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Two-stroke engines making comeback

Two-stroke engines were phased out by tough pollution laws and fuel economy targets, but they could be making a comeback with KTM, Honda and boutique builders. KTM and Honda have both registered patents for direct-injection two-stroke engines. In 2015, Honda filed a patent for a new two-stroke motor using direct fuel injection …

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Vets help Boss with broken-down bike

A group of American war veterans out for a ride stopped to help a stranded biker with a broken-down Moto Guzzi and it turned out to be The Boss – Bruce Springsteen! The riders’ Good Samaritan act was rewarded with special photos with the iconic New Jersey rocker who also …

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Harley Days 2017 still to be decided

The first open Australian Harley-Davidson rally, called Harley Days, held at Wollongong over the weekend was a “home run” for the brand. However, a decision on the future of the event will “not be rushed”. HD marketing manager Adam Wright says they had about 10,000-plus people at the Stuart Park …

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Is ABS as safe as officials believe?

Europe is mandating ABS on motorcycles and it is being considered in Australia but only now is a survey seeking to find out if ABS is safe in the real world. British road safety researcher Elaine Hardy is seeking riders around the globe who have been involved in a crash …

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Barefoot bowls follows charity ride

Riders can celebrate the 15th annual Bras n Bikes Breast Cancer Fundraiser Ride with a round of barefoot bowls at the Yandina AFL Club after the ride on October 23, 2016. The charity ride is organised by Sunshine Coast women’s riding group, Girl Torque. Group leader Judy Noakes says there …

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Drag day for Victory and Indian riders

Suzanne Batchelor on her Victory Hammer drag bike Victory and Indian Motorcycle Brisbane is inviting owners to join their Sunday shop ride to the All Bike Drag Day at Willowbank Raceway. A highlight of the event will be the appearance of Suzanne Batchelor on her all-conquering Victory Hammer. [youtube] …

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What peeves you about other riders? 

Tell us what peeves you about other riders and you could win a set of three Oxford neck socks for winter. Our recent reader survey showed the fourth highest peeve among motorcyclists was not cagers, trucks, caravans or police, but the bad behaviour of other riders. But what does that …

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DGR inspires Suzuki Boulevard of dreams

Denzil’s original black Suzuki Boulevard C50 The Suzuki Boulevard C50 is a superb bargain tourer that was just dying to be modified, says Brisbane MBW reader Denzil Charles who supplied this story. READ OUR BOULEVARD C50 REVIEW The Boulevard was my first new bike, after a few hand-me-downs. I’m a big fan …

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Register now for state Black Dog Rides

Winston, the BDR mascot, will be in every state and territory this year The eighth annual Black Dog Ride to raise awareness of mental health issues takes a different twist this year with separate rides in each state and the Northern Territory. It all started in 2009 when founder Steve …

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