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Yamaha’s Radically Styled 2016 Yamaha MT-07 “Moto Cage”

Yamaha’s Radically Styled 2016 Yamaha MT-07 “Moto Cage”

If you want a bike that stands out from the crowd, then maybe the 2016 Yamaha MT-07 “Moto Cage” is for you. Yamaha is officially launching the radically styled MT-07 variant at the Scottish Motorcycle Show this week. The bike was first shown at the EICMA show 16 months ago, and this updated model is certain to attract attention. The Moto Cage is based on the standard MT-07, but has a host of stunt-inspired parts and has also been given a grey and fluorescent yellow makeover. The stand out feature of the bike is definitely the colour scheme that starts with a fluoro yellow tubular cage wrapped around the bike’s centre section to provide extra chassis protection. The fluoro treatment is carried through to the wheels, knuckle protectors and radiator guards. Combined with blacked out chassis components the bright colour scheme makes the bike one of the most glaringly distinctive machines to ever come out of Yamaha. It’s a similar colour scheme to one available for the upcoming MT-10. The Moto Cage also has a bash plate, an exhaust protector plate and adjustable headlight mask. Yamaha’s original “Cage” concept was based on the XJ6 back in 2012, but its high-torque engine and agile chassis makes the MT-07 an even better choice for the stunt style makeover. Yamaha Europe points out that the MT-07 Moto Cage is a special edition built up by an official Yamaha dealer with genuine Yamaha parts. As such it has all the standard features of the MT-07, including ABS. There’s also an extensive collection of accessories available to customise the Moto Cage even further. It’s available in Europe but there’s no word yet on whether the Moto Cage will find its way to Australia.

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2016 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition Gets Two New Colours

2016 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition Gets Two New Colours

Suzuki wants you to discover your dark side. The 2016 Boulevard M109R Black Edition is now available in two new “sinister” colour schemes, Pearl Blue with Gloss Black and Metallic Matte Grey that give the already blacked out model an even darker look. The Boulevard M109R is Suzuki’s most powerful cruiser ever with a 109 cubic inch (1783cc) V-twin that produces 95kW and a massive 160Nm. There are two variants – the standard model and the Black Edition. Mechanically they are identical, but the Black Edition has a large number of parts finished in black rather than the chrome of the standard model, giving the bike a far more imposing look. The Black Edition also has clear indicator and tail light lenses. Everything about the Suzuki M109R is big. It’s a very heavy bike at 347kg fuelled and ready to ride, but despite its weight the M109R is remarkably easy to ride because of the work Suzuki engineers have put into the chassis design. The massive amount of torque is available all through the rev range and that produces amazingly crisp acceleration for such a big bike. And even the exhaust noise is big – the V-twin produces a throaty, aggressive exhaust note that makes the M109R stand out as a power cruiser. That power is transferred to the rear wheel by a shaft drive, and through a massive 240mm (240/40R18) rear tyre – the largest ever used on one of Suzuki’s production bikes. Stopping such a heavy bike requires big brakes, and Suzuki have used GSX-R inspired radial mounted four piston front calipers and 310mm front brake rotors. The rear brake system has a dual piston caliper and 275mm disc. The 2016 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition is available now for a recommended ride away price of $20,990 and is backed by Suzuki’s two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty.

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Ducati Explains Engineering Concepts of 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Ducati Explains Engineering Concepts of 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Ducati has explained its “Globetrotter Attitude” and how it applies to the new 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro. The new bike is due for launch in Australia next month and takes Ducati into a new market segment and the tough environment of off road adventure riding. Ducati says the standard high-tech equipment featured on the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro is designed to make this motorcycle perfect even when riding conditions are at their toughest. Every technical choice was carefully evaluated by focusing on the rider and on the rider’s safety and comfort. But Ducati also knew that worldwide support for the bike was crucial to its success, and points out that there is now a network of 766 Ducati dealers and service points in 90 countries around the world. The new Multistrada 1200 Enduro has been designed to deal with the most remote of areas and toughest conditions, while still being built to ensure ultimate safety for everyday use. The very long list of upgraded features starts with the 30 litre fuel tank. Its capacity is 10 litres more than that of the Multistrada 1200 allowing over 450 km range between fuel stops. The tank is protected by aluminium side panels. The front wheel is 19” as opposed to the 17” wheel used on the standard Multistrada. The front mudguard and beak have been set to improve the rider’s protection from debris. The swingarm is double-sided to handle the stress of off-road riding, rather than the single-sided unit on the Multistrada 1200. The exhaust silencer sits higher and is narrower than the twin silencer on the Multistrada 1200, making water crossing easier and safer. And then there are nice little touches like the gear lever that has an articulated design to prevent breakage in the event of a fall or impact, and a skid plate that protects the bike from obstacles. The handlebars are 50mm higher and the mirrors are positioned so they don’t interfere with the rider’s arms when riding while standing on the pegs. The electronics and rider aids on the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro are also impressive. Bosch Cornering ABS is standard. It proportions braking power between the front and rear and limits braking when leaning through corners. The system has three settings to adjust for different conditions. There are full LED headlights with a cornering function that light the shadow area on the inside of corners. And a new Vehicle Hold Control function that modulates the rear brake as the rider operates the clutch and throttle will make uphill and fully loaded starts easier, especially on slippery ground. The engine management system has four power modes, 8-level adjustable traction control and wheelie control, and cruise control. The suspension is semi-active and adjusts to maintain optimum control in any situation and any load condition. Finally the instrumentation is a 5” colour TFT display with infotainment and handsfree systems built in. The Ducati’s obvious competitor in the market is the KTM 1290 Super Adventure, which is currently priced at a few thousand dollars less. The 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro is due in Australia in April, and its pricing starts at $29,990.

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Possible Steering Damper Issue For 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Possible Steering Damper Issue For 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

A small number of 2016  Kawasaki ZX-10R motorcycles sold in Australia between the 11th December 2015 and 22nd February 2016 could have an issue with the steering damper bracket. An ACCC recall notice has been issued stating that the steering damper bracket mounting bolts could break due to over tightening during assembly. The bracket may then separate from the frame and could cause interference with the steering. The affected models are ZX1000SGF (2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS), ZX1000SGFA (2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS KRT Replica), ZX1000SGFB (2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS KRT Winter Edition), ZX1000RGFA (2016 Ninja ZX10R KRT Replica (non ABS)). Kawasaki Australia will contact customers with affected motorcycles by mail, advising them to contact their local Authorised Kawasaki Motorcycle Dealership to book their motorcycle in for repair.

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Victory Motorcycle Models Recalled For Breach Of Noise Regulations

Victory Motorcycle Models Recalled For Breach Of Noise Regulations

Many recent Victory models have been recalled because the motorcycles may not meet the required noise standards. The list of affected Victory models is: 2015 – 2016 Vegas 2015 – 2016 Hammer 2015 – 2016 Gunner 2015 – 2016 Judge 2015 – 2016 Highball 2015 – 2016 Jackpot 2015 Boardwalk The recall notice issued through the ACCC states that the noise levels may not meet the regulatory requirements even when the affected motorcycle is ridden under normal conditions. The regulatory requirements referred to are the noise emissions standard required by UN ECE R41 and ADR 83/00, which define limits on external noise generated by motor vehicles, motor cycles and mopeds. Owners are advised to contact their nearest dealer to arrange an inspection and possible repair of the motorcycle. Further information can be obtained from the ACCC or Victory Motorcycles Australia.

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