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Euro riders support halt to wire rope barriers

Two European motorcyclist associations have lent their support to an Australian family’s campaign to halt the rollout of wire rope barriers (WRBs) and TV ads extolling their dubious “safety merits”. Jan White’s husband, Phil, aged 60, died when his bike unavoidably hit a dead kangaroo on a 110km/h slightly sweeping bend of the Calder Highway in …

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Does motorcycle helmet safety match cost?

Does helmet safety match how much money you spend on the helmet? It’s an often-asked question that we try to verify with statistics. The Bell helmets ad campaign of 50 years ago “If you’ve got a $10 head, wear a $10 helmet!” may have been true then, but is it now? We could not find …

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Touratech Desierto5 fairing for BMW R 12100 GS

Desierto5 puts new face on BMW adventurers

Touratech have developed a Desierto5 front fairing for the latest generation of the BMW R 1200 GS and the R 1200 GS Adventure. The German adventure accessory company says the Desierto5 front fairing not only presents a unique look, but also improves weather protection. It costs $1605.72 and is available online. Fairing history Touratech introduced …

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Shoei Ex-Zero retro helmets

Shoei Ex-Zero joins retro helmet trend

Japanese helmet manufacturer Shoei has joined the trend toward retro full-face helmets with their new Ex-Zero. The manufacturer says it will be available from July. Price for Australia is $599.90 for the five solid colour options of off-white, grey, matte black, yellow and red. The Equation graphic will arrive late September. It follows the growing list …

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What are the lowest motorcycle seat heights?

One of the barriers to more people enjoying our favourite recreation is the traditionally high motorcycle cramb;ereat which precludes many women and shorter people. Now you can check the seat heights of your favourite motorcycles and compare them with the comprehensive list we have at the end of this article. Thankfully, motorcycle companies are starting …

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Aussies solve Royal Enfield vibration

Adelaide’s Royal Enfield custom builder, Carberry Motorcycles, has followed up its 1000cc V-twin with a plate that stops the retro bikes’ traditional vibration. The engine vibration reduction plate is only available for Royal Enfield 350cc and 500cc Unit Construction Engines (UCE) which have two bearings on the left and one on the right. The plate …

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Kawasaki’s electric multi-wheel transformer

Kawasaki’s electric multi-wheel transformer

Kawasaki has been watching too many Transformers movies judging by this video on their USA YouTube channel of an electric three-wheeled Transformer. It starts with a recap on Kawasaki innovations over the years. Halfway through it transforms to focus on a computer-generated leaning three-wheeled transformer powered by an electric motor. Kawasaki transformer But this is …

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5 tips for inexpensive UK bike insurance

Everybody would love to have inexpensive bike insurance, but how do you get lower premiums? The following are five simple tips you can use to help British riders save money on their bike insurance. 1.  Use your garage Garaging your bike at home is one of the better ways to get inexpensive bike insurance.  Some …

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2018 Harley-Davidson Anniversary models

Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary models

If you’re looking to buy a Harley-Davidson for good resale value, then your opportunity is coming up very soon with the release of 115th anniversary models. Harley was founded in 1903 and since its 90th “birthday”, they have been releasing limited-edition anniversary models which have been very popular, selling out quickly. More importantly, for the …

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