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Aussie pricing for Triumph’s naked weapon

Triumph Australia has confirmed the pricing and arrival for their latest evolution in their Speed Triple naked street weapon series.

The Speed Triple 1200 RR will be available in Triumph dealers in Australia from December at $32,490 rideaway for the Crystal White/Storm Grey and and extra $400 for the Red Hopper/Storm Grey.

Triumph’s 1994 Speed Triple was one of the first of what we now call streefighter or naked bikes.

It is said they had their genesis in crashed race bikes which were repaired and returned to the street without their expensive fairings.

That’s why they are referred to as “naked”.

But to many they represent simply a return to the essence of motorcycles before fairings came along in the late ’70s.

Triumph’s Speed triples began as 750cc and 885 models and have become bigger and more powerful with each generation.

As if that wasn’t enough, they started adding special models such as the RS and RR designations with improved suspension, more equipment and, of course, more power.

The latest 1160cc Speed Triple 1200 RS costs $27,700, so you can expect a lot of extras for the $4700+ premium.

And that’s exactly what you get from extra carbon fibre to a range of hi-tech rider aids.

Here is a summary of the extras:

  • More aggressive clip-on handlebars (135mm lower and 50mm further forward );
  • Tailored footpeg position;
  • 830mm seat height;
  • Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable semi-active suspension; and
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres
    The New Speed Triple 1200 RR.

Other features in common with the RS include:

  • Full-colour 5.0-inch TFT instruments with My Triumph connectivity system;
  • Optimised cornering ABS and switchable optimised cornering traction control (with IMU);
  • Five riding modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Track and Rider-configurable;
  • Triumph Shift Assist up and down quickshifter;
  • Advanced front wheel lift control;
  • Full LED lighting, including distinctive new single round headlight with DRL; and
  • Additional ride-enhancing technology including full keyless system, illuminated switch cubes and fully adjustable cruise control.
    The New Speed Triple 1200 RR.

There are also more than 30 genuine Triumph accessories for additional detailing, comfort and protection.

Accessories include machined front and rear brake reservoirs, scrolling indicators, heated grips and even luggage, with a water-resistant tail pack and tank bag, both with quick release mounting – all of which are available to view on the online configurator.

You can also get track-only specification Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 V3 tyres.

Like the RS, it has generous service intervals of 16,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first and comes with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR tech specsTriumph Speed Triple 1200 RR

Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Capacity 1160cc
Bore 90.0mm
Stroke 60.8mm
Compression 13.2:1
Maximum Power 180PS / 177.6bhp (132.4kW) @ 10,750rpm
Maximum Torque 125Nm @ 9,000rpm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Exhaust Stainless steel 3-into-1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer
Final Drive X-ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Gearbox Six-speed
Frame Aluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe
Swingarm Aluminium, single-sided
Front Wheel Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.5-inch
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium, 17 x 6.0-inch
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR 17 (58W)
Rear Tyre 190/55 ZR 17 (75W)
Front Suspension Öhlins 43mm fully adjustable USD forks, 120mm travel. Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi system electronic compression / rebound damping
Rear Suspension Öhlins monoshock RSU with linkage, 120mm rear wheel travel. Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi system electronic compression / rebound damping
Front Brakes Twin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc. Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir
Instruments Full-colour 5.0-inch TFT instruments
Length 2085mm
Width (Handlebars) 758mm
Height Without Mirrors 1120mm
Seat Height 830mm
Wheelbase 1439mm
Rake 23.9º
Trail 104.7mm
Wet weight 199kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres
Fuel Consumption 6.3 litres / 100 km
CO2 Figures 144g/km
Standard EURO 5
CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.
Service interval 10,000 miles (16,000km)/12 months

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Ducati Monster 937 arrives Down Under

Missing the iconic trellis frame and L-shaped cam covers, the controversially styled Ducati Monster 937 has arrived in Australia with very competitive pricing.

Slotting in between the 821 and 1200 Monsters, the 937 actually costs less than the previous 821 at just $18,200 ride away ($NZ18860).

It comes in Ducati Red (black wheels), Aviator Grey (red wheels) and Dark Stealth (black wheels). There will also be an exclusive ‘Plus’ version, which adds an aerodynamic windscreen and passenger seat cover to the standard fittings.

The new Monster is powered by a 937cc Testastretta 11° twin engine in a lightweight monocoque aluminium frame, featuring fully adjustable ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control. 

Power-to-weight ratio has been improved over the 821 thanks to a 188kg wet weight which is a whopping 18kg lighter.

2021 Monster

The new hybrid monocoque frame with a fibreglass-reinforced polymer subframe saves most of that weight.

However, the loss of the iconic trellis frame and L-shaped cam covers has many Ducatisti asking whether it is a true Monster.

While the original round headlight was ditched ages ago, this model has a slightly rounder looking headlight with an LED ring to pay homage to the originals.

Ducati Monster 937
Ducati Monster 937

When the new Monster was revealed in December last year, it attracted a lot of criticism and concern that the style trend would expand to the learner-sized 659 and flagship 1200 models.

The Queensland Italian Bike Addicts facebook page even ran a poll asking fans whether they prefer the design of the new Monster or a garbage truck. Guess which won!

A quarter of a century ago, the Monster took the motorcycle and design world by storm with its muscular naked looks, making a highlight of the frame and L-twin. 

It even featured in the landmark 1998 Guggenheim Museum exhibition in New York, ‘The Art of the Motorcycle’ and is included in the current one-off, world exclusive” Motorcycle: Design: Art, Desire exhibit at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) running until 26 April 2021.

In recent years the full trellis frame has been whittled down to a shorter frame attached to the cylinder head with a separate subframe.Ducati Monster 937

While photographs can be deceiving, I’ve now seen the 937 in the flesh/metal and it unfortunately looks like most Japanese naked bikes, particularly the popular Yamaha MT models.

However, that power-to-weight ratio should make for an engaging ride!

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Review: Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

I’m thinking of writing a letter to Harley-Davidson boss Jochen Zeitz asking him to rename their new adventure bike the Pan Australia, rather than the Pan America.

There is no more suitable country than Australia for such a bike where half of the gazetted roads are dirt and the other half riddled with potholes and corrugations; where the dual-cab ute and SUV have taken over as the family vehicle; and where it’s a couple of packed lunches between servo stops.

Here the unaptly named Pan America stands proud as a conveyor of riders across everything from single track to freeways and even the daily commute.

Based on price, performance and efficiency, it sits toward the top of the growing heap of popular litre-plus behemoth adventure bikes.

Harley-Davidson’s first adventure motorcycle comes in two models overseas, but in Australia and New Zealand arrives in the up-spec Special model only, priced at $A31,995 ride away ($NZ33,995).Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

That’s fairly competitive when compared with Euro rivals from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.

The base model has mag wheels and is more road oriented, while the Special is an adventure tourer with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, tyre pressure monitors, centre stand, multi-position rear brake pedal, hand guards, aluminium skid plate, Daymaker headlight, heated hand grips, cruise control and steering damper.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Special
Tubeless spoked wheels

Options include tubeless spoked wheels like BMW’s GS and adaptive ride height which were fitted to my test bike at a package cost of $1485.

Over the course of two weeks, I took it on pretty much every type of gazetted road in Australia from sandy single track, through some mud, B grade potholed country roads, suburban commuting and highways.

The big Harley may look like a big, black, plastic wheelie bin, but it certainly is a practical and accomplished all-roader. Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

What it isn’t, is a Harley; or at least it does not look, feel, sound nor perform like any of the hundred-plus Harleys I’ve ridden in the past couple of decades.

In fact, one of the world’s most recognised brand names is only discretely displayed on the wheels and rocker covers, with blank bar-and-shield logos on the tank.

The engine may be a V-twin like all other Harleys, but the new liquid-cooled Revolution Max 1250 feels, sounds and performs more like a parallel twin.

There is none of the thump and big-bottomed torque of Harley’s big V-twins. Instead, it is a refined engine with variable valve timing and a good spread of power.Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

With 112kW of power, it’s only beaten by Ducati’s Multistrada, while the torque monster BMW at 142Nm is the only big adventurer with more grunt than PanAm’s 127Nm.

However, maximum power and torque do require many more revs than other Harleys or the BMW GS juggernauts.

And it doesn’t have that iconic potato-potato sound that Harley famously and unsuccessfully once applied to trademark.

The engine is married to an un-Harley-like slick transmission where neutral is easy to find and the gears mesh so nicely you can cluthlessly shift up and down through most cogs.

At 100km/h in sixth, it is spinning at 3800rpm which is about 1200 revs higher than most Harley engines.

The spread of ratios allows low gearing for technical terrain as well as a reasonably vibe-free smooth run on the highway.

Here you can flick on the cruise control and be assured that you won’t cop a ticket for inadvertent speeding since it doesn’t pick up pace going downhill.Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

While other brands may be introducing adaptive cruise control that regulates the speed according to the vehicle in front, at least Harley’s cruise will protect your licence, albeit with a strange surging feel as it tries to stick to your selected speed.

Like most big adventurers, it stands tall with high bars, footpegs, windscreen and tank.

Yet the adjustable seat height is relatively moderate for adventurers at 850mm with an optional suspension dropping it to 830mm, so it should a wide range of riders.

Ergonomics are comfortable with a commanding riding position, plenty of leg room, a generous reach to the bars and a big, plush saddle for both rider and pillion who also gets massive hand grips that double as discrete mounts for panniers.

It’s accommodation that will convey rider and pillion hundreds of kilometres in comfort and with plenty of protection from the windscreen with three-level adjustment.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Special
Adjustable windscreen lever

You can adjust the screen via a lever on the left so you can keep your right hand on the throttle. However, I found it a bit awkward to adjust on the fly, so I suggest pulling over to change the screen height. 

On rough terrain, the standing position on generously sized footpegs with pop-out rubber inserts is also congenial without the need for bar risers.

Surprisingly, the company that previously boasted it made “heavy motorcycles” is not the heaviest of the adventurers at 253kg, which is 15kg less than the market-leading BMW R 1250 GS.

While no behemoth adventure bike feels at home on single track, the top-heavy Harley does not feel too awkward.

Despite the V-twin confirmation placing a lot of weight high in the chassis, it feels well balanced and not overly hefty.Harley-Davidson Pan America Special

However, in the standing position, you can’t see the front tyre which makes it difficult to precisely place the front wheel in or out of ruts.

All big adventure bikes are now marvels of technology and the PanAm is no different with a massive 6.8 inch TFT display showing speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, tip-over alert, cruise, range and tacho.

All that info is available on the home screen, but the type on some info is small and difficult to read.

However, you can scroll through various screens where the information is tailored with larger and easier-to-read letters and numbers.

It comes with four preset riding modes (highway, rain, sport and enduro) that adjust throttle sensitivity, ABS, power output, traction control and suspension damping, plus a customisable mode that you can tailor to suit your needs and riding style.

You can also pair your phone to the bike and access phone calls, music and navigation through the H-D app.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Special
USB accessories charger

All controls are easily reachable on the plethora of switches and buttons on the two big switch blocks.

Harley has long had sidestands that lock so they won’t roll forward and fall over. The PanAm continues that sensible tradition, but it’s a bit short and too far forward for my liking, making it difficult to deploy on flat ground or where there is a slight uphill on the left.

The massive centre stand is welcome, but difficult to deploy without assistance from a pillion or riding buddy.

You can dress up the PanAm with a wide range of Harley accessories, including three durable luggage systems, as well as adventure riding gear for men and women developed in collaboration with respected European motorcycle apparel specialist, REV’IT!.

Pan America Special tech specsHarley-Davidson Pan America Special

  • Price: from $31,995 ride away (test bike included tubeless spoked wheels and adaptive ride height at $1485).
  • Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km.
  • Engine: liquid-cooled, VVT, Revolution Max 1250cc V-twin.
  • Power: 112kW @ 9000rpm.
  • Torque: 127Nm @ 6750rpm.
  • Gearbox: 6-speed, chain drive.
  • Weight: 253kg.
  • Suspension front/rear: 47mm inverted fork with electronically adjustable semi-active damping control. aluminium fork triple clamps / Linkage-mounted monoshock with automatic electronic preload control and semi-active compression & rebound damping.
  • Brakes front/rear: 4-piston radial monoblock caliper, 320mm discs / single-piston floating caliper, 280mm disc, ABS.
  • Dimensions: 2265mm (L); 965mm (W); 1510mm (H); 1580mm (WB); 850mm (S)

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Australia gets eight hand-painted Harleys

Australia and New Zealand have been allocated eight of the 500 limited-edition Harley-Davidson Street Glide Specials hand painted in Arctic Blast to give the impression of motion.

The bike, which revealed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this week will cost $A47,245 ride away ($NZ51,440) which a fair premium over the standard at under $40,00.

However, Harley boss says Jochen Zeitz says the metallic deep blue with bright blue strokes over a pearlescent white base is pretty special and will “continue to build on our reputation and lead by example, as the best in exclusive custom motorcycles and design”.Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Harley Styling and Design VP Brad Richards says the paintwork is “executed in strokes of high-contrast colour intended to communicate the appearance of motion”.

“The design looks bold from a distance but offers interesting details that can only be seen up close, including a blue pearl effect over the white base, and a ghosted hexagon pattern on the fairing,” he says.Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

The Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint is hand-applied by Gunslinger Custom Paint in Golden, Colorado, who have been supplying custom-painted components for Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) motorcycles for years.

The bagger model is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin and features stretched locking saddle bags, Daymaker LED headlight, low-profile engine guard, and Prodigy custom wheels.

The Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with colour touch screen includes GPS and is compatible with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay.

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BMW doubles R 18 cruiser models

The BMW R 18 family this month doubles with the addition of two new models.

Their R 18 and R 18 Classic cruisers (from $29,155 ride-away) will be joined by two touring or bagger models.

They arrive in Australia in August with the R 18 B Deluxe featuring a handlebar-mounted “batwing-style” fairing and hard saddlebags from $39,310 while the full-dresser R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe with a top box is $41,675.

BMW R 18 range
BMW R 18 range

For the Australian market they have been fitted with a lot of the optional extras.

They include four analogue instruments and high definition 10.25-inch TFT colour display to keep turning riders entertained and informed.

Both also arrive in Australia with Active Cruise Control that regulates the distance from the vehicle in front without the rider having to adjust their speed.

It uses radar sensors in the front fairing. Interestingly, it will automatically reduce the speed in a corner to keep the rider safe.

They come with three riding modes (Rain, Roll and Rock), Automatic Stability Control, engine torque control, reverse gear and Hill Start Control as standard.

BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe
Marshall sound

Marshall amps were good enough for Jimi Hendrix and the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 and 2 sound systems fitted to these bikes are good enough for BMW riders, too.

The systems feature speakers with black cover grilles and classic white Marshall lettering with up to 280 watts of total output.

Both bikes will be available in exclusive First Edition variants that combine the R 18 look with iconic and classic BMW black paintwork with white double-lining.

Additional highlights include specially designed surfaces (Chrome Package), high-grade stitching on the seat and “First Edition” badging.

R 18 B Deluxe

BMW R 18 B Deluxe
BMW R 18 B Deluxe

Price: $39,310

Engine: 1,802cc 2-cylinder boxer engine, air/oil cooled, 9.6:1 compression, EU5, 67kW (91 hp) @ 4,750 rpm, 158Nm at 3,000rpm

Wayne Rainey Portrait


  • Low windshield, slimmer seat and a matt black metallic engine among other elements;
  • Seat heating.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC), ABS
  • 3 riding modes (Rock, Roll, Rain)
  • Keyless Ride
  • Spoke wheels
  • Twin disc front brake
  • Spring Strut Auto Load Levelling Dampers
  • Telescopic forks with covers
  • LED headlight, taillight, brake light and indicator lights
  • 12V socket
  • MSR (Dynamic engine brake control)
  • Adjustable hand levers
  • 4 Analogue instruments with 10.25″ colour TFT Display
  • Active Cruise Control
  • 24 litre fuel tank
  • Lockable fuel cap
  • Hill Start Control
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light)
  • Floorboards
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Central Locking
  • Heated seat
  • Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 sound system
  • Heated Grips
  • Reverse Gear
  • Active Cruise Control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Seat height: Standard 720mm (Comfort Seat High 740mm, Option 719 Seat Bench 720mm)


  • First Edition package (inc. Black Storm Metallic with Design Option Chrome and pinstriping, contrast cut wheels, First Edition badging and First Edition key): $3,750
  • Comfort seat high: $590
  • Design option chrome: $2,260
  • Option 719 Design Package Aero: $1,550

Colour options

  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost option
  • Option 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe

BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe
BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe

Price: $41,675

Includes all standard specification from the R 18 B and adds the following:

  • Top case
  • Straight exhaust pipes
  • Highway bars
  • Wind deflectors
  • Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 sound system


  • First Edition package (inc. Black Storm Metallic with Design Option Chrome and pinstriping, contrast cut wheels, First Edition badging and First Edition key): $3,750
  • Comfort seat high: $590
  • Design option chrome: $2,260
  • Option 719 Design Package Aero: $1,550
  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost option
  • Option 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

Colour options

  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost optionOption 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

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Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

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

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

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

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sportster is dead: Long live the Sportster!

Rumours of the death of the Harley-Davidson Sportster brand seem to have been greatly exaggerated!

Instead of replacing the 883cc and 1200cc Evolution-powered Sportster with a water-cooled 1250cc Revolution-engined Bronx, Harley has kept the 64-year-old model name alive with the new Sportster S.

It may be Harley’s attempt to keep fans of the Sportster happy after their experience killing off the Dyna range a few years ago when it merged with the Softail family, much to the chagrin of many Dyna devotees.

However, the new Sportster S is really a Sportster in name only.

It looks more like the short-lived Softail FXDR and, of course, it’s water cooled to meet tougher emissions standards and keep it selling in Europe.

The new model was expected to be called the Bronx Streetfighter, but in May last year it was revealed the company had listed a Sportster Streetfighter in its 2021 line-up.

We expect a 950cc model to follow to replace the current 883 models.


Well, it’s now the Sportster S and is powered by a 121hp Revolution Max 1250T V-Twin engine that will no doubt power a whole new line of water-cooled Sportsters.

That makes it the most powerful Sportster yet.

It’s also the most expensive.

Harley-Davidson Australia says it will be available late this year from $A26,495 ($NZ28,750) ride away for the Vivid Black model.

There has never been a Sportster that cost more than $20,000.

Harley says the new Sportster S has a “taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension” and claims it will corner like no other.

They quote a 34-degree lean angle on both sides thanks to the high scrambler-style pipes and higher-mounted forward-mounted footpegs.

Harley boss Jochen Zeitz says the next-generation Sportster is “defined by power, performance, technology and style”. 

“And it’s part of our commitment to introduce motorcycles that align with our strategy to increase desirability and to drive the legacy of Harley-Davidson,” he says.


The bike is dominated by fat “balloon” tyres, a bobbed rear end, shorty front guard, upside-down forks and a slim solo seat.

Harley says it is inspired by their XR750 flat tracker, but those forward controls seem out of place.

However, a mid-mount conversion kit will be available as an accessory.

Images released show the bike in a matte black and a “Chocolate Satin” paint with bronzed engine highlights.

They say it all be available in Vivid Black, Stone Washed White Pearl and Midnight Crimson.


It will come with three ride modes (Sport, Road and Rain) and two rider-customised modes as well as traction control.

Harley says the round, 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen will mirror the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth so it could have Apple CarPlay and the Android version.

That means music, hone calls and satnav on the screen.

All lighting is LED and the headlight is an oval shape more like a modern Fat Bob than a traditional Sportster.


The engine is a central member of the chassis which keeps wet weight down to 228kg.

Harley says the stiff chassis and welded tubular steel trellis swingarm with stamped X-member provide sharp handling.

It comes with fully adjustable Showa 43mm upside-down forks and Showa Piggyback reservoir rear shock with hydraulic hand-adjustable pre-load.

The aluminium alloys are shod with high-profile Dunlop/Harley-Davidson GT503 tyres 160mm up front and 180mm at the back.

Brakes are supplied by Brembo with a radial monoblock four-piston caliper and a 320mm single disc up front and a two-piston caliper and a 260mm diameter disc at the rear.

Seat height is a low 752mm and the hand levers are adjustable, so it should suit shorter riders.

It comes pre-wired for accessory heated hand grips, has two power points for heated riding gear and a USB-C port for charging a phone or other device. 

Cruise control and a proximity-based security system are standard.


Harley says there will be a range of accessories available at launch, but we are not sure which will be available in Australia, although we expect most will be.

They include the mid-mount conversion kit, passenger pet, seat and backrest, a comfort rider seat, detachable windscreen and mailbag.

Harley-Davidson Sportster S RH1250S


RH1250S Sportster® S




89.2 in. (2,265 mm)

Overall Width

33.2 in. (843 mm)

Overall Height

42.9 in. (1,089 mm)

Seat Height, Laden

28.9 in. (734 mm)


Seat Height, Unladen

29.6 in. (753 mm)

Static Ground Clearance

3.66 in. (93 mm)

Rake (steering head) (deg)


Fork Angle (deg)



5.8 in. (148 mm)


59.8 in. (1,518 mm)

Tires, Type

Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, radial

Tires, Front Model


Tires, Front Specification

160/70TR17 73V

Tires, Rear Model


Tires, Rear Specification

180/70R16 77V

Fuel Capacity

3.1 gal. (11.8 l)

Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light)

0.8 gal. (3 l)

Oil Capacity (w/filter)

4.75 qt. (4.5 l)

Transmission Capacity


Primary Chain Case Capacity


Coolant Capacity

2.32 qt. (2.2 l)

Weight, As Shipped

486 lb. (220 kg)

Weight, In Running Order

502 lb. (228 kg)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

922 lb. (418 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front

359 lb. (163 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear

595 lb. (270 kg)

Luggage Capacity -Volume




Revolution® Max 1250T


Chain-driven, DOHC, hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, intake & exhaust VVT; four valves per cylinder


4.13 in. (105 mm)


2.85 in. (72.3 mm)


76.4 cu in (1,252 cc)

Compression Ratio


Fuel System

Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)


Air Cleaner

Downdraft intake, tuned velocity stacks, washable filter media


2-into-1-into-2; catalyst in muffler

Lubrication System

Semi-Dry Sump


Primary Drive

Gear, 49/89 ratio

Final Drive

Belt, 80/34 ratio


Mechanical, 8 plate wet, assist & slip, 1090N



Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios




Stressed-member, high strength low alloy steel trellis frame; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; MIG welded; aluminum forged mid-structure


High strength low alloy steel, tubular sections, stamped x-member, forged axle junctions; MIG welded

Front Fork

43 mm inverted fork with compression, rebound and spring preload adjustability.  Aluminum fork triple clamps.

Rear Shocks

Linkage-mounted, piggyback monoshock with compression, rebound and hydraulic spring preload adjustability

Wheels, Optional Style Type



Wheels, Front Type

Aluminum cast, satin black


Wheels, Front Width

4.5 in. (114 mm)

Wheels, Front Height

17 in. (432 mm)

Wheels, Rear Type

Aluminum cast, satin black


Wheels, Rear Width

5 in. (127 mm)

Wheels, Rear Height

16 in. (406 mm)

2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

Brakes, Caliper Type

Front: radially mounted, monoblock, 4-piston caliper Rear: floating, single piston caliper

Brakes, Rotor Type

Front: single rotor, floating, tower- mounted Rear: solid uniform expansion rotor

Brakes, Front Diameter

12.6 in. (320 mm)

Brakes, Front Thickness

0.2 in. (6 mm)

Brakes, Front is dual


Brakes, Rear Diameter

10.2 in. (260 mm)

Brakes, Rear Thickness

0.2 in. (5 mm)

Front brake lever free travel


Rear brake pedal free travel


Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)


Suspension Travel, Front

3.6 in. (92 mm)

Suspension Travel, Rear

2 in. (51 mm)


Engine Torque Testing Method


Engine Torque

94 ft-lb (127 Nm)


Engine Torque



121 HP / 90 kW @ 7500 rpm

Lean Angle Testing Method


Lean Angle, Right (deg.)


Lean Angle, Left (deg.)


Maximum hill-starting ability


Fuel Economy Testing Method

Estimated City/Hwy

Fuel Economy

49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km)


CO2 Emissions Testing Method


CO2 Emissions




Sealed, maintenance-free, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, 12V, 12Ah, 225 CCA at 0°F


Three-phase, 45 Amp system (300 Watts @13 Volts, 1200 rpm, 585 Watts max power @ 13 Volts, 2250 rpm)


0.9 kW electric with direct drive starter motor engagement

Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp

All LED headlamp, low and high beam with signature position lighting

Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop

All LED Tail/Stop lamp with signature tail lighting

Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights

LED Bullet Turn Signals

Lights, Rear Turn Signals

LED Bullet Turn Signals


4 inch viewable area TFT display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, range and tachometer indication BT capable – phone pairing to access phone calls, music, navigation (H-D App ONLY)

Auxiliary Lamps


Electric Power Outlet

USB C-Type , Output 5V at 2.4 Amp

GPS System


Reverse Gear


Warranty And Service


24 months (unlimited mileage)


Service Interval

First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter

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BMW Australia electrifies scooters

BMW Motorrad Australia has finally decided to import electric scooters, starting next year from $20,350.

The company launched its C evolution scooters in 2013, but the Australian branch of the Bavarian company decided the time was not yet right to go electric.

Now they have decided to import two models of the newly unveiled CE 04 scooters based on the 2017 Concept Link.

BMW Concept Link electric scooter - own
BMW Concept Link electric scooter

The standard CE 04 will start at $20,350 plus on-road costs and the CE 04 Avantgarde from $20,690 adds high windscreen and comes in “Magellan Grey” metallic paint.

They come standard with automatic stability control, ABS pro enhance traction and safety technology and three riding modes: ECO, Rain and Road.

Both are powered by a 31kW (42hp), liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor and a 8.9kWh battery with 130km of city range, 0-50km/h in 2.7 seconds and a top seed of 120km/h.

BMW says the battery will charge in four hours and 20 minutes from flat when using the 2.3kWh 10A charger.2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

The air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery can be charged using the integrated charging device plugged into a regular household socket or via a wallbox or public charging station. 

It’s the same charging technology as used in their cars.

If you buy the optional $1330 30A quick charger, charging time is 100 minutes from flat or 45 minutes from 20-80%.

The chassis consists of a tubular steel main frame, 35mm telescopic forks and a single-sided swing arm with a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. 

They are shod with 120/70 R15 67H tyres at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

Brakes consists of twin discs up front and BMW Motorrad ABS Pro  which has a banking sensor for more control in corners.

Technology abounds with integrated satnav and connectivity in the 10.25-inch TFT colour screen and a ventilated mobile phone charging compartment and USB-C charging port.

A view of the handlebars available in a kit from Bad Winners for Royal Enfield Twins

There are storage compartments at the front and side and the helmet compartment can be operated while seated. 

All lighting is LED and the headlights have an adaptive turning light to illuminate the inside of a corner at night.

2022 BMW CE 04 scooter
2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

BMW CE 04 $20,350: 

  • Liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor
  • 130kW (42hp) output
  • 62Nm torque
  • 8.9kWh air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery
  • 2.3kWh charger
  • Tooth-belt driven gearbox (total gear ratio: 10.5)
  • Dynamic Package (Headlight Pro, Adaptive Headlight, Daytime Riding Light, Riding Modes Pro, ABS Pro)
  • Comfort Package (Heated Grips and Backrest Comfort Seat)
  • Seat Heating
  • Tyre Pressure Control 
  • Centre Stand 
  • LED indicators
  • LED headlight and taillight 
  • 10.25-inch TFT display
  • Ventilated mobile phone charging compartment
  • USB-C charging port
  • Front and side storage compartments
  • Light White paint 


  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Windshield High $140
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $13302022 BMW CE 04 scooter

BMW CE 04 Avantgarde $20,690: 

  • Windshield High standard
  • Magellan Grey Metallic paint


  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $1330

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Updated Ducati Supersport 950 arrives in Down Under

The 2021 SuperSport 950 has arrived in Australia and New Zealand with new fairings and higher electronic tech, while prices have also increased.

The SuperSport 950 features redesigned fairings, developed by the Ducati DesignCentre, giving the bike a strong resemblance to the Panigale V4. 

Retail ride away price in starts at $19,390 ($20,229 in New Zealand), up from $18,000 while the SuperSport S starts at $20,229 compared with $20,250 last year.

The S model is equipped with fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and a passenger seat cowl.

Both are still powered by the 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder engine which has been revised to comply with Euro 5 standard. 

The bike also comes with electronic controls that use Bosch’s 6-axis inertial platform to detect the bike’s roll, yaw, and pitch angles in space. 

a rider enjoying a wet day on a motorcycle tour by Wild Triumph

The electronics package consists of:

  • Bosch Cornering ABS;
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO;
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up /Down EVO and;
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO which is a new feature.

All features are adjustable via the menu of the new 4.3” full-TFT display with graphics and interface.
The SuperSport 950 comes with three Riding Modes, called Sport, Touring and Urban – allowing the user to choose between different pre-set modes of the engine parameters and electronic controls to adapt the character of the bike to the rider’s style and environmental conditions.


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2022 BMW Motorrad models updated

BMW Motorrad has made sweeping changes to its model line-up for 2022, bringing new colours, streamlined range line-ups, new variants, and updated option pack offerings.

Production of the new models starts in August with arrivals in Australia set for early 2022.

Prices (excluding on-road costs) have also been updated and are listed below along with other changes:

F 750 GS

2022 BMW F 750 GS Black Storm Metallic 2 with 458 Style Triple Black
  • New colour/variant added: Black Storm Metallic 2 with 458 Style Triple Black
  • Removal of Black Storm metallic (GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition)
  • Active Package now includes luggage rack, Riding Modes Pro and Heated Grips in addition to left and right case holders
    Key price updates: New F 750 GS Triple Black (replaces GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition), priced at $17,590*

F 850 GS

2022 BMW F 850 GS Adventure Light White
  • New colour added: Black Storm Metallic 2 with 458 Style Triple Black
  • Removal of Black Storm metallic (GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition)
    Key price updates: New F 850 GS Triple Black (replaces GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition), priced at $21,650*

F 850 GS Adventure

  • New colour added: Black Storm Metallic 2 with 458 Style Triple Black
  • Removal of Black Storm metallic (GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition)
  • Removal of old colour: Ice Grey
  • New colour added: Light White

F 900 R

  • New colours added: Bluestone Metallic with Style Exclusive and Light White/Racing Blue metallic/Racing Red with Style Sport
  • Removal of old colours: San Marino Blue Metallic and Hockenheim Silver Metallic/Racing Red with Style Sport

F 900 XR

2022 BMW F 900 XR Black Storm Metallic with Style Triple Black
  • New colour added: Black Storm Metallic with 458 Style Triple Black
  • Removal of old colour: Galvanic Gold Metallic with Style Exclusive
  • Specification change: removal of F 900 XR Tour model
  • New model line-up changes:
    + F 900 XR – available in Light White
    + F 900 XR Sport – available in Racing Red with Style Sport 451
    + F 900 XR Triple Black – available in Black Storm Metallic 2 with Style Triple Black 458

G 310 GS

2022 BMW G 310 GS Cosmic Black 2
  • New colour added: Black Storm Metallic with 458 Style Triple Black
  • Removal of old colour: Black Storm Metallic (GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition)

G 310 R

  • New colours added: Kyanite Blue Metallic with Style Passion and Cosmic Black 2
  • Removal of old colours: Polar White and Cosmic Black

R 1250 GS Adventure

  • GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition now available with Comfort Seat and Heated Seat function combination (model previously only available with Rallye Seat)
  • Rallye X model now fitted with LED fog lights as standard

Key price updates: R 1250 GS Adventure Rallye X now $33,320* (includes newly added fog lights as standard)

R 1250 GS

  • GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition now available with Original Yellow Rallye Seat (model previously only available with Black Comfort Seat with Heated Seat function

R 1250 RS

2022 BMW R 1250 RS Light White with Style Sport
  • New colour added: Light White with Style Sport
  • Removal of old colour: Austin Yellow Metallic

R 1250 RT

  • New colour added: Black Storm Metallic 2 with Style Triple Black
  • Removal of old colour: Manhattan Metallic with Style Elegance
    Key price updates: R 1250 RT Triple Black priced at $35,390 (variant change from R 1250 RT Elegance)

S 1000 R

  • Race variant now comes standard with Sport Silencer
  • Carbon wheels now available for Race variant (M Forged Wheels are standard)
  • Availability of high and low seat options
  • Availability of new variant: S 1000 R Clubsport (includes carbon and billet pack as standard and finished exclusively in Hockenheim Silver)
    Key price updates: S 1000 R Race now $28,390* (upgraded exhaust newly added)
    New S 1000 R Clubsport priced at $35,490*

S 1000 RR

  • Availability of carbon wheels for S 1000 RR Race variant (M Forged Wheels fitted as standard)
  • Revised Race Package now includes Sport Silencer, M Endurance Chain and M Chassis Kit.
  • Revised Dynamic Package now includes Riding Modes Pro and USB socket
  • New colour added: Mineral Grey with Style Passion
  • Removal of old colour: Hockenheim Silver Metallic
  • Billet Pack 79E revised (removal of engine protector and clutch lever guard but still includes M Brake lever, M Clutch lever foldable, M footrest and M brake lever guard)
  • Addition of new variant: S 1000 RR Clubsport (includes carbon and billet pack and finished exclusively in Mineral Grey with Style Passion)

Key price updates: S 1000 RR Race now $29,790* (newly added exhaust and M Laptimer as part of standard specification)
New S 1000 RR Clubsport priced at $37,790*

S 1000 XR

  • Availability of new option package: M Package (M colour, M seat, Black Tank Lid, Sport Windshield, M Lightweight Battery, Sport Silencer,
    M Endurance Chain and M Forged Wheels)
  • New colours added: Light White/M Sport (with M Package), Black Storm Metallic 2 with Style Triple Black and Racing Red 2
  • Removal of old colours: Racing Red/White Aluminium, Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red
  • Addition of new variant: S 1000 XR Triple Black Clubsport (includes carbon and billet pack and finished exclusively in Triple Black)

Key price updates: S 1000 XR Triple Black now $29,790* (variant change from Tour to Triple Black)
S 1000 XR M Sport now $31,990* (variant change from Sport to M Sport)

R 18

2022 BMW R 18 Classic Manhattan Metallic
  • Removal of Deluxe and Custom variants
  • Removal of First Edition
  • Availability of new options (Design Package Aero, pinstripes, Design Option Chrome, Wheel Icon, Wheel Aero, Option 719 Bench and Powertrain Black finish)
  • Availability of new colours: Manhattan Metallic, Mars Red Metallic and Option 719 Galaxy Dust/Titan Silver 2 Metallic
  • Update of variant: R 18 (standard features now include Cruise Control and Heated Grips)
  • Addition of new variant: R 18 Highline (standard features include Adaptive Headlight, Alarm, Cruise Control, Daytime Riding Light, Headlight Pro, Heated Grips, Hill Start Control, Lockable Fuel Cap and Reverse Gear)
    Key price updates: R 18 Highline priced at $27,865*

Note: customers can also choose floorboard, seat, wheels and design options to individualise their R 18.

R 18 Classic

  • Removal of Deluxe and Custom variants
    Removal of First Edition
  • Availability of new options (Design Package Aero, pinstripes, Design Option Chrome, Wheel Icon, Wheel Aero, Option 719 Bench and Powertrain Black finish)
  • Availability of new colours: Manhattan Metallic, Mars Red Metallic and Option 719 Galaxy Dust/Titan Silver 2 Metallic
  • Update of variant: R 18 Classic (standard features include Heated Grips)
  • Addition of new variant: R 18 Classic Highline (standard features include Adaptive Headlight, Alarm, Cruise Control, Daytime Riding Light, Headlight Pro, Heated Grips, Hill Start Control, Lockable Fuel Cap and Reverse Gear)
    Key price updates: R18 Classic Highline priced at $31,625*

Note: customers can also choose floorboard, seat, wheels and design options to individualise their R 18 Classic.

R nineT Pure

  • Design Option Silencer and Chrome Exhaust Header now come together as a package

R nineT Scrambler

  • Revision of standard specification to now include Daytime Riding Lights, Headlight Pro and Chrome Exhaust Header

R nineT Urban GS

2022 BMW R nineT Urban GS Imperial Blue Metallic
  • Revision of standard specification to now include Daytime Riding Lights, Headlight Pro and Hand Protection
  • New colours added: Imperial Blue Metallic, Light White and Option 719 Black Storm Metallic/Racing Red
  • Removal of GS 40 Year Anniversary Package with Black Storm Metallic finish
  • Availability of Option 719 parts, Billet packs, aluminium fuel tanks and off-road tyres

Key price updates: Now priced at $19,990 due to removal of GS 40 Year Anniversary Edition

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