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50 new Harley-Davidson models planned

Harley-Davidson will introduce 50 new models in the next five years to counteract stalling sales, including an electric bike, says boss Matt Levatich. “I’ve never been more excited about our product pipeline in my 22 years here at Harley-Davidson,” he says. The Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer released its 2016 fourth quarter …

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Australia gets Kawasaki H2 Carbon bikes

Only 120 limited-edition Kawasaki H2 Carbon models will be released worldwide this year and Australia may get almost 20 for customers. Kawasaki Motors Australia marketing co-ordinator Milo Dokmanovic says they already have orders for the limited-edition supercharged Carbon model. “Unfortunately I cannot divulge pricing until this model is officially released, …

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Electric vehicles break range barriers

The biggest barriers for electric motorcycles are range and recharging times, but now a couple of achievements are set to break those barriers. A Dutch university team called STORM (pictured above) has completed an 80-day World Tour with its electric motorcycle and Spanish renewable energy company Acciona has finished this …

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More Harleys to get Milwaukee Eight?

Harley-Davidson might extend their 107-cube Milwaukee Eight engines to some members of its Dyna and Softail range in the next couple of months. That is purely speculation on our behalf, but it is based on history and mechanics. History Harley releases its next year’s models in September, but they also …

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Erik Buell Racing follows Victory into closure

For the second time in as many years, Erik Buell Racing is ceasing operations, following closely on the heels of compatriot Victory Motorcycles. The American motorcycle market is in a slump, particularly in motorcycles over 900cc, which includes almost every American-made motorcycle. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles are counteracting the trend …

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Kawasaki Ninja 650L for sporty novices

Kawasaki continues to lead the Australian market in learner-approved motorcycles with the launch of the Z650L and the Ninja 650L. We attended the launch of these two bikes last week and raved about the Z650L as a bike for novices, commuters, weekend warriors and returned riders. At $9699 (plus on-road costs) it’s …

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Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki does the new Z650L a disservice by referring to it as a learner motorcycle. This is a bike that will not only suit learners, but also novices, returned riders, commuters, weekend warriors and people who are honestly not all that fussed with tech specs, but just want to ride …

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MV Agusta Dragster Blackout custom

Cash-strapped MV Agusta is not introducing any new models this year, but has promised several model variants and special editions that could include this Dragster 800 Blackout. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it looks great and black has always been a popular colour among riders. The Dragster 800 …

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Ducati Zero electric design concept

If Ducati ever builds an electric motorcycle, it could look like this Ducati Zero futuristic design concept from the Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2LfHHuMKX4?feature=oembed&w=640&h=360] Design students Bart Heijt, Fernando Pastre and Raquel Villani came up with this design for an electric-powered Ducati in a collaborative project …

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ABS disc brakes coming to Royal Enfield?

The 2017 range of Royal Enfield have launched in the UK with dual-channel ABS, a rear disc instead of drum brake and a “Redditch” selection of three bright new colours. There is a stony silence from Australia distributors Urban Moto Imports (UMI) about the likelihood of these coming to Australia. …

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