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Australian Motorcycle News Vol 69 Issue 24

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.
travel stop

IT WILL TAKE you a while to get to page 70 this issue, as you will need to read your way there via news, our MOTD winner, an awesome TT feature, four delectable Ducatis residing in New Zealand and their stories, and an excellent, candid, exclusive interview with our Jack Miller. But once there, you will be both envious of, and sad for, a group of people whose love of motorcycling adventure has left them stranded around the globe. Travel also takes you away from your happy place. And the people that make you happy Envious, because of their ability to say “stuff it”, pack their shit on a motorcycle and head for uncertain times. And nothing highlights how uncertain life can be than a pandemic. It’s this uncertainty that makes it…

4 min.
visionaries power on

RETURN OF THE HONDAMATIC HONDA’S BOFFINS ARE going back to the future with a Hondamatic transmission that could be adapted to a range of models. In place of the old Hondamatic’s slushy torque converter and limited two-speed transmission, new patents from Big Red show a CB1100 fitted with an electronically-controlled version of the conventional hydraulic clutch, allied to a normal six-speed gearbox with a foot-operated shifter. There’s a hydraulic actuator mounted under the fuel tank just behind the steering head. It’s attached to a conventional ’barmounted clutch fluid reservoir, and uses an electric motor to increase or decrease hydraulic pressure to engage the clutch. Basically it’s an electronic equivalent of pulling in a clutch lever. The real advantage of the system is that it’s not integrated into the internal design of the transmission.…

2 min.
end of the quad era

IT’S OFFICIAL. NONE of Australia’s major motorcycle importers will sell quadbikes after 2021. Last week Honda and Suzuki officially joined Yamaha and Polaris in announcing total withdrawal from the ATV market after 2021. All have nominated the new rollover-protection Standard passed by the Australian Government in October 2019 making it impractical for them to sell ATVs in Australia after October 10, 2021. “The Standard represents a set of regulations that cannot be entirely met by any ATV (Quad) bike in the market today, and is unlikely to be met by anything in the future and forces Honda to exit the ATV category,” the company, which was a leader in the fight against the Standard, said this week. A few days later Suzuki announced a similar decision. “Suzuki Australia has always maintained a clear position…

1 min.
mv agusta in a rush

“Nothing stimulates me more than bikes, lifestyle and iconic Made in Italy,”MV Agusta’s Marketing Director, Filippo Bassoli MV AGUSTA CONTINUES its expansion mode with a new marketing manager appointed and a limited-edition version of the Brutale called the Rush to whet appetites. Having stitched up a deal with Chinese manufacturer Loncin to build a range of small-capacity models for the Asian market, MV is poised to move out of the niche market. A key part of creating a balance between cheap models and aspirational motorcycles falls on its new marketing director, Filippo Bassoli. The former Global Marketing Director of lifestyle company Deus Ex Machina, Bassoli was a pioneer of using the internet to raise corporate profiles. Now reporting directly to MV Agusta’s CEO, Timur Sardarov, he will drive MV Agusta’s worldwide marketing strategy. “Nothing…

2 min.
hamish cooper

COMBINE THE EFFECTS of drought, bushfires and Covid-19 and it’s easy to see the end of ATVs will have a devastating effect. Not only will the farming community be denied the least expensive form of farm utility, many rural motorcycle dealers rely on their steady sales to underpin their business. One person who has already spoken about this upcoming crisis is our regular columnist and Outback tour leader Daryl Beattie. In his last column (AMCN Vol 69 No 21), he wrote of the double whammy he saw arriving in the communities he travels through. “Some motorcycle dealerships, especially in regional areas, were already at risk with the end of quad bike sales taking away up to 60 percent of their business. Now everyone is just ticking over, trying to ride out the…

1 min.
recall roster

MODEL Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, 2019-20 IMPORTER HQVA – Husqvarna Motorcycles NUMBER OF AFFECTED MOTORCYCLES 175 ISSUE During operation or while parked, it is possible that fuel can leak out of the fuel level sensor mounting area and/or the fuel pump mounting area of the fuel tank. POTENTIAL HAZARD Leaking fuel could cause damage or may result in fire. ACTION REQUIRED Consumers are recommended to stop riding the motorcycle until it has been repaired. If you previously experienced or are now experiencing a fuel leak, immediately contact an authorised dealer and do not ride the vehicle. For further information, consumers can contact Husqvarna on 1800 644 771 or find your nearest authorised dealer at www. husqvarnamotorcycles.com/au…