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0 Buyer beware: motorcycle accessories

Do your homework before buying bits for your bike to ensure it’s safe and rides like it should Bits for bikes. There’s a whole global industry that has grown up around improving and personalising a bike. A quick blast around the internet will throw up such a range of choices…

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0 Yamaha XJR1200/1300 buyers guide

Yamaha’s XJR1200 first saw the light of day in 1996, launched into a global marketplace that had made it clear it was looking for big-bore motorcycles with laid-back manners and slightly retro styling. We’ve come to know the category as the ‘Naked’, becoming a cornerstone of motorcycle market share, particularly…

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0 Indian Chief Vintage review

Swinging through the bends in the hills north-east of home in sunny Melbourne, early morning, with the easy beat of a giant V-twin, comfortably settled in the leather seat, enjoying the cool morning air. It’s a pretty good place to be. The bike is brand-new. You can feel the engine…

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0 Yamaha R3 review

When I was a kid I had a yellow-with-black-speed-blocks RD250E, which is how all Yamahas should be painted, by law. Back then a two-stroke 250 would do over 100mph, which is 160km/h in new money and at the ripe old age of 17, it felt like riding a rocket ship.…

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0 Looking back: The boxer engine

We all know BMW horizontally opposed engines as “Boxers”. But why? Glad you asked. Boxer engines got their name because each pair of pistons moves simultaneously in and out rather than alternately, like boxers showing they are ready to go into battle by touching their gloved fists against each other…

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0 Yamaha YZ450F dealer launch

Selected Yamaha dealers are holding a launch event for the all new 2018 YZ450F on Saturday 30 September. Because this is a key model for Yamaha, dealers are connecting as one with their customers in the VictorYZone from 0900 to noon. Customers will be able to learn more about the…

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0 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 on sale now

More than 40 years of open-class racebike engineering has been poured into the 2018 RM-Z450, and Suzuki reckons it’s the hardest-hitting, sharpest-handling, best-balanced and most rider-friendly production motocrosser in company history. Motocross is a relentless game, and the technology and training required for bike and rider to excel are too. …

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0 Touring Kangaroo Island

The generosity of the motorcycling community never ceases to amaze me. That was my first thought when a phone call with a familiar voice ended with, “I’m not using my house on Kangaroo Island — you’re welcome to it for a week or two.” Ms J and I had a…

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0 BMW Motorrad Australian GS Trophy Qualifier

The International GS Trophy is the ultimate adventure challenge for GS motorcycle riders from all over the world. The competition first started in 2008 in Tunisia, and has continued over the years with events in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Patagonia, Canada and Thailand. For the first time in GS Trophy…

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0 Top five roads in Australia

We recently ran a poll on Facebook asking for your favourite roads in Australia, and we were overwhelmed with the response. It’s clear that we are blessed with hundreds of great stretches of bitumen here in Oz, so narrowing it down to just a few is no easy task. To…

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