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Troy Bayliss will start his 10th attempt at winning a motorcycle grand prix 50 years to the day since Ken Kavanagh became the first Australian to win a GP in the premier class of two-wheel racing. Kavanagh beat British legend...
Spinning back to my home in North Carolina from Moto Guzzi’s North American headquarters in Woodstock, Georgia, opened a floodgate of memories that took me back to my formative motorcycling years in southern England. I had ridden my well-worn...
I first rode a Deauville around a year ago when Honda had a single model in Australia for evaluation purposes. That was just a quick squirt around the confines of Phillip Island, but recently I utilised a Deauville for...
Remember those kids your mother told you not to play with when you were young? Well, don't let your mother see you on a new Aprilia Tuono or you'll be grounded for a month! I recently spent a day...
Honda's new CBR600RR has been one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles in recent time.  So it was with more than a little excitement that I first lifted a leg over their new weapon. My first thought was that even...
I have long been a user of all types of motorcycle tankbags. From combined tank covers with attachable tank bag like the 'Bagster' system, to various magnetic bags.Many sales people won't know what works best. Quite often they don't...
Here is a video taken yesterday (April 29) at the Australian release of the CBR600RR. We did plenty of laps on the new machines and were also pleased to be able to ride Shannon Johnson's Australian Supersport machine.In this...
Catching the attention of the U.S. KTM Team, Brett Metcalfe took the big step and left family and friends in Australia to move to Southern California to compete in the AMA Supercross and Motocross series.Overcoming a major shoulder injury...
This quad was privately imported from the USA before being heavily modified in AustraliaThe base quad was the hot two-stroke 250 sports quad that Honda sell in AmericaFront suspension is very high-specThe 250cc two-stoke now displaces 425cc It is also now power-valved,...
Kevin Curtain knows his way around Phillip Island better than most. The 36 year old Sydney based rider set a new Australian Production Superbike lap record around the fast 4.44km Victorian circuit during the support events for the World...
Husaberg is aiming to improve its current small market share in Australia’s booming off-road market. New commitment to service / warranty... Perhaps the most important step in the right direction has come with an increase of the normal 3 month...
Yamaha's increased commitment to the MotoGP World Championship was revealed at the 2003 Jerez IRTA test, held on February 21, when the factory's new MotoGP test and development team made a public debut with its YZR-M1 prototype. Visually different...
After putting up all our great shots of the new Z1000 we had a few emails asking 'where were the wheelie shots?'Well I didn't have a photographer other than myself handy, and it is a bit hard to take photos of...
Short video showing an acceleration run on the new 636 Kawasaki
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 BarnardJarno'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 McDowellThe 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,...
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