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Canberra Motorcycle Centre Announced As Ducati “Custom Rumble” Finalist

Canberra Motorcycle Centre Announced As Ducati “Custom Rumble” Finalist

The Canberra Motorcycle Centre is one of five finalists in Ducati’s “Custom Rumble” competition. The competition had official Ducati dealers from around the world design and build a custom bike based on the Ducati Scrambler. The various dealers started work on their specials last September, and posted videos and photos of their work in progress over the course of several months. The finalists were decided by the public through online voting on Instagram from late October through to the end of January. One finalist has been selected from each continent (except for Antarctica of course!), and they are: “Iron lungs” produced by Warsaw Liberty Moto (Poland); “Ice Track Pro” from Canadian creative workshop Bow Cycle North; “Scrambobber” made in Thailand by Ducati Vibhavadi; “ScramblArabia” built by Wheels of Arabia in Bahrain, and “Scramblegale” created by the Canberra Motorcycles Centre. The finalists will now take their creations to “World Ducati Week”, the world’s largest gathering for motorcyclists and Ducatisti that takes place at Misano Adriatico in Italy from 1st to 3rd July, 2016. A jury of expert designers, motorcyclists and customisers will decide the winner during the event. Australia’s finalist was prepared by the team of skilled mechanics and custom bike experts at Garage 30 Customs, the custom division of the Canberra Motorcycle Centre. Canberra Motorcycle Centre is the largest motorcycle dealership in the ACT and has been operating for over 25 years. Among the other bikes customised by the team is a Victory Hammer S, Kawasaki W800 and ZX-6 and Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle.

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SWM SM 650 R Supermotard Now Available In Australia

SWM SM 650 R Supermotard Now Available In Australia

The SM 650 R supermotard is the second model now available in Australia from SWM Motorcycles. Italian brand SWM recently returned to the Australian market with Mojo Motorcycles being appointed as the national distributor last year. The first model imported was the RS 650 R enduro which is based on Husqvarna’s TE630. The SM 650 R supermotard is another variant on the same theme, and shares most of its technical specifications and main styling features with the RS 650 R. It uses the same 600cc single cylinder four-valve DOHC fuel injected engine that produces just on 40kW, GET ignition, Mikuni throttle body and six-speed transmission. The SM 650 R also uses 45mm upside-down Marzocchi forks as the front suspension and a single Sachs shock on the rear. The obvious differences are in the wheels and brakes. The SM 650 R is fitted with 17 inch wheels front and rear and road going tyres. The front brake disc on the SM 650 R is a larger, but single, 300mm unit instead of the twin discs on the RS 650 R enduro. The rear disc is also slightly larger at 240mm, and Brembo callipers are used on both the front and rear. The SM 650 R is also 3kg heavier than the RS at 147kg dry. The SM 650 R is a perfect mix of off road looks and on road capability, and like its RS 650 R sibling, the SM 650 R supermotard is learner approved. It will initially go on sale for $9,490 including GST plus on road costs. SWM was resurrected through a partnership between Apelio Macchi and Daxing Gong in 2014. Macchi is the former Technical Manager for Cagiva, Aprilia and Husqvarna, while Gong is a successful Chinese businessman and the head of the Shineray group. The bikes are manufactured at SWM’s facility in Lombardia, Italy, the same plant previously used by Husqvarna. Australian distributor Mojo Motorcycles plan on bringing two other models from SWM’s 12 model line-up to the country in the near future – the RS 300 R and RS 500 R.

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Alex de Angelis WSBK debut is coming

Alex de Angelis WSBK debut is coming

After a mere 4 months since spending two weeks in intensive care following a nasty crash in the Japanese MotoGP Alex de Angelis will be making his World Superbike debut aboard the Aprilia. He acknowledges that he not only has to adapt to new machinery, he will need to test his physical condition after such a long period off a bike. Phillip Island will be his first chance to test the bike and himself after missing the pre-season sessions in Spain. “In the test I’ll get my first taste of a Superbike, which I’ve never tried before. I’m sure that IodaRacing have a greater chance of doing well in WorldSBK as opposed to MotoGP and I hope to get back into the top positions, which I haven’t been able to do for a while and I miss it. “The Aprilia was a winning bike at the end of 2015 and we will have to see what the difference is now after the other marques have been working over the winter. I expect and hope that Aprilia won’t just prove a supplier but also an integral part of the team. “I regret not having been able to test over the winter, but it is what it is and we’ll use the first couple of races as a test and make progress as soon as possible.

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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 To Be Unveiled At Phillip Island WorldSBK

2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 To Be Unveiled At Phillip Island WorldSBK

The Australian unveiling of the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 will be held at the first round of this year’s World Superbike Championship. Australia hosts the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island from the 26th – 28th February. The bike will then go on sale in March at a ride-away price of $19,990. The 2016 Brutale 800 was only launched in Spain last week, and is already being praised as a significantly better bike than the previous model. There have been many styling updates done to the bike and although they may seem subtle at first glance, they have managed to turn a good looking bike into an even more stunning one. The Brutale 800 now has a longer wheelbase which gives it more stability over bumps. The steering geometry has also been updated and the whole bike sits 9mm higher to lift the centre of gravity and make it feel lighter in turns. Many of the biggest changes to the 2016 model are to the bike’s engine and electronics. To give the bike better performance the engine now produces 25% more torque than the previous model, and 90% of that torque is generated at 3800 rpm. That has dropped the overall power output from 93kW to 86kW. Given that most bikes don’t spend much of their time in peak power situations, this compromise actually seems like a very smart move because the end result is that the engine feels like it has far more punch. The bike also has newly created ECU software with four available engine mappings – rain, normal, sport and custom. Custom allows the rider to adjust throttle sensitivity, electronic engine braking control, torque control and gives a choice of two rev-limiter settings. Traction control has also been improved and now has the option of eight settings. The Brutale 800 also has a bi-directional quick shifter to allow faster and smoother gear shifts both up and down through the six speed gearbox. Fully adjustable upside-down Marzocchi forks are fitted to the front, and the rear is a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Front brakes are dual 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers, and a 220mm is fitted to the rear. ABS is standard as you would expect. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 has developed into a brilliant package over its 15 year history, and the new model would have to be the best by far.

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Triumph Confirms Debut Of 2016 Tiger Sport 1050

Triumph Confirms Debut Of 2016 Tiger Sport 1050

Triumph has confirmed a new Tiger Sport 1050 is to make its world debut at the upcoming London Motorcycle Show. The bike will join an already extensive list of new and updated motorcycles to come out of the UK company this year. Whilst official details are still to be released, we do know that the engine has had some upgrades to ensure it meets the upcoming Euro 4 emissions standards. It’s the same engine that is being used in the revised Speed Triple, although it is expected to have been retuned for the Tiger. Triumph has also hinted that the bike will feature a suite of rider-focused technology and enhanced comfort and capability. A new Tiger Sport has been expected since photos of a test bike began to surface last August. The new bike should build on the previous models reputation for great handling, excellent ergonomics and large load-carrying ability. Also being released by Triumph this year is the all-new Street Twin, Thruxton and Thruxton R, the new Bonnevile T120 and T120 Black and Speed Triple S and R models. The London Motorcycle Show runs from the 12th – 14th February, 2016, and we will bring you more details of the new Tiger Sport 1050 as they are released.

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