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  • Dream Motorcycles We Wish Existed
    For the wandering mind of the wandering soul, here’s a list of dream bikes to ride down imaginary roads. Whether they spawned from sleeplessness or the drink, who’s to say? <a href="https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/new-dream-motorcycles-we-wish-existed/">Read more: New Dream Motorcycles We Wish Existed »</a> (Adam Scott/)<strong>BMW Kompressor</strong> <br /> The Custom Works Zon R18 seen here and the Revival Cycles Birdcage both tease BMW’s 1,800cc pushrod, air-cooled powerplant which will feature in a MY 2020 production motorcycle. A supercharged boxer would sit nicely alongside it in the lineup if you ask us. (Morgan Gales/)<strong>Ducati Supermono</strong> <br /> The Ducati Supermono: one of our all-time favorite singles. (Seth Richards/)<strong>KTM 790 GT</strong> <br /> The LC8c engine first found in the 790 Duke would make a great powerplant for a middleweight sport-tourer. (Simon Cudby/)<strong>A New Suzuki Hayabusa</strong> <br /> The 2019 Hayabusa. It’s not extinct yet. (Suzuki/)<strong>Honda Halo Bike</strong> <br /> The Honda RC213V-S is one of the most impressive production machines ever made, but we’d like to see a Honda that forecasts a vision for the future. A hybrid maybe? (Honda/)<strong>MV Agusta Six-Cylinder</strong> <br /> The MV Agusta Super Veloce teased at EICMA is powered by its venerable middleweight triple. Three more cylinders wrapped in this bodywork would almost be too much to handle. (MV Agusta/)<strong>Yamaha Niken ADV</strong> <br /> Just picture larger wheels, taller suspension, and crash bars. You know, cause the Niken isn’t weird enough as it is. (Jeff Allen/)<strong>Harley-Davidson Sportster Scrambler</strong> <br /> The Dirtster by Virginia-based LC Fabrications. (Adam Scott/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • 2020 Yamaha VMAX Photo Gallery
    Yamaha returns its mighty 170-hp-plus VMAX to its US model line for 2020. <a href="https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2020-yamaha-vmax-first-look-preview/">Read the full preview »</a> (Yamaha Motor Corp., USA/)The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque. (Yamaha Motor Corp., USA/)The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque. (Yamaha Motor Corp., USA/)Instrumentation on the VMAX is basic, however it does benefit from a huge shift light—a must when racing through stoplights on your way to work. (Yamaha Motor Corp., USA/)Dual front brakes with six-piston radial-mount calipers keep speed in check on the 2020 VMAX. (Yamaha Motor Corp., USA/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Photo Gallery
    A new day dawns on Triumph’s Street Triple, with an updated RS model just announced. Note the sharper bodywork and the foot control plates and rear footrest hangers now with black finishes, plus a satin metal finish on the heel guards and silencer. The aluminum frame now uses the Titanium Silver finish as used on the Speed Triple models. <a href="hhttps://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2020-triumph-street-triple-rs-review-first-look/">Read the full review »</a> (Triumph/)A new exhaust system graces the Street Triple RS for 2020, now with twin catalysts to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and a crossover balance tube to boost midrange power. It’s finished off with a carbon fiber end cap. (Triumph/)My, what big eyebrows you have! The 2020 Street Triple RS is available in two colorways: You’re looking at the Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminum Silver decals version. Both this and the Matte Jet Black with Aluminum Silver and Yellow decals scheme include hand-painted Diablo Red wheel pinstripes and an Aluminum Silver rear subframe. (Triumph/)Triumph’s Moto2 racebike chases down its street-roadster counterpart. (Triumph/)The Street Triple’s tailsection gets updated with sharper styling and a taller seat to increase legroom for a passenger. (Triumph/)Improved finish detailing for 2020 includes this new aluminum handlebar clamp. (Triumph/)Bar-end mirrors are more stylish than previous. The span-adjustable brake lever is standard. (Triumph/)The 2020 Street Triple RS’s sharper styling and nicer finishes are on display here. (Triumph/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • 2020 Suzuki Katana Photo Gallery
    Suzuki’s iconic Katana returns for 2020. <a href="https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2020-suzuki-katana-first-ride-review/">Read the full review »</a> (Suzuki Cycles/)Suzuki’s looking to make magic again with the reintroduction of its Katana streetbike. (Suzuki Cycles/)Suzuki trusted Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli to tastefully reinvent Hans Muth’s original Katana design from 1980. (Suzuki Cycles/)Polished in every way. That’s the best way to describe the 2020 Suzuki Katana. Despite employing older hardware, engineers did a marvelous job of getting each component of the motorcycle to work in total harmony. (Suzuki Cycles/)A cutaway look at the 2020 Suzuki Katana. It’s powered by the 2005–2008 spec GSX-R1000 engine known for its broad spread of power and immediate torque. (Suzuki Cycles/)We were surprised by how agile the 474-pound Katana maneuvers across the road. It offers a poised chassis that is easy to put exactly where the rider desires. (Suzuki Cycles/)Suzuki engineers had to make very subtle tweaks to the Frascoli’s clay model to get it into final production. (Suzuki Cycles/)The Katana uses a more basic style traction control system that’s fed data via wheel speed, crankshaft, gear, and throttle position sensors. (Suzuki Cycles/)The Katana features an exceptionally smooth powerband that’s as fun to play with as it is to control. The connection between the engine and the throttle is some of the smoothest and most well calibrated we’ve experienced in a non-ride-by-wire machine. (Suzuki Cycles/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • Motorcycles For Short Riders
    Here are our genre-spanning picks for the best motorcycles for shorter riders. <a href="https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/8-new-motorcycles-that-arent-cruisers-for-shorter-riders/">Read the full post here »</a> (Kingdom Creative/)<strong>Triumph Street Twin</strong> <br /> Coming in with a 29.9-inch seat height, the Triumph Street Twin is a great motorcycle for short male or female riders. (Julia LaPalme/)<strong>Triumph Tiger 800 XRx LRH</strong> <br /> If you’re a short motorcycle rider and like adventure bikes, then the 29.9-inch seat height for the Triumph Tiger 800 XRx LRH is the best option. (Kingdom Creative/)<strong>Ducati Diavel 1260</strong> <br /> Gaining a half inch in height over the 2018 model, the 30.7-inch high Ducati Diavel 1260 is the fastest motorcycle in this list. (Ducati/)<strong>Moto Guzzi V7</strong> <br /> A great standard motorcycle from Italy, the Moto Guzzi V7 has a comfortable 30.3-inch seat height and upright seating position. (Moto Guzzi/)<strong>Ducati Scrambler</strong> <br /> A little taller than most, the stock seat height on a Ducati Scrambler is 31.1 inches, but a low seat accessory reduces that to 30.3 inches. (Ducati/)<strong>Honda CB300R</strong> <br /> The 31.5-inch seat height and 286cc single-cylinder engine of the Honda CB300R are manageable for new riders. (Honda/)<strong>Yamaha MT-07</strong> <br /> The 31.7-inch seat height of the Yamaha MT-07 makes it a great middleweight option for a short motorcycle rider. (Yamaha/)<strong>Kawasaki Ninja 400</strong> <br /> Our only sportbike suggestion, the Kawasaki Ninja has a seat height of 30.9 inches. (Kevin Wing/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • Alpinestars Miles Denim Jean Review
    Alpinestars Miles Denim Jean. (Spenser Robert/)Protecting your legs on a motorcycle takes many forms—from enduro knee braces to full roadracing leathers—and for street riding, reinforced jeans have become a popular option. Especially for urban environments, where speeds are often low and the number of interactions with regular people is high. Am I the only one who has walked into a convenience store in full ADV gear and felt like the cashier was reaching for the pepper spray? It's good to be safe, but looking like riot police isn't always ideal.No stitching faces out around the knee armor, which makes it blend into the pants a little better. (Spenser Robert/)The debate over the best possible material to wear on your body has raged for years (for a deeper dive, check out this comparison of leather and textile gear). Whether you pay $100 or $500 for your riding jeans, the basic concepts should be similar. Typically it's sturdy denim as the foundation, which is then reinforced—either by strengthening the fabric by weaving a more resilient material into it, or stitching swaths of abrasion-resistant textile on the inside. Add armor and you've got a recipe for pantaloons that looks fairly normal but offer a lot more protection than plain dungarees.Alpinestars Miles Denim Pants ProtectionFrom the back, the Miles pants just look like jeans. Perfect for inconspicuously staring at plants. (Spenser Robert/)These Alpinestars Miles pants follow that basic formula. Large pieces of "aramidic fiber" cover the inside of the jeans at the seat, knees, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R And ZX-6R First Look Preview
    2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Preview<strong>Left:</strong> The 2020 Ninja ZX-10R is available in a Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black color scheme or in a KRT edition Lime Green/Ebony. <strong>Right:</strong> The 2020 Ninja ZX-10R utilizes finger follower valve train that was designed by Kawasaki's World Superbike Championship-winning race team allows for aggressive cam profiles. This allows the valves to open and close rapidly for increased performance. (Kawasaki/)Kawasaki has enjoyed a record-setting run in the World Superbike championship with Jonathan Rea winning five consecutive SBK titles aboard the Ninja ZX-10R, and the technology that has fueled its success is trickling down to the sportbikes that are in the showrooms right now.The 2020 Ninja ZX-10R engine is mounted in the frame so that it raises the center of gravity and places extra weight on the front end. This weight distribution combined with the precise rake angle improves the bike’s ability to be flicked from side to side. (Kawasaki/)The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is now available in the new KRT Edition livery with ABS as well as the Metallic Spark Black version for those who prefer a more subtle look. The big ZX is powered by a ram-air-inducted, 998cc, inline four-cylinder engine that features finger follower valve actuation, titanium alloy exhaust, forged chromoly billet cams, lightened crank, lightened pistons, and a cylinder head that now allows the use of optional KRT high-lift cams which was previously only offered on the ZX-10RR.<strong>Left:</strong> The 2020 Ninja ZX-10R features an upper cowl that resembles the factory World ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-18
  • 2020 BMW S 1000 RR Photo Gallery
    Known for its hard-edged performance, BMW offers a softer and more versatile S 1000 RR for 2020. (Kevin Wing/)The 2020 S 1000 RR retails for $22,095 with the optional M Package and mandatory Select Package. (Kevin Wing/)Without question, the S 1000 RR’s improved steering manners and agility are stand-out improvements compared to its predecessor. (Kevin Wing/)The 999cc inline-four has been completely reengineered. It is not only lighter but more powerful in terms of horsepower. (Kevin Wing/)The S 1000 RR’s cockpit is more civilized and accommodating for most riders. (Kevin Wing/)BMW engineers worked diligently to optimize the flex characteristic of the chassis. (Kevin Wing/)The M Package unlocks the Ride Modes Pro setting which allows the rider to adjust the individual electronic settings of the motorcycle. (Kevin Wing/)An “M” embroidered seat also comes as part of the M Package. (Kevin Wing/)The S 1000 RR certainly isn’t a slouch in the engine department, however US-specific tuning restricts engine acceleration in the lower gears. (Kevin Wing/)All of the electronic settings are adjusted using this control interface on the left clip-on. (Kevin Wing/)The S 1000 RR is the first production sportbike to benefit from carbon fiber wheels as an option from the factory. (Kevin Wing/)As always, the BMW’s braking components are well adept at shedding speed. Brake bite is a tad softer than before (not a bad thing). (Kevin Wing/)As always, the BMW’s braking components are well adept at shedding speed. Brake bite is a tad softer than before (not a bad thing). (Kevin Wing/)Ergonomically, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-17
  • Alpinestars Big Sur Gore-Tex Pro Jacket And Pant Review
    Alpinestars Big Sur ADV-touring gear. (Patrick Cox/)There are two main reasons to spend $1,000 on the Alpinestars' Big Sur jacket: Tech-Air compatibility and bonded Gore-Tex Pro waterproofing. The jacket and matching pants ($700) also feature highly abrasion-resistant fabrics and a host of comfort and fit details. On paper, Alpinestars' top-end ADV-touring gear seems like it has it all.However, when we travel by motorcycle, we pretty much live in our gear, so ideally it needs to be more than just crash/weather protective—it needs to be comfortable and convenient to wear on (and even off) the bike.Waist and sleeve adjusters help maintain the Big Sur jacket’s clean lines in spite of a bulky airbag. (Seth Richards/)As is Alpinestars' MO, the airbag vest is sold separately for $1,150 and can be switched between other Tech-Air Street compatible jackets. While there's no getting around the additional bulk and weight of the full-coverage airbag, Alpinestars incorporates it into the jacket in a way that doesn't sacrifice too much comfort or fit on the bike. The jacket's silhouette remains surprisingly svelte by concealing all the hardware inside the articulated back protector. Well-placed stretch panels behind the shoulders and elbows help retain mobility. Still, between the airbag, the stout armor, and the robust fabric, whenever I'd plop down in a diner booth and put the jacket next to me, it'd sit there erect like there was still a body inside. Awkwardly, it made it look like I'd brought a headless mannequin for a date or something.The jacket ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-17
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide First Ride Review
    In the world of motorcycles, the trike often gets overlooked by die-hard two-wheelers. But you might be surprised that the Tri Glide is a favorite among many riders who are simply intimidated by the task of balancing a big heavy bike, with or without a passenger. This includes aging riders, amputees, and women. Harley's average Tri Glide customer is of retirement age, and ready to tour the country, putting on more miles than any other Harley customers. This is the first Tri Glide to don the CVO badge, making it truly one of the most premium trikes on the market. In fact, Harley-Davidson is the only company to offer a trike as a stock model direct from the manufacturer. It only seemed right to test out this three-wheeled palace from the industry's trike experts.RELATED: 2020 Can-Am Spyder RT First Look PreviewThe first thing I noticed about boarding the CVO Tri Glide was the seat, which is extremely cushy and comfortable. This is likely the most pampered my rear end has ever felt in a motorcycle seat. As if the saddle itself wasn't plush enough, the rider also gets a backrest. The passenger actually gets even more comfort with a wider and taller backrest and armrests. This is no longer a trike; this is a lounge chair on wheels. And if that still doesn't sound luxurious enough, both front and rear seats are heated, as are the grips. Being slightly inseam-challenged, I often pay close attention to the seat height of ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-16
  • 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure MC Commute Review
    Moto Guzzi returns to the motorcycle adventure riding scene in a pleasing medium-size package with its all-new V85 TT. Designed as a retro-themed but modern-featured ADV bike, the V85 TT is for riders looking to be able to travel farther, while experiencing the classic heartbeat of Guzzi's signature transverse-mounted air-cooled V-twin.Related: 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT First RideThe V85 is powered by an overhauled 853cc twin. Yes, its cylinders still poke out from both sides of the machine, but the dynamic and character of the engine are more refined than ever. Still it retains that trademark Guzzi feel that makes it feel like, well, no other motorcycle on the road.For the first time ever, Moto Guzzi stars in this week's <em>MC Commute</em> with its all-new 2020 V85 TT Adventure. (Piaggio Group Americas/)Related: MC CommuteThe engine hangs inside a steel trellis-type chassis with road-competent suspension that delivers a good balance between sport and comfort. Of course, styling is a big selling point, and this Guzzi, certainly is a head turner with its throwback lines to the Italian company’s Paris-Dakar racing days.But don’t just take our word for it; see how the V85 TT Adventure performs on the road as we negotiate mean SoCal traffic during our work week commute. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-15
  • Top Motorcycle Chain Brushes
    Cleaning your motorcycle chain with a brush is the best way to get the previous rides off of it, and extend its life span. (Motorcyclist/)Toothbrushes belong in your bathroom, not your motorcycle maintenance tool kit. When you're cleaning your chain you want a tool that you know will get the job done and the bristles on toothbrushes are too soft for getting the gunk off. Sure, you could reapply chain cleaner two or three times—and scrub, and scrub, and scrub—or you could buy one of these brushes, saving yourself time and solvent.Simple Solutions Aluminum Grunge BrushAluminum construction and replaceable bristles mean the Grunge Brush will outlast you. (Amazon/)Often imitated, never duplicated, the Simple Solutions Aluminum Grunge Brush is one of the best motorcycle chain brushes you can buy because of its sturdy construction and the fact that you can adjust and replace the bristles. Other chain brushes have fixed bristles, a huge drawback considering if the bristles break or are worn from use, you have to buy another brush. With the Grunge Brush, you can buy a replacement pack of bristles and get back to scrubbing.WEFOO Motorcycle Chain Cleaning Brush 2-PackTwo times the cleaning and two times the value. (Amazon/)If your budget is tight or you just can't pass up a good deal, then the WEFOO Motorcycle Chain Brush 2-Pack is what you're looking for. This set of two brushes has the same construction and shape as more expensive ones, but are made out of plastic and have nonremovable bristles ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-15
  • Fastest Production Motorcycles
    Some folks love going fast. And if you're a motorcycle riding fan, you can quench the need for speed with this selection of the fastest production motorcycles for sale today. All you need is a motorcycle endorsement, a complete set of riding gear, including a full-face helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, and boots, and you're off to your destination as quickly as possible. If you want to go fast and have cash to spend, these are the motorcycles we consider the right tools for the job. Of course comfort and safety are always a consideration, so we are including cozy mounts for the gentleman, or gentlewoman, speed demon.2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 FactoryIt’s not only fast, but the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is exhilarating to ride and loaded with class-leading electronics. (Jeff Allen/)When it comes to plus-sized superbikes, no one builds a better bike than Aprilia and its 2019 RSV4 1100 Factory. This season it sees its already powerful liquid-cooled V-4 engine punched to 1,078cc. This upgrade boosts power with it belting nearly 190 hp and 82 pound-feet torque at the business end of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rear tire. Paired with a fully fueled 439-pound curb weight and the Aprilia has an astounding (and class-leading) 0.43 power-to-weight ratio. Not only is the Aprilia fast, it's compact too, and offers World Superbike-bred handling that's at the top of the class. Those seeking an Aprilia that is nearly as fast but more comfortable for everyday riding should check out Aprilia's more accommodating Tuono ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-15
  • 2019 Kawasaki KLX230, KLX230R, KLX300R First Ride Review
    Jacksonville, Oregon, provided a beautiful backdrop for our three-pronged evaluation. (Kevin Wing/)"Get out and play." That's Kawasaki's slogan for its three newest dirt-focused machines, the KLX230 dual sport and KLX230R/300R recreational trailbikes. On paper they offer great value, so we went up to southern Oregon to see how the performance translated from paper to dirt.2020 Kawasaki KLX230Of the three new Kawasakis, the KLX230 is the only street-legal option that will allow you to connect trails with some pavement. It shares its namesake motor with the 230R, a 223cc fuel-injected air-cooled thumper with a single overhead cam and two-valve head. Mind you, Kawasaki also offers a more advanced KLX250 dual sport, but the new 230 is all about being easy to live with: easy to buy, easy to maintain, and easy to ride.Whether you’re on Main Street or a remote trail, the KLX230 is up to the task. (Kevin Wing/)Emphasizing the last point are two pieces of technology that Kawasaki has implemented for beginner riders. The 230 features Team Green’s first-ever incorporation of “Dual-Purpose ABS,” which is simply ABS that permits a slight slide before engaging. It’s a $300 option, but you better be sure that you want it, as it cannot be turned off once installed. In addition, the idle will automatically adjust to minimize the possibility of a stall. At normal operating temperature, the idle is 1,800 rpm. But when the motor is warming up or when a rider is letting the clutch out after having engaged a gear, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-14
  • 2020 Kawasaki KLX230, KLX230R, KLX300R First Ride Review
    Jacksonville, Oregon, provided a beautiful backdrop for our three-pronged evaluation. (Kevin Wing/)"Get out and play." That's Kawasaki's slogan for its three newest dirt-focused machines, the KLX230 dual sport and KLX230R/300R recreational trailbikes. On paper they offer great value, so we went up to southern Oregon to see how the performance translated from paper to dirt.2020 Kawasaki KLX230Of the three new Kawasakis, the KLX230 is the only street-legal option that will allow you to connect trails with some pavement. It shares its namesake motor with the 230R, a 223cc fuel-injected air-cooled thumper with a single overhead cam and two-valve head. Mind you, Kawasaki also offers a more advanced KLX250 dual sport, but the new 230 is all about being easy to live with: easy to buy, easy to maintain, and easy to ride.Whether you’re on Main Street or a remote trail, the KLX230 is up to the task. (Kevin Wing/)Emphasizing the last point are two pieces of technology that Kawasaki has implemented for beginner riders. The 230 features Team Green’s first-ever incorporation of “Dual-Purpose ABS,” which is simply ABS that permits a slight slide before engaging. It’s a $300 option, but you better be sure that you want it, as it cannot be turned off once installed. In addition, the idle will automatically adjust to minimize the possibility of a stall. At normal operating temperature, the idle is 1,800 rpm. But when the motor is warming up or when a rider is letting the clutch out after having engaged a gear, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-10-14
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  • Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash
    A male rider in his 50s has died after a car and his motorcycle collided on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour yesterday (Friday 18 October 2019). Police say the motorcycle was heading east on Waterfall Way when it collided with a car coming in the opposite direction shortly after 4pm about 13km west of Bellingen. The rider, who is yet to be formally identified but believed to from Coffs Harbour, died at the scene. Three people travelling in the car were taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus with minor injuries. The driver, a 31-year-old woman from Armidale, has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing. Waterfall Way was closed in both directions for four hours, re-opening at 8pm. All images from NSW Transport Why We Ride videoA report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Our condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes for the injured passengers for a full and speedy recopvery. No charges have been laid. Waterfall Way Waterfall Way is one of many “motorcycling roads” featured in the NSW Transport video series Roads We Ride. It is one of the most popular roads in the region for motorcyclists. Waterfall Way is both scenic and winding. However, it is also narrow, challenging and dangerous. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-18
  • Are motorcycles a work of art?
    We riders reckon motorcycles are a work of art and this Gold Coast artist agrees with her “Cruising Chrome” exhibition. Artist Sonia Farrell, whose exhibition is on display at Creative Hearts Art Gallery in Australia Fair, says she is inspired by motorcycles. “The way light bounces off burnished chrome and beautiful paintwork is very inspirational for me,” the artist says. While Sonia doesn’t ride, her husband used to ride and has many motor industry connections in her family. “I appreciate the beautiful lines of motorbikes, especially the chrome,” she says. “The idea of adventures, breakfast runs, long roads and the friendships formed are very appealing and are thoughts that have been going through my mind as I painted the artworks. “I enjoy creating art that helps people celebrate what they love and appreciate in life.” The Cruising Chrome exhibition was to end this week, but has now been extended to 3pm on Wednesday 23 October 2019, so get in quick! The post Are motorcycles a work of art? appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Calling all riders for Aussie Ride Sunday
    All riders on all types of bike are invited to take part in the third annual Ride Sunday on 10 November 2019 to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health. The event has been held in winter the past couple of years and had been scheduled for June, but it now moves to November which is apt since funds are collected on behalf of charity partner, the Movember Foundation. The inaugural 2017 event, initiated by Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) founder Mark Hawwa attracted 1883 riders in 62 countries and raised more than $US65,000 for 55 charities. Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and Ride Sunday founder Mark HawwaLast year, the event attracted 1300 riders to 239 events globally and raised almost $200,000 in funds for 59 charities. Ride Sunday Pty Ltd kept 22% of donations as income in the first year, reducing to 0% over five years. This year it focusses all fundraising efforts on the November Foundation and is limited just to Australia. 2018 Ride Sunday in LondonDGR praise and criticism DGR has been immensely popular, raising more than $US25m for Movember since it started in 2012 and this year attracted 115,000 classic and vintage styled motorcyclists in 678 cities. However, it is not without its critics who claim it is elitist because it restricts the types of bikes for the event, although many organisers still allow them to ride. So the organisers started Ride Sunday which allows riders on all types of bikes to attend. Riders can either ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Aussies aid wheelchair bound former rider
    Aussie contributions have been flooding in for a Croation rider who was sidelined into a wheelchair in 2008 by an incurable muscle weakness disease. Earlier this year Boris Ivančić called for help to collect motorcycle badges, patches, stickers and flags. These badges and patches have arrived from Australia. “I wish to thank all you Aussies and all brothers and sisters from all around the world for your support,” Boris says. “It means a lot for me when I waked up, my first words are ‘The postman?’ That says it all.” Boris’s room with his updated collectionWheelchair bound Boris has been a rider since his teens, but contracted Lou Gehrig’s disease and has only been riding his wheelchair for the past 11 years. “My condition stopped my body riding a bike but didn’t stop me being a biker in my mind – forever and eternal,” he says. “I do have things which are making lonely days bright — my friends and my hobby. “This hobby of mine is collecting patches, stickers, flags and motorcycle group labels from all over the world. “My wish is to get as many as I can.” Boris and friendsBoris has decorated the wall of his house in Klis with more than 1000 pieces of motorcycle memorabilia and he still has plenty of walls to spare. If you can help Boris fulfil his dream, send your badges, patches, etc to Boris Ivančić at Gizdići 46, 21 231 Klis, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia EU. More Aussie patches and badges for Boris  Lou Gehrig’s disease Lou GehrigThe ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Narrow lanes would promote riding
    Rather than making roads wider, new research shows that adding more narrower lanes to existing roads would not only aid traffic flow but also promote more motorcycles and scooters. University of Melbourne professor Chair of Statistics and motorbike rider Prof Richard Huggins says the plan has some merit. The Grattan Institute suggests narrow lanes would reward motorists in smaller cars and on powered two wheelers and encourage people to ditch big SUVs in the city. Melbourne City Council’s future transport strategy has picked up on the idea which has been welcomed by the Victorian Motorcycle Council. VMC media spokesman John Eacott says altering road design to include narrow lanes dedicated to small traffic such as micro and light cars and motorbikes would have a beneficial effect on congestion. Prof Huggins says it would be a good idea “at least in Melbourne”. Melbourne traffic“It would make the last bit of people’s commute much easier and safer,” he says. “We had a very informal chat with City of Melbourne a few years ago about something similar (back then a narrow lane for single track vehicles) but as there were no regulations to cover such a lane it didn’t get to square one.” Promote small cars and bikes The Grattan Institute report says Australian cars are getting wider. In the early 2000s, Aussie motorists started ditching their large sedans for hatchbacks. However, in the past decade or more, they have swung over to SUVs and pick-ups which are much wider. The report ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • BMW recalls big tourers over locking wheel
    BMW Motorrad Australia has recalled its big K 1600 touring fleet over a transmission issue which could result in a locking rear wheel. The 290 affected motorcycles are the 2016-19 K1600 GT (0F01/0F11); K1600 GTL (0F02/0F12); K1600 Bagger (0F51/0F53); and K1600 Grand America (0F51/0F53) Vehicle identification numbers of all affected bikes are listed at the end of this article. If damage to the shift fork/selector sleeve/gearwheel occurs, gear changes may not be performed correctly. If gear changes cannot be performed correctly, two gears may be engaged at the same time. BMW K 1600 B bagger Locking danger The official notice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission points out the dangers: If damage to the shift fork/selector sleeve/gearwheel occurs, gear changes may not be performed correctly. If gear changes cannot be performed correctly, two gears may be engaged at the same time. If two gears are engaged at the same time, the rear wheel may lock and/or the teeth of the gearwheels shear off, depending on the road conditions and the speed of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident or serious injury to the vehicle’s passenger(s) or other road users. Owners should contact an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer or call the BMW Group Australia Customer Interaction Centre on freecall 1800 813 299 to arrange for a free repair. Consumers can also contact BMW Australia ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Gloves and jeans fail safety tests
    Motorcycle gloves and jeans have once again scored a big fail in the independent Australian MotoCAP safety ratings while the jeans scored well for thermal comfort. The latest round of testing includes five pair of jeans and four gloves. Only one set of gloves scored two safety stars, while the rest scored just one. It follows August results for seven pairs of leather and textile motorcycles gloves which also recorded a fail in the MotoCAP safety ratings. The MotoCAP website now lists 47 pairs of gloves in its list of 144 products tested and rated. So far, only one pair of gloves, The Ducati Corse C3, has rated a full five stars. Click here for the full results. Comfy jeans All five pairs of jeans tested have scored either three or four stars out of five for thermal comfort, which is an improvement in this category compared with previous releases. The highest overall performing pair of jeans is the Draggin Jeans Twista jeans, which scored four out five stars for thermal comfort. Draggin Twista jeansWhile thermal comfort was good, safety was another fail. Twista scored two out of five stars for protection, while of the other jeans tested, three scored one star for safety and one scored only half a star. MotoCAP has now tested 41 pairs of jeans. Click here for the full jeans results. No comfort ratings The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing provides comfort ratings for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Woman faces sentence on negligent bike crash
    Sydney woman Perpetual Dzikunu, 29, has been found guilty of negligent driving after a collision with a motorcycle in Sydney on 1 September 2019. The 63-year-old male rider suffered a severely injured foot. Dzikunu appeared in Waverely Local Court on Wednesday (16 October 2019) where she was granted continuing conditional bail. She will return to court on November 12 for sentencing. Negligent penalty The driver could face a $2,200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months if it is a first-time offence. NSW Police say that about 3pm on September 1 a Toyota Aurion was turning right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, when it collided with the motorcycle heading east. The rider was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.  Dzikunu stopped after the crash and spoke with police. About 7.50pm the following day Dzikunu attended Maroubra Police Station where she was charged with negligent driving. Driveway crashes This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway. Earlier this month a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane. Most accidents happen close to home. It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home. Riders should always be switched on. They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways. A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Teo appears in head-on biker crash
    A daughter of renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has appeared in Windsor Local Court today over a head-on crash with a motorcycle ridden by former Comanchero boss William “Jock” Ross last month. Nicola Annabel Teo, 24, was again granted bail and the matter was adjourned until December 12. Police are expected to provide the court with CCTV footage, witness statements and physical evidence. They are believed to be seeking a custodial sentence if Teo is found guilty. Teo’s Landcruiser at the accident scenePolice will alleged she was driving a Landcruiser on the wrong side of the road when she crashed head-on into a Ross, 76, near Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, on 26 September 2019. Ross remains in Westmead Hospital in a stable condition with leg and internal injuries. Teo faces charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, not keeping left of a dividing line and not giving particulars to police. The head-on crash occurred about 3.30pm on Settlers Road, Lower Macdonald. Teo was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. She was then taken to Windsor Police Station where she was interviewed by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit and later charged Ross was a former Commanchero president who instigated the infamous Milperra Massacre on Father’s Day in 1984, in which seven people were killed. He was shot and jailed for more than five years. He later left the club and is now a Rural Fire Service captain and grandfather of 12. The post ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • BMW F 850 GS Rallye and R coming?
    BMW Motorrad could soon be adding a limited-edition F 850 GS Rallye and an F 850 R production bike to its expanding line-up. The company has prepared a special F 850 GS Rallye for the annual International GS Trophy Oceania competition in February 2020 in New Zealand. While they have been specially prepared for the GS Trophy, we reckon they are so attractive the company will make a limited production run. BMW has already made at least 140 of the GS Rallye models for the competition and possibly more as replacements in the event of crashes or failures. So there are probably also more sitting in storage waiting for release next year. BMW usually uses the big 1200 (now 1250) machines for the Trophy and has produced 1200 GS Rallye X models for production. It used the smaller F model in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The BMW F 850 GS Rallye Trophy comes with special black and yellow colours and graphics, gold anodised forks and a host of features from the BMW Motorrad catalogue.  GS Rallye features:  High handlebars 14 mm higher than standard; Enduro footrests plus adjustable foot brake lever and gear lever; Hand protectors made of impact-resistant and UV-resistant plastic; Engine protection bar made of electropolished stainless steel for lightness and longevity; Enduro engine guard made of aluminium; Rallye seat is narrower, taller and has more padding; Water-resistant tail bag; LED auxiliary headlights in a compact aluminium housing; Headlight protection; and Touring windshield ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-17
  • Vote Toby Price GQ Sportsperson of the Year
    Double Dakar Rally champion Toby Price may have missed out on the prestigious Don Award, but you can still help him become GQ Sportsperson of the Year. Toby is one of the dozen finalists in the GQ magazine’s awards. Click here to register and cast your vote for Toby. Let’s make sure the double Dakar winner, Australian off-road champ, world enduro champ, four-time Finke winner and five-time Hattah Desert Race victor is successful. In March, Toby was awarded the inaugural Ronald J Walker Award for Excellence by the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.  However, he’s up against a tough field for the GQ award: footballers Dustin Martin and James Tedesco; basketball Ben Simmons; cricketers Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Ellyse Perry; soccer player Samantha Kerr; Opals and AFLW player Erin Phillips, snowboarder Scotty James; and tennis players Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott. Ash Barty won The Don for which Toby was also considered, although he didn’t make their final short list. That included: tennis grand slam champion Dylan Alcott OAM, 2018 NRL premiership hero Cooper Cronk, three-time Tour de France stage winner Caleb Ewan, 2018 world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore, seven-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes OAM, Ashes winners Ellyse Perry and Tim Paine, and swimming world champion Ariarne Titmus. In January, we put forward Toby’s name to the Australia Sport Hall of Fame Selection Committee and Board for consideration for The Don award named after Don Bradman. Also, we also launched a petition calling for a national sporting honour for Toby. It attracted more than 15,000 signatures. The petition is ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-16
  • CFMoto 650GT is third model in the range
    CFMOTO Australia has added the third 650cc model to the range, called the 650GT ABS which is a “grand tourer”. It will cost just $8490 ride away and joins the naked 650NK at $6490 and the 650MT at $7490 including a free set of panniers valued at $650 until the end of the year. Comparative models are the Honda CBR650L ($9999 +ORC), Kawasaki 650L ($9999 +ORC), Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (from $84440 ride-away), Suzuki SV650 LAMS ($8990 +ORC) and Yamaha MT-07 $9999 +ORC). That makes the CFMoto 650 range among the cheapest 650cc learner-approved road-going motorcycles in our market. Not only do they represent good value, but our long-term test on the 650MT shows they are reliable. Our long-term test 650MTCFMoto 650GT CFMoto’s grand tourer comes standard with a large colour auto dimming TFT display, adjustable windscreen and USB and 12 volt charging sockets on either side in the cockpit. Panniers are also available as an option. The 650GT ABS is powered by the same 41.5kW (LAMS restricted) 650cc parallel twin engine as used in the 650NK and 650MT variants. It is managed by a Bosch EFI system delivering a user-friendly power curve, perfect for new riders.  The hydraulic brakes are supplied by Spanish company J.Juan with a Continental ABS. It is shod with Metzeler tyres and claims to have a “plush ride” on the KYB conventional telescopic forks and cantilever KYB rear monoshock. CFMoto also claims the low seat height of 795mm will provide a relaxed riding position. They say ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-16
  • Early motorcycle number plate sets record
    One of the earliest motorcycle number plates to come to public auction, ‘4’, has sold at auction for $150,000, setting a Victorian record. The plates sold at the weekend Shannons Motorclassica plate auction and was only tipped to fetch up to $80,000. There are two because motorcycles used to have a front number plate as well. Some safety Nazis and cops still think they should make a comeback so riders can be detected by front-facing speed cameras. It was the only motorcycle plate in the auction which fetched $2.4m, including an auction record $181,000 for a “Q1” car plate. The “4” motorcycle number plate is not the most expensive in Australia. It is believed the 80-year-old NSW “1” plate may have sold for close to $1 million. That plate was originally owned by Bennett and Wood in 1918. It was bought by Honda’s General Manager in 1935 and spent time on an MV Agusta in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Personalised motorcycle number plates are big business, but they are not as valuable as car plates. The Australian record for the most expensive car number plate was set in 2017 at the Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction where “NSW 29” fetched $745,000, beating the previous 2003 record of $689,000 for “NSW 2”. World record But that is nothing compared with world record prices. The world’s most expensive plate is believed to be “25 O” which is on a Ferrari 250 SWB enviously owned by guitar god Eric Clapton. The plate is now ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-15
  • Yamaha steps up its electric program
    Yamaha is stepping up its electric program with removable batteries, but not in a full-size electric motorcycle. That’s probably just as well as Harley-Davidson has hit a short circuit with the introduction of its LiveWire. Instead, Yamaha will unveil two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at next week’s 46th Tokyo Motor Show. Yamaha has not revealed many details of its new electric program at the Tokyo show, but they do promise fast-charging, extra range and removable batteries. Electric program So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia. In June, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine. Yamaha electric scooter with removable Gogoro batteryYamaha was also recently believed to be co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs. In Tokyo they will unveil the small E02 scooter and classic-looking E-Vino, both with removable batteries. There will also be a YPJ-YZ pedal-assisted e-bike, an electric tilting three-wheelers mobility scooter, and the electric Land Link Concept. The latter uses artificial intelligence image recognition technology to autonomously move over “vast” outdoor terrain. It is likely designed to transport cargo. The post Yamaha steps up its electric program appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-15
  • Harley-Davidson LiveWire hits short circuit
    Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire motorcycle has hit a metaphorical short circuit with production stopped for a “nonstandard condition” involving the home charger. The company has asked owners only to charge their bikes with the DC fast charger supplied at some HD dealerships. LIveWires on DC fast chargersThere is no other information from the company. Even though it doesn’t arrive in Australia until late next year, we asked Harley-Davidson Australia for comment and received an unusual stoney silence. Which leaves us speculating. The strongest possibility is that the home chargers overheat which could cause a fire. In March, the entire fleet of 18 Energica electric motorcycles for the MotoE series were destroyed in a blaze that was blamed on a short circuit in one of the charging units. Energica garage explodes in flameElectric fires Electric vehicle and charger fires can be caused by short-circuits, power surges, impact, excessive discharge or overheating. They also cause special concerns for fire fighters. Lithium batteries are obviously made with lithium which is highly flammable and stored in mineral oil. Tesla goes up in flamesWhile it is not toxic, it can cause nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue and a dazed feeling. Electric vehicle and battery fires can also release sulphuric acid, carbon monoxide, copper and cobalt. Fire fighters can’t douse the flames with water as the high voltage can cause an electric shock or electrocution. Instead, they have to disconnect the power supply (usually an orange plug) and contain the fire to let it burn itself out. LiveWire ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-10-15
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