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MV Agusta donation helps virus testing

MV Agusta has bought a special coronavirus testing machine in the fight against the disease in one of the hardest hit regions in Italy.

The factory (pictured above), on the shores of beautiful Lake Varese near Milan, is in Lombardy which was one of the first regions to be hit by the virus.

MV Agusta Head of Communications Alessia Riboni says they bought a QuantStudio TM 5 Real-Time PCR System to donate to Varese community hospitals.

The sophisticated testing machinery, made by British company Thermo Fisher Scientific, is able to process up to 96 swabs in just 30 minutes and can b e operated remotely so it doesn’t have top be moved from hospital to hospital.

Testing times

Ventilator donate pandemic fight virus coronavirusVentilator machine

Several motorcycle companies around the world have donated ventilators, protective medical suits, respirators, masks, surgical gloves and alcohol wipes to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

They include:

  • Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli has donated two ventilators and 4500 Tyvek suits to the Italian Red Cross;
  • Yamaha America has donated 380 respirators, 49,000 gloves, 325 Tyvek suits and 18,000 alcohol wipes to a hospital in Newnan, Georgia. (Respirators are used to protect medical staff.)
  • Tyre manufacturer Pirelli donated $800,000, 65 ventilators, 5000 protectives suits, and 20,000 protective masks Milan health workers; and
  • KTM Asia donated 10,000 N95 protective masks to Philippine public hospitals.

Meanwhile, the MV Agusta factory has temporarily halted production like most other motorcycle factories throughout Europe.

There is not indication yet when the Italian ban on production will be lifted and production can restart.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MV Agusta Donates PCR Machine for Quick COVID-19 Testing to Varese Hospitals

MV Agusta makes donation of COVID-19 testing machine in Varese. 

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in collaboration with local charity Fondazione Circolo della Bontà


Varese, April 3, 2020 – MV Agusta takes the field in the solidarity race to support Varese community hospitals facing the coronavirus emergency. The company donated a sophisticated testing machinery able to process up to 96 swabs in just 30 minutes. The system can also be used remotely and will be deployed in Professor Fausto Sessa’s department.

The machine, by the name of QuantStudioTM 5 Real-Time PCR System is produced by British Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is a welcome addition to the equipment already in use by the Varese hospital. It will help address the growing needs for testing in the area, rapidly identifying affected individuals. Health workers and the medical staff will also have access to the testing, for their own protection and that of their families. This particular machine is not specifically dedicated to Covid-19, but it will also greatly improve, once the emergency is over, the hospital’s diagnostic capabilities in the entire virology field.

MV Agusta’s initiative stems from its collaboration with Fondazione Circolo della Bontà Onlus, a local charity who started raising funds for the coronavirus emergency on March 8, which already resulted in the donation of important intensive care equipment to the Varese hospital.

Timur Sardarov, CEO MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. commented: “It is important for us to do our part in this particular moment, supporting those who are working to address this situation and protect our community. Fondazione Circolo della Bontà helped us single-out some critical needs, so we were able to act swiftly and efficiently. We are also keeping in touch with the Varese hospital to identify further opportunities of intervention.”

“We are grateful for this constructive collaboration, and for the support we received from the company”, said Gianni Spartà, President of the Circolo della Bontà foundation, “the local community is responding to the situation in a formidable way. The hashtag we launched in 2011, #takecareofwhotakescareofyou, seems today more appropriate than ever”.

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Police video catches speeding night rider

Queensland Police have charged a man with dangerous operation of a motorcycle after the night rider was videoed riding at more than three times the limit earlier this week.

They have now released the Polair video of the incident in north Brisbane which shows the bike going through a fast foot outlet and speeding through streets on Tuesday night (31 March 2020).

Officers seized the 34-year-old Narangba man’s motorcycle for 90-days.

Night rider

Police will allege around 9pm officers were patrolling Anzac Avenue in Kallangur when they were overtaken by a motorbike travelling at high speed.

It is alleged the night rider turned into the drive thru of a fast food outlet where he bent the number plate, so it was not visible, before riding off.

Police attempted to intercept the motorcycle however the rider failed to stop, “speeding off with the front wheel rising into the air”.

In other words, a wheelie.

The officers last saw him riding west along Anzac Avenue.

The motorcycle is alleged to have sped past another police vehicle on the same road which detected it travelling at 191km/h in a 60 zone.

The motorcycle was tracked by Polair1 with police intercepting it in Thomas Street, Narangba a short time later.

The male rider returned a positive roadside drug test and was conveyed to North Lakes Police Station where he was issued with a notice to appear in the Petrie Magistrates Court on July 6 for evade police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and drug driving.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000651109

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Just Released: Kenda Knarly and Gauntlet Hard Enduro Tires

The Kenda Knarly and Gauntlet tires have been designed for the rigors of hard enduro. We’ll look forward to testing a set as soon as possible.

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Kenda Goes Big on New Line of Hard Enduro Tires

One of the most challenging, brutal and fastest growing variants of off-road motorcycle racing is hard enduro. This extreme format is designed to push the world’s most elite riders and their equipment to the breaking point. Kenda Tires sent shockwaves through the industry with the introduction of the super soft, extreme traction Ibex for the hard enduro segment. Today, Kenda reveals two brand new additions to their hard enduro family.

Kenda Knarly

Kenda’s new Gauntlet and Knarly tires are just what top tier riders have been looking for, and have been built from the ground up to get a grip when its needed most on grueling off-road terrain. The new models boast super sticky compounds with extra wide footprints that allow riders to run lower air pressure and conform to most any surface competition riders will face.

Kenda Knarly Gauntlet

An avid racer, Kenda’s Director of Powersports, Jason Baldwin says, “The racers are over the top excited about these new tires. Cody Webb won King of the Mountain racing on the Knarly and instantly became a believer. We are pumped to be launching such sweet tires for the enduro market.”

The Gauntlet and Knarly will be available in 7 different sizes to suit most riders. Check out the specs and more info at kendatire.com.

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SHARK Helmets SKWAL2 now available with WHITE LEDs

What, you didn’t like the green LEDs of the previous version? Now you can get pretty white ones, which you can set to blink or stay on solid, thanks to the internal battery. Visibility never hurts.

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While everything feels a little doom and gloom these days, we thought we could help lighting things up by introducing a new SKWAL2 version. Now available in Matte Grey with white LEDs.

The SKWAL2 helmet features four integrated LED lights on the chin and forehead vents, as well as on both sides of the rear spoiler. Developed with riders in mind, this helmet provides the ultimate protection while increasing visibility.

Did we mention that it also looks cool?

The lights can be on permanently or set to blink. Battery life on the LEDs is up to eight hours if set to be on permanently and up to twelve hours if set to blink, the battery is charged by USB.

Despite the new technology and LED battery, the helmet remains light and also features a new visor system, Autoseal, which uses a sprung visor that keeps it perfectly in place, keeping water out and hugely reducing noise.The visor can be fitted with a Pinlock® film to reduce misting and fogging.

The SKWAL 2 is available in stock today in 4 plain colors and 7 different graphics including some MotoGP replica design. MSRP’s from $259,99.

 The SKWAL 2 received 4* out of 5* at SHARP safety test. For more information about SHARP testing scheme, visit https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/
To find out more about SHARK Helmets North America LLC, visit our website https://us.shark-helmets.com/ or download our catalog

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Top Ten MotoGP Battles of Recent History

I know people who can tell you who won, placed and showed in every GP going back to Agostini, who played third for the Yankees in 1987, etc. I am not one of those people. I think the Washington Senators are the defending baseball champs, but I’m not sure… which is why getting to watch the Top Ten MotoGP Battles of Recent History, free for the next week, is right up my alley. It’ll be like seeing them for the first time. Thank you Dorna. Click here to be instantly transported to Mugello, 2019.

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Mandatory testing for four after rider dies

Four drivers have been taken for mandatory testing after a motorcycle rider died in a truck collision on the M4 at Clyde today (2 April 2020).

NSW Police say the rider, aged 55, died at the scene.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

The accident happened just before 1pm on the M4 near the James Ruse Drive turnoff.

“It is believed the motorcycle rider was avoiding a broken-down utility that was involved in an earlier collision with another car, when it collided with a semitrailer,” police say.

Four drivers have been taken to Westmead Hospital for testing which is mandatory in these cases.

Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command established a crime scene and inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2021 Honda ADV150 Features Innovative “City Adventure” Design

We hope the 2021 Honda ADV150 is up for the rigorous scooter adventure testing Troy is capable of dealing out.

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2021 Honda ADV150 Features Innovative “City Adventure” Design

New adventure scooter combines practicality, fun and good looks.

2021 Honda ADV150

April 1, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif. American Honda chose April 1 to confirm that the unique, entertaining ADV150 will be brought to the U.S. for the 2021 model year – and they weren’t joking! Already a hit overseas, the model is an unlikely mix of scooter and adventure bike, resulting in an enjoyable, distinctive machine that’s ready for anything, whether it be a lighthearted variation on the campus commute or a trip down the local back road.

With a step-through design, substantial tires and robust Showa suspension, the compact-but-comfortable ADV150 has a rugged look that’s backed up by the powerful-but-efficient engine, a tapered handlebar and optimized frame offering nimble handling. At the same time, practical features like a two-stage adjustable windscreen, under-seat storage and a Smart Key system with built-in theft deterrents mean that it’s easy to live with on a day-to-day basis.

“What do you get when you combine an Africa Twin and a PCX150? We weren’t sure, but we knew it sounded like fun!” laughed Chris Cox, American Honda’s Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations. “Seriously, more than any other powersports manufacturer, Honda has a record of success with fun, unique scooters and small motorcycles, and the ADV150 promises to carry on that tradition.”


2021 Honda ADV150

What exactly is the ADV150? That’s a fair question, given the unique nature of this new model from Honda, the U.S. leader in scooter sales. The answer: It’s a lightweight, compact scooter with adventure-ready features, a crossover model that embraces Honda’s “City Adventure” concept and is positioned for both daily commuting and recreation. Prepared for practical use while still enabling the rider to indulge in opportunities for new experiences, it facilitates smooth urban travel and also back-road exploring. Making the ordinary fun and facilitating the enjoyment of free time, the ADV150 is simply the most versatile scooter on the market.

  • Pricing: $4,299
  • Availability: June 2020
  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
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2021 Honda ADV150

2021 Honda ADV150

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Introducing the Slingshot Design Series

The Slingshot Design Series gives Slingshot owners the chance to customize their rides.

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Introducing the Slingshot Design Series

Slingshot Design Series

Since the three-wheeled Slingshot first hit the streets in 2015, owners organically began to personalize their ride through customizations. Today, seeing a stock Slingshot is like seeing a bird without feathers. Slingshot roadsters are the ultimate platform of self-expression and personalization. Enter the Slingshot Design Series, a collection of factory accessories that further enhances the vehicle’s style. Check out a fun video that celebrates personalization and self-expression through customization.

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Coronavirus cops dissuade riders

While it appears it is still legal to ride in Australia during the pandemic, Indian coronavirus cops police are donning special helmets in a “humorous” bid to dissuade people from riding.

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India has reported 1251 infections and 32 deaths so far, but with a population of 1.4 billion, the potential for rapid spread of the virus is alarming.

So Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly announced on 25 March 2020 the abrupt start of a three-week national lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The surprising announcement left millions stranded in cities where they worked, having to walk up to hundreds of kilometres to get home with no money, food or water. 

Coronavirus cops

Despite the seriousness of the situation, Indian police have responded with the above lighthearted video to encourage people to stay home and not ride.

The Siasat Daily photographed a staged presentation of Bangalore cops stopping a bike.

The coronavirus cops are wearing helmets with red and green versions of the coronavirus with spikes bearing rounded ends.

Apparently they are mainly stopping riders and other motorists not wearing a mask.

Their message is: “If you come out, I will come in.”

We can’t imagine Aussie cops doing the same thing.

Police across several states say they will use their judgement in handling people who appear to be breaching rules and recommendations.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com