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  • 2020 Honda CB-F Concept Preview
    Although the 2020 Tokyo Motorcycle Show was canceled, Honda Japan quietly debuted this CB-F concept prototype that pays homage to the original CB900F. (Honda Motorcycle Japan/)In spite of the canceled 2020 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda Motor Japan still released this CB-F concept on its global website. The CB-F concept pays homage to Honda’s CB motorcycles that celebrate more than 60 years of tire-burning tradition. But what are CBs and why should you care? Cycle World Technical Editor Kevin Cameron explains:“The essence of Honda’s six decades of CB motorcycles has been the union of ever-evolving design with production systems that bring the result within the reach of millions of riders.Related: Honda CR Electric Motocross Prototype Unveiled At Tokyo Motorcycle Show“They have always been roadbikes, with styling inspired by Honda’s classic racing heritage, always with in-line engines—either parallel twins or inline-fours. Honda’s modern production systems brought to market features that other makers had dismissed as impossibly expensive—smooth four-cylinder engines, overhead camshafts, electric start, and, above all, automotive-level reliability,” he continues.Related: 2018 Honda CB1000R MC Commute ReviewThe 2020 CB-F borrows styling cues from the past but benefits from the 2006–2007 CBR1000RR-sourced powertrain from Honda’s new and improved 2018–2020 CB1000R. Specifically, it’s powered by a liquid-cooled 998cc inline-four that pumps out nearly 122 hp at the rear Bridgestone based on the last time we dyno tested this engine configuration.The fuel tank and elongated body panels pay homage to the original CB900F that debuted 41 years ago, as does the giant round headlamp, and what ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-04-02
  • 2020 Kawasaki KLX230
    2020 Kawasaki KLX230 (Kawasaki /)Joining the KLX250 and KLR650 in Kawasaki’s dual sport motorcycle lineup for 2020 is the KLX230. According to Kawasaki, the KLX230 is intended for younger, less experienced riders who are on a budget, and experienced street riders seeking a new off-road experience with a smaller-displacement bike.Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.2020 Kawasaki KLX230 Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionWe tested the 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 for the first time at the intro for the bike in Jacksonville, Oregon. Off-road editor Andrew Oldar enjoyed riding it both on and off road. “The KLX230 is plenty capable in stock trim and an ideal bike for a casual dual sport rider to use around town and explore mild trails and fire roads.”2020 Kawasaki KLX230 (Kawasaki /)The 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 has a suggested retail price of $4,599 for the non-ABS model, while the ABS model is $4,899. Some competitors of the KLX230 are the 2020 Suzuki DR200S and the 2020 Yamaha TW200.Kawasaki KLX230 Updates For 2020Being that the KLX230 is a new model to Kawasaki’s lineup in 2020, it is technically all-new. It shares similarities with the KLX230R—an off-road-only model of the same displacement.2020 Kawasaki KLX230 (Kawasaki /)2020 Kawasaki KLX230 Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $4,599 (non-ABS model); $4,899 (ABS model) Engine: Air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder Displacement: 233cc Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 66.0mm Horsepower: N/A Torque: N/A Transmission: 6-speed Final Drive: Chain Seat Height: 34.8 in. Rake: 27.5° Trail: ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-04-01
  • 2020 Beta 300 RR
    2020 Beta 300 RR (Beta/)First introduced in 2013, the Beta 300 RR serves as the Italian manufacturer’s largest-displacement two-stroke off-road motorcycle alongside the up-spec 300 RR Race Edition. Beta claims the 300 RR is designed for the casual off-road rider or racer who is looking for more than just a playbike.2020 Beta 300 RR Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionIn our review of the 2020 Beta 300 RR, test rider Allan Brown cited his approval of how well-rounded the Italian machine is after he got the suspension broken in and properly setup: “I have taken the 300 RR to the open desert, single-track trails, natural flowing motocross tracks, and plenty of hard enduro canyons, and it does everything fairly well.”2020 Beta 300 RR (Beta/)There’s a plethora of competition in the 300cc two-stroke off-road bike segment. Some of the bikes the 2020 Beta 300 RR is going up against are the 2020 KTM 300 XC TPI, 2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI, 2020 Husqvarna TX 300i, 2020 Husqvarna TE 300i, 2020 TM EN 300 Fi, and 2020 Sherco 300 SE-R. The retail price of the 2020 Beta 300 RR is $9,199, which makes it the least expensive bike in this group.2020 Beta 300 RR (Beta/)Beta 300 RR Updates For 2020Beta went to work on its 300cc two-stroke off-road bike for 2020. The Italian manufacturer added a counterbalancer to the engine in order to reduce vibration and designed an all-new chassis including the frame, swingarm, fuel tank, seat, and bodywork.2020 Beta 300 RR Claimed SpecificationsPrice ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-04-01
  • Daytona Bike Week In Photos 2020
    Sand and sun, neon ground effects, big-wheel baggers and trikes—it could only be Daytona Beach Bike Week. From the party on Main Street to the races at Daytona International Speedway and, of course, the smorgasbord of vendors at Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson, this stretch of Florida’s Central Coast is ablaze with bikers and partygoers for the 79th annual Bike Week. For decades, this party has been a place for riders from all over the US to come show off their motorcycles and party with like-minded bikers. Despite the growing coronavirus pandemic, Daytona Beach’s motorcycle party raged on. However, in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Daytona TT and Daytona 200 races were both postponed. Nonetheless, Volusia County’s bike week was still busy, with many bars and event spaces operating as usual. Bike Week is always a blast, and this year it was a great last hoorah before the pandemic elevated across America. Did we self-quarantine immediately upon return? Yes. Are we going back next year? Also, yes. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year’s event.The quintessential Daytona look: big-wheeled bagger, ground effects, shorts, and no helmet. (Justin George/)Unknown Industries, the popular West Coast stunt crew, doing its thing at Daytona International Speedway. (Justin George/)V-8 trikes like this Boss Hoss parade up and down Main Street all day, cruising slow and revving up their huge motors. (Morgan Gales/)The characters of Daytona Beach are almost as entertaining as the custom motorcycles. (Justin George/)It’s not all baggers and trikes. A pristine Indian ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-04-01
  • 2020 Honda CRF110F
    2020 Honda CRF110F (Honda /)The Honda CRF110F hit the market in 2013 as the second-smallest trailbike in Big Red’s lineup. A mellow powerplant and low seat height make this Honda an ideal platform for youngsters, yet can easily be modified into a tricked-out pit bike for adults.2020 Honda CRF110F Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionOur colleagues over at Dirt Rider attended the intro for the Honda CRF110F when it was an all-new model back in 2013. The year after, they conducted a full review of the bike as well. The CRF110F has enjoyed some changes since then, so we may have to revisit it and put one of our youth test riders on the 109cc trailbike to see how it performs in the new decade.2020 Honda CRF110F (Honda /)Some competitors of the 2020 Honda CRF110F include the 2020 Yamaha TT-R110E and the 2020 Kawasaki KLX110. With a retail price of $2,399, the CRF110F is $100 more than the TT-R110E and KLX110.2020 Honda CRF110F (Honda /)Honda CRF110F Updates For 2020Although the Honda CRF110F is unchanged for 2020, it received several updates in 2019 including a Keihin electronically controlled fuel-injection system, a new twin-spar steel frame, and different bodywork.2020 Honda CRF110F Claimed SpecificationsPrice $2,399 Engine Air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder Displacement 109cc Bore x Stroke 50.0 x 55.6mm Horsepower N/A Torque N/A Transmission 4-speed Final Drive Chain Seat Height 25.9 in. Rake 25.2° Trail 2.0 in. Front Suspension 31mm conventional fork, nonadjustable; 3.9-in. travel Rear Suspension Nonadjustable; 3.8-in. travel Front Tire 70/100-14 Rear Tire 80/100-12 Wheelbase ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-31
  • 2020 BMW F 900 R MC Commute Review Photo Gallery
    We swing a leg over the 2020 BMW F 900 R in this week’s <em>MC Commute</em>. (Kevin Wing/)The OE seat is cozy and highly supportive even during long days in the saddle. BMW offers a variety of height and density options so riders can better tailor their motorcycle. (Kevin Wing/)The F 900 R has one of finest front suspension pieces we’ve ridden on at this price point. (Kevin Wing/)Riders who ride after dark will appreciate the F 900 R’s bold LED lighting. Optional cornering lighting function is available for an upcharge. (Kevin Wing/)The F 900 R is powered by a 895cc parallel-twin engine that benefits from an 270/450-degree firing order. This design simulates the character and power delivery of a traditional V-twin. (Kevin Wing/)The F 900 R uses a Sachs direct-mount shock. It offers a handy remote preload adjuster. Rebound damping adjustment is also offered. (Kevin Wing/)A gorgeous 6.5-inch color TFT graces the F 900 R. It is one of the slickest and most functional displays in motorcycling. (Kevin Wing/)Instead of touchscreen functionality the F 900 R uses Motorrad’s proprietary multifunction wheel to manipulate vehicle settings. (Kevin Wing/)With an MSRP of $8,995, the F 900 R offers a good value proposition based on its high level of performance and build quality. (Kevin Wing/)Few motorcycle brands sweat the details like BMW. (Kevin Wing/)The F 900 R is shod with Bridgestone’s awesome Battlax S21 high-performance street rubber. (Kevin Wing/)The F 900 R has a much more muscular stance than the F 800 ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-31
  • 2020 BMW F 900 R MC Commute Review
    BMW’s all-new 2020 F 900 R naked bike (starting at $8,995) certainly made an impression on us during its official US press ride introduction in Santa Barbara, California (learn more in the 2020 BMW F 900 R Review First Ride). And after logging a few hundred more miles on this Berlin-built motorcycle we’re even bigger fans of it, especially for around-town commuting.Related: MC CommuteWe swing a leg over the 2020 BMW F 900 R in this week’s <em>MC Commute</em>. (Kevin Wing/)In spite of its relatively hefty 465-pound curb weight, the F 900 R impresses with athletic handling. It goes around low-speed bends better than it should for a motorcycle of its size, plus the suspenders filter the effects of worn pavement well. Much of the credit goes to its well-calibrated suspension components, which are some of the best we’ve sampled on a production streetbike at this price point. Bridgestone’s awesome Battlax S21 rubber further complements the handling—offering track-grade grip and sure-footed stability at speed.Related: 2020 BMW F 900 XR First Look PreviewThe F 900 R has one of finest front suspension pieces we’ve ridden on at this price point. (Kevin Wing/)We’re equally mesmerized with the character and power dynamic of the 895cc parallel twin. It combines the best features of a traditional V-twin, including punchy-feeling bottom-end torque, with the intrinsic rumble and rowdy intake roar that makes this configuration so lovable. Yet the engine is much more compact, which aids in packaging and reduces weight and complexity.The F 900 R ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-31
  • 2020 Husqvarna TE 300i
    2020 Husqvarna TE 300i (Husqvarna/)The Husqvarna TE 300i was introduced to the European market in 2018. One year later, the 300cc fuel-injected two-stroke enduro bike was brought to the United States and serves as the basis of the machine that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker pilots in various hard enduros across the country.2020 Husqvarna TE 300i Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionIn our review of the 2020 Husqvarna TE 300i, test rider Allan Brown was pleased with the bike’s overall performance and its potential with some minor modifications: “Overall, the Husqvarna TE 300i has a lot going for it. With a little personalization, such as suspension modifications and an aftermarket pipe, this diamond in the rough will polish up into a gem.”2020 Husqvarna TE 300i (Husqvarna/)Some competitors of the 2020 Husqvarna TE 300i are the 2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI, 2020 TM EN 300 Fi, and 2020 Sherco 300 SE-R. With a price tag of $10,099, the TE 300i is the most expensive of the group.Husqvarna TE 300i Updates For 2020Husqvarna made several changes to its flagship two-stroke enduro motorcycle for the new decade. The main updates include a new frame with increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity, a lighter two-piece subframe, revised suspension settings, and new bodywork. The fuel injected 293cc powerplant also received an updated cylinder and a new exhaust system.2020 Husqvarna TE 300i (Husqvarna/)2020 Husqvarna TE 300i Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $10,099 Engine: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder Displacement: 293cc Bore x Stroke: 72.0 x 72.0mm Horsepower: N/A Torque: N/A Transmission: 6-speed Final ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-31
  • 2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
    2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition (KTM/)The KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition generally provides the public with an idea of what to expect on the Austrian manufacturer’s motocross models for the following year. Although with the exception of the aftermarket parts such as the Akrapovič slip-on silencer, factory triple clamp, and factory wheels just to name a few. The 450 SX-F Factory Edition has been in KTM’s lineup since 2012, which is the same year Ryan Dungey joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team.2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition (KTM/)2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe 2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition not only looks sharper than the 2020 KTM 450 SX-F, it performs noticeably better too. Off-road editor Andrew Oldar was impressed with the improvements the 450 SX-F Factory Edition offers in comparison to the standard 450 SX-F: “With its more aggressive engine character and plusher suspension settings, the 2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition is certainly an improvement over the standard 2020 450 SX-F model.”The two most comparable bikes to the 2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition are the 2020 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition and 2020 KTM 450 SX-F. The 450 SX-F Factory Edition’s retail price is $11,099, which is $100 less than the FC 450 Rockstar Edition and $1,100 more than the 450 SX-F.2020 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition (KTM/)KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Updates For 2020The main updates on the 2020 450 SX-F Factory Edition were made to the suspension. The ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-31
  • 2020 Husqvarna FX 350
    2020 Husqvarna FX 350 (Husqvarna/)First introduced to the market in 2017, the Husqvarna FX 350 is a cross-country competition bike that shares many similarities to its motocross counterpart—the Husqvarna FC 350. However, the FX 350 possesses a number of off-road-specific features including a six-speed transmission, cross-country suspension settings, a 2.25-gallon fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand, and Dunlop AT81 tires.2020 Husqvarna FX 350 Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe 2020 Husqvarna FX 350 is one of our staff’s favorite dirt bikes, which has a lot to do with the many places we can take it and have a great time riding it, as test rider Allan Brown recently wrote about in the review of the bike. “The Husqvarna FX 350’s package of a midsize engine, six-speed gearbox, and slightly larger than normal (but not too cumbersome) gas tank makes this bike very versatile.2020 Husqvarna FX 350 (Husqvarna/)The closest competitor to the 2020 Husqvarna FX 350 is the 2020 KTM 350 XC-F. If you’re looking to keep an Austrian cross-country bike in your stable of motorcycles but want a smaller-displacement engine, the 2020 KTM 250 XC-F would fit the bill as Husqvarna does not offer a 250 four-stroke cross-country bike. As far as pricing, Husqvarna’s suggested retail price for the FX 350 is $10,499.2020 Husqvarna FX 350 (Husqvarna/)Husqvarna FX 350 Updates For 2020As the Husqvarna FX 350 received a slew of changes in 2019, updates for MY20 are limited to new graphics.2020 Husqvarna FX 350 Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $10,499 Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder Displacement: ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-30
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
    2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler (Harley-Davidson /)For the die-hard riders who prefer the stability that three-wheelers provide—or have had health concerns that motivate the decision—the 2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler is a great option to enjoy the open road. The Freewheeler boasts ample power, spinning the rear wheels via its Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, and comes to a stop with Brembo Reflex brakes and standard ABS. It is not lightweight at a claimed 1,118 pounds, but at least it’s unlikely to tip over. The slash-cut mufflers, mini ape handlebars, and bobtail fenders accent the Freewheeler with some style. 2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe Harley-Davidson Freewheeler was introduced in 2015. It was and still is the answer to the potential trike buyer’s requests for something smaller and less intimidating than the Tri Glide. If you are looking for the stability of three wheels a 2020 Can-Am Spyder RT or RT Limited would be the Freewheeler’s competition as are the trike offerings from Boss Hoss Cycles.Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Updates For 2020This Harley-Davidson trike is equipped with Trike-specific Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) with Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB), ABS (C-ABS), Traction Control System (C-TCS), and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (C-DSCS). 2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Claimed SpecificationsPrice $27,999 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,868cc Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 114.0mm Horsepower N/A Torque 122.0 lb.-ft. @ 2,250 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 27.6 in. Rake 26.0° Trail 4.0 in. Front Suspension 49mm dual bending ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-30
  • 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R
    2020 Kawasaki KLX300R (Kawasaki /)After being off the market for more than a decade in North America, the KLX300R was brought back to Kawasaki off-road motorcycle lineup in 2020. The Japanese manufacturer’s intention for the KLX300R is for it to bridge the gap between a playbike and racebike, with usage being mostly trail riding.2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition2020 Kawasaki KLX300R (Kawasaki /)After riding the 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R at the introduction for the bike in Jacksonville, Oregon, we came away impressed with its overall package. “For an off-road rider who isn’t looking to race and wants to enjoy riding trails or in the desert with their friends and family, the KLX300R is an excellent option,” off-road editor Andrew Oldar wrote in the first ride review of the new KLX. The KLX300R retails for $5,499 and its closest competitor in the trailbike market is the 2020 Honda CRF250F.Kawasaki KLX300R Updates For 2020The main difference of the new KLX300R over the prior generation machine is the addition of electronic fuel injection and electric start.2020 Kawasaki KLX300R (Kawasaki /)2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $5,499 Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder Displacement: 292cc Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.2mm Horsepower: N/A Torque: N/A Transmission: 6-speed Final Drive: Chain Seat Height: 36.4 in. Rake: 26.9° Trail: 4.3 in. Front Suspension: 43mm, adjustable compression damping; 11.2-in. travel Rear Suspension: Adjustable preload/compression/, rebound damping; 11.2-in. travel Front Tire: 80/100-21 Rear Tire: 100/100-18 Wheelbase: 56.5 in. Fuel Capacity: 2.1 gal. Claimed Wet Weight: 282 lb., 287 lb. (CA model) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-30
  • 2020 KTM 300 XC TPI
    2020 KTM 300 XC TPI (KTM/)The KTM 300 XC TPI is the Austrian manufacturer’s flagship cross-country two-stroke dirt bike. Designed to tackle off-road racing competitions such as the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series and the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), the 300 XC TPI is well-suited as a do-it-all two-stroke motorcycle that you can take to the trails or the track.2020 KTM 300 XC TPI Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionKTM’s slogan is “Ready To Race,” so for the introduction of its new XC TPI models, it invited us to race the 300 XC TPI at round 7 of the 2019 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Grays Harbor ORV in McCleary, Washington, which proved to be a great way to shake down the new machine. Off-road editor Andrew Oldar commented on the fuel-injected two-stroke’s power delivery in our first ride review of the bike. “The 300 XC TPI engine’s plethora of low-end torque enables you to easily ride a gear high to maintain traction in slick areas. It has tons of midrange power as well, but signs off on the top-end, so short-shifting is the most effective way to ride it.”2020 KTM 300 XC TPI (KTM/)The price tag of the 2020 KTM 300 XC TPI is a dollar short of five figures at $9,999. Two of the 300 XC TPI’s direct competitors in the 300cc two-stroke fuel-injected off-road dirt bike market are the Husqvarna TX 300i and TM EN 300 Fi.2020 KTM 300 XC TPI (KTM/)KTM 300 XC TPI Updates ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-30
  • Best Standard Motorcycles To Commute On Photo Gallery
    Replacing the F850R, the new 2020 F 900 R is a robust parallel twin with a strong feature mix at a budget price. (BMW/)Dishing out a claimed 40 hp and weighing 403 pounds, the Scrambler Sixty2’s power-to-weight ratio rivals an Alfa Romeo 4C’s. (Ducati/)Lightweight and low cost, frisky and freeway legal, and boasting standard ABS, the 2020 Honda CB300R makes a solid learner-commuter bike. (Honda/)Good fit, finish, utility, and comfort add luster to the NC750X DCT, one of Honda’s smartest commuter bikes ever. (Honda/)This twin-cylinder ripper has the Sugomi design influence of the supercharged Z H2, at an MSRP nearly $10,000 less. (Kawasaki/)Not for the timid or newbies, in expert hands the $18,699 super-performance 1290 Super Duke R makes every commute exciting. (KTM/)Combining parts-bin engineering with 1982 design heritage, the 2020 Katana honors Suzuki’s original Katana superbike in a fully functional package. (Suzuki/)With a marvelously unfussy engine, traction control and ABS, and genial ergonomics, the $9,300 Street Twin makes a most pleasant commuter. (Triumph/)With style reminiscent of Yamaha’s fabled TZ roadracers, the XSR900 offers performance, looks, and economy all in one. (Yamaha/)Quite nearly silent and vibration free, the Zero SR/F also gets down the road in a hurry thanks to its 110-hp permanent-magnet motor. (Zero/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-30
  • Best Standard Motorcycles To Commute On
    Ahh, the morning commute. Hang that Haggar suit coat on its hook, toss the Thermos onto the seat, fire up that mighty Imperial, and then punch it—right? No, Mad Man! Instead of ruining your commute in a sled, ride it like you stole it aboard one of Motorcyclist’s favorite commuter motorcycles. In choosing this moto-decathlon (an annoying way of saying, 10 motorcycles), we prioritized standard seating (comfiest and easiest to ride) over cruiser and sportbike architecture, and generally avoided fairings and gewgaws (to keep weight, dimensions, and cost down). The details are below. Now get reading—and right after that, get commuting!2020 BMW F 900 RReplacing the F850, the new F 900 R furthers BMW’s parallel twin standard-bike entry point with aplomb. The 895cc twin uses a 270-degree crankshaft and twin counter-rotating balancers to provide satisfying power delivery and minimal vibration. Seating position—the “magic triangle” of handlebar, seat, and footpegs—is good, allowing short and long commutes to be accomplished comfortably enough. Power is rated at 105 hp—not crazy, but plenty for authoritative freeway merging, passing, and transit. Standard ABS, traction control, selectable power modes, and LED headlights are nice additions at the F 900 R’s $8,995 MSRP. After considerable miles spent on the bike, our only real complaints are its hard saddle—which hopefully will soften with time and use—and poor feel of the Brembo braking system.Replacing the F850R, the new 2020 F 900 R is a robust parallel twin with a strong feature mix at a budget price. (BMW/)2020 Ducati Scrambler ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-28
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From Motorcycle Writer

  • 2014 Indians recalled over light failure
    Indian Motorcycle Australia has recalled the 2014 Chief, Chief Vintage and Chieftain over a failure with the headlights cutting out. The official recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the electrical defect “may cause unexpected loss of forward lighting, including high and low beam headlights and fog lights”. “If this occurs, the High Beam indicator will flash on the gauge cluster,” it says. “If the motorcycle lighting malfunctions while in operation, it may reduce visibility and increase the risk of an accident or injury to the rider or other road users.” Owners are urged to “avoid riding at night or in low light conditions until their motorcycle has been repaired”. 2014 Indian ChieftainLight failure That might not be an issue given the current ever-tightening restrictions on riding during the pandemic. Riders are asked to contact their authorised Indian Motorcycle dealer to schedule an appointment to have the failure fixed, free of charge. “Do not attempt repairs yourself,” the notice warns. “Repairs must be done only by an authorised Indian Motorcycle dealer.” For any questions or concerns, please contact the Indian Motorcycle Customer Service Department on 03 9394 5610 between 8.30am and 4.30pm EST Monday to Friday, excluding Victorian public holidays. Indian Chief Vintage YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-02
  • Mandatory testing for four after rider dies
    Four drivers have been taken for mandatory testing after a motorcycle rider died in a truck collision on the M4 at Clyde today (2 April 2020). NSW Police say the rider, aged 55, died at the scene. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. The accident happened just before 1pm on the M4 near the James Ruse Drive turnoff. “It is believed the motorcycle rider was avoiding a broken-down utility that was involved in an earlier collision with another car, when it collided with a semitrailer,” police say. Four drivers have been taken to Westmead Hospital for testing which is mandatory in these cases. Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command established a crime scene and inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.   The post Mandatory testing for four after rider dies appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-02
  • Schuberth C4 Pro helmet review
    German company Schuberth helmets have been producing helmets for motorsport and riders for more than 90 years with the top-of-the-range C4 Pro now available. Their quality helmets have only recently come to Australia through MB Motorcycles since our helmet laws were opened up to European standards. We asked Australian Motorcycle Council executive John Eacott to review his new C4 Pro helmet after a couple of years riding with a Schuberth C4 and previous years with the C3 Pro and the E1. John’s review of the Schuberth C4 Pro John Eacott with his new Schuberth C4 Pro helmetI checked the fit of my regular size 59/60 and ordered online for $A716 plus $56 delivery from European site FC Moto, who I’ve used routinely for many years and always had excellent service plus competitive prices. (Schuberth is also available in Australia from $1000 for plain colours and $1100 for multi colours.) Delivery was prompt with Australia Post equaling the time from Germany. First look at the helmet confirmed my choice as a good one.  The C4 Pro is a flip front with a built-in sun visor and relatively light at 1695g which is about 30g heavier than the C4. A reworked lining is very comfortable although it looks as if a family of koalas donated their fur!  The C4 and C4 Pro are both sold fully wired with adjustable speakers and microphone for a built-in Bluetooth which is sold separately but installs in seconds into the built-in pockets.  Two variants of ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-02
  • KTM 890 R sharpens Super Scalpel
    KTM had to abandon its world media launch of the new 890 R, dubbed the Super Scalpel, in the Canary Islands off Africa because of the pandemic. However, the bike has been virtually launched on the KTM YouTube official channel and will arrive in Australia in May from $17,195 (plus on-road costs). Super Scalpel Based on the 790 Duke but with the bigger engine and improved dynamics, this solo seater is a much sharper tool, hence the name Super Scalpel. The parallel-twin size increases from 799cc to 890cc with a slightly wider bore and longer stroke, more compression (13.5:1) and more aggressive cams. That results in any impressive power boost from 78kW to 89 kW with torque up 15% from 86Nm to 99Nm. Internals have been made lighter with a new balance shaft for smoother performance. It also features racier ergonomics, performance Brembo brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, WP steering damper, slipper clutch, improved electronic rider aids and an optional up/down quickshifter. The Super Scalpel is also a precision instrument with new electronic rider aids that include a new 6D lean angle sensor. It allows some drift and there is an anti-wheelie control. The three power modes are sport, street and rain and there is an optional track mode with launch control, nine levels of traction control and wheelie control switched off. Super Scalpel sits 15mm higher with a seat height of 834mm and more ground clearance for better lean angles. They say rider egos are also sportier ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-02
  • Coronavirus hits major motorcycle shows
    The biennial Intermot and annual EICMA motorcycle shows in October and November appear to be in jeopardy with BMW Motorrad the first to declare they will not attend. The shows in Cologne and Milan are the biggest in the world and are the showcase for manufacturers around the world to debut their new models. Despite being more than seven months away, BMW Motorrad has issued a statement saying they won’t attend. It follows their recent decision to halt manufacturing at its Spandau factory in Berlin and their G 310 production in India for two weeks. They are expected to return to production next week. BMW Motorrad factory in Spandau, BerlinBMW’s decision not to attend the motorcycle shows several months from now is significant as BMW uses these major shows to launch all their next-year models. Their withdrawal could be the first of many companies to do the same. Here is the official statement: Due to the hardly foreseeable development of the corona pandemic and its effects, BMW Motorrad will not be participating in the two leading motorcycle shows Intermot in Cologne in October and EICMA in Milan in November in 2020. This decision was made in order to counteract current planning uncertainty at an early stage, also for all our partners involved in BMW Motorrad motorshow appearances, in the interests of the greatest possible security, predictability and transparency. BMW Motorrad will present the world premieres and product highlights planned for these motorcycle shows on alternative platforms in autumn 2020. In ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-02
  • More variants for Harley-Davidson Streetfighter
    Harley-Davidson is expected to have several variants of its new Bronx range later this year including a naked streetfighter, a street tracker and a cafe racer. So far, the company has only revealed the streetfighter version. Bronx StreetfighterMore variants However, trademark drawings support a street tracker version and images from an internal presentation to investors also suggest a cafe racer. Harley-Davidson tracker trademark drawingHarley-Davidson cafe racerHarley-Davidson trackerWhen the company unveiled its new water-cooled “midweight” platform in November, it included the company’s first adventure bike, the 145hp Pan America, and the 115hp Bronx Streetfighter. Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx StreetfighterThese are expected to be the first of many models to come with “Revolution Max” engines of 500cc, 975cc and 1250cc. Many would consider the 975 and 1250 as big displacements, but Harley calls them midweight which they are in Harley terms as their current engines range from 500cc to over 1900cc. When they introduce their bareknuckle 115hp/94Nm Bronx Streetfighter later this year, it may be joined by variants in various engines sizes. Apart from a cafe racer and a street tracker, there could also be a sportsbike, according to this image from Japanese magazine Young Machine. (Image: Young Machine) Harley Sportsbike? While we can see the cafe racer and tracker markets doing well, we wonder about Harley returning to making a sportsbike like its 1994 VR1000. VR1000 It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to give the Bronx a half fairing and extended belly pan as in the latest artist’s rendering. VisorDown points out that a similar ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-01
  • Coronavirus cops dissuade riders
    While it appears it is still legal to ride in Australia during the pandemic, Indian coronavirus cops police are donning special helmets in a “humorous” bid to dissuade people from riding. Click here for the latest rules and recommendations on travel restrictions in Australia. India has reported 1251 infections and 32 deaths so far, but with a population of 1.4 billion, the potential for rapid spread of the virus is alarming. So Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly announced on 25 March 2020 the abrupt start of a three-week national lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic. The surprising announcement left millions stranded in cities where they worked, having to walk up to hundreds of kilometres to get home with no money, food or water.  Coronavirus cops Despite the seriousness of the situation, Indian police have responded with the above lighthearted video to encourage people to stay home and not ride. The Siasat Daily photographed a staged presentation of Bangalore cops stopping a bike. The coronavirus cops are wearing helmets with red and green versions of the coronavirus with spikes bearing rounded ends. Apparently they are mainly stopping riders and other motorists not wearing a mask. Their message is: “If you come out, I will come in.” We can’t imagine Aussie cops doing the same thing. Police across several states say they will use their judgement in handling people who appear to be breaching rules and recommendations.   The post Coronavirus cops dissuade riders appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-04-01
  • Norton Motorcycles cannot be rescued
    Norton Motorcycles cannot be rescued as a “going concern” because it owes its creditors a whopping £28,352,089 (more than $A57m). However, administrators are still negotiating with eight potential buyers. Joint Administrators’ Proposals report to creditors sent to us by administrators BDO UK says Norton Motorcycles cannot be rescued in its current form. “Due to the extent of the Company’s known liabilities (including sums owed to Holdings), it is not considered that the Company will be rescued as a going concern,” the report proposes. In January, Norton Motorcycles went into administration amid claims of pension fund frauds and a £300,000 unpair tax bill. Almost half the debt is in the 228 pension funds that owes £14m. UK Pensions regulator is now investigating boss Stuart Garner (pictured above in a UK government export campaign) over his role in the pension scheme to fraudulently fund his company. The remainder of the debts are to secured creditor Metro Bank (£7m) and the rest to unsecured creditors. BDO UK’s report to creditors will soon be filed at Companies House and made public. If anyone is owed money and wants the report, I will email it to them. Contact me via email here. Buyers sought for Norton Motorcycles Norton’s Donington Hall factoryBDO UK is also still considering selling the company, claiming it has received “significant interest” from potential buyers: A deadline for initial offers was set for 21 February 2020, which resulted in 29 formal offers being received for all of the business and assets of the Company. Following the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-31
  • Polaris/Indian boss suspends salary
    Polaris, which owns and produces Indian motorcycles, has introduced a range of cost-cutting measures including the boss, Scott Wine (above), suspending his own salary for the rest of the year to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The company closed all its five factories in the USA, plus factories in Mexico and Poland on March 23 and expects to reopen this week. “Polaris continues to carefully calibrate its manufacturing operations with anticipated product demand,” a company statement says. “Production will restart this week on select manufacturing lines for products with adequate demand and supply chain coverage. “Polaris continues to ship finished vehicles to dealers, and to produce products that are consistent with governing federal, state and local directives.” Meanwhile, boss Scott Wine will forgo his salary for the remainder of 2020. We’re not sure how much he earns, but it was recently revealed that sacked Harley-Davidson CEO and president Matt Levatich was paid a record $11m last year. Levatich in Australia last yearSalary cutting Other cost-cutting includes delaying salary rises for staff, two weeks leave without pay for some staff and pay reductions of 20% for other staff including the executive leadership team. “This is an unprecedented crisis with a sudden and stark impact on our business, but in difficult times Polaris has always responded with agility and proved our resilience,” Wine says. “While the immediate future is uncertain, what is crystal clear is that Polaris must act judiciously but decisively to win both during this situation ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-31
  • Do you hold the clutch lever at lights?
    Does it damage the bike’s clutch to keep your motorcycle in gear with the lever pulled in while waiting at traffic lights and is it safe? RACQ technical officer and Triumph Bonneville rider Steve Spalding says the mechanical issue largely depends on the type of clutch your bike has. “Most bike clutches are wet which means they run in oil ( usually the same oil as the engine and transmission) but some, such as many old BMWs, use a dry clutch that’s essentially the same as a car,” Steve says. Steve SpaldingClutch wear “Either way, there is still an element of additional wear by holding in the lever for long periods. “With a dry clutch the thrust bearing (or sometimes called a throw-out bearing) rubs against the pressure plate fingers while on a wet clutch a rod pushes against the clutch pack – the purpose of both types is to separate the friction plates. “Both types add unnecessary wear if the clutch is held in for prolonged periods. It’s also holding the clutch cable and linkage under tension.   “Also, with a wet bike clutch there is always a level of drag because wet friction plates never fully separate. That’s why most bikes have a firm clunk when first gear is selected. “This drag is friction and therefore wear, it also places additional stress on the oil and tension on the chain. “So it’s better for mechanical reasons to put the bike into neutral.” Safety issue  For safety, it ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-31
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan new colours
    Even the coronavirus hasn’t stopped the rugged Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike in its tracks with sales booming and two new colours for 2020. RE closed all its production facilities around the world from March 23 for nine days. The bike recorded a 116% increase in sales in February, but the nine-day production setback may only be temporary with the bright new colours in the line-up. Australia importers Urban Moto Imports says the 2020 model will come in six colours, including the new Lake Blue and Rock Red. They now come with ABS and electronic fuel injection and cost just $7490 ride away. For the first time, you can also order online. While you await the arrival of your new Indian adventure bike, chill out and watch this majestic video of the Himalayan in its namesake mountains. The post Royal Enfield Himalayan new colours appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-31
  • Rider in his seventies dies in crash
    A male rider in his seventies has died at the scene of a motorcycle crash in the NSW Hunter region today (30 March 2020). NSW Police say that emergency services received a call about 9.30am from a motorist who found the rider and his wrecked motorcycle on Wollombi Road, Broke, about 35km south west of Singleton. The male rider, believed to be aged 75, sadly died at the scene. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic police. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has commenced. Anyone who has any information or who may have seen the man riding his black Suzuki 1000 in the Hunter Valley area is asked to contact Singleton Police on (02) 6578 7499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Solo riding Riding solo can be enormously fulfilling and therapeutic, but the danger is that in a crash, there is no one to alert authorities. Under current pandemic restrictions, riders are advised it is still legal to ride so long as they are not in groups of more than two. If you plan to continue riding, it might ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-30
  • Suzuki Katana Red in virtual launch
    Virtual launches look like becoming the new norm during the pandemic with Suzuki launching its cherry red Katana online instead of at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show which was cancelled. The Suzuki Katana was launched last year in silver and black colours which are historically accurate if a little staid and boring. Suzuki KatanaThis cherry red version with matching wheels and gold handlebars instead of black looks much more exciting. Virtual launch It certainly matches the exhilarating yet easy-to-ride performance of the reborn Katana. We reckon the Katana is great bike, but a little overpriced at $18,990 ride away. MBW on the Suzuki Katana launch … a great bike that divided riders over its stylingThere is no word yet from Suzuki Australia about when the cherry red version will arrive and whether it has a price premium. If they keep the same price or maybe reduce the price the carry red katana may give it a sales boost. Suzuki twin Patent drawingMeanwhile, Suzuki Motorcycles has filed a patent for a cleaner Euro5-compliant 250cc parallel-twin engine. The new motor is expected to be fitted to their GSX-250R and V-Strom 250. It features a single-overhead camshaft and new exhaust with two header pipes that join before the catalytic converter. The post Suzuki Katana Red in virtual launch appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-30
  • Fonzarelli electric delivery service
    Restaurateur Joe Pagliaro on a Fonz Arthur Model 2 electric delivery scooter Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, is getting creative during the pandemic and offering “zero emissions” delivery for a Bondi restaurant. Unlike UberEats or Deliveroo where 35% of the bill goes to Silicon Valley, the Sydney company has teamed with local gnocchi bar, Peppe’s Bondi, to deliver Italian meals straight to your door. For $60 a Peppe’s daily meal will get you a gnocchi, red beet panzanella salad and bottle of Sicilian wine. Creative delivery “With our first partnership, Peppe’s, we are exploring different areas to optimise this unusual time,” says Fonzarelli spokeswoman Cristina. “This supports our local economy and keeps their hospitality workers in jobs. “It’s guilt-free dinner when it’s delivered to your door with an electric vehicle. “All the hygienic procedures and precautions are followed to guarantee a safe delivery for both the rider and the customer. “We will keep you posted for further partnerships.” Visit the Peppe’s website to order online  Fonzarelli HQ is open for business Fonzarelli NKD is first Aussie mini electricFonzarelli produce several electric scooters as well as the fun, electric, dual-sport Grom-sized NKD minibike. Founder Michelle Nazzari says their NKD mini-bike has been available through Fonzarelli retailers and online since October 2019. The Entry model costs $A9990 with 60km of range and a top speed of 80km/h, while the Special Edition costs $14,990 with 120km range and reaching 100km/h in five seconds. Or you can subscribe through to hire the Special Edition ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-30
  • Pandemic: Is it still legal to ride?
    The official view is that it is still legal to go for a leisure ride during the pandemic restrictions so long as riders are not in groups of more than two. This rule comes into force from midnight tonight (30 March 2020). Unfortunately, some of the rules have such big holes you could ride a Goldwing through them! So we contacted the state health authorities, the national coronavirus hotline and the Prime Minister’s office for an official interpretation. While there are no rules restricting travel, except between some states, the recommendations are that travel be limited to: Shopping; medical care or compassionate needs; exercise; and for work and education. So you can legally ride to the shops, doctor, work and education facility without copping a massive on-the-spot fine. We also asked if leisure riding was exempt because it is good for mental and physical health as per this article. The official answer is yes, so long as you do not ride in a group of more than two. It sounds rather like Queensland’s Draconian Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD) of 2013. Riders protesting against the VLAD lawsThey say riding is classed as a leisure activity or exercise. “However, that could change,” warns the hotline operator. “We haven’t closed everything down at the moment, but there many be more stringent conditions coming.” Aged riders The Prime Minister’s office also gave “strong advice” that people aged 70, anybody over 60 with a chronic illness and Indigenous people over 50 should ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-30
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