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Software foils Yamaha MT-09 models

Yamaha Australia has recalled its MT-09 range due to a software fault that can cause engine stalling.

The official notice says a software fault in the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may cause the engine to stall “resulting in an unexpected loss of vehicle control accompanied by a warning light on the instrument panel”.

“A loss of vehicle control increases the risk of an accident causing injury or death to the rider and/or passenger or other road users,” it states.

Owners of the 835 affected bikes (MT09A, MT09ASP, MT09TRASP) from 2020 to 2o22 should contact their authorised Yamaha dealer to schedule an appointment to have the work carried out free of charge.

Yamaha MT-09SP
Yamaha MT-09SP

VINs of affected vehicles are lusted at the end of this article.

This is the first recall for Yamaha this year after last year scoring only one recall which was a substantial change over 2020 when it “top scored” with eight recalls.

There were official 46 safety recalls of motorcycles in Australia last year, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.


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:

 this year after last year having only two recalls in a year where there were official 46 recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.

VINs of affected bikes

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati unleash flagship Panigale V4 SP2

Ducati has unleashed its most powerful Panigale yet, the V4 SP2, which come with a special track-day kit.

The limited-edition and numbered, single-seat Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 will be available in Australia and New Zealand in the third quarter of 2022 at $A56,900 ($NZ59,495) ride away.

That’s a fun $A16,100 more than the V4 S model.

It features carbon fibre rims, Brembo Stylema R brake calipers, MCS radial master cylinder, dry clutch, 520 chain and billet footpegs.

If you want to take it to the track, it comes with a special kit to get it ready for racetrack fun.

The kit includes billet aluminium caps to remove the mirrors and number plate, plus an open carbon clutch cover.

Be aware that this makes it illegal to ride on the road in this format.

The Panigale V4 SP2 comes in the “Winter Test” livery with matte black fairings, rims and wings, with the bright red accents and exposed brushed aluminium tank.

The wings with double profile design feature the Italian flag which also appears on the official Panigale V4 R SBK. 

The lower fairing has Ducati’s racing Corse logo on the new hot air extractors and red lettering on the black saddle.

The steering head is machined from solid aluminium and shows the build number.

Like the V4 S, it is powered by the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine derived from MotoGP with a counter-rotating crankshaft. 

For 2022, the engine has been updated for 1.5hp more power and improved throttle response. 

This Euro 5 version delivers 215.5hp at 13,000 rpm, but 218hp beyond 14,500rpm.
Ducati has also provided dedicated gear-by-gear torque curves and four different Power Modes (Full, High, Medium, Low) to harness this power.

The Full and Low configurations are newly developed, while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy. 

You can also buy a track-only titanium racing exhaust, developed in with Akrapovič redesigned to increase power by 12.5hp, trueque up too 131Nm, reduce weight by 5kg and limit noise so it complies with noise limits being introduced at most tracks.

Panigale V4 SP2 has a “track-oriented” gearbox with lightened final drive 520 chain and STM-EVO SBK dry clutch for anti-hopping and greater fluidity in all phases of “off throttle” compared with the oil bath clutch of the Panigale V4 S. 

The STM-EVO SBK clutch also allows riders to customise the “mechanical” engine brake level by choosing a different secondary spring from those available in the Ducati Performance accessories catalogue. 

The chassis of the Panigale V4 SP2 includes an aluminium front frame that uses the Desmosedici Stradale as a stressed element. 

The aluminium swingarm and the seat post in shell-cast aluminium are directly connected to the engine and the pivot is positioned to increase anti-squat.

It features an electronically controlled 125mm travel Öhlins NPX25/30 forks using a pressurised cartridge damping system derived from racing forks. 

The rear shock is a Öhlins TTX36 with the electronic steering damper, with Objective Based Tuning Interface logic that allows the rider a more intuitive management than traditional “click” systems. 

It sits on 5-split spoke carbon wheels, 1.4 kg lighter than the aluminium forged ones of the Panigale V4 S. The carbon rims guarantee a significant reduction in inertia (-26% at the front, -46% at the rear) for improved agility, lightness in direction changes and greater ease in closing the curves. 

Brakes are Brembo Stylema R calipers on the front operated by a Brembo Multiple Click System radial pump that allows riders to adjust the wheelbase quickly and easily on three configurations.

The front brake lever has a “remote adjuster” like on race bikes.

Even the brake and clutch levers are milled at the ends to reduce air resistance. 

It comes with adjustable Italian Rizoma race pegs in anodised aluminium with carbon fibre heel guards. 

The Panigale V4 SP2 electronic package includes controls that manage all the riding phases, whose operating parameters are linked by default to the 4 Riding Modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street). 

Riders can see all these electronic parameters on the dashboard in “Track Evo” display mode, derived from the one used in MotoGP. 

In this mode, the tacho moves horizontally in the highest part of the svcerrn for maximum visibility with the gear indicator in the centre. 

On the right side of the display there are four different coloured sectors, each dedicated to an electronic control (DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC). 

These sectors light up individually when the electronics are working on a certain parameter, remaining on for the time necessary for the rider to identify which indicator is activated. 

This signalling mode helps the rider understand the control that has worked to allow them to intervene in a more precise and timely way on the choice of optimal level.

The left sector completes the information with the chronometer, number of laps completed and speed. 

A GPS module has an automatic Lap Time function with two split times. 

If you load the optional Slick Ducati Performance Software, you can dial in traction control for slick and rain tyres, memorise the coordinates of five different tracks and dial in five additional fully customisable Riding Modes. 

Riders and their team support crew can also analyse their performance with the Ducati Data Analyser, just like a MotoGOP team.

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Freestyle MX show hits central coast

Australia’s most renowned freestyle motocross stunt king, Robbie Maddison will headline The Freestyle Kings show coming to the NSW Central Coast on 19 February 2022.

The one exclusive night-time show will be staged at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.

The two-hour family fun event will include several world-first attempts and be choreographed to music, fireworks and firebreathers.

There will be front flips, double backflips, side by side jumps performed bigger, faster and higher than before, hitting heights of more than 25m.

Robbie Maddison, who is back in Australia for the first time in three years, will headline the show.

He is perhaps best known for his riding-on-water stunt in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Robbie Maddison rides on water at Sydney Motorcycle Show - Brisbane luca
Robbie rides Sydney Harbour

The Australian FMX champ holds several world records including the longest distance jumped on a motorcycle.

His stunt work includes riding across the roofs of Istanbul for the James Bond movie Skyfall, riding down an Olympic ski jump for the One Any Sunday sequel, back-flipping over the Tower Bridge in London, jumping the Corinth Canal in Greece, and leaping up to and jumping off the Las Vegas Arc de Triomphe replica.

He will share the show with FMX Champion and thirteen-time X Games medallist Rob Adelberg, two-time World Games Champion Pat Bowden, X games Gold medallist Jackson Strong, Japan Gold medallist Taka Higashino, 15-year-old Ry Davis, Lance Russell from Sydney, plus veteran rider and local heroes Dayne Kinnaird and Michael ‘Chucky’ Norris.

“I can’t wait to get back to Australia with an elite team of riders and crew,” Robbie says.

“These guys are the best in the business, and we are so excited to put on an explosive show for the fans.  We have some pretty special stunts planned and world firsts.”

Hobart motorcycle parking

All riders will appear exclusively to Freestyle Kings Live and won’t be seen on any other freestyle motocross show in Australia.

The family friendly event will cater to fans of all-ages and will give them the opportunity to meet their idols at a pre-event meet and greet in an open air stadium which provides a safe environment for all.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek from $50.75 for kids and $76.90 for adults.

The show starts at 7.30pm.

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Call for free footpath bike parking in Hobart

A vast majority of riders who live in or have visited Hobart would like to see free footpath bike parking as is practised in Melbourne.

According to preliminary results from an ongoing online survey, 85.5% have called for free footpath parking.

All Australian riders are being urged to complete the Hobart motorcycle parking that runs to the end of March 2022.

Click here to take the survey.   

Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia would like 1000 riders do the survey. 

“They don’t have to be Tasmanians,” spokesman Damien Codognotto says. “They just have to have visited Hobart at some stage.”

There have so far been about 400 responses to the survey, most of whom (70%) aged 51 to 70 and 84.5% are male.

Preliminary results show two out of three respondents are Tasmanians and one in five are Victorians, followed by Queensland with 7% and NSW and SA 2.7%.

About 19% visited Hobart less than once a year, with 29% on holidays and 17.5% visiting for entertainment.

So motorcycle tourism is an obvious drawcard to the city with 90% bringing their own bike, 5% hiring a bike and the others buying a bike in the city.

That is why the MRAA is seeking more interstate respondents.

A whopping 86.9% say there is not enough on-street motorcycle and scooter parking in Hobart and 77.8% say there isn’t enough off-street parking.

Only one in five uses the Hobart City Council’s website map to find bike parking and half of respondents didn’t even know it existed.

More than 90% have also called for more secure bike parking at the airport.

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Riders urged to complete Brisbane bike survey

The newly formed  Queensland Motorcycle Council is urging riders to fill out an online survey about motorcycling in Brisbane.

They believe it is important that the survey has a strong response as it will “demonstrate strong support from the motorcycling community” and show that the new group has some clout.

The new group formed this year more than 18 months after the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland closed largely due to a lack of support.

President Graham Keys says their discussions with Transport and Main Roads officials had resulted in a promised seat at the table for future relevant government meetings and road safety forums.

Now they want to prove to Brisbane City Council that they are a legitimate rider representative group.

They are encouraging riders to complete the council’s online survey to “help identify opportunities to improve the motorcycling experience in Brisbane”.

The survey will help Council to “identify and develop policies, plans and infrastructure to enable safe motorcycle travel in the city”.

In the past, we have been critical of the council’s motorcycle strategy, but they have been lifting their game with parking in recent years.

Motorcycle and scooter riders urged to make a submission to the Brisbane City Council draft transport plan - parking BCC bicycles
Brisbane bike parking

Their online survey is open until Monday 28 February 2022 and takes about 10 minutes to complete depending on how much optional information you provide.

Click here to fill in the survey.

A login or subscription is not required to access and participate in the survey. Simply follow the questions as they relate to you and submit your comments.

Council is making all the right noises about motorcycling, finally realising riders may be the answer to the city’s traffic and parking issues.

Here is what they have to say:

Having a connected, flexible and sustainable transport network in Brisbane is important to ensure we can easily commute to work, conduct business and study, access lifestyle and leisure opportunities, and visit family and friends.

People of all ages and abilities, ranging from non-riders to experienced riders, are encouraged to have their say, and we hope to gain as much feedback as we can to ensure any initiatives reflect the needs of the community and provide a positive benefit for our city.

Motorcycling is a key initiative of the Transport Plan for Brisbane – Implementation Plan 2018, and focuses on opportunities for safe, motorcycle travel in the city. Travelling by motorcycle and mopeds, particularly for commuter trips, can assist in managing congestion on our roads and reduce the need for car parking in the CBD and activity centres.

Our vision is for motorcycling to be a transport mode of choice for travelling throughout Brisbane and minor goods transport, with appropriate infrastructure in place to support safe riding for residents, visitors and businesses in Brisbane.

While it’s good to see council acknowledging motorcycling, the survey asks a stupid question about putting on your headlights in the day time!

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Aussie electric bikes hit milestone sales

Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, has reached the modest milestone of selling 100 of its electric multi-purpose NKD electric motorbikes.

It’s nothing compared with the big motorcycle companies, but this boutique electric motorcycle company is certainly starting to make its name known after launching in late 2019.

FONZ Moto, as it is now called, is now available in all of Australia’s States and Territories.

Their NKD X and NKD S models are locally designed and produced after a move from their original Adelaide production plans back to Redfern in Sydney due to the pandemic.

Founder Michelle Nazzari says the decision to bring our production plans closer to home and ramp up their ‘urban micro factory’ meant they could make up to 20 motorbikes a month.

She says they are now “playing catch-up so we’re now looking to expand to a larger facility in 2022”.

There are two NKD models:

  • NKDs (100km/h top speed, 100km range) from $10,990;
  • NKDx (100km/h top speed, 200km range) from $16,990.

The NKD is powered by a mid-drive brushless motor producing 9.6kW of power and 56Nm of torque.

You can also buy optional fat knobby tyres so it can do some off-road work.

Fonzarelli NKD electric mini motorcycle
Fonzarelli NKD

The Panasonic Lithium-Ion 3.5kWh inbuilt battery can be charged via the onboard AC mains charger from flat to 100% in about five hours.

Michelle points out that NSW and the ACT have abolished stamp duty for electric motorcycles and electric scooters this year.

“While we know all states and territories operate slightly differently, it’s encouraging to see growing support for two-wheeled EVs,” she says.

FONZ sources as much as possible from local suppliers within a 200km of their premises to minimise the environmental footprint in the NKD manufacturing process.

“There’s a lot of greenwashing these days. It was important to us to source locally and get the certifications to show that it is possible to manufacture this type of product in Australia,” she says.

Locally-made also means that each bike is custom built to spec and the multi-award winning NKD series has been certified by the Australian Made campaign.

Michelle admits that NKD is not for everyone.

“There are many differing tastes out there but this plucky little beast is certainly turning heads wherever it goes,” she says.

“What’s particularly great is the endorsement we’re getting from people who truly know their stuff when it comes to performance.”

Michelle Nazzari and Adam Kaplan with the NKD S and X models

Former Australian racing car driver, Adam Kaplan, says his NKD is the perfect urban assault vehicle for his lifestyle in Noosa.

“The power delivery makes my pillion and I laugh every time we give it a squirt, and it’s sure footed and stable to ride and I love overtaking unsuspecting vehicles uphill with 2 up,” Adam says.

Kaplan rides the NKD X with a carbon fibre body kit. He wanted the ability to be able to carry his surfboard to the beach so FONZ designed an integrated surf rack system, which later became a popular option for other NKD owners.

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KTM Super Duke R EVO unveiled

KTM has added a limited-edition EVO model to its 1290 Super Duke R range with a host of new electronics.

The wild naked R and EVO bikes arrive in Australia and New Zealand in February 2022 in the familiar blue and orange livery plus a new silver and orange. 

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect an increase for the updated electronics on the EVO. Currently the R costs $28,395.

In 2020, the Super Duke R was trimmed down.

Now the EVO arrives with second-generation WP APEX semi-active suspension with three damping modes – Comfort, Street and Sport.

The spring preload of the rear suspension can be set via the TFT display to up to 20mm in 10 steps to allow for rider, pillion and luggage weight.

An optional Suspension Pro package offers three more damping modes: a stiff Track mode, Advanced which allows the rider to select damping in eight levels and Auto which automatically adjusts for rider behaviour.

Suspension Pro also offers three automatic preload auto-levelling settings to adjust the preload automatically to the weight of the rider, pillion and luggage.

In Low mode, it provides a “relaxed, less aggressive, more comfortable geometry, with a lower seat height. Standard mode is a “neutral and balanced geometry” while High is an “aggressive, agile track attack geometry, with a more loaded front end”. 

Another optional and switchable feature on Suspension Pro is an anti-diving setting that keeps the front-end high under hard braking.

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The 2022 1290 Super Duke R and EVO models retain the Rain, Street and Sports modes with optional Track and Performance settings which provide feedback about what the engine is doing, with less intrusive traction control and anti-wheelie mitigation. 

All can be selected without having to stop.

Throttle response has been boosted with the addition of a new quick-turn throttle twist grip, reduced by 7 degrees to 65 degrees. 

KTM says this not only offers a faster and more responsive throttle, but also reduces the rider wrist angle as well as the elbow drop at full throttle. 

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Toby Price biography coming soon

As Aussie Toby Price goes for his third Dakar Rally title in January 2022, book stores across the country will be busy stocking up on his biography.

Endurance: The Toby Price Story is his incredible and inspiring journey from childhood racing prodigy on a remote farm in the Australian bush to the top of the podium in one of the world’s most unforgiving race events and recipient of an OAM at age 33.

Widely renowned for his ‘Bush Mechanic’ persona and one of the most beloved figures in Australian sport today, Toby has overcome many formidable bumps in the road: The death of his adored sister, Min; the tragic loss of mentors and rivals in the desert; countless broken bones and an accident that should have paralysed him for life.

The 34-year-old from Maitland, NSW, has seven Finke wins across bike and car classes, five Hattah Desert Race victories, five Australian Off-Road Championships, and two National Enduro championships. 

In 2015, Toby made his first attempt at the soul-destroying, 9000km, 14-day Dakar Rally. 

A stage win and an overall podium earned Price a full-time seat on the KTM Factory Red Bull Racing Team. 

He now has two Dakar titles, in 2016 and 2019, and sadly crashed out while chasing the lead last year in Saudi Arabia.

He will be back next January aiming for his third title.

Endurance: The Toby Price Story is co-written with Andrew Van Leeuwin and will be published on 1 February 2022.

Andrew is an award-winning journalist who has specialised in motorsport for more than 15 years. 

Tony Weber prepares to learn to ride

He started his career at Australasian Motorsport News in Melbourne, working his way into the top digital editor role before relocating to Mainz, Germany, in 2012. 

During a three-year stint in Europe he covered a number of series, including the DTM, while working for Autosport, before returning to Australia as part of Motorsport.com‘s global expansion in early 2015. 

He currently leads Motorsport Network’s Supercars coverage and is considered one of the top motorsport journalists and podcasters in Australia. 

He lives in Perth with his wife Anne, kids Nico and Billie and chihuahua Coco.

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Ride Vision tech now available in Australia

Ride Vision, the first aftermarket hi-tech collision avoidance and warning system, is now available to Australian riders of any type of motorcycle.

The system works by using two small wide-angle cameras mounted on the rear and front of the vehicle.

They transmit footage to Ride Vision’s onboard processing unit, where a patented algorithm is used to detect and notify riders of collision threats in real-time.

They say it gives motorcyclists crucial reaction time to roadway threats which could mean the difference between a collision and coming home safe after every ride.

Ride Vision can be fitted to any Motorcycle or Scooter (design to fit round mirrors coming soon) and comes in two version, Ride Vision Lite ($A895) and a Ride Vision Pro ($A570 plus $US20 monthly subscription for a minimum of 18 months).

Ride Vision Pro includes everything that the Lite version offers as well as periodic upgrades for subscribed users.

Ride Vision Australia spokesman Steven Munitz says it is currently only available in NSW.

“We are looking to sell the system in all states as soon as possible,” says Steven who is seeking people interested in becoming an accredited installer.

He can be contacted via email by clicking here.

The first 10 customers will be able to purchase either a PRO or a LITE system at a 20% discount with the code RIDEVISION20.

Similar systems are used in many cars and several companies are working with motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati, KTM and BMW to produce similar hi-tech collision avoidance systems and warnings.

However, these are fitted to the bike from new and don’t help riders who already have a motorcycle.

With the rise of autonomous vehicles, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) systems will become a core feature in new vehicles.

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Aussies encouraged to get out and ride 

The fifth annual Australian Ride Your Motorcycle Week returns this year urging riders to get back on their bikes after lockdown.

Last year, the emphasis went from riding your motorcycle to work to simply riding your bike due to the lockdown meaning many people had to work from home.

It appears that is how the initiative will continue at least for this year’s event from November 29 to December 5, instead of the usual dates in September. 

However, the official Facebook page still goes by the ungainly title of “Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week”!

There are already many people riders out and about as lockdowns have lifted recently in several states and more are expected in coming weeks as some inter-state borders open up.

However, we suggest you check each state’s health department websites for details before attempting any border crossings.

For example, riders crossing from NSW to Queensland during Ride Your Motorcycle Week must be fully vaccinated and return a negative COVID 72 hours before the crossing.

Ride your Motorcycle Week will be supported by an advertising campaign reminding riders of the efficiency and ease of riding a bike, as well as promoting riding’s positive impact on mental health. 

FCAI Chief Executive and newbie rider Tony Weber says “there’s nothing else like” riding.

FCAI CEO Tony Weber is learning to ride a motorcycle NGK
Tony Weber

“But life gets in the way. Ride Your Motorcycle Week is just a little extra push to get your bike serviced ahead of riding season, take the bike to work or take the long way home, take day the off and reconnect or just go and have an adventure. This is the week to start doing it,” he says.

“COVID has obviously changed the way Australians think about commuting, but the name change is about more than acknowledging working from home. The off-road segment has boomed during the last two years, and this is acknowledged in the campaign’s name change.

The event also aims to draw attention to two-wheeled transport as a potential solution in COVID-19 recovery.

“Riding has a real role to play in helping Australia get back to work, offering socially distanced transportation and alleviating congestion and parking issues. As ever, our secondary goal is to capture the attention of policy makers who to often overlook riding in developing transportation infrastructure,” Tony says.

Stay tuned to the campaign at Australian Ride Your Motorcycle Week or on social media www.facebook.com/rideyourmotorcycleweek.

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