine mapping suitable for Australian conditions. Ural Australia claim that the world’s only sidecar motorcycle factory still operating is now focussing on raising the quality control of parts and improving assembly procedures. “Ural starter …

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Tilting Motor Works trike conversion

Tilting trike conversion for Harley-Davidson

The growing demand for trikes has yielded some interesting conversion kits such as this new one from Tilting Motor Works that converts most Harley-Davidsons into a reverse trike with two wheels up front. The base unit costs about $US10,000 while a roll-over stabiliser increases the price to $US13,000. The Tilting Motor Works conversion kit includes …

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Can-Am F3 baggers

Can-Am Spyder F3 roadster goes bagger

The sporty Can-Am Spyder F3, with its feet-forward muscle cruiser stance and exposed 1330cc three-cylinder engine, now comes in bagger versions. The Spyder F3-T and F3 Limited baggers are joined by the F3-S and a limited number of triple-black F3-S Special Series models. For 2016, the Spyder F3 roadster also gets new colour options, a …

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Can-Am Spyder F3 Triple Black

Can-Am Spyder goes triple black

The Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black is the first model unveiled from the 2016 model line-up. It features Triple Black paint and graphics, six-spoke black chrome front wheels, tinted low windshield, LED running lights, and electronic cruise control. The F3 model, powered by a Rotax 1330cc three-cylinder engine, was launched last year …

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2015 Ural cT tourer

Ural lowers ride, raises price

Ural has lowered the suspension of their T tourer outfit to release the cT version. The Russian company says the suspension changes to the outfit are “quite subtle”, but the price change in Australia is almost $2000 more at $20,340 (+ORC). The Ural cT gets lower clearance by changing from 19-inch wheels to 18-inch and using …

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Can-Am Spyder

Can-Am Spyder recall over fires

The 2013 model Can-Am Spyder three-wheel roadster will be recalled globally after concerns over the vehicle bursting into flames. Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) of Canada has agreed to recall nearly 7100 Spyder RT motorcycles globally. The Australian recall notice has not yet been issued. Owners of 2008-12 Spyders will also be notified again after a …

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Polaris Slingshot SL LE

Autocycle is the newest motorcycle

Confusion about whether a three-wheeler is a trike, roadster or a three-wheel car seem to have been further confounded by Texas which has classed the new Polaris Slingshot as an autocycle. The Texas motor vehicle department wouldn’t let drivers register Slingshots as motorcycles when they were launched last year because riders sit inside the vehicles …

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