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Aussie actor the face of Chinese motorcycle

Aussie actor Shane Jacobsen who famously starred in Kenny and fronted the short-lived Australian version of Top Gear is now a brand ambassador for CFMOTO Australia a Chinese motorcycle and all-terrain brand.

Despite the only promo shots supplied by CFMOTO Australia being Shane with a farmer’s ATV, importer PR honcho Mark Fattore confirms the petrol head does indeed ride motorcycles and they are lining up a second photoshoot now.

“Ambassadors don’t overload you with availability times,” he says.

It could be a good PR move to employ such an iconic Aussie actor as the face of a Chinese company during these days of strained relationships.

Michael Poynton, director of CFMOTO importer Mojo Motorcycles told us last year during the height of the trade war with China that they had not experienced any backlash against Chinese products with their retail numbers still increasing.

And why not?

The “cold war” is between the Australian Government and the Chinese Government (or Chinese Communist Party which is effectively the same thing), not the people of the two countries.

Besides, it hasn’t stopped Aussies buying Chinese-made products from Harvey Norman in record amounts (if you’re reading this, Harvey, give the Jobkeeper funding back!).

Michael says having Shane Jacobson in the “CFMOTO family” is a “is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios”.

“Since we entered the Australian market, we’ve had an unwavering focus to be the best we can in some hotly contested battle grounds. The farm sector is one of those.”

Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia
Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia

“In many ways that hard work has paid off and we’re already a strong force, but having Shane as an ambassador for CFMOTO is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios.”

The official press release from CFMOTO Australia says he is eager to “play with the entire product range it has – which is a lot!

a view of the DC100 and the DC Classic, under spotlight, likely at a reveal from Davinci Tech

“I can’t wait to share my stories and experienced of enjoying the bikes and vehicles in the CFMOTO stable with the world and, let’s be honest: it’s not a job, it’s a joy and privilege, but hey someone has to do it.”

Shane is best known for his breakout performance as Kenny in the eponymous 2006 movie for which he won an AFI award for best lead actor in a feature film.

Since then, his body of work across film, television and theatre has been voluminous.

Highlights include his portrayal of Brant Webb in the telemovie Beaconsfield, playing the role of Barry Tregear in Irish Jack on the ABC, starring alongside legendary Aussie Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots and working with Jeremy Renner in The Born Legacy and Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

His theatre credits include Rocky Horror Show, Mother and Son, Shane Warne The Musical and Guys N Dolls.

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CFMoto reveals 800MT pricing

CFMOTO Australia has announced the competitive pricing for its adventure motorcycle models, the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring, which will arrive later this year.

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 come with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.

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.CFMOTO 800MT

800 MT standard features:

  • A seven-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity and a navigation function (as well as complementary App);
  • Cruise control;
  • Adjustable screen;
  • Fog lights;
  • Crash bars;
  • USB and 12-volt charging; and
  • LED lights and turn signals.

800MT Touring features:

  • Tyre pressure monitoring;
  • A two-way quickshifter;
  • Handguards;
  • Alloy bashplate;
  • Steering damper; and
  • Keyless start.


2022 CFMOTO 800MT Sport & 800MT Touring tech specs


  • Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC parallel twin
  • Capacity: 799cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88mm x 65.7mm
  • Engine management: Bosch electronic fuel injection
  • Throttle: Ride-by-wire
  • Riding modes: Rain, off-road and road


a front right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine
  • Claimed maximum power: 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm
  • Claimed maximum torque: 88Nm at 6600rpm


  • Type: Six speed
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Clutch: Slipper


  • Frame: Steel tubular
  • Front suspension: 43mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable
  • Rear suspension: KYB monoshock, fully adjustable
  • Front brakes: Twin 320mm discs with J.Juan four-piston radial calipers, ABS
  • Rear brake: 260mm disc with J.Juan twin-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: Sport – cast; Touring – spoked
  • Tyres: Maxxis tubeless, 110/80-19 front, 150/70-17 rear


  • Claimed wet weight: 225kg
  • Seat height: 825mm
  • Ground clearance: 190mm
  • Fuel capacity: 19 litres
  • Cruise control: Yes
  • Fog lights: Yes
  • USB and 12-volt charging: Yes
  • Dashboard: Seven-inch TFT with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation function; complementary App
  • LED lights and turn signals: Yes


  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Two-way quickshifter
  • Handguards
  • Alloy bashplate
  • Steering damper
  • Keyless start

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Vincents star in Phil Irving Concourse

A display of rare and expensive Vincent motorcycles will be an apt highlight of the annual Phil Irving Concourse named after the Australian who designed one of the most famous motorcycles in the world.

For the first time the concourse will be held as part of the Mt Gravatt Show in Brisbane this Sunday (25 July 2021) which should attract a lot of attention from the public.

First-time show organiser Fraser McMillan says it is apt that Vincent Owners Club will have a display of Phil’s Vincents.

“Phil was not only the designer of the Vincent — the Rolls Royce of motorcycles — but he also designed the Repco Brabham engine. They don’t get much more famous in Australian motorcycling than Phil,” he says.

1948 Vincent Rapide
Phil Irving (right) with Queensland Vincent fan Ray Schriever

Some of Phil’s design genius included a mono-shock, frameless chassis bike which was ahead of its time, two side stands which can be used separately or together to create a front wheel stand and the Rapide was the first bike with hydraulic damping.

The Phil Irving Concourse was started in 1982 by the Historic Motorcycle Club of Queensland which now has 1600 members.

Admission to the show is free for those owners who enter their bikes in the concourse so long as they are at the gates between 7.30-8.30am on Sunday.

The concourse is open to anyone with a machine more than 30 years old. 

Categories include veteran which us up to 1919, vintage (1919-30), post vintage (31-45), post war (1946-1959), historic ‘60s,  historic ‘70s, historic ‘80s, sidecars, military , competition and 250cc and under.

The oldest model will be a 1911 Triumph.

Fraser rallying his New Hudson

Fraser, who raced in the Isle of Man Classic in 1998 for his 50th birthday, will display his 1914 military New Hudson made in Birmingham.

“I’m too old for racing now, so I’ve taken up rallying veterans which is exciting at 60mph,” he says.

Fraser expects about 50 bikes to be on display in the carpark just off Logan Rd.

Tamworth rally

If you would like to enter your motorcycle in the concourse, contact Fraser on 0418 625725 or [email protected].

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Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

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

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

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

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KTM race bike recalled over engine locking

KTM Australia continues to lead the list of recalled motorcycles with the latest being a recall of 2021 450SX-F MX competition motorcycles for an issue that could lock the engine.

It brings the number of recalls by KTM Australia to 10 so far this which is the most of any importer. However, it should be noted they also import GasGas and Husqvarna which also account for some of the recalls.

The latest official safety recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says a defective shift drum may have been installed in affected motorcycles.

“The shift drum may break during riding,” the notice says.

“If the shift drum breaks, it may cause damage to the transmission or engine.

“It may also block or lock the engine, which can cause engine power loss and affect vehicle handling and acceleration, increasing the risk of an accident resulting in injury or death to the rider, passengers and/or bystanders.”

Consumers will be contacted by KTM Australia and their authorised dealers. Authorised dealers will replace the shift drum, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact KTM Australia on 1800 644 771 or find their nearest authorised dealer using the dealer search option at https://www.ktm.com/en-au/find-a-dealer.html

VINs of affected bikes are:


Owners of affected bikes should contact their dealer and arrange for a free inspection and repair if needed.


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:

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Prizes for reporting rider road hazards

Riders who use the Snap Send Solve app that helps Australian authorities identify and fix road hazards that pose a danger to vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists could win a $50 incentive prize.

Up to ten $50 gift cards are drawn each month from users who refer friends and family to the app.

You can enter after submitting or rating a report or by clicking ‘Refer Friends’ in the ‘More’ section of the app.vAnd you can enter as many times as you like.

Snap Send Solve will contact winners when monthly prizes are drawn.

The app requires riders to take a photo of the road hazard and send it to the app which passes it on the authorities.

Of course, riders could also report directly to authorities, but it is often unclear which jurisdiction is responsible for the problem as roads divided among all the three levels of governments in Australia.

The app is basically a one-stop shop for reporting hazards.

Bad Roads Rally roadworks potholes Victoria

Riders are three times more likely to be involved in crashes caused by potholes and poor road surfaces than any other vehicle type according to a British Automobile Association survey.

It found that while potholes cause damage to cars, they are a far greater injury threat to riders.

They say riders swerving to avoid potholes can also cause crashes.

The 2018 Monash University’s Accident Research Centre report into motorcycle crashes has suggested governments improve the quality of rural roads and evaluate roads for their specific motorcycle safety.

A side view of the new Aprilia GPR250R

There is no doubt that potholes are dangerous to riders.

A pothole can cause a big jolt in the front suspension, kick the handlebars about and possibly damage a rim. But at least the suspension is set up to absorb most of the impact.

However, bumps or a seam of humps in the middle of a lane caused by heavy vehicles pushing the tar up may be even more dangerous.

They can lift the front wheel off the ground, kick the bike left or right into the bush or oncoming traffic, or cause a tank slapper where the handlebars oscillate wildly.

Bumps are also harder to see and seem to be less likely to be fixed than potholes in yet another example of how the authorities ignore and neglect motorcycles.

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Triumph heads to the dirt

Triumph Motorcycles has this week announced they will build and race enduro and motocross motorcycles with the help of five-time American Rider of the Year Ricky Carmichael (pictured above).

The official press release didn’t supply many details and it is unknown whether they will be produced in India or Thailand where most of their motorcycles are now made.

However, the British company did say it would return to dirt racing at the “top-tier” level.

The company also announced that Ricky will be joined by five-time Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes to test and prepare the bikes for racing.

Iván Cervantes
Iván Cervantes

But they didn’t say whether they would race them and when the bikes or their racing prototypes would be available.

We suspect the bikes will be raced and tested before production versions are ready for the market.

They did the same thing with the 765cc Moto2 engine which has moved into their road bikes.

Ricky also doesn’t give away any clues, just stating that he will “be a part of the development and release of Triumph’s off-road motorcycles”.

Likewise, Ian simply says he “cannot wait to see the bikes competing at a world level”.

Whoever does race them, it will no doubt kick start a PR campaign based around the racing endeavours of Hollywood legend and Triumph fan Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen’s 1963 Triumph Bonnveille “Desert Sled” smart desert
Steve McQueen

He raced Triumphs in the USA and represented his country in the 1964 International Six-Day Enduro Trials in Europe and was also famously depicted in The Great Escape jumping a TR6 over a barbed-wire fence to escape the Nazis.

Pothole roadworks road hazards inspect

No doubt the new-age Triumph dirt bikes will be a lot lighter than the heavy TR6 and other models used in dirt racing more than half a decade ago.

Company boss Nick Bloor says they are “100% committed to making a long-lasting impact in this highly competitive and demanding world”.

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Day passes open for Tamworth Thunder Rally

Single day passes are still available for the inaugural National Thunder Motorcycle Rally in October 2021 in Australia’s country music capital of Tamworth.

Event Communications Coordinator Brad Moffett confirms the event is still planned to go ahead despite current Covid lockdown restrictions.

“Yes we are planning for the event to go ahead and are monitoring the developing Covid situation and health orders affecting regional NSW,” he says.

“Registrations are good. We are over 1600 registered now for the full four-day event.”

While registrations for the full four days are now closed, single day tickets are still available.

The event, to be held across the October long weekend from Friday 1 to Monday 4 October, is based on the successful 2015 National HOG Rally but open to all “breeds” of motorcycle.

The rally was planned for last year, but was postponed because of the pandemic lockdown.

Brad says that if ticket holders cannot attend the event due to border closures or Public Health Orders that prevent travel, organisers will offer the option of a full refund or a credit to use the ticket at the 2022 rally scheduled for Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October.

“We will update registered riders as this develops,” Brad says.

Their Covid policy is available at https://www.nationalthunder.com.au/

The rally will include bikes, music, food and entertainment and is open to individual riders, club members and organised groups representing all motorcycle manufacturer brands.

The event will feature live music on the Thunder Stage reliving the sights and sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, a National Thunder Horse Spectacular, trade sites, food stalls and licensed bars.

National HOG rally to return in 2019
2015 Tamworth HOG rally horse spectacular

A motorbike parade through the streets and surrounds called the National Thunder Rally Run will close out the event.

The New South Wales Harley Davidson Owners Group (HOG) will also hold their State Rally in conjunction with the National Thunder Rally.

Riders will again take over the Australian Equestrian and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) which was the successful venue for the 2015 national HOG rally.

HOG members enjoying Tamworth's tourist facilities
2015 HOG Rally in Tamworth

There will also be guided rides throughout the Tamworth region including Nundle, Bendemeer, Barraba and Manilla.

Glamping and BYO camping options are available on-site.

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Covid cans Black Dog Ride, but states step up

The annual Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre to raise awareness of mental health issues has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the current Covid lockdowns around Australia.

However, state rides are being organised in its place.

The Black Dog Ride Australia (BDRA) says each state is now developing an alternate ride, but participants will be given the option of transferring their registration money to next year or a refund.

Most state rides will include the first 2/3 days of the original itinerary with additional alternative routes and days added.

In some cases the ride may run almost as originally planned, however now without the inclusion of celebratory functions.

All ride participants will be offered the option of:

  • An “interrupted” Red Centre Ride 2021, plus a partial refund of $80 per ticket to offset the fact that there will be no longer be any ‘Celebration’ Events;
  • Transfer of their registration to a planned Red Centre Ride 2022; or
  • A full refund (less ticketing fee). Refunds can be requested via [email protected] by 22 July 2021. Celebration Tickets will be refunded automatically.

For those who choose to participate in the “interrupted” Red Centre Ride, the full ride kit consisting of Commemorative patches, pins, stickers and t-shirt will still be distributed at the start of the ride, when registering.

BDR will also produce a special set of “Interrupted” merchandise to reward those who stuck it out and rode anyway. Those kits will be posted after the ride.

State coordinators will be in touch with participants via Facebook or email with details of the state “interrupted” Red Centre Ride.

Prior to the ride, the state coordinators and their teams will review and check identity and address details.

Attendees from ‘Red Zones’ or lockdown locations will be unable to attend. All relevant COVID 19 protocols will be followed at all times.

BDRA raises awareness and funds for mental health issues.

West Australian automotive marketer Lawson Dixon took over in February as general manager of the Perth-based organisation.

BDRA was started by Steve Andrews after his solo ride around Australia in 2009. His shock retirement in 2017 was followed by a series of changes in leadership, board membership and administrative staff that the organisation admitted in 2019 had left them “in a state of flux”.

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Australia has some of the world’s weirdest road signs

Australian motorcyclists don’t find anything weird about signs that warn of kangaroos ahead as they are one of the biggest dangers on our outback roads for riders. 

However, the signs are in the top 10 of the world’s “most baffling, confusing and downright weird road signs”, according to a new study commissioned by car rental company StressFreeCarRental.com.

The kangaroo, wallaby and pademelon (yes, that’s right!) are the biggest enemy of Aussie riders accounting for 70% of all crashes with animals.

Is it any wonder that there are many signs on our roads warning of kangaroos!roadkill horses

However, the signs are rated the fourth-most baffling roadsides in the world in the study which lists other animal warning signs for llamas, oryx and elephants.

The other Aussie mention is roadside quiz signs in Western Australia, although we know they are also present on many highways in Queensland.

A front left view of a Brixton Motorcycles Production design model

They are used to test motorists’ trivia knowledge and keep them mentally active and awake on the long boring stretches of highways,

These are the world’s strangest road signs according to the study:

  1. Darling I like you, India: Hundreds of driving related proverbs are sprinkled across the mountainous areas of India. They are seen as a humorous attempt at warning drivers of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and recklessness on the roads.
  2. Llama crossing, Bolivia: Many South American countries are home to a significant Llama population. They may appear cute but Llamas are notorious for being quite aggressive and spitting at humans. So it’s always best to know when they’re around.
  3. Oryx crossing, Southern Africa: This type of antelope can commonly be found across southern African countries. Although they don’t pose any major threat to humans, if you hit one you could cause some serious harm.
  4. Kangaroo crossing, Australia: According to insurance claims data, kangaroos account for 60% of motorcyclist crashes involving an animal and wallabies for 10%, followed by dogs at 8%.
  5. Deaf Cat, Holland: This is a sign in a small town in the south of The Netherlands intending to keep their deaf feline friend safe from any oncoming traffic.
  6. Roadside quiz, Western Australia: The study only acknowledges these signs on the 150km straight road between Balladonia and Caiguna, WA, appropriately labelled the Fatigue Zone. However, these quirky trivia questions are also used in Queensland and maybe some other states with long, boring highways. 
  7. No elephants, China: What looks to be a sign to prohibit the loading of elephants is actually just a warning to not load vehicles too heavily. Makes you wonder how you’d even get an elephant into the car!
  8. Beware of thin ice, Finland: To the locals of Rovaniemi in Finland, this sign seems like a perfectly normal warning. However, to unsuspecting drivers from across the world the picture does appear rather ominous and like something out of a horror movie
  9. Secret Nuclear Bunker Next Left, United Kingdom: Now the name does appear to be a slight give away but this nuclear bunker, located in Brentford, was actually decommissioned in 1992. Not much of a secret anymore!
  10. Beware of road surprises, United Arab Emirates: Surprisingly one of the least descriptive signs on the list. These signs can be found across the capital city of Abu Dhabi and certainly leave a lot to the driver’s imagination.

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