40th anniversary of the Ducati Owners Club of Queensland

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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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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