Harley plans adventure, streetfighters and electric bicycles missing

Why are adventure bikes getting bigger?

When Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor rode around the world in 2004 on BMW R 1150 GS Adventure bikes we saw how difficult the bigger bikes were in tough terrain. Since then, BMW has gone to an R 1200 GS and now an even bigger R 1250 GS. Meanwhile, Ducati from a Multistrada 1200 to 1260 …

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Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres

Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres

French tyre company Michelin has made a new Anakee Adventure tyre specifically for those riders who don’t like as much adventure as they do touring. The new Michelin Anakee Adventure will be unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan this week (November 6-11). It will be available in Australia from January. It has been …

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Triumph Bonneville T100 headlight protector

Protect your motorcycle headlight

All new bikes should come with headlight protectors as modern Xenon and LED headlights can be very expensive to replace, some more than $2000! It only takes one errant rock to drain your hip pocket. And don’t be fooled into thinking it is only adventure bikes that are susceptible to copping a rock in the lamp. In fact, …

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Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally pricing

The harder-edged Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally arrives in Australian in May 2015 at $24,000 ride away. Now, with more off-road and touring capability the Italian stallion is more of a competitor with the ubiquitous BMW R 1200 GS. The Aprilia Caponord Rally is powered by the same 1200cc V-twin engine and has all the standard …

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Indian Scout

Indian Scout top bike for 2014

A snap poll of readers has agreed with our view that the return of the Indian Scout was the best bike for 2014. The Indian Scout was the choice of almost one in every four people who voted. We found the solo-seat cruiser a charming blank canvas with its beautiful finish and stunning good looks. …

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Honda CB500R CB500F and CB500X January sales war

Honda learners scorch up the charts

Learners or “down-sizers” continue to dominate the motorcycle sales figures, according to the the third-quarter results released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The top-selling bike was again the Honda CT110, followed by the Ninja 300. But the gap is narrowing to Honda’s CBR500R which increased sales 44.2% to 1502 for the year to date, …

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Honda VFR800X with BMW R 1200 GS inset

Honda VFR800X looks like GS

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and the new Honda VFR800X has flattered the BMW R 1200 GS. The 2015 VFR800X, or Crossrunner, has received a makeover which makes it look pretty similar to the big GS which is now the top-selling road bike in Europe and second-best-selling adventure bike in …

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Pmotorcycle r 1200 gs

BMW recalls R 1200 GS over oil leak

BMW Motorrad is recalling R 1200 GS motorcycles around the world to fix a small oil leak. The safety recall hasn’t been issued in Australia yet. BMW Group product communications manager Scott Croaker says they were only advised of the matter late last week and are waiting for further information from the factory. “It does …

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BMW R 1200 GS safety recall

Advice for riders of new BMW R 1200 GS

Pump up your tyres and ride cautiously. That’s the advice to riders of the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS. There is no doubt that the new BMW R 1200 GS  is a much-improved machine, especially its on-road performance. However, there has been some criticism of off-road performance because of the wider tyres. It has …

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