Vintage Japanese motorcycles head to Tamworth

Bleak future for Japanese motorcycles?

Since the 1970s, Japanese motorcycles have dominated the market, but times are tough and the four companies are changing their outlook for the future. Even though Yamaha Motor had record profits and strong sales growth last year, Yamaha President Yoshihiro Hidaka says he is “pessimistic” about the future. All motorcycle manufacturers face a bleak future …

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Yamaha Niken three-wheeler

Yamaha plans new leaning three-wheelers

Yamaha will this year launch its Niken leaning three-wheeler motorcycle based on the MT-09 and follow up with a learner model to complement their Tricity scooter. CEO and President Yoshihiro Hidaka has confirmed they will add more “leaning multi-wheel” models soon. Interestingly, he didn’t specify just three wheels as Yamaha has also produced four-wheel concepts, …

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Toby Price congratulations dakar rally 2018

Congratulations to Aussie Dakar trio

Congratulations to the three Aussies who competed in the bike event of the 2018 Dakar Rally for finishing in commendable positions. Even finishing the gruelling rally is a triumph as only 85 of 142 bike competitors made it to the end. Our first Australian Dakar champion, Toby Price, clenched his third podium with third place …

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Toby Price brave effort in 2018 Dakar Rally

Toby Price’s brave effort not enough

Australia’s only Dakar Rally champion, Toby Price, scored his second stage win today, but it will not be enough for the brave rider to claim his second title. Instead, he may finish a tantalising close second place. Toby rode brilliantly today to shave another 11 minutes off the lead even though the marathon 424km stage …

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Toby Price - Dakar Rally - glimmer of hope

Toby Price has glimmer of Dakar hope

Australia’s only Dakar Rally champion, Toby Price, has bounced back from a 49-minute deficit in stage 10 to win stage 11 and give him a glimmer of hope for a second victory. His first stage win in this rally jumps him from fifth to third position with a 50-minute deficit on his Red Bull KTM …

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Toby Price chases dakar lead

Toby Price chases Dakar Rally lead

Australia’s first Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, is only 9:39 minutes off the rally lead as the riders finish their first week and go into a rest day tomorrow. Toby is sitting in fifth place overall with only 131 of the 142 riders remaining. Fortunately, Australia’s only other riders, Rodney Faggotter of Queensland and Sydney’s …

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Yamaha Brudeli 654L Yamaha serious about leaning three-wheelers with purchase of Brudeli patents

Yamaha chases three-wheeler riders

Yamaha appears serious about chasing the leaning three-wheeler market with its Tricity scooter, concept models and now the purchase of Norwegian patents. Leaning three wheelers provide the feel of a motorcycle with the safety of extra road grip and the ability to stop without having to put your foot down to prevent the machine falling …

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Yamaha TriCity trike branching out

Yamaha Tricity recalled on stalling

Yamaha Motor Australia has recalled its Tricity three-wheeler scooters over a potential for engine stalling. The official recall notice was issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions. It says the problem is caused by a primary fixed sheave nut that may loosen while riding due to inadequate tightening torque: If the nut loosens off, …

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