Harley-Davidson sub 500cc 90 monkey bike

Harley plans sub-500cc motorcycle

Harley-Davidson plans to produce a sub-500cc motorcycle for the Asian market in collaboration with a local manufacturer within the next year. It wouldn’t be the smallest motorcycle they’ve ever made. That would be the 1970s 90cc monkey bike pictured above. The sub-500cc bike plan is included in the company’s ‘More Roads’ initiative, a strategic long-term …

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Thailand Triumph factory trials

Thailand is new motoring powerhouse

Thailand has become one of the powerhouses in the automotive world, manufacturing motorcycle brands as diverse as BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Royal Enfield. It’s now the largest automotive manufacturer in South East Asia and the 12th in the world, thanks to protective tariffs, corporate tax breaks and a central location wth several ports for …

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Proposed Triumph 250

Triumph deal to build LAMS bikes in India

Learner-approved Triumph motorcycles are expected to come from India after the British company announced a deal with Bajaj Auto to build bikes up to about 600cc. Triumph had considered building its own 250cc learner bike (pictured at the top of the page) in India for several years, but dropped the plan in 2014. This latest …

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Largest Ducati showroom in the world is in Jakarta - asian market

Ducati expands Asian market presence

Ducati has opened its largest showroom in Indonesia and announced plans to expand production at its Thai factory for the Asian market. The Asian market expansion comes just days after the Italian company quashed rumours of building small-capacity motorcycles in India. The previous biggest Ducati showroom was opened in New Delhi last year, but now it has …

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Anzac Day in Thailand

Aussies ride to River Kwai on Anzac Day

Brisbane motorcycle industry luminaries Dale Schmidtchen and Bruce Hartwig celebrated Anzac Day today along with other Aussies on a ride to the famous River Kwai and Hellfire Pass in Thailand. Dale said he decided to visit the World War II historic sights after  read a first-hand account of the horror and depravation that occurred during …

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BMW booms in sales, Thai bikes & new models

BMW is forging ahead with sales this year already surpassing last year’s total,  assembly of motorcycles beginning in Thailand and exciting new models coming in 2014. BMW Motorrad sold a record of 7342 bikes in November, 8.8% more than the previous November. That makes a total of 108,872 motorcycles and maxi scooters this year which …

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