Harley-Davidson plans big loan
Harley-Davidson has announced it now has access to a loan of up to $US350 million (about $A500 million) over the next year. While it has not committed to the entire amount of the loan, it is committed to draw at least $US150m (about $A215m). The company believes the loan is consistent with its intentions regarding liquidity. ... The post Harley-Davidson plans big loan appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Bike noise crackdown intensifies
The news just gets worse and worse for riders who enjoy a fruity exhaust note as the noise crackdown intensifies across Europe. We recently reported on Germany’s crackdown with special noise cameras, no-go areas and an 80dB limit on motorcycle exhausts that could make all BMW motorcycles quieter. Now Austria will ban specific motorcycles with ... The post Bike noise crackdown intensifies appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
MV Agusta unveils blue & white Brutale!
MV Agusta has used their official Facebook page to unveil their latest limited-edition motorcycle, the Brutale 1000 RR Blue & White M.L. The bike is based on the 208hp Brutale 1000 RR. There is no word on pricing or availability but it appears to be an ultra-limited-edition of one only so it should be quite ... The post MV Agusta unveils blue & white Brutale! appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Sanitised scooter sparks fireball
An Indian rider has escaped serious injury when his scooter sparked a fireball as it was sanitised at a roadside coronavirus checkpoint. The health measure is one of many used to try to control the coronavirus infection rate in India which is almost 200,000 with more than 5500 deaths. Thankfully the rider jumps free, although ... The post Sanitised scooter sparks fireball appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Ducati recalls Superleggera on brake issue
Ducati Australia has recalled the 2017 1299 Superleggera motorcycles over an issue with the front brake pad material may separate from the brake pad. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says if the issue occurs, there is “an increased risk of an accident and/or injury to the rider and other road users”. ... The post Ducati recalls Superleggera on brake issue appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Soriano electric has ‘boxer’ motors
Italian motorcycle company Soriano Motori is making its first electric motorcycle with twin motors arranged in a twin-opposed “boxer” fashion like BMW’s famous engines. The motors of the EV Giaguaro (Jaguar in English) work together for full power or independently for optimum range. Soriano Design and Product Development Director Sergio Moroni says the project is a ... The post Soriano electric has ‘boxer’ motors appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Triumph Motorcycles to slash more jobs
Triumph Motorcycle will slash 400 jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and their plan to move more production from Hinckley to Thailand. The British company announced in February that it would cut 240 of its 2500-strong global workforce with 50 of the 1000 employed at Hinckley to go as it moved production offshore ... The post Triumph Motorcycles to slash more jobs appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Inactive riders urged to ride again!
Inactive motorcyclists who haven’t ridden for some time are being urged to ride again, especially for commuting, as the pandemic travel restrictions begin to ease across the country. This comes as the national cycling lobby is calling for $300 million to be spent on bike lanes. Inactive riders Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries motorcycle manager Rhys ... The post Inactive riders urged to ride again! appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Police target riders over crash deaths
Queensland Police will target motorcycle speeds after a spike in rider and pillion deaths in the first five months of the year, despite the reduction in traffic during the pandemic lockdown. They have vowed to increase their presence and revert to their mobile speed camera program which had been temporarily suspended during the lockdown. Inspector ... The post Police target riders over crash deaths appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Yamaha slams Indian pandemic closure
Yamaha has slammed the Indian Government over the complete closure of industry for the pandemic while also releasing a tribute scooter (above) to the resilience of Italians through the crisis. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, which has three factories in India, says the complete closure should have been reviewed carefully. Yamaha India boss Motofumi Shitara says ... The post Yamaha slams Indian pandemic closure appeared first on Motorbike Writer.