Gas Gas Appoint New Zealand Distributor and Another Sydney Dealer

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Gas Gas continue dealer network expansion in Australia and New Zealand.

Spanish motorcycle company Gas Gas has appointed Urban Moto Imports as the new distributor for their enduro and trials motorcycle range in New Zealand.

Urban Moto Imports announced the distribution of the Gas Gas enduro range in Australia earlier in 2017, and will now distribute the 200cc, 250cc and 300cc enduros, along with the full trials bikes and kids range e-bikes in the land of the long white cloud.

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The new 2018 New Zealand Gas Gas dealership network will be announced in the coming weeks.

New Sydney Dealer

Meanwhile a new dealership has been signed up to carry the Spanish brand In Australia.

Close Motorcycles in Marrickville, Sydney has been named as part of the rapidly growing Gas Gas dealer network as the brand goes from strength to strength in Australia.

Close Motorcycles’ dealer principal already has a strong history of working with the brand.

Updates to the expansion of the dealership network will be announced on the new Gas Gas website soon to be launched in December.

Benelli TRK 502 Goes On Sale This month

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Benelli TRK 502 on sale this month
Benelli has released the TRK 502 Adventure Sports bike in time for Christmas.

Benelli’s new learner approved TRK 502 adventure model goes on sale in Australia this month.

The highly versatile adventure sports bike is designed for all day touring but is equally practical for the city commute.

Powered by a new economical parallel twin 500 cc engine that produces 35kW/46Nm, it boasts a six-speed gearbox, ABS with twin 320mm front discs, a large 20L fuel tank, 17” aluminium alloy wheels and upside-down front fork suspension with travel of up to 145mm.

Being a true adventure sport model, Benelli also ensured the TRK 502 comes with an impressive amount of standard features including a touring windscreen, GPS mount, 12V accessories power socket, protective hand guards, taught trellis frame, and ergonomic rider and pillion seat.

Benelli TRK-502A set of hard panniers and rack mount can be purchased as optional extras, and the new model is available in three colours of white, red and grey.

The TRK 502 is priced from $8,790 (ride-away) and Benelli has ensured it is available in time for Christmas holiday road trips.

To find out more, contact your local Benelli dealer or register for a test ride at benelli.com.au.Benelli TRK-502 adventure

Deus Ex Machina Produces Two Custom Kawasaki Z900RS

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Deus Kawasaki Z900RS Stone Tracker
The Deus Ex Machina "Stone Tracker" is one of two Kawasaki Z900RS project bikes.

Kawasaki has made its long-awaited entry into the retro category.

To celebrate Kawasaki’s entry into the retro category with the all-new Z900RS, the company has collaborated with Deus Ex Machina to produce two custom builds.

The Australian unveiling of the new Z900RS (RS = Retro Sports) and Z900RS Café was held at the acclaimed Deus Ex Machina House of Simple Pleasures flagship store in Sydney.

It was also an opportune moment to unveil the two Z900RS project bikes – named Stone Tracker and The Goose – Deus had been working on.

The Z900RS was conceived as an homage to the legendary Z1 of the early 1970’s.

The four cylinder, four stroke 903cc Z1 was rated at over 80ps, making it one of the largest capacity and highest power, mass production machines available in that era.

The all-new Kawasaki Z900RS is an evolution of the original Z1.

Like the original Z1, the Z900RS features a 900cc-class (948cc) in-line four – an engine configuration that inherently offers a great balance of power and manageability.

It is also the first Kawasaki model where the company has conducted sound research to craft a model’s ideal exhaust note. The sound tuning focused on the engine’s initial roar to life, idling and low-speed riding where the rider is best able to enjoy the exhaust’s deep rumble.

Any visual similarities, technical or engineering references to the Z1 have been moulded in light of the demands of today’s rider expectations and today’s riding environment.

The Z900RS lends its self to personalisation and the custom motorcycle culture, which is where Deus ex Machina fits in perfectly.

Jeremy Tagand, Deus Motorcycle Design Director at Deus The House of Simple Pleasures in Sydney, was the mastermind behind both of the Z900RS custom build projects.

Stay up to date with all the news from Kawasaki at www.motorcyclelife.com.au

BMW Release New F 750 GS And F 850 GS

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Updated and Improved BMW Enduro’s have landed in Australia

BMW Motorrad has taken the covers off new and improved versions of its GS enduro models.

Ten years after the GS models first landed, BMW Motorrad tell us they have fully redesigned and re-engineered the middle-class GS models with a view to making them even more uncomplicated and carefree.

Both offerings get a new two-cylinder in-line engine with two counterbalance shafts and a firing interval of 270 degrees.

BMW saying this design provides optimised smoothness and an emotional sound.

While power and torque outputs from the 853cc engine are up across the board – the F 750 GS now boasting 57kW and the 850 GS gets 70kW.

Both offerings come with a six-speed gearbox with the secondary drive (now positioned on the left-hand side).

‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ riding modes also feature, along with the standard fitment of ABS and stability control (ASC).

The enduro models also boast fresh new looks, including new colour concepts and new full LED headlight, and an array of connectivity, customisation and personalisation options are also on offer.

Stay up to date with the latest BMW news @ www.motorcyclelife.com.au

Suzuki 2018 Hayabusa Lands In Australia

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Not many technical updates, but the 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa is now available.

Suzuki’s updated superbike is now available.

The 2018 version of the Suzuki Hayabusa sportsbike is now available from Australian dealerships.

The big talking point for the 2018 version is the availability of two updated colour schemes – Glass Sparkle Black (above) and Pearl Mira Red/Pearl Glacier White (below).

Power comes from Suzuki’s 1340cc four-cylinder engine that for 2018 boasts 145kW and 155Nm of torque.

While Hayabusa buyers now also get the benefit of radial-mount Brembo monobloc front brake callipers.

ABS is standard too, as well as Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) that provides a choice between three engine maps “to suit rider preferences and riding conditions”.

Pricing for 2018 remains the same – the Suzuki Hayabusa starts from $20,790 ride away.

Stay up to date with the latest Suzuki news @ www.motorcyclelife.com.au

Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 Arrives

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki's Ninja 400 takes one of Australia's most popular learner bikes to a new level.

Boasting increased power and performance, the Ninja 400 is ready.

When the 2008 Ninja 250R was introduced it was the only model of its kind. Ten years later Kawasaki proudly introduces a new sports model into this highly competitive arena.

The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 delivers greater performance, with an all-new engine that is more powerful and a chassis that is significantly lighter than its predecessor.

And like its predecessor, the Ninja 300, this new model takes the winning formula that drove the success of the Ninja 250R and its successors, ensuring the engine performance, light, predictable handling and relaxed, sporty riding position that makes it both fun and easy to ride.

The new chassis delivers a balance of stability and manoeuvrability, with its slim trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2.

Designing the engine from scratch allowed the engine layout to be optimised for size, weight and efficiency.

The engine is rigidly mounted and used as a stressed member, and the swingarm is affixed to the rear of the engine eliminating the need for heavy frame cross-members.

The updated frame and 41mm telescopic forks ensures direction changes can be made easily, and overall this package offers the plushness of a larger displacement bike

An increase in the size of the front disc (310 mm, the same disc size used on the Ninja ZX-14R), and the latest ABS system and features from Nissin ensures the Ninja 400 has the most effective, most compact and lightweight brakes in this class.

With a seat height of just 785 mm and the slim design of both the seat and the rear of the engine, riders have an unobstructed line for their feet to reach the ground.

Twin LED Headlamps are highly visible and offer significantly increased brightness.

The instrument cluster is the same as the Ninja 650, adding to the high-grade feel of the tidy cockpit.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 close upThe sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lights on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.

The Ninja 400’s ergonomic larger-volume bodywork offers great wind protection, further contributing to ride comfort.

But rather than completely blocking the wind, the fairing promotes clean airflow around the rider. The design gives the impression of a larger machine and helps to pull hot air out of the engine compartment.

Kawasaki later stated that this model will be available from about February, March 2018 and pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Keep up to date with the latest Kawasaki news at Motorcycle Life.

Things Every Motorcyclist Rider Should Do

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Try these 6 tips to make you a safer rider.

Be safer on your bike by following these simple steps.

We don’t need to tell you that riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than travelling in a car.

Aside from not having the stability of four wheels, or the mass of a larger vehicle, or the many safety features built into modern cars, the big vulnerability that motorcyclists have to contend with is that should something go wrong they may end up on the road.

And that puts them in a very vulnerable and risky situation.

So, perhaps more than any other road users, motorcyclists need to take the time and effort, and perhaps spend the money too, to give themselves the best chance of a good outcome should a great ride turn nasty.

Insurance companies have looked at their motorcycle crash data and found that perhaps not surprisingly, most motorcycle accidents happen on a weekend.

And when they do happen, chances are they are also more serious than mid-week crashes.

So, don’t get complacent just because it’s the weekend and you might be out for fun, rather than a commute.

Here’s how they recommend you prepare to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always wear an approved Australian standards helmet
  • Wear appropriate tear resistant clothing including long pants and jacket – Dress for the slide NOT for the Ride
  • Wear safety equipment covering eyes, feet and hands when riding
  • Dress to make yourself more visible – Let others know where you are
  • Ensure your pillion passenger is wearing the right safety gear
  • Always ride to the conditions
  • Take a refresher training course every couple of years to ensure your skills are up to date.

Sounds like common sense to us, but with many motorcyclists spotted riding around in t-shirts and shorts, we wonder if the message ever really will get through.

Come and join the team at SMART Rider for a fun and informative day’s training, with practical and useful riding tips to ensure everyone has a fun and enjoyable ride.

Honda’s New CB1000R Breaks Cover

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Honda has unveiled the. 2018 Honda CB1000R at the EICMA Show in Milan.

Cafe Design for 2018 CB1000R

Honda has used this year’s EICMA show in Milan to show off the new 2018 version of the CB1000R.

And the new bike certainly is a head-turner! The new aggressive/minimalist styling was inspired by Honda’s Neo-Sports Café Concept uncovered at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Set to land in European dealerships in early-2018, we can expect to see the 2018 Honda CB1000R around the middle of next year.

Honda tells us the bike’s bold shift in identity is bolstered by an impressive list of updates to the chassis, engine, and electronics package.

These tweaks help bridge the gap between performance and bare-boned café racer inspirations according to Lee Edmunds from Honda USA.

“The CB1000R has always represented high performance in a naked four-cylinder machine, and while we knew that retaining that approach was important, we also felt it was time to take the platform in a new direction,”

“With the new approach of the 2018 CB1000R, customers will experience increased pride in ownership while also benefiting from greatly improved handling and engine performance.”

We will bring you updated Australian availability and pricing info for the new offering as those details come to hand.

Stay up to date with all the latest Honda news @ www.motorcyclelife.com.au

Unveiling The New Moto Guzzi V85

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The 2018 Moto Guzzi V85

New Moto Guzzi Classic Enduro Bike Here Soon

Fans of the Moto Guzzi brand will be excited to see this new addition to the range – the Moto Guzzi V85.

The Italian manufacturer has set its sights on a wide variety of new models by 2021, the brand’s 100th anniversary year, with the new V-twin powered V85 one of the new additions to the family.

In unveiling the new bike, Moto Guzzi said it will cover the gap in the range left by the Stelvio, taking pride of place between the classic V7 and V9 family and the 1400 large cruisers.

Built on a completely new frame, the Moto Guzzi V85 features a 60kW (80hp) twin-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc engine.

“It is dedicated to travelling in its purest form, recalling the epic rally raids of the 1980s, a point of reference from which it inherits style, charm and emotion.” – Moto Guzzi

But the bike isn’t all about the past – it features fully digital instrumentation and a front LED headlight/DRL.

Unfortunately no word yet on Australian availability or pricing, we will keep you updated.

Stay up to date with the latest Moto Guzzi news @ www.motorcyclelife.com.au

EICMA Showcases Honda CB4 ‘Interceptor’ Concept

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The Honda CB4 "Interceptor" concept

Honda Design Unveils the Vision of their Cafe Racer.

The Honda Design Studio in Italy has produced some head-turning concepts over the years – although this new café racer concept is hard to top.

Known as the CB4 ‘Interceptor’ the concept is the latest work from the Rome-based design team and follows on from the 2015 EICMA where the CB84 Concept was originally shown.

Unveiling the latest take on Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ design theme, Honda said the new concept model adds an evocative ‘Sport Endurance’ tone to the original design language of the CB4 Concept.

This creates a new perspective on the world of the Café Racer, on which the series is based. – Honda said.

As the pics show, the colour scheme is “total black” and Honda say this combines elegance and sportiness while leaving room for a futuristic technology integrated into the flowing design lines.

Speaking of that futuristic tech, the concept features a fan used to convert the motorcycle’s kinetic energy to power the touch-screen located on the tank.

The screen provides constant connectivity, to allow the rider to follow the road through digital maps, make emergency calls or simply to connect devices.

Stay up to date with all the latest news from Honda @ www.motorcyclelife.com.au

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