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Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 68 Issue 22

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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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Citrus Media
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IN THIS ISSUE

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niche within a niche

THIS ISSUE CENTRES around two of my most favourite ways to use a motorcycle – smashing laps at a track, and exploring far and wide. In 2019, the variety of ways in which you can do this is mind blowing.One day you can be drifting an oversized chook chaser at improbable pace through a corner deep in the bush; the next, knee down with a rorty V4 growling away beneath you, shortly before pumping you down the chute north of 250km/h. Our choice, now, is astounding and it will never cease to amaze me how many different bike niches we now live with. There’s a bike for each pursuit we invent for ourselves, but there are still bikes that do everything, too. Our biggest problem is whether to buy…

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australian motorcycle news

EDITORIAL Editor: Sam MaclachlanDeputy Editor: Kel BuckleySub Editor: Phil BranaganNews Editor: Hamish CooperStaff journalist: Zane DobieOnline Editor: We’re looking for one!Founding Editor: George Lynn DESIGN Art Director: Paul AndrewsDesigner: Joe Ferrara CONTRIBUTORS EUROPE: Sir Alan Cathcart, Michael Scott, Ben Purvis, Colin Young, Mat Oxley, Gold & Goose, Gordon Ritchie, Paul YoungAND NOT FORGETTING Peter Whitaker, Tim Munro, Don Cox, Darryl Flack, Neil Spalding, Simon O’Leary, Peter Baker, Josh Evans, Phillip Tooth, Dean Mellor, Terry Stevenson & Rob Blackbourn PRODUCTION Production Manager: Ian ScottAdvertising Co-ordinator: Yang Zhou ADVERTISING National Sales Manager: Dale Johnson dale.johnson@amcn.com.au 0403 743 587Sales Executive: Alex Duncan alex.duncan@amcn.com.au 0498 186 994Qld Sales Manager: Todd Anderson todd@motormedia.com.au 0409 630 733 MANAGEMENT Citrus MediaPublisher: Jim Flynn 0449 801 899 jim@citrusmedia.com.auAccounts: accounts@citrusmedia.com.au…

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how learner bikes are saving our bacon

SMALLER-CAPACITY models are propping up a sagging motorcycle new-sales market. Riders are finding that models even as small as 300cc can pack a punch in handling, safety technology and even performance.Back in 2014 KTM’s Indian-built 390 Duke was a gamechanger in Australia. Its zippy performance and lean, clean, angular styling made a statement of power and performance that would have been unimaginable just a few years earlier.Now a new test mule that has surfaced, with slightly rusting and unpainted frame, makeshift petrol tank and seat, offers a fascinating look into KTM’s all-new 390 Duke. Despite a sharp-edged restyle in 2017, the current model is still essentially the same bike that first appeared back in 2013. Now it looks like a complete redesign is being undertaken.At this early stage the…

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how soon?

This prototype is using the wheels, forks and brakes from the existing 390 Duke, while the vestigial bodywork appears to be slapped-together from whatever parts the engineers had to hand. All that will change before final production, meaning there’s plenty of work to be done. So it would be a surprise if it is ready for the 2020 model year. We reckon it’s likely to be a 2021 bike, the deadline for getting existing models to comply with Euro 5 emissions limits in Europe.…

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it’s a small world after all

Small-Capacity models like this have become commonplace on our streets and the world’s largest manufacturers are poised for significant model updates. Here’s some more we’ve uncovered in their early stages of development. HONDA’ S NEW BABIES TWO 125CC SINGLE-cylinder concepts that Honda quietly revealed last year are the subject of new design patents indicating they may reach production.Both the supermoto-style CB125M and the CB125X adventure bike were shown without fanfare at EICMA last November. They came from the same Rome-based R&D department previously responsible for styling ideas on the CB1000R, CB650R, CB300R and CB125R.The adventure-style CB125X seems a no-brainer, as that market segment is strong.Its styling fits neatly with the Africa Twin to give an entry-level, learner-legal adventure machine for the first time since the demise of the Varadero…

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suzuki’s dr big back for 2020!

THERE IS A special place in the hall of fame of adventure bikes for Suzuki’s DR Big – made from 1988 to 1996. It was the world’s largest single-cylinder bike and offered a completely different proposition to the twin-cylinder offerings of its rivals. THE APPROACH TO THE REBORN DR BIG IS THE SAME AS THE NEW KATANANow we have confirmation that the DR Big is coming back to Suzuki’s line-up in 2020. Two prototypes have been caught on camera testing in Italy, giving us our first look and showing that Suzuki’s approach to the reborn DR Big is the same as the new Katana. In other words, making a vast saving in time and money by borrowing the majority of its components from an existing machine.Lovers of that original…

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