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Will Aprilia RS 660 suit learners?

Aprilia plan to introduce a lower-powered version of its upcoming RS 660 lightweight sports bike so it can be ridden by learners and novices under the European A2 motorcycle licence.

The announcement came in a quirky Instagram post that says “A2 driving license? Aprilia RS 660 95hp version confirmed! Keep updated!”Aprilia RS 660 learner bike?

The A2 licence is a similar system to the Australian and New Zealand Learner Approved Motorcycle System, so there could be scope to also make a LAMS version alongside the fuel-powered version.

This has been done with several other bikes on the market, notably the Yamaha MT-07LA which has reduced capacity (from 689cc to 655cc) and restricted power (from 55kW to 38kW) via 25% throttler restriction, different cams and pistons.

Yamaha MT-07 missing stickerYamaha MT-07LA

The lithe Aprilia RS 660 weighs in at 169kg dry and fits in the 660cc or below capacity limits of LAMS.

However, they would have to do a fair bit more power restriction on the 95hp (70kW) bike to fit the scheme which also has a power-to-weight formula of 150 kilowatts per tonne or less.

Aprilia RS 660

Aprilia RS 660 lightweightAprilia RS 660

The Aprilia RS 660 was unveiled at the EICMA show in November 2019.

Aprilia sees the bike as having wide appeal, even as an everyday commuter.

In fact, its five riding modes spell it out: Commute, Dynamic, Individual (we imagine that’s a customisable mode), Challenge and Time Attack.

It has adjustable Kayaba suspension, a double aero fairing and smartphone connectivity with navigation display on the instruments.

The bike is expected to arrive in the latter half of the year with prices and full tech specs announced closer to that time.

2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept

It will be followed in 2021 by a Tuono naked version like the concept presented at EICMA which is slightly downtuned at 96hp (71kW).

There is also expected to be a restricted version for Europe that may also come in under Australia’s LAMS rules for novice riders.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda CMX 500 scores improved suspension and updates for 2020

2020 Honda CMX 500

Honda announced at EICMA that their entry level CMX 500 cruiser, also known as the Rebel in some markets, will receive a host of updates for 2020, including updated suspension, full LED lighting, a gear position indicator, slipper clutch and new seat for better comfort.

HONDA REBEL Cover
2020 Honda Rebel

Honda Australia are yet to confirm the local delivery schedule and any movements in pricing but are expected to do so early next year. The CMX has proved a winner as one of Australia’s most popular cruiser options, claiming the #8 position on the sales charts for the YTD as of Q3 in overall road motorcycles, as well as the #3 position in the cruiser category.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

A 2020 ‘S’ model variant will also be available in some markets offering factory-fit accessories – as a styling option, and including a headlight cowl, blacked out fork covers and gaiters, plus a diamond-stitch seat. We’re yet to hear whether the S model will be available in Australia.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ S headlight and cowl

The CMX retains the 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine which is now Euro5 and produces a LAMS approved 34kW at 8500rpm, while peak torque is 43.3Nm reached at 6000rpm.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The CMX actually draws its powerplant from the CBR500R offering generous performance both for the segment and capacity, with PGM-FI fuel injection –further optimised – and valve and ignition timings revised to focus on bottom-end torque.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ 471cc parallel-twin

A six-speed gearbox is also featured, with the new assist and slipper clutch lightening clutch lever operation by 30 per cent, while downshifting aggressively will remain smooth.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

Part of Euro5 compliance necessitated a new LAF exhaust sensor, while the exhaust system is a 120mm shotgun-style affair.

The lean Bobber styling of the CMX is retained, but now includes full LED lighting including the indicators, for a premium feel, alongside the existing 11.2L fuel capacity and fat ‘bars.

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2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED headlight

The CMX has also had the black out treatment, with fork tubes and discs being the main areas not conforming. The taillight is also new and features mini-circular LED indicators, with a compact main light and die-cast aluminium mount.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED taillight and indicators

The headlight is a compact 175mm item, with die-cast aluminium mount, and the LCD display now includes a new gear position indicator and fuel consumption reading. Ignition remains below the tank on the left side of the bike.

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2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LCD dash

The pillion seat and footpegs are also easily removed, with Honda adding to the accessory line-up, as well as offering the S edition in a special Matte Axis Grey Metallic colour, with the accessories mentioned above.

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2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ seat and pillion seat

Suspension has seen both shock and 41mm forks revised, with new spring rates in both.

The Showa shock units are also now nitrogen charged, and feature reshaped damper rubbers, with Honda promising a firmer action as a result. The shocks are still five-step preload adjustable.

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2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The 16inch front and rear wheels are retained from 2019, as is the 296mm front rotor and twin-piston caliper setup, with a single-piston rear caliper. Dunlop tyres are fitted in 130/90 -16 and 150/80 – 16 sizes. Two channel ABS is standard fitment.

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2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ forks feature new springs

The 2020 Honda CMX weighs in at 191kg at the kerb, with an ultra-low 690mm seat height and 1490mm wheelbase.

HONDA REBEL
2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

2020 Honda CMX (Rebel) Specifications

Technical Specifications
Engine
Type Liquid­ cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 litres
Fuel System
Carburation PGM­FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.2L
Fuel consumption 27km/litre
Electrical System
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V
ACG Output 0.5kW
Drivetrain
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6­speed
Final Drive Chain
Frame
Type Steel Diamond
Chassis
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm 2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase 1490mm
Caster Angle 28°
Trail 110
Seat Height 690mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 191kg
Turning radius 2.8m
Suspension
Type Front 41mm Telescopic forks
Type Rear Showa twin shock
Wheels
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front 130/90­16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear 150/80­16M/C 71H
Brakes
ABS System Type Two channel
Instruments & Electronics
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

Source: MCNews.com.au

CFMoto 650GT ‘worth the extra dollars’

Motorcycle industry stalwart Dale Schmidtchen has been reviewing the CFMoto 650MT for some time now, but recently switched to the road touring 650GT version.

While the CFMoto 650 MT ABS costs $7490 ride away, the 650GT is an extra $1000. Both are learner-approved, but would also suit mature riders.

Dale says the GT is a “great bike” with “world-class” fit and finish that makes it well worth the extra money.

“If it had another name on the tank, you could easily believe it came from one of the best manufacturers,” he says.

“The only part of the bike that appears cheap are the switchblocks which need a better choice of symbols and fonts.”

Here is Dale’s assessment of the CFMoto 650GT:

Engine

At 100km/h, the engine is running at 4000rpm which is 500rpm less than the MT.

I get about a very reasonable 4.3L/100km from the MT, so the GT’s economy should be a little better.

At highway speed, power delivery is good and it doesn’t feel like it is over-geared.  In fact, it feels a little stronger in the mid-range than the MT.

Engine temperature shows it runs cooler than the MT which does tend to run hot in traffic.

It also feels cooler but this can be difficult to quantify as the temperature gauge does not indicate the actual temperature, only an LCD line.

SuspensionCFMoto 650GT

I would rate the GT’s suspension as the best of any CFMoto I’ve ridden.

It handles all manner of road bumps with ease and in general gives no cause for concern.

I would encourage CFMoto to add a preload adjuster cap to the fork, as these not only look good but offer a positive feature at little extra cost.

An Ohlins cap, spacer and spring kit costs the manufacturer very little and a lesser brand cap would add little to the bike’s overall cost, but more to its value.

The rear coloured spring is an attractive feature, but it would be great if it could be adjusted.

I would like to see a pin-type adjuster as used by Ohlins which is easy and simple to use.

Wheels, tyres and brakesCFMoto 650GT

The German Metzeler tyres are a noticeable improvement over the Chinese CST Adrenos fitted to the MT.

They add stability under braking, cornering integrity, they cope better with bumps and undulations and they have better grip. I would imagine they would have superior wet too, but it hasn’t rained here for a while!

The 160 section rear sat on the 4.5-inch rim better than the MT, as well.

Braking power started out a bit poor but began to offer good bite and progression after about 800km.

If they have used the same compounds as the MT, it will be best around 2000km.

Features

The riding position on the 650GT is good and suits a wider range of people with a lower seat than the MT.

I note that some effort has been used to weight the footpegs and rubber mount them.

The left footpeg was in the way most times when I put the side stand down.

By the way, as a tourer, it needs a centre stand, especially with the left-hand side chain run, making chain lubing more difficult on the side stand alone. 

The 650GT windscreen is perfect and the type of adjustment should be employed on the MT as it is more effective. Perhaps the robust MT system works better on rougher roads.

The fuel filler cap is much better than the MT as it stays in place during filling.

Mirrors are not as good as the MT as they vibrate. They need better weighting to reduce harmonics. Field of view is poor and there is not enough adjustment available.

Digital instrumentation are what you would expect on a more expensive bike with two layouts. I also love the way they change to night settings and are dimmable.

There is also a USB for charging your phone or GPS, which is essential for a tourer.

My only complaints are minor:

  • Like the MT, it needs a helmet lock;
  • It is difficult to tell the fuel and temperature gauges apart;
  • It was too easy to confuse the horn with the change button for the maps/dash layout; and
  • The rear axle nut is probably the biggest in the business and could do with at least 1cm shaved off.

Conclusion

This is a recommended option for anyone looking for a good-value, midsize road bike.

They should fit these with panniers from standard not only to fill in the rear aesthetically, but to truly live up to the “Grand Tourer” moniker.CFMoto 650GT

CFMoto 650GT tech specs

Engine

Engine Type: Two cylinder, inline 4-stroke, 8-valve, DOHC with counter balance
Capacity: 649.3cc
Bore & Stroke: 83mm x 60mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Fuel System: Bosch EFI
Max Power Output: 41.5 kW @ 9,500rpm (LAMS Restricted)
Max Torque: 62 NM @ 7,000rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed
Clutch: Multiplate wet

Chassis

Frame: Tubular steel diamond frame employing engine as fully-stressed member
Front Suspension: 38mm KYB telescopic fork (max travel 120mm)
Rear Suspension: Extruded steel swingarm with tubular steel bracing, cantilever KYB monoshock (max. travel 45mm)
Front Brake: J.Juan Dual 300mm discs with twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake: J.Juan Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
ABS: Continental ABS

Size / Weight

Length x Width x Height: 2100mm x 784mm x 1340mm
Wheelbase: 1415mm
Seat Height: 795mm
Min Ground Clearance: 150mm
Min Turning Diameter: 5.6m
Fuel Capacity: 19L
Payload: 150kg
Weight: 226kg

Wheels

Wheels Front: 17 x 3.5 cast alloy wheels
Wheels Rear: 17 x 4.5 cast alloy wheels
Tyres Front: 120/70 ZR17 Metzeler
Tyres Rear: 160/60 ZR17 Metzeler

Other

Available Colours: Concept Blue or Nebula Black
Warranty: 2 Year, Unlimited KM

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Is this cheap CFMoto 300NK a good deal?

The CFMoto 300NK is the cheapest 300cc learner bike in Australia at just $4990 ride away, but how does it indeed “ride away”?

We tested the bike and found it a willing partner around town and even out on the highway.

The CFMoto 300NK is powered by a new 300cc water-cooled, single-single engine with 25kW of power in its lithe 151kg frame.CFMoto 300NK

It’s an extremely flexible little engine with capable power delivery around town and passable passing abilities on the highway where it revs at 5700rpm in sixth.

The only time it starts to run out of puff is up steep hills.

With a 12.5L tank and excellent fuel economy, you could ride this bike much more than 300km on one fill.

Smooth operatorCFMoto 300NK

The EFI engine has a balance shaft and a sixth gear to reduce vibration at highway speed.

We found that after a long ride, there was only a slight tingle in the fingers and none in the toes thanks to the rubber-topped footpegs.

There was also little vibration through the mirrors which are big and wide for plenty of good rear vision. They are no wider than the reasonably wide bars, so lane filtering is fine on this narrow bike.

The whole bike feels very narrow including the 795mm seat which makes it easy for most riders to get a foot on the ground.

The 300NK pillion seat is removable with a key and there is little space underneath. The rider seat is removable with a spanner.

This is a highly manoeuvrable motorcycle in traffic and tight spaces thanks to its smooth fuelling, light weight and narrow frame.CFMoto 300NK

The six-speed transmission is slick and faultless with no false neutrals and neutral easy to select when stopped.

Braking is handled by Spanish J Juan brake callipers and a Continental Dual Channel ABS controller.

They are strong and willing with reasonable feel in both the lever and pedal, but the front fades off under heavy braking.

Suspension may be rudimentary, but it is quite capable as the bike is so light.CFMoto 300NK

Heavier riders may have trouble and the forks gets jittery over high-frequency bumps.

I’m 183mm tall and found the riding position quite neutral, except the pegs are fairly high which cramped my legs. They could easily drop them down a bit as it has plenty of cornering clearance.

Modern featuresCFMoto 300NK

Modern features on the 300NK include a full-colour TFT instrumentation panel with convenient gearshift indicator, LED headlight, lockable fuel cap and daytime running lights.

The 300NK instruments are easy to read in most lighting conditions although they can reflect the sun’s glare at certain angles.

They are also light sensitive and change colour in a tunnel or at night.

You can also choose between a traditional analogue-style display or digital representation.

Interestingly, they include “Sport” and “Rain” engine modes, but they are not active … yet! We are told that may come in future models.

The backlit controls are basic and a bit cheap, but tactile and function fine.

We like the modern, angular styling of CFMoto’s range which has been outsourced to Kiska, the Austrian design house which is also responsible for many KTM models.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

An interesting touch is the rear the tail which has winglets and reminds us of the Ducati Panigale!CFMoto 300NK

It only comes in solid black and we reckon it would look a whole lot better with some graphics or at least a flash of an alternate colour to alleviate the all-black paintwork.

Fit and finish is close to Japanese standard.

Conclusion

Despite our test bike developing an occasional coolant leak from an ill-fitting cap that was replaced as a precaution, we found the bike very strong and reliable.

CFMoto 300NK
Coolant leak

Novices will find it easy and enjoyable to ride and useful in most road situations.

At this bargain price, it would also make a great second bike for commuting to keep the kilometres down on your prized bike.

CFMoto 300NK tech specsCFMoto 300NK

Price $4990 ride away
Warranty 2yrs/unlimited km
Engine 292.4cc single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4-valve, DOHC with balance shaft
Bore & Stroke 78mm x 61.2mm
Compression 11.3:1
Power 25kW @ 7200rpm
Torque 20.5Nm @ 8800rpm
Gearbox 6-speed
Front Suspension Upside down telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Mid positioned monoshock
Front brake 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brake 245mm  disc, single-piston caliper, ABS
Seat 795mm
Weight 151kg
Tank 12.5 litres
Clearance 150mm

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph Street Triple RS, S arriving soon

The more powerful, aggressive and hi-tech Triumph Street Triple RS and restyled LAMS S 660 will arrive in Australia soon.

Triumph Motorcycles Australia marketing manager Dale McBride says both models “should be here by late November early December”. 

“We’re still waiting on the UK to confirm pricing for our market,” he says.

The current 765cc Street Triple RS costs $17,652 and the 660cc S is $12,850 (plus on-road costs).

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS and Moto2 Daytona 765

Both new updated models have more aggressive, angular styling with twin LED headlights.

All Street Triples now have more than 60 accessories, including new scrolling LED indicators and luggage with quick-release mounts.

Street Triple RS2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Street Triple RS performance improvements come from Triumph’s work with the Moto2TM team that supplies engines to all the Moto2 teams.

Power is now 90kW and torque 79Nm with 9% more of both right where it’s needed in the mid-range.

Triumph also claims it has a more responsive throttle, “freer-flowing” muffler and a smooth gearbox with slip and assist clutch for clutchless up and down shifts.2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

They have also improved the five riding modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and Rider configurable.

The TFT instruments have new graphics and MyTriumph connectivity with GoPro interaction, satnav and phone/music operation.2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

As usual, the Street Triple RS has all the exotic components such as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, Brembo M50 brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres.

It also comes with a carbon fibre exhaust and interchangeable seat cowl and pillion seat.2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Street Triple S

To retain its LAMS compliance the 660cc triple engine has 39.7kW of peak power with 61Nm peak torque at 6000rpm.

Styling updates include position lights, angular bodywork and restyled mirrors with increased adjustability.

Even though it’s a LAMS bike, it features twin front brakes, Brembo single rear brake, Showa suspension and all-weather Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.

It comes with two riding modes (Road and Rain) which adjust the throttle response and traction control settings, selectable via the LCD instruments.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMoto 300NK is cheapest 300cc learner

CFMoto continue to offer some of the cheapest learner bikes in Australia with the 300NK arriving next month at just $4990, ride away.

We could not find a 300cc motorcycle on the market for less. In fact, the Chinese-made motorcycle is about the same price as a couple of 150cc bikes on the market.

And it includes an unlimited kilometre, two-year factory warranty.

It rounds out their NK (naked) road bike range: 150NK ($3490 with free jacket and helmet worth $350); 250NK ($4290) and 650NK ($5990).

Despite the cheap prices, we have found all the CFMoto models we’ve tested to be reliable and great value.CFMoto 300NK learner motorcycle

This latest variant is powered by a new 300cc four-valve DOHC, water-cooled engine with 25kW of power in its lithe 151kg frame.

The EFI engine has a balance shaft and a sixth gear to reduce vibration in the footpegs and hand grips.

Braking is handled by Spanish J Juan brake callipers and a Continental Dual Channel ABS controller.

The frame is narrow making it easy for most riders to get a foot on the ground and the seat is split for rider and pillion.

Modern features include a full-colour TFT instrumentation panel, LED headlight and daytime running lights.CFMoto 300NK learner motorcycle

Like all NK motorcycles, styling has been outsourced to Kiska, the Austrian design house responsible for many KTM models.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

300NK ABS will be available in Midnight Black only.

300NK features

  • New 300cc single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4-valve, DOHC with balance shaft
  • Electronic fuel injection for increased economy 
  • 6 speed transmission capable of highway speeds
  • New 12.5 L fuel tank design for better rider ergonomics
  • Front and rear Spanish J.Juan disc brakes
  • Bright TFT instrumentation display
  • Switchable ride modes from sport to rain
  • Lightweight – 151kg
  • Aggressive low slung headlight design and LED lights all round
  • Available in Midnight Black

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Best 5 Motorcycles for Students

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Motorcycles are a fun and exciting way to commute, travel, and the adventurous nature of riding a bike fits young college students perfectly. Finding the appropriate motorcycle depends on the habits where you live and what you plan to do with it. When trying to find the best beginner motorcycle, it’s not the same if you want a bike for the open road, or if you plan to ride around the town mostly.

You could consider buying a used motorcycle to fit student budget, but there are also some excellent choices for new and affordable motorcycles for students.   Most young people love to travel, and the bike is an exciting way to go around.

Top 5 bikes for students

Other things to consider beside buying a motorcycle is the strength, insurance, additional equipment for safety, and travel. For safety reasons ‘don’t cut costs with features like ABS. You should think about getting a motorcycle license, insurance, and registration costs. Besides the bike itself, a motorcycle helmet is an essential part of the equipment.

Whit all that in mind, you will still have to think about the motorcycle, and here is our list of Top 5 bikes for students.

Honda Rebel 3002017 Honda CMX bobber women riders students

Lightweight bike ideal for beginners, Honda Rebel 300 has value price, and it comes with enough power packed in sporty aesthetics. The fuel-injected single-cylinder motor has midrange power and torque performance, and it is known for reliability. Beginners will appreciate the widened front wheel that creates an excellent opportunity for learning how to drive a motorcycle and gain valuable experience. Honda Rebel 300 is suitable for cruising and everyday commute and this model is very popular in Australia.

Suzuki SV650

SV650 combines old-school with modern design. Suzuki builds in 645cc V-twin engine with low emissions and fuel-efficiency. The frame is lightweight, and easy to handle even on more demanding terrain. Suzuki SV650 is bike from the low-price range category, and offer great value for what it gives you.

KTM 390 DukeKTM 390 Duke riding in the wet rain students

The single-cylinder engine in KTM 390 Duke has excellent performance and reliability. The motor provides low to medium torque, which makes him an excellent choice for beginners. The high and curved seat provides stability and superior control. Although it is affordable, it has features from pricier bikes. KTM used sporty geometric design, and the bike has an entire steel frame.

Yamaha XT250

For offroad lovers, Yamaha made XT 250, a bike with a dual-sport motorcycle, equally efficient both on the streets and off-road. The first generation was released back in 1980, and it was featured in Rambo movie. The XT250 stands out with dual-sport purpose and distinctive style. Students get carried away when riding a bike. A little guilty pleasure is fine, and if you ‘haven’t be able to finish academic obligations due to your cruising around the country. You might need essay service help with writing or correcting your works if you suddenly fell into a trap called open road motorcycle virus.

 Kawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki Ninja 400 to cost more

Kawasaki Ninja 400 has a robust sports motor, and with only 172 kg, it is crazy easy to ride and handle. The bike has a sports design predominantly, and it’s been around for ages. The model 400 has a new engine, and the design has sports written all over it. Another great thing about Ninja 400 is the price.

Conclusion

For our top student motorcycles, we tried to satisfy all use cases from off-road, through sports bike to the open road and city dwellers. Bikes for beginners have a lower price, some features that can help you learn how to drive and with low to medium torque ‘it’s clear these are the best choices for safety. Another great thing about these bikes is the price range and affordability. Beginners will be satisfied with the performance, and when they learn all the tips&tricks and how to handle a powerful machine beneath you, you can think about the next step. Until then, choose the right bike for your college days and enjoy the ride.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Benelli 502C is a LAMS urban cruiser

Benelli 502C fits into a category of bike roughly referred to as an urban cruiser suitable for learner and novice riders.

It arrives in Australian showrooms at $9790 ride away with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance in gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Urban cruiser

If you think we have invented the term “LAMS urban cruiser” check out these competitors:

It’s a popular class and the best seller is the Honda, followed by the Harley and the Kawasaki.

The first of these urban cruisers was the Yamaha Bolt C which is probably also the most stylish … until now.

Benelli’s Italian-designed and Chinese-made model is beautiful.

After all, it seems to be designed along the lines of a small-capacity Ducati Diavel with a similar trellis-style frame, floating seat, remote rear fender, bellypan and stubby twin single-sided mufflers.

It features forward foot controls which are adjustable like the Vulcan S, wide handlebars, moderate-height 750mm seat and distinctive LED headlights.

The Benelli 502C is powered by their in-line 500cc liquid-cooled twin with 35kW Of power at 8500 revs and 45Nm of midrange torque. The engine is mated to six-speed gearbox.

The generous 21-litre tank should allow these urban cruisers to stray far from their urban environs.

Benelli 502C tech specsBenelli 502C urban cruiser

  • Price: $9790 ride away
  • Engine: 500cc in-line twin, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves , DOHC
  • Bore x stroke: 69 x 66.8mm
  • Power: 35kW @ 8500rpm
  • Torque: 45Nm @ 5000rpm
  • Emissions: Euro 4, CO2 96g/km
  • Economy: 4.2Lt/100km
  • Transmission: Multidisk wet clutch, 6 speeds
  • Frame: Trestle steel tubes and plates
  • Suspension: Upside-down 41mm forks, 125mm travel; swingarm with central shock absorber, spring preload adjustable, 50mm travel
  • Brakes: twin 280mm floating disks with 4-piston calliper; 240mm disc, piston floating calliper; ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70 – ZR17” M/C 58W; 160/60 – ZR17” M/C 69W
  • Seat: 750mm
  • Wheelbase: 1600mm
  • Wet weight: 217kg
  • Tank: 21Lt
  • Length: 2280mm
  • Width: 940mm
  • Height: 1140mm
  • Warrant: 2 years, unlimited kilometre, roadside assistance
  • Colours: gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda recalls learners over wheel locking

Honda Motorcycles Australia has recalled 183 of their learner motorcycles over an issue which could cause locking of the rear wheel.

The recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) affects the 2019 CBF300N, 2018 CBR300R (pictured above) and 2017 CRF250L.

Vehicle identification numbers of affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.

“The groove on the main shaft was incorrectly manufactured and is oversized, possibly resulting in the circlip loosening and causing gear damage,” the ACCC notice says.

If the gear is damaged, the motorcycle may stall or lock by the rear wheel, increasing the risk of an accident and serious injuries to road users.”

Owners have been advised to contact their nearest Honda Motorcycle Dealer and arrange for an inspection and repair at no charge.

For help finding a Honda dealer, consumers can go to http://www.honda.com.au

Honda CBF300R locking
Honda CBF300R

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia

• USA

• New Zealand

• Canada

VINs of affect bikes

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2019 Honda CBR500R arrives in Australia | $7,999 MLP


Honda’s popular CBR500R has been updated for 2019 with more mid-range grunt and improved ergonomics. The latest generation of the machines have just hit Honda dealers across Australia at $7,999.

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

The rider’s seat pad and seat unit – plus the upper and side fairings – have been narrowed to improve ergonomics. Seat height remains low at 785mm, making the CBR500R very easy to manage, while its riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height.

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

The development target for the CBR500Rs engine for 2019 was focused on faster acceleration through a boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range. This 4% improvement comes via altered valve timing – with ‘close’ timing accelerated by 5° – and lift increased 0.3mm to 7.8mm.

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is now a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies. A six-speed gearbox mirrors that of its CBR1000RR cousin and uses the same gear change arm structure and link mechanism. The new addition of an assist/slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

New LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function and the indicators are now LED, to match the rest of the lighting. The new 2019 CBR500R will be available in three colour options: Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Grand Prix Red and Pearl Metalloid White.

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

For more information on the entire Honda range visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or visit: http://motorcycles.honda.com.au (link)

2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R
2019 Honda CBR500R

Source: MCNews.com.au