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Riders used as political footballs

Motorcycles and riders are being used as political footballs in a trade war between the European Community and the United States over hormones used by US farmers in beef cattle. The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) is planning to introduce a tariff of 100% or more on European motorcycles with an engine capacity …

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Samurai motorcycle could be future

Motorcycle design has gone backwards with the current retro trend, but this futuristic samurai design could be the future for motorcycles. It’s called the Great Japan Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Concept and, of course, it is largely made of lightweight carbon fibre. It also features a lot of aerodynamics, including sheathed forks for better aero. It …

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Kiwi fixed speed camera

Call to turn speed cameras around

New Zealand authorities are being urged to turn speed cameras around because front-on cameras are not catching speeding motorcyclists. It’s a better option than re-introducing front number plates for motorcycles as suggested by former Victorian Road Safety Camera Commissioner Gordon Lewis. Speeding motorcyclists are estimated to account for around 10% of motorists captured by front-on …

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2017 Dakar Rally rider

Cheers for Aussies in 2017 Dakar Rally

Australia started with four bike competitors in the shortened 2017 Dakar Rally Dakar and ended with two finishing in the top 50, both battling injuries. Third timer Todd Smith, 31, of Condobolin, NSW is 18th after being third on stage 10 and crashing heavily while Dakar debutante Matthew Hart, 34, of Blacktown finished with a …

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Bring back the BMW HP2 Enduro

BMW is creating a host of new models from its successful R nineT range, but they should also add one from the long-popular R 1200 GS – a HP2 Enduro. The Bavarian company made a High Performance Enduro from 2005 to 2008 and I owned one. I also stupidly sold it! The bike was basically …

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Riders warned after fake parts haul

Riders warned after fake parts haul

Half a million fake and counterfeit vehicle parts seized in a raid in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week may have been destined for Australia. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and Nationwide Research Group have consequently warned motorists to be on the lookout for fake parts. It follows an FCAI warning in 2014 …

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Scott Britnell hopes to compete in the 2017 Dakar Rally rally rider

Rally rider hopeful for 2018 Dakar

Queensland rally rider Scott Britnell has been watching the Dakar Rally on TV while recovering from a crash six months ago that also crashed his hopes of competing in this year’s event. However, Scott Britnell is still planning to join the gruelling rally next January and is busy raising funds with his KTM 450RR race bike arriving soon. “I …

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Maritha Keyser Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists politicians

Politicians ignoring cyclist petition

Politicians are ignoring a petition against a rule allowing motorists to cross solid and double white lines to pass cyclists thus endangering oncoming motorcyclists. Rider Maritha Keyser, one of many people injured in such an incident, is disappointed that her petition, which is closing in on 2000 signatures, has failed to impress politicians. However, she …

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Aussies sell Italian bikes to Yanks

Australian importing group Urban Moto Imports has been selected to take over the importing of Italian MV Agusta bikes into the US and Canada. The move shows how much faith the Italian manufacturer has in UMI. We wish them well, but it’s going to be a hard slog for the Aussies led by UMI CEO …

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Harley-Davidson sues over illegal use of its trademark and bar-and-shield logo

Harley-Davidson sues again over logo

Harley-Davidson is again protecting its well-known logo and trademark by suing for what it sees as ripping off its genuine products. Last year, Harley sued international fashion company Forever 21 for allegedly selling jackets with a rip-off of their bar-and-shield logo and online retailer Gear Launch and associated companies for unlawful use of their logo. …

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