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Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 70 Issue 20
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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.
onwards and upwards

THIS TIME LAST year, the place felt pretty grim. The virus was spreading rapidly, everything was shutting down and we were facing being unable to ride for the foreseeable future, unless for a purpose deemed essential. Australia had just recorded its third consecutive year of declining new bike sales, racing was red flagged all around the world and test bikes all of a sudden became scarce. Like many businesses in Australia and around the world, AMCN tightened its belt and braced itself for a time of uncertainty. New bikes sales have just enjoyed a ›› percent upswing Now, 12 months later, thanks to some incredible support from you, the reader, and this beaut industry we’re a part of, things are looking up. New bikes sales have just enjoyed a 22 percent upswing, the secondhand…

2 min.
supernaked showtime

CALL THEM SUPERNAKEDS or Hypernakeds, it all means the same and stripping bodywork off Superbikes and opening up their ergonomics is the future of roadbike performance. Recent announcements from Suzuki and KTM show the two extremes of this rapidly evolving class of super-sized streetbikes. They offer Superbike-like power with a practical riding position and lots of rider aids for real-world practicality. Suzuki’s upcoming GSXS1000 update is the bargain end of the market while KTM’s 1290 Super Duke RR limited-edition lightweight aims to be a new benchmark. The GSX-S1000 is already something of a bargain and the 2021 model is looking more tempting still with wide-ranging updates coming this month. A teaser YouTube video reveals a complete restyling, with stacked LED headlights in a totally new nose incorporating the inevitable winglets nakeds now flaunt.…

1 min.
lams battle begins

TRIUMPH WAS SPOT-on at its Trident launch when it said it only expected to hold a brief market advantage in the LAMS segment (see our Aussie launch report this issue). Already CFMoto has come out firing with its new 650NK SP Edition that features a slipper clutch, “enhanced” gearbox for “optimised changes”, 5-inch TFT display, Euro-5 compliant Bosch EFI, KYB suspension and sporty Pirelli Angel ST tyres. Its aggressive styling comes from Kiska Design, as used by KTM, and price is a keen $7790 ride away with bikes bought before 31 May getting an extended three-year warranty. We’re only seeing the opening shots in a year that promises to become a LAMS battlefield. CFMoto now offers four learner-approved mid-sized 650cc parallel twins with the SP edition king of the range. Market-leader Yamaha has…

1 min.
only joking!

Even we nearly believed our April Fool’s yarn about MV Agusta muscling Triumph out of Moto2. But it caused a stir within the corridors of MV Agusta headquarters in Italy, too! MV Agusta R&D director Brian Gillen revealed that the small story that appeared in AMCN last issue “made the rounds within our various internal chat groups creating some confusion! [But] being in touch with Externpro regularly, as well as being part of the MSMA, it was clearly a prank – and a good one!” Not only does it prove the weight AMCN carries, but in this age of fake news you don’t have to tie up many loose ends to gain credibility. Hopefully the AF byline and the fact AMCN hit newsstands on 1 April were strong enough indications of an…

1 min.
mcqueen’s original triumphs

THE GREAT ESCAPE TR6 Trophy was a 1961 model supplied by Triumph after getting ISDT-spec suspension. McQueen did most of his own riding in the movie except for the jump, which was completed by his friend and racer Bud Ekins. Back in the US McQueen and Ekins competed regularly in Majove desert races on various Triumphs. McQueen’s most famous was a 1963 Bonneville model, the first year of the unit construction engine. It was heavily modified by Ekins with the tank painted green by famous hotrod artist Von Dutch. The TR6 used in The Great Escape was recently discovered on a UK farm, restored and is now on display at Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience. The desert sled is owned by a Queensland collector who paid $130k for it at auction in 2016.…

2 min.
mcqueen headlines triumph update

FRESH FROM THE sellout of its 007 Bond-edition Scrambler, Triumph is using a Steve McQueen Edition to head up its Euro 5-compliant 2021 Scrambler 1200 range. The McQueen special reeks of the King of Cool’s DNA with a green paint scheme that echoes both the famous Triumph used in his 1963 movie The Great Escape and the 1963 desert sled he famously raced in the Majove desert. It’s a spruced-up version of the higher-spec Scrambler 1200 XE, which already features a longer swingarm, hand guards, a gold Showa fork, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, and additional riding modes compared to the base Scrambler 1200 XC. McQueen-specific parts include a unique Competition Green tank with brushed foil knee pads and hand-painted gold pinstriping. Triumph’s ‘heritage’, Meriden-era logo is used, rather than the Hinckley version.…