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Australian Motorcycle News

Vol 70 Issue 24
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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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2 min.
our next motogp hero?

WHAT AN AMAZING couple of weeks Remy Gardner has had! First up, he takes the Moto2 win at Mugello to extend his one-point championship lead to six points; then he inks a deal to head to MotoGP next year with the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing squad; and then he takes another win at Catalunya to stretch out his championship lead to 11 points. One of the standout features of those last two Moto2 wins was just how cool, calm and collected Remy has shown himself to be. In both of the last two races Remy’s teammate Raul Fernandez was in front for several laps. At Mugello, it didn’t look like Remy had the pace of Fernandez (nor Sam Lowes, until the Brit crashed out), but he was eventually on Fernadez’s tail,…

2 min.
speed twin revs up

TRIUMPH’S STRONG- selling sports-retro Speed Twin gets more power, more bottom-end torque and improved suspension along with styling and technical upgrades for 2021. More than 11,000 Speed Twins have been sold to date, which proves the success of Triumph developing a model that encapsulates the performance and styling trends developed over two decades of customers customising the Hinckley Bonneville. Those customisers wanted a big-bore engine, slimmed-down fenders, megaphone-type mufflers and styling details such as aftermarket mirrors. This all came standard with the 2018 Speed Twin, now updated for the Euro-5 era with a minimal rise in price. The 1200cc engine gets a slight power boost from 71kW to 73.6kW as part of a set of Euro 5 emissions-related updates. The big news is a 17 percent reduction in inertia courtesy of a new…

1 min.
mv sees red on pricing

AS PART OF revising its entire range to meet Euro-5 compliance MV Agusta has also extended its ‘Rosso’ range to include the F3. This means the F3 joins the Brutale 800, Dragster 800 and Turismo Veloce in MV's lowest-priced model range. Unlike the Brutale and Dragster Rosso models, which have had power slashed from 103kW for the more expensive versions to 81kW on the red-only Rosso machines, the F3 isn’t being castrated. Its engine, updated to Euro-5 emissions spec with low-friction coatings, higher-pressure injectors and revised ECU firmware, makes 108kW at 13,000rpm, on a par with the previous F3. It’s also more economical than before as well as pumping out lower emissions. Other upgrades include a revised clutch, a gearbox equipped with MV’s latest EAS 3.0 two-way quickshifter and a new exhaust, similar…

1 min.
new middleweight twin

THIS HOT-LOOKING middleweight sportsbike uses Benelli’s 500cc Leoncino engine and chassis to create an alternative to Honda’s CBR500R. Benelli has been quiet on the new-models front for the last year or so, but its parent company has been pumping out related bikes under its Chinese market QJMotor brand. This lone leaked image of its latest effort has circulated on Chinese social media. QJMotor has recently type-approved a naked roadster based on the Leoncino that features an enlarged 549cc version of the engine, increasing power from 35kW to 37.5kW. Other QJMotor models begging to be given the Benelli treatment include a four-cylinder 600cc sportsbike based on the TNT600 engine and chassis and a 750cc twin-cylinder adventure bike derived from the Leoncino 800.…

1 min.
full bore from china

BENDA’S WORLDBEATER ONE OF THE MOST ambitious motorcycles ever to be developed in China is set to launch on 1 July, with the ultimate goal the international market. These new spy pictures show Benda’s production version hasn’t been watered down from the LF-01 concept cruiser we revealed last year. The Benda LFC 700 is built around a newly-developed 680cc four-cylinder engine. While it shares some of its internal dimensions with Honda’s CB650 engine and has a Ducati Diavel-like stance, the LFC 700 features unique styling. This is only the second four-cylinder motorcycle engine to come from China after the 600cc unit used in various Benelli and QJMotor machines. Benda says the engine’s good for 72kW at 12,000rpm, which sounds about right. For a cruiser-style machine that’s a decent output, although the vast 310/35-18…

1 min.
triple treat

ZONTES IS STEPPING up from a model range no bigger than 312cc to develop a big-bore, high-performance three-cylinder. Expected to be between 800cc and 1000cc, this DOHC engine has been revealed on the company’s Chinese social media. It is said to have a high compression ratio of 13.5:1 – even higher than the 13.3:1 that MV Agusta uses on its F3 800. So expect a firebrand, not a softer, Yamaha MT-09-style character. Zontes is promising to make various capacities, but expect the first to displace 800cc. Its current range of ZT310 models spans adventure bikes, sports tourers, a sporty naked and a Diavel-style sports-cruiser. Various versions of each are all based around the same engine and chassis with some using single-sided swingarms. These offerings generally look pretty good, so the triple could…