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Vintage Japanese bikes headline auction

Lockdowns seem to have sparked a rush on motorcycle and car online and live auctions with strong clearances of vehicles reported around the world.

In Australia, you can get your hands on 10 classic early Japanese classics that highlight the lead the way at Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction on September 7, 2021, with a total of 22 classic and sports motorcycles on offer.

If you haven’t bid at auction before, it might be an idea to read our article “10 tips on buying at a motorcycle auction“.

Shannons reports a growing demand for rare Japanese sports motorcycles.

Their auction next month includes three beautifully-restored and superbly-presented 1970s Kawasaki two-stroke triples, a rare 1980 Honda CB1100 RB-1, a model that dominated the 1980 Castrol Six Hour race, along with an iconic early ‘Sand-cast’ 1969 Honda 750/4 K0 superbike in superbly-restored condition.

Two collectible Yamahas, three classic BMWs ranging in age from 1953-1984 are complemented by five British motorcycles led by two classic 1937 models – a Norton Model 18 500cc and an AJS V-Twin 37/2 990cc 990cc – plus a very rare Italian 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175cc solo round out the motorcycles in the auction.

For classic scooter enthusiasts Shannons has a freshly restored 1964 Lambretta Li125cc offered at ‘no reserve’ and expected to sell in the $6,000-$8,000 range.

Kwaka stars

Kawasaki H2C 750cc 2-stroke triple
Kawasaki H2C 750cc 2-stroke triple

The stars of the motorcycles are the three Kawasakis that all come from the Japanese maker’s ‘purple period’ in the 1970s.

Leading the charge is an H2C 750cc 2 stroke triple – a stunning example of Kawasaki’s original superbike with eye-watering straight-line acceleration, that comes from a private collection based in NSW and that has covered just 320 miles since a full restoration by marque specialists.

Beautifully presented in period correct Candy Purple, the bike was originally sourced in the USA, with great care has been taken to keep everything factory correct during the rebuild. It is expected to sell in the $26,000-$32,000 range.

For similar money ($25,000 – $30,000), there is a rare and collectible Australian-delivered 1979 Kawasaki Z1R MkII D3 1000cc that has been the subject of substantial recent refurbishment, including a new exhaust system sourced from Japan.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R MkII D3 1000cc
1979 Kawasaki Z1R MkII D3 1000cc

The line-up continues with a 1974 Kawasaki H1F 500cc triple from the same Sydney-based private collection, this lovely example also originating from America also underwent a full restoration by marque specialist Gary Clarke’s Downpipe 3 in the UK. Now showing just 39 miles on its odometer since completion, the bike is slated to sell in the $16,000-$22,000 range.

There is also a very rare UK-delivered 1978 Kawasaki KH400cc triple also treated to a correct full nut-and-bolt restoration back to its original specifications by Downpipe 3.

Recently imported to Australia by the vendor, a Sydney enthusiast with a small collection of ‘70s Kawasaki’s, the KH400 looks fantastic in period correct colours and even sports its original exhausts, virtually unobtainable these days.  Showing just 25 miles on its odometer since completion, it is expected to sell for $14,000 – $18,000.

Honda highlights

1980 Honda CB1100RB
1980 Honda CB1100RB

Honda enthusiasts will find it hard to go past the 1980 Honda CB1100RB  that was developed by Honda primarily for the Castrol 6 Hour production bike race, then Australia’s premier motorcycle event, at the now defunct Amaroo Park circuit in Sydney. Future World 500cc Champion Wayne Gardner absolutely dominated the race on debut in 1980 aboard a CB1100RB, scoring a flag to flag victory.

Essentially hand-made in limited numbers, the purpose-built homologation special being auctioned is also rare as number 14 of just 112 ever made. Coming from long term ownership and offered at no reserve, it represents a rare opportunity to purchase a significant motorcycle with important provenance, with an expected selling range of $30,000-$35,000.

Hugely collectable is a ‘Sand-cast’ 1969 Honda CB750cc K0 superbike that was discovered by its current owner in the USA and underwent a meticulous restoration in Australia from 2017 in time for the CB750’s big anniversary celebrations held at Broadford in April 2019. Offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell in the $50,000 – $60,000 range.

‘Sand-cast’ 1969 Honda CB750cc K0
‘Sand-cast’ 1969 Honda CB750cc K0

Other important Hondas include a one-owner and very innovative 1982 CX500 T motorcycle in beautiful original condition. Built for one year only, its turbocharged engine virtually doubled the standard engine’s horsepower. With surviving examples proving very collectible, the Honda is expected to bring between $14 – $16,000.

The other Honda in the auction is a fully-restored 1966 CD125 that was imported into Australia in the early 1990s. Now fully restored and showing 2,477 miles on its odometer, the Honda is expected to sell with ’no reserve’ for $2,000 – $4,000.

Yamaha fans

Yamaha There are also two Yamahas in the auction – a rare and hard to find 1965 YM1 305cc twin cylinder two stroke (‘no reserve’, $8,000-$10,000) and a low mileage 1969 Yamaha DS6 250cc two stroke twin from long-term ownership– a rare time warp survivor – expected to bring $4,000 – $6,000 with no reserve.

Best of Brits

Of the six British bikes in the auction, the stand-outs are two 1937 models — a fully-restored AJS V-Twin 37/2 990cc (‘no reserve $25,000 – $30,000) and a rare, substantially original 1937 Norton Model 18 500cc motorcycle ‘project’ in running condition (‘no reserve’ $20,000 – $25,000).

1950 British Douglas Mark 4 350cc
1950 British Douglas Mark 4 350cc

Other great Britons are a 1950 Douglas Mark 4 350cc coming out of 40 years ownership (an older restoration, ‘no reserve’ $8,000-$12,000); a recently-recommissioned 1969 Triumph Trophy 650cc (‘no reserve’ $8,000-$12,000); a fully-restored 1969 BSA Firebird 650cc ‘street scrambler’ (‘no reserve’, $10,000-$12,000); and a fully-restored 1952 AJS 18S 500c (‘no reserve’ $10,000-$14,000).

Four classic BMWs in the auction are headed by a now rare 1953 R68 600cc ($40,000-$45,000), while there is a well-maintained 1984 BMW R1000RS 980cc (‘no reserve’, $12,000 – $16,000), a 1971 BMW R75/5 750cc (‘no reserve’, $8,000 – $12,000) and a 1966 BMW R69S updated with a later-model R80 800cc engine ($8,000-$12,000).

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175cc
1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175cc

Finally, there is a rare 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175cc Motorcycle in running condition – one of just 119 produced, whose ‘futuristic’ styling was a step too far for Italians brought up with more traditional Vespas and Lambrettas ($16,000 – $20,000).

To view all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

To talk to a Shannons Auction Team member, call the 13 46 46, Option 6 (Auctions).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

University Team Tweens Tickle Our Fancy With eSuperbike ‘Delta-XE’

Motards. 

Hogs. 

Hoonigans.

Belly Shovers.

The moto culture is rich with a diversity of people from all walks of life, and it leans on some of the strongest industrial backs of the automobile world. Giants like Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha strive to provide improved alternatives to riders that still maintain respect for the tradition of how things have always been done. 

But the future of motorcycle culture requires an ever-flowing give-and-take of balance – and who better to push the bill than the newer generation? 

a group of university students that make up Electric Superbike Twente: A racing team dedicated to bringing energy efficiency to the track.

Enter Dutch Racing Team, Electric Superbike Twente (EST): a group of university students dedicated to creating sustainable electric superbikes with MotoGP track times. 

These kids aren’t playing when it comes to bringing energy-compliant superbikes to the track – and when you’re a student, the sky (and the parents’ wallet) is the limit.

Delta-XE, the new electric Superbike from Electric Superbike Twente

The youth have just revealed the completion of their fourth – yes, fourth – superbike, dubbed the Delta-XE.

If you’re looking for a sneak peek, check out the video reveal at the top of this article – and boy, is she juicy.

Delta-XE, the new electric Superbike from Electric Superbike Twente, with a rider testing out the specs

Unafraid to build from scratch and ever-adapting to the enclosing restrictions of the motorcycle industry, EST has provided this alternative beauty with a custom PMAC electric motor capable of punching the Delta-XE over 300km/h.

CYRIL NEVEU, winner of the 1979 first Motorbike Dakar Rally, on a Yamaha

Not only is the motor custom-made, but the battery’s power management system is also hand-tuned to allow the 576 battery cells – 150kw of power, or 200hp – to speak easily to the asphalt. 

According to a report from RideApart, the Delta-XE boasts 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds and 0-200km/h in nine seconds.

Lean, mean, and green. I like it.

A student from Electric Superbike Twente testing battery components for the new electric Superbike, dubbed the Delta-XE

Further steps for EST would involve entering their bike to events sanctioned by the Electric Road Racing Association. 

Looking forward to what this unorthodox – and entirely intriguing – team brings next to the table.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Vehicle Industries Play Catch-Up With Onslaught of Chip Shortages

Semiconductor chip shortages have affected almost every automobile and motorcycle production aspect on a global scale. 

With the rise of unprecedented times in 2020, parts manufacturers had to make decisions in ordering future parts for future production – a process called ‘just-in-time manufacturing.’

This process increases financial efficiency with companies by predicting the scale of future sales.

The resultant underestimation of the prediction – coupled with companies raging in fierce competition for chips from other industries and the delay caused by the Suez Canal Incident – has caused a crunch and shortage in the chips installed in today’s vehicles and motorcycles.

a picture of new Yamaha bikes during production shortage

Many companies have reacted to this shortage by pushing the sales of vehicles and motorcycles that are more popular to cut down on costs and generate revenue. 

The average vehicle boasts an installation of 30 to 50 semiconductor chips, with some newer models ranging upwards of 100. There are decidedly fewer in a motorcycle, but Motorcycle manufacturers have also been walloped by the shortage, with giants like Yamaha releasing shortage explanations to the populace.

Here is a link to their video message below:

a picture of a car using batteries, highlighting the current issue of battery waste

According to a report from TheGlobeAndMail, the industry needs a solution to this shortage.

COVID-19 demonstrated vulnerabilities and gaps in global supply chains, so I do believe we should be framing [the chip shortage] as a demand opportunity, not a constraint one,” says Melissa Chee, chief executive officer of VentureLab, a tech incubator based in Markham, Ont. “Do we really want to just be final assembly, or could we rethink the role we play in that final [chip] ecosystem?”

Desperate times call for desperate measures – and with the shortage taking effect globally, now may be the time for the global automotive industry to reduce the lean on international suppliers.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda, Yamaha, KTM, Piaggo Sign Letter of Intent for Swappable Battery Consortium

Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piaggio have all signed a letter of intent to stage a swappable electric battery consortium for EV motorcycles and lighter EV’s. 

Together, they will collaborate on batteries that can be swapped amongst each of their EV lineups. This will make it possible to use a universal battery across all models. This initiative will take some time before coming to the streets however the letter of intent is a huge step in the right direction. 

Yamaha EC-05 Concept

From the press release: ‘The aim of the Consortium will, therefore, be to define the standardized technical specifications of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category; mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. By working closely with interested stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies, the founding members of the Consortium will be involved in the creation of international technical standards.’

Honda Managing Officer of Motorcycle Operations Noriake Abe said:

Motorcycle paramedics

“The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe. For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four-member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.
Honda views improving the customers’ usage environment as an area to explore cooperation with other manufacturers while bringing better products and services to customers through competition. Honda will work hard on both fronts to be the ‘chosen’ manufacturer for customer mobility.”

Activity on the new consortium will begin in May 2021, while invitations have been extended to other manufactures to join in on the initiative. Once this initiative is live and available to the consumer, it will mean huge benefits for all EV owners. It will mean less time charging and more time traveling – since you will be able to simply swap your battery and go. This concept isn’t anything new but with major players in manufacturing stepping up means it will be a matter of time before it becomes reality. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha Files for Electric Scooter Lineup Name Rights

Yamaha has officially started the process of getting naming rights for their future electric scooter model. Rights have been filed for the name E01 which can effectively be used after May 17th, 2021, on the basis that they have no objections to using the name. 

Tokyo Motor Show Yamaha E01

The E01 name will be used for the electric scooter that Yamaha first unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. 

International Motor Shows like the Tokyo event are often the first place to see brand new concepts and production lines for major players in the Powersports industry. The prospective E01, an electric scooter that Yamaha had on display will inevitably be launched unlike the other scooter (a gas counterpart) they had on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. 

Yamaha E01 Concept

Filing for a name is just the tip of the iceberg for Yamaha. They also filed for the design and appearance aesthetics of the electric scooter to thwart anyone planning on copying Yamaha’s innovations. This will also help them for future scooter designs in case they choose to keep a uniform appearance. Similar to Yamaha’s current sportbike models like the YZF-R1 and its smaller counterpart models.

What can you expect from an electric Yamaha Scooter?

According to VisorDown, the E01 will have the same power characteristics as a 125cc gas scooter. It will offer the convenience of recharging at home along with very simple maintenance.

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Yamaha EC-05 Concept

Yamaha has also filed rights for an additional EV scooter named the EC-05, this model will have a removable battery for added convenience. More details to come on these EV’s in the near future.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha recall over reflector ‘luminosity’

Yamaha Motor Australia have issued a fifth recall on their learner-approved MT-03 motorcycle (pictured above) and three scooters for a non-compliance issue on the rear reflectors.

The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it “may not comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR) 47 for reflection luminosity”.

“If the reflector has insufficient luminosity, affected motorcycles may be less visible to drivers of other vehicles, which could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death of the rider and/or other road users,” the notice says.

Owners of the 2709 affected MT-03 models plus 573 XMAX 300, 168 NMAX 125 (2015) and 575 NMAX 150 (2017 – 2020) scooters should “immediately” contact a Yamaha dealer to arrange an appointment to have the reflector replaced, free of charge.

This is the fifth recall affecting the MT-03 since it was re-introduced in 2016.

The other four were:

  1. Engine vibration transmitted to the fuel tank may cause the spot weld of the bracket to break. If it does, fuel could leak.
  2. Corrosion of the switch electrical terminals may develop due to water contamination, causing a loss of electrical power and engine stalling.
  3. The clutch pressure plate bearing may fail when operated frequently. The oil pump drive gear may break due to excessive stress causing the clutch to fail. The transmission will not shift properly and the engine may seize due to a lack of engine oil supply.
  4. A machining defect in the primary drive and driven meshing gears that could make the bike excessively noisy during acceleration and engine revs increase when shifting through gear ratios.

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2020 Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

Motorcycle Test by Wayne Vickers – Images Rob Mott


I’ve been spending some time on a few of the smaller offerings of late. Having ridden Yamaha’s MT03 (Link) and more recently I was thrown the keys to the tuning fork mob’s latest little jigger, the YZF-R15.

We don’t have the history in Australia with this model, but Yamaha’s third iteration of the ‘R-15’ brings some solid updates over the previous models. It’s clearly intended to give Yamaha dealers something to compete with things like Honda’s CB125. And it’s hard to deny that this has a lot more flair. But can it back it up?

Yamaha YZF-R15

Well, it certainly looks the biz. Clearly some resemblances to its bigger brothers for those more sportily inclined amongst us. Styling wise it cuts a fine figure. Lots of nice touches. A familiar looking Deltabox frame and slightly larger swingarm to house a bigger 140 section rear tyre compared to the old model. Even the tail unit looks like the R1 setup – albeit smaller and with thinner plastics. Probably best to not compare them side by side, but in isolation it’s a pretty bloody good thing. Paint finish is nice too, and I rate the ‘Thunder Grey’ colour scheme – I’ve always had a thing for red, grey, silver or black though. Other than my current Tiger (which is white) and my race bikes – all of my bikes have been either red, grey, silver or black – or a combo of them all. I’ve only just realised that. Maybe I’m too predictable.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

The riding position is sporty but not uncomfortable. New riders won’t feel like they’re too far forward on their hands and it will allow them to explore the bike’s potential as they improve their skills. It actually steers surprisingly well for a bike that’s sub 5 grand new! The seat itself isn’t bad either – and the suspension does a decent job of soaking up bumps.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

Controls are all quite simple and traditional. Clutch (a slipper!) and brake feel is good, and the box does its job. Single twin caliper disc up front does a reasonable job of pulling things up – and while that might seem light on in terms of power compared to bigger bikes, remember that this thing only weighs a little over 130 kilos.. And isn’t going to be slowing from big speeds. You’ll see the shift light come on in top gear at about 135 km/h if you have a long enough straight. And some assistance from a downhill or tail wind.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

The thing that I didn’t really gel with personally is the engine. While it’s new variable valve actuation (VVA – think Honda Vtec, but different) might have seen a 20 per cent increase in power over the previous model with it now churning out 18 horsepower, it comes with a mechanical engine noise that’s not especially pleasant to my ears at least. You could be generous and call it character perhaps? You do sort of get used to it… but it doesn’t feel refined at all. Maybe the exhaust needs to be louder to drown it out 🙂

Yamaha YZF-R15

While the fuelling is also not fabulous – you don’t really notice it all that much at that sort of power level as you generally just smash the throttle open, but it could do with some work – needs saying. Powerwise, well it does ok from a 150 cc single but it’s no race engine. Yamaha have made some updates to improve breathing and output compared to the older model, but it still doesn’t really like going up hills at speed very much – you’ll get used to pedalling the box, which in itself is no bad thing. It is kinda fun keeping the little mill on the boil. Its happy enough to rev.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

Handling wise it’s fun enough to punt along. Everything gels together pretty well. You forget how much corner speed you can hold on a bike that weighs around 130 kilos… It certainly teaches you to maintain momentum. It’s actually good fun and a bit of a giggle. Suspension and brakes seem up to it with no obvious weaknesses there.

Yamaha YZF-R15

Nice dash too. Simple. Easy to read. But like a few other bikes I’ve tested lately – no engine temp? Is that a thing now? Apparently you can customise the ‘Hi Buddy’ greeting so it says your name on start up too which is kinda fun. You’d have to mess with your mates bike and change that wouldn’t you..? Surely I’m not the only one that thinks that way 🙂

Apparently this is the number one selling sports bike on the planet. Sure – that’s mostly in markets where they aren’t competing against bigger sportsbikes, but there’ no doubt that Yamaha considered that and the audience that it already has when deciding to bring it in.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

It will be interesting to see how the new YZF-R15 sells compared to the YZF-R3, the latter being the slightly bigger brother with a much nicer engine. That price though… less than 5 grand. For a new road bike with a factory warranty? Hard to argue against. Amazing value.

Final word, indulge me for a moment – Once upon a time (30 years ago!) Yamaha built a four cylinder FZR250RR that made 45 hp and revved to 17 thousand rpm or thereabouts. I nearly bought one as my first bike, but ended up with Honda’s gull-arm CBR250RR pocket rocket – and yes it was black and silver with red wheels. What a great little screamer it was too. I put nearly a hundred thousand kays on mine before trading up. Imagine what they could do now if they had a real crack at it… And it’d be a proper YZF-R. I know the market is different now, but still. With an emerging market in places like India for this smaller capacity stuff, is now the time to revisit the past and see just how much performance you can get from a proper 250 or 300 race rep that could sell in numbers? I hope so. Would make a great entry level proddy bike class platform and give KTMs RC390 a rival…

Yamaha YZF-R15

Why I like it:

  • Pretty amazing value really
  • Decent controls and handling
  • Fairly well finished for the money

I’d like it more if:

  • It had a better engine – that engine noise is not nice
  • Make it a real YZF-R for our markets, with the focus on performance
  • Or just bring in the MT15 as your entry level bike
2020 Yamaha YZF-R15

2020 Yamaha YZF-R15 Specifications

Specifications
Engine 155 cc single, SOHC, four-valve
Bore x Stroke 58 x 58.7 mm
Maximum Power 18 hp at 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 14.1 Nm at 8500 rpm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Starter Electric
Induction EFI
Transmission 6-Speed
Drive Chain
L x W x H 1990 x 725 x 815 mm
Tyres 100/80-17 (F), 140/80-17 (R)
Brakes 282 mm (F), 220 mm (R) – No ABS
Seat height 815 mm
Front suspension Forks with 130 mm of travel
Rear suspension Monoshock, 97 mm of travel
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Kerb weight 138 kg
Warranty 12 months
RRP $4799 ride away
Fuel range up to 450 km

Source: MCNews.com.au

VIDEO: Yammie Noob Gives the MT-09 For a First Impression Ride

With the new 2021 MT-09 being given a complete front-end redesign among many other updates, Youtuber Yammie Noob took this opportunity to pick up a 2019 MT-09 to be given away on his channel (yes, Papa Yams gives away plenty of motorcycles to his subscribers). Although the MT-09 has seen a full update and two years’ worth of models post-dating this model Yams has, the video is still brand new.

Although many people love to see videos about new bikes, I think Yammie Noob makes good enough content to make this worth sharing. The 2021 MT-09 hasn’t seen a ton of updates beyond visuals, so this video is still a great resource for riders looking to get onto an MT-09 from any year.

Yammie has owned a previous generation FZ-09, yet this 2019 model still packs enough punch to completely surprise him. Yams’ takes a lot of great angles for his talking points about the machine and puts things into layman’s terms for everyday riders; which in my opinion is what makes his videos so great. Although he praises the bike, he still has some great unbiased criticism for this motorcycle making this first impression ride honest and to-the-point.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha NMax 125 and 155 Updated for 2021

Updated Models for Australia

Yamaha announced updates to the NMax 125 and NMax 155 for the 2021 model year. The scooters are now slightly more sporting with a new frame and some finer details being adjusted.

The company also updated the Blue Core engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant, using a variable valve actuation with a new intake camshaft with two cam lobes. This offers higher performance due to the two different cam lobes, one being for lower rpm and the other for higher rpm.

The 125cc bike makes 9 kW of power, and the 155cc version makes 11.1 kW of power, according to MCNews. This scooter can really scoot around. You’ll get good fuel economy, too. The 125 is rated for 2.2-liters per 100 km and the fuel capacity is 7.1-liters, giving the bike a range of 300 km.

There’s a new traction control system LCD instruments, Bluetooth connectivity, SCCU simple communications control unit, and a smart key system.

Sydney tunnel

The bike also gets a 12-volt power socket up front that will help you charge your phone and the brakes are 230mm at both the front and the rear. ABS is standard. I’m not seeing prices yet, but the bike is said to come in Q3 of 2020, so prices should come at a later date.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Here Is What You Get When A Carpenter Crafts a Custom Motorcycle

Beautiful Craftsmanship

When we think of custom motorcycles, we think of welding, new parts and components, and high-performance, generally. But George Woodman decided to go with one of the oldest materials known to man, wood.

He calls the creation, Hommage. It’s a Yamaha XSR700 that’s been heavily customized. The chief piece of custom work that stands out on this bike is the beechwood fairing.

According to RideApart, Woodman said he has spent more hours than he cares to admit hand sanding the fairing until it was crafted into the perfect shape. From there, he did an overlay of fiberglass and resin to protect it from the elements.

The fairing is just the most noticeable part of the bike, but it’s all been gone over. There’s Ohlins suspension, K&N air filters, XRace exhaust, Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa tires, a customs eat, and a custom paint job that compliments the bike’s unique fairing.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland photo - riders at Federal Parliament mandatory recalls representative road safety survey

You can see more about this unique machine on Woodman’s website. It’s worth checking out up close.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com