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Bean counter may sell Ducati, say analysts

Financial analysts say the new VW boss is a bean counter who could put Ducati up for sale again to help recoup some of its billion-dollar losses from the diesel emissions scandal. It is yet another round of speculation in the two-and-a-half-year saga of on-again, off-again sales rumours. The ongoing …

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Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Motorcycles

The problems of the motorcycle industry cannot be limited to one particular cause. As is almost always the case, there are multiple reasons why the industry is struggling— as you can see from the infographic below. However, there’s no doubt that one of the major contributors to the current issues …

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Indian Motorcycle recall over ‘ghost’ in the machine

Indian motorcycle is recalling their current fleet of  Thunderstroke-powered motorcycles after two American bikes appeared to have a ghost in the machine and started themselves. The problem is that corrosion in the starter switch can cause an electrical short and start the engine if the key fob is nearby. Apparently …

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Will two-wheel-drive motorcycles take off?

Four-wheel drive works in cars, so why hasn’t two-wheel drive taken off? Several manufacturers have courted the idea for motocross or trail bikes. However, none has taken it up seriously because it makes the bike heavy, expensive and it’s only really useful in mud and sand, although having a light …

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Old Victorian police pursuit bike at auction

It seems police have always had high-powered pursuit bikes with this 100mph (160km/h) Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 dating back to the 1930s. It was designed to pursue villains on the fastest bike of the day, the Brough Superior. On Sunday (April 22, 2018), it will feature at the Bonham’s Spring Stafford Sale …

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Solar power coming for electric motorcycles

A Swedish partnership is being forged to build small portable solar power chargers for electric adventure motorcycles that can be used in remote areas where there are no mains charging points. A portable solar charger would be a great advantage in Australia with our vast distances and plenty of sunshine. …

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Yamaha recalls MT-03 over noisy gears

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued a fourth recall on their learner-approved MT-03, this time for a machining defect that makes the gears noisy. The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the machining defect in the primary drive and driven meshing gears could make the …

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Rare bikes in Shannons Melbourne Auction

Several rare bikes including A matching-numbers 1939 Indian Four, a Harley-Davidson racer replica and an unrestored 1988 BMW R65 with only 1035km on the clock are highlights of the annual Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction on April 30. Indian Four The four-cylinder Indian Four was built from 1928 to 1942. Indian …

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Flare app notes bad road surfaces

An app that notes potholes and other road dangers to alert other riders and the local authorities could be extended from UK cyclists to motorcycle riders around the world. Many riders complain to their mates about potholes, “tar snakes”, lateral cracks, bumps and other poor road maintenance, but few do …

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