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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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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2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500

2017 Harley Street 500 more secure

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 is a little bit more secure with a Smart Security System and safer anti-lock brakes fitted as standard. New price is $11,495 ($11.995 NZ), up $750 on previous prices, but Harley Australia marketing guru Adam Wright says he believes customers will appreciate ABS and the immobiliser system. He says ABS adds a safety …

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CFMoto 400NK and 650NK

CFMoto 400NK adds to learner lineup

CFMoto Australia has added the new 400NK to its learner-approved line-up which also includes an updated 650NK, plus the 650TK and 150NK. The 400NK costs $5490 ride away while the Continental ABS version is $500 more. The new 650NK with ABS is $6990 and 650TK is $7749. They come with two-year factory warranty.  CFMoto Australia …

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Braap Moto 3

Braap motorcycles recalled over stickers

Braap Motorcycles has voluntarily recalled about 200 bikes over what seems a trivial issue – the absence of stickers and stamps on the exhaust and other parts. Australian GM Toby Wilkin says the exhaust still complies with the Australian standards for noise, but is just missing the stamp that says so. “It’s a simple matter …

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