MV Agusta F4RR SBK

Is there life yet in sportsbikes?

Despite a huge downturn in sales, manufacturers seem to have rejected reports of the death of sportsbikes as “premature” with a host of new and more powerful models coming to market. Sportsbikes used to rule, especially in Australia. But in recent years, the proliferation of speed cameras and heftier fines have caused a downturn in …

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Ducati Scrambler Icon ranges

Ducati Scrambler steals the show

While most motorcycle companies dazzled the Intermot show in Cologne with technology, Ducati dazzled with the simple retro brilliance of its Scrambler. It has a single, offset instrument pod, minimal technology and is even powered by an air-cooled engine from a defunct model. But rather than being a parts-bin special, the simple Scrambler is pure …

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Suzuki Gixxer

New Suzuki GSX models at Intermot

Suzuki has unveiled their superbike with optional ABS, two GSX-R-powered litre bikes, an off-road small V-Strom and a styled up Bandit 1250 at the Intermot show in Cologne. The 2015 GSX-R1000L5 now comes with optional ABS, although Australia will only get the n on-ABS model in early November. Suzuki Australia spokesman Lewis Croft says they …

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Bonneville T214

Triumph reveal three new Bonnevilles

It’s difficult to update a modern retro bike, so Triumph hasn’t bothered tampering with the Bonneville except to add three more special edition models which they unveiled at the Intermot show in Cologne. It is not yet known whether Australia will get any or all, but if they, they are worth snapping up as they …

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Kawasaki Versys 1000

Kawasaki Versys improve aero

Kawasaki has revealed their 2015 Versys 1000 and 650 adventure bikes at the Intermot show in Cologne with better aero and dual headlights. Both have revised fairings that make them more dynamic as well as improving their downforce from better aero. The 1000 also has a new windscreen with a wider range of height adjustment, …

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Scrambler Ducati

Intermot positive future for motorcycles

Motorcycle sales and consequently new models have been in the doldrums since the GFC, but they are about to turn the corner if the Intermot show in Cologne starting this evening is an indication. The International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair usually plays second fiddle to EICMA in Milan in November, but this year it …

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BMW S 1000 RR

Ducati and BMW superbikes updated

Ducati will pump up the capacity on their Panigale superbike and BMW will have an “optimised engine for enhanced performance and ridability” of its 2015 model S 1000 RR, proving that reports of the demise of the sportsbike category are a little premature. BMW will be the first to unveil its 2015 superbike at the Intermot show in …

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