2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, announced at EICMA, Milano. anniversary anniversary

Honda recalls Fireblade over tank leak

Honda Australia has recalled the 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade over a defective fuel cap seal that may allow fuel to leak from the tank, or water to enter. The official recall notice has been lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: In the worst case scenario, water entering the fuel tank may cause the engine …

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2016 Triumph Speed Triple S and R

Triumph recalls Speed Triples for electrical short

Triumph Motorcycles Australia has recalled the Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S over a possible electrical short and engine stall issue. The notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says a bracket may interfere with the link lead. That could damage the outer protective sheathing and over time potentially expose the wire. Contact …

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Ducati V4 EICMA surprise

No surprise Italians vote for Ducati V4

It comes as no surprise that the Ducati Panigale V4 1409 won the vote for the most beautiful bike of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, making it five years in a row for the Italian company. Of course Italians will always vote for their own bike at their show, but now you can have your …

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Cause crash US study

SMIDSY biggest cause of motorbike crashes

It is no surprise that the biggest single cause of crashes is the fact that motorists don’t look for riders, according to a US study. The 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study was only conducted in Orange Country, California. However, the Oklahoma State University study seems to have similar results to other crash studies around the world. …

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Is your motorcycle male or female?

Many riders name their bikes, some of them giving them a male or female name, but psychologists say the “sex” of your bike depends on the rider. When motorcycles ascribe gender model names they are male: Fat Boy, Fat Bob, Chieftain, Scout, etc. We couldn’t find any female model motorcycle names, although there are a few …

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Monkey steals motorbike fuel

Addicted monkey steals motorcycle fuel

Some of the best and strangest motorcycle videos come from India and now there is this YouTube video of a monkey stealing motorcycle fuel. The chimp has been seen around markets in Panipat where riders have been complaining of empty fuel tanks. They must have thought a thief was stealing the fuel. Or perhaps vandals …

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Victoria leads speed camera revenue

Victoria leads the nation in plundering motorists with speed camera fines, reaping $363.15 million last financial year which is more than a third of the national total of $1.1 billion. The figures for the 2016-17 financial year were quoted in a press release from Ford which suggests that Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) built into their …

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Road safety crash accident motorcycle scam

Motorcycle crash statistics scam

Authorities that continue to selectively quote motorcycle crash statistics are perpetrating a scam that endangers vulnerable motorcycle riders. Yes, riders represent a higher proportion of the crash statistics than their number, but the trend for crashes is actually going down. However, police, authorities, road safety Nazis and media are conning us with their myopic view …

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Female riders trial for GS Trophy

Female riders trial for GS Trophy

Two female riders have been selected to represent Australia in a trial to compete in the female team at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia in June 2018. Julia Maguire and Andrea Box fly out this week to South Africa to compete for selection in the international female team after qualifying last week. “The …

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Motorcycle safety focus of seminars

Motorcycle safety has been a welcome focus of two recent major Australian forums over the past week. Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) hosted a seminar on road infrastructure issues and motorcycle crashes today (November 1, 2017) and Deakin Uni hosted a symposium on motorcycle safety last Friday (October 27). The ARRB seminar brought together road …

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