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2019 Honda CB500F Updated | Style | Shock | Engine

Honda’s LAMS legal CB500F updated in 2019

Revised engine – New shock – All new styling


Honda’s highly popular mid-capacity learner machine, the CB500F was launched back in 2013 alongside the CBR500R and CB500X and has since gone on to strong success

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2019 Honda CB500F

Now for 2019 the CB500F has further evolved, with the addition of aggressive bodywork, tapered handlebars, a new LCD dash featuring a Shift Up and Gear Position functionality and all LED indicators – to match the rest of the lighting.

While the CB500F already reaches the A2 (and similar LAMS) limit of 35kW, Honda have been able to tune the bike for more more power and torque in the low to mid range thanks to revisions to the inlet, exhaust and valve timing, contributing to a 4 per cent boost.

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2019 Honda CB500F

A new dual­ exit exhaust muffler also emits a heartier exhaust note making for a more enjoyable experience, while the engine also features an assist/slipper clutch.

The chassis remains unchanged as a testament to the quality of the existing spec, while  a new rear single­tube shock absorber has been added, aiming to deliver even more consistent damping performance and improved control.

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2019 Honda CB500F

2019 Honda CB500F new features

  • New aggressively­ styled bodywork
  • Tapered handlebars for control and feel
  • New LCD instrument display
  • Gear Position and Shift Up indicators
  • LED indicators (now all LED lighting)
  • Revised inlet, exhaust and valve timing
  • 4% more mid­range power and torque
  • Sportier sound from the new dual­exit muffler
  • Assist/Slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages downshifts

Revised styling & updated shock

For its 2019 evolution the CB500F’s naked styling has evolved from front to rear, with an eye catching headlight design and lowset stance, including side shrouds which interlock with the fuel tank and emphasise the engine. Side covers and the seat unit also contribute to the angular theme.

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2019 Honda CB500F – Now with LED indicators

Tapered handlebars add leverage for the rider, while a new LCD dash features a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator, which is set to a default 8750rpm but can be adjusted in 250rpm increments.

The 35mm diameter steel diamond­ tube mainframe is unchanged for 2019 and the wheelbase is 1410mm and rake and trail are set at 25.5°/102mm, giving nimble but
confidence ­inspiring steering. Mass centralisation, with the engine in close proximity to the swingarm pivot point, delivers agility and an optimum front/rear weight distribution, while kerb weight is 189kg.

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2019 Honda CB500F – Steel diamond frame

The seat height remains low at 785mm, making the CB500F easy to manage and the
neutral riding position lends itself to comfort and riders of any height. Overall dimensions
are 2080mm x 790mm x 1060mm, with 145mm ground clearance.

The fuel tank holds a generous 17.1L including reserve, and Honda claim that combined with the engine’s strong fuel economy gives a range of up to 480km.

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2019 Honda CB500F – Fuel range is a claimed 480km

The 41mm preload ­adjustable telescopic front forks have 120mm stroke, for a
compliant yet controlled ride, with strong feel for front tyre grip. The new single­ tube rear
shock absorber is as found on larger capacity sports bikes and replaces the outgoing double-­tube design of the previous model.

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2019 Honda CB500F – 41mm forks

The new shocks large­r diameter piston ensures excellent suspension response and temperature management. It also features 9-­stage spring preload adjustment and works with a rigid box­section steel swingarm, which now features pressed steel chain adjustment end­pieces. Final drive is via sealed 520 chain.

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2019 Honda CB500F – New rear shock

Lightweight 17­inch cast aluminium wheels employ hollow cross­ section Y­ shaped
spokes, with a front wheel width of 3.5inch and a 120/70­ZR17 tyre, while the rear is a 4.5inch with a 160/60­ZR17 tyre. A single front 320mm wavy disc and two­ piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single­ piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard.

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2019 Honda CB500F

The CB500F will be available in the following colour options: Grand Prix Red; Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic; Pearl Metalloid White; Candy Energy Orange.

Lively LAMS twin cylinder

The CB500F’s learner eight-valve liquid­-cooled parallel twin­-cylinder layout offers a
balance of physical size and enjoyable power output, with an high­ revving character and top end. The target for 2019 was faster acceleration through a boost in low ­to­ mid ­range power and torque. The 4% improvement comes via altered valve timing – with ‘close’ timing accelerated by 5° – and lift increased by 0.3mm to 7.8mm.

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2019 Honda CB500F – eight-valve liquid­-cooled parallel twin­-cylinder

Feeding the PGM­FI fuel injection is now a straight shot of airflow through the
airbox and throttle bodies. The battery has been re­positioned further away (44.1mm
versus 13.4mm) from the rear of the airbox intake duct to allow greater airflow; the exhaust muffler now features dual exit pipes, adding a sportier sounding edge to each pulse. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm.

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2019 Honda CB500F

Bore and stroke is set at 67 x 66.8mm and compression ratio remains 10.7:1; the
crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple­ balancer sits behind the
cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor
gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple­ balance
and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.

Acting as a stressed member, the engine complements the frame’s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head. Internally the cylinder head uses roller rocker arms – shim type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve­ spring load and reduced friction.

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2019 Honda CB500F

A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing
friction with increased protection against wear. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm with exhaust valve diameter of 21.5mm. The piston shape is based upon those used in the CBR1000RR Fireblade to reduce piston ‘noise’ at high rpm. Friction is reduced by the addition of striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). As with the CBR1000RR, an AB 1 salt bath process, used after isonite nitriding, forms a protective oxidisation membrane.

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2019 Honda CB500F

The ‘triangle’ proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is very similar to that of Honda’s four-­cylinder RR engines and much of the internal structure and engineering is
taken directly from the CBR1000RR.

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2019 Honda CB500F

The crankcase uses centrifugally cast thin­ walled sleeves; their internal design reduces
the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. Using the same
internal relief structure as that of the CBR1000RR, the oil pump features improved
aeration performance, with reduced friction; a deep sump reduces oil movement under
hard cornering and braking. Oil capacity is 3.2L.

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2019 Honda CB500F

The CB500F’s six­-speed gearbox is very close to that of its RR cousin and uses the same
gear change arm structure and link mechanism. New for 2019 an Assist/Slipper clutch
enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.

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2019 Honda CB500F
ENGINE
Type Liquid ­cooled, parallel twin
Displacement 471 cc
Bore & Stroke 67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Max. Power Output 35 kW @ 8600 rpm
Max. Torque 43 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1 L(inc reserve)
Fuel Consumption (WMTC) 29.4 km/L
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Motor
Battery Capacity 12V 7.4AH
ACG Output 23.4A/2000 rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L ́W ́H) 2080 mm x 790 mm x 1060 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Trail 102 mm
Seat Height 785 mm
Ground Clearance 145 mm
Kerb Weight 189 kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front Conventional telescopic front forks,
41mm, pre­load adjustable
Type Rear Prolink mono with 9­ stage preload
adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
WHEELS
Type Front Multi­spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Multi­spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 17 x MT4.5
Tyres Front 120/70ZR ­ 17M/C
Tyres Rear 160/60ZR ­ 17M/C
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 ­channel
Type Front Single wavy disk, 320 mm, 2 piston
caliper
Type Rear Single wavy disk, 240 mm, 1 piston
caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Digital speedometer, digital bar graph
tachometer, dual trip meters, digital fuel
level gauge & fuel consumption gauge,
tachometer, dual trip meters, digital fuel
level gauge & fuel consumption gauge,
digital clock, gear position indicator
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security
System)
Headlight Low 4.8W. Hi 12W

Source: MCNews.com.au

Moto News | AUS-X Open | WESS | WORCS | Stuttgart SX

Moto News Weekly Wrap

November 13, 2018

Smarty's Weekly Moto News Wrap proudly brought to you by Dunlop Geomax
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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • AUS-X Open – Sydney
  • World Enduro Super Series (WESS) – Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race
  • AMA World Off-Road Championships (WORCS) – Primm, NV
  • Stuttgart Supercross – Germany
  • Villopoto Misses AUS-X
  • 2019 AORC Dates Announced
  • Australia Ready to Race in the 2018 ISDE
  • What Racing is Left for 2018?

AUS-X Open – Sydney

From all accounts Sydney’s fourth annual Monster Energy AUS-X Open was a cracker with current AMA Supercross Champion Jason Anderson taking the SX1 class win while fellow Yank Cameron McAdoo won the SX2 class overall on the same night that Justin Brayton and Jay Wilson wrapped up there SX1 and SX2 Championships respectively.

AUS X Open Jason Anderson
AUS-X Open

Anderson was in a class of his own to dominate the first two races and eventually won the third and final race after Aussie hero Chad Reed was stripped of his win due to a penalty for using the Joker lane twice.

Jason Anderson

“To get the win down here in Sydney means a lot – last season we weren’t in the shape we are this year, so it’s a good place to be. This event is so rad with a really cool vibe and super chill, so I definitely hope I’m invited back in years to come.”

Dean Wilson late inclusion bore fruit with the likeable Scotsman finishing a more than credible second overall ahead of Dan Reardon, Brayton, Chad Reed and Brett Metcalfe.

AUS X Open Jason Anderson Podium
SX1 Overall
Jason Anderon 75
Dean Wilson 62
Daniel Reardon 60

SX1 Final 1

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Justin Brayton +3.724
  3. Dean Wilson +7.364
  4. Dan Reardon +11.788
  5. Luke Clout +11.887
  6. Brett Metcalfe +13.134
  7. Chad Reed +20.359
  8. Jace Owen +25.250
  9. Lawson Bopping +28.480
  10. Dylan Long +30.505

SX1 Final 2

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dan Reardon +3.353
  3. Dean Wilson +4.015
  4. Chad Reed +8.670
  5. Brett Metcalfe +14.420
  6. Justin Brayton +16.270
  7. Luke Clout +19.227
  8. Lawson Bopping +23.333
  9. Jace Owen +23.776
  10. Dylan Long +25.272

SX1 Final 3

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dean Wilson +2.014
  3. Dan Reardon +9.058
  4. Dylan Long +14.071
  5. Justin Brayton +18.705
  6. Chad Reed -2.195 (penalised 5 positions)
  7. Jace Owen +21.064
  8. Brett Metcalfe +22.203
  9. Luke Clout +36.894
  10. Robbie Marshall +1 lap

SX1 Overall

  1. Jason Anderson – 75
  2. Dean Wilson – 62
  3. Daniel Reardon – 60
  4. Justin Brayton – 53
  5. Chad Reed – 47
  6. Brett Metcalfe – 44
  7. Luke Clout – 42
  8. Dylan Long – 40
  9. Jace Owen – 39
  10. Lawson Bopping – 35

SX1 Australian Supercross Championship

The SX1 Australian Supercross Championship was decided in Sydney, with American Justin Brayton wrapping up his third consecutive championship this time ahead of his teammate Brett Metcalfe, with third place going to Reardon on his privateer Yamaha.

Justin Brayton

“I’m stoked to win this championship, I was sick for the majority of the event, so to wrap up the championship really feels unbelievable. I’m wrapped for the Penrite Honda Team too, with my teammate Brett Metcalfe finishing second.”

Australian Supercross Penrite Honda Podium AI
Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe celebrate on the podium

Final SX1 Championship Points

  1. Justin Brayton – 115
  2. Brett Metcalfe – 106
  3. Dan Reardon – 90
  4. Jace Owen – 84
  5. Dylan Long – 77
  6. Luke Clout – 72
  7. Robbie Marshall – 57
  8. Lawson Bopping – 53
  9. Jesse Dobson – 41
  10. Nicholas Sutherland – 39

AUS-X Open – SX2

The AUS-X Open Overall in SX2 was one to remember, with America’s Cameron McAdoo finishing the night with three second places to take the overall ahead of defending champion Jackson Richardson who won the final two races after finishing sixth in the opening final while Hayden Mellross ended the night in third to end up just 6 points shy of championship winner Jay Wilson who overcame a heavy crash to come home in 6th overall.

SX2 Final 1

  1. Jy Roberts
  2. Cameron McAdoo +0.837
  3. Dylan Wills +2.506
  4. Jacob Hayes +3.404
  5. Hayden Mellross +4.526
  6. Jay Wilson

SX2 Final 2

  1. Jackson Richardson
  2. Cameron McAdoo +3.821
  3. Hayden Mellross +5.505
  4. Dylan Wills +7.762
  5. Jay Wilson +8.879

SX2 Final 3

  1. Jackson Richardson
  2. Cameron McAdoo +0.534
  3. Hayden Mellross +1.435
  4. Josh Osby +2.681
  5. Jacob Hayes +3.510

SX2 Overall

  1. Cameron McAdoo – 66
  2. Jackson Richardson – 65
  3. Hayden Mellross – 56
  4. Dylan Wills – 53
  5. Jacob Hayes – 45
  6. Jay Wilson – 43
  7. Josh Osby – 42
  8. Aaron Tanti – 39
  9. Tomas Ravenhorst – 37
  10. Kaleb Barham – 36

SX2 Australian Supercross Championship

Jay Wilson has won the 2018 Australian SX2 Supercross Championship after a nail-biting weekend thanks to a heavy crash during Saturday’s qualifying that saw the former Australian Motocross Champion almost miss the final before battling tooth and nail to win the championship by just six points over Hayden Mellross.

The Yamalube Yamaha Racing rider carried an 11 point lead in the championship over Mellross and only 13 points separated the top four riders but with the final round in the tight confines of Qudos Bank Arena and the triple final format, it was anything but a foregone conclusion as it went all the way down to the wire in an epic nights’ racing.

Australian Supercross Aaron Tanti
Aaron Tanti – SX2

Despite a poor grid pick in each final Wilson went 8-5-7 over the three moto format to earn 6th overall while his championship rival in Mellross managed 5-3-3 finishes for third overall.

Jay Wilson

“I’m not going to lie, that was just terrible riding and the worst I have raced for in so long, but we got through the night, got the championship done and I just couldn’t be happier. I was nervous all weekend and then that crash yesterday really took it out of me but I was determined to be strong and win my first supercross championship. Last year at the same venue was where I got my career back on track so it’s awesome that I was able to win a championship here and I have so many people to thank that have helped me get back to this point. Everyone at Yamaha who supported in me and believed in me when I was down and out, our team that does an amazing job each week, especially Mike Ward and Josh Coppins, who always have my back and have always played a part in my success.  Finally, I want to thank my wife and daughter for allowing me to do this and my family who were here tonight. It feels amazing to finally win this championship and it’s something I will remember for a long time. It was a stressful weekend and things got heated at times. but it was great racing with Hayden, Jacob and Wilson Todd and I want to also congratulate them on some great racing over the five rounds. I have really enjoyed racing them and we have kept it clean at each round and it’s been a lot of fun.”

SX2 Final Championship Points

  1. Jay Wilson 103
  2. Hayden Mellross 97
  3. Jacob Hayes 91
  4. Wilson Todd 75
  5. Jackson Richardson 74
  6. Josh Osby 68
  7. Aaron Tanti 62
  8. Dakota Alix 61
  9. Dylan Wills 60
  10. Bradley Taft 50

The Junior Lites 250cc Class was taken out by Jake Cuka, who put in a consistent season to claim the championship while in the 85cc Class it was Brad West who rode a calculated and conservative ride at the final round in Sydney, coming home in fourth place overall to seal the championship.

The two-stroke cup class was taken out by Ryan Marmont, as the age-old rivalry between Craig Anderson and Danny Ham added another chapter in Sydney as the two spent most of the race duelling with each other for the final place before Ham crashed into a wall in a desperate pass attempt on the final lap.

Victorian Ace Cheyne Boyd claimed the coveted Best Whip competition, finishing ahead of 2017 Champion – Corey Creed, and Honda rider Steve Mini while in Best Trick Blake Williams took gold, with Harry Bink getting the silver and Rob Adelberg with bronze.

In the Boost Mobile International Showdown Chad Reed lead team Australia to the win over the Americans while in the Monster Energy Best Trick competition Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams took the spoils with a 360 splits and a cliff-hanger backflip to claim the trophy.

The S-X Open Oceania Championship now rolls onto New Zealand in two weeks’ time, with more champions set to be crowned inside Mt Smart Stadium for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland on November 24.


World Enduro Super Series (WESS)
Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race – The Netherlands

History has been made as Billy Bolt is crowned the inaugural World Enduro Super Series at the eighth and final round, Red Bull Knock Out in The Netherlands which was won by Nathan Watson who got the better of MXGP star Glen Coldenhoff and Belgium’s Yentel Martens.

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WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

The Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race saw 1000 competitors taking to the start line for the one-hour morning qualifier which was won by Watson before 750 riders earned their place in the two-hour Final.

In the battle at the head of the World Enduro Super Series, all eyes were on title contenders Bolt and Lettenbichler, who were inside the top 20 of the 750 competitors. Positioning themselves out of trouble early on, the duo were closely matched with Bolt holding an important advantage.

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Manuel Lettenbichler – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

However, two crashes by Bolt put him on the back foot during the closing stages of the race. Needing a lap to regroup he began to make headway, using the technical X-Loop to his advantage. Pushing clear of Lettenbichler and working his way up to 12th, the Husqvarna rider crossed the finish line as the newly-crowned champion.

Billy Bolt

“To become the ultimate enduro champion is huge – I can’t believe it yet and it’s going to take a while for this moment to sink in. The race itself was crazy. I had two huge crashes and hit the ground hard, but apart from that I enjoyed it. It was tough making your way past all the other competitors – there were bikes everywhere. Also, the track conditions changed so much every lap and then the tide came in on the start straight, reducing it to half its width. I knew I needed to stay out of trouble as much as possible. And despite two crashes of my own making I pretty much did that. Overall, it’s been such a long season, with so many different races. Winning round one at Extreme XL Lagares feels a life time ago. To race everything from Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and now Beach Racing and come out of it all as the ultimate enduro champion is amazing.”

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Billy Bolt claims the 2018 WESS title in the Netherlands – Image by Future7Media

Results – Red Bull Knock Out, WESS Round 8

  1. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 24 laps, 2:01:43.785
  2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM – NED) 2:03:14.001
  3. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna – BEL) 2:07:35.255
  4. Camille Chapeliere (KTM – FRA) 23 laps 2:03:48.396
  5. Todd Kellet (Husqvarna – GBR) 2:05:51.526
  6. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha – GBR) 2:06:02.401
  7. Lars van Berkel (KTM – NED) 2:06:57.553
  8. Axel van de Sande (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:19.272
  9. Jeffrey DeWulf (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:57.178
  10. Sven van der Mierden (Husqvarna – NED) 22 laps 2:04:34.56
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WESS Championship Podium – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series Final Championship Standings

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 4800 points
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4470 points
  3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 4103 points
  4. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 4010 points
  5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3675 points
  6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 3377 points
  7. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220 points
  8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 3010 points
  9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GBR) 2900 points
  10. Lars Enockl 2272 points

Stuttgart Supercross – Germany

Cole Martinez has been crowned the “King of Stuttgart” at the 36th ADAC Stuttgart Supercross after winning the main event on Friday and took out the overall victory with a fourth place in the second race on Saturday while last year’s winner Cédric Soubeyras of France won Saturday’s main event ahead of compatriot Gregory Aranda, who also finished second in the overall standings ahead Soubeyras.

Cole Martinez, the 26-year-old Suzuki rider from Rimrock, Arizona, was overjoyed at the award ceremony: “After much bad luck in recent years, I am grateful that I was able to come back to Stuttgart and that it has worked so well this year. ”


Villopoto Misses AUS-X

Ryan Villopoto elected to withdraw from last weekend’s AUS-X Open after his father, Dan passed away last week while riding with friends at Cahulla Creek in Southern California. Ryan wrote a heartfelt message on his social media account explaining the decision.

Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto

‘I just want to share a note with the @sxopensupercross fans to sincerely apologize as I will not be there today. As you all know the last week has been incredibly difficult on myself and my family. I was super excited to race in Sydney and have been working hard to be in the best shape I’ve been in years. I really wanted to race down there, but with all that happened as well as an unforeseen issue, I have to remain home with my family. I realize a lot of people put tons of work into helping me get there and to make it super special therefore I deeply want to express my appreciation. I promise to make it up to everyone down under. Thank you for all your ongoing support see you soon’


Yamaha AORC 2019 Calendar Released

The 2019 calendar for the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) has been officially revealed, confirming dates, locations and states for the highly anticipated National Championships.

Next year’s Championship will continue to use a double-header format, except for Round 7 as the series will return to Broken Hill NSW, for a 4-hour desert Cross Country.

AORC Dungog Juniors start
AORC Dungog

Kicking off the season will be Rounds 1 & 2 in Gympie QLD, taking place 9 – 10 March 2019. The Championship will then move to NSW for an Enduro in Dungog on 6-7 April.  Round 5 & 6 will see the series then return to Kyogle, NSW after a successful event in 2017, NSW on July 20-21. Broken Hill, NSW will again feature on 10-11 August and, then it’s off to SA from 31 August – 1 September. The championship finale will conclude at Victoria as it returns to Penshurst since being there last in 2016 on 14-15 September. Specific locations of the South Australian rounds will be released in due time.

2018 saw a number of firsts for the Championship with a Desert Cross Country along with several new support classes with the Amateur 125 cup, Vintage Cup and Pony Express. AORC will reveal what will be in store for 2019 in the coming weeks.

2019 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Gympie, QLD; 9 – 10 March 2019
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW; 6 – 7 April 2019
  • Round 5 & 6: Kyogle, NSW; 20 – 21 July 2019
  • Round 7: Broken Hill, NSW; 10 – 11 August 2019
  • Round 8 & 9: SA; 31 August – 1 September 2019
  • Round 10 & 11: Penshurst, VIC; 14 –15 September 2019

Australia Ready to Race in the 2018 ISDE

At the time of writing Australia is taking to the track for day one of the 93rd FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) and Australia’s World, Junior and Women’s Trophy Teams are in good stead after spending time in reconnaissance over the past week to prepare for a hot and dusty six days ahead.

Australian ISDE Team
Australia 2018 ISDE riders

Located two hours west of the Chile’s capital, Santiago, the city of Vina del Mar will play home to the world’s best Enduro riders over six days of adrenaline pulsing action. Organisers have planned three unique and challenging routes to test this year’s competitors, with the opening two days seeing riders tackle the aptly named ‘Pacific Challenge’.

Days three and four move our riders inland to see how well they handle rocky terrains, alongside dust and high heat. The second last day will find riders navigate a forestry course at Penuelas Lake and Wood, before competitors head into the sixth and final day with traditional a Motocross test in front of the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar.

Leading Australia out down the streets along Vina del Mar beach as the Flag Bearer was Australia’s World Trophy Team member, Josh Strang while Australia’s Women’s World Trophy Team received a very warm welcome during the Opening Ceremony, as they bid for a record-breaking sixth consecutive win.

Australian ISDE Team Womens
Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Mackenzie Tricker

Scoring their first trophy back in 2013 in Sardinia, Italy, Australia’s three ladies, Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Mackenzie Tricker, are set to once again bring the fire to their international counterparts, serving unstoppable and unrivalled skills. Reflecting on arriving in Chile and the past week of testing and familiarising with the tracks.

Jessica Gardiner

“We’ve done a lot of walking here in Chile. It’s been quite hilly and therefore quite difficult to walk. It’s also been quite hot, and even though the metre says its only 22 degrees it really feels like 32! We’ve learnt that it’s going to be far more technical than the standard fast and flowing grass tracks usually seen at the ISDE. So there’s going to be more technique involved, which should make it interesting to decipher all the riders quickly! It’s been great to be with the girls in our Women’s World Trophy Team! We’ve found a new teammate in Mackenzie Tricker, so hopefully us Aussie girls can keep the ball rolling and stay strong. We’re preparing for a long, hot event, so we are going to have to really rely on our air filters changes and keeping our coolers up to date. So, fingers crossed for a good event!”

Australian ISDE Team Mens
Daniel Milner, Daniel Sanders, Lyndon Snodgrass and Joshua Strang

The class with arguably the most intense competition is the World Trophy, and Team Australia has already been coined as a strong and dominant force for 2018, with the potential to take out the trophy. Strang reflected on the team’s hunger and drive.

Josh Strang

“The conditions and terrain here in Chile are somewhat different to what I’m used to. But I think once the race starts today, I’ll no doubt just on into it and be good to go! The next six days should be pretty great, and all the Aussies are in good spirits!”

Australian ISDE Team Juniors
Fraser Higlett, Tom Mason and Andrew Wilksch

Australia’s Junior World Trophy Team member, Tom Mason, wrapped up the team’s experience so far in the lead up to today’s first race.

Tom Mason

“We’ve just finished up walking and testing out the tacks, and it’s been an awesome couple of days! The tracks here are the same as back home in Australia so we’re feeling pretty comfortable. All the bikes are ready and tested, and everyone feels ready! What we’ve found out from testing the tracks is that we just need to survive it, so the next six days will be pretty rough, but we’ll see how we go!”

World Trophy Team

  • Daniel Milner
  • Daniel Sanders
  • Lyndon Snodgrass
  • Joshua Strang

Women’s World Trophy Team

  • Jessica Gardiner
  • Tayla Jones
  • Mackenzie Tricker

Junior World Trophy Team

  • Fraser Higlett
  • Tom Mason
  • Andrew Wilksch

Team Manager – Don Atkins

There will be a full report on the ISDE in next week’s Moto News.


What Racing is Left for 2018?

Last weekend’s AUS-X was a dead-set cracker as was the final rounds of the WESS and we can look forward to seeing how our Aussie team fare at the ISDE next week – see the list of the remaining events for 2018 below:

  • Australasia
    • New Zealand Supercross Championships
      • 24 – SX Open – Auckland
      • 1 – South Waikato
      • 15 – Southland
  • America
    • Canadian Triple Crown Supercross – Nov. 17 – Hamilton
    • 2018 THOR Mini Olympics – Nov. 19-24 – Gainesville, FL
    • 2018 Day In The Dirt – Nov. 24-26 – Glen Helen, CA
  • Europe
  • ISDE – Nov. 12-17 – Chile
  • 2018 Paris Supercross – Nov. 17-18 – Paris, France
  • Geneva Supercross – Nov. 30/Dec. 1 – Switzerland

Source: MCNews.com.au

Brayton & Metcalfe claim Honda 2018 Australian SX 1-2

Justin Brayton claims the 2018 Australian Supercross crown

Brett Metcalfe 2018 runner-up

Images by AME Management

Justin Brayton has wrapped up the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship, with Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe claiming second overall, ending a highly successful season for the team.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018

For Justin Brayton the victory marks his third consecutive Championship for the team and a successful first season with Honda. Brayton won three out of five rounds in the Australian Supercross season this year, although appearing in fine riding form, he admitted this was his hardest victory yet.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018
Justin Brayton

“I am so happy to win three in a row. It’s what I came here to do and I am glad we got the job done. It wasn’t without its difficulties though, first my family got sick, then I got sick and I never fully recovered. I have battled pneumonia for most of the time I’ve been over here so it was tough for sure but it made the overall victory so much more gratifying. I feel lucky, I get to see the world and ride dirt bikes. I have met some amazing people through racing and it’s a bonus to win. I can’t thank Honda, Penrite and all of our sponsors enough but we aren’t done just yet. We still have a few races to finish this year as we head to New Zealand in a few weeks. My plan is to come back next year and defend my title. I want to keep doing this for as long as I can. If I am competitive and I am enjoying it then I want to race.”

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Justin Brayton and Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe – Australian Supercross 2018

This year marked Brayton’s fourth time in Australia and he hopes to return next year to defend his Championship.

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Penrite Honda’s Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Brett Metcalfe finished second overall in the Championship and shared he couldn’t be happier, having been pleased to have his family watching as he took to the podium for the overall second position.

Brett Metcalfe

“Everyone wants to win but this is the next best thing and I am really pleased to be the first placing Australian too! The season has been strong; winning round 4 was certainly a highlight and gave me a solid confidence boost. It was important for us to get 1-2 in the title so we had our plans in place to ensure it was locked up. I’m so pleased for Justin to take the triple and for Honda to have this 1-2 finish, it’s amazing. Now we are focused on New Zealand, to wrap up the year on top.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Honda’s Brand and Motorsport Manager Glyn Griffiths was complementary of the result, something very few teams achieve., while Team Director Yarrive Konsky was likewise proud of his team’s results.

Glyn Griffiths – Honda Brand and Motorsport Manager

“Going 1-2 is a remarkable feat, something that many don’t ever achieve throughout their careers. Our team have different abilities, experiences and backgrounds, including our riders and we came together for a shared purpose and this is something we will all treasure.”

Yarrive Konsky – Team Director

“It’s still surreal, I didn’t know where we would finish and this is a dream many don’t achieve and I am grateful of everyone’s efforts. We will now turn our attention to our final race then on to testing for next year. We want to be prepared for the Motocross Championship and preparation begins now.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe celebrate on the podium

Round 2 of the Oceanic Supercross Championship will be held in New Zealand on the 24th Novemeber in Aukland. For more information on Penrite Factory Honda Racing go to www.hondamx.com.au

Source: MCNews.com.au

HRC returns to WorldSBK grid in 2019 at Phillip Island

Ducati’s V4 R & BMW’s new S 1000 RR to feature in 2019


The 2019 WorldSBK season is shaping up to be one to remember with the year to kick off at Phillip Island’s season opener in Victoria, Australia, with a massive grid that will boast the return of the Honda Racing Corporation, as well as Ducati with the new V4 R, and BMW championing the new S 1000 RR.

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WSBK Superbikes at Phillip Island

World champion Jonathan Rea beware! That’s the message ahead of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship opener at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from February 22-24 following a massive week of grid-strengthening announcements for the production-based series.

Ducati and BMW unveiled their new V4 R and S 1000 RR four-cylinder machines at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on November 5 and 6 respectively.

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The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R will spearhead the brand’s WSBK efforts

In Ducati’s case it’s the most powerful motorcycle to ever leave its factory, and the company – which has the most amount of WorldSBK titles with 14 – has already announced that current MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista will join Chaz Davies in its line-up for 2019.  Bautista finished a superb fourth in the recent MotoGP round at Phillip Island filling in for the injured Jorge Lorenzo, which will give the Spaniard added confidence when he returns to Australia.

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The revamped 2019 BMW S 1000 RR will be on track with the Shaun Muir Racing team

BMW also announced in Milan that it will be collaborating with Shaun Muir Racing (which ran the Milwaukee Aprilia squad in 2018) for a major tilt at the 2019 WorldSBK title. The riders will be Rea’s erstwhile Kawasaki teammate and 2013 world champion Tom Sykes, as well as German Marcus Reiterberger who is returning to the championship after a two-year break.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport will be responsible for the development of engine, electronics, chassis and aerodynamics on the new S 1000 RR.

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Leon Camier will be joined by Ryuichi Kiyonari in 2019

Meanwhile, HRC will return to WorldSBK competition in 2019 alongside Althea Racing and Japanese high-performance firm Moriwaki Engineering, with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari the two riders. Camier has already been campaigning the Honda CBR1000RR SP2 in 2018, while Kiyonari will be returning to the series for the first time since 2009.

HRC was once a regular on the WorldSBK trail and won three titles with John Kocinski in 1997 and Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002.

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Jonathan Rea will also be returning to defend his title in 2019 – Image TBG

The gifted Rea, who is based in Australia during the summer with his Phillip Island-raised wife Tatia and their two sons, will certainly be keeping a keen eye on recent proceedings as he prepares to campaign alongside a new teammate in 2019: current British superbike champion Leon Haslam.

Other confirmed riders for next year include factory Yamaha pair Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, while the GRT Yamaha satellite team will field recently crowned world supersport champion Sandro Cortese and Italian Marco Melandri.

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Michael van der Mark is another confirmed rider for 2019 for GRT Yamaha

Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi will also ride a Panigale V4 R for this year’s leading independent team, Barni Racing.

WorldSBK observers will be able to get an early feel for the 2019 form guide when pre-season testing begins in Spain in November, ahead of more official outings in Europe next January.

The WorldSBK teams will make their way to Australia for a final hitout at Phillip Island before round one commences – and the debut of the new ‘triple treat’ format where an extra sprint race will be held on Sunday morning in between the two longer hitouts on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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WorldSBK at Phillip Island

Grab your season opener tickets for Phillip Island now

A three-day general admission is $120 if secured in advance, or $230 when you add camping to your purchase.

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WorldSBK at Phillip Island 2019

If you feel like splashing out, step up to a Bar SBK ticket at $265 (with camping $375) and enjoy undercover facilities at Doohan Corner, Siberia and Lukey Heights. World Superbikes is free for kids 15 and under, and so is your bike.

As an extra bonus at WorldSBK, all three-day ticket holders are gifted free paddock access. For all ticket and racing information, visit www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek.

Billy Bolt claims 2018 WESS title at the Red Bull Knock Out

KTM’s Nathan Watson wins season finale from Coldenhoof & Martens


Billy Bolt has been crowned 2018’s Ultimate Enduro Champion at the eighth and final round of the World Enduro Super Series – the Red Bull Knock Out held in The Netherlands.

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Billy Bolt – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider claimed the top step of the championship podium ahead of Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler and round winner Nathan Watson.

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WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

Bolt is well-known for his Hard Enduro ability, while runner-up Lettenbichler was the championship’s best placed privateer, with motocross turned enduro racer Nathan Watson claiming the final position and representing the championship’s diversity and enduro spirit.

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Nathan Watson – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media
Billy Bolt – 2018 Champion

“I can’t believe it, this is going to take some time to sink in. To be the first World Enduro Super Series champion is awesome. The race was crazy, I had two huge crashes and hit the ground hard, but apart from that I enjoyed it. It was tough making your way past all the other competitors – there were bikes abandoned everywhere. The track changes every lap – there’s hardly a start straight now the tide has come in so much. It was frustrating at times when you got stuck or lost time due to someone else’s mistake, but that’s the nature of the race and generally the whole event went well for me. It’s been such a long season, with so many different races – to finish at the top when it’s all come to a close – it feels unreal. It’s been a real rollercoaster season for me with some challenges and then my knee surgery, to stand here now having won WESS is brilliant. It’s been a real team effort. The Rockstar Husky guys have really done everything and more to allow me to win this championship. It’s been a real team effort.”

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Billy Bolt claims the 2018 WESS title in the Netherlands – Image by Future7Media

The sixth edition of the Dutch Beach Race saw Watson stormed his way to a debut win on the Scheveningen shoreline, taking victory over home favourite Glenn Coldenhoff and Belgium’s Yentel Martens.

After seven rounds of Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro and Cross-Country racing, the first season of the multi-discipline Enduro series drew to a spectacular close at the infamous Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race. 1000 competitors took to the start line for the one-hour morning qualifier – won by Watson and 750 riders earned their place in the two-hour Final.

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WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

Eager to impress in front of his home crowd, Coldenhoff set the early race pace, with Watson, Martens, Camille Chapeliere and Britain’s Todd Kellet in tow. During the opening half of the race, Coldenhoff set a blisteringly fast pace and appeared to have all under control.

However, the opening of the extreme X-Loop for the final hour dramatically changed the flow of the race and Watson – putting his Enduro skills to good use – fought his way into the lead. Continuing his fast pace during the final laps, and with the track at its roughest, Watson stormed ahead to claim a 90-second margin of victory over Coldenhoff, with Martens coming through for third.

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WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media
Nathan Watson – 3rd overall & Red Bull Knock Out winner

“I am so happy, I have been looking forward to this race all year. To take the win feels amazing, especially after finishing runner-up the last two times. I put myself under a lot of pressure coming here, everyone had me down as the favourite but anything can happen, especially in beach racing. I was ill last week and I didn’t expect to be so strong, but the whole race went perfectly. Glenn got away really fast at the beginning but I knew if I held on, I should come strong at the end. I can’t thank the team enough, it’s been a seriously tough year for me – I’ve experienced a lot of new events and learned a lot. To jump up to take third overall in the WESS championship is incredible.”

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Nathan Watson – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Ydwer van der Heide
Glenn Coldenhoff – 2nd at Red Bull Knock Out

“That was a tough race, I am happy with second but it’s disappointing not to take the win. I started off really well and took the joker lane twice and was still leading at the halfway point. I was close to running out of fuel at the pitstop and lost a bit of time there but still felt good and had about a minute lead. When they opened up the X-Loop it was ok at first but on the second time through there were a lot of riders already stuck. I wanted to make sure I completed it properly but in the end the organisers were directing everyone up the side. I put in a lot of training for the event after the Motocross of Nations and I’m glad to take the runner-up, I just wish it was one step further up the podium.”

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Glenn Coldenhoff – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

In the battle at the head of the World Enduro Super Series, all eyes were on title contenders Bolt and Lettenbichler, who were inside the top 20 of the 750 competitors. Positioning themselves out of trouble early on, the duo were closely matched with Bolt holding an important advantage.

However, two crashes by Bolt put him on the back foot during the closing stages of the race. Needing a lap to regroup he began to make headway, using the technical X-Loop to his advantage. Pushing clear of Lettenbichler and working his way up to 12th, the Husqvarna rider crossed the finish line as the newly-crowned Ultimate Enduro Champion.

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Billy Bolt – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

Despite giving his best effort, Lettenbichler was unable to get the better of Bolt in the deep Dutch sand, finishing a creditable 15th to take the runner-up result in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series. In the fight for the final step of the championship podium, Watson’s round eight victory saw him leap past teammate Josep Garcia who placed 16th – to secure third overall.

Manuel Lettenbichler – 2018 runner-up

“It’s been an amazing year and to end it as the championship runner-up is beyond my pre-season expectations. I knew Billy was good in the sand, so my plan here was to try and keep him behind me and do my best to claim as many points as possible. I wasn’t sure how things would be after hurting my thumb at the Gotland Grand National. But the adrenalin has kept the pain away today and I’m really happy with my ride. Overall, I have had some strong podiums and I really feel like I have come into my form and that I’m riding at the top of my game. To end WESS as the series’ runner-up is amazing, but now I have to come back even stronger next year and take Billy’s title. Congratulations to him, it’s been a great year battling with him.”

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Manuel Lettenbichler – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

In becoming the Ultimate Enduro Champion of 2018, Billy Bolt claimed the World Enduro Super Series prize of a KTM X-Bow.

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Billy Bolt won a KTM X-Bow – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

Red Bull Knock Out – WESS Round 8 Results

  1. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 24 laps, 2:01:43.785
  2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM – NED) 2:03:14.001
  3. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna – BEL) 2:07:35.255
  4. Camille Chapeliere (KTM – FRA) 23 laps 2:03:48.396
  5. Todd Kellet (Husqvarna – GBR) 2:05:51.526
  6. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha – GBR) 2:06:02.401
  7. Lars van Berkel (KTM – NED) 2:06:57.553
  8. Axel van de Sande (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:19.272
  9. Jeffrey DeWulf (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:57.178
  10. Sven van der Mierden (Husqvarna – NED) 22 laps 2:04:34.561
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WESS Championship Podium – Lettenbichler, Bolt, Watson – WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series Final Championship Standings

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 4800pts
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4470pts
  3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 4103pts
  4. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 4010pts
  5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3675pts
  6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 3377pts
  7. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220pts
  8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 3010pts
  9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GBR) 2900pts
  10. Lars Enockl 2272pts…

Source: MCNews.com.au

Triumph Street Scrambler Updated | Engine & Chassis

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

18% more power | New brakes | Updated forks | Revised styling


Triumph’s Street Scrambler was launched in 2017, offering rugged off-road attitude and a versatile overall package, with heritage that can be traced back to the early 1960s when the first Triumph scramblers were born with the Bonneville T120 TT and TR6 ‘C’.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The 2019 Street Scrambler adds a addition performance and higher specification, thanks to a host of updates on the latest addition, as well as a strong focus on style and detail.

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler updates
  • Significant power increase, up 9.8hp to 64hp – 18% more peak power
  • Red line now 500rpm higher
  • New Brembo 4-piston front brake caliper
  • New higher-specification cartridge front forks
  • New Road and Rain riding modes
  • New more contemporary logo
  • New more premium instrument styling
  • New adventure-oriented seat finish
  • New ‘Urban Tracker’ inspiration kit
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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

900cc High Torque Bonneville engine

The 900cc High Torque Bonneville engine has been upgraded to deliver 9.8hp more peak power, taking the total to 64hp, which is an impressive 18 per cent more than the previous version.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler – 64hp, with 80Nm of torque from 3200rpm

This evolution also delivers higher revs, up by 500rpm to 7500rpm, with a peak torque of 80Nm delivered low from 3200rpm, with a signature high level exhaust system and an unmistakable exhaust note.

Updates to the Street Scrambler’s High Torque 900 engine include a new magnesium cam cover, lightweight crankshaft, dead shafts and balance shafts, optimised clutch cover and new lighter clutch.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

In addition to these updates, the new Street Scrambler retains a high standard of modern technology, with ride-by-wire and a single throttle body. Liquid cooling delivers low emissions and fuel efficient riding. Service intervals of 16,000km also help maintain the Street Scrambler’s low cost of ownership.


Higher specification suspension & brakes

The 2019 Street Scrambler is designed to deliver precise handling and a balanced agile feel, boasting a host of chassis and suspension updates.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler – KYB 41mm forks with gaiters

The new Brembo four-piston front brake caliper provides better stopping power, with improved bite and feel for rider control. New higher spec cartridge front forks with scrambler-style rubber gaiters and 120mm travel, deliver road and light off-road capability and comfort.

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KYB 41mm forks – Dual rear shocks

The Street Scrambler also delivers a commanding rider position with comfortable ergonomics and accessible handling. These come from the scrambler wide handlebars, forward set foot pegs and a 19 inch spoked front wheel with dual purpose Metzeler Tourance tyres fitted as standard.


Extensive electronics

The 2019 Street Scrambler features new Road and Rain riding modes, which adjust the throttle map and traction control settings for the optimal riding experience in all conditions.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler – Analogue dash with digital multifunction display

Switchable ABS is also featured for enhanced rider confidence and safety, as well as a torque-assist clutch for a lighter touch and feel at the lever. An LED rear light is incorporated into the tail set-up, with a distinctive rear light pattern.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler – ABS is standard fitment

An immobiliser is also fitted as standard, with transponder incorporated into the key, for maximum security, while a USB charging socket located under the seat offers charging of personal electronic devices.


Iconic scrambler design

The 2019 Triumph Scrambler features clean lines, a high-level exhaust, sculpted tank, minimal bodywork, and premium modern finishes, alongside a host of other aesthetic updates including the new number-board side panel graphics incorporating the more contemporary new logo and upgraded instruments styling with a new bezel and metallic branded embellisher and a new dial face with translucent silver detailing.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

A new adventure-oriented seat finish with durable leather and textile is featured alongside wider spaced front forks which required a revised front mudguard, top yoke and headlight brackets.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

Other features found on the previous version and carried through to the latest iteration include the sculpted scrambler fuel tank with locking filler cap, and rubber knee pads. Black engine covers feature Triumph’s makers mark triangle and Bonneville engine badge, with an elegant single throttle body and aluminium finisher.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

On the exhaust side of things, there’s brushed exhaust headers and distinctive Bonneville engine finned head and header clamps. The twin seat set-up has an interchangeable pillion seat and aluminium rear rack, as well as removable pillion pegs and hangers for off-road durability. Steel high grip ‘Bear Trap’ adventure style front foot pegs also provide grip, and an all terrain style bash plate ensures protection in rough conditions.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The front mudguard also mounts to suit a larger wheel and dual purpose tyre clearance.

The new for 2019 Street Scrambler is available in three paint schemes – Fusion White; Cranberry Red; Khaki Green and Matt Aluminium, with jet black coach-line

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

Customisation accessories

The base for countless custom builds, the Street Scrambler has over 120 genuine accessories available from Triumph, ensuring the Streett Scrambler can bring even more off-road focus, style, or everyday usability, and there are now even luggage options, too.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The off-road accessories include adjustable piggy back FOX rear shocks with threaded preload adjustment and 24 position compression damping, high level front mudguard, black nylon headlight grill with a pressed steel matt black bezel, and a forged and machined aluminium handlebar brace in a black anodised finish (fitted with a stylish black or brown vinyl bar pad embroidered with the Triumph logo).

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The accessories range also includes slip on Vance & Hines single exit silencers with carbon fibre end cap and a traditional scrambler twin bench seat. There is a range of luggage or waxed cotton panniers. To make customising easier, the brand has also created an inspiration kit to use as the starting point for riders to design their own Street Scrambler custom, or to have fitted as a complete set – the Urban Tracker kit.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The Urban Tracker kit is designed to appeal to those after a practical touring approach and includes the following accessories:

  • 25 litre rugged pannier and mounting kit
  • Slip on Vance & Hines silencer
  • CNC machined black oil filler cap
  • Black handlebar brace
  • Number board kit
  • Black ribbed bench seat
  • Black dresser bar kit
  • Headlight grille and bezel
  • High level front mudguard
  • Sump guard kit

Availability of certain accessories may be governed by local market legislation.

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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

2019 Street Scrambler

Specifications
Engine Type Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity 900cc
Bore/Stroke 84.6 x 80 mm
Compression Ratio 11:01
Maximum Power 65PS / 64 BHP (48 kW) @ 7,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 80 Nm @ 3,200 rpm
Fuel system Ride by wire, Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Brushed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin high-level brushed silencers
Final drive O ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated
Gearbox 5-speed
Frame Tubular steel twin cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel fabrication
Front Wheel Spoked steel rims, 19 x 2.75in
Rear Wheel Spoked steel rims, 17 x 4.25in
Front Tyre 100/90 R19
Rear Tyre 150/70 R17
Front Suspension KYB 41mm forks with cartridge damping, 120mm travel
Rear Suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Front Brake Single 310mm disc, Brembo 4-piston fixed caliper, ABS
Rear Brake Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Length 2,125 mm
Width (Handlebars) 835 mm
Height Without Mirrors 1,180 mm
Seat Height 790 mm
Wheelbase 1,445 mm
Rake 25.6 º
Trail 109 mm
Dry Weight 198 Kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 L
Instruments LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, engine rpm, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, Heated grip ready – controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button.
Fuel Consumption 4.1 l/100km
CO2 Emissions 93.0 g/km

Big deals available on Honda’s SXS models until Dec 31

Up to $1000 off Pioneer 700-2 & Pioneer 1000-3 models


Until December 31st Honda are offering a range of savings* on selected Honda SXSs. Those after a compact SXS will enjoy $500 off the Pioneer 500; with an all gear transmission – no belts, automatic drive with paddle shift as well as 2WD/4WD and PGM-FI.

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Honda’s Pioneer 500 is now available with $500 off

For those after something a little bigger, the Pioneer 700-2 has $1000 off and is Honda’s mid-range machine developed for Australian conditions. With electric power steering and fully automatic transmission, a manual mode that can be activated via a dash-mounted toggle switch, making the Pioneer 700 a ‘fair dinkum’ work horse. The auto transmission is all-gear so no belts that slip, break or burn out. Paddle shifters can be used to change gears while in manual mode or to override shift points on the fly while in automatic mode.

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The Pioneer 700-2 has $1000 off until the end of December

The Pioneer 1000-3 is also in on the action, with $1000 off, featuring a purpose built 999cc parallel twin engine, with beltless transmissions for optimum durability and low maintenance. An extremely versatile SXS, with power steering and an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as well as 2WD/4WD. The versatile Dual Clutch Transmission System (DCT) offers the performance and flexibility of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic.

The Pioneer 1000-3 also has a winch-ready wiring harness, a new memory function that retains the last transmission mode after engaging reverse and thick seat foam for increased comfort. With a big towing capacity, tilt adjustable electric power steering and reduced noise level, the Pioneer 1000 is Honda’s premium offering in the SXS market.

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Honda’s premium Pioneer 1000-3 also has $1000 off until Dec 31, 2018

All Honda Pioneers offers a seat belt interlock system, which prompts drivers to wear their seat belt when operating the machine, and if the seatbelt is not engaged then the vehicle’s speed is limited.

The Honda Pioneer range also boasts a three year warranty period, so make the most of these savings and visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au


The Fine Print

*$500 dollars off when purchasing a new Pioneer 500. $1000 dollars off when purchasing a new Pioneer 1000-3, Pioneer700-2. Not redeemable in store and are not redeemable for cash, dollars off include GST. Available between 1 November and 31 December 2018. Only at participating Honda Dealers. Accessories shown not included. Overseas models shown.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Jason Anderson dominates Sydney Supercross

Justin Brayton wins Australian Supercross Championship

The fourth instalment of the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney has concluded in front of a sell-out crowd, with current World Champion Jason Anderson taking the win in all three final heat races. 

The American dominated the first two races and eventually won the third and final race after Aussie hero Chad Reed was stripped of his win due to a penalty of five-position being handed to the Aussie legend for using the Shannons Shortcut Lane a second time. 

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Chad Reed was penalised five positions in the third final

Jason Anderson

“To get the win down here in Sydney means a lot – last season we weren’t in the shape we are this year, so it’s a good place to be. This event is so rad with a really cool vibe and super chill, so I definitely hope I’m invited back in years to come,” commented Anderson.


Scotland’s Dean Wilson made a successful return to racing in position two, with Gold Coaster Dan Reardon putting in a solid ride for position three to finalise the podium at the 2018 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney.

AUS X Open Jason Anderson Podium
SX1 Overall
Jason Anderon 75
Dean Wilson 62
Daniel Reardon 60

Both domestic class champions were crowned under the bright lights of Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday night. Each championship was a hard-fought affair this year, with both coming down to the very final race putting immense stress on the riders.


Honda 1-2 in Australian Supercross Championship

The Australian Supercross Championship was decided in Sydney, with American Justin Brayton wrapping up his third consecutive championship. Brayton was followed home in P2 by teammate Brett Metcalfe, with third place going to Reardon.

Justin Brayton

“I’m stoked to win this championship,” commented Brayton. “I was sick for the majority of the event, so to wrap up the championship really feels unbelievable. I’m wrapped for the Penrite Honda Team too, with my teammate Brett Metcalfe finishing second.”

AUS X Open Justin Brayton Champ
Justin Brayton

AUS-X Open Results

SX1 Final 1

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Justin Brayton +3.724
  3. Dean Wilson +7.364
  4. Dan Reardon +11.788
  5. Luke Clout +11.887
  6. Brett Metcalfe +13.134
  7. Chad Reed +20.359
  8. Jace Owen +25.250
  9. Lawson Bopping +28.480
  10. Dylan Long +30.505

SX1 Final 2

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dan Reardon +3.353
  3. Dean Wilson +4.015
  4. Chad Reed +8.670
  5. Brett Metcalfe +14.420
  6. Justin Brayton +16.270
  7. Luke Clout +19.227
  8. Lawson Bopping +23.333
  9. Jace Owen +23.776
  10. Dylan Long +25.272

SX1 Final 3

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Dean Wilson +2.014
  3. Dan Reardon +9.058
  4. Dylan Long +14.071
  5. Justin Brayton +18.705
  6. Chad Reed -2.195 (penalised 5 positions)
  7. Jace Owen +21.064
  8. Brett Metcalfe +22.203
  9. Luke Clout +36.894
  10. Robbie Marshall +1 lap

SX1 Overall

  1. Jason Anderon 75
  2. Dean Wilson 62
  3. Daniel Reardon 60
  4. Justin Brayton 53
  5. Chad Reed 47
  6. Brett Metcalfe 44
  7. Luke Clout 42
  8. Dylan Long 40
  9. Jace Owen 39
  10. Lawson Bopping 35

Final SX1 Championship Points

  1. Justin Brayton 115
  2. Brett Metcalfe 106
  3. Dan Reardon 90
  4. Jace Owen 84
  5. Dylan Long 77
  6. Luke Clout 72
  7. Robbie Marshall 57
  8. Lawson Bopping 53
  9. Jesse Dobson 41
  10. Nicholas Sutherland 39

Jay Wilson SX2 Champion

Yamaha’s Jay Wilson completed the ultimate comeback to the sport tonight in Sydney, with the New South Welshman coming back from the brink of retirement just one year ago, to claim the coveted SX2 Championship.

Wilson secured the title in dramatic fashion, as he only just qualified for the main event in the final transfer position.

The chaos continued to unfold, with Wilson’s poor qualifying position giving him the very last gate pick, and subsequently, he didn’t get off the line well in any of the three races.

Despite the drama, tears flowed at the conclusion of Main Event number three, as Wilson was crowned Champion.

Championship aside, the race for the AUS-X Open Overall in SX2 was one to remember, with America’s Cameron McAdoo finishing the night on the top step of the podium due to an incredible pace.

In position two was 2017 Champion Jackson Richardson, and DPH Motorsports Hayden Mellross in third.

SX2 Final 1

  1. Jy Roberts
  2. Cameron McAdoo +0.837
  3. Dylan Wills +2.506
  4. Jacob Hayes +3.404
  5. Hayden Mellross +4.526

SX2 Final 2

  1. Jackson Richardson
  2. Cameron McAdoo +3.821
  3. Hayden Mellross +5.505
  4. Dylan Wills +7.762
  5. Jay Wilson +8.879

SX2 Final 3

  1. Jackson Richardson
  2. Cameron McAdoo +0.534
  3. Hayden Mellross +1.435
  4. Josh Osby +2.681
  5. Jacob Hayes +3.510

SX2 Overall

  1. Cameron McAdoo 66
  2. Jackson Richardson 65
  3. Hayden Mellross 56
  4. Dylan Wills 53
  5. Jacob Hayes 45
  6. Jay Wilson 43
  7. Josh Osby 42
  8. Aaron Tanti 39
  9. Tomas Ravenhorst 37
  10. Kaleb Barham 36

SX2 Final Championship Points

  1. Jay Wilson 103
  2. Hayden Mellross 97
  3. Jacob Hayes 91
  4. Wilson Todd 75
  5. Jackson Richardson 74
  6. Josh Osby 68
  7. Aaron Tanti 62
  8. Dakota Alix 61
  9. Dylan Wills 60
  10. Bradley Taft 50

Two-Stroke Cup

The two-stroke cup class was taken out by KTM’s Ryan Marmont, as the age-old rivalry between Craig Anderson and Danny Ham added another chapter in Sydney. The two spent most of the race dueling with each other for the final place before Ham crashed into a wall in a desperate pass attempt on the final lap.


Best Whip

Victorian Ace Cheyne Boyd claimed the coveted Best Whip competition, finishing ahead of 2017 Champion – Corey Creed, and Honda rider Steve Mini.


International Showdown

In the Boost Mobile International Showdown Chad Reed lead team Australia to the win over the Americans.


Best Trick competition

Finally, in the Monster Energy Best Trick competition Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams took the spoils with a 360 splits and a cliffhanger backflip to claim the trophy.


The S-X Open Oceania Championship now rolls onto New Zealand in two weeks time, with more champions set to be crowned inside Mt Smart Stadium for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland on November 24.

LCR launch MotoE Team with DePuniet and Canepa

Motorcycle racing welcomes a new era with the launch of the MotoE Championship (officially the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup) in 2019 and the LCR Team is pleased to announce its participation in the series with Randy De Puniet and Niccolò Canepa as official riders for the LCR E-Team.

Lucio Cecchinello (LCR Team Principal)

“This project is a new challenge in my career and I am very proud to be part of it with the brand-new LCR E-Team because this new series represents a part of racing’s future. I am also very happy to be back working with my former Chief Technician, Paolo Cordioli (who helped me to set up the LCR Team in 1996) and also Luciano and Thomas Betti, both former international champions of previous electric bike competitions. When Randy (De Puniet) accepted our proposal to be part of this new project, I was very happy because he lined up for the LCR Team for five years in the past (2003/2004 in the 250cc class and 2008/2009/2010 in the MotoGP class) achieving amazing results (18 times on the podium, including 4 victories in LCR colours). Niccolò has a very impressive career record also, including the 2007 Superstock World Title and the 2016/2017 FIM World Endurance Title, and is keen to start this new challenge aboard the MotoE”. 


The new championship, which will run alongside MotoGP, will feature low-noise, zero-emission motorcycles that are powered by renewable energy sources.

The inaugural calendar consists of five rounds that will take place during MotoGP events (Jerez de la Frontera, Le Mans, Sachsenring, Spielberg and Misano) and a first test on November 23-25 at Jerez.

The LCR E-Team is ready embrace the new challenge with a strong line-up that features highly-respected technical staff, talented former LCR rider De Puniet and the 2017 Endurance Champion, Canepa.


Randy De Puniet

“Of course I am very happy to be part of the first MotoE Championship and for me it is even better because I return to the LCR Team where I raced for 5 years in my MotoGP career. I had my best racing memories with this team so it’s amazing to be back with Lucio and his squad. Regarding MotoE World Cup, everything will be new for everybody, but thanks to this test in November in Jerez we will gather more information on the bike and the riding style. I think it’s going to be fun with 18 identical bikes using the same tyres, so I cannot wait to start this new challenge”.

KTM MotoGP Test - June 2016 - Jerez - Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet

Niccolò Canepa

“I am very happy to be part of this new project in its debut season and, most of all, doing it in LCR colours. I think this is one of the most high-level teams in the paddock and I have a very good relationship with Lucio. Now I can’t wait to try this bike for the first time in Jerez. I am actually training a lot to get ready for the start of the season and this first test in November will give us important information on the bike configuration. Lucio has put together a very professional crew and, from my side, I will do my best to reward the team with good results”.

Niccolò Canepa – GeeBee Image

Act Now To Take Part In Enhanced Incentive Suzuki GSX-R Recall Service

GSX-R owners of the affected models and years should hurry to take part in the incentive program for the Suzuki GSX-R recall before it expires.

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Suzuki Announces Enhanced Incentive Program for GSX-R Recall Service

Customers with affected GSX-R models are eligible for free pick-up and delivery in addition to the $100 prepaid Visa card when recall is completed

Brea, CA (November 8, 2018) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) is announcing that free pickup and delivery is now part of the trial incentive program announced in September to increase completion of the front brake master cylinder recall service on select GSX-R models. For a limited time Suzuki will arrange to have a customer’s affected motorcycle transported to a Suzuki dealership for the recall service and then returned at no charge. The free pickup and delivery offer is in addition to the incentive that provides eligible customers a $100.00 prepaid Visa card upon completion of their motorcycle’s recall service.

Suzuki’s goal is to reach customers who own or ride affected 2004 – 2013 GSX-R600/750 and 2005 – 2013 GSX-R1000 models, and to inspect and repair the front brake master cylinder on those affected models as quickly as possible. The eligible period for the Visa card incentive and the free pickup and delivery option runs between September 1, 2018, and November 30, 2018. The number of free motorcycle transportation opportunities and incentives are limited, and will be fulfilled on a first come basis.

“Safety is our number one priority and we want to ensure every affected GSX-R is repaired. We created this trial incentive program to bring additional attention to the brake master cylinder recall service on these GSX-R models.” said Steve Muthig, SMAI Vice President of Service. “We recognize that taking your motorcycle to the dealer for any recall service can be inconvenient and with the $100 prepaid Visa card we hope to offset that inconvenience to our valued customers. With free pickup and delivery we can help customers who may have weather concerns or other obstacles preventing them from getting their motorcycles to the dealership for the recall service.”

Customers who want to arrange transportation of their affected GSX-R to the dealership for the recall service can contact the Suzuki Customer Service Department at (714) 572-1490. A customer service representative will coordinate the transportation of the motorcycle to the dealer and its recall service.

Suzuki began notifying eligible customers of the trial incentive program on September 1, 2018. The program requires customers to get their affected motorcycles to an authorized Suzuki dealer for recall repair completion between September 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018. After the recall service is done, customers can register the repair at a special website and once that claim is verified from the dealer-submitted warranty claim, qualified customers will be sent the prepaid Visa card.

“Our dealers know of the importance of completing any recall service and have been briefed about the trial incentive program for the GSX-R brake master cylinder,” continued Muthig. “We will work closely with every dealer and customer to make sure their affected motorcycle receives all necessary recall service.”

Suzuki customers can check to see if their motorcycle, ATV or scooter have any outstanding recall or service campaigns by visiting the Safety Recall Information page on www.SuzukiCycles.com.

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