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  • Triumph recalls Bonnevilles over faulty electrics
    Triumph Australia has joined a global recall on a range of its 900cc and 1200cc Bonneville models over faulty electrics. Canada was the first to recall the faulty bikes and some three weeks later the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has published the official recall notice. “The clutch cable may contact the main harness sheath, potentially causing damage to the wiring within the harness,” the notice says. “If this condition occurs and remains undetected, it may lead to a loss of electrical power to various electrical circuits. “As a consequence, headlight or indicator lighting may malfunction or engine power could be lost without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.” Faulty recall Street ScramblerIt is believed Australian distributors PS Importers contacted known owners a couple of weeks ago. Typically, the ACCC has taken several weeks to issue the public recall notice, despite the urgency of the issue. The recall affects model year 2016-19 Triumphs with the following VIN (Vehicle identification number) ranges: Street Scrambler from 798290-910740; Street Twin 731919-913928 and 799237-831934; Street Cup 780697-896532; T100 759204-935306; T100 Black 765369-935286; T120 739727-935318; and  T120 Black 741136-933769. Owners are asked to schedule an authorised Triumph Dealer “as soon as possible” to have the original faulty headstock tidy replaced with a new version, free of charge. Bonneville T100Bonneville recalls The Bonneville range has been the subject of several ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Aussies ‘lead’ in global women’s relay
    The Australian leg of the Women Riders World Relay 2019 has the most riders of any nation taking part, says Aussie relay ambassador Christi Hartwig (pictured above). She says even though registrations have not officially opened for the relay which will pass through Australia in August/September, they already have 3500 Australian members. The Women Riders World Relay is the idea of UK office manager and keen rider Hayley Bell, 27, to alert the motorcycle industry to the growing number of female riders. Hayley Bell“Women Riders World Relay is an opportunity to celebrate female motorcyclists and gain worldwide recognition, as well as to raise awareness of the fastest-growing segment of the motorsport industry,” she says. Women can register on the Facebook page here while the public can monitor their progress on this Facebook page. Relay starts It started at John O’Groats, Scotland, on February 27, 2019, and will be relaying a baton from woman to woman and from country to country over the next 12 months. More than 14,000 women have so far registered. The women have since ridden through Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal and Spain. The baton arrives in Perth from Indonesia on August 25 and should receive a warm and enthusiastic welcome from Aussie women, says Christi. “I have built a team to assist me, creating a route throughout Australia,” Christi says. “I’m pleased it’s generating positive feedback. The women are excited, they want to ride!” Christi last year became a moderator, team manager and tasker for the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Motorcyclists ‘are forgotten commuters’
    A politician contesting the NSW state elections tomorrow (23 March 2019) says motorcycle riders are often the forgotten commuters. The politician is controversial former Senator David Leyonhjelm who will be the lead candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the NSW Legislative Council, or “Upper House”. His chances are slim against a wealth of conservative minor party and independent candidates. While we do not support any political party or candidate, David’s comments about motorcycle commuters appear to be the only ones in this state election, so we have chosen to report them. Forgotten commuters “Riding motorcycles eases traffic congestion, produces less emissions and is often a more economical choice,” David says. “The problem is that the NSW government does nothing to incentivise riding over driving a car or catching overcrowded public transport. “It’s different In Melbourne, where motorbikes can be parked on the footpath in the CBD and do not have to pay tolls on all but one motorway, where they pay half the amount of cars. “No such logic is found in NSW, where motorcyclists are treated as second-class commuters and often subjected to outrageous fines. “With nearly 250,000 motorcycles registered in NSW in 2018, up 22% in five years, it is clear that there is an increasing appetite for other modes of transportation. “In a congested city like Sydney, the laws need to encourage other safe means of getting around. “As a motorbike rider myself, I personally thank those who also opt for a motorbike and leave ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Scooters recalled over fuel starvation
    PS Importers Australia have issued a called for the Aprilia SR 50 (above) and Piaggio Typhoon 50 scooters over fuel starvation. The 106 scooters affected are model year 2018-2019. VINs of the affected models are listed below. Fuel starvation issue Piaggio Typhoon 50The official recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warns owners that the vehicle’s engine may experience “fuel starvation and temporary loss of engine performance”. “Vehicles may lose power and slow down unexpectedly which may pose a risk of an accident and serious injury to the rider and other road users,” it says. Owners have been advised to contact their nearest authorised dealer “without delay” and arrange a time for the free repair. “The repair involves the installation of an additional fuel system breather point and will be completed by your dealer or other authorised workshop at no cost to you,” it says. VINs of affected scooters METCA4101J0004504 METCA4101J0004503 METCA4101J0004288 METCA4101J0004286 METCA4101J0004283 METCA4101J0004278 METCA4101J0004276 METCA4101J0004275 METCA4101J0004255 METCA4101J0004253 METCA4101J0003779 METCA4101J0003739 METCA4101J0003414 METCA4101J0003280 METCA4101J0003064 METCA4101J0004219 METCA4101J0004217 METCA4101J0004195 METCA4101J0004166 METCA4101J0004164 METCA4101J0004162 METCA4101J0004161 METCA4101J0004159 METCA4101J0004158 METCA4101J0004154 METCA4101J0004151 METCA4101J0004149 METCA4101J0004144 METCA4101J0004091 METCA4101J0004084 METCA4101J0003020 METCA4101J0003003 METCA4101J0002873 METCA4101J0002547 METCA4101J0001527 METCA4101J0004537 METCA4101J0004534 METCA4101J0004533 METCA4101J0004532 METCA4101J0004530 METCA4101J0004522 METCA4101J0004519 METCA4101J0004517 METCA4101J0004285 METCA4101J0004287 METCA4101J0004293 METCA4100J0003402 METCA4100J0003406 METCA4100J0003413 METCA4100J0003420 METCA4100J0003423 METCA4100J0003425 METCA4100J0003465 METCA4100J0003466 METCA4100J0003467 METCA4100J0003469 METCA4100J0003478 METCA4100J0003479 METCA4100J0003509 METCA4100J0003513 METCA4100J0003531 METCA4100J0003535 METCA4100J0003536 METCA4100J0002604 METCA4100J0003468 METCA4101J0003067 METCA4100J0003105 METCA4100J0003222 METCA4100J0003321 METCA4100J0003323 METCA4100J0003324 METCA4100J0003328 METCA4100J0002249 METCA4100J0002250 METCA4100J0002443 METCA4100J0002445 METCA4100J0002481 METCA4100J0002527 ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Blind rider has ‘2020 vision’ for 300km/h
    The world’s fastest blind rider, Ben Felten, plans to return to Lake Gairdner in 2020 to raise the bar over 300km/h. Team Blind Speed Kawasaki took their 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R to the South Australian salt flats recently to beat his own world record of 272.596km/h set in 2018. While he repeatedly raced within 5km/h of his record, he says they still have “pace up our sleeves”. Watch this video and see what it’s like to ride at nearly 300km/h! Foiled by weather The Aussie was foiled by extreme heat, high winds and showers, but now ironically claims “300 plus is firmly in our sights”. “The Ninja went like an arrow,” he says. “There is so much left in it.” “In rubbish conditions we exceeded every expectation I had for 2019. “To the challengers heading Down Under next year, good luck. We’re going to be a lot faster.” Click here to send a message of support to Ben’s Facebook page. Blind rider Ben and his dog OscarAt 15, Ben crashed his bike into a tree and was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. He continued to race motorcycles until he was 24 and went totally blind at 37. But that didn’t stop him dreaming and riding. He set an Australian record for a blind rider in 2014 with 219.96km/h (136.67mph) on his modified Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa at Temora Airport. In 2017, he went within 14km/h of the world record when he rode a Yamaha R1 ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Best Online Courses for Motorcycle Repair
    (Sponsored post) Whether it is for personal use or business, owning a motorcycle is an added advantage to mobility. With it, you would spend less time moving from point A to B. But here is the catch. Are you able to rectify hitches in a motorbike should it break down? For someone who does not have the know-how, it may sound unnecessary. However, whether you are a motorbike owner or not, you can still learn a few skills that would go a long way income generation and cutting costs. All you need is an interest in becoming a mechanic then you can start looking for online motorcycle repair courses. It won’t be long before you can fix breakdowns, not to mention that others too will be hiring your services. This post helps you explore some of the best online course for motorcycle repair. In the end, you should be able to settle on one that fits within your quest for a new skill. But first things first… What should you consider before settling on a course? There is no holy grail course for motorbike technicians. Some can be technical, others easy. It depends on available course units, and the extent to which a student should learn. Therefore, it is imperative to choose one based on the following factors: Find out if an online motorcycle repair course you want to pursue is available. It is an important step in the right direction. You don’t want to register for something that ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Suzuki announces Australian Katana price
    Suzuki Australia has announced that the reincarnated Katana will arrive in September at $18,990 ride away. That’s more than $1000 more than the similar retro-inspired Kawasaki Z900RS. It’s a hefty price to pay for a bike that looks very little like its predecessor, but is packed with modern tech. The Katana price includes 12 months registration and is backed by Suzuki’s 24 month, unlimited kilometre warranty. Suzuki Australia is only taking pre-orders online with a $1000 deposit. If you pay the deposit and change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia told us they would only refund $450. The remaining $550 would take into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”. All customers who order the Katana online also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery. Reincarnated Katana The reincarnated Katana was unveiled at the Intermot show in October 2018 in traditional silver and black. The next month, a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan. Australia will get both colours. The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight. Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath. The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride. Power comes ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Indian FTR 1200 Aussie roadshow
    Indian Motorcycle Australia has acquired several pre-production Indian FTR 1200 models for a roadshow of eastern Australia ahead of their arrival in July. The flat-track-inspired bike is in Melbourne until March 23, then Canberra Motorcycle Centre (March 25-26), Steel City Motorcycles, Wollongong (March 27-28), Sydney (March 29-April 1), Brisbane (April 10-14 and Brisan Motorcycles, Newcastle (April 17-20) with more dates to come. Spokesman Christopher Gale says customers will be the first to get to ride the Indian FTR 1200 with demo models available in “July sometime”. Meanwhile, potential buyers can check out for themselves what they think of the bike. Top of the pops Indian FTR 1200 with accessories The Indian FTR 1200 is the motorcycle that most excited our readers in 2018, according to readership data. It also topped our poll of the 2019 models you and we would most like to ride this year. Late last year the company said their FTR 1200 website and social media announcement had more than 80 million hits. Since October, this video has been watched more than 170,00 times. FTR 1200 prices The FTR 1200 will come to Australia in a basic model in black for $19,995 ride away and the FTR 1200 S in red and grey or titanium and black for $22,995. It will also be available in a Race-Replica paint scheme with red frame matching the FTR750 race bike starting at $23,995 ride away in Australia. FTR 1200 and FTR 750 flat-track racerThere was some concern when the production model was finally unveiled that the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Police seeking witnesses to Honda crash
    Queensland Police are seeking witnesses after a motorcycle rider received serious injuries from a collision with a car yesterday evening (19 March 2019). The incident happened about 5 pm at the intersection of Creekside Boulevarde and Snapdragon Street, Currimundi. They say the rider was heading north along Creekside Boulevard when the bike collided with a white Ford Maverick station wagon. The injured rider was transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for medical treatment. Police could not release any details about the ride or his condition, nor about the driver. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. If you saw either vehicle in the area last evening, contact Policelink online on 131 444. You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. The post Police seeking witnesses to Honda crash appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-20
  • How to Prepare for Your First Desert Motorbike Ride in Dubai
    (Contributed post) Motorbike riding is a thrilling activity especially when carried out on challenging terrains such as sand and rocks. If you are in Dubai for vacation, shopping and sightseeing are not the only things you can do. Dubai has more to offer for thrill-chasers apart, and dirt bike riding on the desert sand is one of them. While anyone can easily ride a motorbike on hard compact terrain, sand-riding is a whole different affair. For first timers, you don’t have to venture into the expansive Dubai deserts alone or even own a motorbike to get your dose of adrenaline. There are lots of companies offering motorbike tours complete with motorbike rental services in Dubai; so you can hit the sand and really test your riding skills. Most of the motorbike rental providers also offer prior training to help beginners maneuver the sand with ease. It can be intimidating to ride a motorbike on such a loose terrain and hostile weather conditions as those presented by the Dubai deserts for the first time. Below are a few tips to help you get ready for your motorbike desert adventure in Dubai. Ensure That You Are Fit Riding on sand is a challenging and physically tasking activity. You’ll have to constantly stand while riding your motorbike which requires you to utilize your legs most of the time. The pushing, balancing and even picking up the bike when it’s stuck—because you’ll get stuck in the sand at some point—can be exhausting. Before you decide ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Charity ride for Bloomhill cancer care
    Organisers of the 18th annual Bloomhill Bras n’ Bikes are asking riders to share their stories of battling cancer and to save the date for their 20 October 2019 event. To promote the event, they have released this video of Valda Queenin who tells of her journey since being told she had breast cancer. She also tells of the support she received from Bloomhill Cancer Care in Buderim which provides assistance for men and women with all types of cancer. Now as a member of Girl Torque motorcycle group, Valda enjoys the opportunity of giving back through Bras n’ Bikes Charity Rides. Organisers says that since 2014 they have raised $73,522 for the Sunshine Coast nursing and counselling service. First ride The Charity ride was started by Bloomhill by Girl Torque founders, Helen Maurovic, Di Knowles and Anita Eley.  Helen was good friends with Bloomhill founder Margy Gargon, a friend of Di’s was a client at Bloomhill and Anita joined in to help organise the first event which attracted just 70 riders. The most participants they have had is 560 and they are hoping to break that record this year and raise about $20,000. Last year they raised raised $17,200 which helped 400 clients access Bloomhill’s services. Bloomhill services Melissa Wolpert of Bloomhill Cancer Care says that last year they dealt with 1200 clients which is a 35% increase. She points out they do not receive any government funding. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Dad’s Army, George & Mildred bike for auction
    You stupid boy, get on your bike and check out this Brough Superior outfit used in the hit British comedy TV shows Dad’s Army and George and Mildred. The 1933 Brough Superior 1096cc 11-50hp and Cruiser Sidecar is heading to the Bonhams annual Spring Stafford Sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford on 27-28 April 2019. The TV star outfit is expected to fetch up to £80,000 (about $A150,000). Dad’s Army It was used in 1972 in season five, episode 12 of Dad’s Army titled “Round and Round went the Great Big Wheel”. Other bikes used in the series from 1970-77 include a Matchless G3L in the same episode as above and a BSA M21 in season seven. George & Mildred When the 1933 Brough Superior outfit was finished fighting off Mr Hitler’s invading forces, the bike was then featured heavily in George & Mildred (1976-79). Its biggest starring role was in the opening credits. We won’t tell you the punchline to the opening scene. Suffice to say Mildred is once again less than impressed by George! Before the Brough wound up on the “idiot box”, it started life as a works entry for the formidable ISDT (International Six Days Trial) in 1934, winning a coveted gold medal. It is one of only 308 built and has been owned by a family for more than 50 years. Superior Brough However, it will not expected to be the superior bike at the auction. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Disabled rider claims parking discrimination
    A disabled Canberra rider could face a $228 fine for copying his disabled parking permit and making his own holder to use on his Harley because no suitably secure system is available for motorcycles. Alan Francis, 68, says the ACT Transportation Department only supplies a flimsy plastic sleeve with the permit which would not be secure on a motorcycle. “That’s discrimination of disabled riders,” he says. The situation came to light recently when Alan received a $600 ticket for parking his 2015 Harley-Davidson Low Rider in a Canberra Hospital disabled park while he visited a terminally ill friend. He says an eyewitness told him the inspector said handicapped stickers are for those who can’t walk any distance and if the owner could ride a Harley he was a “fraud”. Painful suffering The former firefighter and New Zealand sidecar champion says he suffers from a compressed spine and dead nerves in his legs which makes walking any distance painful and difficult. “My feet are basically useless, but the Low Rider has forward controls and I can lift my leg to change gears,” he says. “If I don’t have sturdy boots on, I am susceptible to falling over. “And when I go for a ride with my mates they usually stand by the gutter and offer a shoulder so  I can get on and off. “But the moment I lift my feet of the ground I’m as good as the next guy on a motorcycle.” Parking permits are supplied to people for ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Spate of motorbike hit-run crashes
    A spate of hit-run crashes involving drivers speeding off after crashing into motorcycles seems to have hit Victoria. The latest two hit-run crashes were in Brunswick yesterday (19 March 2019) and St Kilda West on Monday. A rider was also injured in a hit-run on Footscray Rd on February 28 and another rider was injured in Laverton North on March 7. Spate of concern This spate of hit-run incidents raises the prospect that motorists are viewing riders not as vulnerable road users, but as “temporary Australians” with a death wish. It could be a direct result of the recent bad press about the high rate of motorcycle fatalities in the state, currently at 20. Sadly there have been no arrests so far in any of these four hit-run incidents. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au St Kilda West hit-run A KTM rider has suffered serious injuries in a hit-run incident in St Kilda West on Monday night. Police have been told the rider was travelling south-east along Park Street about 6pm. A white sedan was parked on Park St near the intersection of Mary St when the car pulled out of the parking spot and hit the motorcycle. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and the white sedan fled the scene, west along Park Street. The male rider, a 20-year-old Hampton man, received serious leg injuries and was taken to hospital. St Kilda police are investigating and ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Suzuki Motorcycle patent radar reflector
    Suzuki Motorcycles have developed a radar reflector, not to detect or jam a police speed radar, but to make motorcycles easier for hi-tech cars to detect them. In fact, the radar reflector could make motorcycles easier for police to detect with radar guns! Suzuki have filed a patent in Japan for the radar reflector. There is no word yet from Suzuki about whether they will make or fit the reflectors to their motorcycles. The reflectors would react with various automotive collision avoidance systems such as blind spot alert, as well as the coming wave of autonomous vehicles. Drawing from Suzuki’s patent applicationRadar reflector The Suzuki patent might help address the valid concern that autonomous vehicles and various collision avoidance systems have difficulty detecting vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. While cyclists and pedestrians may not be able to carry radar reflectors, they could easily be included on a motorcycle. But it’s yet another piece of technology that creates extra expense and puts the emphasis on motorists trusting technology rather than their own crash-avoidance skills. BMW, KTM and Ducati are also working on various systems that communicate with other vehicles on the road to provide crash avoidance alerts. Bosch radar warns riders of trafficThis is a first step toward motorcycles that take over from the rider in emergency situations such as automatic emergency braking. And once the systems are developed, the next step is for legislators to make them mandatory. The post Suzuki Motorcycle patent radar reflector appeared ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2019-03-19
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