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Norton Motorcycles headed for big year

Norton Motorcycles is expected to improve reliability and spare parts availability as well as delivering important new models this year after two major cash injections. Australian importer James Mutton of Brisbane Motorcycles says he is expecting a big year from the handbuilt British brand. Some £4m in government funding has now flowed through to the company who …

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Ducati V4 Penta

Is Ducati planning a naked V4 like the Penta?

Ducati could be considering a naked version of its V4 Panigale along the lines of this sexy custom V4 Penta by italian design company Officine GP Design. Only nine of these V4 Penta models will be made and they start at an eye-watering €100,000 (about $A157,000, $US114,500, £87,300). This ridiculous promo video seems to show …

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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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V4 magazine

V4 tipped to replace Honda Fireblade

The rumour mill is buzzing again with tips that Honda will replace the Fireblade superbike in 2019 with a V4 to compete with the Ducati V4 Panigale. Of course, it won’t be a CBR1000RR as in the Japanese  Young Machine magazine cover above, but more likely a VFR1000RR, although they could retain the venerable Fireblade name …

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Hot Ducati Panigale V4 recalled after fire

After a Canadian rider’s new Ducati Panigale V4 spontaneously burst into flame last month, the bike has now been official recalled throughout the world. The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says “a fuel leak may occur from the filler plug when opening it or from the area under the …

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Norton Motorcycles switches Aussie distributors

Norton Motorcycles UK has announced the change of its Australian distributors from NF Importers Pty Ltd to Brisbane Motorcycles based in Queensland. Brisbane Motorcycles managing director James Mutton says they have been retailing the bikes for some time from their Caboolture store and immediately will take over warranties, servicing and spares. He says they have the …

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No surprise Italians vote for Ducati V4

It comes as no surprise that the Ducati Panigale V4 1409 won the vote for the most beautiful bike of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, making it five years in a row for the Italian company. Of course Italians will always vote for their own bike at their show, but now you can have your …

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Ducati debuts 157.5kW Panigale V4

Ducati has unveiled the world’s most powerful street bike, the Panigale V4 1409, powered by the MotoGP-derived V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine with 157.5kW (214hp) of power. That is less than the Kawasaki H2R at 240kW and Honda RC213V-2, but they are track-only bikes. However, it the most powerful street-legal sports bike beating the MV Agusta F4 …

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Ducati Desmosedici Stradale at Misano

The new V4 Ducati super bike engine to be unveiled on Thursday (September 7) before the Misano MotoGP will be called the Desmosedici Stradale. It will pay tribute to the Desmosedici race bike from which it was derived and the word, Stradale, is Italian for “road”. We also know that the Stradale retains the distinctive Ducati L-twin growl, …

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