Ducati test ride demo motorcycle sales showroom selling motorcycles pace sales slide

Election shares motorcycle sales crash blame

A continuing downturn in motorcycle sales, as well as car sales, in the first half of the year has been blamed on the Federal election, floods, drought and tight financial lending. There is little relief from the bleak news with road bike sales suffering the biggest loss of -17.7% as sales of all motorcycles, scooters …

Read more

Honda CBF300R locking

Honda recalls learners over wheel locking

Honda Motorcycles Australia has recalled 183 of their learner motorcycles over an issue which could cause locking of the rear wheel. The recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) affects the 2019 CBF300N, 2018 CBR300R (pictured above) and 2017 CRF250L. Vehicle identification numbers of affected bikes are listed at the end of this …

Read more

Facebook robotic electric motorcycle

Facebook patents robotic electric ‘motorcycle’

Facebook has applied for a patent for what they call a robotic self-balancing electric motorcycle, although it looks more like a mobility skateboard than a motorcycle. However, that doesn’t mean that the company won’t move into the motorcycle industry at some later stage. After all, most electric motorcycle companies are basically technology start-ups, not traditional …

Read more

Dirt bike

Top Off Road Models Of 2019

(Sponsored post from Peter Stevens) For avid outdoor explorers, off-road bikes are a serious consideration or temptation. If you have never purchased an off-road bike, you may have a lot of questions as which bike is best for your adventurous lifestyle. Today we’ll highlight five of the top off-road bike models of 2019. Honda CRF450L …

Read more

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position

Honda patents variable riding position

Honda has been going crazy with some equally crazy patents lately but the latest patent applications for a variable riding position and drum brakes are both brilliant and bizarre. Recent Honda patent applications include: A helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender; A helmet that recognises your face when you put …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

honda helmet key fob radar smartest

Honda facial-recognition helmet acts as key fob

Honda has filed a patent application for a facial-recognition helmet that would act as a key fob to unlock your motorcycle. It features a camera on the inside that identifies your face and then activates the motorcycle. Don’t expect that this will happen any time soon. It’s sort of an answer to a question no …

Read more

Honda hydrogen hybrid electric

Honda plans hydrogen motorcycle

Honda is forging ahead with plans for hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles. A patent for the design which was submitted in late 2017 has just been made public. The design shows a rather conventional bike from the outside with a perimeter frame, telescopic forks and shaft drive. However, and the seat is a hydrogen gas tank and an …

Read more