Big electric motorcycle battle looms

Battle looms on big electric motorcycles

The big electric motorcycle battle is looming this year between Harley-Davidson with its expensive LiveWire and Zero Motorcycles who are launching a new “effortlessly powerful” naked bike. But Australia will be at least another year or more behind. Harley-Davidson Australia won’t introduce the LiveWire, predicted to cost more than $40,000, until 2020. Zero Motorcycles pulled the …

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Rocket III

Triumph plans new Rocket and TFC models

Triumph Motorcycles looks like having another big year in 2019 with a possible 2.5-litre 134kW (180bhp) Rocket III and high-spec, limited-edition Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) models. The Rocket III has already the biggest capacity engine of any production motorcycle with a 294cc triple, delivering 221Nm of torque and 109kW of power. However, rumours about an …

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BMW R18 custom concept

Does BMW R18 hint at a 1.8-litre Boxer?

This wild Japanese custom BMW R18 seems to hint that the normally conservative Bavarian company may be considering a 1.8-litre boxer engine. BMW has a history of handing over custom builds to outside design houses that eventually turn into production models. A prominent example is the R nineT which started as the Concept Ninety by …

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Suzuki says bye-bye Busa?

Suzuki has confirmed its barnstorming GSX1300R Hayabusa – or Busa to its legion of fans – will cease sales in many markets this month as its engine no longer meets tough European emissions regulations. But production will continue in Japan for those countries that do not accept the latest Euro 4 regulations such as Australia …

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