Motorcycle predictions for 2018

While 2017 was a rollercoaster year for motorcycles, our predictions for 2018 are much more positive. But let’s start with a quick recap on the rollercoaster ride in motorcycling during 2017. Good and the bad of 2017 For the first time since the GFC, motorcycle sales were down for three consecutive quarters and we don’t …

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Bimota Tesi 3D

Bimota closure causes concern for owners

Italian motorcycle company Bimota has been running down for the past few years and last week there was a final closure of their main factory near Rimini. The latest development leaves owners wondering about parts and warranty support. We tried to contact Australian importers Urban Moto Imports (UMI), but they did not respond. It is …

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Massimo T12 honours Massimo Tamburini

‘Greatest’ superbike honours Tamburini

Is the Tamburini T12 Massimo the greatest superbike ever built? It’s certainly one of the most expensive at an estimated €300,000 (A$463,000, US341,000). The bike was designed by Massimo Taburni, the man who also created the most beautiful bikes of all time – the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4. Sadly, Massimo died of cancer on …

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Bimota Impeto supercharged

Bimota launches supercharged naked

Just as Kawasaki is finding a future in supercharging, so is Bimota which has launched its supercharged Impeto at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last week. The longest-running Italian motorcycle company describes Impeto as a ‘hyper-naked’ using the 120kW 1198cc Testastretta engine from the Ducati Diavel. Impeto is Italian for impetus or momentum, so …

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Victory Motorcycles Ignition Concept knowledge

Vote for your favourite 2016 motorcycle

What was your favourite motorcycle of the more than 50 new machines that debuted at the world’s biggest motorcycle show in Milan this week? You can quickly refresh your memory by doing a search at the top of this page for “EICMA” which is the acronym for Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori or simply the Milan Motorcycle Show. It …

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Motorcycle design

Top motorcycle designer passes away

Motorcycle design may never be the same after the man who designed arguably the most beautiful bikes in the world passed away at the age of 71. Italian Massimo Tamburini designed the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4, both of which figure highly in the most beautiful bikes yet made. They were also highlights of …

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EBR 1190RX world superbikes

Buy a superbike – go to World Superbikes

How about this for an innovative sales strategy to match an innovative bike! Buy an Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190RX and you will get a free trip to see it race in round six of the World Superbikes at Sepang in Malaysia on June 8. The American company has begun its campaign in the WSBK …

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Benelli BN600

Cheapest Italian motorcycles available

The cheapest Italian motorcycle available in Australia has just hit the showroom floors. Benelli’s BN600R is listed at $9990 plus on-road costs and comes standard with exotic components such as Marzocchi 50mm forks, Sachs shock and Brembo brakes with steel braided lines. But wait, it gets even better and cheaper! There will also be a Learner …

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Super deals for exotic superbikes

Lovers of exotic motorcycles have more reasons to splash out with a two-year 24-hour roadside warranty for Benelli, Bimota, Confederate, Erik Buell Racing and Viper, and a free trip to Italy. Australia premium motorcycles importer, Urban Moto Imports, has announced the roadside assist program for all new products bought from them. They have also announced …

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Swiss fund Bimota future

Bimota will release “one of the most advanced hand-made superbikes in the world in 2014”, plus supercharged and BMW-powered bikes. According to Joseph Elasmar, the CEO of Urban Moto Imports, the Australian distributor of Bimota, the company has secured its future with a new financier. As announced in a couple of weeks ago, the …

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