Dutch wooden bike runs on algae oil combustion

Internal combustion engines not dead yet

Despite the coming era of electric motorcycles, there is still plenty of life left in the internal combustion engine. KTM has just released two enduro bikes with direct-injection two-stroke engines, two Dutch designers have built a wooden bike (pictured top) that runs on algae oil and a South American has invented a bike that runs …

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Buyers lining up for Ducati company

Private equity firms, known for stripping assets, and Indian motorcycle manufacturers are interested buyers for Ducati, according to respected economic source Bloomberg. In April, Volkswagen was reported to be looking for buyers for Ducati to help pay off its multi-billion-dollar costs of the 2015 emissions scandal. This month, the Times of India reported that Ducati …

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Kawasaki ZX-6R becomes stunt bike

Stunt rider Jamie Baker (JB) has revealed his highly modified Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 freestyle stunt machine aptly named “Carnage”. The conversion from a road-legal Ninja ZX-6R 636 to a fully equipped stunt bike took six weeks. “After the success of my last Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 build, The Deadpool, I decided to carry on …

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Sat-Cam two-way speed cameras on Mt Mee

Are satellite speed cameras coming?

This photo of a “Sat-Cam” two-way fixed speed camera unit on a “speed trial” on Mt Mee Rd northwest of Brisbane has many riders perplexed. Satellite cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, can measure average speed over long distances. They have been trialled in the UK, but not yet in Australia. …

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Council makes ban on footpath parking permanent

A Melbourne council has voted to permanently ban motorcycles from parking on several St Kilda footpaths, but has agreed to more on-street motorcycle parking areas. Port Phillip Council introduced a six-month trial ban on motorcycle footpath parking in some areas of St Kilda in February 2016 “for the safety of pedestrians”. The ban prompted a protest …

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Footpath parking protest support

Call for footpath parking support

Riders have been urged to show their support for footpath motorcycle parking by attending a City of Port Phillip council meeting tomorrow night (May 17,2017). In February, 2016, council began a “six-month trial ban” on footpath motorcycle parking in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. City of Port Phillip spokeswoman Fiona Blair said at the time that the …

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Bill Davidson says Harley serious about 100 new models

Harley-Davidson is serious about developing 100 new models in the next 10 years and is not just grabbing headlines, says Bill Davidson, great grandson of founder William A. Davidson. Early this year company boss Matt Levatich said they would unveil 50 new models in five years and last month updated that comment to 100 new …

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Dealers list best and worst motorcycle brands

Dealers in Harley Davidson, Triumph and KTM are the most satisfied with the brands, according to the latest National Motorcycle Dealers Association survey in the UK. The least-valued franchises are Piaggio Group, Honda and Ducati. The biannual survey examines how dealers view the major issues currently affecting them, while also evaluating how these views are …

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Jay Leno features Aussie ‘Ducati’

West Australian motorcycle company Vee Two features its Ritorno Ducati replica motorcycle in the latest edition of Jay Leno’s Garage. Vee Two specialises in bevel-drive engines and motorcycles and is the largest manufacturing supplier for Ducati bevel parts world wide. They also build the Ritorno bevel-gear Ducati replica engine to put into an historic bike frame or …

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Yamaha tourer may get reverse

Yamaha will unveil a new cruiser-style touring bike on June 5 in the USA with reverse, heated seats, grips, backrests, GPS and a Bluetooth music system. At least that is what is hinted at in this official Yamaha teaser video. Last year yamaha announced they would scrap the “Star” name for their cruiser range. However, …

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