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Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 69 Issue 08

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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little big macs

I KNOW – IT’S WEIRD. My kids have been pestering me to buy them a bike for years, yet I resist. Why? I can’t put my finger on it, but I guess it’s the protective side of me. I simply don’t want them maimed. Yet I ride bikes every day, and rarely feel likely to be maimed. It makes no sense. So… … so I borrowed some kids bikes for my usual trip down to a property in the Snowy Mountains, grabbed a Yamaha WR250F for myself and yes, we have been riding. Why the hell didn’t I do this sooner? Both boys (13 and 11) are astride a Kawasaki KLX140 and 110 respectively, while my eight-year-old daughter sits in front of me on the WR (I couldn’t borrow a bike small…

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australian motorcycle 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…

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triumph’s 2020 street treats

TRIUMPH’S MOTOGP involvement has formed the basis of a new, more powerful but Euro5-ready Street Triple RS, announced this week. The UK manufacturer claims it sets a new benchmark in the performance naked segment and is built for both the road and track days. Key elements of the Moto2-inspired RS will appear on an updated version of the current LAMS Street Triple S, which will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand before the rest of the world. Over 60 Triumph-approved accessories include scrolling LED indicators, styling options and luggage. As AMCN went to press, pricing and availability hadn’t been announced.…

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rs is radical sport

Engine Developed by Triumph’s Moto2 engine team, the 765cc triple is Euro5 compliant but features increased peak torque (79Nm at 9350rpm), which includes nine percent more in the midrange, just where road riders want it. Peak power is also boosted nine percent to 90.5kW at 11,750rpm. It comes with a more responsive throttle and freer flowing silencer. Refinements to the gearbox involve lower first and second gear ratios, allied to slip and assist clutch. Performance Triumph claims it’s the lightest bike in its class at 166kg dry. Premium equipment as standard includes Brembo M50 brakes, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres. Styling Trademark headlights get latest LED technology with “eye-brow” daytime running lights. Minimalist bodywork is more angular and comes in new matt colours. Technology Updated TFT functionality…

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are you the panigale v4 r superleggera?

THE MASS OF electronics strapped to this Ducati Panigale prototype leaves no doubt it’s a prototype testing planned updates, but it’s a mystery as where it will fit in Ducati’s range. The suspension and carbon fibre bodywork are off the range-topping V4R homologation special, but there are enough differences to show it is a new model. It could be a replacement for the V4 R – incorporating revisions to boost its competitiveness in WSBK – or a glamour model freed of compliance with the series’ $65,000 list price cap. So it could easily be a successor to the carbon-framed 1299 Superleggera. However, we believe that while a Superleggera V4 is inevitably coming, this prototype is more likely an updated V4 R. The need to be competitive in WSBK means annual updates, and changes…

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marc’s 8th wonder!

MARC MARQUEZ LOOKED to be ‘behind the eight ball’ after a massive practice crash at the Thai MotoGP, but the Repsol Honda champ bounced back to win the race and his eighth world title, celebrating with a mock game of pool on his way to the podium. Marquez wasn’t the only rider celebrating. This MotoGP gave us all a glimpse into an exciting new era. Rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) nearly pulled off his maiden MotoGP win, while Maverick Viñales (Monster Yamaha) finished a strong third. These three riders, plus our very own Jack Miller, are the future of MotoGP and Quartararo, Viñales and Miller will be desperate for a win before season’s end. This will bring a new focus to the Phillip Island round, which Viñales won last year. It will be…