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  • Ducati Panigale V4 Honors 25th Anniversary Of 916
    For the world-first look at the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916, Ducati chose round 9 of the Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca. (Ducati/)Anybody who is a World Superbike fan likely knows of the decade of dominance put on by Ducati, particularly the five years with Carl Fogarty at the controls of the venerable 916 (as well as the next-generation 996). Not only did the bike look fantastic, but it was a pure racebike that was dang near unstoppable at the hands of King Carl. Together the pair won 10 races on the way to the SBK championship during the 916's maiden season in 1994, another 13 races enroute to a consecutive title in 1995. After only two years, the 916 had become a legend.Related: Ducati Gave Me A Panigale V4 S And This Is What HappenedDucati commemorates 25 years of the sportbike game-changing 916 with its new Panigale V4 916 edition. (Ducati/)When the motorcycle first arrived on showroom floors in 1994 it blew the motorcycle industry away with its combination of sexy lines and brutish performance. It looked as good as it ran. The bike was the culmination of years of research and development by legendary motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini. He considered the 916 one of his finest achievements, selecting design elements based on both form and function that not only gave the iconic 916 its groundbreaking appearance but the performance that was destined to make it an icon. The 916 featured a single-sided swingarm, dual underseat exhaust, completely ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-17
  • Motorcycle Camping Gear Essentials
    There is nothing better than riding your motorcycle out into the wild, finding a scenic spot, and plunking down for a night or two. With the ability to cover ground quicker than a car, truck, or RV, a motorcycle is perfectly suited to finding wonderful out-of-the-way places to get a good night's rest. Today on MC Garage we talk about motorcycle camping essentials.I love motorcycling camping, and if you haven’t tried it, well, you’re missing out. I like a nice, comfortable hotel as much as the next rider, but there is something special about riding to a destination, setting up camp, and just enjoying the sights, sounds, and atmosphere offered up by Mother Nature. But an unprepared and uncomfortable campsite will sour the experience—quickly. I’m going to share some of the gear in my personal adventure camping kit that keeps me comfortable without taking up too much space on the bike. In fact, my entire kit will fit it most 35- to 45-liter panniers.First, you need some shelter. I’ve used all types of tents, from two-person hiking tents to motorcycle-specific tents with add-on garages and vestibules, but when saving space and keeping the weight down, a well-built single-person backpacking tent is the best choice. They pack down into a very small stuff sack and weigh anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds. Just make sure there is enough room for you and your gear inside just in case it rains.Once you have a nylon roof over your head, you need to ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-16
  • Dallas Daniels Debuts Nicky Hayden Arai Replica Helmet
    Honoring an American racing legend, Arai’s Hayden Laguna. (Arai/)Dallas Daniels is an up-and-coming motorcycle racer in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup, and also a longtime friend of the Hayden family. As such, Daniels was selected to debut a special Arai Corsair-X helmet created in honor of the late Nicky Hayden on MotoAmerica Live+ on July 12. The commemorative lid pays homage to Hayden’s 2006 victory at Laguna Seca in MotoGP, the same year he went on to win the title.“My family and the Hayden family have been close for years,” Daniels said. “Nicky was a big inspiration in my life and my childhood hero, so being able to wear his replica helmet is just a dream come true.”The lid is a Corsair-X with a graphic design that hearkens back to Hayden’s biggest successes on American soil while racing in MotoGP. (Arai/)Hayden passed away in 2017 after being struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle. Since then, Dorna has retired his number 69 from the MotoGP championship, he’s been inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and honored by friends and loved ones all over the world.Daniels currently runs the #69 in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup, and while wearing the honorary lid went on to take second-place in last weekend’s race at Laguna Seca.Hayden family friend Dallas Daniels debuted the Hayden Laguna helmet. (Arai/)This latest honor from Arai commemorates Hayden with the familiar American flag stars and red, white, and blue colorway, underpinned with a camo pattern that as a ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-16
  • 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 And YZF-R1M First Look
    Yamaha’s updating its YZF-R1 sportbike for the 2020 model year. (Yamaha Motor USA/)Yamaha's unique crossplane-crankshaft engine helps make the YZF-R1 stand apart from its superbike/supersport competition, and for 2020 the R1 and its high-end R1M sister receive evolutionary upgrades that will increase their appeal to sportbike consumers.Visually, you’ll notice new LED headlights and bodywork that’s purported to be 5.3 percent more aerodynamic. Hidden beneath is a new cylinder head with a smaller and shorter intake tract, with new injectors spraying fuel directly against the intake valves for a claimed improvement in fuel atomization. Camshafts and finger-follower rocker arms are also new. Oddly, there is no mention of increased power.Upgraded electronics are a key improvement for 2020, now using a ride-by-wire system built around the new Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG), which eliminates physical throttle cables and combines with the R1’s six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 features a redesigned ride-by-wire throttle control system. (Yamaha Motor USA/)A lighter Bosch ABS unit enables a new two-level-adjustable Cornering-ABS capability, as well as a new Engine Brake Management system adjustable to three levels of engine-braking force. Traditional braking abilities are augmented by toothier brake pads to go along with stainless steel brake lines.The KYB fork is new with updated shim-stack internals, while the fully adjustable KYB shock has revised settings. Bridgestone RS11 Battlax tires receive a new tread design.Cornering ABS is now a standard feature on the 2020 YZF-R1. (Yamaha Motor USA/)All the good stuff that has made the R1 desirable ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-16
  • Klim Switchback Cargo Pants – MC Tested
    Denim-cut pockets make the Switchback look and feel casual. Belt loops solve some sizing issues easily, plus leave room for a Leatherman, obviously. (Spenser Robert/)In this adventure-obsessed motorcycle world it's pretty easy to find gear that's just as big and bulky as the motorcycles themselves. High-end apparel is expensive and dripping with features, which can be the right answer if you're headed for the top of Alaska. But if your machine, or just your adventure, is a little smaller, you might be after something easier to wear and to buy. Headed for a week of clearing trails in the Sawtooth National Forest, I figured I would test the Switchback Cargo Pant as an option for time spent on and off the bike in the woods.The mesh vent in each thigh worked surprisingly well, and the zippers feel hefty and strong. (Spenser Robert/)You’ll probably agree that the specs—D3O armor in the knees and hips, two massive vents on the outside of the thighs, and a plethora of pockets—sound a lot like every other pair of ADV pants you’ve ever seen. But I liked that the Switchback aimed to be a much more casual garment. The chassis is a combination of nylon and Klim’s in-house “Karbonite micromesh.” The “micromesh” is a thin, synthetic material with a bit of stretch that Klim engineered to have solid abrasion resistance but also good breathability. Both it and the nylon bolstering is thinner and softer than a typical Cordura or other ballistic material.The snap pocket double ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-15
  • Digital Motorcycle Tire Pressure Gauges — A Garage Must-Have
    Motorcycles, cars, trailers, and bicycles all require routine tire pressure checks. Standard stick and analog dial gauges will get the job done, but when you can get as accurate as a decimal point, then why not go for accuracy? (You’re welcome, perfectionists.) Complete this task in the most efficient and accurate way possible with a digital tire pressure gauge.Easy-to-read digital display with battery life indicator makes this a dependable go-to tire pressure gauge. (Amazon/)Simple use, accurate readout, and durable build. What more can you ask for? The Motion Pro Digital Tire Pressure Gauge also has a convenient, easy-to-use bleed valve in case you end up over-inflating your tires, and the continuous reading allows you to keep the billet aluminum chuck connected while you release excess air. It reads up to 60 psi and the 15-inch hose will allow you to work around the brake rotors or swingarm as necessary. This is our go-to gauge in the shop and at the racetrack.Measures up to 200 psi on the digital display. (Amazon/)Inflate and check the tire pressure at the same time with the JYSW gauge. This all-in-one option allows you to connect your air compressor to the 1/4 NPT fitting and use the inflation trigger to get the pressure right. Overinflate? Deflate the tire with the air bleed button. It reads from 0–200 psi, so you can use on almost anything that has inflatable tires.The 360-degree interchangeable air chuck allows for easy maneuvering from any angle. (Amazon/)While this option has the air ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-13
  • GoFundMe Campaign In Honor Of Carlin Dunne
    Support the family and honor the memory of Carlin Dunne with a donation to the Carlin Dunne GoFundMe campaign. (Ducati/)Ducati North America and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have established a GoFundMe campaign in honor of the late Carlin Dunne, who passed away in competition at the event on June 30, 2019. Proceeds from the account will go to Dunne's mother, Romie, to help with expenses and to honor his legacy as one of the most celebrated racers at Pikes Peak in recent memory.Dunne won top honors on the mountain four times, and was on his way to a fifth title by all accounts aboard a Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype. A tragic accident near the finish line claimed the 36-year-old racer’s life.Related: Pikes Peak Champ Carlin Dunne Dead After Racing CrashCarlin Dunne was on his way to a blistering new course record at Pikes Peak when a tragic accident claimed his life. (Ducati/)In addition to being a formidable competitor at Pikes Peak, Dunne was also a mentor to new racers at the event. He also competed in the Score Baja 500 and Score Baja 1000, challenged for the top step in the Super Hooligan series and chased land-speed records at Bonneville.PPHIC officials estimated his finishing time would have been 9:32 in this year’s race at Pikes Peak, so have made a donation of $932 to pay homage to what would have been an astounding new course record.If you would like to support Dunne’s family in this difficult time, visit the ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-12
  • Motorcycle Cameras To Take On Your Next Ride
    Motorcycle riding is as much of an experience as it is a mode of transportation. We capture these feelings and translate them into words, but that’s only part of the great adventure of riding. That’s where photos and video pick up the slack.Motorcycle cameras are becoming more popular as the price and form factor both continue to get smaller. Most of these cameras have shrunk to a frontal area smaller than a business card but shoot in professional-level quality. We’ve gathered some of the top motorcycle cameras for your next ride, whether you need it as a dashcam to record your commute or want to capture the scenery on your next epic ride.The GoPro Hero 7 Black has the highest quality and most features in a small, waterproof package. (Amazon/)The first GoPro was released in 2004 and the company's cameras have only been getting better. The latest iteration of the professional-level Hero Black lineup, the GoPro Hero 7 Black gives you all the features you need for motorcycle rides. You can shoot in 4K at 60 FPS for amazing resolution, the internal image stabilization is excellent, voice control is built in, and you can live-stream from the camera to your device. Plus, there is no need for an external case because the camera is waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters).The Akaso EK7000 is a great budget option because of its low price, two included batteries, and the ability to shoot in 4K. (Amazon/)If you want an inexpensive motorcycle camera ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-12
  • 2020 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto First Look
    The Husqvarna FS 450 will be tearing up a supermoto track near you very soon. (Husqvarna/)Husqvarna have revealed details of its 2020 FS 450 supermoto, which is slated to be available worldwide starting July 2019. Those interested in purchasing one of these competition-ready machines is advised to get in touch with their local Husqvarna dealer.The body panels and ergonomics are designed to make moving around on the bike as easy as possible. (Husqvarna/)The FS 450 is packing a 63 hp, 449.9cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled Single, engineered to be as compact as possible to ensure its weight hits the sweet spot in the bike’s center of gravity. A race-ready supermoto machine has to be nimble, after all.Husqvarna designed the frame to provide optimal flex and feedback. (Husqvarna/)Its agility is further enhanced by a frame designed to provide high-levels of feedback to the rider, along with a lightweight carbon-composite subframe. The swingarm is also optimized for competition situations.This supermoto beast is also equipped with a five-speed PANKL Racing Systems gearbox, a company that specializes in high-quality mechanical systems for race vehicles, the aviation industry, and luxury vehicles. It’s also got a Magura slipper clutch, which will definitely come in handy for riders jamming down the gearbox in a hurry.You get XACT suspension, front and rear. (Husqvarna/)The FS 450 is suspended by a 48mm USD WP XACT fork and WP XACT shock, offering slightly over 11 inches travel at the front and 10.5 inches at the rear.Other important elements include spoked Alpina wheels and ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-12
  • Battery Chargers For Your Motorcycle
    Is anything more disappointing than being all geared up and ready to ride, only to thumb your motorcycle’s starter and hear nothing? Avoid this sad scenario by keeping your battery fully topped up with these convenient motorcycle battery chargers. Getting to take that ride is one big reward, but an added benefit is a well-maintained battery kept fully charged is both more reliable and longer lasting, saving you money and time in the long run. A longtime favorite in our shop is the CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge, which has brought back several sulphated and heavily discharged batteries other chargers could not. Plug in, charge up, and ride on.The CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge is the easiest to use motorcycle battery charger with its patented plug-and-play operation and fully-automatic testing and charging system. (Amazon/)The CTEK MUS 4.3-amp, 12-volt battery charger offers the most power in this group for the fastest charge times. It also has an eight-step charging program CTEK says maximizes battery life and performance of lead-acid batteries. An eyelet-equipped harness allows for permanent connection to battery terminals with convenient, proprietary sealed CTEK plug, or use the included alligator clips. Built-in test functions allow checks to battery health and motorcycle charging system operation. It is also spark-free, reverse-polarity-protected, and short-circuit proof, increasing safety, as well as offering a battery-recovery mode that has saved discharged and sulphated batteries in our shop, making this charger/tester a favorite.The Battery Tender Power Tender Selectable makes charging any type of battery dead ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-11
  • The best gear and gadgets for summer camping
    This story originally published on FieldandStream.comSummer is the perfect time to go camping with the family. School is out, public campgrounds across the country are open now, and, with the snow (finally) disappearing in the high country, the weather is starting to hit that sweet spot. And if you need more convincing—did you know that June is National Camping Month? And while part of the fun of camping is roughing it outside, it never hurts to bring some supplies that will make the experience more comfortable—especially if you’re camping with kids or some friends who might not be the “outdoor type.” So whether you’re car camping, taking an extended backcountry camping trip, or simply taking a quick trip for the weekend, here’s a list of gear items that will help you and your family and friends get the most out of your adventures in the outdoors.<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=mcy01-20&amp;linkId=1c780b8a6dded1261b5590df4e6b6340&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="">Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock with Tree Straps</a> (Wise Owl Outfitters/)Years ago, at the advice of a good friend, I began carrying a pack hammock and tether straps in my pack whenever I hunted elk or mule deer in Idaho's high country. During the mid-day lull, I fix it between two trees, take off my boots, lay in the cradle of the hammock, and sneak in a quick nap. Pack hammock sets, like the ones from Wise Owl are inexpensive, easy to set up and take down, and a real asset in any camp. I keep one set under the seat in my ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-11
  • BMW Vision DC Roadster Electric Motorcycle Prototype
    BMW Motorrad’s first all-electric prototype, the Vision DC Roadster, blends the future of technology and style with the character of 1923. (Photos courtesy BMW Motorrad/)The green wave of electric motorcycles has just gotten stronger with BMW's first electric motorcycle prototype: the Motorrad Vision DC Roadster. BMW's primary objective with its all-electric experiment was to retain the styling characteristics that have so closely followed the German brand since its inception in 1923.The Roadster’s forward lean places an emphasis on sport performance, leading one to believe a potential production version will have the motor performance to back it up. (Courtesy BMW Motorrad/)Indeed, the Vision DC Roadster harkens back to the original R32 motorcycle with its outboard mounted cooling systems that should remind Motorrad enthusiasts instantly of BMW’s famed horizontally-opposed boxer engine. The bike’s electric motor is positioned underneath the battery and connects to a traditional universal rear drive unit.The protruding side elements are made up of cooling ribs and integrated ventilators as a tribute to BMW’s famed boxer engines. (Courtesy BMW Motorrad/)In addition to the electric powerplant, the second main component of the Vision DC Roadster is the tubular frame structure that spreads the length of the motorcycle and adds additional rigidity where traditional motorcycle components—fuel tank, battery box, etc.—would otherwise be located. The frame itself has also been styled with milled grooves running the length of the bike, which not only creates a stunning visual effect but also once again ties back to BMW’s early aesthetic in the art-deco era. The ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-11
  • General Sipes Red Bull Video Series
    In Red Bull's General Sipes video series, motocross/supercross star Ryan Sipes will spread his wings at the Daytona Supercross, Flat Track, GNCC, hill climb, and the Red Bull Hard Enduro at Erzberg. How will he do? (Red Bull/)Ryan Sipes is an amazing motorcycle rider. In fact, he is such a badass that Red Bull has built a video series around the racing exploits of General Sipes and will be releasing them throughout the remainder of 2019. The first video, provided below, sets up the rest of the series which documents the American rider as he steps outside his comfort zone competing on AMA motocross and supercross tracks and sets his sights on other challenging events around the world.Related: Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier Highlights 2019The recently released General Sipes video series will include action from Daytona Supercross, Flat Track, GNCC, hill climb, the Red Bull Hard Enduro at Erzberg motorcycle races along with all of the trials and tribulations that go along with having the Red Bull video crew following you as you attempt to compete at these events as an outsider. Add into the mix the challenge of being a father and you have the makings of an interesting look inside the personal life of a professional motorcycle racer trying to do something a little bit outside the box.As you can tell by the first video, the series has potential to be entertaining, and if Red Bull has anything to do with it, you can better believe the action footage ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-10
  • Honda CBR1000RR-Powered Lawn Mower Goes 150 mph
    Straight-line runs were all we did to test the Mean Mower V2, but it was enough to reveal what a crazy fast machine it is. (Honda/)Right foot on the gas pedal, just the slightest tip of the toe, and the engine revved immediately. One wrong move and I could end up spinning out. Breathe on it wrong and it could be serious consequences. The inline-four hummed angrily, like a giant swarm of bees. My heart was pounding as I gently lifted my left foot off the clutch pedal, easing ever so slightly into the throttle. I gripped the Sparco steering wheel, fingertips on the carbon-fiber shifter paddles, and focused on the straightaway ahead of me. Inhale. Exhale. Go!RELATED: Honda's Mean Riding Lawn Mower Sets New World RecordThe Mean Mower V2 retains the original engine shroud, cutter deck, and grass basket of its donor HF2622 riding mower model. And yes, the mower deck is still functioning, supposedly able to mow grass at speeds up to 50 mph. (Honda/)Honda invited a group of journalists to its proving ground in the California desert to test ride/drive its one-off custom riding lawn mower. When I first got the assignment, I scoffed. "Seriously? A lawn mower? Is this what my career has come to?" And then I learned more. The daredevils at Honda UK, with their partners at Team Dynamics Motorsports, built a riding lawn mower based off a CBR1000RR engine. And it just broke a world record, going from zero to 100 mph in ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-08
  • Honda Marks 60th Anniversary In World Championship
    Taking a celebratory lap for 60 years. (Honda/)Last weekend, Honda took time during the MotoGP stop at Assen to celebrate its 60th anniversary racing in the motorcycle world championship. Many were on hand to mark the occasion, including current MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, former champions Freddie Spencer and Mick Doohan, as well as Kunimitsu Takahashi, the first Japanese racer to win a GP."No one could have imagined that after 60 years Honda would still be competing and winning all around the world," said HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata. "Honda is the only company contesting all major motorsport disciplines: from MotoGP to Formula 1, from Motocross to IndyCar, from Dakar to Trials and from World Superbikes to Enduro. Competition is an important part of Honda's philosophy, and an excellent way to develop new Honda products."The first Japanese rider to win a GP takes a spin during Honda’s celebration at Assen. (Honda/)The brand got its motorcycle start back in 1959, contesting the Isle of Man Ultra-Lightweight TT. In 1966 Honda won its first constructors title in the top-tier class and since then have won 21 additional championships."Many of the most iconic bikes have been created by Honda," said Marquez. "I am very proud to have played a part in the history of Honda's racing success and look forward to achieving even more in the future.""I can still remember my first visit to HRC in late 1988, a few days before I signed to be part of Honda's 1989 500cc World Championship effort," ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-07-06
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  • Shark gobbles up Nolan helmets
    Italian helmet maker the Nolan Group has been bought by French motorcycle company 2Ride Holding, makers of Shark helmets, Bering and Segura motorcycle clothing and Bagster bike luggage. Nolan Group make Nolan, X-lite and Grex helmets and N-Com Bluetooth intercoms.  An official statement about the merger does not give any assurances on whether production will be moved from Italy. However, it does say 100% of Nolan Group’s products are “conceived, designed and created in Europe, and a good majority of them are even manufactured in the European territory”. We believe many products in the 2Ride Holding range are made in South East Asia. 2 Ride Holding president Patrick François says they have already begun to work together and intend to “optimise all this Italian, French and European expertise in order to offer our global consumers more protective and easier-to-use products”. Nolan and Shark helmets Nolan helmets were the most trusted brand in Australia in 2015, the first year of the Canstar Blue customer satisfaction ratings. Our assessment of the respected UK SHARP helmet safety ratings found Shark was the most prolific helmet brand in the survey with 24 helmets and all but one scored four or more stars, making it the safest, statistically. Strategic alliance The official press statement says the “strategic alliance” between these two European companies “attests to their intent on making significant inroads into the global marketplace and will enable them to pursue their geographic expansion plans”. “With €150 million in sales revenue and a workforce of ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-17
  • AKO patents leaning electric trike
    Lithuanian start-up AKO has applied for a patent for an electric-powered vehicle somewhere between a motorcycle, trike and a car with the ability to lean in corners. Of course, there are already leaning three-wheelers such as the Piaggio MP3 scooter and Yamaha Niken. Yamaha is particularly keen on a leaning trike future and has applied for several patents as has Honda. Yamaha patent drawingHowever, Honda is the only one that has applied for a leaning trike patent with an electric motor. Honda patentUntil now! AKO trike AKO leaning electric itrikeTeam AKO describe their machine as an “electric inverse leaning trike”. That means it has two wheels at the front, rather than at the rear like traditional treikes. The “roadster” style with two wheels at the front is similar to the leaning MP3 and Niken and the non-leaning Can-Am Slyders. The AKO is a two-seater with the rider in front and passenger behind and a completely covered shell, not just a roof like BMW’s C1 scooter which the Bavarian company might be re-launching. The leaning technology is apparently hydraulic button other details are available. What sets this apart is the electric power plant. Because the trike configuration is bigger than scooters and motorcycles, it allows them to fit a bigger battery which means more range. While Harley is currently launching its LiveWire with 150km of highway range and 235km of city range, the hefty 500kg AKO is claimed to have 300km range and 140kW of power.  Harley LiveWireNo other tech specs ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-16
  • Ride away on classic motorcycles
    If you are looking for some affordable, restored classics you can ride away, there are seven on the block at the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on August 26 – most with ‘no reserve’. The highlight for British motorcycle enthusiasts is a 1970 650cc Triumph Bonneville T120R (photo above), presented in restored condition and expected to sell in the $12,000-$16,000 range. There are also two classic ‘intra-War’ BSA twin cylinder 500cc solos: ­a restored 1941 BSA WM20 and an unrestored, but complete 1946 M20. Each is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $7000-$10,000 range. Unrestored 1943 BSA M20As an alternative for British classic motorcycle enthusiasts, there is a single-cylinder, 125cc 1948 Royal Enfield ‘Flying Flea’ motorcycle. Presented in useable condition and offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell in the $4000-$6000 range. Royal Enfield Flying FleaThere are two great Japanese 1980s dirt bikes: a 1980 80cc Suzuki RM80T and a mighty 600cc 1983 Honda XL600R –  both fresh from similar ground-up restorations and neither being used since completion. Honda XL600REach is offered with ‘no reserve’, with the Suzuki expected to sell for $2000-$3000 and the Honda for $3000-$6000. Japanese collectors may be interested in an unrestored example of Yamahas first road model – the 650cc XS-1.  This original classic is in good rideable condition and expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $9000-$13,000 range. To view all Shannons August 26 Sydney Winter Auction lots, visit The post Ride away on classic motorcycles appeared first on ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Most Common Month to Buy Motorcycle Insurance
    Over the course of a given year, more than a million UK riders elect to insure their bikes. A survey by Devitt Insurance revealed that, for most of the year, renewals are in steady decline, punctuated by an abrupt threefold rise in March, from 4.4% of respondents to just over 13.5%. Now, we should state at the outset that, beyond these extremes, the spread is fairly even, with each month enjoying a healthy fraction of overall renewals. Still, we’re left with the question: what’s driving this trend? What’s so great about March? The most obvious influence is financial. After Christmas has been sorted, we all have a little more disposable income to draw upon. And thus, it’s unsurprising that many of choose to treat ourselves to a bike and the accompanying insurance. This one-time decision might then tick over year-upon-year, making many of us March-renewers for life. Price, according to the survey, is the most popular factor when making the decision to purchase at 40.72%. It’s closely followed by the benefits of the cover in question (39.83%). Given that the latter remains roughly constant throughout the year, it can’t explain the change from month to month.  The reputation of the company in question was most important only to 12.5% of respondents. Only three out of 1,908 people think that a free gift is the most important thing, which, in case you’re wondering, makes these people statistically fewer than those who believe that the earth is flat.  March is also among the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Unique launch for Harley’s electric LiveWire
    As you read this I am flying to Portland, Oregon, for a unique media launch of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle. There are many things that make this launch unique. Unique bike For a start, this is the first full-size electric road motorcycle from a traditional motorcycle manufacturer. The now-axed Victory Motorcycles slapped their brand name on an electric Brammo in 2015, but it wasn’t their product. (When we tested it on a Colorado racetrack, at least we got to see it being recharged.) MBW rides the Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycleHonda and BMW have produced electric scooters, while Yamaha and KTM have a couple of small electric trail bikes. BMW C evolution electric scooterOther major motorcycle companies such as Triumph are feverishly working on electric motorcycles. Unique guest list The usual motorcycle media will not be present. Magazines that usually attend Harley product launches have not been invited. Why? Maybe because Harley has identified electric motorcycles as appealing to a different market. In fact, it may not appeal to any current (‘scuse the pun) Harley owners and lovers. Instead of the motorcycle mag crew, there are newspaper, TV journos, “influencers” and, of course, websites like ours. Unique ride Most global motorcycle model launches feature quite a long ride, sometimes even track time. It is not unusual for rides to go over more than one day so journos get a good feel for a motorcycle. In this case, the ride is a mere 60km through downtown Portland and out into a little ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • ANZ Harley dealers in global custom battle
    Aussie and Kiwi Harley-Davidson dealers will compete in the annual global Battle of the Kings custom bike competition for the second year in a row. Last year, Adelaide Harley-Davidson Bike Works represented the countries with a 2018 Roadster they turned into a track racer, complete with mini fairing. Some 26 Australian and New Zealand dealers will again take on dealers from the United States, Europe, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, India, China and South America to win the title of Custom King. Voting for the top ANZ contenders is now open to the public here until 15 August 2019 to select five finalists. Here are just a few of this year’s custom crop. An expert judging panel will pick the winner in late August. Last year the donor bike had to be a ride-away Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle. This year dealerships can select their base bike from any of the Harley-Davidson model family excluding CVO and Trike. There will be three build categories – Dirt, Chop or Race. Five global finalists will be showcased at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November when the 2019 Global Custom King will be revealed. Keith Waddell, Harley-Davidson ANZ Marketing Manager says: Harley-Davidson ANZ dealers proved last year that we are a force to be reckoned with on the customisation world stage. With this year’s choice of 25 models and three design categories, dealers are excited to step up to the new challenge, showcasing not only our local talents but the range of what is possible to ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Yamaha recall bikes over missing sticker
    Yamaha Motor Australia has recalled 1193 MT-07 and XSR700 models for a missing exhaust noise compliance sticker.  The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says correct Stationary Noise Data labels were not fitted to these motorcycles in production. It is a requirement of the Australian Design Rule ADR 83 for the sticker to be attached to each motorcycle. Riders risk being fined by police for non-compliance. Obviously, you could successfully fight such a fine, but it would be an inconvenience. Easy fix Owners have been advised to “immediately contact their local Yamaha Dealer and arrange to have the label attached at no charge”. In the meantime, we suggest you keep a copy of this article on hand to show to police if they intend to issue a notice. Click here to see a complete list of vehicle identification numbers for the 1193 affected bikes.  Consumers can find their nearest authorised Yamaha dealership by clicking here. The MT-907 and XSR700 were also recalled last year for loose chain protector bolts. Yamaha XSR700Missing stickers It is not the first time motorcycles have been recalled for a missing noise sticker. In 2016, Braaap motorcycles were recalled over the sticker issue and last year several Triumph models were recalled for the missing noise sticker. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a recall is issued, the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Ducati recalls Panigale V4 for fifth time
    Ducati has now recalled a variant of the Panigale V4 for the fifth time with four recalls in its first year of production. On this occasion, it’s for a fuel leak in the 2018-19 Panigale V4 range and the 2019 Panigale V4 R, totalling 445 motorcycles in Australia. Australian owners of the affected bikes will be sent a letter requesting them to contact their closest Ducati dealer or service agent “as soon as possible”. Owners will be asked to make an appointment for an update of the motorcycle’s fuel tank ventilation system. They will also receive a sticker with warning/instructions on how to correctly open the fuel cap. Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of all affected bikes are listed at the end of this article or click here. Fifth recall notice It is the fifth official notice has issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The notice says the fuel tank ventilation system “may be defective and cause pressure to build in the tank, resulting in fuel potentially spraying out of the tank when the fuel cap is opened”. “If fuel sprays from the tank, this poses a fire and injury risk to the user and their surroundings,” . Last year, the Panigale V4 was recalled for another fuel leak issue after a Canadian rider’s V4 caught fire. V4 catches fire in CanadaMore V4 variants Ducati recently announced it would produce a Streetfighter V4 version. A prototype Streetfighter ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Piaggio Zip scooters recalled on throttle fault
    Piaggio Australia has recalled 54 2018 ZIP 50 4T scooters over a throttle fault that could cause the scooter to slow down quickly. The official Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall notice says the fault could increase the “risk of an accident or injury to the rider”. It says the throttle control cable on the Zip scooters may break and advises owner to contact their nearest authorised Piaggio dealer and arrange a time for the throttle cable to be modified or replaced free of charge. To find your nearest dealer, click here. Vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of all affected scooters are listed at the end of this article. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.
    Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders. If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502. To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites: • Australia • USA • New Zealand • Canada VINS of affected Zip 50 scooters Serial Number LBMCA210000006733 ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-14
  • Easy Rider celebrates its 50th anniversary
    Today is the 50th anniversary of the first public screening of the cult 1969 movie Easy Rider. In the USA, many theatres are showing the film again. Here in Australia, you can watch it on DVD and maybe a streaming service. The hippy film was shot on a shoestring budget in a haze of pot smoke and with a plot that was made up along the way by actor/director Dennis Hopper. Dennis died in 2013, aged 77. His film was added to the USA’s National Film Registry in 1998 and is listed as one of the top 100 American movies by the American Film Institute. 50th anniversary Although the 50-year-old  film may seem anachronistic in these modern times, it still has its merits. The opening scene where lead actor Peter Fonda famously throws away his watch is a highlight. The choppers then fire up and roar into the desert to the accompaniment of Born to be Wild. Truly an iconic cinematic moment! Fad It has also started a fad with riders and other travellers to discard their watches and disregard the constraints of time. A watch is a symbol of “the man”, society and capitalism that constrain us. Motorcycles are freedom machines that allow us to escape the rigours of timekeeping. In a hilarious parody of the famous Easy Rider scene, John Travolta and his buddies throw away their mobile phones before a cross-country ride in the 2007 movie Wild Hogs. “You don’t need a GPS to discover ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-13
  • Orders accepted for Aussie electric motorcycle
    Orders for Australia’s first electric motorcycle will be taken at the Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong in November. Savic Motorcycles founder, Dennis Savic, tells us they will be accepting orders for the first 50 production bikes of all three C-Series variants (Alpha, Delta, Omega). “We will be at the festival this year launching our production prototype,” he says, although the electric Cafe Racer prototype has already been unveiled at the Melbourne Moto Expo on 23 November 23, 2018. “We hope to make it available for test rides.” Savic orders You can place orders for the three Cafe Racer production versions at the festival: Alpha 60kW, from $20,000; Delta 40kW, from $15,000; and Omega 20kW, from $12,000. That’s much cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle which launches this week in Portland, Orgeon, at about $US30,000. It will be available in Australia at probably more than $A40,000 late next year. We will be in Portland this week to test the LiveWire so stay tuned. LiveWireSavic motorcycles will be made in Melbourne and Taiwan and delivered in 2020. Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 250km, while the smallest option in the Omega will have 50km range.  Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and Dennis says his bike will accelerate from 0-100km in four seconds. By comparison, the LiveWire will have city range of about 235km and highway range of about 150km and reach 100km/h in three seconds. Savic customers ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-13
  • Riders charged over third-party GoPro evidence
    NSW Police are charging riders with traffic offences based on GoPro video evidence obtained from other riders, says Sydney lawyer and Ducati 1098S rider Chris Kalpage. There have been many incidents of riders being charged after self-incriminating evidence was found on their GoPro footage, mobile phone data, GPS and even bike data loggers. However, Chris says he knows of at least two occasions where NSW Highway Patrol have sifted through the GoPro video of riders to find offences by other riders they may have been following. He says these riders have been fined for speeding, crossing unbroken and double lines, wheelies, etc. GoPro evidence “I have had matters where a person may spend the day riding with their GoPro videoing their heroics coming up behind other riders who unknowingly may be transgressing,” says Chris, 61, who has been riding since he was 15. “The rider with the GoPro is spotted at the end of the day by police and pulled over for some transgression that the officer has seen and confiscate their GoPro. “Subsequently they play the video back at the station and then pay visits to anybody they see on the video. “The police will then attend the premises of the registered owners of the bikes that they have seen on the videos and place a notice of demand asking that they identify who the rider was at the relevant time.” Police rights Chris says police may be within their legal rights to confiscate your GoPro ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-13
  • Watch Aussie rider’s Pikes Peak record run
    Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook has posted a video of his record run at the recent Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado. The event was marred by the death of four-time winner Carlin Dunne on the last turn while riding the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype. He was on his way to victory and a record run. Carlin Dunne on the Streetfighter V4 prototypeThe Pikes Peak International Hillclimb organising committee is now considering the future of the motorcycle category in the event in the wake of two other motorcycle fatalities in 2014-15 and the fourth rider death in the event’s history. The event has run since 1916, but motorcycles did not race for 10 years from 1977-79 and 1983-90. Organisers are investigating whether a series of bumps in the last corner caused Carlin’s bike to high-side. Rennie’s record run Images from Rennie’s Facebook pageCarlin’s sad fatality does not take away from Rennie’s victory and record run in the heavy motorcycle class. The Australian, who is now working in America at Cycle News, set a record time of 9:44.963 riding a 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. He smashed the record by five seconds. The Tuono was in “nearly showroom stock” condition. Rennie says he would like to dedicate his record-run video to the memory of the late Carlin Dunne.  “This was a man who helped me to no end as a mentor in my rookie year, went head-to-head with me and came out on top in 2018, and was on course ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-12
  • Rider dies in collision with ute
    A 33-year-old Gatton male rider has died in a collision with a ute at a Gatton intersection last night (12 July 2019). Police say that at 6pm, a motorcycle and a utility travelling on Eastern Drive collided at the intersection of Forest Hill-Laidley Road. (All images: Google Maps)The rider  was pronounced deceased at the scene. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ute crashes It is the the second motorcycle death in two days and third motorcycle crash with a ute in South East Queensland in the past couple of weeks. The driver and sole occupant of the ute, an 18-year-old Mount Sylvia man, was not physically injured. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day. Quote this reference number: QP1901342012 Intersection crashes Intersection crashes are one of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles asa shown in this NSW Transport video. Slow down at intersections, look ahead, expect that drivers have not seen or even looked for you, anticipate the worst and be prepared to take evasive action. In a crash, the rider may be completely blameless. However, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is if the rider is dead. The post Rider dies in ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-12
  • First motorcycle jacket to score 10-star rating
    The RST Ventilator textile jacket is the first jacket to receive a full 10-star rating for thermal comfort in the MotoCAP ratings system since it began a year ago. It is one of six jackets and nine pair of gloves to be added to the list of 110 motorcycle protective clothing items. MotoCAP has now tested 49 textile and leather jackets, 18 pairs of jeans and leggings, seven pair of leather pants, one pair of textile pants and 35 pairs of gloves. The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing provides comfort ratings for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, but not gloves. Top star RST Ventilator jacketThe $350 RST Ventilator jacket scored a full 10-star rating for thermal comfort, thanks to mesh panels in the arms, chest and sides. However, it only scored two out of five stars for safety despite elbow and shoulder impact protectors and pockets at the back for aftermarket impact protectors. Dainese fighter jacketIn the latest round of testing, the highest protection rating went to the $800 Dainese Fighter leather jacket. It scored a three-star rating even though it has the same impact protectors as the RST. Glove ratings For gloves, two products scored equal high protection ratings of three stars. These were the Five Gloves X-Rider Water Proof and the Ducati Performance C2 leather gloves. Gloves are not tested for comfort under the MotoCAP rating protocols. Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained. “There ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-07-12
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