Ducati’s Race Bred V4 Panigale Unveiled Next Month

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Team Ducati unveiling the latest masterpiece.

Ducati offers performance levels honed by years of MotoGP experience with the debuting of the Panigale V4 next month.

November EICMA, debuts the new Panigale V4, an all-new motorcycle powered by an extraordinary engine.

Called the Desmosedici Stradale, this Ducati engine is set to become yet another milestone for the Italian company: it will be the first time ever that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer has equipped a standard production bike with a 4-cylinder engine.

With the incomparable performance, comes the new 90° V4 engine designed to power the Ducati Supersport models. In transferring the technology filtered down from MotoGP this power unit is cutting-edge. This thoroughbred power unit was developed on the racetrack to road.

Ducati’s contribution to the V4 engine family

 

The official engine unveiling took place in Misano during the San Marino GP, the thirteenth round of the 2017 championship. A perfectly natural setting for the presentation, “It’s with undiluted pride that we unveil this technological gem. It represents the start of a new chapter for our company, underlining our vitality and an unshakeable commitment to investment in new products”, stated Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, during the unveiling. “This engine also highlights the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the factory bike development team”.

Whilst the Desmosedici Stradale engine is undoubtedly suited to the track, it has been designed with the road rider in mind. For example, to maximise mid-range torque – essential for a satisfying road experience – and ensure punchy torque and power at lower revs, the engine has a slightly larger displacement than its MotoGP counterpart (1103 cm³, to be precise). Power output from the Euro 4 compliant engine configuration exceeds 155 kW (210 hp) at 13,000 rpm while maximum torque exceeds 120 Nm (12.2 Kgm) from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm.

The Ducati unique “Twin Pulse” firing sequence (0°-90°-290°-380)a gives the Desmosedici Stradale a unique signature sound, like nothing else we have heard. Used on their race bikes, the crankshaft is of the counter-rotating type. This reduces the overall gyroscopic effect and makes the bike faster and agiler when changing direction, this is due to the V-4 is rotated 42 degrees rearward in order to achieve a longitudinal compactness. This will be a major virtue in a bike that will be able to mix a compact wheelbase with perfectly balanced weight distribution.

Ducati’s unique firing sequence

These factors that were hard to put together with the traditional Ducati V-twins.

Another first for a Ducati factory bike, using the same bore as the  GP engine means both power units share nearly identical in-engine fluid dynamics (i.e. on valves, intake ducts and throttle bodies, right where the power is produced).

The new engine has been designed around the “Desmodromic system, a key characteristic that helps make Ducati the fastest in MotoGP. With this high-revving engine achieves a degree of sophistication, lightness, and compactness never before seen on a Ducati.

This package of cutting-edge technology ensures an engine like no other in the motorcycle world.

We will endeavour to obtain photos of this new machine as soon as they are available and bring them to you – stay tuned.

Miller Breaks Leg In Training Accident

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Jack Miller breaks leg in training accident

The 2017 MotoGP season has claimed another training victim.

This time, Jack Miller is the victim of misfortune, the Australian breaking his right leg while out trials riding in Andorra.

Team Estrella Galicia rider Jack Miller will be missing the upcoming Japanese GP after breaking his leg on Friday.

The Australian was training on a trials bike near his European base in Andorra fracturing the top of the right tibia when he put his foot down to save a slow speed front-end crash.

The Queenslander was immediately taken to the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, where he underwent surgery on Saturday morning. A plate and eight screws were inserted to stabilize the leg fracture.

Already with some mobility in the injured leg promising a speedy recovery, Miller will head back to Andorra today to start an intense physiotherapy program. However, he will not be fit in time for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on 15th October. Miller has chosen to focus instead on his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island a week later and is concentrating his efforts on recovering for the race.

Jack Miller

“Obviously I’m both disappointed and frustrated to have to sit out the Japanese Grand Prix through an injury sustained while training, especially as it wasn’t even a crash! We were out trials riding and I put a foot down when I lost traction from the front tyre. Nine times out of ten that would have been the end of the story, especially at such a low speed, but this time I must have caught my foot on something and ended up fracturing my right tibia close to the knee. The injury has been stabilized with a plate and screws and I already have some movement, but it’s clear that I won’t be fit for Motegi. However, I am determined to be back on the bike at Phillip Island and that’s what I’ll be working towards now with the physiotherapist.” Miller stated.

Michael Bartholemy, Team Principal: “Jack was extremely unfortunate to end up with a fractured tibia from such a seemingly innocuous incident; it was just bad luck. The timing is also unfortunate, as we’re about to head overseas for three races in as many weekends, but Jack is adamant that he will miss only next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. His aim is to be back on the bike for his home race at Phillip Island and the prognosis is good. He will work now with a physiotherapist to increase mobility in the injury and, together with his doctors, we will make a decision on whether he is fit to ride in Phillip Island immediately after the Japanese Grand Prix.”

The Marc VDS Racing team is unlikely to field a replacement at Motegi, with the prospect of Miller making a return at Phillip Island.

Lewis Hamilton And MV Agusta together Again

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Lewis Hamilton and MV Agusta join forces again

Lewis Hamilton twitter followers were left pondering what he was up to when he tweeted a picture of himself walking towards a motorbike with the message ‘Announcement coming tomorrow…’

And now the announcement (insert fanfare) is here. With much anticipation, it’s a not a career switch to bikes but a special Lewis Hamilton edition of MV Agusta’s F4, aptly named the LH44 – because only 44 are to be made. This partnership follows the success of their first project on the Dragster RR LH.

The customisation that led to the creation of the F4 LH44 was based on a continuous, direct, dialogue between the British Formula 1 champion and the CRC (Castiglioni Research Centre) workshop where every MV Agusta takes shape. With a long creative process,  attention was paid to the bike’s every last detail. Each individual idea was meticulously assessed and checked in terms of its feasibility, flair, and functionality.

The limited-edition gets customised special features including a Öhlins shock and upside-down fork in black, instead of the usual gold colour.

The standard F4 under-seat separate silencers are replaced with a titanium four-into-one system, and the power has been increased by a claimed 7hp to 212hp thanks to the new control unit.

The first distinctive feature is the bikes colour scheme, close teamwork with Lewis Hamilton ensured the candy apple red fairing (full carbon fibre) and pearl white hand-built CrMo steel trellis frame makes an elegant impact, enhancing the sensational design of the F4 and highlighting this Italian Superbike Replica’s racing pedigree  The bike will also feature Hamilton’s eye-catching Panther logo, It also comes with a premium price, expected to be around €50,000 ($79,000). 

The suspension setup that boasts premium suspension components: a Öhlins USD NIX 30 TiN-coated fork – which offers the separately adjustable hydraulic response in compression (left tube) and rebound (right tube), plus pre-load – and a Öhlins TTX 36 rear shock with piggyback reservoir, which, again, can be mechanically adjusted. Striking black anodized fork outer tubes are the result of a specific agreement with Öhlins. Let’s not forget that this Swedish company has made gold outer tubes one of its hallmarks. The rear spring and shock reservoir are also black, enhancing the sense of exclusivity.

Colour continues to play a starring role on the engine. All-black, along with carbon fibre components makes for a lightweight bike that boasts outstanding visual gusto thanks to an alternating gloss-matt paint pattern, just one of the many unique features on the F4 LH44.

Dedicated components include a racing-style fuel cap, forged wheels and unique items such as the rear wheel nut which, on the F4 LH44, has been CNC machined after anodization.

Making the MV Agusta F4 LH44 even more exclusive are the Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 200/55 ZR 17 at the rear), specifically designed by Pirelli for the 44 edition of the F4 Lewis Hamilton bikes. These special-edition Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa SP tyres stand out for their red sidewalls, which sport the LH44 logo, comprising Hamilton’s initials and race number. Given the exclusiveness of the bike, the tyres just had to be Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa SPs, road-approved tyres that offer outstanding racetrack performance.

Hamilton said: “I am very excited to continue my partnership with MV Agusta. I love working with Giovanni and the guys at MV Agusta, their passion for engineering and attention to detail produces stunning, original looking bikes”.

“My projects with MV Agusta are a great way to combine my love of riding bikes with my interest in creative design process so I am very much involved with the CRC design team throughout.

“I am particularly excited to introduce my new bike, the F4 LH44. It looks quite stunning and I had the pleasure of riding on track a few weeks ago in Italy, it feels great and combines the best of both worlds, a race bike for the road! There will be 44 bikes produced so I hope the lucky owners will love it as much as I do.” Hamilton boasted.

Suzuki’s New Generation GSX-R1000 / GSX-S1000 Models In High Demand

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MY18 Suzuki GSX-S1000Z
MY18 Suzuki GSX-S1000Z

With over a million bikes sold in the 30 years since the GSX-R was first introduced and 15 years since the GSX-R1000 morphed the sportbike category, Suzuki’s 6th-generation GSX-R1000 is redefining the definition of “Superbike”.

September 7th was Australia’s official release date and the first shipment of the GSX-R1000 is already nearly sold out.

Suzuki customers are now being encouraged to pre-order via their local authorised dealer to secure their bike.

The top of the range GSX-R1000R is equipped with the latest SHOWA BFF (Balance Free Front) forks and SHOWA BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion lite) rear shock, bi-directional quick-shifter, launch control, LED position lights and a unique black LCD instrument panel display ensuring you know you’re aboard something truly special.

MY18 Suzuki GSX-R1000R

Available in two colour schemes, the GSX-R1000R comes in Metallic Triton Blue or Glass Sparkle Black for a recommended retail price of $25,490 + ORC (MSRP $27,490 ride away).

The GSX-R1000 ABS model is also available in three distinct colour schemes – Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Pearl Mira Red with a recommended retail price of $21,990 + ORC (MSRP $23,990 ride away).

If that does not tickle your fancy then maybe the Suzuki GSX-S1000/F (MY18) range is for you with both faired and naked platforms, sporting two all-new colour schemes for MY18. The popular Glass Sparkle Black / Candy Red colour scheme also returns to satisfy the high customer demand for the colour.

The GSX-S1000 has been derived from the pedigree of the GSX-R1000.

With a championship winning formula the MY18 GSX-S1000 lineup receives a host of changes to carry the spirit of GSX-R to the street.

MY18 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

While still complying with Euro 4 emissions regulations, Suzuki has managed to increase output from the previous model’s 107kW (145ps) to 110kW (150ps) and maximum torque has also increased from 106Nm to 108Nm thanks to newly added crankcase ventilation holes which reduce pumping losses.

A back-torque-limiting clutch has been added to contribute to smoother downshifts and corner entry. Updating the front brake hose for MY18 for improved stopping performance and feel.

The GSX-S1000F‘s windshield has been updated from clear to smoke finish, whilst both models feature blacked-out footrests, gear levers, rear brake pedals and handlebar levers to complement the GSX-S’s sinister styling.

The MY18 GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F are now available from Australian dealerships for a recommended retail price of $15,190 + ORC ($16,690 ride away) and $15,990 + ORC ($17,490 ride away) respectively.

For further information on any of the above range, interested customers should visit their local Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the Dealer Locator on suzukimotorcycles.com.au.

Rossi’s Training Accident Ensured Two Things

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Valentino Rossi's crash has started a social media frenzy.
Valentino Rossi's crash has started a social media frenzy.

Valentino Rossi broke his right leg whilst training –  this ensured two things!

Firstly, it ended his vision of winning another MotoGP title this year. And second, it started a social media frenzy on why he is risking his career by training on dirt bikes, because “doesn’t he know they are dangerous to ride”.

This is not the first and definitely won’t be last time a road rider has and will be laid from a “dirt bike training incident”.

With that out of the way let’s address the subject with a bit more thought.

It is often forgotten that professional road racers spend little time doing what they get paid to do than just about any other professional athlete. How many days a does year go by without a soccer player kicking a ball or a baseball player shooting some hoops? Yet MotoGP and World Superbike riders literally get to ride their true race bikes on the tracks where they compete for just a very limited number of days a year.

Finding alternative training methods which allow them to hone their skill set and to stay in shape that allows the rider to go faster than all other humans on the planet for 40 grueling minutes while sweating in leathers. Two of the most popular ways to train are riding bicycles and riding motocross or flat track. Each of these activities has its own dangers, as we saw with Nicky Hayden this year on his bicycle or Rossi this week riding an off-road motorcycle.

Bicycling is great cardiovascular exercise and builds leg muscles the racers need. Riding on a stationary bike in a gym is another alternative, but they are human, and that is boring. Riding dirt bikes at speed is not only a great workout — there’s a reason motocross riders are among the fittest athletes and it also gives the racer constant practice at controlling a sliding motorcycle on all those days they’re not allowed to ride the motorcycles and tracks where they compete.

Rossi has consistently proven previously that this training method at his ranch in his hometown in Italy, in the dirt is such an important component both for himself and the young Italian racers he is mentoring.

Leon Camier World Superbike competitor

Leon Camier, a British motorcycle racer (2005 British Supersport, 2009 British Superbike Champion and currently competing in the World Superbike series on an MV Augusta) is just one of the many current riders across all levels and skill sets that endorse that riding motocross make them better and more skilled riders.

Those fans who say the pros shouldn’t take those kinds of “risks,” by riding off-road, aren’t giving very much thought to the true likelihood of taking a racer, who thrives on competition and speed and challenge, and expecting him to live in a safety bubble the 300 or so days a year he’s not racing.

Throw Your Leg Over At The Obi Obi Motorcycle Show

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2016 Obi Obi Motorcycle Show aerial
2016 Obi Obi Motorcycle Show - image courtesy Obi Obi & Kidaman Creek District Community Hall Association Inc and Lachlan Ryan, Element Photo & Video Productions

Once a year the motorcycle pilgrims head to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for one of the greatest events of the year – the Obi Obi Motorcycle Show.

It’s on again next Sunday the 10th September, 2017 and our good friends at Throw Your Leg Over have chosen the show to launch their highly anticipated book – The South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales Ultimate Travel Guide.

Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales Ultimate Travel Guide
Throw Your Leg Over’s South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales Ultimate Travel Guide

The book has been a labour of love for authors Bridget Hallam and Alan Cox, and its 250 pages cover 21 great rides in SE Queensland and northern NSW, has links to maps you can download instantly on your smart phone and lists over 800 places to stay on your trips.

And it’s all in a handy A5 size that will fit easily on your bike.

The Obi Obi Motorcycle Show is held at the Obi Obi Hall, 856 Obi Obi Rd, Obi Obi (that’s a lot of Obi Obi’s 🙂 ) on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

The show starts at 9am and runs through to 4pm.

Apart from the trade stands (be sure to track down Alan and Bridget), live music and entertainment and multitude of food stalls there’s the Show and Shine competitions.

This year the categories include:

  1. Obi Obi Motorcycle ShowBest Paint
  2. Brat Bike
  3. Best Three Wheeler
  4. Best Naked / Cafe Racer
  5. Best Cruiser
  6. Custom
  7. Old School Custom
  8. Vintage & Veteran to1945
  9. Classic ’46 to 70
  10. Post Classic ’71 to 90
  11. Modern Era ’91 on
  12. Best European
  13. Best British
  14. Best American
  15. Best Japanese
  16. Best Victory / Modern Indian
  17. Best Adventure
  18. People’s Choice
  19.  Throw Your Leg Over’s South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales travel guide for recreational motorcyclists (just kidding …. but that’s what Bridget told me!!!)

If you’d like more information about the Obi Obi Motorcycle Show and Throw Your Leg Over’s new book, head to the Throw Your Leg Over website or Facebook page.

Somewhere Else Tomorrow Wins Best Feature Film Award In Tokyo

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Daniel Rintz
Daniel Rintz's film Somewhere Else Tomorrow has won Best Feature Film at the Tokyo Motorcycle Film Festival.

Somewhere Else Tomorrow has won the “Best Feature Film Award” at the Tokyo Motorcycle Film Festival since it began streaming on Dream Racer TV.

Somewhere Else Tomorrow is the story of a naive dreamer, fearing stagnation and worried about getting tangled up in a boring job out of university, who attempts the greatest challenge Daniel Rintz can think of: traveling around the world on a motorcycle – without money.

Instead of wasting precious time saving up for the trip, he hastily decides to make money along the way picking up random jobs – an idea that makes his journey much more challenging and dangerous than he intended.

There was no support team, no film-crew, and no budget to buy his way out of tight situations. Out of the hardship he encounters trying to survive comes a story of true freedom and global understanding.

The 2017 Award Winners were:

  • Best Feature Film – Somewhere Else Tomorrow by Daniel Rintz
  • Best Short Film – Boutonniere by Paolo Asuncion
  • Most Inspiring – The Frozen Few (Tokyo Edit) by Stephen Marino
  • Best Documentary – Chasing the Bullet by Chris Zahner
  • Peoples Choice – Tokyo Gone by JJ Koester
  • Judges Pick – Bing Brothers by Richard Bo Gardt

The Tokyo Moto Film Festival jury, team, sponsors and audience congratulate the 2017 award winning films.

Somewhere Else Tomorrow
Somewhere Else Tomorrow is available on Dream Racer TV

“Our film has been screened at a number of festivals over the years. To some of those festivals I was even personally invited. I always enjoy engaging with the movie lovers and travellers. A while ago I received an email from Japan, a place I have never been. I was asked if I wanted to submit “Somewhere Else Tomorrow” to the Tokyo Motorcycle Film Festival. I agreed and forgot about it,” says Daniel Rintz, the subject of his film, as well as producer.

“A couple of weeks later I received another email asking for my postal address. The organisers of the festivals want to send me a memento of the film fest saying that our film has won “BEST FILM”. Wow! I was knocked off my chair. I heard Japan is a motorcycle-fanatic country. I gotta go ride around there soon. p.s. I’ll let you all know when the memento arrives. I’m curious about what it will be.” 

“Daniel’s film truly deserves to win even more awards. His story is nothing short of amazing and a great source of inspiration to anyone wanting to travel the world. I am proud to be able to show Somewhere Else Tomorrow to audiences worldwide via Dream Racer TV. And as Daniel shows, it is possible to do so even without money. This is definitely a must-watch film for anyone,” says Christophe Barriere-Varju, founder of Dream Racer TV.

About the Tokyo Moto Film Festival
Held August 5th & 6th 2017, the Tokyo Moto Film Festival is Japan’s only international film and short film festival dedicated to motorcycles and moto culture.

About Dream Racer TV
Dream Racer TV is a digital video service available to viewers worldwide that features inspirational and true-life documentaries with an audience already covering over 60 countries. Dream Racer TV is a fully encrypted DRM digital video on demand platform that offers a content protected platform for film makers to host and commercialise their films . Dream Racer TV takes its name after 7x Award Winning Film, Dream Racer.

Toronto Film Festival Nomination Premiere For Dream Racer

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Dream Racer
DREAM RACER is in with a chance to win the Best Feature Film Award or the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.

DREAM RACER has received an Official Selection for a potential Award at the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.

Already a winner of 7 International Awards from Los Angeles, Portland, Marina Del Rey, New York, New Delhi, Barcelona and Milan, DREAM RACER is in with a chance to win the Best Feature Film Award or the People’s Choice Award in Canada.

The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival will take place on September 29-30, 2017 at the Revue Cinema.

The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival combines a passion for motorcycles and storytelling and screens current films curated from around the world, both narrative and documentary, that feature motorcycles and motorcycle culture, giving the local audience a chance to see these movies on the big screen. The Festival is the only motorcycle themed film festival in all of Canada. The event brings festival goers together in a casual setting and promotes independent filmmakers by generating publicity for their films, with the aim to increase interest and distribution of their films.

The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival earlier announced multi motorcycle racing champion and Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Toni Sharpless (first woman to win a Canadian Motorcycle Association championship, one of first two women to qualify and finish Daytona 200, competitor in Suzuka world endurance series, Bol D’Or and Lemans finisher, Canadian Woman of Influence Award recipient) as the final member of the Judging Panel. Together with the previously announced judges Preet Banerjee, Warren Milner, Bill Petro, and Viktor Radics, they will select a winner for Best Short Film and Best Feature Film Awards.

Pfaff Harley-Davidson has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Festival. Supporting sponsors include Cilantric Services, Biltwell Inc, and Integrated Media Production Group. The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival is open to additional industry and media sponsors.

“Dream Racer has been seen by audiences in over 145 countries, and because Dream Racer inspirational messages go far beyond one of ‘just a motorcycle movie’ it is my personal goal is to ensure that Dream Racer is watched by individuals all around the world. So I have another 50 odd countries to reach. Canada is of course in the existing audience list and I am thrilled for the official selection we received from the Toronton Film Festival. Canada is another stepping stone for Dream Racer and it is amazing to see the film getting more and more momentum as people discover it – so Canada here we come!” says Christophe Barriere-Varju who is the main subject of Dream Racer and the founder of Dream Racer TV, an online video platform with similar capabilities as Netflix and iTunes featuring a growing list of sports and adventure based films.

“I met Christophe Barriere-Varju at the Lisbon Motorcycle FilmFest earlier this year and after seeing the standing ovation Dream Racer received in Portugal we are excited to bring it to Toronto” says Caius Tenche, Festival Director.

Toronto Motorcycle Film FestivalAbout the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival
Held September 29-30, 2017 at the Revue Cinema, the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival combines a passion for motorcycles and storytelling. The Festival screens films from around the world, both narrative and documentary, that feature motorcycles and motorcycle culture, giving the local audience a chance to see these movies on the big screen. The event brings festivalgoers together in a casual setting and promotes independent filmmakers by generating publicity for their films, with the aim to increase interest and distribution of their films.

About Dream Racer & Dream Racer TV
If you’ve ever wondered what it means to step out and live your dream, Dream Racer will give you the answer. Dream Racer shows the legendary Dakar Rally in its purest form – no sponsors, no multi-million dollar team, not even a mechanic – just one rider, a motorbike, a film maker and the world’s most dangerous motor race. Dream Racer is a call to arms for anyone who has ever dreamt of doing anything – a spine tingling antidote to the fear of life passing you by unfulfilled.

Dream Racer TV is a digital video service available to viewers worldwide that features inspirational and true-life documentaries with an audience already covering over 60 countries. Dream Racer TV is a fully encrypted DRM digital video on demand platform that offers a content protected platform to film makers. Dream Racer TV takes its name after 7x Award Winning Film, Dream Racer.

Funding For Men’s Mental Health Program Increases

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has increased its funding to men's mental health programs.

Australian based charity event, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, is doubling its commitment to the funding of men’s mental health programs.

Head of the globally renowned organisation, Sydney-sider Mark Hawwa, made the decision after a volunteer event host took his own life.

In Australia, men’s suicide rates are three times higher than that of women – as a result, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is on a mission to raise global awareness, and their crusade is to improve the quality of life for men everywhere.

The DGR’s will continue to commit 80% of total funds raised to prostate cancer research, with the remainder to go towards men’s mental health programs.

Over 70,000 dapper Ladies and Gentlemen in over 600 cities worldwide will ride classic and vintage styled motorcycles on Sunday, 24th September to raise funds for the organisation.

“It’s an important year for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride”, says Mark.

“What was already a personal event for many has taken on a new meaning, especially after losing one of our own.”

“We ride this year for the men of the world who struggle with mental health and for the families and individuals whose lives are affected by prostate cancer.”

This year Mark is aiming to raise AUD$6.5M, and is encouraging fellow Australians to take a moment to consider the men in their lives.

Mark added, “The past 5 years have seen the DGR grow far more than I ever could have imagined, not only in its reach and the number of participants of the ride itself, but in people that have made that decision to get themselves checked.”

“Working with the Movember Foundation has allowed us to target key concerns in men’s health, helping us change the lives of men and helping them to live longer and happier.”

“None of this would be made possible if not for the support and unity of Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.”

“The collective passion of all these brilliant organisations is the fuel to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, empowering all classic and custom motorcycle riders to bond together and put on the most dashing charity event this world has ever seen.”

To do your part, visit www.gentlemansride.com and sponsor a rider near you.

For more information visit the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’s Facebook page or contact Stephen Broholm on 0411 142 725 or [email protected]

Yamaha Sales On The Up

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2017 Yamaha YZF-R3
Yamaha sales worldwide have hit an all time record high.

The first half of 2017 has been good to the Yamaha Motor Company with global net sales of ¥828 billion ($157b).

This was a 6.4% increase on the previous year, while the company also registered a record operating income of ¥82 billion ($15.5b).

In the developed markets business, net sales increased compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year thanks to increased sales of motorcycles, marine, industrial machinery, and electrically power assisted bicycles.

Sales of motorcycles are also on the rise in emerging markets helped along by sales of higher priced products, profitability improvements in the ASEAN region and structural reform in Brazil.

Net sales increased by 6.6% overall, an improvement on the 12 million motorcycles sold globally last year.

Yamaha Motor Co. is a producer of marine products, power products, machinery and of course motorcycles in over 200 countries worldwide.

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