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Call for motorcycle road craft courses

Australian riders are desperately short of road craft advanced riding courses after the closure of a subsidised course on the Gold Coast five years ago. Rider Tod Parkes asked us if there were any road craft courses available to teach advanced survival skills to licensed riders in the real world of riding. We did some research …

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Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki does the new Z650L a disservice by referring to it as a learner motorcycle. This is a bike that will not only suit learners, but also novices, returned riders, commuters, weekend warriors and people who are honestly not all that fussed with tech specs, but just want to ride a fun bike! For just …

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World on Wheels offers free DVD

Australian-based motorcycle travel experts World on Wheels (WOW) are offering a free DVD of their trips so you can see just what you are in for! Here’s the trailer. The free DVD includes 12 five-minute videos of each of the WOW trips being offered in 2017. They were edited by former Road Rider editor Mick Matheson who …

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Lane filtering heatwave

Lane filtering a saviour in heatwave

Heatwave conditions are bad enough for riders, but moving slowly in heavy city traffic makes it so much more important that you keep moving by lane filtering where legal. HOW TO PREVENT DEHYDRATION Melbourne rider Ray Lindner describes his recent ordeal riding his Triumph Tiger XC in heatwave conditions in slow-moving traffic. Share this article …

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Ducati Zero electric concept

Ducati Zero electric design concept

If Ducati ever builds an electric motorcycle, it could look like this Ducati Zero futuristic design concept from the Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School). Design students Bart Heijt, Fernando Pastre and Raquel Villani came up with this design for an electric-powered Ducati in a collaborative project with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. What we …

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MV Agusta Dragster Blackout

MV Agusta Dragster Blackout custom

Cash-strapped MV Agusta is not introducing any new models this year, but has promised several model variants and special editions that could include this Dragster 800 Blackout. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it looks great and black has always been a popular colour among riders. The Dragster 800 Blackout is mechanically the same …

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ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

The 2017 range of Royal Enfield have launched in the UK with dual-channel ABS, a rear disc instead of drum brake and a “Redditch” selection of three bright new colours. There is a stony silence from Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) about the likelihood of these coming to Australia. Perhaps they are still stuck …

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Riders used as political footballs

Motorcycles and riders are being used as political footballs in a trade war between the European Community and the United States over hormones used by US farmers in beef cattle. The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) is planning to introduce a tariff of 100% or more on European motorcycles with an engine capacity …

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Festival of Speed classic motorcycles

Festival of Speed follows Island Classic

Classic race motorcycle fans won’t have long to wait after the Phillip Island Classic next weekend with the International Festival of Speed in Sydney in March. The 14th annul event used to be called the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed. It returns to Sydney Motorsport Park on March 23-26, 2017 with a long list of …

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