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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Toby Price congratulations dakar rally 2018

Congratulations to Aussie Dakar trio

Congratulations to the three Aussies who competed in the bike event of the 2018 Dakar Rally for finishing in commendable positions. Even finishing the gruelling rally is a triumph as only 85 of 142 bike competitors made it to the end. Our first Australian Dakar champion, Toby Price, clenched his third podium with third place …

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Toby Price brave effort in 2018 Dakar Rally

Toby Price’s brave effort not enough

Australia’s only Dakar Rally champion, Toby Price, scored his second stage win today, but it will not be enough for the brave rider to claim his second title. Instead, he may finish a tantalising close second place. Toby rode brilliantly today to shave another 11 minutes off the lead even though the marathon 424km stage …

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Toby Price - Dakar Rally - glimmer of hope

Toby Price has glimmer of Dakar hope

Australia’s only Dakar Rally champion, Toby Price, has bounced back from a 49-minute deficit in stage 10 to win stage 11 and give him a glimmer of hope for a second victory. His first stage win in this rally jumps him from fifth to third position with a 50-minute deficit on his Red Bull KTM …

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Honda Goldwing GL1800 airbag radical Goldwings

Mandatory airbag recall on Honda Goldwings

Despite Honda issuing voluntary recalls and several pleas for owners of Goldwings to have their airbags checked, the ACCC has decided to enforce a mandatory recall. The recall is part of a worldwide issue affecting faulty Takata driver’s side airbag inflators which have been linked to 18 deaths. It involves more than 60 million vehicles …

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Toby Price chases dakar lead

Toby Price chases Dakar Rally lead

Australia’s first Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, is only 9:39 minutes off the rally lead as the riders finish their first week and go into a rest day tomorrow. Toby is sitting in fifth place overall with only 131 of the 142 riders remaining. Fortunately, Australia’s only other riders, Rodney Faggotter of Queensland and Sydney’s …

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2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports more rugged rush

Honda leads January sales rush

Honda Australia has started the expected January sales rush after the motorcycle market recorded a dismal sales result in 2017. Total national sales of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs were down 9.3%. Click here to read full results. While Honda remained the market leader and sales were down 8%, which was less than across the industry, …

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John Lennon on his Honda monkey bike valuable

John Lennon monkey bike for sale

John Lennon wasn’t known as a motorcyclist, yet a monkey bike he owned is expected to fetch more than 10,000% of its original price when it goes to auction in March. That’s the price of fame and we’ve seen similar inflated prices for vehicles owned by Steve McQueen! Honda began making the monkey bike with …

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Honda CB4 Interceptor GPS screen

Motorcycle tanks with screen displays

Motorcycle tanks may double as screen displays on future bikes if the Honda CB4 Interceptor concept (pictured above) and Bandit9 Odyssey are a gauge. The Honda CB4 was unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last month featuring a satnav digital screen seamlessly built into the tank. It is unlikely to make it into …

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