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Reed auction raises funds for Australian bushfire crisis

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An online auction arranged by the retiring Chad Reed following the St. Louis round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross has gone toward raising vital funding for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Reed, originally from Kurri Kurri in New South Wales, wore a special set of Fox Racing gear at round two of the season last weekend in Missouri before auctioning it off on eBay post-race.

The jersey and pant combination netted $3300 US when the auction closed, all of which the proceeds will be donated to the NSW RFS to assist in the devastation that has affected Reed’s home country during recent months.

This season marks the final year for Reed in the American-based Supercross series following a career that has spanned near two decades at the highest level. He’s riding with the Mountain Motorsports cbdMD CR22 team aboard Hondas in 2020.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Yamaha tops declining Australian dirt bike sales in 2019

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Dirt bike sales across Australia posted a 1.6 percent decline in 2019, while it was Yamaha who topped the segment following the latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) report.

The motorcycle market as a whole recorded a 6.1 percent drop in sales, with all market categories except scooters affected by the downturn.

The 2019 market remained relatively steady in terms of its composition, however dirt bikes regained the status as the most popular category and comprised 38.5 percent of the market. Road bikes claimed a 35.8 percent share, ATV/SSVs accounted for 20.1 percent of total sales, and scooters again took an increased share of the total sales with 5.6 percent.

Among individual brands, Honda came in at number one with 23.3 percent market share across all segments, followed by Yamaha in second place with 22.4 percent share, Kawasaki in third with 8,962 sales 10 percent share, followed by KTM 8.6 percent share and and Suzuki with 7.8 percent share..

In the dirt bike segment, Yamaha was the highest seller, followed by Honda and KTM. Overall, Honda, Husqvarna and Kawasaki were the only brands to record an increase in dirt bike sales in 2019.

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Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Harley-Davidson tops declining road bike sales in 2019

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Road bike sales across Australia posted an 11.6 percent decline in 2019, while it was Harley-Davidson who topped the segment following the latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) report.

The motorcycle market as a whole recorded a 6.1 percent drop in sales, with all market categories except scooters affected by the downturn.

The 2019 market remained relatively steady in terms of its composition, however off-road bikes regained the status as the most popular category and comprised 38.5 percent of the market. Road bikes claimed a 35.8 percent share, ATV/SSVs accounted for 20.1 percent of total sales, and scooters again took an increased share of the total sales with 5.6 percent.

Among individual brands, Honda came in at number one with 23.3 percent market share across all segments, followed by Yamaha in second place with 22.4 percent share, Kawasaki in third with 8,962 sales 10 percent share, followed by KTM 8.6 percent share and and Suzuki with 7.8 percent share..

In road bike segment, Harley-Davidson finished ahead of Honda, with Yamaha in third. Husqvarna and KTM were the outstanding performers, with increased sales in 2019 compared to 2018.

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Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Australian pricing revealed for 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP

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Honda Motorcycles Australia has revealed pricing for its all-new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade, which is due for arrival in the second quarter of next year.

The SP variant, to sole model to be brought into Australia in HRC-inspired Grand Prix Red and Matte Pearl Black colourways, will be priced at MLP $49,999, with pre-orders now being taken at dealerships across the country.

Heavily inspired by the RC213V MotoGP machine and its street-legal RC213V-S counterpart, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP is powered by the most powerful inline four-cylinder engine that Honda has ever made.

Sharing the same bore and stroke as the RC213V-S, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP delivers maximum power of 160kW at 14500rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 12500rpm while tipping the scales at only 201kg.

It utilises a cutting-edge aerodynamic package – also influenced by HRC’s multiple championship-winning RC213V – works in tandem with a new Bosch six-axis IMU.

The SP model boasts a new 43mm Ohlins NPX front fork that replaces the NIX fork of the previous model and second-generation Ohlins Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi) offers finer control of settings front and rear. The front discs are larger in diameter and worked by new Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers while the ABS is adjustable for track riding.

For more information, visit www.motorcycles.honda.com.au.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

KTM Australia expands Adventure Rallye with two events in 2020

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KTM Australia will expand its popular Adventure Rallye in 2020, announcing two events that will be hosted in Queensland and Western Australia.

The ‘Queensland Ranges’ tour is set to be staged between 23-19 May, while the ‘South West WA’ Adventure Rallye will take place between 9-15 October.

For 2020, both Rallye’s will feature a six-day format that will focus on offering riders a truly remarkable experience exploring either, South East Queensland and the Wide Bay Burnett regions, or the Southern Forests region of Western Australia – both states which have yet to host a KTM Australia Adventure Rallye.

Open to KTM adventure riders with the following eligible KTM adventure bikes: 390 Adventure, 640, 690, 790, 790R, 950, 990, 1050, 1090, 1090R, 1190, 1190R, 1290 and 1290R models. The Rallye is tailored to suit a wide range of rider abilities, from those in their first few years of adventure riding up to seasoned adventure pros.

Kicking things off for 2020, the KTM Australia Adventure Rallye: Queensland Ranges will start and finish at the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Kenilworth. From there the Rallye will head north through the classic hinterland rainforest that the region is renowned for, before hitting the coastal towns of Rainbow Beach and Agnes Waters.

Riders will then leave the coastal regions for cattle country and the iconic ranges – travelling south down the Great Dividing Range to overnights in Cania Gorge, Gayndah and Bunya Mountains before returning to Kenilworth.

Set to explore the iconic South West of Australia’s largest state, the KTM Australia Adventure Rallye: South West WA will kick off in the historic town of York, one hour east of Perth before diving straight into the heart of WA’s prime adventure riding territory.

Overnight stops will include the charming country town of Collie before hitting the quaint seaside village of Augusta, the furthest southwest corner of Australia. The unique and stunning Karri Valley Resort will play host next, before two nights at the legendary motocross town of Manjimup. A final leg north to finish off in Bunbury caps off an outstanding six-days of adventure.

With assistance from local experts who are all Rallye riders themselves, both Rallye routes are set to showcase the stunning landscapes that our great diverse country has to offer. Designed with the larger capacity KTM adventure range in mind, as well as the variety of rider abilities, the route offers plenty of options for riders to choose their own adventure and difficulty of ride.

Registrations for both events open Wednesday, 15 January 2020. Authorised KTM Dealerships in Australia will be receiving Dealer Priority Registration, therefore riders are encouraged to touch base with their local KTM Dealership to ensure they get this Dealer Priority Registration information. For more information, visit www.ridektm.com.au/2020-ktm-australia-adventure-rallye.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek returning in 2020 with Northern Explorer

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The Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek is set to return for 2020 when the Northern Explorer event takes place between 27 April-1 May in New South Wales.

A rare opportunity for Husqvarna 701 Enduro riders to take the ultimate one-model adventure together, next year’s edition follows on from the brilliant inaugural event held in the Victorian High Country earlier this year.

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek Northern Explorer represents the pioneering brand’s ‘Simple, Progressive’ mantra, and riders who take part will be treated to an unforgettable four-day experience with fellow adventurers.

Boasting an assortment of terrain including everything from sandy coastal tracks to lush rainforests with rocky water crossings and impressive hillclimbs, there will also be a mix of open cattle country that will delight participants with a wide range of abilities including optional harder routes.

Starting and finishing in Coffs Harbour, the Husky Trek will explore Northern NSW from coast to country with overnights in Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Yamba – aiming to support local businesses in the region which have been affected by drought and devastating fires recently.

At $1495 per rider, the entry fee includes approximately 1200-kilometres of adventure riding over four-days with lead riders, course markers, GPS files, luggage support, technical and tyre support, back-up vehicle, sweep and medical support, as well as dinner every night.

Participants will also receive a Husqvarna Motorcycles riders bag that includes a t-shirt, stickers and more, as well as enjoy the opportunity to ride with professional riders and special guests.

In addition, riders can relive the Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek Northern Explorer through an event video featuring all of the highlights and official event photography provided by a dedicated media crew.

Riders will be required to have a road-registered Husqvarna 701 Enduro motorcycle fitted with knobby tyres, as well as third-party property damage insurance or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (recommended) and a full open unrestricted motorcycle licence.

Registrations open Wednesday, 11 December, at 9am AEST. For more information, visit www.ridehusqvarna.com.au/2019/11/27/2020-husqvarna-motorcycles-701-enduro-trek-northern-explorer.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Ride Sunday raises funds for men’s health across Australia

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Ride Sunday returned to the streets of Australia earlier this month, bringing motorcyclists together with the support of Yamaha Motor Australia to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research, and men’s mental health on behalf of charity partner, the Movember Foundation.

The event welcomed all riders regardless of skill level or motorcycle style, and succeeded in its goal to unite Australian riders and motivate them to ride for a cause.

With 25 rides across Australia, Ride Sunday featured flagship rides in Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast, and raised $35,000 for men’s health.

The nation’s leading ride was the Sydney flagship event, where over 450 riders connected from various riding groups around Sydney, to ride together for men’s health.

Ramsey Sayed, Ride Sunday’s events and marketing Manager, hosted the flagship ride in Sydney and was blown away by the turnout at their starting location inside the Royal National Park.

“This year was unbelievable,” Sayed stated. “It really was a humbling experience seeing riders of all different makes and styles, connecting over a shared love of riding – and in one of the most popular riding destinations in Sydney. We met at Audley Dance Hall, then rode through the iconic Royal National Park, meeting at the Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong.

“The conditions were perfect, and the whole day exceeded all expectations. We were fortunate to have the support of Yamaha in putting this together, and are grateful to have had the Movember Foundation team there to chat to the riders.

“They do amazing work for men’s health, and having them on the ground to talk about the programs they’re able to fund through our fundraising is incredible. I’m grateful to be able to bring all these riders together and give back to men’s health. Thank you to all who rode and fundraised!”

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Suzuki Adventure Ride announced in Victoria

News 11 Nov 2019

Suzuki Adventure Ride announced in Victoria

Two-day adventure ride to take place in Victoria’s high country.

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Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has announced it will host its latest Adventure Ride on 14-15 December in Victoria’s high country.

The epic two-day tour will venture east from Yarra Junction to Licola, with routes catering for V-Strom and DR-Z/DR motorcycles.

The V-Strom ride has a 6/10 skill riding on sealed and 2WD dirt roads, suiting riders new to riding on gravel roads. The DR-Z/DR will be more challenging suiting people new to off-road riding and those with moderate experience. The ride will traverse some rough 4×4 tracks and be slightly more physical.

Suzuki will also be offering opportunities to test ride latest DR650SE, DR-Z400E and V-Strom motorcycles on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Spots are available from just $99, which includes overnight accommodation at the Licola Wilderness Village, along with dinner and breakfast. For more information, visit www.suzukiaustraliamerchandise.com/products/licola-suzuki-adventure-ride.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

SP the lone 2020 CBR1000RR-R coming to Australia

News 7 Nov 2019

SP the lone 2020 CBR1000RR-R coming to Australia

Highly-anticipated Superbike set for 2020 Q2 arrival.

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Honda Motorcycles Australia has confirmed the SP variant of the 2020 CBR1000RR-R will be the sole model brought into the country, with an anticipated delivery during Q2 next year.

The all-new Superbike was revealed this week at EICMA in Milan, where the CBR1000RR-R and up-spec CBR1000RR-R SP versions were unveiled.

Honda, which currently sells standard, SP, and SP2 versions of the 2019 model, has indicated a HRC-inspired Grand Prix Red  and Matte Pearl Black colourways will be made available locally.

Heavily inspired by the RC213V MotoGP machine and its street-legal RC213V-S counterpart, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP is powered by the most powerful inline four-cylinder engine that Honda has ever made.

Sharing the same bore and stroke as the RC213V-S, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP delivers maximum power of 160kW at 14500rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 12500rpm while tipping the scales at only 201kg.

It utilises a cutting-edge aerodynamic package – also influenced by HRC’s multiple championship-winning RC213V – works in tandem with a new Bosch six-axis IMU.

The SP model boasts a new 43mm Ohlins NPX front fork that replaces the NIX fork of the previous model and second-generation Ohlins Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi) offers finer control of settings front and rear. The front discs are larger in diameter and worked by new Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers while the ABS is adjustable for track riding.

For more information, visit www.motorcycles.honda.com.au.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Husqvarna announces 2020 TE 300i Jarvis Edition

News 7 Nov 2019

Husqvarna announces 2020 TE 300i Jarvis Edition

Limited edition two-stroke anticipated for 2020 Q1 Australian arrival.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles has introduced a 2020 TE 300i Jarvis Edition to its line-up, which is anticipated to arrive in Australia during the first quarter of next year.

A fitting tribute to the legend Graham Jarvis, the new TE 300i Jarvis Edition is the perfect machine to explore new ground and go where few have gone before.

The trusted two-stroke is exceedingly simple to manage. Combined with electronic fuel injection, smooth power delivery and an extremely nimble chassis, this limited edition TE 300i delivers class-leading performance to match its official Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics.

The Jarvis Edition boasts a black frame, black seat cover with additional ribs, Supersprox blue rear sprocket, front disc protector, blue chain guide, Grey grips, and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics.

Pricing for the 2020 Husqvarna TE 300i Jarvis Edition is still to be determined. For more information, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/au.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au