Honda CB300R boosts small naked market

Honda CB300R boosts small naked market

Novice riders interested in the small capacity naked market now have an even wider variety of motorcycles to choose from with the addition of the Honda CB300R. The all-new learner-approved bike will cost $5999 (plus on-road costs) and is slightly more retro looking than its sister CB300FA ($5699). Naked market This section of the market is …

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Prince Purple Rain rebel Hondamatic

Prince’s Hondamatic motorcycle up for auction

Prince’s 1981 Hondamatic motorcycle, adorned with purple and pink love symbols, that he rode in the film version of “Purple Rain” is going up for auction on Friday (May 18, 2018) at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The bike is the feature item in the auction which includes 156 of the music legend’s …

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2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Updated Honda Africa Twin price hike

Honda Motorcycles Australia says it is “pleased to announce the pricing for the anticipated 2018 Africa Twin variants”, however there is nothing pleasing about the price hike on the big adventure motorcycles. The Africa Twin CRF100L has been updated with Throttle By Wire engine management with four riding modes, expanded seven-stage Honda Selectable Torque Control …

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V4 magazine

V4 tipped to replace Honda Fireblade

The rumour mill is buzzing again with tips that Honda will replace the Fireblade superbike in 2019 with a V4 to compete with the Ducati V4 Panigale. Of course, it won’t be a CBR1000RR as in the Japanese  Young Machine magazine cover above, but more likely a VFR1000RR, although they could retain the venerable Fireblade name …

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2018 Honda CB1000R Café Neo racer

Honda releases Café Neo Racer price

Just days after announcing a ridiculous price for the new Monkey Bike, Honda Australia has announced a more realistic price for the modern/retro CB1000R Café Neo Racer. It will arrive in Honda showrooms this month at $16,499 plus on-road costs which is $500 less than the CBR1000RR without ABS. Once on-road coats are included it …

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Are motorcycle sales recovering?

Several brands have registered their first positive motorcycle sales results in more than 12 months, according to the latest industry figures for the first quarter of 2018. However, the increase is compared with the first quarter last year when motorcycle sales dramatically plummeted 13.4% to 21,794. It was the first downturn since the GFC. Australia’s …

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Vintage Japanese motorcycles head to Tamworth

Bleak future for Japanese motorcycles?

Since the 1970s, Japanese motorcycles have dominated the market, but times are tough and the four companies are changing their outlook for the future. Even though Yamaha Motor had record profits and strong sales growth last year, Yamaha President Yoshihiro Hidaka says he is “pessimistic” about the future. All motorcycle manufacturers face a bleak future …

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Suzuki automatics patents in Hayabusa

Suzuki joins push toward automatics

Suzuki Motorcycles seems to be joining the push toward automatics after filing multiple patent applications for a semi-automatic transmission. While most automatic two-wheelers are scooters with CVT, there is a growing list of motorcycles with auto or semi-auto clutchless transmissions. Honda leads the way with its dual-clutch transmission in the Africa Twin, NC700X, CTX700, VFR1200X …

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