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Australian Motorcycle News Vol 69 Issue 19

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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in this issue

1 min.
we got this

IN A MEASURE of how quickly things are evolving in the pandemic state we Aussies have finally begun to understand we are in, in this very issue of AMCN we encourage you to pack the panniers and head bush to spend money in the bushfire-affected areas of your state. Ummmm... don’t do that. Not right now, anyway. Once this thing is contained, get back out there en masse. Like the hoarders reminding me of errant tin top drivers (Ed’s Desk, last issue), the greater public carrying on like “it won’t happen to me” with coronavirus reminds me of motorcycle riders who think the same in regards to them crashing, therefore ride like idiots, then get all surprised when they rub it on the ground. Nestle into your lounge, pull out your AMCN and…

1 min.
(hardly under) the radar

A BIG PART of the Multistrada V4’s tech will be its Bosch radar system, clearly visible here. The front radar unit, mounted between the headlights, currently sticks out like a sore thumb. We’ve yet to see how manufacturers will hide these radars, since they need a clear view ahead to work properly that requires flat, featureless, radar-transparent panels. Another Bosch radar unit is visible just under the tail light – again with no cover to disguise its utilitarian, boxy shape. The front radar will be the basis of an adaptive cruise control system able to automatically adjust speed to keep pace with vehicles ahead as well as provide hazard warnings. The rear radar is used for blind spot monitoring with the possibility of small warning lights mounted in the mirrors. This prototype also…

2 min.
sprung! 2021 multistrada v4

SIX MONTHS AGO we reported Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali’s throwaway comment that a V4 Multistrada was likely in 2021 and now we’ve busted a near-finished machine on test in Europe. We’ve already reported the V4 Multistrada will join the existing V-twin 1260 and 950 range, rather than replace the bigger V-twin. The test mule’s engine has identical castings to the V4 Streetfighter and Panigale versions. Given the performance of the existing 1260cc V-twin, it’s likely that even a detuned, Multistradaspecific version of the V4 engine must punch out at least 134kW (180hp). Why? To make a clear distinction between the two versions. Unless Ducati is able to increase the engine’s capacity from the 1103cc used on the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter, the Multistrada V4 is likely to be down on mid-range torque…

1 min.
aprilia revives 1980s technology

ANTI-DIVE SUSPENSION is technology as intrinsically tied to the 1980s as pop duo Wham! and the Walkman but Aprilia has filed a patent application that suggests a comeback. Generally, the briefly-popular 1980s versions plumbed the brakes into the front suspension and used brake pressure to alter fork damping. This slowed fork compression during braking, stiffening the damping. It worked, after a fashion, unless you were braking over bumps. Improvements in conventional modern suspension made anti-dive obsolete. Or did it? Aprilia’s idea is to use the mechanical forces involved in braking to act against the pitching movement that makes the forks compress. Front brake calipers are able to rotate a few degrees around the front wheel spindle. A linkage attached to the calipers at one end and to the fork uppers at the other…

1 min.
three’s a 1802cc cruiser crowd

JUST DAYS AWAY from its official launch on 3 April, we’ve busted yet another version of BMW’s R 18 cruiser. This one, caught on test outside BMW’s Munich base, is the third variation. It splits the difference between the stripped-down, naked custom version and the part-faired bagger models we revealed in our last issue. Closest in spirit to the naked base model, a list of add-ons gives it more comfort and practicality. It uses the same, smaller fuel tank of the unfaired model and the same ultra-simple, single-dial instrument panel. A close-up picture of the dash shows that, as expected, it combines an analogue speedo with a digital display able to show a variety of info. Here we see it displaying ambient temperature and the word ‘Rock’ – which suggests a…

1 min.
big donk, big range

IT LOOKS LIKE BMW will follow the lead of American cruiser kings Harley-Davidson and Indian to create a wide range of R 18 models from a set of mix-and-match components to tempt every market niche. Expect to eventually see everything from stripped-back customs to full-dress cruisers, complete with armchair-style thrones for the passenger. All of them will be based around the same soft-tail chassis, which hides its rear suspension to give a classic hard tail appearance – and the same 1802cc boxer twin. The all-new engine uses traditional design including pushrods to operate its four valves per cylinder. This engine’s torque is mighty impressive, with a peak of 158Nm at 3000rpm and a plateau of more than 150Nm all the way from 2000rpm to beyond 4000rpm. Look out for all the official information…