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Triumph’s modern day incarnation of the café racer legend needs no powerful size nine hoof to kick it into action and won’t leave any oil stains on the pavement. It also won’t have you wobbling into the wrong lane...
I first spied Honda’s new CB400 on the back of a ute at the launch of the 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade at Phillip Island. The assembled throng of Australia’s motorcycle scribes were immediately drawn away from the exciting new Fireblade...
Honda’s entry into the performance four-stroke enduro market was a long time coming but the wait proved worthwhile. Honda’s CRF250X was introduced in 2004 and has steadily improved ever since. The latest model is slimmer between the knees than...
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...
In 2001 Yamaha redefined the small bore motocross class with the introduction of the first 250cc four stroke motocross bike, the all conquering YZ250F. As the first seriously competitive four-stroke 250 on the market it left other manufacturers playing...
My first few kilometres on Ducati’s new Streetfighter were not all that enjoyable. Upon thumbing the starter outside the Chifley Hotel near Eastern Creek Raceway, the big twin reluctantly fired into life. But with politically correct standard pipes the charismatic...
On paper BMW’s new G 450 X is competitive across the three most obvious measures of comparison in the 450cc enduro class; power, weight and price. The magic trifecta across that score for the G 450 X is 52hp, 111kg...
When I first rode KTM’s 950 Supermoto model early last year I was most impressed, and judged it as the most practical all round roadbike yet to come from the Austrian manufacturer. An excellent fuel range and ergonomics...
Bikes simply don’t come any bigger than Honda’s Gold Wing. Some have engines larger than the Gold Wing’s 1832cc donk but none combine gargantuan dimensions, a massive 147 litres of storage capacity, heated seats and grips, wonderful seats, weather...
Suzuki has raised the bar in the Pro-Lites category with the all new 2010 RM-Z250 L0. MCNEWS.COM.AU was lucky enough to put the new machine through its paces at the picturesque Barrabool Moto X circuit west of Geelong. The RM-Z250 L0...
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...
The picturesque Barrabool motocross circuit just west of Geelong in Victoria was the location for the press launch of the revamped RM-Z450 L0. Suzuki was first onto the market in 2007 with a production based fuel injected motocross machine. With...
Recently MCNEWS.COM.AU was invited to the 2010 Model Launch of the entire range of Husqvarna motorcycles with the new TC 250 model the headline act for the Swedish born, Italian made, and German owned manufacturer. Since Husqvarna’s acquisition by BMW...
Every once in a while you are lucky enough to ride a motorcycle that just seems to feel right. I was fortunate enough to have that privilege on Wednesday when mcnews.com.au was invited to the launch of the revolutionary...
For those of us who truly carry red blood in our veins, there is not much you can fault when looking at the new CRF450R.  (Ed's Note - Mark has won Australian Supermoto, Dirt Track and Long Track Championships...
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...
More than 20 years since Suzuki first introduced the hugely successful RMX250 the Japanese brand has reinvigorated the RMX nomenclature for their all new RMX450Z enduro weapon. Just as that original RMX250 was based on Suzuki’s top flight RM250 two-stroke...
Aprilia is a company with a fine sporting pedigree. The likes of Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi enjoyed huge success with the Italian brand in the 125cc and 250cc ranks of MotoGP. Clearly Aprilia know how to build a...
Honda first introduced the VFR750 more than 24 years ago and over that time the model has built up an enviable record for great reliability and a wonderful blend of performance and practicality. The move to VFR800 nomenclature happened...
Scooter sale figures seem to suggest that predominantly scooter buyers are after cheap and efficient town transport. Six of the top ten selling scooters in the Australian market are 50cc and the largest capacity machine figuring highly in the...
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...
It is big, in some ways unique, and with its overtly futuristic styling Victory’s Vision certainly stands out from the crowd. It looks like the type of motorcycle George Jetson would ride to work at Spacely Space Sprockets in...
Honda CB1100 Review There were plenty of retro bikes on the market around when Honda released the CB1100 in 2010 but at that time no Japanese offering came across anywhere near as authentic as the CB1100. Triumph’s Bonneville and Thruxton models...
A little over a decade ago American snowmobile and ATV giant Polaris dipped their toe in the water of the mainstream motorcycle market with the launch of Victory Motorcycles. In doing so they declared their mission to go head...
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...

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