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BMW unveils ConnectedRide self-riding motorcycle

BMW Motorrad is the latest motorcycle company to reveal its self-riding technology with its ConnectedRide R 1200 GS Adventure fitted with autonomous computer tech. The German manufacturer had already telegraphed its intentions with the “crashproof” Vision Next 100 self-balancing motorcycle concept. And British company AB Dynamics used a BMW C1 to develop …

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Returned rider learns valuable riding lesson

Returned riders are those who had got a motorcycle licence as a teenager or twentysomething, then stopped riding while they had a family, returning to riding in a midlife crisis. They now represent the biggest and fastest growing sector of riders as well as dominating the crash statistics. Rather than …

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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon gets makeover

The first Ducati Scrambler, the Icon launched in 2014, has received a major makeover, including Bosch cornering ABS. Ducati calls it “Jovolution”. There is no word on when it will arrive in Australia or pricing, but the current model costs $13,490 (plus on-road costs) in red or an extra $200 …

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A Short Guide For Buying a UTV Online

Contributed post In the military world, UTV means “utility tactical vehicle” and it can be an important little “buggy” for bringing in supplies to tough-to-get-to locations and other off-road duties. In the civilian world, UTV may stand for “utility task vehicle” (or sometimes, “utility terrain vehicle”), but minus the combat …

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Is your bobbed motorcycle tail tidy legal?

Many riders and custom bike builders “bob” the tail of their motorcycle for a tidier appearance, but are they legal? We’ve heard of police harassing riders over their motorcycle tails and mudguards, and issuing fines for non-compliance. But what exactly is compliant? And do the police even know! In 2014, …

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Prototype bid for motorcycle speed record

French rider Katy Calmon will bid for a FIM 500cc motorcycle land speed record on a prototype motorcycle at a disused English RAF base this weekend (15-16 September 2018).  Katy aims to break the 1km record of 103.913mph (167.233km/h) with the prototype bike based on a Ducati 999R. Katy Her bid will be …

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Motorcycle stars in new Orson Welles movie

Shortly after the low-budget film Easy Rider shook up Hollywood, venerated director Orson Welles exploited the outlaw biker image with his film The Other Side of the Wind. It was never finished, but the avant-garde movie about Hollywood has now been completed and will screen on Netflix in November. The …

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Video hints at Suzuki Katana return

Suzuki has released a teaser video which features strong hints that the venerable 1980s Katana name will return to their fleet pretty soon. In fact, the video is titled “Intermot 2018 Teaser – Phase One” which is a reference to its unveiling at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne on …

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DGR shifts funds toward mental health

The seventh annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on 30 September 2018 will double their allocation of funding toward mental health. Founder Mark Hawwa of Sydney says they have increased their allocation of funding toward mental health from 20% to 40% for The Movember Foundation. That means 60%, rather than 80%, will go toward …

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