Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki does the new Z650L a disservice by referring to it as a learner motorcycle. This is a bike that will not only suit learners, but also novices, returned riders, commuters, weekend warriors and people who are honestly not all that fussed with tech specs, but just want to ride a fun bike! For just …

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Ducati Zero electric concept

Ducati Zero electric design concept

If Ducati ever builds an electric motorcycle, it could look like this Ducati Zero futuristic design concept from the Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School). Design students Bart Heijt, Fernando Pastre and Raquel Villani came up with this design for an electric-powered Ducati in a collaborative project with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. What we …

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MV Agusta Dragster Blackout

MV Agusta Dragster Blackout custom

Cash-strapped MV Agusta is not introducing any new models this year, but has promised several model variants and special editions that could include this Dragster 800 Blackout. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it looks great and black has always been a popular colour among riders. The Dragster 800 Blackout is mechanically the same …

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ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

The 2017 range of Royal Enfield have launched in the UK with dual-channel ABS, a rear disc instead of drum brake and a “Redditch” selection of three bright new colours. There is a stony silence from Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) about the likelihood of these coming to Australia. Perhaps they are still stuck …

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2017 Kawasaki Z650

Kawasaki is leader in learner bikes

Kawasaki is the undisputed leader of learner motorcycles with 13 models from cruiser to adventurers to sports bikes, increasing soon to 15. Motorbike Writer is currently on the way to Sydney to test the new $9699 Z650L (pictured at top) and updated Ninja 650L launch. Both bikes fit into the Learner-Approved Motorcycles Scheme (LAMS) which …

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Ducati Diavel Diesel

Ducati Diavel becomes Diesel devil

Ducati haven’t converted the Diavel to diesel power, but they do have a limited edition of 666 (the devil’s number) in collaboration with Italian design house Diesel Licensing. If it tickles your fancy, you better be quick because only five are coming to Australian in May 2017 and they will cost $34,490 (NZ $39,990). That’s $10,000 …

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Street Triple R

Bigger, better Triumph Street Triple

No, you haven’t developed numeric dyslexia, the Triumph 675cc Street Triple is now a 765cc Street Triple although there is still a 660cc learner-approved model available. They will arrive in Australia in March/April with pricing announced in February. We should expect a hike in price, at least for the new-fandangled 765cc models. The new Street Triple …

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2017 Honda CMX bobber

Honda announces CMX bobber price

Honda Australia has announced the CMX bobber will arrive here in April 2017 at $8995 ride away. While the learner-approved 471cc motorcycle is basically a Honda Rebel with a bit of a Yamaha Bolt ($11,999 + on-road costs) make-over, it won’t be called a Rebel here. In Australia, it will just be called the CMX bobber and …

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