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Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 69 Issue 06

Australian Motorcycle News covers all things motorcycling from around the world, featuring new-model releases as well as comprehensive bike comparisons and race reports in every issue.

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delightful distraction

ONE OF MOTORCYCLING’S single greatest benefits is its ability to concentrate all your focus on riding the bloody things. Yep, there are times when you’re simply cruising, thinking about life in general and not consumed by throttle actions and body position. But when you need nothing but ‘in the moment’ bliss, there’s few other pastimes as rewarding as motorcycling. Head for somewhere distant... Lean it into a corner and soak up the endorphins I love working on bikes, reading about them, consuming MotoGP news and results, and watching new motorcycle models arriving in Australia. But nothing beats actually riding them, particularly when everything else seems like it’s going to hell in a handbasket. I have just climbed off a bike after a day obliterating knee sliders and worries all at once, piloting a…

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australian motor cycle news

EDITORIAL Editor: Sam Maclachlan Deputy Editor: Kel Buckley Sub Editor: Phil Branagan News Editor: Hamish Cooper Staff Journalist: Pete Vorst Founding Editor: George Lynn DESIGN Art Director: Paul Andrews Designer: Joe Ferrara CONTRIBUTORS Sir Alan Cathcart, Michael Scott, Ben Purvis, Colin Young, Mat Oxley, Gold & Goose, Gordon Ritchie, Paul Young, Peter Whitaker, Tim Munro, Don Cox AND NOT FORGETTING Dean Mellor, Darryl Flack, Neil Spalding, Simon O’Leary, Peter Baker, Josh Evans & Phillip Tooth, PRODUCTION Production Manager: Ian Scott Advertising Co-ordinator: Yang Zhou ADVERTISING Head of Sales: Dale Johnson dale.johnson@amcn.com.au 0403 743 587 National Sales Manager: Mark Evans mark.evans@amcn.com.au 0422 805 205 Qld Sales Manager: Todd Anderson todd@motormedia.com.au 0409 630 733 MANAGEMENT Citrus Media Publisher: Jim Flynn 0449 801 899 jim@citrusmedia.com.au Accounts: accounts@citrusmedia.com.au…

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new fireblade has electronic winglets?!

AFTER MONTHS OF speculation Honda has filed patent applications in Japan for a new four-cylinder superbike that closely matches rumours surrounding the forthcoming next-generation CBR1000RR Fireblade. Honda is expected to add active aerodynamics to a package that we already know features advanced variable valve timing. The all-new bike shown in these patent drawings is clearly heavily focused on racetrack performance, with styling and aerodynamics based on its MotoGP machines. But it also has a headlight, tail lights, mirrors and a number plate bracket so it’s clearly a road-going model. The patent text states it’s an inline four-cylinder, a strong and clear clue it is the next-generation Fireblade. The drawings reveal a huge styling departure from previous Fireblades. Gone are the signature twin headlights, replaced by a single, small unit that’s hidden inside a gaping,…

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really?! active wings?!

THE WINGLETS HAVE a steep angle of attack, helping keep the front end down under acceleration and adding downforce during braking and cornering. On other wing-equipped bikes, those positives are countered by the disadvantage of additional drag on the straights, blunting acceleration and top speed. So we can expect the new ’Blade’s wings to be active and retractable? No such problem here because when the Honda hits the straights, the winglets simply retract into the bodywork, and they do it using a remarkably simple, compact and lightweight system. Each of the winglets has a pivot at its front, while the rear edge slides in a reinforced channel. As a failsafe, the winglets are sprung to default into the extended position, only retracting when servos – one for each side – are activated. These…

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busted! ktm’s stab at middleweight tourer

PROOF THAT THE middleweight market segment is gathering strength comes with this photo of a KTM parallel-twin tourer. It’s likely to be a direct rival to the upcoming BMW F 850 XR, which was previewed last year with the 9Cento concept. We reckon it will be named the 890 GT, to tie it in with KTM’s only existing sports tourer, the 1290 Super Duke GT. This is no adventure bike, with 17-inch wheels While the lumpy-looking KTM test mule is very clearly an early prototype, it’s obviously based on the 790 Adventure. BMW’s F 850 XR also uses the underpinnings of an adventure bike – the F 850 GS – with sporty suspension and tyres. Similarly, this new KTM uses the frame, swingarm and seat unit from the existing parallel-twin 790 Adventure, along…

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next-gen hayabusa takes shape

THE LIKELIHOOD OF an all-new Suzuki Hayabusa for 2021 is gathering , with a recent patent application clearly showing an unidentified motorcycle using an updated version of the ’Busa’s four-cylinder engine. A gamechanger when launched in 1999, the Hayabusa still has a strong following 20 years on and anyone who has been to Lake Gairdner’s annual Speed Week knows there is a lot of life left in the original 300km/h-plus design. The Hayabusa has gone off sale in Europe, due to tougher emissions laws, but continues to be available in Australia and the US. The current rideaway price of $18,990 gets you a lot of performance for the money, including titanium valves and race-quality pistons. Suzuki Australia told AMCN this week that it’s sold 100 Hayabusas this year, a typical result for the…