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Australian Motorcycle News

Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 70 Issue 13

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.
rock and roll

WE ALL GOT a lot better at dealing with change in 2020, didn’t we? Not that we had a choice. And 2021 isn’t looking much different in that area, we just have to roll with it. For us motorcyclists, said ‘rolling’ is thankfully much more fun than for those who don’t have the pleasure. There ain’t no need for a face mask in a helmet AMCN’s 70th Anniversary looms this year and, with it, challenges the motorcycle industry hasn’t seen before. There’s always a silver lining though, and for the last six months of 2020 the biggest problem our Australian Industry had was supply – simply getting enough bikes on the floor to sell was the difficult bit. When things got tough, people got going to their motorcycle dealership to buy some…

3 Min.
ready to ride in 2021

Adventure prototypes busted Covid may have killed off several important product launches in 2020 but our industry spies reveal development teams have got the wheels turning again. Here are some exciting new KTM-based adventure prototypes HUSQVARNA NORDEN BUT THE BEST BLAME THE COVID carnage for the fact that Husqvarna’s Norden 901 still isn’t on sale, despite being shown as a concept back in 2019. This recent spy shot shows Husky’s first twin-cylinder, based on KTM’s 890 Adventure, is ready and raring to go. These production-ready body parts have never been seen before and look ready for manufacturing. Styling is an adventure-themed version that ties in with the existing neo-retro Vitpilen and Svartpilen models. Husqvarna’s oversized round headlight dominates, but the Norden surrounds it in a simple fairing that hints of classic Dakar machines. The engine is…

1 Min.
snortin’ norton

NORTON’S LAST HURRAH before financial ruin struck in 2020 was the unveiling of its supercharged Superlight SS. Now new details have emerged that show the SS could play a major role for Norton’s new owners, Indian giant TVS. First revealed with very little information in November 2019, Norton claimed 130kW from its all-new 650cc parallel twin, bolted to a carbon-fibre frame that gave it a claimed 158kg dry weight. The price tag was higher even than its 1200cc V4, on which the twin is based. Now a patent application has emerged showing engineering innovation that backs up the wild performance claims. With a Rotrex compressor forcing air into the 650cc engine at 17psi, the maths are there to boost power from a claimed 63kW in normally-aspirated form. The application shows the supercharger positioned…

2 Min.
lighter, leaner 2021 monster

DUCATI HAS UNDERTAKEN a ground-up redesign to create a leaner, meaner Monster similar to the 1993, 900cc air-cooled original. This time it is powered by the same 937cc Testastretta engine that’s used by the SuperSport, the Multistrada 950 and the Hypermotard 950. The big news that has received a mixed response from the model’s legion of fans is the signature trellis frame has been replaced by a Panigale V4-inspired aluminium chassis. A huge departure for the Monster, the benefits of the chassis are to be found in the weight – a remarkable 166kg dry, or 188kg ready to ride. That’s 18kg less than the Monster 821. The savings are found all over the bike. The 937cc engine packing 83kW is 2.4kg lighter than the 821cc version. The frame – which only attaches the…

1 Min.
seamless for the street

DUCATI IS CREATING a MotoGP gearbox for its road models, filing patents for an affordable seamless-shift transmission. Although similar to Honda’s DCT dual-clutch transmission, Ducati’s design is simpler, lighter and doesn’t involve complex electronics or hydraulics. Vitally, it’s also uses only one clutch, since dual-clutch boxes are banned in top-level racing. Like the DCT box, the Ducati transmission has an input shaft split into two sections, each carrying three gears; first, third and fifth on one, second, fourth and sixth on the other. One part of the shaft is full-length and the other is a half-length sleeve that slips over it, allowing both to be driven from the same end but for them to rotate at different speeds. The idea is that two gears can be engaged simultaneously because they’re on separate…

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honda’s mind-reading bike

HONDA HAS FILED a patent application for a motorcycle that can literally read your mind to make up for your riding deficiencies. Incredibly, it suggests putting electrodes inside a special helmet, capable of picking up brainwaves and sending them to a computer. That information will be added into the data it already has from your control inputs to interpret what you’re hoping to achieve. Honda uses a wheelie as an example of the tech. Since many modern bikes already have electronic throttles, computer-controlled ABS brakes, IMUs to measure pitch, lean and yaw, and accelerometers to monitor speed change, it’s not a huge leap to come up with programming to help get the front wheel up and then to control the height of the wheelie. The idea of the patent is that once…