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Australian Motorcycle News

Australian Motorcycle News Vol 69 Issue 14

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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1 min.
2020 hindsight

AS WE EMERGE from the fog (or should that be bushfire smoke?) of another Christmas period, brimming with resolve for a year done better than however many we have done before it, we need to keep in mind that it will be Easter before we know it, and that being full of resolve is the equivalent of being full of manure if we don’t actually action it. For a lot of motorcyclists, that resolve may include riding more, riding better, riding with more people, just riding – and so it should. It might involve buying a new bike, fixing the one you have in your shed (like Kel Buckley has started on page 96), or doing something special with the one you have, like Guy Martin does on page 78 in…

1 min.
the ’busa is back!

SUZUKI’S AGE-OLD Hayabusa has already been removed from the market in Europe and Japan after falling foul of emissions rules but the firm is hard at work creating a next-generation machine that promises to return the legendary ’Busa to the worldwide market. The future Hayabusa will lose its GSX1300R tag, because we’re informed that capacity is set to rise by at least 100cc from its current 1340cc. That means a GSX1400R or even GSX1500R label is likely to be applied. That comes from a revamped engine rather than an all-new design, and new patents from Suzuki show that the overall outline of the motor won’t change. The capacity boost is in line with updates we’ve seen from other firms as they bring their bikes into line with Euro 5. By using more…

1 min.
lams-approved street triple lobs

TRIUMPH HAS UNVEILED the entry-level version of its 2020 Street Triple – the S. But far from being strangled by electronics, the new Street Triple S uses a sleeved-down 660cc triple rather than the 765cc version featured on high-end Street Triple RS. That downsized engine will already be familiar to some; it’s derived from the motor that features in the LAMS version of the previous-generation Street Triple. Like the existing LAMS model, the 660 Street Triple S features a 76mm bore and 48.5mm stroke. In comparison the 765cc triple has dimensions of 77.99mm and 53.4mm. However, there are tweaks for the 2020 engine, including a revised 12.1:1 compression ratio, down from 12.47:1. In 35kW form, electronic restrictions mean the power peaks at 9000rpm, while maximum torque is 60Nm at 5250rpm. Engine aside, the…

1 min.
bmw explores wireless charging

BMW HAS FILED patents for wireless charging for its future electric bikes, a technology that’s already widespread in phones and electric toothbrushes. A new patent application from the firm shows how it plans to create an inductive charging pad that sits on the ground. To match, it proposes putting a matching charge receiver coil into the sidestands of its future electric bikes, so simply parking them on the charging pad will start refilling the battery, with no need to mess around with extension cords and plugs. Although inductive charging – which creates an electromagnetic field at the charger’s end and then converts that field back into electricity in the receiver coil – can’t charge a battery as fast as a plugged-in cable, it offers a significant convenience advantage. And if your bike’s…

2 min.
zongshen expanding up and out

IN 2017, BRITISH manufacturer Norton agreed to allow Chinese firm Zongshen to build a version of the 650cc parallel-twin engine it was developing. Since then, Norton has debuted the motor in its Atlas and Superlight models and now Zongshen has revealed its own 650cc twins build using the same engine. The first is the Cyclone RX6. This adventure bike is without doubt the most appealing Zongshen-made model we’ve seen yet. In Chinese-made form, the Norton engine – developed with the help of engineering experts Ricardo – makes around 52kW. That’s 10kW less than Norton claims for its Atlas scramblers, and a whopping 26kW fewer than the Superlight sportsbike based on the same engine design. However, it’s directly in line with expectations for an emissions-legal 650cc parallel twin, closely matching the power from the…

1 min.
and an 850cc, too

ZONGSHEN’S PLANS ARE more ambitious than merely aping the original 650cc Norton motor – it’s just announced that a ZS850 version will be joining the 650cc option. Zongshen’s new, large-capacity derivative of the twin has a claimed output of 70kW at 8500rpm from the 849cc ZS850 engine, along with 85Nm of torque – far exceeding the 62Nm of the Zongshen 650 or the 64Nm of Norton’s equivalent. Surprisingly, the Zongshen ZS850 has a fractionally higher compression ratio than the Norton 650 – 12.2:1 rather than 11.5:1. Its peak power and torque also arrive far lower in the rev range, with the maximums coming at 8500rpm and 7000rpm, respectively. Norton’s Atlas needs to hit 11,000rpm before it reaches its full power. Although Zongshen has yet to show any bikes with the ZS850 engine, it’s…