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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Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki baby Versys and Z models for 2017

Kawasaki Motors Australia is joining the new small-bore adventure market with their 2017 Baby Versys X-300 now confirmed for Australia. The bike is one of several new and improved models Kawasaki Motors Australia will show at the Melbourne Moto Expo from November 25. The other new models Kwaka will show include the Z900 and Z650L. The …

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Norton V4 RR

Norton reveals limited edition V4 SS and RR

Norton has broken with tradition to release their first four-cylinder motorcycles, the limited-edition V4 SS and V4 RR models. The 200 V4 SS models are already sold out at £44,000 each (about $A74,000, $US55,000) while the 150 V4 RR models cost £28,000 each (about $A47,000, $US35,000). There is no word from Norton Australia on whether …

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Harley Days 2016 - Wollongong, Australia.

Harley Days 2017 still to be decided

The first open Australian Harley-Davidson rally, called Harley Days, held at Wollongong over the weekend was a “home run” for the brand. However, a decision on the future of the event will “not be rushed”. HD marketing manager Adam Wright says they had about 10,000-plus people at the Stuart Park venue over the three days. …

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ABS alcohol lock road safety safe

Is ABS as safe as officials believe?

Europe is mandating ABS on motorcycles and it is being considered in Australia but only now is a survey seeking to find out if ABS is safe in the real world. British road safety researcher Elaine Hardy is seeking riders around the globe who have been involved in a crash on a bike fitted with …

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Barefoot bowls follows charity ride

Riders can celebrate the 15th annual Bras n Bikes Breast Cancer Fundraiser Ride with a round of barefoot bowls at the Yandina AFL Club after the ride on October 23, 2016. The charity ride is organised by Sunshine Coast women’s riding group, Girl Torque. Group leader Judy Noakes says there were  510 riders and 100 pillions …

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Odo reading

Who has the highest odometer reading?

Many riders clock massive miles/kilometres on their odometer and we want to reward the well-travelled for their efforts with a free Audicator indicator warning system. The idea came to us when Kawasaki sent us a press release about Malcolm Milne of South Australia achieving more than 300,000km on the odometer on his 2007 Kawasaki 1400GTR. …

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Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and matching jet helmet

Moto Guzzi helmets reflect new V9

Thanks to the new rules on European-approved helmets throughout Australia, Moto Guzzi Australia has imported a range of helmets to suit the new V9 Bobber and Roamer. The $315 open-faced jet helmets are not only stylish and low profile, but also match the new colours of the hipster V9 models. The bikes look like they …

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Suzanne Batchelor on her Victory Hammer drag bike

Drag day for Victory and Indian riders

Victory and Indian Motorcycle Brisbane is inviting owners to join their Sunday shop ride to the All Bike Drag Day at Willowbank Raceway. A highlight of the event will be the appearance of Suzanne Batchelor on her all-conquering Victory Hammer. The shop rides starts at 8.45am after coffee and the shop will shout the $10 …

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