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  • CFMoto celebrates 14th at Isle of Man TT
    A limited edition CFMoto 650NK ABS model is now available t celebrate the Chinese brand’s entry in the Isle of Man TT lightweight class this year. However, it’s not celebrating a win. In fact, the CFMoto finished 14th with Craig Neve at the controls. The class field including 28 Kawasaki ER-6s but race was won by a sole Italian-made Paton ridden by class was ridden by Michael Rutter. Rutter leads the Isle of Man TT lightweight raceCFMoto’s top TT result was in 2016 when Gary Johnson finished fourth. Johnson was hoping for a podium in this year’s TT, but thick ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-23
  • Harley Days rally set to rock hard
    The second annual Harley Days rally will feature a strong line-up of rock acts including The Radiators, Diesel, Black Sorrows, Jon Stevens and Screamin’ Eagles. Harley-Davidson Australia customer experience manager Gaz Luxmoore says the bands are “awesome”. The Wollongong rally from October 27-19 is open to riders on any motorcycle brandRegister now online. However, there will be some special treats just for Harley Owners Group (HOG) members. They include the opening Friday night HOGs-only party featuring The Radiators and Diesel. The rock continues on Saturday night with a concert for all rally goers. It’s free for HOGs as it’s ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-23
  • How increased speed makes us safer
    Advocates of increasing the speed limits say motorists are safer because they focus more when they are driving faster, but now scientific evidence has been provided. Long-time motorcycle rider and flight instructor Peter Callil has provided relevant scientific information gained from years of safety research which started on a flight instructor course in 1988. He says it all comes down to stress levels as noted by human behaviour researcher Chris Welford in 1973. People perform better when their stress level is moderate and worse when it is too low and too high, according to Welford’s research. “Welford’s research plotted stress, or demand, against ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-21
  • Ducati Monster 659 learner bike returns
    The learner-approved Ducati Monster 659 has returned to there Australian market after being missing for more than a year. The new Monster 659 is expected to arrive in October 2017 with an introductory price of $12,490 plus on-road costs, which is surprisingly $500 less than the old 659. Ducati Australia New Zealand is the only importer in the world for which the Italian manufacturer has made a special bike to suit licensing rules. We reviewed the Monster 659 back in 2013 when it was based on the 696. It had a sleeved piston and a restrictor plate on the throttle ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-21
  • Long wait for bike parts unacceptable
    As if motorcycle parts aren’t expensive enough, sometimes you have a long wait for them to arrive with your bike inconveniently off the road. We’ve heard of people waiting six weeks for something as simple as a sump plug or three months for a swinger adjuster tool. It’s not acceptable to pay so much for so much inconvenience. There are several causes for the cost and supply problems in Australia. Economies of scale For a start, motorcycle parts are always more expensive than car parts simply because there are not as much demand. It’s about economies of scale and ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-21
  • 2nd Dream Ride for Special Olympians
    People with an intellectual disability will get the opportunity to experience the thrill of a motorcycle or luxury car Dream Ride at the 2017 Soar & Roar Festival in Sydney. Riders and motorcycle clubs are invited to join the five Dream Rides which leave from various locations heading to event on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Sydney Motorsport Park. The festival will celebrate Special Olympic athletes, their families, support networks and raise funds for the not-for-profit organisation. Last year $360,000 was raised and this year the goal is $400,000 through donations from participating motorcar and motorbike participants. All of the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-21
  • How to protect and clean your helmet visor
    Your visor is your window to what lies ahead so it is important to protect it and keep it clean for your own safety. It also advisable to look after your visors because they can be expensive to replace. Read about the “great visor ripoff” here. Protecting your visor You can lengthen the life of your visor if you take good care of it. When riding, don’t follow other riders or motorists too closely as that will put you in the firing range for stones and other detritus. In dusty conditions, don’t ride with the visor up as it will ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-20
  • The great motorcycle helmet visor ripoff
    If you think the price of some motorcycle helmets is a ripoff, what about the exorbitant prices you face for a replacement visor? Visors are easily scratched from a mishap or just from bugs, dust, road grime and light gravel and stones. When they are damaged they should be replaced for your own safety. But while your helmet lasts about five years, a visor may often last a lot less. It depends on how well you treat it. And the cost of replacement visors can really add up. Click here to read how to protect and clean your visor. Expensive ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-20
  • Woman committed for rider murder
    A woman charged with the murder of a motorcycle rider in a January road crash has been committed to the Supreme Court in Sydney. Tweed Heads father of three Trevor Moran, 61, died when his Harley-Davidson collided on January 6 with a white Ford Falcon station wagon driven by Vanessa Fraser, 47, police allege. Trevor was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the crash scene. He was a member of the Tweed Heads Motor Cycle Enthusiasts Club. Trevor MoranWhen Fraser first appeared in Lismore Local Court, her case was adjourned and she was sent to the mental health ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-20
  • Five new motorcyclist gear products
    More great products from the some of the best producers of motorcyclist clothing have arrived for the summer ahead. We take a look at five of the latest rider products which you can now buy online or in stores near you. Tourmaster Pivot Touring Jacket. This new jacket is waterproof with a convenient hood that can be worn underneath the helmet. It is especially suitable for long rides in any weather. For summer, there are large zip and roll intakes and exhaust vents. It will also keep you warm and cozy in winter with its Aquatherm heat preservation ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-19
  • The brake light that may save your life
    This smart brake light will illuminate even when you slow down to warn motorists behind you and just could save your life. Rear-ender crashes involving motorcycles are too frequent, probably because we often slow down with engine braking, rather than the brakes. This can take following motorists by surprise. So the makers of the clever Smart Turn System self-cancelling indicators have now turned their attention to the brake light. BUY smart indicators here While they have identified that many crashes are caused because riders forget to turn off their indicators, they have also acknowledged that many riders are hit from ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Triumph confirms Speedmaster will return
    Triumph has released a teaser video officially confirming the return of the classic Bonneville Speedmaster cruiser on October 3 2017. While the video doesn’t reveal much, it is obvious it is built on the same platform as the Bobber which has the 1200cc engine. Read our Bobber review. From the fleeting glimpses in the video, we can see that it has a right-side slash pipe like the Bobber, classic metal tank badges, a round LED headlight and feet-forward controls. There is also speculation that the Speedmaster will return to twin discs as per the spy photo at the top ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Indian Scout Bobber sells out
    The new Indian Scout Bobber arrives in Australia next month, but the bike is so popular the first two shipments have already sold out. Indian Motorcycle Australia country manager Peter Harvey says the bike has been “extremely well received”. The Bobber features tracker handlebars, leather two-tone solo seat, pegs moved 38mm closer to the rider and 25mm lowered rear suspension for a more muscular urban feel. Styling-wise it has chopped fenders, a black headlight nacelle, black instrument gauge, minimal engine covers, vented black exhaust and a new block letter logo on the tank. Indian Scout BobberIt will arrive in Thunder ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Rider vest and bag keep you cool
    Keeping your cool while riding in summer heat is difficult, but this cool vest and bag from Harley-Davidson will help. The cooling vest (98215-18VM) costs $94.90 for sizes S-XL and $110.50 for 2XL-5XL. It consists of a mesh vest made of HyperKewl material with four interior pockets that contain removable cool packs and a handy esky-style cool bag to carry the packs and vest when not in use. Harley previously offered a $75 hydration vest which was a lightweight vest that you soaked in water or kept in the fridge/freezer. It soaked up water and slowly evaporated, taking the heat ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-19
  • Women’s safety jeans look cool, feel cool
    Women wanting to feel and look cool while they ride with safety can now get these skinny denim riding jeans from Sydney company Blackbird Motorcycle Wear. They are made with 8oz stretch denim so they feel comfortable and fit to the shape of a woman’s leg without a saggy bottom. Because they are such a snug fit, they won’t flap around annoyingly when you are riding. The jeans come in black or blue and cost $195 plus postage. CHECK OUT THE BLACKBIRD JEANS HERE You can buy them through our MotorbikeWriter online shop. We stock them because we have tried ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2017-09-18
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 From Motorcycle USA

  • Victory’s Project 156 Prototype Engine in Video
    Victory Motorcycles continues to trickle out information about its Project 156, this time with a video about the prototype race engine it will use to race up Pikes Peak. The Project 156 team gets a peak at initial performance numbers after firing it up at its Minnesota R&D facility. Victory’s Darby Fowler, one of the project leaders, talks about needing a broad map to deal with barometer drops and the changing atmospheric conditions they’ll encounter from the continuous climb in elevation.Project 156 will make its dash up the mountain Sunday, June 28th, with Don Canet aboard. Good luck to everyone ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015
    With the 2015 Northwest 200 already underway and the Isle of Man TT races scheduled for the end of the month, Honda Racing has released a 2015 roads racing season preview featuring riders John McGuinness and Conor Cummins. Filmed during testing at Castle Combe, there’s on-track footage along with interviews from both riders and principal team members. Check out the video below to see both men in action as they prepare for some of the most intense races in the world.The post Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015 appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-14
  • Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video
    The Aprilia HSBK team debuted its 2015 MotoAmerica racing squad at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas, with riders Devon McDonough and Dustin Dominguez battling in the Superstock 1000 class. Aprilia compiled footage of the first event to highlight the team’s efforts, which saw Dominguez finish second in his class in Race 1 and 2, and McDonough take a pair of fifth-place results. According to the riders, the RSV4 is a potent weapon and with time, will be a threat for Superstock 1000 wins.The post Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-13
  • Drifting Baggers, Victory Style
    When thinking of drifting motorcycles, 800-pound baggers are one of the last things that come to mind. But take a couple of professional stunt riders, throw them on a closed course, and cut them loose on Lloydz Motorworkz supercharged, 200 horsepower Victory baggers and anything is possible.In this case, it’s Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical of the Victory Stunt Team who are backin’ baggers in at JenningsGP. I’ve tested the capable chassis of the Victory Cross Country myself on trips to Sturgis before, but this is above and beyond. Way beyond. The video is testament to both man and machine. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • Why We Ride Quail Riders’ Dinner for PBTF
    Why We Ride producers Bryan Carroll and James Walker are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey this Friday night, May 15, to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The menu will be Cali-Mexi style, there’s sure to be a few surprise guests, and sponsor Bell Helmets will be demonstrating its Custom Fit technology where they scan heads to ensure the best fit possible. A long list of others are also sponsoring the event. The dinner party starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.There’s two tiers of tickets. A $125 donation includes ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross Recap Video
    The 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross round kicked off a huge weekend for off-road motorsport in the Nevada desert this year as Arenacross and Supercross finals were held in the town the same weekend. EnduroCross provides a different kind of spectacle than the other two series’ though, with lots of technical, close quarter, slow speed battles that push riders to the limits of two-wheeled control. The best, riders like Colton Haaker (eventual winner of the round) and Cody Webb (defending EnduroCross champion), make navigating through craggy boulder patches and loose log traps look smooth and effortless. Beau Cottington was on hand during Las Vegas ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-06
  • Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video
    Vance & Hines recently dropped a stylish video recap of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec’s 2014 season chasing the NHRA Pro Stock Championship title. Check out the video below for a look inside the shop and plenty of on track action.The post Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-05
  • Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip
    Nitro Circus is known for some pretty crazy stunts, and one of the latest is really incredible. Josh Sheehan, the Australian freestyle MXer that took home the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title, goes for a mind-blowing triple backflip in the video below. You’ve got to check it out. The post Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-01
  • Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA
    MotoAmerica riders took part in a two-day preseason Dunlop Tire test at Circuit of the Americas in mid March, 2015. Dunlop had cameras rolling during the event, taking time to sit down with MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey about his outlook for the series before turning the cameras on Tony Romo, a Dunlop Motorsports Technician, to learn more about tire development. Check out what both men have to say in the video below.The post Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29
  • Mayor To Announce Ace Cafe Orlando
    The world famous Ace Café is coming to Orlando, Florida. A press conference is being held tomorrow to announce the newest addition to the Ace Café family. The café is part of Orlando’s downtown restoration project. Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer will be making the announcement at 3 p.m. at 100 West Livingston Street. Special guests will be Mark Wilsmore and George Tsuchnikas, Co-Owners of the Ace Café London, and Steve Glum and Mark McKee of Ace Café North America. Hundreds of bikers and other special guests are said to be attending also “for a “Start Your Engines” British-style “Roar Up” ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29

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