NSW Future transport report

Transport future without motorcycles?

While the future of transport would seem to be smaller vehicles and more two-wheelers, one state doesn’t agree and has left motorcycles out of its plans. The NSW Future Transport Technology Roadmap for the next 20 years doesn’t mention motorcycles once in its 98 pages. That’s not uncommon among planning authorities. We’ve criticised Austroads before over …

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2016 Triumph Bonneville family recalled over fire risk

Triumph Bonnevilles recalled over fire risk

A fire risk has sparked the recall of the new water-cooled Triumph Bonneville motorcycles thanks to a fault in the fuel tank wiring. Models affected are the 900cc Triumph Street Twin, Bonneville T100 and Bonneville T100 Black, as well as the 1200cc Bonneville T120 Black, Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton 1200R models. The Australian Consumer and …

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Are roads becoming safer for riders?

Road construction and road safety experts around the world are acknowledging that roads need to be designed with rider safety in mind, but only one country seems to be following the advice. Highways England, the company responsible for running over 4000 miles (6400km) of England’s motorways and major roads, has joined a landmark collaboration to …

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Billy Joel built Bruce Springsteen’s Moto Guzzi

Billy Joel seems to have partially solved the mystery surrounding fellow rock star Bruce Springsteen’s Moto Guzzi which broke down recently. It was apparently built at Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles custom motorcycle shop on Long Island which specialises in turning modern motorcycles into retro customs. On Monday, Billy Joel played the Boss’s Born to Run …

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Inquest highlights pothole risks to riders

An inquest into the death of a rider who hit a pothole on a newly opened bridge is expected to highlight the risk for motorcyclists of poor road design and poor maintenance. James Hughes, 50, died when his Ducati 900S hit a massive pothole at the Oallen Ford Bridge near Goulburn in NSW on October 4, …

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2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato business

Business as usual for MV Agusta?

Russian investment has apparently saved the MV Agusta business from going under, but there are no details yet on what it means to owners and customers. Australian importers Urban Moto Imports marketing manager Joshua Pilley says they have no official comment. “It’s business as usual,” he says.  “We are looking forward to getting some of the …

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Kawasaki Rideology will talk with riders

Artificial Intelligence bikes coming

Future Kawasaki motorcycles will have artificial intelligence (AI) that will adapt the bike to your riding style and skill level based on “conversations” between rider and bike. Many riders will have spoken to their bike, usually obscenities when they break down. However, Kawasaki has announced they are developing a natural language dialogue system system where …

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Matt Damon and Liam Neeson in TT movie?

Hollywood blockbuster actors Matt Damon (Bourne Identity) and Liam Neeson (Taken) are tipped to star in an action movie about the famous and deadly Isle of Man TT race. No, it’s not yet another documentary, of which there are several. This is expected to be a full-on action flick. Both actors are keen motorcyclists, but …

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Roadkill fauna crash statistics

Animal strikes are ‘vital’ crash statistics

Motorcycles hitting kangaroos and other native fauna and livestock should be noted as a separate crash cause in road toll statistics, according to a motorcycle campaigner. Independent Riders’ Group spokesman Damien Codognotto points out that “animal strikes”  are “seriously under-reported road hazards”. “Last week a couple died hitting a tree after avoiding a kangaroo,” he …

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Vincent rapide

Vincent Rapide sells for near-record

A long lost Vincent 1938 HRD Series A Rapide found among a collection in Japan has been sold at a H&H auction to a British buyer bidding on the phone for £ (about $A444,500). The amount is just short of the £275,000 (about $A456,800) world record for a Vincent sold in 2008. H&H Classics spokesman Mark Bryan says …

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