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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.

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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.

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Honda British Talent Cup saddles up for Brands Hatch

The likes of Ryan Hitchcock (Wilson Racing), fourth to start the season before a rockier ride, and Sullivan Mounsey (iForce Lloyd & Jones), who suffered a double DNF in Scotland, will be looking to fight back in the close battle for the top ten, top eight and top five as well, as will Jamie Lyons (C&M Motors Ltd/Tooltec Racing), with the battle near the front incredibly close.

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Ones To Watch: Moto3™

Who are the stars of the lightweight class who could make a leap in performance in the second half of 2021?

Throughout the first half of 2021, some Moto3 ™ World Championship stars, ️like leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo), have shone more than others. Other riders have fought for respectable positions without achieving the expected result. Here, we look at 5 riders who, could build on the potential shown in races 1 to 9 and achieve the results their potential merits.

Jeremy Alcoba (9th, 58 points)

2021 for the Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 rider started with good results in qualifying: 4th and 3rd in the two rounds held at the Losail International Circuit, but in both races he was unable to cross the finish line, opening the season with two consecutive zeroes.

Once in Europe, he again qualified on the front row in Portimao, but could obtain only 2 points. If in the first 3 rounds he had proven to be competitive in qualifying, at the Red Bull Spanish GP he went through Q1 before Q2, where he recorded the second fastest time. Then his progress continued by taking the podium for the first time in 2021, a third place that renewed his confidence.

The following rounds in France, Italy, Barcelona, ​​Sachsenring and Assen were full of ups and downs. At Le Mans he was out of the points. At Mugello he started from the second row but finished 15th, while at Montmeló he converted a strong qualifying to second place in the race. In Germany he starred in an epic comeback: starting 20th, he just missed out on the podium by finishing 4th. At the Dutch TT, Jeremy took the first pole of his career and finished the race in the Top 10.

Jeremy will visit several tracks he is unfamiliar with in the second half of the season. But he can aspire to get strong positions on circuits where he already achieved good results last year such as Misano, Aragón and Valencia. In addition, with the return to Portimao at the end of the year, the ’52’ will also have a new opportunity to climb to the highest step of the podium. Don’t rule it out!

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Andrea Migno (10th, 58 points)

After nearly a full career spent racing KTMs, the move to the Rivacold Snipers Team Honda was much more natural than even Migno himself could imagine. At the second round in Qatar, after going through Q1, he set the sixth fastest time in qualifying and was about to get on the podium. In Portimao came the first pole of the year and the first podium, a third place that allowed him to occupy fifth place in the championship. Arriving in Jerez, he consolidated his pace with another front row and fourth place, and at the next round, at Le Mans, he managed another pole before struggling to 11th place in the rain. At this point he sat as high as third in the World Championship.

Arriving at his home race at Mugello charged with enthusiasm and determined to consolidate his consistency, Migno encountered his first major setback. A crash on the first lap did not allow him to finish his home race and a week later, in Catalunya, he suffered a fall, another zero and a significant setback in the World Championship.

Fifth place in Germany was an improvement, but he failed to back that up at Assen, where the Italian scored his third zero in 4 races, falling to 10th in the championship. With future visits to circuits such as the Red Bull Ring, Misano, Valencia and Austin, Migno can regain the necessary concentration by seeing the results he obtained on these tracks in the past. After a 5-week break, Andrea will return recharged as he seeks to regain the consistency that he showed in the first part of the season.

Izan Guevara (15th, 36 points)

The Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team rookie has shown remarkable consistency in the first part of the season in his first year in the Moto3 ™ World Championship. In the first Grand Prix of the season he immediately secured a front row start and then finished the race in seventh place and less than a second behind the winner. The following week, back on the Losail track, the Spanish rookie did even better in the race by coming home sixth.

FREE: the last 5 minutes of Moto3™ in Valencia

The Portuguese roller coaster was a bit more complicated and the Mallorcan finished out of the points. In the next two rounds, at Jerez and Le Mans, he was out of the Top 10, setting the 11th and 14th fastest times in the race, adding even more points to his tally. The Mugello round was the toughest for him yet. After qualifying in 29th, he regained some positions in the race, but could not get past 17th. Determined to redeem himself in Catalunya, he  was on course for a podium finish before he crashed out on the last lap. In the two rounds at the Sachsenring and the Dutch TT, the rookie was 10th and 12th, respectively, placing 15th overall in the World Championship.

The young Spanish rider will have to face new circuits such as the Circuit of the Americas in Austin and the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia but, given the solidity he has shown in the first half of the season by consistently finishing in the points, he could be a constant presence in the Top 5 places. Without doubt, it would be an exciting preview of what could come in 2022.

Xavier Artigas (17th, 30 points)

15 riders fighting on an astonishing last lap!

The 4 retirements and a race outside the points do not reflect the full potential of a rookie determined to stand out in the colors of Leopard Racing. The Spanish rider began his adventure in the lightweight class of the 2021 World Championship with three consecutive zeroes registered in the double of Losail and in Portimao, sometimes without having any responsibility. But at Jerez he recovered with an encouraging ninth place and then improved again at Le Mans, where he finished 7th.

At Mugello he stayed out of the points zone. Despite having recovered some positions in the race, the Spaniard was cut off in 16th place, and the following week in Catalonia he suffered his fourth retirement of the season. He then redeemed himself in Germany and Assen, where he achieved two ninth places and resumed his rise in the general classification.

Of course, the Catalan lacks experience and qualifying is still his weak point, but being in a team that has taken several riders to the world title in recent years, Artigas has what it takes to get himself into the leading positions. Will he get his first podium this year?

Deniz Öncü (20th, 25 points)

The young Turkish star’s second full season in the Moto3 ™ World Championship has on major highlight: his first podium finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Logically, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider’s hope is to conquer many more in the future.

After being left out of Q2 only in the first two Grand Prix of the season, in Qatar, the ’53’ has a seventh best qualifying time in Portimao as the best result in ‘qualifying’ and in the race we have seen him often fighting for top positions. He has sometimes been penalised him for a lack of experience and other times for bad luck, but the young Turk has shown that he knows how to fight with the fastest.

Last year at the Red Bull Ring, he was on his way to a breakthrough result when he crashed out. In 2021 there will be two rounds on the Austrian track and Öncü could give us a pleasant surprise after a key summer break for everyone. To find out what these 5 drivers – and the rest of the light class grid – will be capable of, we will have to wait for them to return to action. That makes the Michelin® Grand Prix of Styria from the 5th to 8th of August a must-watch.

Every practice session, qualifying battle and race, exclusive interviews, historic races and so much more fantastic content: this is VideoPass!

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MotoGP™ tech recap: what we’ve seen so far in 2021

Visually though, in 2021, Ducati’s GP21 isn’t too dissimilar to their 2020 bike. The ‘salad box’ at the back of the bike, which houses a mass damper, has changed shape slightly. In addition, the Bologna factory have brought some new aero to the table at the bottom of the side fairings, which is thought to have been a creation to explore the possibility of ground effect in MotoGP™, to help turn the bike.

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