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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...
It’s difficult to imagine just how long in the past was 1973.  No speed cameras and a Police Force with far more of an interest in catching criminals than persecuting road users. In short, many, many things were possible...
The big bore 'Naked Bike' class is booming in Australia and Suzuki's latest offering has the goods to shoot straight to the top of the class. Nobody could accuse the GSX 1400 of being small or a lightweight but that...
The Varadero is Honda's large capacity adventure-tourer. With a big 996cc V-Twin (sourced from the Firestorm) providing the motivation Honda's Varadero can easily cruise at any reasonable speed you require. V-Twins are notorious for using quite a lot of fuel...
"At low speeds one can liken its performance to that of a steam engine, so sweetly does it gain revs .... it can be driven like a lamb in traffic or like a lion on the open road ...." Yes, that's...
AMBLING IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS - MOTORCYCLE MUSEUMS By Murray Barnard The Adelaide Hills are covered in fabulous winding roads which offer great scenery and variety as well as a satisfying riding experience. It is no great surprise then that South...
Few motorcycles have captured the public imagination as the Moto Guzzi 500cc V8 race bike.  This machine was an incredible work of genius by Guiliano Carcano.  Although never developed completely, racing only from 1955 to 1957 the Moto Guzzi V8 is...
Indian 841 - With Murray Barnard Few students of the Indian Motorcycle would be very familiar with Model 841. A transverse 750cc side-valve 90 degree V-twin the Indian 841 was a unique machine for this prolific American company. Brought...
The ubiquitous BSA side-valve! What a proud boast for a basic, primitive design that is seen everywhere and taken very much for granted. The BSA M20 is the more common garden variety BSA side-valve; but how much did the...
While living in Rimini, Italy, in the early 70s, Massimo Tamburini could not help but be keen about bikes.  His hobby of building special frames for road bikes soon caught the attention of local sporting enthusiasts and his hobby became a full-time passion. In 1972 Massimo...
By Rick McDowell What do you do if you’ve got a VFR 400 Honda single sided swingarm lying around, and your mate just happens to have a 1970s Z900 Kawasaki rolling wreck ? For Alex and Kerry in Perth, Western Australia,...
By, Rick McDowell & Trevor Hedge It takes either complete insanity, absolute bravery or a high level of commitment at least to hang to the handlebars of a motorcycle producing 1200 plus Hp as it hurtles down the quarter mile...
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