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Valerie Thompson: Ep. 17 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Episode 17 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast Valerie Thompson

Our guest for Episode 17 of the Rider Magazine Insider podcast is Valerie Thompson, a professional drag racer and land-speed racer who holds the title of “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.” She holds eight land-speed records and is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, seven 200 MPH clubs and one 300 MPH club. In 2018, she piloted the BUB 7 Streamliner to a record speed of 328.467 mph and is the only female rider featured on the “World’s Top 10 Fastest Motorcycle Riders” list. At the 2021 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in August she will attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record of 376.363 mph. Valerie’s quest to become the world’s fastest motorcycle racer is the subject of the upcoming film documentary, “Rockets and Titans.” Learn more about Thompson at

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You might like the Kymco Like scooter

Taiwan manufacturer Kymco has introduced an S model of its likeable Like 150 scooter to Australia for the very likeable price of $4490.

That’s $500 less than the R version because it deletes the top box and carrier. It comes with a three-year warranty.

The Like 150 S is yet another strangely named scooter, but certainly not the strangest. 

How about the Zip, Fly, Burgman, Buddy, Babydoll, Mio, Movie, People, Ruckus, Bet & Win, Majesty, Agility, Zuma and Exciting!

Is it any wonder motorcyclists poke fun at scooter riders when their machines have such silly names?

Mind you, motorcyclists can’t scoff when they are riding bikes with names like Harley’s Fat Boy or Fat Bob, or Suzuki’s Gladius, or Aprilia Shiver.

The Kymco Like 150 S is based on the Like 150 R, but has a more streamlined dash, slimmer headlight, new pillion grabrail, new front vent, new muffler cover and black piping, forks, front vent, headlight bezel and mirrors.

It is powered by the same 9.9kW (13.3hp) four-valve fuel-injected engine which is now smoother and quieter thanks to recent refinements such as helical gears in the CVT twist-and-go transmission.

Poster for 2021 KTM World Adventure Week (WAW)

The Like 150 S also gets chassis updates from the Like line-up, including a bi-beam frame and repositioned fuel tank to lower the centre of gravity. 

It features telescopic forks, twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers, light-weight 12-inch wheels and dual channel Bosch anti-lock braking.Kymco Like 150 S

2021 KYMCO LIKE 150 S

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke 150cc SOHC single-cylinder
  • Power: 9.9kW (13.3hp)
  • Transmission: Twist and go CVT automatic
  • Front suspension: Telescopic fork, 95mm travel
  • Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload, 86mm travel
  • Front brakes: 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
  • Rear brake: 220mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: 12-inch
  • Tyres: 110/70-12 front, 130/70-12 rear
  • Dry weight: 115kg
  • Seat height: 790mm
  • Fuel capacity: 6.8 litres
  • Colour: Orange
  • Warranty: Three years, unlimited kilometres


Vincents star in Phil Irving Concourse

A display of rare and expensive Vincent motorcycles will be an apt highlight of the annual Phil Irving Concourse named after the Australian who designed one of the most famous motorcycles in the world.

For the first time the concourse will be held as part of the Mt Gravatt Show in Brisbane this Sunday (25 July 2021) which should attract a lot of attention from the public.

First-time show organiser Fraser McMillan says it is apt that Vincent Owners Club will have a display of Phil’s Vincents.

“Phil was not only the designer of the Vincent — the Rolls Royce of motorcycles — but he also designed the Repco Brabham engine. They don’t get much more famous in Australian motorcycling than Phil,” he says.

1948 Vincent Rapide
Phil Irving (right) with Queensland Vincent fan Ray Schriever

Some of Phil’s design genius included a mono-shock, frameless chassis bike which was ahead of its time, two side stands which can be used separately or together to create a front wheel stand and the Rapide was the first bike with hydraulic damping.

The Phil Irving Concourse was started in 1982 by the Historic Motorcycle Club of Queensland which now has 1600 members.

Admission to the show is free for those owners who enter their bikes in the concourse so long as they are at the gates between 7.30-8.30am on Sunday.

The concourse is open to anyone with a machine more than 30 years old. 

Categories include veteran which us up to 1919, vintage (1919-30), post vintage (31-45), post war (1946-1959), historic ‘60s,  historic ‘70s, historic ‘80s, sidecars, military , competition and 250cc and under.

The oldest model will be a 1911 Triumph.

Fraser rallying his New Hudson

Fraser, who raced in the Isle of Man Classic in 1998 for his 50th birthday, will display his 1914 military New Hudson made in Birmingham.

“I’m too old for racing now, so I’ve taken up rallying veterans which is exciting at 60mph,” he says.

Fraser expects about 50 bikes to be on display in the carpark just off Logan Rd.

Tamworth rally

If you would like to enter your motorcycle in the concourse, contact Fraser on 0418 625725 or [email protected].


Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

Ducati has honoured Australia’s three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss with a special Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary model.

The limited-edition serial-numbered bike will be available in Australia and New Zealand from January 2022 with an Australian ride away price of $27,489.

It comes in a special livery that celebrates the Ducati 996 R of Troy’s first World Superbike title in 2001 with his race number 21.

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

He also won in 2006 and 2008 and his 52 World Superbike victories rank third in the history of the championship behind Brits Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty.

Troy also raced in the MotoGP, winning the 2006 Spanish GP.

The special Panigale V2 is more than just a special paint job, though.

Justifying the $4500 premium over the standard V2, the bike is equipped with Öhlins The NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber and is 3kg lighter thanks to a lithium-ion battery and solo seat.

It also comes wth sport grips, carbon fibre and titanium muffler cover, self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps, smoke grey oil tanks and Troy’s #21 on the saddle and fairings.

The above video was filmed at the Ducati Museum, on the track and at the Bayliss home in Australia.


KTM race bike recalled over engine locking

KTM Australia continues to lead the list of recalled motorcycles with the latest being a recall of 2021 450SX-F MX competition motorcycles for an issue that could lock the engine.

It brings the number of recalls by KTM Australia to 10 so far this which is the most of any importer. However, it should be noted they also import GasGas and Husqvarna which also account for some of the recalls.

The latest official safety recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says a defective shift drum may have been installed in affected motorcycles.

“The shift drum may break during riding,” the notice says.

“If the shift drum breaks, it may cause damage to the transmission or engine.

“It may also block or lock the engine, which can cause engine power loss and affect vehicle handling and acceleration, increasing the risk of an accident resulting in injury or death to the rider, passengers and/or bystanders.”

Consumers will be contacted by KTM Australia and their authorised dealers. Authorised dealers will replace the shift drum, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact KTM Australia on 1800 644 771 or find their nearest authorised dealer using the dealer search option at

VINs of affected bikes are:


Owners of affected bikes should contact their dealer and arrange for a free inspection and repair if needed.


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:


The third challenge of the Rising Stars Series has landed!

Back for a second year after a highly successful 2020, the Rising Stars Series consists of four Online Challenges in which Gamers will be divided into three categories, depending on their location. These three are the Americas, Europe and Africa, and finally Asia and Oceania.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

FIM CEV Repsol ready to roll at MotorLand

Jose Antonio Rueda (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) is on a roll recently too, so he’ll be looking to continue that form, and the likes of Aspar Junior Team’s David Alonso and SIC Racing’s Syarifuddin Azman have had some standout rides already this season, the latter as the first to defeat Holgado to a win. Astra Honda Racing Team’s Mario Aji and Asia Talent Team rider Takuma Matsuyama, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back after a tough outing on the Algarve… with Aji still aiming for that first podium and Matsuyama gunning to go one better. Both share the target of better luck, as do a few in the field.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

I am really happy to be returning to Assen after its absence last year. It is a really unique layout, a high speed circuit with …

I am really happy to be returning to Assen after its absence last year. It is a really unique layout, a high speed circuit with fast corners and quick changes of direction. I never got to ride the ‘real’ old Assen but the modified version is, for me, incredible. One of the nicest and most flowing circuits on the calendar. I have great memories there and the fact that there will be lots of fans is a huge bonus because Assen and the fans go together perfectly! I had some nice battles there in 2019 and I am looking forward to more this year. I hope we can capitalise on it being a good circuit for me and the bike. The target is to win but we need to work smartly and calmly to put us in the best possible shape to compete come the races #NLDWorldSBK

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