Royal Enfield Classic 350 catches fire

Royal Enfield Classic 350 catches fire

A Royal Enfield Classic 350 parked in a locked Indian garage has caught fire, putting pressure on the manufacturer to investigate and possibly issue a recall. It follows a series of quality control issues, recalls and an Indian engineer suing the company for 40 faults in his new Himalayan model. It seems most of the …

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 review Triumph Motorcycles increasing

Triumph increasing Indian production

Triumph Motorcycles is increasing assembly in India to keep pace with the rapidly growing local market, now the largest in the world. While Triumph build several models for export in their Thailand facility, there is no talk that the assembly factory at Manesar will supply any markets outside of the country. They currently make about 20% …

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride DGR founder Mark Hawwa launches Ride Sunday

DGR founder launches Ride Sunday

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride founder Mark Hawwa (pictured) of Sydney has launched another international charitable motorcycle ride event called Ride Sunday for July 2, 2017. Mark tells us he has been working on the project for three years to provide riders with a wide variety of charities to support when they register online for the ride. …

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Trevor Moran - woman charged with his murder

No bail on motorcyclist murder charge

Lismore Local Court has again adjourned a hearing on the alleged murder of motorcycle rider Trevor Moran (pictured above) in a January 2017 road crash. Vanessa Fraser, 47, was sent to the mental health unit of a Sydney jail and did not appear in Lismore Local Court in February for the bail hearing or April 4 …

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BMW Vision Next 100 driverless automated self-driving artificial intelligence tests autonomous

Riders ignored by autonomous tests

Australian governments have issued guidelines for trials of autonomous vehicles on our roads but made no mention of motorcycles. The 24-page Austroads and National Transport Commission report does not mention motorcycles once, although bicycles are mentioned. Austroads boss Nick Koukoulas says the guidelines draw on international best practice and have a strong focus on safety. …

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40th anniversary of the Ducati Owners Club of Queensland buyout buyers crowd

Rare Italian bikes honour 40th anniversary

Some rare Italian motorcycles are expected to be on show in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall next month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Ducati Owners Club of Queensland. Despite the Festival of Italian Motorcycle & Scooters honouring the DOCQ anniversary, it is open to all Italian bike and scooter marques of any type, age …

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Rebel bikies anti-bikie

Did the ‘anti-bikie’ laws really work?

The tough, so-called anti-bikie VLAD laws in Queensland have not been the success the police claim they are, according to a crime expert. Queensland Police formed the anti-bikie unit, Task Force Maxima, after the VLAD laws were introduced, giving them greater powers. The Task Force has so far seized $13 million in drugs. That sounds like …

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Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited

Three headlights better than one

Drivers have a better perception of the approaching speed and visibility of a motorcycle if its has three headlights in a triangulated layout. That’s according to UK research that has been cited in the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) motorcycle safety report. And if you believe the study and want to add auxiliary lights to …

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Suter MMX 500 two-stroke

Two-stroke engines making comeback

Two-stroke engines were phased out by tough pollution laws and fuel economy targets, but they could be making a comeback with KTM, Honda and boutique builders. KTM and Honda have both registered patents for direct-injection two-stroke engines. In 2015, Honda filed a patent for a new two-stroke motor using direct fuel injection for a cleaner burn and …

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Crows Nest takes the cake with riders

Crows Nest takes the cake with riders

A couple of hundred riders rolled into the tiny town of Crows Nest yesterday to cut a cake and celebrate the town’s new status as Motorcycle Friendly. The celebration included the usual political speeches, cutting an official cake, motorcycle stalls and a couple of scenic rides through the region. The local soft drink company also made …

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