Ducati Super SOCO electric scooters $5000 spark

‘Ducati’ electric scooter under $5000

A Ducati-branded Chinese-made electric scooter will be imported by Perth-based company Vmoto through Urban Moto Imports, arriving in July for under $5000. When we announced the Italian manufacturer had signed the unusual deal to allow Chinese Super Soco electric scooters to carry their brand, Ducati Australia said they would not be sold here. They also …

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Hartford Classic 250cc

Rising costs attract Hartford bike imports

The cost of living is driving more riders to smaller motorcycles and scooters, says Hartford Australia who is importing small-capacity Taiwanese machines. Ballina-based importer Joe Fisher says scooters and learner bikes have “gone crazy” despite a slow market. “I come from a time when the industry was formed on XL250s and Belstaff jackets,” he says. …

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 - controversial

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a controversial bike

The Husqvarna single-cylinder Vitpilen 401 street bike is one of the most controversial and divisive motorcycles I’ve ridden in ages. After my road test I’m still trying to work out what it is all about and to which riders it will appeal. Controversial features are the price, styling, the single-cylinder engine and, of course, the …

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CFMoto 250NK confidence

CFMoto 250NK fills learner gap

The learner market continues to be flooded with models and now CFMoto Australia has filled the gap between the 150NK ($3090) and 400NK ABS ($5990) with the new 250NK at $3990 ride away. That compares with the Honda CB300F at $5699, Kawasaki Ninja 4090 at $6499, Suzuki GSX-R250 at $5790 and Yamaha YZF-R3 at $6299 …

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Bajaj Auto Dominar 400

Indian Bajaj Auto targets Australia

Indian motorcycle company Bajaj Auto is reported to be setting its sights on Australia with the introduction of its Dominar 400 learner bike. The company is the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, taking back the lead from fellow Indian company Royal Enfield. Bajaj Auto makes bikes from 100cc to 373cc and holds a 47% in Austria’s …

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CFMoto 650NK

CFMoto 650NK keeps updating

The Chinese-made CFMoto 650NK is still one of the best bang-for-your-buck bikes in the learner market and is now cheaper and better than when it was released in 2012. At $6490 ride away, it’s $700 cheaper than its launch price, yet it now has ABS brakes, Bosch EFI, new instrumentation and more aggressive styling from …

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Kawasaki Versys-X 300 available light bulb

Kawasaki baby adventurer available

The adventure market is opening up to novice riders now that the learner-approved Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is available in the Australian market. It will be available in candy lime green and metallic carbon grey or metallic graphite grey and flat ebony for $6399 (plus on-road costs). The new breed of baby adventurers to hit the market also includes …

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Kawasaki Ninja 650L for sporty novices

Kawasaki Ninja 650L for sporty novices

Kawasaki continues to lead the Australian market in learner-approved motorcycles with the launch of the Z650L and the Ninja 650L. We attended the launch of these two bikes last week and raved about the Z650L as a bike for novices, commuters, weekend warriors and returned riders. At $9699 (plus on-road costs) it’s an irresistible naked bike. READ …

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