Superstition Rossi

Superstition is the way for motorcyclists

Superstition is the way for motorcycle riders probably because we are so vulnerable to the weather, road conditions, wildlife and livestock and other motorists. We need all the help we can get!  Even multiple world champion racer Valentino Rossi (image above from MotoGP.com) is superstitious. He goes through a set routine before every race squatting next …

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Kawasaki-Meguro B8 125cc

Kawasaki trademarks retro Meguro name

Kawasaki has filed trademark applications for the retro name Meguro in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe, and the Philippines. The trademark application seems to point to the development of more retro models such as the successful Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe and the new W800 Cafe (pictured above). Meguro history Meguro invested in Harley-Davidson during the Wall …

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Kawasaki Z900RS worth every cent rear brake

Kawasaki recall Z900RS over rear brake issue

Kawasaki Motorcycles Australia has recalled 132 retro Z900RS models over a possible fault in the rear brake. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says that due to improper routing, the rear brake hose and rear wheel rotation sensor lead may touch the rear tyre. “Continued use could result in damage …

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Kawasaki Z400

Kawasaki adds W800 Café and Z400

Kawasaki Motors Australia has confirmed the new W800 Café and Z400 (above) will be added to their 2019 line-up along with updated models such as the new Versys 1000 SE. Spokesman Murray Sayle says they don’t have pricing or full specifications yet for the retro W800 Café yet as production is not until mid-2019. “Our …

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2019 Ducati range Panigale V4 R fourth recall

Power is king for 2019 motorcycles

The latest model releases from the two recent motorcycle shows in Milan and Cologne prove that power is still king in the two-wheel world. A new road leader has emerged and some older models have been pushed down the order. The list of the most powerful is still dominated by the track-only Kawasaki H2R at 240kW. …

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Triumph triumphs as most satisfying brand

Triumph triumphs as the most satisfying motorcycle brand in the market, according to about 700 riders surveyed by customer satisfaction research and ratings business Canstar Blue. It is the second year in a row that Triumph has topped the annual motorcycle survey won by Yamaha in 2016 and Harley-Davidson in the first year of ratings in …

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja updated

The supersport segment refuses to die with Kawasaki announcing a substantial update to their Ninja ZX-6R Ninja after six years of little change. Sales of supersport bikes have dwindled in recent years sparking claims the segment would be killed off. However, there are now rumours that Honda and Suzuki will update their supersport models and …

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Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter

Rare rides: 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter

There are probably less than 40 Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter cruisers in Australia but one owner, Norman Hall, recently caught up with two other Drifters. “There are lots of interesting and rare motorcycles to come across that can put a smile on your face,” says Norman of Melbourne. “The Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter is just one of …

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Show season INtermot

New motorcycle models for 2019 show season

Riders are about to see a host of new models unveiled as motorcycle show season starts next week with three major shows in Europe and Asia. The biennial Intermot show in Cologne starts next Tuesday (October 2), the Tokyo Motor Show begins on October 27 and the annual EICMA show in Milan runs from November 8. …

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