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Lane filter past our commuting nightmare

It’s time the motorcycle industry advertised the benefits of riding to work by motorcycle as commuting times have increased about a quarter across Australia in the past couple of decades. The latest annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey shows Sydney commuters are the worst hit, while Brisbane’s commuting times have increase …

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Bus Lane Trial

Victorian bus lane trial goes on and on …

While riders have been safely using bus lanes in NSW, the ACT and several major cities around the world for several years, Victoria is still in a protracted trial phase and other states lag even further behind. In February, the Victorian Government announced that riders could use more bus lanes in Melbourne for the next …

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Piaggio Zip scooters recalled on throttle fault

Piaggio Australia has recalled 54 2018 ZIP 50 4T scooters over a throttle fault that could cause the scooter to slow down quickly. The official Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall notice says the fault could increase the “risk of an accident or injury to the rider”. It says the throttle control cable on the …

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Ducati test ride demo motorcycle sales showroom selling motorcycles pace sales slide

Election shares motorcycle sales crash blame

A continuing downturn in motorcycle sales, as well as car sales, in the first half of the year has been blamed on the Federal election, floods, drought and tight financial lending. There is little relief from the bleak news with road bike sales suffering the biggest loss of -17.7% as sales of all motorcycles, scooters …

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Hefty parking fine for motorcycle ‘overhang’

Riders could cop a hefty parking fine if their motorcycle is parked with its wheels inside a parking bay, but the body of the bike, handlebars or luggage leaning over the line as in the above photo. A Sydney rider found out the hard way when he copped a $263 fine for parking his scooter on …

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KTM Freeride SM

KTM plans to make electric motorbikes in India

KTM has been in no hurry to get into electric motorbikes with only the Freeride E (pictured above) in production since 2015. However, that could soon change with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer combining with Indian vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto to develop a common 48-volt platform for electric two-wheelers. They won’t be big road motorcycles, but scooters and …

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Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Whoever thought they would hear the words “Ducati” and “electric scooters” in the same sentence? But now it seems Perth-based Vmoto who manufacturers in China has signed a licence agreement with the Italian manufacturer to make luxury electric scooters under the Ducati brand. They claim they will be sold worldwide through current distribution networks. However, …

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E-transport report motorcycle omitted

Motorcycles omitted from future report

Traditional and electric motorcycles have been omitted from a major academic report that claims to be a blueprint for future transport in Australia. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering report, “Shifting Gears – Preparing for a Transport Revolution“, calls for the next Federal Government to provide incentives for electric and low-emissions vehicles. However, there is not …

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Ducati test ride demo motorcycle sales showroom selling motorcycles pace sales slide

Motorcycle sales slide picks up pace

Motorcycle sales are continuing their slide and even picking up pace with a 14.6% drop in the first quarter of 2019. It’s the biggest quarterly drop since the slide began in 2017 and cause for concern. According to data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), 18,438 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were …

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