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Quads are great fun in the sand and the DS650 Baja certainly has some great credentials to maximise your enjoyment.  The Baja is built by North-American company Bombardier.  The manufacturer was founded over sixty years ago in Canada...
What an undertaking - If I see another muffler or dyno sometime in the next 3 months that will be too soon.  After a day spent changing mufflers and running a CBR 929 Fireblade up on the dyno we...
Norton's first OHC engine, important in its own right and for what it led to, was certainly not the first motorcycle powerplant to have its cams situated above the cylinder head. Almost certainly, this honour goes to the French Peugeot...
by, Murray Barnard Jarno's death, along with that of Renzo Pasolini at Monza on 20 May 1973 was a great tragedy which appalled the motorcycling world. Rarely has one man received such adulation and achieved so much on the race...
Almost everyone you meet reckons that the Russian Ural and sidecar is a wartime copy of a captured BMW R75. Well romantic as the notion maybe the fact is that even if the Russians did capture some German sidecars...
Story & images:- RICK McDowell The problem with chassis kits is that all you get with them is simply that - a chassis. Well perhaps a swingarm too, yet you still have to fabricate a custom fairing, find a machine shop...
Take a large selection of genuine and after market parts, then simply throw them at your bike. Sounds daft perhaps, but it is the approach many take when it comes to customising their Harley. This hap-hazard approach often leads to...
Honda's CB 900 naked machine was released earlier this year .  Seaside Motorcycles' Steven Fisher has started to get some good results from the machine in the FX NakedBike class. Out of the crate the Hornet comes with a 919cc...
Microsoft® announced today that they will ship a new motorcycle by third quarter of fiscal 03. The new superbike styled motorcycle is being called "Tanis" right now, but will tentatively be called "Microsoft® Windows® Motorcycle 2003 NT®," the "NT®" is said to stand for...
After a week and over 1,000 kilometres with Harley Davidson’s stunning new V-Rod I must say I was sad to be handing the machine back. This surprised me, I am a confirmed sportsbike addict, always hankering for the latest...
Suzuki recently launched their new V-Strom 1000 “Enduro-Tourer” on to the Australian market with a very competitive $15,490 price tag. This bike is clearly aimed at Cagiva’s Navigator ($14,990) and Aprilia’s ETV 1000 Caponord ($18,799). The Cagiva actually uses...
Honda's new CB900 Hornet has arrived.  We were lucky enough to cover around 750 kilometres on the new model along with a few laps at Victoria's magnificent Phillip Island circuit recently. The roots of the new Hornet extend back...
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...
KTM has now been around as a manufacturer for fifty years but only in recent times has the company reached a position where it can take on the Japanese in the sales race. The name KTM is derived from the...
Craig Coxhell came to the Australian road-racing scene in 1998 at the Victorian Stars of Tomorrow. Riding a 250-production machine, received for his birthday the week before, he finished third overall in that event behind Peter Rebartes, and Rodney...
A motorcycle that provides a good mix of acceptable performance on both bush trails and tarmac makes for a versatile adventure machine. Motorcycles that offer these benefits can be split in two camps. Bikes such as the DR650 Suzuki,...
Valentino Rossi answers what role people play in his life and other things. Father, Graziano. “Apart from being my father, Graziano has always been one of the main supports of my sports career. He was the one who introduced me and supported...
Graeme Sigley and his pristine 1978 RG500 Suzuki ventured out of retirement at a recent 'Historics' meeting at Wanneroo Raceway. Both Graeme and his machine have a good pedigree. Graeme won 13 road race state titles during the seventies, including the 1979 WA...
On Sunday July 14 Colin Edwards finished third in the opening race at Laguna Seca, USA ­ his dream of a home round double victory had disappeared. He now trailed championship leader Troy Bayliss by a worrying 58 points. But, by 4.10pm...
The Fuchs Kawasaki's Andrew Pitt assisted German inline skater, Dirk Auer, to a new world speed record in Germany on Sunday. Auer, who was dragged behind a Kawasaki ZX-12R by the reigning World Supersport Champion, reached a speed of 291.8Km/h,...
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...
Yamaha claim their new FJR 1300 has the chassis performance of a sportsbike along with the ergonomic amenities of a long-distance touring machine. We recently covered some 2,000 kilometres on Yamaha's new touring flagship and put those claims to...
Today we feature another one of Cliff Randall's exotic creations. He dubs this his, 'Muzzy Kawasaki ZX1270R'. As the name gives away, the ZX-12R has been boosted by the addition of a 1,270cc big bore kit from Muzzy Performance.   Engine assembly...
BMW's R1100S is a reasonable mount when standard but is lacking ponies.  A standard example we tested made just under 75 horsepower at the rear wheel. Canadian Cliff Randall has put together this heavily modified machine which now makes 110hp...
50 year old Canadian executive, Cliff Randall, has a hankering for modifying bikes and we are going to be featuring a few of his creations here over the next couple of weeks. This 1993 Kawasaki 1500 Super Vulcan is one...
The Queensland based Bio-Magnetic Therapy team has proved mostly dominant in the FX Naked Bike class this year. Craig Trinder has piloted their suitably modified FZ-1 Yamaha to a near perfect record of wins.  So what is their secret ? Well...
Tim Walmsley, from Perth based engineering design company BDG, is currently developing a supercharger kit for Honda's 1,500cc Valkyrie cruiser. The standard Valkyrie engine is not short on grunt, but the guys at BDG Custom Parts wanted more. Initial research...
Honda's hugely successful FireBlade debuted in 1992 and re-wrote the rules for big bore sportsbikes like no other before it.  A further refinement of the excellent Year 2000 model (929), the new 6th generation FireBlade offers plenty of improvements. ...
Motorcycle City (WA) proprietor Gavin Robinson recently invited me to test their Beta Eikon 50cc scooter and to the surprise of a lot of people I jumped at the chance. Scooters, like anything with two wheels and an engine...
At only $12,190 Honda's VT750D Shadow offers people another very affordable motorcycle in the increasingly popular mid-size cruiser segment of the market. Power is provided by way of the normal cruiser powerplant layout, a V-Twin.  While it is not strong...
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