Macna Zircon women's gloves - pink

Does pink make riding gear ‘feminine’?

Macna has added a women’s winter glove to their range, but the only thing we see that makes it suitable for women, apart from smaller sizing, is some pink striping. In our discussions over the years with female riders, pink and purple flashes of colour do not necessarily make riding gear suitable for women. One female …

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Harley-Davidson Black Panther Breakout aid

Trump aid for Harley-Davidson penalty

President Trump is coming to the aid of Harley-Davidson which was slapped with massive fines last year for fitting aftermarket tuners that emit illegal amounts of pollution. His administration has waived a $US3m portion of the fines in which Harley had to pay to replace conventional wood stoves with cleaner-burning versions. Harley will still have to pay the …

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak 1262cc

Ducati Multistrada gets 1262cc twin

Ducati will fit a 1262cc L-twin engine in its Multistrada next year and maybe use the engine in its Diavel models. The change in engine has been unveiled in an official statement by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Currently the 1200cc Testastretta 11 DVT engine is used in the Multistrada with a slightly detuned …

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40th anniversary of the Ducati Owners Club of Queensland buyout buyers crowd italian

Bids to keep Ducati in Italian hands

An Italian family and the previous Italian owner have joined the bidding to buy Ducati, along with Polaris, KTM, Can-Am Spyder company BRP, and Indian manufacturers. The latest list of potential buyers comes from Reuters which has been reporting on the deal since December 2015 from inside sources. Harley-Davidson had been listed as a possible …

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Burt Munro Indian Scout Streamliner

Lee Munro qualifies to honour Burt

Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee, has qualified to take an historic run on a special Scout Streamliner at Bonneville Speed Week in August 2017 to honour Burt’s 50-year unbroken land speed record. To compete on the Bonneville salt flats, Lee has had to prove he can handle the high speeds. “They’re not going to let any monkey …

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Reyedr retrofit HUD unit for motorcycle helmets

Retrofit head-up display for riders

A New Zealand company is joining the head-up display revolution with a small and light retrofit unit for riders so they can keep their eyes on the road, not on their speedo. Auckland company Reyedr (pronounced rider) says their device can retrofit to the chin bar of any full-face helmet. It shows speed, navigation, distance …

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Braaap MotoE electric motorcycle

Braaap unveils first Aussie electric bike

Tasmanian motorcycle company Braaap believes it is the first company to make an electric motorcycle in Australia and is giving early adopters a special offer. The Braaap MotoE electric motorcycle has a claimed top speed of 165km/h and a two-hour or 200km battery range. MotoE will sell for $14,995 plus on-road costs, but Braaap is …

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BMX and mountain bike racing couple Barry Nobles of the USA and Aussie Olympian Carline Buchanan share a passion for two wheels that extends to their Harleys. millennials

Aussie millennials are buying Harleys

Claims that millennials are not buying Harley-Davidson motorcycles, particularly in America, are not the case in Australia and New Zealand. Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand marketing boss Adam Wright says their average age of buyers has trended downward, especially since the introduction of the learner-approved Street 500 in 2015. In its first year the bike …

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double crash investigations justice

Long wait for justice after double crash

A year after two motorcycle riders were taken out by a driver who crossed two stationary lanes of traffic, the riders have not seen justice as the driver is yet to face court. Riders Steve Caruana and Marc Logan spent several months in hospital and are still undergoing rehabilitation, yet to return to full-time work. …

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BMW G 310 R

2017 BMW G 310 R road test

The arrival of the BMW G 310 R was delayed more than eight months, but it certainly has been worth the wait. It was scheduled to arrive in Australia in late 2016, but didn’t arrive until recently. BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren says the reason for the delay was quality control at the Indian factory. The G …

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