Forks Goldwing patent

Honda Goldwing forks extended

Honda has filed a patent that indicates it may be planning to extend its Goldwing double-wishbone forks to other bikes in its range. Two patent drawings show the suspension being used on a neo retro CB1100 and a C125 Super Cub scooter. So anything in between could be suitable for the suspension. To us, it …

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Vyrus even scarier than coronavirus

If you think coronavirus is scary, how about the Italian Vyrus Alyen 988 with its origami bikini fairing and tailpiece with a host of winglets? It’s a rather unfortunate name for an Italian bespoke motorcycle company given the horrendous impact of the coronavirus on that country. But Vyrus has been around for a while and …

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Aprilia anti-dive forks

Aprilia patents anti-dive forks

Aprilia has applied for a patent for a system that prevents the front forks diving under heavy braking and losing the ability to absorb bumps. The drawings show it being used on Aprilia’s RS-GP MotoGP bike. However, preventing brake dive is more important on normal roads where there are more bumps that can unsettle a …

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BMW Classic R 18 cruiser

BMW launches classic R 18 cruiser

BMW Motorrad returns to the cruiser category with the classic R 18 cruiser styled after the 1936 R 5, including double white pinstriping. We’ve seen several other variants of the bike in concepts, prototypes and spy photos, so we expect this is just the first in a new line with the 1802cc boxer engine. BMW …

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2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel

KTM 890 R sharpens Super Scalpel

KTM had to abandon its world media launch of the new 890 R, dubbed the Super Scalpel, in the Canary Islands off Africa because of the pandemic. However, the bike has been virtually launched on the KTM YouTube official channel and will arrive in Australia in May from $17,195 (plus on-road costs). Super Scalpel Based …

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BMW R 18/2 cruiser shows

Coronavirus hits major motorcycle shows

The biennial Intermot and annual EICMA motorcycle shows in October and November appear to be in jeopardy with BMW Motorrad, KTM and Husqvarna the first to declare they will not attend. The shows in Cologne and Milan are the biggest in the world and are the showcase for manufacturers around the world to debut their new …

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Harley-Davidson cafe racer and tracker variants

More variants for Harley-Davidson Streetfighter

Harley-Davidson is expected to have several variants of its new Bronx range later this year including a naked streetfighter, a street tracker and a cafe racer. So far, the company has only revealed the streetfighter version. More variants However, trademark drawings support a street tracker version and images from an internal presentation to investors also suggest a cafe …

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Royal Enfield Himalayan colours

Royal Enfield Himalayan new colours

Even the coronavirus hasn’t stopped the rugged Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike in its tracks with sales booming and two new colours for 2020. RE closed all its production facilities around the world from March 23 for nine days. The bike recorded a 116% increase in sales in February, but the nine-day production setback may …

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Suzuki Katana Red in virtual launch

Suzuki Katana Red in virtual launch

Virtual launches look like becoming the new norm during the pandemic with Suzuki launching its cherry red Katana online instead of at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show which was cancelled. The Suzuki Katana was launched last year in silver and black colours which are historically accurate if a little staid and boring. This cherry red concept …

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Honda CB-F concept

Honda virtually unveils CB-F concept

The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 47th Tokyo Motorcycle Show, so motorcycle manufacturers have chosen to virtually launch their new products, including the Honda CB-F concept. This “modern retro” is a tribute to the CB900F of the 1970s-80s. But don’t get your hopes too high that it will come to Australia. The 20-13 …

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