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Is KTM really interested in buying Ducati?

The latest rumour about the sale of Ducati is that Austrian manufacturer KTM may be interested in buying the iconic Italian brand. It comes from one interview with KTM CEO Stefan Pierer in German magazine Speedweek where he expresses he is interested in Ducati. Reports across the world now say KTM will …

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US Senate votes against rider profiling

While Australian states are ramping up their anti-association laws that profile riders as potential outlaws, the US Senate has unanimously passed a motorcyclist anti-profiling resolution. This follows an American Motorcyclist Association survey finding that half of American motorcyclists say they have been profiled by police pulling them over. There is …

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Salvos thank riders for toy runs

As the biker toy run season nears its end this weekend, the Salvos (Salvation Army of Australia) have thanked the tens of thousands of riders who have participated and provided donations. Salvos community fundraising GM Andrew Hill says about $6-$7m has been raised in donations during the Christmas season. He …

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Royal Flying Doctor Service warns of roos

Riders heading into the Outback this Christmas should be aware of the dangers of hitting kangaroos, says the Royal Flying Doctor Service whose planes have even hit them.  “The roo problem is significant as they come to the edges of the road to graze in the current drought conditions,” a spokeswoman for …

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Husqvarna recall over sticky throttle

Parents whose children ride a Husqvarna TC50 mini dirt bike should be aware that the new 2019 model is being recalled over an issue with a sticky throttle. Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) for the 73 motorcycles affected bikes are listed below. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and …

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Does BMW R18 hint at a 1.8-litre Boxer?

This wild Japanese custom BMW R18 seems to hint that the normally conservative Bavarian company may be considering a 1.8-litre boxer engine. BMW has a history of handing over custom builds to outside design houses that eventually turn into production models. A prominent example is the R nineT which started …

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USA leads rising tide of female riders

Almost one in five motorcyclists in the USA is female, rising almost 10% in the past decade, according to the American Motorcycle Industry Council. Apart from Asian nations where many women ride scooters as their daily transport, that gives the USA the highest proportion of female riders in the western …

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Are you covered for an ambulance ride?

Many riders may not realise that if they are involved in a crash, they may not be covered for what could be a very long and expensive ambulance ride. Freebies The good news for permanent Queensland and Tasmanian residents is that they are covered. Even if they travel interstate and …

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VicPol throws doubt on novelty helmet covers

Several days after saying novelty helmet covers were legal, VicPol has thrown doubt on the issue saying it had to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. At first they simply replied: “It is not illegal to put a hat over the helmet”. Five days later VicPol updated their comment saying …

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How can we reduce motorcycle theft?

There could be nothing more heartbreaking than to have your motorcycle stolen, but what can be done to reduce the alarming rate of theft? In Australia, 23 motorcycles and scooters are stolen every day. But that’s nothing, really. France tops the list for stolen motorcycles with 151 a day, while …

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