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Should e-bikes be classed as motorcycles?

The real boom in electric vehicles is in pedal-assisted e-bikes which are being used as commuters. But are they bicycles or motorcycles? The question is now being asked by legislators, bicycle and motorcycle industry representatives. In fact, the Union Cycliste Internationale and FIM are fighting over who can race in cycling and motorised categories as …

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Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Whoever thought they would hear the words “Ducati” and “electric scooters” in the same sentence? But now it seems Perth-based Vmoto who manufacturers in China has signed a licence agreement with the Italian manufacturer to make luxury electric scooters under the Ducati brand. They claim they will be sold worldwide through current distribution networks. However, …

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Yamaha turbo blown

Yamaha’s future might be blown!

Yamaha might be going down the blown track like Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati with a patent filing for a turbocharged parallel twin. It follows Kawasaki’s H2 supercharged bike and patent filings by Suzuki and Honda for turbocharged engines, while Ducati applied for a patent for an exhaust system turbine. So it seems the future …

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Kawasaki patents radar assisted safety system

Kawasaki puts safety tech on radar

Kawasaki is the latest manufacturer to indicate they will add radar systems to their bikes to detect imminent collisions and either warn riders or intervene with automatic braking. The Japanese manufacturer has filed patents for their system which uses front and rear radars and controls the brakes and throttle. Kawasaki’s patent drawings of what looks …

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Alicia Sornosa Spanish woman honoured for Africa ride

Spanish woman honoured for Africa ride

A Spanish woman who rode her Ducati Scrambler 15,000km through Africa has been honoured with the Spanish Geographical Society’s Journey of the Year 2018 award. Alicia Sornosa set off on her bike down the backbone of East Africa to raise money for Amigos de Silva. The Spanish non-government organisation provides humanitarian aid projects such as water supply …

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Niken Diavel Red Dot Design award

Niken and Diavel score Red Dot Design honour

The three-wheeled Yamaha Niken and the Ducati Diavel 1260 power cruiser have won Best of the Best awards at the prestigious annual Red Dot Design Awards in Germany. It is the third Best of the Best award for Yamaha following honours for the XSR900 in 2017 and MT-07 in 2015. Ducati has also scored three …

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Thailand Triumph factory trials

Thailand is new motoring powerhouse

Thailand has become one of the powerhouses in the automotive world, manufacturing motorcycle brands as diverse as BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Royal Enfield. It’s now the largest automotive manufacturer in South East Asia and the 12th in the world, thanks to protective tariffs, corporate tax breaks and a central location wth several ports for …

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ugly scrapping

World’s top 10 ugly motorcycles

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so a motorbike that one rider might consider beautiful could appear so ugly to others they veer off the road in disgust! Most motorcycles are more attractive than just about any of the cars on the road, especially modern models that seem to look more like sand …

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Ducati V4 Penta naked

Is Ducati planning a naked V4 like the Penta?

Ducati could be considering a naked version of its V4 Panigale along the lines of this sexy custom V4 Penta by italian design company Officine GP Design. Only nine of these V4 Penta models will be made and they start at an eye-watering €100,000 (about $A157,000, $US114,500, £87,300). This ridiculous promo video seems to show …

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The Last Motorcycle on Earth! panic omitted

Are slow motorcycle sales cause for panic?

Motorcycle sales might be in a two-year slump in Australia, but there is no cause for general panic about the global motorcycle industry just yet. (By the way, the top photo is from the fictional film “The Last Motorcycle on Earth“, and is not cause for panic! Watch the movie trailer at the end of …

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