KTM Super Duke GT

KTM Super Duke GT matches weight

The new KTM 1290 Super Duke GT touring sports bike has semi-active suspension that matches suspension settings to rider and luggage weight. The clever tourer arrives in Australia at $26,995 plus on-road costs, making the it their most expensive bike along with the 1290 Super Adventure. For the launch, KTM Australia is offering a free set of …

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Triumph Bonneville T100 bike name

Do you name your motorbikes?

Do you have a name for your motorbike or refer to it as a male or female? You are not alone! I’ve never named a bike, probably because I’ve never held on to them for anything more than a couple of years. Had I named any of my bikes, I might not have been so …

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Oil change

How often should you change your oil?

Motorcycle manufacturers are extending service intervals in a bid to woo customers looking for cheaper maintenance, but should you change your oil more frequently? Some service intervals are now as high as 15,000km. But does your motorcycle engine oil really last that long? Meticulous owners still change their oils more regularly than required in the owner’s …

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Indian Scout Wall of Death limited edition custom

Indian builds Wall of Death custom Scouts

Indian Motorcycle Australia continues to demonstrate the personalisation potential of its popular Scout with the latest Wall of Death custom. Country manager Peter Harvey says they commissioned four Wall of Death bikes for display purposes only in their stores in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He says the bikes were built for them by Antique Motorcycles in Melbourne …

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Sat-Cam two-way speed cameras on Mt Mee

Are satellite speed cameras coming?

This photo of a “Sat-Cam” two-way fixed speed camera unit on a “speed trial” on Mt Mee Rd northwest of Brisbane has many riders perplexed. Satellite cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, can measure average speed over long distances. They have been trialled in the UK, but not yet in Australia. …

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Cosmo Connected emergency brake light and crash alert

Helmet has brake light and alert

A French company is set to produce an emergency brake light that sits on the back of a helmet and also senses a crash, alerting emergency services with your medical details. Cosmo Connected spokesperson Ilinca Spita says the device will be available in July from $U149 or SUS$249 in carbon finish. The Cosmo is 13.9cm long, 5.1cm …

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Royal Engineers on the beaches of Gallipoli anzac

Anzac Day tribute to military motorcycles

On the 102nd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli this Anzac Day, riders should take note the significant role played by military motorcycles and their riders in many wartime. As the above image shows, motorcycles were present on the famed beaches of Gallipoli. This Admiralty official photo shows members of the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). Military …

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HJC releases Star Wars and Marvel helmets Punisher tinted visors

Rider confusion over tinted visors

Australian and European helmet standards allow tinted visors that filter only half the available light, yet car windows can be much darker, filtering as much as 65%. In a strange twist, you can wear sunglasses that filter more than 90% of light. Furthermore, the interpretation of the helmet laws seems to vary in each state, …

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Is the Tri Pod a car or motorcycle?

Is the Tri Pod a car or motorcycle?

These Tri Pod cars are registered as a motorcycle in a motorcycle category vehicle (L cat), have a motorcycle engine, accelerate like a motorcycle, weigh the same as a Harley and are bought by motorcyclists. They are even designed and built by a motorcyclist, Andrew Hutchison of the Sunshine Coast. Yet most people would consider …

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Blackbird motorcycle jacket review

There is no such thing as an all-season motorcycle jacket. You either have a winter jacket or a summer jacket. All else is a compromise. And if you really want to be realistic, you also need a jacket for the in-between spring/autumn (fall) seasons when it’s warm during the day and cool in the mornings. …

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