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Aussie Toy Runs return for 2021

After several Australian toy runs were cancelled, restricted or went “virtual” in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, it appears many will return to full strength this year.

Organisers are now gearing up their toy runs as states begin to ease restrictions and come out of lockdown.

After a tumultuous year that affected the livelihoods of many Aussies, charity events such as these are desperately needed and warmly welcomed by local communities.

These toy runs not only raise funds, but mainly non-perishable goods and new toys for families in the lead-up to Christmas. Check the conditions of donations at your local event first.

Most toy runs also feature elaborately decorated riders and bikes.

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Ipswich toy run

Last year the oldest and one of the biggest toy runs, Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run was restricted to just 50 motorcycles. This year the 44th running of the Newcastle event is back to full capacity on December 4 and organisers say they are planning for their biggest toy run yet.

In fact, most toy run organisers are expecting large turnouts this year after the lockdown.

One of the first toy runs is the Toy Run for Father Bob in South Melbourne on 24 November. That is not to be confused with the Melbourne Toy Run which so far does not appear to have a confirmed date yet.

In fact, several of the usual toy runs are yet to confirm dates, so I suggest you continue to check the Facebook pages in your local area to see if the events are returning.

NSW and Victoria have suffered the biggest lockdowns and restrictions in the past year so their toy runs were the most severely affected last year.

Other states were less affected.

Here is what we know so far:

Despite some restrictions last year the 42nd Annual MRA Toy Run in Tasmania still had 500 bikes and they are expecting a whole lot more bikes in Hobart this year on December 4.

In Queensland where there have been few restrictions, it seems most rides are back.

The Sunshine Coast Ulysses Branch and Salvation Army Christmas Toy Run is on 14 November, the Brisbane Santa Ride is at New farm Park on December 5, the Ipswich Toy Run is on Sunday 12 December and the Towoomba Toy Run is on 19 December.

South Australia’s MRASA Toy Run is on 12 December in Adelaide.

The Bendigo Motorcycle Toy Run is on November 28.

If your local area has a toy run, please leave details in the comments section below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMOTO offer free extras on 800MT

CFMOTO Australia has announced a pre-order campaign for their 800MT adventure tourer range with $899 of free accessories.

The 800MT Sport in Starlight Black will cost just $12,990 ride away and the up-spec Ocean Blue 800MT Touring is only $1000 more.

They will start arriving in January 2022 with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.

For those who have already ordered the bikes or do so before the end of the year, CFMoto Australia will throw in $899 worth of free accessories fitted during pre-delivery.

They include:
•    Silver side crash bars;
•    Black radiator protector; and
•    Black headlight guard.

It sounds like a good idea and a real incentive to get customers to be patient while they wait for the Chinese-made motorcycle.

CFMoto 800MT

The company supplied this question-and-answer info for those interested:

How will the campaign work?

Customers can make a pre-order through a dealership, over the phone or online via a new dedicated 800MT microsite with a simple step-by-step build process.

The microsite’s address is www.cfmoto800mt.com.au, and has extensive information on both models including images, words, specs and video.

Once the customer has digested the full gamut of 800MT information, they can start the build process to place a pre-order and nominate their preferred dealer.

The build process also allows customers to include any accessories they’d like to include on their 800MT over and above the free items already included in the campaign.

Once the pre-order details are received by a CFMOTO dealer, it will then contact the customer to verify details and process a $500 deposit.

Does the customer have to place a pre-order through the new 800MT microsite?

No. A customer can still place a pre-order directly with a dealership, over the phone etc, as long as a deposit is taken by the dealer within the promotional period.

Is the deposit refundable?

On the basis that customers won’t see either 800MT before they arrive, the $500 deposit is 100 per cent refundable if the customer changes their mind.

What about customers who already have placed deposits?

Yes, these customers are eligible for the pre-order promotion.

When will deliveries start to take place?

First shipments are scheduled to arrive in January 2021 to begin honouring the summer delivery guarantee.CFMoto 800mt

800MT FAMILY FEATURES
•    Seven-inch TFT screen
•    Ride by-wire throttle
•    Multiple riding modes
•    Slipper clutch
•    Cruise control
•    Continental ABS braking system
•    KYB fully adjustable suspension
•    Adjustable screen
•    Fog lights
•    Crash bars
•    USB charging
•    LED lights and turn signals
•    Three-year warranty

CFMoto 800mt

ADDITIONAL 800MT TOURING FEATURES
•    Tyre pressure monitoring
•    Wire-spoked wheels
•    Centrestand
•    Up/down quickshifter
•    Handguards
•    Alloy bashplate
•    Steering damper

At the heart of both bikes is KTM’s  799cc parallel twin, which produces 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm and 88Nm at 6600rpm.

The 800MTs also have a slipper clutch, Bosch electronic fuel injection and a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes: rain, off-road and road.

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring share the same 19-litre fuel capacity, expansive rider and pillion seats, tubular steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, 825mm seat height, adjustable screen and Spanish J.Juan brakes with ABS.

The major point of differentiation between the two is in the rolling stock: cast wheels on the Sport as opposed to spoked tubeless wheels on the Touring. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding.

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Ducati adds two new Scrambler models

Ducati has added two more models to its popular and growing range of Scramblers with an 1100 Tribute Pro and an 803cc Urban Motard.

Both models will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2022 at the ride-away prices of $21,300 for the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and $18,900 for the Scrambler Urban Motard.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the current line-up will continue.

There are eight models in the range with prices from $15,500 for the Scrambler Icon Dark to $23,090 for the 1100 Sport Pro.

We figure the 1100 Tribute Pro is almost $1000 more than the current 1100 Sport Pro and the Urban Motard is about $900 more than the Nightshift.

1100 Tribute PRO

Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro
Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Italian’s air-cooled twin-cylinder engine.

It has a “Giallo Ocra” livery featuring the 1970s Ducati logo designed by auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaro who also designed the DMC DeLorean that starred in the Back to the Future movie series.

The styling also includes a brown seat and black spoked wheels.

It is powered by the same 1079cc engine as in the rest of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO family with no changes to output of 86hp (64kW) and 90Nm (9.2kgm).

Urban Motard

Scrambler Urban Motard
Scrambler Urban Motard

The Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard features a high-rise front mudguard, “race number” plate, 17″ spoked wheels, flat seat and graffiti-style graphics.

Similarly, there is no change to the 803cc L-twin engine that powers the other 800 models.

All Ducati  models now come with cornering ABS as standard.

They are also designed for the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which allows riders to connect their phone via Bluetooth.

The bikes arrive in Europe next month where the 800 models are also available in a 35-kW version for European A2 licence holders.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

How will your rider gear cope this summer?

With the hotter weather approaching, riders can check the breathability standard of their gear on Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP online safety ratings service.

Sixteen new MotoCAP safety ratings have just been published, providing riders with safety ratings for 11 jackets and five pairs of pants.

Importantly, they also test the breathability and comfort of the gear in hot conditions which is an important primary safety factor.

The Richa Daytona 2 leather jacket performed best, receiving three out of five stars for safety yet two out of five for breathability.

The new ratings for jackets can be viewed here. The new ratings for pants can be viewed here.

MotoCAP has now performed testing and issued safety and comfort ratings ratings for 356 items of rider jackets, gloves and pants.

The MotoCAP safety intitiative launched in September 2018 and is the first of its type in the world.

Riders are urged to consider checking the safety and comfort ratings of gear before they buy.

While some have disputed the veracity or usefulness of the tests, rider representative groups and road safety experts say MotoCAP at least makes riders more aware of wearing protective gear.

The breasthasbility score also shows how the gear may perform when out on the road, something you can’t test for when trying it on in a store. 

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

All gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

In 2019, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Mt Glorious tar not so glorious

Four years after melting tar on the Mt Glorious Rd west of Brisbane in 2017 resulted in at least one rider crashing and after recent multi-million-dollar roadworks, the issue of melting tar is back again on the popular motorcyclist road.

The Motorcycle Advocacy Group Facebook page is warning riders to take care on the Mt Glorious Road from Samford as “the new surface is falling to bits since the weather warmed up”.

“The esses are particularly bad especially from the beehives down. Be extra careful,” their page says.

The issue of melting tar is not exclusive to Queensland nor to the popular Mt Glorious motorcycle road.

The Oxley Highway in NSW, which is a Meccas to many riders, also offered melting issues in 2019 and water was sprayed over the highway to blast away excess bitumen and cool the road down after it began melting.

Melting tar on Oxley highway sand fix
Melting tar on the Oxley Highway

The Mt Glorious Rd melting surface issue comes after more than $11 million worth of roadworks and almost four years of consultation between Queensland Main Roads and the Motorcycle Advocacy Group (MAG).

“At every stage we told them this was an unsuitable surface. They ignored us and argued with us.”

MAG spokesman Stuart Langfield says they warned of two prior upgrades which were also “unsuitable and had to be ripped up and re-laid”.

Stuart contacted the department after a recent hot weekend to complain about the dangerous melting surface which has been further eroded by trucks.

Melting tar on Mt Glorious Rd
Melting tar on Mt Glorious Rd

“I was able to push my index finger into the surface and remove stones at all of the three levels laid,” he says.

The issue will only get worse through summer as the temperature heats up.

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MAG had asked for “hotmix” bitumen on the surface which a contractor had told them was only $25 per ton more expensive than the present surface.

“A miniscule amount in the scheme of things now this road too requires ripping up and replacing with that very material,” Stuart says.

“Further to that the next stage upgrade on the western side of Mt Glorious is about to commence and no doubt it will suffer the same fate.

“This is a blatant waste of $11m and a flagrant disregard for the input of concerned parties.”

Stuart says MAG raised the issue of the public service ignoring public input at a recent Parliamentary investigation into road safety. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Riders want drivers to use mirrors

Motorcyclists want drivers to look, use their mirrors, check blind spots and ‘get off the phone’, according to a Motorcycle Council of NSW survey of more than 500 riders.

The survey was conducted last month in preparation for the current Motorcycle Awareness Month to gain an insight into how to get the message across to drivers to #lookoutformotorcycles.

It also found that half of  NSW motorcyclists have experienced a near-miss in the past three months.

The survey was designed to capture motorcyclists experience of drivers’ behaviour that has affected their safety and what can be done to improve their safety on the road.  

While there are numerous statistics and studies completed about motorcycle crashes, there is little information about the number and effect of near misses which can easily turn into a crash.

The survey used three key areas to question motorcyclists:

  • About their personal riding experience
  • Details about their last two near misses
  • How drivers’ behaviour could be improved to reduce near misses.

Respondents riding experience

Most (77%) respondents had over 10 years’ experience riding, with many riding for weekend recreation (86%), 63% enjoying regional NSW riding and 29% using their motorcycle to commute.

Driving mistakes happen often with  37% of riders correcting their riding or riding defensively to protect themselves from drivers’ mistakes every time they ride, while 36% correct their riding one in five rides.  

This shows we need to continue to get the message out to drivers to be extra diligent around motorcycles.  

Details about their last two near misses

93% of respondents have had a near miss, and 58% of them were shaken by the experience.

An overwhelming 52% had a near miss in the past three months.  

The majority occurred in metropolitan areas and 22% occurred on rural roads.

When did near misses occur?

Most (62%) of the near misses happened during the weekday.  With 55% occurred between the hours of 10-3pm, with 24% between 3pm to 7pm and 18% between the morning peak hour times.

Where did near misses occur?

A third occur on suburban roads, 19% at intersection without traffic lights, 20% on main roads/highways and 16% on rural roads.

Where there other factors contributing to near misses?

Excessive speed doesn’t seem to be the problem in motorcycle near misses with 46% riding less than 50km/h and 36% between 50-80km/h.

The majority of near misses were with cars (48%) and 40% SUV vehicles.

According to the rider, 88% of the drivers in a near miss were disobeying the road rules.

Their experience of the near miss could have been avoided had the driver followed the road rules (51%), 49% said for the driver to look in their mirrors, 23% said to slow down, and finally, 14% to not use their mobiles while driving.

How can drivers’ behaviour be improved to reduce motorcycle near misses?

The survey asked motorcyclists what the driver can do to avoid future near misses with the motorcycle.  

There was a strong recurring message coming from all riders.  Mentions of ‘look’ (143), ‘mirror’ (92), ‘phone’ (47), and ‘blind spots’ (36) in the comments of riders on how drivers can change their driving behaviour to make it safer for motorcycles.

Key survey outcomes

  • Motorcycle near misses with drivers occur too often and aren’t always a result of traffic and road conditions.   
  • Near misses are happening primarily with cars, on suburban roads, outside of peak hour on weekdays.  Mostly, speed isn’t an issue, however the driver was at fault. 
  • Rider experience is key for motorcyclists to avoid near misses.
  • Drivers need to always be diligent and look out for motorcycles.

Mark from Orange suggests drivers: “Don’t even look at your phone. Stay on your own side of the road especially on blind corners and crests. Look twice.” 

“Use your mirrors. Don’t use mobile phones and don’t think just because your vehicle is bigger you have the right of way!” says Trudy from Cessnock.

Windsor motorcyclist Cameron says: “Check your mirrors, turn your head, make sure there is no one beside you when changing lanes. Give more room when following and stop tailgating please” 

What would be your message to drivers to keep motorcyclists safe on our roads?

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aussie bike sales continue rise

Australian motorcycle and OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) sales for the first nine months of this year have increased 8.3% over Covid-ravaged 2019.

According to official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 86,239 bikes were sold compared with 79,623 this time last year which was a 26.4% increase over 2019.

So it seems there are plenty of people out there getting on motorcycles or buying second and third bikes.

“This steady growth of 8.3% over the same period in 2020 shows us that there is strong demand from buyers who want to use a motorcycle as their first choice for the daily commute and for recreation,” says FCAI boss Tony Weber. 

Road bikes were up just 2.2% to 26,119, off-road motorcycles were up 10.5% to 35,120, OHVs up 14.1% to 21,590 and scooters up 1.5% to 3410 units.

However, the official FCAI figures don’t necessarily mean a lot these days.

The supposed “peak body for the automotive industry in Australia” now represents a dwindling number of importers who pay to be members.

While several manufacturers who are not members may be minor players, CFMoto is not included and it is most likely in the top 10 sellers in Australia.

Plus scooter sales are possibly much higher than the announced 1.5% increase as most scooters sold are 50cc models from Asian manufacturers who are not FCAI members and therefore not included in the figures.

The figures now only provide the breakdown in classes (road, off-road, OHV and scooters) and do not include the top 10 sellers in each category such as sports bikes, enduro, tourers, cruisers, learners, etc.

So riders now have no idea how their brand, model and category is performing which used to be a good indicator of resale value.

The figures used to include a list of the top sellers by manufacturer, but now riders have no indication of which manufacturers might be desperate for sales and offer discounts.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki offers three-year warranty

Car companies are now offering Aussie customers up to 10-year warranties on some of their vehicles, yet most motorcycle companies only offer two-year warranties.

The longest motorcycle warranties we have seen have been five years for Yamaha’s Star cruisers and the now defunct Victory Motorcycles.

Now Suzuki Australia has launched a three-year warranty on its range of Boulevard, GSX-R, GSX-S, Hayabusa, SV and V-STROM models 250cc and above.

The program started on 1 October 2021, but eligibility has been backdated to 1 July 2021.

The extended warranty is on the condition the bike is serviced by an authorised Suzuki Motorcycle dealer or appointed Suzuki Service agent using only genuine Suzuki parts and ECSTAR oil.

CFMOTO Australia also includes an extra third year warranty if servicing is done by an authorised dealer.

Warranties can also vary according to the type of bike. Dirt bikes, for example, cop a harder time from owners, so some offer just a three-month, parts-only warranty.

While it would be good to get a longer warranty on a motorcycle, the customer should be careful to read the manufacturer’s warranty in full because not all are the same.

It will usually not cover service items that need replacing due to general wear and tear such as brake pads, chains and sprockets.

Customers should also be aware that their warranty may be voided if they modify their bike from the manufacturer’s original specification or use it for training, hire, competition or racing.

There is also an onus on the customer to have the bike serviced at correct intervals and to alert the dealer as soon as a problem arises, rather than waiting until a little noise becomes a major problem.

You can have your bike serviced by a qualified mechanic who is not part of the manufacturer’s franchise network, but warranties may be voided if they use non-factory parts or parts that are not equal to manufacturer specification.

The purpose of a warranty is to protect consumers against loss due to components that fail within an unreasonable period of time, or defects in vehicle assembly.

It has nothing to do with normal wear and tear, unless there is a fault with a component within a reasonable lifespan.

Manufacturers usually agree to replace or repair faulty parts at no cost to the owner. However, some don’t cover labour costs.

Warranty periods may also vary for the engine, and various parts such as tyres, battery, light bulbs, etc.

A side view of the new Suzuki GSX-R 1000R Phantom

You can buy extended warranties from some manufacturers or insurance organisations.

However, you should think first about how long you want to keep the bike.

Also, check whether the warranty can be passed on to the next owner. If it can, that’s a good selling point.

Manufacturer roadside assistance programs are becoming popular, but check whether you are paying for something that is already offered by your automobile association membership (RACV, NRMA, RACQ, etc).

If not, it may be cheaper to add that to your club membership rather than buying a separate assistance program from the manufacturer.

Some roadside assistance packages offer a host of benefits that may not be related to the bike such as travel and insurance assistance and even medical advice.

Ensure you read the contract carefully and don’t pay for anything you think you may never need.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Delayed Aussie electric motorcycles coming in 2022

Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, has been delayed more than 18 months by the coronavirus pandemic and a delay in government support.

The first 50 were to be delivered to customers by last December and supporters had contacted us with concerns that the bike would ever be produced.

Now designer Dennis Savic says they have now secured $1.83 million in funding and Dennis are aiming to have at least 20 bikes delivered to their owners in the last quarter of 2022, before scaling up manufacturing in 2023.

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Denis Savic with his Aussie electric motorcycle

Funding includes contributions from the Victorian Government and co-investment of $657,000 from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

The former Ford optimisation engineer and his Perth-based co-designer Dave Hendroff have built up a team of more than 30 automotive engineers and software developers – some full-time, some consultants – to develop the C-Series.

Their West Melbourne firm has already received 90 orders for the three-model C-Series, which ranges from the torquey 25-kilowatt Omega (comparable to a 300cc traditional motorbike), to the 40kW Delta, and the 60kw Alpha (roughly equivalent to a 1000cc bike). The Alpha has 200Nm of torque, powering it to 100km/h from a standing start in 3.5 seconds.

The C-Series’ 16kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged to 80% in under four hours and will deliver a city range of between 150km (for the Omega) and 250km (for the Alpha). The Omega will cost $12,990, the Delta $16,990, and the Alpha will be $23,990 which is less than half the price of its main competitor, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Harley-Davidson LiveWire

“Our initial customers have proved to be incredibly loyal and have shown great faith in us and our bike during the delays we’ve experienced during the lockdowns of the past 18 months,” Dennis says.

Savic’s customers are an eclectic mix of young and old, male and female, with CEOs and CFOs alongside tradies and farmers.

“We even have a couple of lifelong Harley riders in there, which gives us great delight,” Dennis says.2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders

Investor Michelle Melbourne, who represents a group of motorcycle-riding private investors, says the company is “very important for all Australians”.

“The switch to sustainable forms of transport is happening rapidly, and Savic has the prototype for a revolutionary and elegant market offering that is attractive to traditional motorcycle enthusiasts and newcomers alike,” Michelle says.

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the AMGC says Savic Motorcycles are “paving the way for electric mobility in Australia by leveraging the best of breed designers, engineers and manufacturing partners to deliver motorbikes of unmatched performance for local and global customers”. 

“Savic are proof that when you embrace the entire manufacturing process from design to research and development, all the way through to sales, there are exciting times ahead for Australian manufacturing.”

Front 3/4th shot of the upcoming Benelli V-twin 650cc ADV

Global venture capital firm Artesian has supported Savic through its last two capital raises.

“We believe that electric vehicles are the future of automotive transport, and we’ve been impressed with the Savic team’s ability to design and build a high-performance electric road bike and commence D2C sales,” says Artesian Portfolio Manager Alexandra Clunies-Ross.

Savic has run two small capital raises to develop its prototype over the past four years, but its current raise is a game-changing proposition that will fast-track progress towards a second 200-unit production run in 2023. The funds drive was supported by grants from the AMGC and the Victorian Clean Tech Fund, as well as an R&D loan from the Victorian Government’s Invest Victoria.

2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders

The C-Series has several world-class, racing-quality components, including Wilbers suspension, Brembo brakes, and a customised Optibelt carbon-fibre drive belt.

The Savic team is also developing an artificial intelligence system and riders’ app, and will design a special anti-lock braking system with Bosch Australia.

All Savic bikes will also have removable cowls to allow for pillion passengers.

Earlier this year, the C-Series Alpha featured as the title object at the entrance to the ‘Spark’ climate-change exhibition at Sydney’s Australian Museum, and was celebrated as one of the world’s 101 most influential motorcycles at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Dashcam made for motorcycles

GPS company Navman have turned their attention to dash cams with a robust waterproof unit built especially for motorcycles.

Since about half of all riders having recently experienced a near-miss, it’s a good idea to have video proof of the perpetrator.

It could be a driver who opened a car open on you or a driver who didn’t check their blind spot for motorcycles.

Now Navman have a dash cam that you can fit to the front and back of your bike to record these incidents and provide proof of who was at fault.

The Navman MiVue™ M760D dash cam features two cameras with a 130 wide-angle glass lenses. 

Recording in Full HD 1080P at 30FPS and with the Premium STARVIS™ Low Light Sensor, it promises crisp images in all lighting conditions so you can see things such as number plates and faces.  

The 3-Axis G-Sensor and GPS Tagging stamps your footage with an exact location, time and speed at the time of an incident.

There is also a button on the GPS multifunction control box installed on the handlebar to activate emergency recording to prevent files from being overwritten. 

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With EZYSHARE Instantly via WIFI you can view footage in real-time and share it via the MiVue™ Pro mobile app. 

The MiVue™ M760D is IP67 waterproof, has a metal casing and full glass lens.

It costs $599 and may require professional fitting by an auto-electrician as it’s wired in.

However, you can get 20% off and free shipping if you buy using the code M760D20 on the Navman Australia website. Offer ends 31 October 2021.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com