Guido Koch's two-wheel-drive KTM 990 prototype

Will two-wheel-drive motorcycles take off?

Four-wheel drive works in cars, so why hasn’t two-wheel drive taken off? Several manufacturers have courted the idea for motocross or trail bikes. However, none has taken it up seriously because it makes the bike heavy, expensive and it’s only really useful in mud and sand, although having a light front wheel is also important …

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Yamaha MT-03 masters of torque noisy

Yamaha recalls MT-03 over noisy gears

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued a fourth recall on their learner-approved MT-03, this time for a machining defect that makes the gears noisy. The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the machining defect in the primary drive and driven meshing gears could make the bike excessively noisy during acceleration …

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Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand new boss Paul Skarie

Harley-Davidson new boss faces Aussie sales slump

Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand has a new boss just at a time when sales are starting to slump after several strong years. American Paul Skarie (pictured above) has been named managing director of HDA, following the departure of Aussie Nigel Keough for regional head office in Singapore. During Nigel’s term from late 2014, Harley …

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Motorcycle industry dealer showroom deal

What is wrong with the motorcycle industry?

The motorcycle industry needs to advertise more, spruce up its dealerships and reach out to non-riders, says an Australian riding veteran. His comments follow our recent article in which a Wall St researcher suggested sharing and leasing motorcycles to address the worldwide decline in sales. We have respected the writer’s wish to remain anonymous because he fears …

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M1 speed limit

State ‘reviews’ highway speed limit

Queensland’s widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a “review” of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games. If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state? Already speeds have been reduced …

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Potholes Victoria Melton conditions country poor road repair notes

Flare app notes bad road surfaces

An app that notes potholes and other road dangers to alert other riders and the local authorities could be extended from UK cyclists to motorcycle riders around the world. Many riders complain to their mates about potholes, “tar snakes”, lateral cracks, bumps and other poor road maintenance, but few do much about alerting councils and …

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eRoad Arlanda electric vehicle motorcycle charge

eRoad charges electric vehicles like slot cars

Sweden has developed an eroad that will charge electric vehicles like a Scalextric slot car set, including two-wheelers. The project, called eRoad Arlanda, so far consists of a 2km stretch of electrified road. It includes embedded electric rails in the surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down under the vehicle.  The eroad …

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Donate Indian Chief Vintage Max Vulling

Crashed rider to donate Indian Chief Vintage

A Victorian rider knocked off his BMW by a swinging trailer door is selling his Indian Chief Vintage to donate the proceeds to Epworth Hospital in recognition of the support and care they gave him during his rehabilitation. Max Vulling says the hospital is part of a not-for-profit group. “The staff from the cleaners to …

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Incorrect fine Tim Byrne

Police drop fine for standing on pegs

South Australian police have dropped a rider’s fine for standing on the footpegs after another review of the case.  Adelaide rider Tim Byrne (pictured above with the infringement notice) says he was fined for standing up while riding through some roadworks in January 2018 despite the practice being legalised in South Australia in 2016 and …

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