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Ducati has certainly come a long way in recent years. American investors moved in and restructured the way the company does things. As a result the Bologna factory is certainly producing much higher quality products than we have seen...
The latest Fireblade is a big step forward for the model. A strict diet and lots more power are not the only improvements to the blade. Some people always think that upgrading from a previous model to the next is...
Yamaha MT-03 Review - The R3-based LAMS nakedbike proves a formidable option Test by Ben Wilkins, Images by Geoff Osborne It's 6am on a weekday. I don't need to be in the office for another three hours but I'm not in...
I covered around 1000 kilometres astride the R1 on roads which included tight/slow corners, fast open bends & straight touring stretches. Road surface quality varied considerably throughout. I compare the R1 to the ZX9R a lot here because people...
Suzuki’s DR-Z series has been a massive success for the brand. Legendary reliability backed by a great warranty and a retail price that seems to get lower each year have combined to earn the DR-Z a fantastic reputation amongst...
Last week (2005) Honda invited a swag of their sponsors and a number of journalists to Winton Raceway to celebrate their 2005 success on the racetrack by letting some miscreants loose on the Joe Rocket and No Fear race...
BMW K 1600 GT Review / BMW K 1600 GTL Review (2011) - By, Trevor Hedge BMW’s latest attempt at a new game changing model arrived in Australia this month with the new K 1600 GT and GTL set to take...
Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650 is one of the least powerful big bore dual-sport motorcycles on the market. The KLR has been around since God was a boy, feels and looks a little dated and has about as much sex appeal...
KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Review Test Sports-Touring with a mental case  @mcnewscomau on Instagram, or @mcnewscomau on Twitter and Facebook MCNews.com.au By Trevor Hedge Ever since the 1290 Super Duke GT was officially confirmed by KTM last year I have been champing at the bit to...
With big splashes occurring in the cruising market waters these days, Triumph’s Rocket III and Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000 take a bow, the recent release of Yamaha’s Road Star Tour Deluxe is more of a ripple than a wave. No...
I had high hopes for Harley Davidson’s sporting new Street Rod as the original V-Rod was already one of my favourite cruiser style bikes. The lack of rigidity, particularly in the forks and triple clamps, and disappointing ground clearance...
This review examines the latest 2006 Harley Dyna machines with opinions from mcnews.com.au editor Trevor Hedge balanced with the views of experienced day to day Harley rider Neale Brumby.  Neale is the editor of Heavy Duty magazine which is...
Throttle to the stop, heading up the hill toward the corkscrew at Laguna Seca Raceway, the dashboard light blinking triggers my right wrist to back off a hair and my left foot to rise. Slipping effortlessly into the next...
And now for something different - a spin on the new 2010 KTM 450 SX-F. This was my first real hit out on a current generation orange motocross bike and something that I had been looking forward to for...
Honda's 2002 VFR 800 is much changed from the highly acclaimed 2000/2001 model that we tested some time ago. The new 2-stage valve control system, called 'V4 VTEC', is chain driven and aims to provide more torque through the lower...
Piaggio MP3 300 By Trevor Hedge There have been numerous attempts at reinventing the wheel in regards to developments in motorcycle chassis design. Most have ended up as nothing more than engineering oddities quickly discarded by the mainstream. Bucking the established...
Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4V Review By Trevor Hedge If you like the idea of riding something distinctly different and perhaps even a little eccentric, then perhaps a Guzzi is part of your destiny. While most European brands have embraced the latest...
Croz and the Kawasaki Z900RS Words: Jock McLauchlan & Graeme Crosby - Photos: Geoff Osborne It must have been the mid-70s, my first ever visit to Manfeild race track near Feilding. I thought I was a young teenager but perhaps I...
--  2012 KTM EXC Model Range --  Four-Strokes --  By, Mark Willis KTM Australia has launched its 2012 EXC model line-up and mcnews.com.au sent along ex-Aussie Supermoto Champ, 500cc Grand Prix rider and King of the Mountain, Mark Willis, to put the...
The sportsbike world changed forever in 1998 when Yamaha launched the revolutionary YZF-R1. Its sharp angular lines hinted at the bad boy within but nothing prepared you for the first ride aboard Yamaha’s new sportsbike flagship way back in...
Honda's ST 1100 model ran for 12 years and during that time earned itself an enviable reputation amongst touring motorcyclists.  Now the ST has grown up and matured in to the ST 1300. Weight is down, power is up.  But...
Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron 883 Review - By Trevor Hedge Harley-Davidson’s XL883N ‘Iron’ Sportster is the second most affordable machine in Harley-Davidson’s 32 model line-up. At $13,350 ($14,995 ride away) it is only fractionally undercut by the XL883L Superlow. Climbing aboard any...
--  BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black --  Words and images by Trevor Hedge BMW has released a spec’d up version of their uber adventure tourer, the R 1200 GS - and it comes in black, well triple black to be...
2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer - Retro character Words: Jock McLauchlan Photos: Geoff Osborne I am what I am. That's the slogan Moto Guzzi proudly uses in its press blurb when describing the new V9 Roamer. The Italian manufacturer says the...
-- Harley-Davidson Wide Glide Review -- By, Trevor Hedge Harley-Davidson has lopped more than $3000 off the retail price of one of its most successful models, the Dyna Wide Glide. Despite classic Harley styling and one of the best rides in...
--  Honda VFR1200X Cross Tourer Review --  By Trevor Hedge Honda has officially joined the adventure-touring party in earnest with the arrival of the long awaited VFR1200X Cross Tourer. At 275kg wet, Honda’s latest model is aimed squarely at the long distance...
BMW aficionados that hold the boxer layout dear to their hearts will swoon over the latest incarnation of the R 1200 RT SE. The RT name is derived from the German ‘Reise-Tourer’ which translates to travel tourer. From the early...
Introduced in 2003 the CBR600RR has gone on to dominate Supersport competition around the world. Brisbane’s Chris Vermeulen won the World Supersport Championship onboard a CBR600RR in that debut year for the model and his team-mate Karl Muggeridge wrapped...
After flying in to Melbourne at around 1700 and heading out to pick up the VTX 1800 I came to the realization that I had forgot to bring my gloves.  So there I was in the middle of a...
2016 Honda CRF450R Review By Todd Jarratt - Images by Toby Stocks In 2015, the Honda CRF450R sold out completely worldwide and as a result the focus for 2016 is based around making small, yet detailed, modifications to the already hugely...
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