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Mastering ‘The Island’: The most spectacular setting

The brilliant Australian track is a rider favourite. It has long been considered one of the jewels on the current calendar. Its series of long, flowing curves, taken in third and fourth gear are spread across 2.7 miles of glorious, undulating tarmac. Its proximity to the Bass Straight means it gives Mugello a run for its money in terms of the most spectacular setting of the year.

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Driver gets order over motorcycle crash

A Sydney driver has today been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after hitting and injuring a motorcyclist in September 2019.

The 29-year-old woman, Perpetual Dzikunu, received a community corrections order for two years from today (Tuesday 12 November 2019) after hitting a 63-year-old rider and severely injuring his foot on 1 September 2019.

Her Toyota Aurion turned right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, and hit the motorcycle heading east.Driver court order NSW Policeo

Corrections order

Dzikunu had faced up to a $2200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months for a first-time offence.

The NSW community corrections order (CCO) is a new penalty that last year replaced the previous community service order. It is considered more serious.

Judges are also able to impose conditions that are tailored to the offender to ensure they don’t reoffend by targeting the offending behaviour, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or mental health issues.

NSW Courts would not reveal the conditions imposed by the Waverely Local Court judge.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

In the same month, a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.


Moto Guzzi confirms V85 TT Travel

Moto Guzzi Australia has confirmed we will be getting the new V85 TT Travel unveiled last week at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

The V85 Travel simply features formerly optional accessories as standard fittings. They are panniers, extra LED lights, a higher windshield, heated grips and phone connectivity.

It also comes in a unique Sabbia Namib colour and graphics with a grey frame and matte chassis.

There is no word yet on arrival or pricing, but expect to pay more than the V85 TT at $18,890 (plus on-road costs).

Travel accessories

2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel
Moto Guzzi unveil the new Touring V85 TT at 2019 EICMA

The screen has a 60% larger surface protection area than the standard screen.

The lightweight plastic panniers with alloy inserts have 37-litre capacity on the right to hold a full-face helmet and 27.5 litres on a the left as it sits over the high exhaust pipe.

Pannier locks use the same key. They come with discrete frame mounts to retain the bike’s lines.

The heated hand grips and additional LED lights are controlled by buttons on the left switchblock.

V85 Travel also comes with the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that allows riders to connect their phone and extend functions of the instrument cluster.

The V85 Travel is powered by the 853cc air-cooled, OHV, transverse 90° V-twin and is shod with Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres.

2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel



Transverse 90° V twin, two valves per cylinder (titanium intake).



Engine capacity

853 cm³

Bore and stroke

84 x 77 mm

Compression ratio

10.5: 1

Maximum power

80 HP (59 kW) at 7,750 rpm


80 Nm at 5,000 rpm

Fuel system

Electronic injection; Ø 52 mm single throttle body, Ride-by-Wire

Fuel tank capacity

23 litres (including 5 litre reserve)

Emissions compliance

Euro 4

Consumption (WMTC cycle)

4.9 l/100 km

CO2 Emissions (WMTC cycle)

118 g/km



Dry single disc


6 gears

Gear ratio values

1st 16/39 = 1: 2.437

2nd 18/32 = 1: 1.778

3rd 21/28 = 1: 1.333

4th 24/26 = 1: 1.083

5th 25/24 = 1: 0.960

6th 27/24 = 1: 0.889



High strength steel tubular frame

Front suspension

41 mm hydraulic telescopic USD fork, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound

Front wheel travel

170 mm

Rear suspension

Double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminium with a single shock on the right side, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound

Rear wheel travel

170 mm

Front brake

Double 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted callipers with 4 opposed pistons

Rear brake

Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons



Front wheel rim

2.50″ x 19″

Rear wheel rim

4.25″ x 17″

Front tyre

With air chamber 110/80 – R19″

Rear tyre

With air chamber 150/70 – R17″


A/C generator

430 W

System voltage

12 V


12V – 12 Ah


Motorcycles for the super rich only

It seems some motorcycle companies believe the only way out of the current sales slide is to make super-expensive motorcycles for the super rich and famous only.

The latest is the Ariel Iron Horse with high-end components such as Öhlins suspension and heaps of CNC-machined parts and carbon fibre.

Ariel Ace Iron Horse for super rich
Ariel Ace Iron Horse with Ohlins

The classic British manufacturer was revived in 2014 specifically to make expensive limited-edition motorcycles.

A bit rich

Ariel Ace Iron Horse for super rich
Ariel Ace Iron Horse

The 130kW Honda-V4-powered Iron Horse will cost more than $A55,700 and will only be available on order.

It is one of many recent limited-edition motorcycles that are only affordable by the super rich.

Two unveiled at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan are the Bimota Tesi H2 powered by a Kawasaki H2 supercharged engine and the Aston Martin Brough AMB001.

There is no price yet on the former, but the previous model was more than $55k, while the AMB 001 will cost more than $A140,000 yet it is not even road registrable. It’s a track-only machine!

What is the point?

While it’s great that these bikes will help motorcycle manufacturers stay in business and pay their workers, we don’t know that it will do a lot for motorcycling.

They don’t really push the envelope of development.

They are usually powered by borrowed engines and fettled with exotic parts and materials.

Italian manufacturer MV Agusta turned to making expensive limited-edition models to keep afloat during their recent financially troubled years.

Lewis Hamilton with the MV Agusta F4 LH44 super rich
Lewis Hamilton with the limited-edition MV Agusta F4 LH44 which costs about $A66,000

At the same time they didn’t produce any new models,

However, that now seems to be changing with an injection of Russian money. and the launch of several new and updated models at the EICMA show such as the Rush 1000 and Superveloce.

More riders?

Unfortunately, a lot of these bikes will never be ridden, at least on public roads.

They are more likely to be stored by collectors or ridden only at tracks, as is the intention for the AMB 001.

That won’t do anything for getting more people on motorcycles, especially the financially struggling millennials who are turning to public transport.

While the next generation of electric motorcycles are also fairly expensive, the prices are expected to come down in the next few years.

But right now, some of the most expensive productions bikes in the world are electric. Check out the prices of the top 10 most expensive electric motorcycles.

Detonator expensive electric
Detonator is the most expensive electric motorcycle in the world

The Detonator (above) may soon be challenged by South Africa carbonfibre wheels and parts manufacturer Blackstone Tek who have unveiled their first electric bike.

BST Hypertek super rich
BST Hypertek

There is no price yet for the BST Hypertek but with a carbon frame, wheels, etc, it is likely to be only for the super rich!

It is designed by Italian Pierre Terblanche who also designed some expensive and outrageous models such as the Ducati 999 and American Confederate Hellcat Speedster.


Team Australia leads opening day of Portugal’s ISDE

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Team Australia’s Recover8-backed World Trophy defence has started strongly as the squad leads day one of the 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, while the Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams are currently first and third respectively.

The World Trophy team topped the category on day one, where it holds a 19.53s advantage over Team USA and Team Italy. Great Britain and Finland currently complete the top three.

In the Junior World Trophy, Team Australian holds down the top spot with a 1m14.10s lead ahead of Team USA, as France holds down third followed by Italy and Great Britain.

The Women’s World Trophy class sees Team Germany sit atop the standings, with Team USA in second and six-time defending champions Team Australia in third. Great Britain and Spain are ranked in positions four and five.

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Sanders leads the individual outright results ahead over Spaniard Josep Garcia (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and American Ryan Sipes (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Australians Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team), Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Racing Team) feature inside the top 10 in positions seven, nine and 10, while compatriots Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Michael Driscoll (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing) and Matt Phillips (KTM) are ranked 16th, 28th, and 35th.

Tayla Jones (Husqvarna) sits third in the individual Women’s outright rankings, followed by Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) in fifth and 12th.

Sanders controls the E3 division, with Higlett, Green, Driscoll and Phillips taking up spots three, six, nine and 13 in the E2 category. In E1, Styke and Snodgrass are fifth and sixth respectively.

Detailed results


2020 Yamaha WR250R pricing announced | Available now

2020 Yamaha WR250R

Unchanged pricing at $9599 incl GST ride away

Yamaha Motor Australia is excited to announce the release of the 2020 WR250R, available in Team Yamaha Blue and White. Pricing is unchanged from the 2019 model at just $9599 incl GST, ride away.

2020 Yamaha WR250R

Since its release, Yamaha’s WR250R has attracted a cult following of new and experienced riders. Proving to be much more than just another trail bike, WR250R has a well-deserved reputation as a superb lightweight adventure tourer, capable at tackling a desert crossing or weekday commutes.

2020 Yamaha WR250R

At its heart is a liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine that pushes hard all the way to 10,000 rpm, making it one of the strongest 250cc singles ever built by Yamaha. Its aluminium semi-double cradle frame has been developed using technology featured on Yamaha’s race-winning YZ250F motocross, and WR250F endurance machines.

2020 Yamaha WR250R – A liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine is highly flexible

Front and rear suspension features fork legs adjustable for preload and rebound/compression and a rear shock absorber connected to a lightweight aluminium swingarm that’s also adjustable for preload and rebound/compression.

The WR250R features adjustable suspension at both ends

Excellent fuel economy and class-leading throttle response are delivered by a fuel injection system that constantly monitors intake air pressure, as well as crank and throttle position, to deliver the optimum fuel mixture right across the rev range.

2020 Yamaha WR250R

The six-speed transmission has been specifically developed for the WR250R to optimise the power characteristics of the high-compression short-stroke engine. Ratios have been carefully selected to deliver performance and drivability in a wide variety of conditions and situations.

A six-speed gearbox and tailored gear ratios ensures strong drive in any conditions

A compact LCD instrument panel displays all the information the rider needs, without being over-crowded or over-complicated. The bright display includes a speedometer, clock and tripmeter as well as a range of warning lights.

Electric start and a utilitarian LCD display offer everything you’d need

The 2020 WR250R is available in showrooms now. *Pricing quoted is correct at time of publication.

A single front disc brake offers good power and feel

2020 Yamaha WR250R – Available now for $9599 incl GST ride away

2020 Yamaha WR250R - Available now for $9599 incl GST ride away
2020 Yamaha WR250R

2020 WR250R Specifications
Engine type Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve
Displacement 250cc
Bore x stroke 77.0 × 53.6mm
Compression ratio 11.8 : 1
Fuel delivery  Fuel Injection
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant mesh 6-speed 
 Final Transmission Chain
Frame Semi double cradle
Front suspension USD telescopic fork, 270mm travel
Rear suspension Monoshock, 270mm travel
Front brake Hydraulic single disc, 250mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, 230mm
Front tyre 80/100-21/C 51P Tube type
Rear tyre 120/80-18M/C 62P Tube type
Overall length 2180 mm
Overall width 810 mm
Overall height 1230 mm
Seat height 930 mm
Wheelbase 1420 mm
 Ground clearance 300 mm
Wet weight 134 kg
Fuel tank capacity 7.6L
 Colours Team Yamaha Blue and White


Serco Yamaha drafts in Tierney for Auckland and Melbourne

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Serco Yamaha will draft in Connor Tierney for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne rounds of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, as a shoulder injury sustained at Wollongong will sideline American Jacob Hayes for the remainder of the season.

Tierney’s call up comes after an incredible race victory in main event three at the third stop of the series last weekend, which saw him lead from start to finish in the seven-lap encounter.

“With Jacob out hurt, Serco Yamaha approached me about doing the last two rounds with them and I can’t wait to be flying the Serco Yamaha flag at the two biggest races of the year,” said Tierney. “Having the support and direction of a team like Serco is a huge bonus and hopefully I can continue to post good results and show them what I’m capable of.”

After promising start to the season, Hayes, who crashed heavily in his heat on Saturday night, will now return to America in order to be completely recovered and prepared for the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

“It’s such a disappointing way to finish the championship, especially as it started so well for myself and the team,” Hayes commented. “There appears to be no major damage, so I just need to rest it and take my time to ensure it’s done right.

“Because I had already had an issue in the Adelaide round and now at Wollongong, I’m out of the championship as far as points go, so it’s best for me to get it sorted now so I’m 100 percent for the start of the AMA championship in January.”


Akrapovič Unveils Triumph Modern Classics Line at EICMA

Well known motorcycle exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič announced its line of Triumph Modern Classics products at EICMA. The first models to be released are the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200 products with more to come. Triumph Modern Classics owners stay tuned.

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Akrapovič Launches Triumph Modern Classics Range at EICMA

Akrapovič has used the prestigious EICMA show in Milan to present to the world its new range of exhaust systems for Triumph Modern Classics, with an exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin being displayed for the first time at the Italian event.

This stunning range of exhaust systems has been specifically designed to complement the look of the bikes, using traditional Akrapovič colourways such as a titanium natural surface and matte black coating, perfectly matching the culture of the modern classic look. The systems have been developed to change the sound and optimize power through the entire rev range and torque – especially in the mid to high rpm zone.

The first exhaust to be shown to the public is an Akrapovič Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200, with more exhausts for the range being developed for release soon, including the Bonneville T100 and T120 and the Scrambler 1200. The Slip-On Line will have a unique soundtrack, offering a deeper, thrilling tone, which provides an instant feeling of power. This unique sound comes to life as soon as the engine fires up, and as the revs increase the exhaust expresses the engine tone even further.

Fully compliant with EC/ECE type approval, this new range of Akrapovič exhausts is lighter than stock, which is achieved with various materials and construction, with the titanium outer sleeve as standard (the titanium natural version for the Bonneville T100, T120 and Scrambler 1200; black-coated for the Speed Twin / Thruxton 1200) with an engraved logo or monochrome logo sticker, all finished with silver or black-coated end caps and black-coated heat shields.

The new collection of Akrapovič exhausts for Triumph Modern Classics offers an innovative, appealing, design-led, lightweight addition, in keeping with this range of bikes, while delivering an aural delight sure to be enjoyed.

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HJC i70 Full-Face Helmet | Gear Review

HJC i70 Full-Face Helmet
HJC i70 Full-Face Helmet, available in several solid colors and graphics.

The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity, whether it’s sticking to a few simple ingredients in our meals, limiting investments to low-cost index funds or avoiding clothes that require dry cleaning (or even ironing, for that matter). Same goes for the gear I like to wear on the bike, which tends to get dropped, lost, forgotten, stolen, broken and/or dirty in short order. So the simpler the better, and if it’s inexpensive that helps, too.

At an MSRP of $199.99 to $219.99, HJC’s new i70 sport-touring helmet line is definitely inexpensive, and uses a tried-and-true full-face design formula to keep the helmet simple without forgoing any basics. The DOT-approved i70 starts with an injection-molded, advanced polycarbonate shell that HJC says is lighter and more compact than its iS-17 predecessor. Its removable, washable Super Cool comfort liner has a Glasses Groove to ease wearing your spectacles, and the EPS liner has molded-in pockets by the ears for comm system speakers. Very functional closeable vents in the top and chinbar are easy to use with gloves on, and flow plenty of air into a channel in the helmet liner and out the exhaust vent/spoiler or up onto the face shield. The Pinlock anti-fog-ready face shield comes in clear, smoke, dark smoke, amber or mirrored silver, blue or gold and can be changed without tools. Since the built-in, drop-down sun visor is already dark smoke, I found the clear anti-scratch face shield a good choice for touring and commuting, and it ratchets into one of six positions (including a barely-open vent position) and locks closed with a center locking system.

In daily use behind a windscreen or straight into the wind, worn briefly without earplugs I found the HJC i70 to be about average for noise. The double D-ring fastening system has an extra-long strap with an end retainer, and at 3 pounds, 8 ounces in my size large, the helmet is a few ounces lighter than most fiberglass composite lids. Its comfort liner has a soft texture and firm, supportive foam that is comfortable and seems to wick away sweat, and both the cheek pads and headliner come in interchangeable sizes. The lever for the sun shield slides back-and-forth along the bottom edge of the helmet shell and was a bit sticky at first, but loosened up with use.

Overall the HJC i70 is a functional, comfortable full-face helmet with everything you need and nothing you don’t. I’m especially fond of the hi-viz Rias graphic shown, which looks cool and gets attention. The helmet comes in solid colors and several graphics in sizes XS-2XL (add $5 for 2XL) spread over two shell sizes. 

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Final showdown: MotoE™ back in action at Valencia

The reason it’s 11 and not 12, however, is one rider remaining sidelined through injury: Niki Tuuli, the early season pacesetter. He’ll be replaced at Ajo MotoE by 2017 WorldSSP Champion Lucas Mahias, so that will be an interesting adaptation to watch. The Frenchman dives straight it with limited track time, but adaptation has been different up and down the grid.

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