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  • Lessons On Motorcycle Touring Through Peru
    An Indian Scout Sixty in the rugged Peruvian Andes. (Janelle Kaz/)“Move and the way will open,” I told myself, as I sat on my bike behind a rubble-strewn road, closed off by a massive landslide. The only way that opened to me, however devastatingly, was to go back the direction I came. Moments like these sometimes left me feeling arrogant, as though I could just show up in such a rugged country as Peru on a Scout Sixty and not face challenges. And perhaps this is true. I suppose the Zen proverb had some merit, in that through movement and with some local advice, I did eventually find a way to the other side and was humbled by the adventure.Related: Adventure Riding An Indian Scout Sixty In The Jungles Of PeruYou end up on roads like this even when you intend to stay on pavement while in the mountains of Peru. (Janelle Kaz/)Motorcycling Peru is awe-inspiring for its immense mountains, and the roads which drape across them. Active volcanoes dot the landscape, with their impressive stature and unforeseen destruction. The edge of the road drops off into a deep abyss, a riverine canyon that seems to echo the songs of the country. You’ll regularly find yourself cresting mountains above 4,000 meters, often nearing 5,000 meters, such as on the Carretera al Colca, situated at 4,910 meters (16,108 feet). This stretch of the road is nearly 3 miles above sea level and therefore one of the highest elevated passes in the ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-06
  • Best Motorcycle Backpacks
    A purpose-built motorcycle backpack delivers improved fit and functionality for all riders, from everyday commutes to extended weekend jaunts. (Miguel Perales/)A high-quality motorcycle backpack makes for a trusty addition to any rider’s gear stash. And while you can toss any old bag over your shoulder, a purpose-built motorcycle backpack provides enhanced fit and functionality. Designed for the real-world needs of riders, a good motorcycle backpack delivers ergonomics tailored for a riding position, with secure strapping that anchors the pack in place without encumbering movement. Durable construction, with resilient zippers and reinforced stitching, helps withstand the constant battering of high-mph airflow, while weather-resistant (often waterproof) materials offer protection rain or shine. Commuters will appreciate work-friendly features like integrated laptop/tablet storage, while larger compartments stow away extra clothes and equipment—or anything else you need to tote along for the ride. Here are some solid options for motorcycle backpacks from the world’s most trusted motorcycle brands.Ogio No Drag Mach 3 BackpackThe Ogio No Drag Mach 3 delivers a form-fitting aerodynamic fit, with commuter-friendly features that include dedicated shoe storage and compartments for electronics. (Amazon/)A sleek, sporty design, the No Drag Mach 3 from Ogio features an aerodynamic outer shell and shoulder-hugging lines, with removable sternum and hip straps to further dial in fit. The contoured back foam helps keep cooling airflow circulating. Interior storage includes multiple pockets for a laptop and electronics, as well as two shoe storage compartments for commuters. Other motorcycle-specific features include an off-center hip belt to keep from scratching ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-05
  • Red Bull Day In The Dirt Motocross Grand Prix 2019 In Photos
    Part fun, part competition, the Red Bull Day in the Dirt is always a hoot to participate in, regardless of your skill or style of dirt bike you ride. (Mike Emery/)Motorcycle racing, camping, and a party fit for any age took place this past weekend during the Red Bull Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. This year marked the 22nd running of this festive race, which takes place every Thanksgiving weekend. What began as a couple days of off-road riding fun for the Hollywood stunt community has evolved into a family-friendly shindig that encourages dirt bike racing, sportsmanship, and camaraderie for all riders, regardless of skill. This year Mother Nature played its own trick on competitors with a deluge of rain and cold weather making camping more tricky, but also primo track conditions. Check out some of our favorites photos from the event. Interested in kicking up roost? Sign up at and see you next year.The Red Bull Day in the Dirt GP always brings out riders and their vintage-era motorcycles. (Mike Emery/)Local Supercross and motocross pro Josh Grant once again made it out to this year’s race. (Mike Emery/)The Hell On Wheels MC Club ran races Saturday afternoon on a short TT-style track. (Mike Emery/)Having fun and causing a little chaos is what the Red Bull Day in the Dirt GP weekend is all about. (Mike Emery/)These Ironmen (and women) proved to be the die-hard racers of the weekend competing ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-04
  • 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 First Look Preview Photo Gallery
    Triumph Motorcycles shows off its new Tiger 900—a middleweight-size adventure-touring bike. (Triumph Motorcycles/)By the looks of it, Triumph’s Tiger 900 looks more off-road oriented than the 800 model it replaces. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The Rally edition Tiger 900 is equipped with a dirt-bike-sized 21-inch front wheel which allows riders to comfortably traverse difficult terrain. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The Tiger 900 employs a more road-oriented 17-inch rear wheel setup as opposed to a off-road-friendly 18-inch setup like some of its primary competition. (Triumph Motorcycles/)Heavy-duty serrated footpegs and brake pedal are standard. Crash bars are available as an accessory. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The Tiger 900 wears a more generic looking beak-like snout that is common among modern adventure-touring bikes. The LED headlights are more narrow and a pleasing aesthetic upgrade versus its predecessor. (Triumph Motorcycles/)Triumph Motorcycles has made great strides in the fit-and-finish department. Note the attention to detail for the routing of the front brake lines. (Triumph Motorcycles/)Up-spec Tiger 900s come outfitted with a 7-inch color TFT display. The base version uses a 5-inch panel. (Triumph Motorcycles/)All Tiger 900 variations employ Brembo’s latest and greatest Stylema radial-mount calipers that grip 320mm rotors. (Triumph Motorcycles/)Triumph Motorcycles wants riders to go further with more comfort than ever before. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The Tiger 900 is powered by an 888cc inline-three that is more powerful than the 800 it replaces. (Triumph Motorcycles/)A cast alloy swingarm and left-hand-side chain final drive put power to the rear wheel. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The premium Tiger 900 models come with heated and ultra-plush-looking rider and passenger seats. (Triumph ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-04
  • 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 First Look Preview
    Triumph Motorcycles pulled the wraps off its new adventure-touring middleweight, the 2020 Tiger 900. Featuring a larger and more powerful inline-three engine, the Tiger 900 will be available in three designations: Standard, Rally, and GT (replacing the outgoing and 10-year-old 800’s XC and XR nomenclature).Triumph Motorcycles shows off its new Tiger 900—a middleweight-size adventure-touring bike. (Triumph Motorcycles/)Tiger 900 PowerplantThe 900 is powered presumably by a version of the Tiger 800 engine platform. In this configuration, the engine benefits from 4mm of added bore elevating engine displacement to 888cc. Triumph says this change boosts peak torque by 10 percent with 64 pound-feet arriving at 7,250 rpm. Peak horsepower is rated at 94 hp at 8,750 rpm. It sips fuel from a 5.3-gallon fuel tank.By the looks of it, Triumph’s Tiger 900 looks more off-road oriented than the 800 model it replaces. (Triumph Motorcycles/)To enhance character and sound, a modified 1-3-2 firing order gives “more feedback from the engine to the rider, an incredibly distinctive engine sound, and improved tractability and throttle feel, pulling harder, lower down,” the Hinkley brand says in a press release.Triumph’s triple-cylinder engines are renowned for their punchy feel and tingling soundtrack, so it sounds (no pun intended) like this powerplant will be more fun to yank the twist grip on. Other improvements include a reduction in engine cockpit heat and a revised airbox with an easier-to-access air filter element.The Tiger 900 employs a more road-oriented 17-inch rear wheel setup as opposed to a off-road-friendly 18-inch setup like ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-04
  • Complete Routine Work With These Analog Tire Pressure Gauges
    Checking your tire pressure is a simple and necessary maintenance task. (Milan Degraeve/)Checking tire pressure and properly inflating a motorcycle tire is one of the easiest forms of maintenance. Plug the gauge chuck on the valve stem and confirm the pressure matches the specification called for in the owner’s manual. Inflate the tire air as needed. Since manuals often recommend checking tire pressure before every ride, a good tire pressure gauge is important to keep close. Brands like Vondior, Rhino, Summit Tools, and many others supply analog tire pressure gauges that help get this simple but necessary task done. Their heavy-duty designs, easy-to-read displays, and pressure-release features make them staples for the garage.Vondior Tire Pressure GaugeA rubber shield protects the Vondior tire pressure gauge. (Amazon/)The analog tire pressure gauge from Vondior displays tire pressure accurately (+/- 1 percent) up to 60 psi. A release valve makes relieving some overinflated tire pressure easy while the 2-inch display is still in view. Further, the hand and numbers glow in the dark so if you are burning the midnight maintenance oil, then the reading will be seen regardless of the amount of garage lighting. The swiveling valve connector is also a convenient feature since it allows you to read the display from multiple angles.Rhino USA Heavy-Duty Tire Pressure GaugeFeatures include a braided air hose and brass hardware, pressure lock/reset button, grip cover, and 2-inch glow-in-the-dark dial. (Amazon/)In case you have a long or tight reach to the valve stem, the Rhino USA tire ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-04
  • Red Bull Day In The Dirt Motocross Grand Prix 2019 Photo Gallery
    The 2019 Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix Motorcycle Race took place this weekend at Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway. (Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool/)Part fun, part competition, the Red Bull Day in the Dirt is always a hoot to participate in, regardless of your skill or style of dirt bike you ride. (Mike Emery/)The Red Bull Day in the Dirt GP always brings out riders and their vintage-era motorcycles. Photo: Mike Emery (Mike Emery/)Local Supercross and motocross pro Josh Grant once again made it out to this year’s race. (Mike Emery/)The Hell On Wheels MC Club ran races Saturday afternoon on a short TT-style track. (Mike Emery/)Having fun and causing a little chaos is what the Red Bull Day in the Dirt GP weekend is all about. (Mike Emery/)These Ironmen (and women) proved to be the die-hard racers of the weekend competing in a multitude of classes, including Sunday’s Coup de Grace endurance races. (Mike Emery/)Getting loose after dark is always a part of Day in the Dirt—this year an ’80s cover band rocked inside Glen Helen’s barn. (Mike Emery/)Costumes are always welcome at Day in the Dirt. This Ironman competitor lofts a wheelie through the pavement section on a Kawasaki KX450. (Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool/)A heavy dousing of rain prior to Saturday’s race made for some challenging conditions during the morning’s Vintage GP. (Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool/)Pick a rut. If you like railing ruts, this year’s track at Glen ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-04
  • The Science Of Two-Stroke Exhaust Smell
    The science (and romance) of two-stroke exhaust smell. (Rich Lee/)All it takes is one whiff. It could be an old dirt bike starting up fresh out of storage or a vintage scooter trundling past. No matter. As soon as two-stroke exhaust hits your nose, it splits your face into a big, toothy smile. The stuff literally gets under your skin.But what are you actually smelling? And why is it so evocative?From a physiological standpoint, the answer is straightforward. Olfaction, the process of smelling, is closely tied to emotion and associative learning. And, unlike our other senses, it’s wired directly into the limbic system; before you even identify a smell, the olfactory bulb has already triggered a memory and the feeling attached to it, a true primal reaction. So, if you grew up around motorcycles, your brain might associate two-stroke with the warmth of family, the pride of winning a race, or the satisfaction of tuning a carb. Getting a snoutful of the stuff can be comforting on a neural level. But there might be more to the magic of two-stroke’s distinct scent. So says Kelly Jones, the New York-based perfumer behind Kelly + Jones, an experimental fragrance line stocked at stores including Urban Outfitters and Garmentory. Asked to analyze burning synthetic two-stroke for Motorcyclist, her trained nose picked up an array of smells, including benzoin and balsam (tree resins), cade oil (a species of juniper), and a hint of patchouli (yes, patchouli). To Jones, the underlying character here was revealing. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-03
  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LE vs. Honda Gold Wing Tour vs. Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring Comparison Review
    It’s impossible to imagine California without a thin ribbon of asphalt tracing the majority of its coastline, yet the first segments of California State Route 1 weren’t laid until a little more than a century ago. The road from Dana Point—just south of Motorcyclist’s offices—up to Leggett in the state’s Emerald Triangle, has only been signed as a contiguous route since 1964. Highway 1 runs through the state’s two most vital cities, and on the right day, nearly any given rural stretch of 1 could credibly lay claim to the title of the nation’s most sensually rich road.It’s a road that always has something fresh to offer an eager rider, and one that’s impossible to entirely absorb. With that in mind, we asked ourselves what sort of vehicle might offer a person the best chance at taking in the totality of the Golden State’s ragged edge. Have motorcyclists, out of passion or habit, been missing out on a better way to experience California’s coastal roads? To find out, we took three very different machines, any of which can be purchased for around $30,000, out to the Central Coast south of Big Sur.When equipped with the 1LE package, a Chevrolet Camaro is an exceptional performer on California’s coastal roads. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the cheapest of the 1LE models doesn’t have the roar or romance of a big V-8, but with 275 horsepower on tap, you’ll be going too quick to miss it. (Jeff Allen /)When Chevrolet launched the ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-12-02
  • MIPS Motorcycle Helmet Technology Can Save Your Life
    Aaron Plessinger was on hand to debut his new MIPS-equipped lid. (MIPS/)Multi-directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS, is a relatively new feature to motorcycle helmets, but its ability to reduce the damage of rotational impact forces during a crash could save your life. During a recent MIPS symposium in Southern California, MIPS AB, the Swedish design firm responsible for MIPS technology, presented an in-depth look at its research and designs.“MIPS has become synonymous across a variety of enthusiast-driven helmet sports and our expansion into motorcycling was a natural progression for the technology,” stated Max Strandwitz, CEO of MIPS AB. “While we’ve had the privilege of partnering with many of the motorcycle industry’s most recognized and well-respected brands, we are still working on bringing awareness to not just MIPS, but rotational protection as a whole.”Related: Bell Helmets Introduces First Street Helmet With Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS)Bell Helmets brought MIPS options to its lineup back in 2016. (MIPS/)When a MIPS system is installed in a motorcycle helmet (a low-friction layer between the EPS impact liner and the comfort liner), a rider’s head is able to move inside the helmet 3/10–1/2 inch (10–15mm) in all directions. This helps dissipate the rotational force that would otherwise impact the brain when impact is made on an angle. Researchers have conducted more than 27,000 tests of the technology over the past 24 years across a broad spectrum of different sport applications and have found significant reduction of brain injury during angled impact when MIPS is ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-30
  • Great Holiday Gifts For Motorcycle Riders
    Get ready for the holidays with this assorted collection of gifts for the motorcycle riding friend or family member. (Harley-Davidson/)’Tis the season of giving and who doesn’t want to be prepared for the holidays? This time we’re giving you a helping hand by rounding up some of the best motorcycle gifts that you could give the special motorcyclist in your life. From gadgets designed to simplify life to must-have riding essentials that make time on a motorcycle more enjoyable, we highlight the best of the best accessories for the modern motorcycle rider.SPONSORLadies Saki Café Leather JacketLooking for a gift idea with a bit of attitude? Then check out the AGVSPORT Ladies Saki leather jacket, designed with the perfect combination of performance and style. This jacket blends a performance riding fit with premium hand-finished cowhide leather, fine detailing, and Smoothways CE Level 2 soft armor, making it comfortable on or off the road. To help you finish your holiday shopping right, use the discount code BMG2019 for 25% off and free shipping at checkout. </br> MSRP: $399.99 (AGVSPORT/)Howard Leight By Honeywell Laser Lite High-Visibility Disposable Foam EarplugsMotorcyclists are exposed to high levels of noise. In an effort to keep your ears in healthy condition a good set of earplugs are a must-have. Of all the types we’ve tried over the years, these disposable foam earplugs from Howard Leight are our favorite. The two-tone magenta colorway make them easy to spot and the contoured-T shape makes them easy to insert and remove ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-29
  • Black Friday Deals For Your Favorite Rider
    We select some of the best Black Friday deals for motorcycle riders. (Harley-Davidson Motor Company/)Motorcycle gear and accessories can be tough to pick up as a gift for a loved one. Apparel, helmets, and bike add-ons can all be highly personal, and if you haven’t been getting the right hints, picking a piece is no easy task. So we’ve combed through some of the Black Friday deals available this year, and selected a handful of more general gifts that will leave just about any rider smiling. There’s something here for riders of all styles and skill levels that you won’t have to send back just because it’s not model specific.SPONSORSena 10C EVOThe 10C EVO combines Sena's leading Bluetooth communications platform with an integrated 4K camera, allowing for easy rider communication, video recording, and photos on the fly. The 10C EVO features 4-way Bluetooth intercom and smartphone connectivity to take calls, listen to music, GPS and more. (Sena/)Rexbeti Hex Key Allen Wrench SetA dynamic, multiuse set of Allen wrenches. (Amazon/)All riders need tools, and the Rexbeti Hex Key Allen Wrench Set includes metric, American, and star hexes. These can be used as is or as T-handle wrenches thanks to the included grip. There are 35 pieces total in the set, and each wrench is made from heat-treated S2 steel for durability. This is one of those under-the-radar gifts that will be a huge help when it’s finally needed.DeWalt 4.5-Gallon CompressorThe DeWalt 4.5-gallon compressor is low-profile and powerful. (Amazon/)Another tool that every ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-29
  • Yamaha Prices 2021 Ténéré 700 At $9,999
    The 2021 Ténéré 700 in Ceramic Ice colorway. (Yamaha/)The 2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700 will be here by the middle of next year, and at a remarkably competitive price. Yamaha revealed that starting MSRP for the adventure machine will be $9,999. Yamaha also announced two additional colorways for the 700 in addition to the Ceramic Ice already unveiled. These include a Matte Black scheme and an Intensity White.A new option, Intensity White, has a slightly more nostalgic look. (Yamaha/)The 689cc parallel-twin-powered machine showed promise during Cycle World testing in Europe earlier this year, with admirable road prowess and decent dirt chops. However, as it stands now, ride modes and traction control are absent so riders will need to rely on the old-fashioned method of throttle and clutch control to really have fun off-road. This isn’t such a bad thing, and helps to explain the attractive price point. ABS, however, can be switched off if desired.Yamaha is also planning to deal with the rush of demand for accessory add-ons, so is already developing a full line of bits and bobs to add to your 700 to get it just right.The 2021 Ténéré 700 in Matte Black. (Yamaha/)For those who want to be among the first to own the Ténéré 700 stateside, Yamaha has a registration form for you. You’ll get the latest news on the new bike as well as early access to the reservation portal when it’s live. Yamaha has indicated that the first deliveries of the Ténéré 700 will happen ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-28
  • Great Gadgets For You And Your Motorcycle In 2019
    It’s an incredible time to be a motorcyclist, particularly if you also like to geek out on the latest electronics. Every year there are more and better options in communicators, tools, and accessories aimed to make your ride safer and more enjoyable. Electronic gadgets are also a great gift idea for your favorite rider, and with the holidays coming up quick it’s a good time to start thinking about that perfect present. So to give you a leg up on your search, we’ve picked some of the best electronic motorcycle accessories on the market today, each sure to be a welcome addition to any rider’s kit.Sena 10C EVO Bluetooth Communicator and Camera: $399Start your vlog today with the Sena 10C EVO. (Amazon/)Communication systems are a huge benefit on the road, and the Sena 10C EVO is one of the latest, greatest options around. It’s got a four-way Bluetooth intercom, 1-mile range, Wi-Fi capability, along with a QHD video camera that records in 4K at 30 FPS. You can activate video recording with the press of a button, and you can record your priceless witticisms in real time through the microphone. If you’re really savvy, have some music playing in the background as well to really make a mark on your YouTube channel. But, really, this is a fantastic communicator that packs a lot of top-quality features from a leading brand in the communicator segment.Cardo 45mm Audio Set: $89The Cardo 45mm Audio Set with JBL-designed components will significantly elevate your ride. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-27
  • 2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F Review MC Commute
    Urban motorcyclists looking for a fast and efficient motorcycle that’s well suited to quick trips around town should take a ride on Zero Motorcycles’ all-electric SR/F ($21,495, as tested). The SR/F combines big-bike-type styling and performance with usable range and charging for those looking to rid themselves of the gasoline pump.Zero Motorcycles makes a solid case for gasoline-free powered street bikes with its fantastic SR/F. It’s a worthy option for those that commute in a short mileage radius. (Zero Motorcycles/)The SR/F is the northern California-based company’s top-of-the-line electric motorcycle. It’s styled as a naked bike that compares loosely to liter-sized gasoline-powered streetfighters. Powered by a huge, and aesthetically pleasing 14.4kW battery and compact ZF75-10 motor, Zero claims its powertrain is capable of producing a whopping 140 pound-feet torque. That’s more than either Honda’s six-cylinder Gold Wing or BMW’s mighty K 1600 GTL. And it does it nearly without silence.A TFT color display keeps tabs on the SR/F’s vitals. A multi-function switch on the handlebar allows the rider to adjust its various settings. If Zero added touchscreen functionality it would be nearly perfect. (Zero Motorcycles/)Sure, the lack of engine and exhaust sound feels strange at first, as compared to a traditional internal combustion engine, open-minded riders will acclimate to the whine of the drivetrain and bite of the brakes when squeezed.Zero’s SR/F motorcycle is propelled by this compact electric motor capable of a claimed 140 pound-feet of torque. That’s more torque than a six-cylinder powered Honda Gold Wing. (Adam Waheed/)Simplicity is ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2019-11-26
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  • Triumph scrambles into new Bond film
    Triumph has paid an undisclosed sum to feature in the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, but a Ducati Scrambler has stolen some limelight. The price for product placement in a movie is up to about $A500,000, but for a Bond film it can be a whole lot more. In fact, Heineken is believed to have paid $A65 Million to get Bond character Daniel Craig to sip their beer instead of a martini in the 2015 film, Spectre. So we have no idea how much Triumph has paid, although boss John Bloor did confirm the partnership with the producers for No Time To Die, being released in April 2020. The result is 007 riding a modified Scrambler 1200 in one chase scene. Craig’s stunt double on the Triumph Scrambler 1200So why is a baddy riding an 803cc Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled in the same chase scene? Ducati Scrambler Desert SledBond film espionage? Has Ducati snuck in some free screen time in an apt case of Bond film espionage or did they pay, too? Or is this a deliberate effort by Triumph to make their scrambler competitor look bad by being associated with buddies while their Scrambler is associated with the hero? Bond movies are usually associated with exotic cars, but motorcycles have also featured over the years. Most have been BMW vehicles, although there was a run of Ford-owned cars for a while, including Aston Martin. Good to see Bond back in an Aston Martin DB5 for ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-06
  • EzySt fuel app offers riders discounts
    A new free app called EzySt not only shows you where the cheapest fuel is near you, but also offers special discounts and can find the cheapest fuel on your planned ride route. Unlike existing fuel price apps and schemes, it is not based on crowd-sourced information, but real-time data from local fuel retailers and Government reporting schemes. The app is free and will work to show you cheap fuel near you and on your planned ride if you load your route into the map. EzySt has completed a successful trial in Western Australia and is now available in Queensland and NSW with other states and territories to follow. Sign up for EzySt deals To access special fuel and other servo deals, you have to sign up. However, if you value your privacy, you can still use all the other attributes of the app without signing up, such as route selection and choosing your preferred fuel type by RON value. I entered my email details several days ago and have yet to receive any discount deals. If you do get a deal, you don’t have to take it straight away, but can save it. You can also sign out at any time and choose to have the app only work when being used or working in the background all the time, but that will reduce your phone’s battery. Many riders don’t care about the price of fuel, only the quality for their pride and joy. Savings However, if you are ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-06
  • Frog leaps to save your motorcycle helmet
    If you are frustrated with finding somewhere to safely rest your helmet the “Y” shaped Spanish Frog portable helmet support could be the answer. Inventor Luis de Arquer says the 70 x 80mm polyurethane Frog comes in two models that you either carry in your pocket or stick to the top of your helmet with a 3M adhesive strip. They come in multiple colours, some with motorcycle manufacturer logos, and cost €20 (about $A35) each or half price if you support their Kickstarter campaign. They claim it will ship to early supporters in January and others in February. How the Frog works The Frog supports the helmet in an upside down position without scratching the surface. As Luis says, you can then put your gloves, phone, glasses and keys inside your helmet for handy storage. We wonder whether the Aussie police would be upset by sticking it to your helmet as they have fined riders for sticking action cameras to their helmet before, cleaning it makes the helmet non-compliant. If that’s a concern to you, try the portable pocket device. The miniature tripod device won a A’Design Award for its usefulness and ease of use. It is based on the Euclid Tripod Axiom which means only three points are required to define a flat plane. Luis says it is stable enough to secure your helmet, but we wonder whether it would withstand a rickety cafe table or someone bumping into your bike with the helmet on the seat or ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-06
  • Rossi and Hamilton swap vehicles for race
    Multi-world champions Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton will temporarily swap vehicles on Monday (9 December 2019) when they take part in a promotional race at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. But could the swap be longer term? Rossi has long wanted to get into four-wheeled racing, especially rallying where he has already had some success. And Hamilton is a longtime fan of motorcycles, particularly MV Agusta for which he is a brand ambassador and has put his name to four limited-edition models. Lewis Hamilton with an MV Agusta F4 LH44After winning nine world titles, Rossi has little to prove on two wheels and likewise six-time F1 champion Lewis has little to prove on four. While Rossi is contracted to MotoGP for another year, he had a poor 2019 season. Last month Rossi tested the Ferrari 488 GT3 he will race in the Gulf 12 hour endurance race on 14 December 2019 at Abu Dhabi. He’s pretty talented on four wheels and has won rallies before. In 2006, he tested for Ferrari and was just 0.7 seconds off the times set by Michael Schumacher who also tried his hand at motorcycle racing after his first F1 retirement. Meanwhile, Hamilton is doing a swap of his own switching from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2021. He’s long shown interest in motorcycle racing and crashed last Saturday at Jerez preparing for the duel with Rossi. Their “race” has been made possible by their shared sponsor, Monster Energy. We can’t wait to see the video ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-05
  • Parking victory for Sydney riders
    A decision to charge riders for parking in some Sydney CBD areas has been reversed and riders who copped $82 parking fines have had them waived. In October we reported on two such riders who were caught out when the jurisdiction of the parking area changed from City of Sydney council (COS) to state government. Previously the riders were able to park free in the Rocks, Pyrmont and Darling Harbour areas including outside designated bike-only zones as long as they adhered to the time restrictions. However, the state reclaimed the land in January, according to the council, and installed private company parking meters at the end of August 2019. The COS website was only changed on 17 September 2019 after several motorcyclists complained, according to Property NSW. “Disputed infringements issued before the website was updated have been waived,” they say. After our publication of the unfair fines, they have reversed that decision and now allow free motorcycle parking in those metered areas. A Department of Planning, Industry and Environment spokesperson told us: We were recently made aware of inconsistencies between the government and the City of Sydney’s parking policies. We have now revised our parking guidelines and waived infringement notices relating to this discrepancy. Motorcycle and scooter riders no longer need to pay at any of the parking meters in our areas, however, must respect the time restrictions. Our policy is published on The Rocks website. Day in court Jin and his Yamaha customHowever, Jin Weng says it is no victory for ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-05
  • Do you love a parade? Check out these Toy Runs!
    It seems a lot of riders love a parade. This year a group of 3497 Harley-Davidson riders (pictured above) grabbed the world motorcycle parade record in Paris, Texas, breaking the previous record of 2404 in Patras, Greece. Those records could be challenged by some of the biggest Toy Runs in Australia over the next couple of weekends. Why do riders live a parade? They love to show off their bikes, make some noise, get involved and be a part of something big. The greatest treat in riding in any parade is the smiles it brings to the faces of children … and many big kids! Charities Toy runs also do a lot of good for the community raising cash and donations (toys and non-perishable foods) for groups such as Lifeline, the Salvation Army and St Vincents de Paul. Click here if your toy run is not on the list below. Please send full details and photos to us via email. Please do not send details via any other message as they can get lost. Make sure to tell us where and when it starts, where it goes, how long is the ride and what should riders bring as gifts/donations. Safe toy runs Ipswich toy runRiders are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes in Christmas themes, but ensure they are still safe and roadworthy. Lockyer Ulysses Branch which runs the Ipswich Toy Run warns riders not to throw lollies or high-five spectators as it could lead to a crash. Police in several states ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-05
  • Alpine MotoSafe earplugs just got better!
    A tiny little piece of plastic has just made universal-fit MotoSafe earplugs from Dutch company Alpine Hearing Protection even better. With the new minigrip they are now just that little bit easier to pull out, extending the life of the earplugs. We have written on many occasions about the importance of earplugs. Basically they make you more relaxed, less weary, more alert and save your hearing, all at the same time. We’ve tried many different earplugs, including personalised moulded plugs which are very effective, but can leave you feeling disoriented like you are underwater. MotoSafe plugs are cheaper, more convenient (no need for a fitting because they fit all ears) and more comfortable, even when riding all day with a tight helmet. Since there is no silicone in the material, they also don’t get sweaty or itchy. Most importantly, they filter out the damaging wing noise. And that’s why we sell them online. MotoSafe safe Turbulence generated at high speeds can reach 103dB which is why all racers wear foam plugs to block out all sound. The filter in MotoSafe blocks damaging high-frequency wind noise, but still allows you to hear important sounds such as sirens, horns and screeching tyres. Meanwhile, it still allows you to hear “pleasant sounds” such as your music, phone conversation, GPS turn prompts and your bike’s exhaust note! However, we have damaged a couple of sets in the past trying to pull them out. They come with a small black plastic applicator which you use to push them ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-04
  • Electric corner signs alert riders
    Signs that light up and display a safety alert and message if you are riding too fast for the corner are being trialled in the UK. British company TWM Traffic Control Systems have developed the LED signs that include a radar sensor. Be alert, not alarmed But don’t worry! The smart alert signs are not designed to issue speeding tickets, says TWM spokesmen Chris Rayner. At least for now! “It’s purely advisory,” he assures us. “It’s to aid riders or drivers and alert them to the potential dangers ahead. What you can do is have a function to record the activity along the road, traffic counts, speeds etc.” The sign will display the rider’s speed and an alert such as SLOW DOWN, or CRASH SITE and flash amber LEDs. When the vehicle then slows down and the speed falls below the secondary threshold limit, the sign displays THANK YOU with the real-time speed. Warning signs It’s similar to speed alert signs used around Australia and a Texas University project that developed stop signs that light up as a vehicle approaches. Texas electronic stop signsThe TWM signs may help riders handle dangerous decreasing radius corners, but we wonder what they consider a safe corner speed for each vehicle. For example, a motorcycle could easily handle a corner at a higher speed than a sports car which would be better than an SUV which would be better than a truck…! Chris says the signs would allow the authorities to monitor ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • Black Dog Ride marks 10 year anniversary
    Riders will return to the Red Centre in 2020 to celebrate 10 years since the establishment of the first Black Dog Ride in 2010. This year’s Around Australia Ride celebrated founder Steve Andrew’s solo ride around Australia in 2009 to raise awareness for mental health issues. Black Dog Ride founder Steve AndrewsHis epic ride was followed in 2010 by the first Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre. Limited registrations are now open for the 10th Red Centre ride. Richard Brown of Black Dog Ride Australia says they are “focussing heavily on making sure that people who come on the ride feel very welcomed, and that they have fun”. “Positive social connection/social relationships are very important when it comes to maintaining our mental health,” he says. “We want this experience to be a good example of the spirit of mateship for all who participate.” 10 years on Brian says the 10-year celebration dinner in Alice Springs should be “a real hoot”. He says they don’t have the money for a “lavish” dinner, but participants will feel “a great sense of accomplishment for having made the journey”, formed “some really nice relationships” and “feel part of something really special”. The following ride groups will join the Red Centre Ride: The NSW/ACT ride group will travel through inland New South Wales, south through South Australia, and up the centre to Alice Springs.  WA and SA ride groups will both travel through their respective states, then meet up in Port Augusta ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • Number plate theft and cloning on the rise
    Number plate theft and cloning of plates is on the rise, resulting in riders receiving speeding and parking fines and unpaid toll notices. The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council says number plate theft can also be used to commit crimes such as petrol theft, robberies, house break-ins and drug trafficking. Police are also reporting an increased detection of cloned plates with offenders using vehicle sales websites to find a vehicle matching their bike or a stolen vehicle. Offenders are even cloning the number plates on laminated paper. Cloning plate scam not new Police and transport departments in several states say the cloning plate scam is not new, but are unable to supply statistics for speeding fines waived or offenders who can be charged with both criminal and traffic offences. Police say motorists wrongly fined would need to provide photographic evidence to prove the vehicle in the speeding offence photo was not theirs. It is recommended that private sellers blur their number plates when they advertise their vehicle online. In Victoria, Victoria Police, VicRoads, Department of Justice and Regulation, Fines Victoria, the Crime Statistics Agency and the NMVTRC are investigating the misuse and theft of number plates. The NMVTRC says about a third of all stolen plates are taken from vehicles parked on the street and 10% were from vehicles parked in a car park. About 85% are stolen from metropolitan areas. Unpaid tolls The scammers have also been using tollways with the video recognition fee going to the registered owners ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • You can star in motorcycle TV series
    How would you like to star in a new six-part documentary TV series on the 13 greatest motorcycle roads in the world? It’s to be called Crossroads and the Australian makers of the movie are calling for riders with a story to tell.   Motorcycle TV series They hope to cover 13 roads on five continents in six episodes, so there is probably only one or two Aussie positions among that lot. The film is being produced by ElkMark Films which consists of Cameron Elkins who directed the Stories of Bike and Roads We Ride series; Andrew Jones from; and 20-year commercial TV producer Adam Marks. Film locations will also include Norway, South Africa and Japan, and the makers hope it will be the next big thing since Long Way Round in 2004. Cam says that since it is an Australian production “we’ll be sure to showcase one or two Australian roads”. “We don’t have any fixed road in mind, but we’re looking for something that might not get the attention it deserves and a rider story that can bring this road to life,” he says.  “Just in the 24 hours since announcing the show we’ve had close to 100 riders from around the world in countries such as Italy, Germany, Brazil, US, UK, Japan and India sharing their roads and stories for a chance to be a part of the show. “But we’d love to hear from riders from remote locations like Mongolia, Africa, Scandinavia ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • Triumph unveil 2020 Tiger 900 range
    Triumph has put more “tiger” into their 2020 Tiger 900 range with 10% more torque, LED lighting, a quickshifter, Brembo brakes, a bigger tank and more electronic aids. They’ve also made the model names more common sense than the Tiger 800 XRX, XCX, XRT and XCA. The new models are: GT Pro and Rally ProTiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro for serious off-road adventuring; Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro for touring on all roads; and Tiger 900 base model. There is expected to be a price hike of under $1000, but there is no confirmation yet on pricing or availability in Australia. Current prices range from $18,550 to $21,300. More tiger The obvious change is the bigger capacity now up from 800cc to 888cc and compliant with 2020 Euro5 emissions regulations. It has 10% more peak torque (87Nm compared with 78Nm) , but power is the same at 70kW, but there is 9% more in the midrange. The three-cylinder engine has a new firing order of 1/3/2 that Triumph says gives more responsive delivery and more tiger growl from the intake. Power delivery, ABS and traction are controlled by a new IMU developed by the German Continental electronics company. There are also up to four riding modes, depending on model, with the fourth customisable to rider preferences. Tiger 900 chassis Rally ProAll models come with Showa (Rally and Rally Pro) or Marzocchi suspension which is electronically adjustable on the GT Pro’s rear shock. It allows the rider ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • BrakebuTT links front and back brakes
    If you are a convert to linked brakes or hand-operated rear brakes, the Aussie-designed BrakeBuTT invention could be what you are looking for. Inventor Jay Thompson, 54, of Perth, says he came up with the idea of an affordable retrofit linked-brake system after an embarrassing crash. “Showing off while riding with the young boys about 4-5 years ago, wheel standing of course in Lancelin my KTM 530EXC bit in and not covering the rear foot brake I embarrassingly flipped it, dislocating my shoulder and then spent three months off the bike,” he says. Jay explains BrakeBuTTMore than a quarter of a century ago, five-time GP champ Mick Doohan used a thumb-operated rear brake after shattering his right leg in a crash. Today many racers use the device so they can dangle their right leg coming into corners. BrakeBuTT links brakes However, Jay’s invention isn’t an extra hand-operated rear brake, but a linked system that works off the existing front brake lever. Jay says it is the world’s first dual brake assist accessory for motorcycles and costs less than $A600. His Electronic Braking Intelligence software applies the rear brake bias at a rate controlled by a dial on the unit on the handlebar. Dial ion biasHe says the brake is progressive and proportionate to the pressure applied to the front brake lever. The pad on the lever is a force sensitive resistor and can be in varying sizes depending on whether you use one, two or all four fingers for braking. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-03
  • Ducati Panigale V4R joins Abu Dhabi cops
    If you plan on speeding in Abu Dhabi, you better be riding something special. Abu Dhabi police department has just added eight Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycles to its already impressive fleet of supercars that include a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador. They need the high-speed bike, too, because many in the rich United Arab Emirates own supercars and exotic motorcycles. And the speed limits are high. Abu Dhabi last year set its highest speed limit of 160km/h on the new four-lane highway running into the capital. 160km/h highwayThey set the speed cameras at 161km/h, rather than the 20km/h buffer elsewhere, but rich drivers don’t care about copping fines as they can afford them. Fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h are only about $A400. Mind you, speeding by more than 60km/h attracts 12 “black points” (demerit points) and your licence is confiscated for 30 days. If you accumulate 24 points, you lose your licence for three months. Click here for the world’s most expensive speeding fines. Abu Dhabi fleet Abu Dhabi patrol carsThe Abu Dhabi police department has had some exotic high-speed pursuit vehicles over the years  to catch super-speedsters. They include: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8 hybrid sports car, Brabus 700, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Lykan HyperSport, Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche Panamera. Now they have added the Ducati to not only pursue at high speed, but split through traffic snarls. And not just your run-of-the-mill 214hp V4, either. No, they have gone for ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-02
  • Female rider dies in stop sign crash
    A 54-year-old female rider has died after being hit by a car allegedly turning on to the Kennedy Highway from Malone Road, Mareeba, through a stop sign about 8am today (2 December 2019). Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal traffic crash, but the Google Maps image above shows a stop sign at the end of Malone Rd. The female rider was taken to Mareeba Hospital in a critical condition where she later died. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. The 63-year-old female driver of the car suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. The Kennedy Highway will be closed later today to allow officers from the Forensic Crash Unit to continue investigations. There is no word yet from police on any charges. We also don’t know whether the rider was turning or indicating. Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling through the area and to allow extra travel time. 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. Ride like you’re invisible The accident is a sobering reminder that we can be in the right and still be dead. We have to ride as if no other motorist can see us. Asa if we are invisible. It can be worse than ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-12-02
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