Honda CX500 journalist

What bike/car does a motoring journalist own?

The second-most-common question I have been asked in the past couple of decades as a motoring journalist is what motorcycle or car do I own? (The most common question was, “what motorcycle or car should I buy?” The answer could easily take up a book as big as the Bible/Koran.) Journalist choices But the answer …

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Harley-Davidson sues over illegal use of its trademark and bar-and-shield logo price pressures

Price pressures on Harley-Davidson and Indian

Price pressures are mounting for Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle after President Donald Trump’s trade wars have badly backfired for the American motorcycle manufacturers. The companies are being hit by both higher prices for raw materials and retaliatory duties in Europe and some other countries. For the moment, only prices in Europe will increase in the …

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Should riders be exempt from red lights

Should riders be exempt from red lights?

Motorcycles in many countries are allowed to ride through red lights after they have come to a stop because of heat and the fact that many lights do not trigger for motorcycles. Most of these countries only allow riders to turn left or right (depending on whether they drive on the left or right) at …

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Triumph Street Triple RS Seed Triple RS switches

Failed switches prompt Triumph Street Triple recall

Switches for headlights and indicators could fail if water gets into the controls of the Triumph Street Triple R, RS and R (low seat) models, prompting Triumph Motorcycle Australia to issue a recall. The recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the electrical circuits in the left-hand switch cube may not …

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More touring apps to plan your ride

Touring apps for motorcycle riders are flooding the market, each with their own quirks and features. Two new touring apps are Moto Trip Now from American rider Keith Kubarek and Tourstart’s BMW MOA, specifically for BMW riders. Moto Trip Now app Moto Trip Now founder Keith says his app allows the rider to plan and share …

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Sena Momentum Lite Bluetooth helmet

Sena Momentum Lite Bluetooth helmet review

Bluetooth company Sena has moved into the helmet business with the release of its Momentum full-face helmet range with integrated Bluetooth intercom units. The Momentum with integrated 20S technology costs $A599 and the Momentum Lite with 10Series tech costs $A529. Click here to find out where to buy. The first-generation Momentum INC, Momentum Pro and …

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Ducati Panigale V4 police bike

British police cop a Ducati Panigale V4

There would be little chance of outrunning the British motorcycle police now that they have a Ducati Panigale V4 on their fleet. However, the 211 horsepower (157kW) beast won’t be used in patrol or pursuit duties. Instead, Ducati UK has donated it to the police-led BikeSafe motorcycle project which delivers theoretical and practical rider training workshops. Let’s …

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2019 Ducati SuperSport in Titanium Grey

Ducati drops traditional red for grey

Ducati is as well known as Ferrari for its fire-engine red, so it seems strange that they have announced “a goodbye to the traditional Ducati Red” to introduce a Titanium Grey on the 2019 SuperSport model. The base model SuperSport will still have red in the wheel rims and frame. Meanwhile the recently recalled SuperSport …

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Melbourne's Elizabeth St motorcycle district discussion paper

Paper threatens Melbourne footpath parking

Melbourne has long been lauded for its motorcycle-friendly council and its free footpath parking for motorcycles, but that now seems to be under threat from a new motor vehicle discussion paper. Lord Mayor Sally Capp has released the paper which includes dot points about reducing the access of motor vehicles to the CBD for the …

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Domio Pro Bluetooth helmet sound system

Domio Bluetooth helmet sound adds mic

The Domio Sport Bluetooth helmet system provides music without internal speakers and messy wires, but has now added a microphone system that has no internal or boom mic. Domio Sport uses micro-vibration technology to deliver sound into your helmet. It is similar to Headwave Tag which uses “surface transduction” to transmit vibrations through the helmet. However, …

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