Tom Cruise Mission Impossible

Tom Cruise rides BMW Scrambler in movie

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in the sixth Mission Impossible movie, this time riding a BMW R nineT Scrambler through Paris before t-boning a car. He insists he does all his own stunts and seems to be riding the bike the wrong way around the Arc de Triomphe in Mission Impossible: Fallout. However, …

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V4 magazine

V4 tipped to replace Honda Fireblade

The rumour mill is buzzing again with tips that Honda will replace the Fireblade superbike in 2019 with a V4 to compete with the Ducati V4 Panigale. Of course, it won’t be a CBR1000RR as in the Japanese  Young Machine magazine cover above, but more likely a VFR1000RR, although they could retain the venerable Fireblade name …

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Rare bikes in Shannons Melbourne Auction

Rare bikes in Shannons Melbourne Auction

Several rare bikes including A matching-numbers 1939 Indian Four, a Harley-Davidson racer replica and an unrestored 1988 BMW R65 with only 1035km on the clock are highlights of the annual Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction on April 30. Indian Four The four-cylinder Indian Four was built from 1928 to 1942. Indian bought the Ace Motor Corporation …

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Ola Stenegärd designer

BMW designer joins Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle is expected to break into new markets after the appointment of the Swedish designer responsible for the hip BMW R nineT and sporty S  1000 RR. Ola Stenegärd has been BMW’s head of vehicle design for 15 years and has now joined Indian Motorcycle as their director of product design. It leaves us wondering …

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How to avoid slippery oil patches

How to avoid slippery oil patches

This Indian video shows a lucky rider narrowly avoiding a crash after slipping in a line of oil and possibly diesel left on the road most likely by an old truck. There are several mistakes the KTM RC200 rider makes that lead to the incident. They provide some good lessons for all riders to learn. …

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Fred Hollows Foundation Ride to Bourke WOW World on Wheels Mike and Denise Ferris

Charity ride to Bourke to restore sight

The second annual Fred Hollows Ride to Bourke to raise money for vital sight-restoration surgery has been moved from the hot Australia Day weekend in 2017 to the much milder Anzac Day weekend in 2018. Organisers, Mike and Denise Ferris from World on Wheels (WOW) motorcycle travel company said the inaugural ride attracted 30 riders and …

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Harley-Davidson sues Chinese to protect trademark trade

Harley-Davidson caught in Trump trade war

Harley-Davidson has finally issued a statement in the ongoing trade war sparked by President Donald Trump’s dubious claims that America is disadvantaged by import duties. It started when Trump complained about India’s import duties affecting Harley and escalated when Trump threatened to raise import duties on steel and aluminium, prompting threats of retaliatory 25% duty …

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2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird X

Royal Enfield Thunderbird X coming?

Royal Enfield has never officially imported its Thunderbird “cruiser” into Australia, but could the new Thunderbird X models be the first? The updated 500X and 350X Thunderbird models feature cast alloy wheels and tubeless tyres for the first time on a Royal Enfield and have classic 1970s cruiser styling that could make them appealing to …

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adventure tips

Adventure, electrics, India lead motorcycle future

Adventure riding, electric motorcycles and India will come to the aid of the ailing motorcycle industry in the next few years, according to several market research reports. The motorcycle industry has been in meltdown in the past few years with sales slumps in many Western markets and dramatic changes in other markets such as India. …

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Vintage Japanese motorcycles head to Tamworth

Bleak future for Japanese motorcycles?

Since the 1970s, Japanese motorcycles have dominated the market, but times are tough and the four companies are changing their outlook for the future. Even though Yamaha Motor had record profits and strong sales growth last year, Yamaha President Yoshihiro Hidaka says he is “pessimistic” about the future. All motorcycle manufacturers face a bleak future …

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