With the R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype, BMW Motorrad presented a motorcycle, giving visitors of the CMC Conference 2017 on 12 October at BMW Welt in Munich, a look into the future of motorcycle safety systems. V2v

V2V warns rider and traffic of crash

Riders and surrounding car passengers will be warned of an impending crash in future vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, according to BMW, Yamaha and Honda. The features have been displayed in BMW R 1200 RS, Honda Africa Twin and Yamaha MT-09 Tracer prototypes at a conference at the BMW Munich headquarters this week. The companies have committed …

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2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout boy

Breakout breaks out of market slump

The Harley-Davidson Breakout has claimed the top-selling spot for the first time as the Australian motorcycle industry continues its first prolonged slump since the GFC. Usually the top-selling bike in Australia is a postie bike, peewee, trail bike or cheap learner, not a large motorcycle costing more than $30,000. However, the Breakout, which has been …

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Honda CRF450R

Honda recalls CRF450R over gear issue

Honda Australia has recalled 2015/2016 model CRF450R off-road motocross for a potentially defective transmission countershaft fifth gear. The gear is used for engaging third gear and may break under certain riding conditions causing the transmission to seize. This could cause the rear wheel of the CRF450R to lock and through the rider off the bike. …

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Is Honda Goldwing going hybrid?

Is Honda Goldwing going hybrid?

A hybrid four-cylinder Honda Goldwing could be revealed in October, but leaked photos show the traditional flat six engine. The 2018 Goldwing will be unveiled on October 24 ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. However, these leaked photos confirm what we already knew from a very early spy photo. It will have hub-centre steering with a …

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Ducati GT1000 project bike

Meet our new Ducati GT1000 project bike

Our Honda CX500 project bike has gone to a happy new owner and we are now working on our next project, a 2006 Ducati GT1000. I first tested a GT1000 more than a decade ago and fell in love with its torquey engine. However, the suspension was horrible on anything less than a billiard-table surface. …

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2018 Honda Goldwing radical - Honda video teases new motorcycle

2018 Honda Goldwing goes radical

Radical hub-centre steering, traction control, cornering ABS, electronic suspension, engine modes and a whole new frame are believed to be coming for the 2018 Honda Goldwing. Since the six-cylinder GL1800 was introduced in 2001, it as only received cosmetic updates, an airbag option and the addition of stripped down F6B and F6C models. Many riders …

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Honda Monkey Bike faces axe over pollution controls

Pollution kills off small-capacity bikes

The iconic Honda monkey bike and many other 50-100cc Honda and Suzuki scooters and bikes are about to face the axe thanks to tough new Japanese pollution regulations. The companies are retiring a host of 50cc scooters and bikes this year, including the monkey bike which ends production this month. They warn small-capacity bikes may …

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Motorcycles Glass's Guide sales hot spring motorcycle bargains sell recovering tax

Motorcycle sales recovering

Motorcycle sales appear to be recovering after a very shaky start to the year with Harley-Davidson continuing to lead the road bike category. Sales were down 6.7% in the first quarter but, thanks to a slight recovery in the second quarter, they are now down 4.1% in the first half, according to the VFACTS report …

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