CFMoto 650NK keeps updating – Motorbike Writer

The Chinese-made CFMoto 650NK is still one of the best bang-for-your-buck bikes in the learner market and is now cheaper and better than when it was released in 2012. At $6490 ride away, it’s $700 cheaper than its launch price, yet it now has ABS brakes, Bosch EFI, new instrumentation and more aggressive styling from […]

Motorcycle activists needed – Motorbike Writer

Motorcycle riders will continue to be marginalised victims of society unless they stop being keyboard warriors and become real activists, says a rider representative. Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says he is frustrated by the riders willing to criticise, but not help. The last time riders rallied in numbers was during the […]

Suzuki moves closer to turbocharging

Suzuki is moving closer to turbocharging with new patent drawings emerging. The Japanese manufacturer unveiled its Recursion turbo concept (pictured above) in 2013 with a single-overhead-cam parallel twin engine with turbocharging. In 2015, Suzuki unveiled a new turbo “XE7” engine with twin overhead cams and registered the Katana name and trademark Samurai sword. XE7 engine Now […]

Yamaha owners despatched for recalls

Yamaha owners in Canberra face a 90km ride to have their bikes repaired free under two recent safety recalls after the local dealership closed down. The company last month issued a worldwide recall on several three-cylinder models (2015-2017 MT-09 Tracer pictured above, 2014-2017 MT-09 and 2016-2017 XSR900) over an issue with loose handlebars. It follows a recall in […]

Where are the motorcycle theft hot spots?

Motorcycle thefts have risen 1% in the past calendar year to 8271 in Australia with South East Queensland and Perth the hot spots for theft. That means riders in those areas are likely to be slugged the highest premiums for their bike insurance. While thefts only increased 1%, there was a big reduction in the Territories […]

Adding Bike Lanes Or Not – A Huge Biking Debate

One debate that goes on is about bike lanes. There are many good reasons for having them and strong ones against it. The goal is shared. Many cyclists would like to be safer on the roads that they pay for using their preferred method of transportation. One argument is that bike lanes reinforces the minds […]

Campaign to restore Engaged to Death film

Iconic 1956 Italian film Engaged to Death, about motorcycle racing and famous marques such as Moto Guzzi and Gilera, could soon be restored through a crowd-funding campaign. Running Films is trying to restore the two remaining and slightly damaged celluloid copies of Engaged to Death (The boyfriends of death). It’s described as a “tale of […]

Are independent bike mechanics protected?

Independent backyard motorcycle mechanics seem to be dying out at a rapid rate. A war of words has now broken out over whether manufacturers are withholding vita servicing information and killing off independent car and motorcycle mechanics. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has confirmed that automotive manufacturers are not allowed to withhold important maintenance information […]