Wet weather riding Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen’s wet riding tips

We may not like riding in the rain, but with the weather being so unpredictable you are bound to get caught in the rain at some stage. Rather than give you my tips for riding on wet roads, we went to 2003 World Supersport champion, 10-time World Superbike race winner and MotoGP winner Chris Vermeulen for some …

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Wake up every morning to a Ducati symphony

Ducatisti can now wake up to the glorious sound of their favourite Duc every morning. The DesmoTime free alarm clock app is available through iTunes. It features a selection of Ducati exhaust notes to wake you up and has a 1199 Panigale dashboard as its background with periodic weather updates so you can check conditions …

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Learn to race with Bayliss

Imagine riding a new Ducati on a famous Italian race circuit with Ducati legend Troy Bayliss. It’s not a daydream, but reality in the 11th Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) in April, May and September. The training courses at Mugello and Adria circuits cater for a range of riding talents from absolute beginners to budding pro …

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Le Mins 24-hour Scooterthon

If you want a good laugh, enter or watch the annual Le Minz 24-hour Scooterthon. The 50cc scooter endurance marathon race will be held at Xtreme Karting, 540 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, on the Gold Coast hinterland on December 13-14. The event started in 2002 in Melbourne but has been run for the past seven years …

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Bayliss, Muggeridge, Cudlin race

The second annual Troy Bayliss Classic and the Baylisstic Scramble Teams Challenge in January at Taree looks like being another who’s who of motorcycling greats. Organisers have confirmed 2004 World Supersport Champion Karl Muggeridge (left) and three-time Qatar Superbike Champion Alex Cudlin will join the rider line-up for the Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic on …

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Aprilia SRV 850

Aprilia SRV 850 scooter review

The biggest and most powerful scooter – Aprilia SRV 850 – blurs the lines between bike and scooter. For a start it’s powered by a thumping 839.3cc over-square V-twin from the Mana with 57kW of power and 76.4Nm of torque. To accommodate the V-twin, it’s no longer a step-through, but more of a step-over. The …

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Charity bike rides possibly harassed

Charity motorcycle rides last weekend may have been harassed by Queensland Police as part of the crackdown on outlaw bikie gangs. Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says they have received about six complaints so far, but he has not been able to substantiate them. “One was a Down Syndrome charity support ride …

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Meet Troy Bayliss at Ducati day

Meet three-time World Superbike champion and MotoGP winner Troy Bayliss this Saturday. He will be on hand to sign autographs at the Ducati Open Day at Brisbane Motorcycles, Windsor. Ducati Owners Club of Queensland members will be there in force, as well as promo girls. There is free coffee and a barbecue and you can …

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Valentino Rossi hits the dirt

  It’s Rossi as you’ve never seen him before. Nine-times world motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi features in a You Tube video showing his dirt track style. The three-minute film released by Dainese shows Rossi and friends Thomas Chareyre, two-time world supermotard champion, and British Isle of Man TT icon Guy Martin raing around “Rossi’s Ranch”, a …

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