Ducati factory closure

Virus forces motorcycle factory closures

The list of motorcycle factory closures due to the coronavirus pandemic is growing daily. Ducati has now announced it will extend the closure of its factory in Bologna until 25 March 2020 and Brembo and Yamaha have closed their European factories. Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas had already closed their factories in Italy and Austria. …

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 recall notice

Yamaha R3 on 11th recall notice

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued a second recall notice in a matter of days on the learner-approved 2019 YZF-R3A in what is now its 11th recall since 2015. Both new issues revolve around separate causes for a break in the front brake hose. The first recall on Friday, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, …

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Yamaha FJR damage alert

Yamaha carbon frame has damage alert

Yamaha has applied for a patent on a carbon fibre frame that changes colours like a bruise when it has been damaged to alert the rider of a potential fault. You would think a rider would know when their bike has been damaged in a crash! After all, with metal frames you can see bends …

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 fault

Yamaha recall R3 over brake fault

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued an immediate safety recall of its learner-approved 2019 YZF-R3A over a fault with the front brake hose. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the bracket supporting the front brake hose may dislodge. It says this could cause “friction between the brake hose and the …

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An electric commuter/off-road motorcycle, a concept electric BMW and the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike have been honoured with international iF Design Awards.

iF Design honours motorcycles with awards

An electric commuter/off-road motorcycle, a concept electric BMW and the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike have been honoured with international iF Design Awards. They are among hundreds of awards announced this year for products and concepts from baby prams to an automated toilet cleaner. The iF Design Award is a global contest celebrating world-renowned …

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Toby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Toby Price 9th after super marathon

Tough navigation, rocky terrain and a super marathon second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia dropped two-time winner and current title holder Toby Price down the order. He finished 15th on the day and is now ninth overall, but still happy with his performance. Super marathon A super marathon stage lasts two days and all riders have …

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Kawasaki leaning three-wheeler patent drawing

Kawasaki leaning toward three-wheelers

Kawasaki seems to be following Yamaha and Honda in developing a leaning three-wheeler with its latest patent application in the US. Yamaha already has the Tricity leaning three-wheeler scooter and Niken motorcycle as well as patent plans for more leaning trikes with two front wheels including a VMax! Honda has also applied for patents for …

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Custom Niken wins craziest bike award

Custom Niken wins craziest bike award

Yamaha’s leaning three-wheeler Niken is one crazy bike and now a custom version has won the Craziest Bike award at a German custom show. Polish manufacturer of custom motorcycles Game Over Cycles (GOC) is usually known for its modifications of American motorcycles. However, their GOC Niken pays special tribute to its nationality with Japanese characters taken …

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Valentino Rossi Lewis Hamilton MotoGP F1 duel

5 reasons Rossi beat Hamilton in duel

There has been a virtual media blackout on results of the duel between multi-world champions Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton who swapped vehicles on Monday (9 December 2019). Shared sponsor Monster Energy has only issued a few photos of the duel and some basic comments, but no results so far of the timed race on …

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Luigi Termignoni

Mr Termignoni dies aged 75

The founder of the motorcycle exhaust company that brought music to the ears of many riders, Luigi Termignoni, has died, aged 75. Luigi founded the Termignoni exhaust company in 1969 in Predosa, Italy. His exhausts were made famous in the Paris-Dakar rallies of the ’70s and ‘80s and even the Le Mans 24 Hours Race …

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