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Deposits being taken on 2019 Suzuki Katana

Deposits of $1000 on the 2019 Suzuki Katana are now being taken for the bike which will be available in “limited numbers” and in two colour choices.

The reincarnated Katana was unveiled last month at the Intermot show in Cologne in traditional silver and black.2019 Katana deposits

This week a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Online deposits

Suzuki Australia spokesman Matt Reilly says they will only take orders for the bike online, “offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to arrival in the third quarter of next year”.

“Australian pricing is not yet 100% confirmed and difficult to accurately forecast given the timeframe to the Katana’s Q3 2019 arrival,” he says.

“However, we have been advising customers that we are working very hard to secure the bike for under $20K ride away with 12 months’ registration.”

Deposits will cost $1000 and if you change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia will only refund $450.

The remaining $550 takes into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The first 50 customers to order a Katana will also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

Online customers can nominate their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery as well as arrange finance and insurance quotes and trade-in valuations.

Printed brochures are also available at Suzuki dealers.

If you can’t complete the online order, you can do it at the dealership.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Matt says online ordering was launched at the Australian MotoGP.

“We have had a fantastic response to the online ordering system, receiving a greater number of orders than we originally expected within the first week of it being live,” he says.

“To say customers are excited about this new bike is a massive understatement.”

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The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight.

Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath.

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The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride.

Power comes from a long-stroke version of the fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine from the GSX-R1000 with 110kW at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.

That’s significantly tuned down from the GSX-R1000 which has 150kW at 13200rpm and 117.6Nm at 10,800rpm. It’s porkier too at 215kg compared with 202kg.

2019 Katana deposits

Features include a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System, Fujico disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and ABS, and new tyres with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.

Suzuki makes a point of saying the seat is comfortable, probably because the old Katana was notoriously uncomfortable. However, the seat is fairly high at 825mm.


2019 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR ‘America’ | 140hp | 168kg

MV Agusta Dragster RR ‘America’
pays homage to iconic S America 750

The ‘America’ name holds a special place in MV Agusta’s history, as far back as the 1975 S America 750 which boasted a 75hp in-line air-cooled DOHC four-cylinder and would later make a reappearance in 2012 as the Brutale America in red, white and blue thanks to Massimo Tamburini.

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Arriving in 2019 is the Dragster 800 RR ‘America’ a limited edition model of which only 200 will be produced

The first three-cylinder Brutale America was introduced last year, and thanks to its success the CRC workshop have created the Dragster 800 RR version. This new “America” carries the iconic colour scheme on a mica blue base with horizontal graphic cuts that enhance the styling of the Dragster 800 RR.

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While early America editions were four-cylinders, more recent versions have used the modern MV triple

The upper part of the fuel tank on the new Dragster 800 RR America is adorned with stars, just like on the 750 S from forty-five years ago. The saddle boasts stitching with gold highlights and different materials for the areas dedicated to the rider and the passenger. The wheels pay homage to the colours of the American flag, incorporating the colours into the hub, spokes and rim.

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Styling cues pay their due to the original S 750 America, on a much more modern platform

The glossy black finish of specific components also stands out, such as the front mudguard with the MV Agusta logo and the radiator cover. An “America Special Edition” decal is found on the instrument cluster cover along with the production number.

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The limited nature of the machine is shown by the numbered plaque above the adjustable CRC damper

The MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America will be made in a limited edition of just 200 units, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Dragster 800 RR platform

The Dragster 800 RR underwent a complete re-design with the 2018 model year, with the addition of a LED rear light cluster, Daylight Running Lights, and the evolution of the Euro4 Brutale 800 RR derived three-cylinder engine.

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The Dragster 800 RR saw a host of updated in 2018, carried onto the America in 2019

Developments in recent years have further optimised combustion, electronic throttle management and performance while decreasing mechanical noise and vibrations. A revised gearbox engages the gears more quickly and it is more precise and reliable. The  EAS 2.0 “Up and Down” electronically assisted shifting is also featured as part of the electronics package that includes adjustable traction control and customisable engine maps.

Powered by the four-stroke three-cylinder DOHC engine, the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America has a capacity of 798cc, bore and stroke of 79 x 54.3mm and compression ratio of 13.3:1.

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The heart of the Dragster RR America is the DOHC 798cc triple-cylinder

Power output is 140hp at 12,300rpm, with peak torque of 87Nm at 10,100rpm. The America features the latest MVICS 2.0 control system, with six injectors, two per cylinder, and an Eldor EM2.0 ECU. Throttle is full ride-by-wire by Mikuni, with four torque control maps and eight-level traction control.

The MV EAS 2.0 quickshifter joins a hydraulically actuated wet clutch, with back torque limited device, while the gearbox is a cassete style six-speed.

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The eye catching steel trellis frame in red stands out

The ALS steel tubular trellis frame is mated to an aluminium alloy swingarm, with pivot plates of the same material, while standard suspension is 43mm Marzocchi USD forks with DLC treatment, and rebound-compression and preload adjustability. The rear shock is a progressive Sachs unit and is fully adjustable. A standard steering damper is also fitted with eight levels of adjustment.

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2019 MV Agusta Dragster RR America

Brakes are dual 320mm steel discs on the front, with Brembo radial four-piston calipers with 32mm pistons, while a single 220mm rear steel disc and Brembo two-piston caliper is also fited. ABS is provided by a Bosch 9+ unit with RLM.

Wheels are aluminium alloy spoked items, with a 3.50 x 17in front and 6.00 x 17in rear, taking 120/70 – 17 and 200/50 – 17 tyres.

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Full Brembo brakes join 43mm Marzocchi forks on the front end

MV Agusta Dragster RR America Specifications
2019 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America Specifications

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2019 MV Agusta Dragster RR America

Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories packs

Even before the Indian FTR 1200 arrives there is already a host of accessories available for the bike including two types of Akrapovic slip-on titanium and stainless steel mufflers.

These accessories should help defray some of the criticism of the exhaust and plump seat. It may also thwart some of the aftermarket suppliers from producing their own accessories.

The four accessory packs are labelled Tracker, Rally, Sport, and Tour, two of which have high-mount Akrapovic exhausts similar to the FTR1200 Custom concept which was universally praised.

Indian Motorcycle Australia spokesman Peter Harvey says the parts are all individually available “to allow riders to build the bike in the style they prefer”. 

There is no discount pricing for buying the parts as a whole pack.

Indian FTR 1200 accessories

Here are the packs with American pricing. Australian pricing will be announced closer to launch in early 2019. 


This collection features the high-mount titanium and steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1699.99) and mounting kit ($US79.99), plus side number plates ($US199.99), clear turn signal lenses ($US119.99), rally foot pegs ($US279.99), a high number plate mount ($US249.99), tracker seat ($US199.99) and seat cowl ($US299.99) and waffle handgrips ($US29.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


This off-roading collection also has the high-mount muffler and adds aluminium spoked wheels ($US1299.99), sport screen ($US149.99), front mudguard ($US299.99), rear mudguard ($US$199.99), aviator seat ($US$299.99), rally footpegs ($US279.99), high number plate mount ($US249.99), aluminium radiator guards ($US249.99), tank covers ($US449.99), Protaper handlebar ($US119.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


This is the smallest collection and emphasises on-road performance with a low-mount titanium and stainless steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1499.99) carbon fibre tank covers ($US599.99), carbon seat cowl ($US399.99) and carbon front mudguard ($US299.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


Touring range will be limited by the 13-litre fuel tank, but these accessories should make the ride more comfortable. The pack features the low-mount mufflers, plus a water-resistant messenger bag ($US279.99) for the left side of the bike only as the exhaust prohibits two side bags. It also includes a bag mounting kit ($US129.99), windshield ($US179.99) windshield mount ($US249.99), tank bag ($US279.99) and rear luggage rack ($US249.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories

You can check out the accessories catalogue here, but note it has American pricing.

Indian FTR 1200 tech specs

  • Ride-away prices: $A19,995 (base black) $A22,995 (FTR 1200 S, red and grey or titanium and black) $A23,995 (Race-Replica)
  • Engine: 1203cc liquid-cooled, 60 degrees, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder,  V-twin
  • Bore x stroke: 102mm x 73.6mm
  • Compression: 12.5:1
  • Power: 89kW @ 8250rpm
  • Torque: 115Nm @ 6000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed, chain drive
  • Suspension: 43mm USD forks; mono shock; 150mm travel
  • Dry weight: 221kg
  • Clearance: 183mm
  • Length: 2286mm
  • Seat: 840mm
  • Wheelbase: 1524mm
  • Lean angle: 43 degrees
  • Brakes: 320mm discs with 4-piston caliber; 265mm disc with 2-piston caliber, ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70R19; 150/80R18


Oceania Rookies Cup calendar revealed for 2019

Six-round championship confirmed for new junior road racing academy.

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Unveiled by Motorcycling Australia (MA) in September, the all-new bLU cRU Oceania Rookies Cup now has an official calendar for its inaugural season next year.

The Australian junior road racing academy will run in conjunction with Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), attending five of the seven rounds on offer.

The Oceania Rookies Cup first time out on track will be the official ASBK Test at Phillip Island on 2-3 February, while the opening race of the season is set to go down at Wakefield Park 22-24 March.

The rookies will then head to Broadford State Motorcycle Complex in Victoria on 6-7 April for round two – their first and only non-ASBK round – before traveling to Queensland for round three at Morgan Park Raceway on 5-7 July.

From 6-8 September, the junior contenders will head to Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria for round four, followed by an outing at Phillip Island on 4-6 October for penultimate stop.

Rounding out the 2019 season, the show will head to Sydney Motorsport Park on 1-3 November, marking the final round of the bLU cRU Oceania Rookies Cup along with ASBK finale.

2019 Oceania Rookies Cup calendar:
Rd1 – 22-24 March – Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
Rd2 – 6-7 April – Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, VIC
Rd3 – 5-7 July – Morgan Park Raceway, QLD
Rd4 – 6-8 September – Winton Motor Raceway, VIC
Rd5 – 4-6 October – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC
Rd6 – 1-3 November – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW


Arch Motorcycles Partners With Bosch for ABS Technology

Bosch shows the team at Arch Motorcycles the benefits of ABS.

Begin Press Release: 

Ride Fully Alive

ABS technology: Making riding safer and better

Go inside as ARCH Motorcycle and Bosch bring ABS to the KRGT-1 motorcycle

The Backstory

Arch Motorcycle creates custom production motorcycles with a unique blend of performance and customization tailored to each individual owner. Bosch has a clear vision: no more fatalities for motorcyclists in road traffic. When the two companies met at a trade show, they saw an opportunity to introduce Bosch’s safety features to ARCH riders, focusing first on integrating two-wheel ABS (anti-lock braking system) into Arch’s high-performance model, the KRGT-1. The technology supports the rider while braking, even in case of hard braking or on slippery roads. It prevents wheel lockup, ensures vehicle stability and optimal deceleration while braking. Motorcycle ABS, therefore, contributes to reducing the risk of falling and to shorten the stopping distance.

ARCH Motorcycles

ARCH Motorcycle creates custom production motorcycles with a unique blend of performance, customization and attention to detail. Ergonomic and aesthetic preferences are curated and tailored to create a one-of-a-kind motorcycle directly reflective of its owner. Over 200 proprietary parts are manufactured at their California facility using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet machinery. Impeccable billet aluminum bodywork is blended with carbon fiber details and custom finishes to produce each unique motorcycle. At right: ARCH Motorcycle co-founders Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves, R&D/production manager Ryan Boyd.


Bosch is the market leader for two-wheeler safety systems. These systems reduce the risk of accidents, especially in hazardous riding conditions, by intervening in critical situations without compromising on riding dynamics. The motorcycle ABS system was developed specifically for two-wheelers, and offers the right safety system for every segment of the two-wheeler market. The Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit at Bosch sits within the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector. The global team features many motorcycle riders and its goal is to make motorcycles safer and more efficient.

Learn more here.

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Aprilia RS 660 Concept | New twin-cylinder platform from Aprilia

We have often seen manufacturers trot out ‘concept models at shows such as this week’s EICMA, it is also pretty easy to deduce which ones are pretty much already green-lighted for production. I am fairly sure that this Aprilia RS 660 Concept is a firm pointer towards a new 660cc parallel-twin platfrom that is imminent from the Noale based manufacturer. 

Aprilia RS Concept
Aprilia RS 660 Concept

Aprilia RS 660 Concept

In Aprilia’s words

With the Concept RS 660, Aprilia researches a new concept of sportiness, defined by the ratio between exuberant but easy-to-manage engine performance, a frame and suspension par excellence and the light weight of the vehicle.

The Concept RS 660 is a possible response to the demand of new generations for fun bikes that are capable of thrilling on the road as well as on the occasional track day.

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Aprilia RS 660 Concept

The Concept RS 660 interprets the concept of sportiness in accordance with extremely modern canons, the consequence of in depth technological research and the extremes of aerodynamic solutions that are unrestricted by any regulations.

The result is a product that is unique in its kind: a medium engine capacity twin-cylinder, attractive and accessible, that provides extremely high technological content, even higher than bikes in superior categories.

Therefore, RS 660 is a possible option for young riders coming up from smaller engine sizes, looking for a high level sport bike that can provide thrills and fun on a day to day basis on the road and ready to support the rider on the track too.

Aprilia RS Concept
Aprilia RS 660 Concept
The design: cutting-edge aerodynamics

Aprilia Concept RS 660 stands out above all for its style, innovative and sophisticated, that stems from a series of aerodynamic studies. With a tendency born in the highest levels of racing, aerodynamics is currently under intense development in the motorcycle sector, so the Concept RS 660 is able to explore concepts such as aerodynamic load control.

Out of the work done in the wind tunnel and from the resulting solutions, the shape of a bike was born where the lines are an absolute and direct consequence of the functions. The variable front section, the air flow direction and the variable downforce values transformed into opportunities for the Style Centre which created ultra modern dynamic shapes.

Aprilia RS Concept
Aprilia RS 660 Concept

The concept offers a comfortable riding position, thanks to the large saddle located on the sleek tail fairing, footpegs that are not too high and a pair of semi-handlebars mounted on top of the upper steering yoke. The result is a saddle-handlebar-footpeg triangulation that is sporty yet comfortable, to the advantage of riding pleasure and comfort.

Aprilia chassis architecture, quality bar-setter

Aprilia’s know-how in packaging super fine chassis architectures is recognised the world over. In observance of this tradition, the Concept RS 660 Concept provides a magnificent structure made up of an aluminium frame and swingarm.

Aprilia RS Concept
Aprilia RS 660 Concept

In the concept, the frame exploits the engine as a stressed element, contributing to form a compact and stiff structure. The right arm of the swingarm has a curved shape in order to all the exhaust terminal to pass. The particular mounting of the shock absorber allows outstanding progression to be obtained without using linkage, thereby cutting down on weight and making it a cleaner package overall.

The new parallel twin-cylinder for a new generation of bikes
Aprilia RS Concept
Aprilia RS 660 Concept

RS 660 was born around the concept of a new engine that Aprilia engineers are already working on, a 660 cc parallel twin-cylinder, a very compact new generation unit derived from the 1100 cc V4 that powers the Tuono V4 and RSV4 1100 Factory.

This configuration was chosen for its compact nature and efficiency, the extremely low level of heat transmitted to the rider and for the freedom that it leaves the designers to create a sleek and lightweight frame and suspension.

The RS 660 project is the development base for a wider range that intends to make Aprilia a key player in an extremely strategic market segment in Europe, but also in Asia and the American market.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK return with Sykes and Reiterberger

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK return with Sykes and Reiterberger

German manufacturer partnering with Shaun Muir Racing for the new season.

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport will be entering it’s recently unveiled BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in 2019 season as part of the new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

In an announcement made at Milan’s EICMA show in Italy, BMW will work in collaboration with Shaun Muir Racing and will field 2013 Superbike World Championship winner Tom Sykes together with reigning Superstock 1000 European champion and three-times IDM champion Markus Reiterberger.

With the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the cooperation with Shaun Muir Racing, BMW Motorrad is significantly expanding its engagement in the WorldSBK. At the same time, BMW Motorrad will continue its successful customer racing program in numerous other national and international racing series.

Cooperation with BMW Group Motorsport is also being intensified so as to tap into additional synergies between automobile and motorcycle racing, especially in terms of trade and logistics.


Upgraded 2019 BMW S 1000 RR stars in EICMA presentation

F 850 GS Adventure model added to next year’s line-up.

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BMW Motorrad has confirmed its superbike contender, the S 1000 RR, will receive a host of upgrades for 2019 following an announcement at EICMA, while it’s also introducing a new F 850 GS Adventure model.

BMW’s fascinating brief was to take the predecessor S 1000 RR model – which has been a strong force in all disciplines for 10 years – and significantly improve on its performance. The brand translated it into straightforward targets: one second faster on the track, more than 10kg lighter and easier to control.

With a completely newly developed engine and suspension, engine output increased by 8hp to 207 hp, and a weight reduction of 208kg to 197kg , the supersport bike originally launched in 2009 now goes into its third completely new generation.

In addition to enhanced performance, other focus points were to make the new RR at least one second faster than its predecessor, create a more user-friendly design and ensure it offered maximum controllability and ridability. Whether in everyday use, on winding country roads or for high-performance race track riding – the new RR leaves nothing to be desired.

In particular because BMW Motorrad has moved the assistance systems such as traction and wheelie control, ABS and Hill Start Control to a whole new level – the same applies to the LED lighting system and large TFT screen.

BMW Motorrad is successfully introducing the product strategy familiar from M automobiles, now offering M options and M Performance Parts for the S 1000 RR model.

An M package and M optional equipment will be available ex works for a motorcycle for the first time. The range of products available for the new RR is also rounded off with an extensive selection of M Performance Parts as part of the accessories program.

The M package for the new BMW S1000 RR comprises of Motorsport paint finish, M carbon fibre wheels, M light weight battery, M Chassis Kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot, M sport seat and Pro Mode.

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For more than 10 years, the GS models in the BMW Motorrad F series have embodied the premium range in the middle class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior offroad qualities are its outstanding strengths.

Following the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS presented in autumn 2017, the new F 850 GS Adventure now expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment. Based on the dynamic and off-road oriented character of the F 850 GS, the new Adventure ideally unites agility and touring capability as well as increased off-road competence and outstanding long-distance qualities.

Like the legendary boxer-engined BMW GS Adventure role models, the new F 850 GS Adventures now offers dedicated travel enduro riders, off-road oriented touring riders and globetrotters the perfect companion in the middle class for exploring the remote corners of the planet by motorcycle. Pricing and availability for both models in Australia are still to be confirmed.