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KTM Australia issues another recall for 2021

KTM Australia has issued its 11th and 12th recalls so far this year, this time for a range of GasGas and Husqvarna motorcycles it imports into the country.

The issue affects 1277 GasGas EC 250, EC 300, EC 250F and EC 350F bikes from 2020 – 2021 and 1512 Husky FE (capacity – 250 , 350 , 450 , 501) and TE ( capacity 150i , 250i , 300i) bikes from 2020-2021.

The latest official safety recall notices, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, replace previous recalls for the same brake issue.

“If the current locking split pins used for mounting and securing the brake pad holding bracket in the front and rear caliper are fitted incorrectly or in the wrong direction the locking pins can come out and no longer secure the brake pad holding bracket,” the notices say.

“This can cause the brake pad holding bracket to become detached resulting in a loss of braking performance.

“A reduction or loss in breaking performance could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to the rider and/or passenger or other road users.”

Owners should contact their authorised dealers “ASAP to make an appointment to have the recall performed free of charge”.


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.

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The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 Is Faster and Better than Ever Before

Over the last few weeks, Ducati has revealed what’s in store for 2022 in different’ episodes.’ Today, the Italian manufacturer took the wraps off one of its most exciting models for next year, its flagship supersport, the Panigale V4.

Ducati mentioned in a press release that the new Panigale V4 “has been improved in all areas, including aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis, and electronics”. How has it managed to do so, you ask?

For starters, there’s the addition of a new winglet design. This is also the differentiating visual factor when compared to last year’s model. The new winglets are smaller but produce just as much downforce as before — 81lbs at 186mph (37kg at 300km/h). 

This bike gets a flatter seat with a grippier surface to enable the rider with better control while braking hard for better ergonomics on track. The rear of the tank (that’s close to the rider) has also been tweaked for better grip.  

While the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine remains essentially unchanged for 2022, the new Panigale V4 features an updated gearbox. The first, second, and sixth gear is now taller, and the ECU has been updated. Peak output figures from the engine are 210hp at 12,500rpm and 90.6lb-ft of torque at 11,000rpm.

Owners will also have the option to opt for an Akrapovic exhaust from the Ducati performance catalog. Making the switch bumps peak horsepower to 225hp while reducing the motorcycle’s weight by 11lbs (5kg). For reference, the stock 2022 Panigale V4 weighs 431lbs (195.5kg).

The updates don’t stop there. There’s also a new suspension setup with an Öhlins NPX 25/30 electronically controlled pressurized fork at the front. The new fork offers 125mm of travel — 5mm more than the 2021 Panigale V4. The rear shock, meanwhile, continues to be an Öhlins TTX36. 

A lady riding down the street on a Honda Rebel 500

The single-sided swingarm pivot has also been raised by 4mm to “increase anti-squat action” under acceleration. While the standard Panigale V4 gets Pirelli SC1 tires, the 2022 Panigale V4S S is equipped with 3-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels shod in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. Braking hardware comprises Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers at the front and a 2-piston caliper at the rear.

Lastly, substantial additions have been made to the electronics package. The 5-inch TFT dash has been restyled, so information is easier to read. Then, there’s the addition of a new ‘Track Evo’ mode. Other rider aids include a cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, engine brake control, and a bi-directional quick-shifter that works alongside a six-axis IMU.

Ducati has mentioned that the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 will be available in North America from February 2022. The base model is priced at $23,295, while the Panigale V4 S will set you back $29,995.

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EICMA 2021: Honda Unveils 2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, New ADV350 Scooter

Honda was one of the first manufacturers to showcase what it has in store for 2022 at EICMA, that’s currently underway in Milan. The Japanese manufacturer’s stand showcased multiple models, some of which we’re seeing for the first time. These include a new adventure scooter called the ADV350 and an update to its flagship supersport, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. 

2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary

Honda also announced a handful of updates for its flagship offering, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. Peak output figures from the liter-class inline-four remain unchanged for 2022, but the manufacturer has updated its intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels, and exhaust mid-section for better mid-range performance. The bike also sports a larger 43-teeth rear sprocket — 3 more than before — for better acceleration in every gear. 

The traction control and throttle feel have been refined, while the Nissin brake calipers receive a new material and surface finish. 

Next year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade, and Honda is celebrating it by introducing a CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary Edition. This bike features all of the updates we mentioned above, along with a lovely color scheme that pays homage to the original colors of the 1992 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. 

This limited-edition model also features gold-finished wheels, a special ‘ring of fire’ startup sequence on the TFT, and an Akrapovic end can. 

2022 Honda ADV350

The new Honda ADV350 draws its roots from the popular X-ADV platform and is a bigger sibling to the ADV150. It’s powered by a 330cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that produces peak output figures of 29hp and 23 lb-ft of torque. The engine is housed in a tubular steel frame with a 37mm USD fork at the front and twin shock-absorbers at the rear. Considering its off-road nature, the scooter also features lightweight wheels — a 15-inch front and 14-inch rear — shod in dual-sport tires.  

A lady riding down the street on a Honda Rebel 500

Asphalt and Rubber also report that the ADV350 offers a host of features, including a height-adjustable windscreen, a USB Type-C charging port, and enough room for two full-face helmets under the seat. In addition to these, there’s an LCD instrument panel that integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) as standard.

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EICMA 2021: Royal Enfield SG 650 Concept Revealed

Royal Enfield has showcased a new concept at EICMA 2021 that’s currently underway. Dubbed the SG650, the concept is of a cruiser motorcycle that’s likely to debut sometime next year.

Bikewale has mentioned that the ‘SG’ suffix likely stands for ‘Shotgun’, which the upcoming motorcycle is expected to be called. The SG650 concept strikes a middle ground between what the company’s existing line-up of retro motorcycles looks like and the direction that its future products are heading in. 

A studio shot of the Royal Enfield SG650 concept

The showcased concept features a gorgeous brushed aluminum finish with black side panels, exhaust pipes, and a blacked-out engine. Interestingly, the bike also wears pretty funky graphics and is unlike anything we’ve seen on a Royal Enfield in the past. It’s too early to say if these will make it to the production motorcycle, but considering the brand’s retro roots and theme, it does seem somewhat unlikely.

The motorcycle’s front is, perhaps, the most familiar angle with a round headlight integrated into a nicely designed cowl. Royal Enfield has also mentioned that the tank and rims have been CNC billet machined from a solid aluminum block. It also sports a chopped rear fender and wide Metzeler tires that give it quite the imposing stance.

Interestingly, the SG650 concept also sports a USD fork — a feature we have yet to see on a Royal Enfield. Over the past few months, an inverted front fork has been seen on models that the company is currently testing, but none have been launched yet.

A lady riding down the street on a Honda Rebel 500

Powering the motorcycle is the same parallel-twin engine as on the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. That’s all we know about the SG650 Concept at the moment, but we shall update this space with more information when it’s available.

What do you think about the new concept? Let us know in the comments below.

A studio shot of the Royal Enfield SG650 concept

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EICMA 2021: Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory, RS 660 Limited Edition Revealed

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Aprilia has unveiled two new versions of the popular middle-weight Tuono 660 and RS 660 models at EICMA 2021. The Tuono 660 is now available in a ‘Factory trim, like it’s bigger sibling, while the RS 660 will now have a ‘Limited Edition’ variant.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory

The Tuono 660 Factory gets the Aprilia ‘Factory’ treatment and features higher-spec components when compared to the standard model. 

For starters, the 41mm Kayaba USD fork and Sachs monoshock are now fully adjustable for compression, rebound damping, and preload. Aprilia has also managed to shave some weight off the motorcycle by using a lighter lithium battery. The Tuono 660 factory now weighs 181kg — 2kg less than before. 

While the 660cc, forward-facing twin-cylinder engine remains essentially unchanged, there’s a bump in acceleration, thanks to the use of a shorter final drive with a 16-tooth pinion gear, one less than Tuono 660. 

The Tuono 660 Factory offers an extensive list of electronic rider aids, including ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), ACC (Aprilia Cruise Control), AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift), AEB (Aprilia Engine Brake), and AEM (Aprilia Engine Map). The bike also offers adjustable cornering ABS and five customizable riding modes. 

Aprilia RS 660 Limited Edition

The RS 660 Limited Edition, meanwhile, features mainly cosmetic updates. Only 1,500 units will be produced, and they will come with a single seat cover, oversized top fairing, and the ability to set the quickshifter to run upside down, like on the GP bikes. 

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These 1,500 bikes will also come in a stars and stripes paint job to celebrate Aprilia’s success at the MotoAmerica Twins Cup. 

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EICMA 2021: Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello Unveiled

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Moto Guzzi has officially showcased the V100 Mandello at EICMA 2021. The motorcycle was first revealed in September and was the first of a new generation of models to come. Now, the Italian marquee has shared information on all that it offers, and it certainly looks promising.

For starters, the V100 Mandello will be the first production motorcycle in the world to feature adaptive aerodynamics. The system automatically adjusts deflectors on either side of the fuel tank, depending on speed and riding mode. Moto Guzzi claims that the fully raised deflectors reduce air pressure on the rider by 22%. The windscreen is also electronically height-adjustable, and along with the adaptive aero tech, allows for the V100 Mandello to provide wind protection that’s on par with more substantial motorcycles. 

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

The V100 Mandello is also the first Moto Guzzi to feature a liquid-cooled engine, quick-shifter, six-axis IMU, and semi-active suspension. Powering the bike is a new 1042cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90° V-Twin engine that produces peak output figures of 115hp and 77.4lb-ft. This lightweight and compact engine is 103mm shorter than the V85 TT’s engine. Motorcycle.com points out that in traditional Moto Guzzi fashion, the engine is mounted with the cylinders pointing to either side ahead of the rider’s legs, so the new head design was also chosen to improve rider comfort. 

The engine is paired with a hydraulically-controlled wet clutch, with power delivered to the rear wheel via shaft drive encased in an aluminum single-sided swingarm. The swingarm is also directly connected to the suspension without a linkage.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello tank logo

As we mentioned above, this is the most technologically advanced motorcycle to leave the Moto Guzzi stable. Some of the electronics on offer include cornering ABS, cruise control, cornering lights, and four ride modes — Travel, Sport, Rain, and Road. Each of these manages three different engine mappings, four levels of traction control, three levels of engine braking, and calibration of the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension (on the higher-spec variant.

The V100 Mandello will be available in two variants. The higher-spec version will include the Öhlins semi-active suspension, along with a quick shifter, heated grips, and the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform as standard. The Moto Guzzi MIA allows you to connect your smartphone to the motorcycle, use voice assistance, and control navigation and music via handlebar-mounted controls. 

Prices for the 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello are yet to be revealed, and we shall post an update when they are available.

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MV Agusta To Unveil Two New ADVs at EICMA

Earlier this week, MV Agusta officially announced the arrival of the Lucky Explorer Project, which will see the introduction of two all-new adventure motorcycles at EICMA 2021. 

Previously, MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov expressed his desire to resurrect the Cagiva brand and draw from its rally bike heritage. It seems like we will see this happen in just a couple of days. While we’ll only see what the motorcycles are like once they debut at EICMA, the Italian marquee will start accepting pre-orders for the motorcycles from today, November 23.

The brand has launched an all-new website for the motorcycles and dedicated social media handles that have already garnered thousands of followers. The website and social media pages have teased the bike’s arrival with iconic Paris-Dakar images of the Lucky Strike-branded Cagiva bikes racing. 

“I am excited about the launch of this very special project. The Lucky Explorer concept is not just about bikes, it’s about a comprehensive world of emotions, memories, values, and a way of being. A long-awaited return for all the fans of Made-in-Schiranna, but also a new beginning and a leap into the future: no matter where life takes us, we know where we’re from,” MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov said in a statement.


A test mule for one of the upcoming ADVs has been spied in the past as well, and we’re excited to see how the bikes will fit into what is an extremely competitive segment. ADV Pulse has said in its story that Sardarov has also mentioned possible revival of the Elefant name in various interviews. Stay tuned for the latest updates on what MV Agusta has in store.

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Guy Martin and Project 100 Aiming to Set 400mph World Motorcycle Speed Record

Guy Martin is no stranger to daring adventures involving insane speeds. His most recent endeavor is arguably one of his most significant ones as it involves an attempt at breaking the World Motorcycle Speed Record. He’ll be attempting the feat along with the 52 Express streamliner team, Project 100.

Earlier this week, the team made their first steps towards reaching their goal of crossing the 400mph mark. Visordown reports that the 52 Express streamliner was piloted to just under 150mph during day two of testing at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire. This is still some way away from their target, but the team only plans to make their attempt at the Uyuni high salt desert of Bolivia in 2023. Currently, the record stands at 376mph.

The team tested for two days. On the first day, they successfully hit 90mph. This run was only to get the machine off its stabilizers, dial-in braking distances, establish baseline readings, and carry out multiple systems and safety checks. 

The following day, the team got the streamliner to just under 150mph. Powering the vehicle is a 1200hp Rolls Royce Gem-42 Turbine engine from a Westland Lynx military helicopter.

Remember that these are just the early stages of testing, and the speeds are kept low to ensure that everything is in order. The “motorcycle” was also far from complete. There’s still lightweight, aerodynamic bodywork that needs to be put over the 30 feet of aero-grade metal tubing. 

At the project’s helm is 77-year-old former motorcycle Grand Prix and TT sidecar racer Alex Macfadzean. Also on board are team manager Bernie Toleman (ex-endurance racer and BSB team owner), technical manager Dave Blundell, and design engineer Alastair Smith. 

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As we mentioned above, the current record is held by American Rocky Robinson aboard a 1,000hp Suzuki in 2010. The Project 100 team will continue testing until 2023, and we’re certainly looking forward to how this progresses.

Image source: Rod Kirkpatrick of F Stop Press

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Yamaha TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX Updated for 2022

Yamaha has updated the immensely popular Yamaha TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX for 2022. The scooters made their debut in 2001, and VisorDown reports that they are currently the highest-selling scooters in Europe. It’s no surprise then that the Japanese manufacturer wants to keep them as fresh as possible. Updates for 2022 are comprehensive and come in revised styling, better suspension, and new color schemes.

The most notable update is with the design, and the new Yamaha TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX feature sportier styling. The brand mentioned in its press release that the scooters boast of ‘radical new Supersport-inspired design’ with a new compact body and aluminum chassis. The updated scooters will also put you in a sportier riding position, owing to adjustments across all points of the rider triangle. 

A rider on the Yamaha TMAX taking a corner

However, this change doesn’t come up at the cost of comfort. There’s a new adjustable windscreen that will reduce wind blast as well as wind noise at higher speeds.

Hardware updates on the 2022 Yamaha TMAX models include redesigned 10-spoke wheels, which are now lighter and more robust; the wheels are shod in grippy Bridgestone Battlax SC2 tires. Yamaha has also tweaked the scooter’s 41mm USD fork and monoshock for better performance and feedback. The engine, meanwhile, remains unchanged for 2022, and the scooters will continue to be powered by a 560cc parallel-twin engine that produces 47.5hp.

A static shot of the Yamaha TMAX

There’s also a host of tech features on offer, such as a new 7-inch, TFT display which offers Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as USB connectivity. You can also opt to add navigation via a Garmin GPS unit.

In addition to all the features and updates mentioned above, the TMAX Tech MAX also offers a heated saddle and grips, an electronically adjustable windscreen, cruise control, and adjustable rear suspension.

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The standard TMAX will be available in Extreme Yellow, Icon Blue and Sword Grey colorways, while the TMAX Tech MAX will come in Dark Petrol and Power Grey schemes.

Yamaha has not revealed pricing for the scooter yet, but the source suggests that the scooter is expected to reach European dealerships by March 2022.

A rear static shot of the Yamaha TMAX

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2022 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, CMX1100 Rebel, CMX500 Rebel Get New Colours

Honda has updated the GL1800 Gold Wing, CMX500 Rebel, and CMX1100 Rebel with new color schemes for 2022.

2022 GL1800 Gold Wing

The Gold Wing is Honda’s flagship touring motorcycle, and it comes with all the bells and whistles you could imagine on two wheels. For 2022, Honda has given the manual GL1800 Gold Wing ‘Tour’ a Gunmetal Black Metallic colorway that features a ‘blacked out’ engine.

Meanwhile, the DCT/Airbag version will be available in new Glint Wave Blue Metallic and Pearl Glare White paint options for 2022, in addition to the Gunmetal Black Metallic color scheme. The DCT-only model, on the other hand, comes with a new Mat Jeans Blue Metallic color.

VisorDown also reports on what else the 2022 Gold Wing will have to feature. Mechanically, the bike remains unchanged and comes powered by an inline-six engine. Features include a 7-inch TFT screen, gyrocompass navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4 riding modes, HSTC (Honda Selectable Traction Control), and Hill Start Assist.

2022 CMX500 Rebel, CMX1100 Rebel

VisorDown reports that the A2 license-friendly CMX500 Rebel is the best-selling Custom motorcycle in Europe this year. It’s currently available in Mat Jeans Blue Metallic, Graphite Black, and Matt Axis Grey Metallic. For 2022, there will also be a new Pearl Organic Green color added to the list. 

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The larger CMX1100 Rebel will get a Pearl Stallion Brown color scheme for 2022, apart from the existing Gunmetal Black Metallic color. 

Just like the Gold Wing, the two Rebel motorcycles received no mechanical changes for 2022. Some of the features that the Rebel 500 has to offer include a 500cc parallel-twin engine and a slipper clutch. You also have the option of buying the Rebel S variant that comes with an extra headlight cowl, fork covers, and gaiters. 

The CMX1100 Rebel, meanwhile, offers a 1,084cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, HSTC, wheelie control, cruise control, and 3 riding modes. Hardware components include a 43mm cartridge-style front fork, a monoshock at the rear, and a four-piston, radial-mount front brake caliper. 

A lady riding down the street on a Honda Rebel

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