Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 arriving

Royal Enfield Twins sales boom

Boom sales of the new Royal Enfield 650cc twins are morphing the traditional Indian motorcycle manufacturer from a small-capacity bike company into a mid-capacity manufacturer. After years of record growth, the company has now reported several months of declining sales. However, the decrease is only in the 350cc models which had previously made up more …

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Triumph releases Ace and Diamond T120 models

Bloor signs Ace and Diamond Bonnevilles

The signature of Triumph Motorcycles boss Nick Bloor comes with each Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace and Diamond limited-edition model arriving in Australia in the next few weeks. There will be 1400 Ace models at $18,450 and 900 Diamond Edition models at $18,150 (plus on-road costs). That compares with the current T120 retail price of $17,200. However, …

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Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Whoever thought they would hear the words “Ducati” and “electric scooters” in the same sentence? But now it seems Perth-based Vmoto who manufacturers in China has signed a licence agreement with the Italian manufacturer to make luxury electric scooters under the Ducati brand. They claim they will be sold worldwide through current distribution networks. However, …

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Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC ace diamond

Special Rocket 3 and Thruxton coming

Only 25 limited-edition 2.5-litre Triumph Rocket 3 TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) models will be coming to Australia, but you better be quick. Triumph Motorcycles Australia spokesman Dale McBride says they have had “massive interest and most deposits already down for a chance to own the special edition”.  Pricing is yet to be announced. Meanwhile, the Thruxton TFC …

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Honda helmet radar monitors for rear ender

Honda helmet radar monitors your rear

Honda has been busy recently applying for patents for a range of out-there inventions including this helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender. The helmet features a rear-facing camera that monitors traffic behind the rider. This information is sent to a processing unit which detects a fast-approaching vehicle and sends …

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Indian FTR 1200 deposits

Roadshow boosts Indian FTR 1200 deposits

A national roadshow of pre-production Indian FTR 1200 models has been deemed a success with “a number of $1000 deposits” being taken. The pre-production models have been on show at various Indian dealers over the past month. Indian Motorcycle marketing boss Christopher Gale says the roadshow was a success with “showrooms full of people at …

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Yamaha turbo blown

Yamaha’s future might be blown!

Yamaha might be going down the blown track like Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati with a patent filing for a turbocharged parallel twin. It follows Kawasaki’s H2 supercharged bike and patent filings by Suzuki and Honda for turbocharged engines, while Ducati applied for a patent for an exhaust system turbine. So it seems the future …

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