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2019 Honda CBR500R | More grunt | Sharper looks

For 2019 Honda’s highly successful CBR500R gets a make-over with a fresh set of sleeker clothes along with some meaningful mechanical updates for the new model year. 

Honda CBRR Scene
2019 Honda CBR500R

The eight-valve parallel twin has altered cam timing and more lift on the valves which Honda claims translates to a 4 per cent boost in mid-range power and torque from 3000-7000 rpm. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

Also new for 2019 is a slip-assist clutch which comes with the dual benefits of a lighter clutch pull combined with a slipper function on decelearation. 

Honda CBRR Studio
2019 Honda CBR500R

A repositioned battery has allowed for a straight intake tract for the PGM-FI fuel-injection system.

Honda CBRR Scene
2019 Honda CBR500R

At the other end the exhaust system now features dual exits in the single high-rise muffler. 

Honda CBRR2019 will be the seventh year in production for the CBR500R and Honda has given the model a more lithe but at the same time more muscular look to the comfortable learner legal machine. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

The clip-on bars now sit lower and the riding position is canted a little more forward, while the seat itself is a little slimmer than before but retains the low 785 mm seat height. 

Honda CBRR Action
2019 Honda CBR500R

New LCD instrumentation adds an upshift indicator light along with a gear position indicator. The shift-light is factory set at 8,750 rpm but can be adjusted in 250 rpm increments for the boy/girl racers. 

Honda CBRR Studio
2019 Honda CBR500R

Indicators are now LED to match the rest of the lighting package. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

A new single-tube rear shock with larger diameter piston promises improved damping control and is nine-stage preload adjustable.  Forks are as before, 41mm, and offer 120mm of travel. 

Honda CBRR Shock
2019 Honda CBR500R

Honda claim a range of up to 480 km from the 17.1-litre fuel cell. 

As for when it arrives, it seems sometime early in 2019 is about as close a date as we can predict for now. 

Honda CBRR Studio
2019 Honda CBR500R


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Type Liquid­ cooled, parallel twin
Displacement 471  cc
No of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore & Stroke 67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 35kW (47 hp) @ 8600 rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm @ 6500 rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 L
Carburation PGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1 litres
Fuel Consumption (WMTC) 29.4 km/litre
Battery Capacity 12V 7.4AH
ACG Output 25A/2000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multi-plate
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel diamond
Dimensions (L ́W ́H) 2080 mm x 755 mm x 1145 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Trail 102 mm
Seat Height 785 mm
Ground Clearance 130 mm
Kerb Weight 192 kg
Type Front Conventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, pre­load adjustable
Type Rear Prolink mono with 5-­stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Type Front Multi­-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Multi­-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 17 x MT4.5
Tyres Front 120/70ZR – 17M/C
Tyres Rear 160/60ZR – 17M/C
ABS System Type 2­ channel
Type Front Single wavy disk, 320 mm, 2 piston caliper
Type Rear Single wavy disk, 240 mm, 1 piston caliper
Instruments Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer,
dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel
consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
Headlight Low 13W. Hi. 12.8W

Black colour variation on offer for 2020 Suzuki Katana

Suzuki accepting orders exclusively through online ordering system.

Source: Supplied.

Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has revealed the 2020 Katana will be available in two colour variations after the Glass Sparkle Black colourway was unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy, alongside the Metallic Mystic Silver option.

With high demand and limited supply, Suzuki will take orders exclusively online, offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to the arrival in the third quarter of 2019.

As an added bonus and gesture of Suzuki’s appreciation for customer commitment and patience, the first 50 Katanas pre-ordered online will also receive a bonus exclusive Katana themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995 with their bike delivery.

“This is an exciting initiative that ensures a unique and premium experience for new Katana customers,” said Suzuki Motorcycles Australia’s national marketing manager Lewis Croft. “The Katana is a very special model for Suzuki, it’s not just another model in an already crowded market. Availability will be limited, therefore we will be taking orders on behalf of our dealer network to ensure we can supply genuine customer orders.

“Our online approach allows customers to secure their Katana whilst also nominating their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery, they also have the ability to arrange finance and insurance quotes and also trade-in valuations if required prior to arrival.

“Customers wanting a printed brochure can still access them from their Suzuki dealership. Any customers unable to complete the online order themselves can simply visit a dealership, who will be able to guide them through the online ordering process onsite at the dealership.”

The 2020 Katana was initially unveiled at Intermot in Cologne, Germany, last month. To secure your bike, visit


Business as usual for Wilson while SX2 title heats up

Top four SX2 contenders within 13 points of the championship.

Image: Foremost Media.

Saturday night’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney is set to serve up a thrilling SX2 Triple Crown as the Australian Supercross Championship is decided at Qudos Bank Arena, but it will be business as usual for points leader Jay Wilson.

The Yamalube Yamaha Racing ace holds an 11-point advantage over DPH Motorsport Husqvarna’s Hayden Mellross, who declared yesterday he’ll do whatever it takes to snatch the crown, while Serco Yamaha duo Wilson Todd and Jacob Hayes are just a further two markers behind.

Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of indoor racing could see anything happen at the Sydney Olympic Park venue, Wilson is adamant his regular approach will grant him the best opportunity of being crowned champion.

“I do have an 11-point lead, but anything can happen indoors,” Wilson shared with “For me, I’ll be going there to do what we’ve been doing, and that’s winning races. I’ve been putting the work in and the team’s been solid, so there’s no reason why we can’t win and that’s how we’re approaching it.

“Everyone wants to win, I’ve just got to be on my A game and win as many races as possible. It’s not so much about working out or calculating what’s going on out there – if I go out and win, then we’re in a good position – that’s how I look at it.”

The Gold Coast-based athlete excelled at last year’s AUS-X Open to claim third, effectively rebooting his career. No stranger to tighter confines of an arena, he’ll be drawing upon his stadium cross and arenacross experience to ensure the number one plate lands in his hands.

“The atmosphere of it really makes people step up, but I just enjoy being there,” he continued. “It’s the sort of racing I grew up riding – the tight, indoor stuff – a lot of the practice tracks I grew up on were really tight, so I always did well at the stadium cross’.

“I went over and did the Arenacross UK series, and that’s a take-out fest – that opens your eyes to indoor racing, but I’ve done it for a while now and I think we’re in a good position.”


Hope for motorcycle racing to return to Barbagallo in 2019

Motorcycle racing could return to Wanneroo Raceway in 2019

Following the return of recreational motorcycle activities to Barbagallo Raceway in September 2018, WA Sporting Car Club (WASCC) and Motorcycling Western Australia (MWA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to address works required to the circuit so that motorcycle racing can re-commence.

Wayne Maxwell, Mike Jones, Glenn Allerton
Wayne Maxwell, Mike Jones, Glenn Allerton – Wanneroo 2016 – Image Keith Muir

The MOU, jointly signed by WASCC President Russell Sewell and MWA President Tracy Simpson, pledged WASCC and MWA to cooperate in a spirit of mutual understanding and to develop a closer relationship of goodwill. Within a matter of weeks of the MOU being suggested, the commitment to work together resulted in a solution for the return of motorcycle racing at Barbagallo Raceway.

Ben Henry leads Ryan Hampton and Mike Jones
Ben Henry leads Ryan Hampton and Mike Jones – Wanneroo 2015 – Image Andrew Gosling

Subsequent to the presentation of a concept design by MWA, WASCC consultant engineer, Steve Brake of Calibre Consultants, prepared technical and works drawings in accordance with the requirements of Motorcycle Australia’s Track Guidelines – 2018 as well as the run-off calculations as indicated in Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Hall Report.

MWA forwarded these drawings to Motorcycling Australia (MA) who have provided written confirmation that, pending successful completion of the works and a subsequent inspection, MA would issue Barbagallo Raceway an appropriate license.

By the time the lights went out, it was all about Wayne Maxwell who snared the hole-shot in all three races. Maxwell defeated Stronach in race one by a massive 11.866sec with Anthony McFadden, also mounted on an S 1000RR in third.
Kings of Wanneroo 2014 – Image Steve Thibou

WASCC is currently reviewing the scope of works and obtaining costings with a view to dove-tailing the works into its programmed major works schedule in January 2019, concurrent with a planned re-surface of the raceway.

Motorcycle Racing Club WA and WASCC have agreed dates for the MCRCWA racing and other activities calendar for 2019 (pending issue of the MA track license). Members of MCRCWA were briefed by its Executive at a Town Hall meeting held on Wednesday, 7th November.

WASCC President Russell Sewell

“This is an exciting development for the sport of motorcycle racing in Western Australia following the unfortunate, extended absence from Barbagallo raceway. The new spirit of cooperation between the two main bodies representing tarmac based motorsports in Western Australia has been fruitful at both the Executive and management levels.”

2016 ASBK at Wanneroo – Image Trevor Hedge

MWA President Tracy Simpson welcomed the new agreement between the two bodies and noted that it was an important step towards getting motorcycle racing back at Barbagallo raceway. Tracy said that it has been a focus for MWA and new CEO Joe McCarthy to work with all parties to enable racing to resume at Barbagallo and is thrilled that a detailed plan has been provisionally approved for 2019.

2016 ASBK at Wanneroo - Image Keith Muir
2016 ASBK at Wanneroo – Image Keith Muir

Upgrades for 2019 Aprilia range confirmed at EICMA

RSV4 1100 Factory introduced as RS 660 concept bike is unveiled.

Source: Supplied.

Aprilia has confirmed a host of upgrades to its 2019 motorcycle range at EICMA, while also unveiling the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory and the RS 660 concept bike.

Unmistakeable in its design lucidity and applied technology, the RSV4 is conceived around a 65-degree V4 engine never before seen on a factory sport bike, a frame which is the heir to a dynasty that has won 18 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 GP.

The Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR and RSV4 1100 Factory are fitted with an exceptional dynamic controls package designed and patented by Aprilia. Each one of the two models benefits from a specific calibration of all the controls in line with the different performance levels the two bikes can boast.

The Aprilia RSV4 RR represents a top shelf technical platform, ready to provide the rider with a race replica performance and feeling. In order to support the most demanding riders, one of the available accessories Aprilia offers is the Track kit, a package of prestigious parts that work together to improve many aspects of the RSV4 RR such as its weight, handling and aerodynamics.

The Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is the exclusive version that comes standard with latest generation Ohlins suspension systems, lightweight aluminium forged rims and the titanium Akrapovic exhaust terminal.

It stands out for its dedicated Atomico 6 graphics which highlight and enhance the use of precious technical materials such as carbon, thanks to the contrast with the total black matt paint. The upper steering yoke enhanced by the laser etched writing ‘1100 Factory’ in contrast completes the features of the new RSV4.

Source: Supplied.

While there’s no current word on the RS 660 concept going into the production, the bike is set to boast a 660cc parallel twin-cylinder engine derived from the V4 powerhouses used in the Tuono V4 and RSV4 1100 Factory.

It’s understood the manufacturer elected for a twin layout for its efficiency and compact nature, alongside the freedom that it left the designers to create a lightweight frame that uses the engine as a stressed member and a competent suspension package, capable of living up to its sporting appearance.


Deposits being taken on 2019 Suzuki Katana

Deposits of $1000 on the 2019 Suzuki Katana are now being taken for the bike which will be available in “limited numbers” and in two colour choices.

The reincarnated Katana was unveiled last month at the Intermot show in Cologne in traditional silver and black.2019 Katana deposits

This week a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Online deposits

Suzuki Australia spokesman Matt Reilly says they will only take orders for the bike online, “offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to arrival in the third quarter of next year”.

“Australian pricing is not yet 100% confirmed and difficult to accurately forecast given the timeframe to the Katana’s Q3 2019 arrival,” he says.

“However, we have been advising customers that we are working very hard to secure the bike for under $20K ride away with 12 months’ registration.”

Deposits will cost $1000 and if you change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia will only refund $450.

The remaining $550 takes into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The first 50 customers to order a Katana will also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

Online customers can nominate their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery as well as arrange finance and insurance quotes and trade-in valuations.

Printed brochures are also available at Suzuki dealers.

If you can’t complete the online order, you can do it at the dealership.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Matt says online ordering was launched at the Australian MotoGP.

“We have had a fantastic response to the online ordering system, receiving a greater number of orders than we originally expected within the first week of it being live,” he says.

“To say customers are excited about this new bike is a massive understatement.”

Suzuki Katana2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight.

Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath.

2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride.

Power comes from a long-stroke version of the fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine from the GSX-R1000 with 110kW at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.

That’s significantly tuned down from the GSX-R1000 which has 150kW at 13200rpm and 117.6Nm at 10,800rpm. It’s porkier too at 215kg compared with 202kg.

2019 Katana deposits

Features include a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System, Fujico disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and ABS, and new tyres with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.

Suzuki makes a point of saying the seat is comfortable, probably because the old Katana was notoriously uncomfortable. However, the seat is fairly high at 825mm.


2019 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR ‘America’ | 140hp | 168kg

MV Agusta Dragster RR ‘America’
pays homage to iconic S America 750

The ‘America’ name holds a special place in MV Agusta’s history, as far back as the 1975 S America 750 which boasted a 75hp in-line air-cooled DOHC four-cylinder and would later make a reappearance in 2012 as the Brutale America in red, white and blue thanks to Massimo Tamburini.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
Arriving in 2019 is the Dragster 800 RR ‘America’ a limited edition model of which only 200 will be produced

The first three-cylinder Brutale America was introduced last year, and thanks to its success the CRC workshop have created the Dragster 800 RR version. This new “America” carries the iconic colour scheme on a mica blue base with horizontal graphic cuts that enhance the styling of the Dragster 800 RR.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
While early America editions were four-cylinders, more recent versions have used the modern MV triple

The upper part of the fuel tank on the new Dragster 800 RR America is adorned with stars, just like on the 750 S from forty-five years ago. The saddle boasts stitching with gold highlights and different materials for the areas dedicated to the rider and the passenger. The wheels pay homage to the colours of the American flag, incorporating the colours into the hub, spokes and rim.

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Styling cues pay their due to the original S 750 America, on a much more modern platform

The glossy black finish of specific components also stands out, such as the front mudguard with the MV Agusta logo and the radiator cover. An “America Special Edition” decal is found on the instrument cluster cover along with the production number.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
The limited nature of the machine is shown by the numbered plaque above the adjustable CRC damper

The MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America will be made in a limited edition of just 200 units, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Dragster 800 RR platform

The Dragster 800 RR underwent a complete re-design with the 2018 model year, with the addition of a LED rear light cluster, Daylight Running Lights, and the evolution of the Euro4 Brutale 800 RR derived three-cylinder engine.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
The Dragster 800 RR saw a host of updated in 2018, carried onto the America in 2019

Developments in recent years have further optimised combustion, electronic throttle management and performance while decreasing mechanical noise and vibrations. A revised gearbox engages the gears more quickly and it is more precise and reliable. The  EAS 2.0 “Up and Down” electronically assisted shifting is also featured as part of the electronics package that includes adjustable traction control and customisable engine maps.

Powered by the four-stroke three-cylinder DOHC engine, the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America has a capacity of 798cc, bore and stroke of 79 x 54.3mm and compression ratio of 13.3:1.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
The heart of the Dragster RR America is the DOHC 798cc triple-cylinder

Power output is 140hp at 12,300rpm, with peak torque of 87Nm at 10,100rpm. The America features the latest MVICS 2.0 control system, with six injectors, two per cylinder, and an Eldor EM2.0 ECU. Throttle is full ride-by-wire by Mikuni, with four torque control maps and eight-level traction control.

The MV EAS 2.0 quickshifter joins a hydraulically actuated wet clutch, with back torque limited device, while the gearbox is a cassete style six-speed.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
The eye catching steel trellis frame in red stands out

The ALS steel tubular trellis frame is mated to an aluminium alloy swingarm, with pivot plates of the same material, while standard suspension is 43mm Marzocchi USD forks with DLC treatment, and rebound-compression and preload adjustability. The rear shock is a progressive Sachs unit and is fully adjustable. A standard steering damper is also fitted with eight levels of adjustment.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
2019 MV Agusta Dragster RR America

Brakes are dual 320mm steel discs on the front, with Brembo radial four-piston calipers with 32mm pistons, while a single 220mm rear steel disc and Brembo two-piston caliper is also fited. ABS is provided by a Bosch 9+ unit with RLM.

Wheels are aluminium alloy spoked items, with a 3.50 x 17in front and 6.00 x 17in rear, taking 120/70 – 17 and 200/50 – 17 tyres.

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
Full Brembo brakes join 43mm Marzocchi forks on the front end

MV Agusta Dragster RR America Specifications
2019 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR America Specifications

MV Agusta Dragster RR America ARI
2019 MV Agusta Dragster RR America

Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories packs

Even before the Indian FTR 1200 arrives there is already a host of accessories available for the bike including two types of Akrapovic slip-on titanium and stainless steel mufflers.

These accessories should help defray some of the criticism of the exhaust and plump seat. It may also thwart some of the aftermarket suppliers from producing their own accessories.

The four accessory packs are labelled Tracker, Rally, Sport, and Tour, two of which have high-mount Akrapovic exhausts similar to the FTR1200 Custom concept which was universally praised.

Indian Motorcycle Australia spokesman Peter Harvey says the parts are all individually available “to allow riders to build the bike in the style they prefer”. 

There is no discount pricing for buying the parts as a whole pack.

Indian FTR 1200 accessories

Here are the packs with American pricing. Australian pricing will be announced closer to launch in early 2019. 


This collection features the high-mount titanium and steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1699.99) and mounting kit ($US79.99), plus side number plates ($US199.99), clear turn signal lenses ($US119.99), rally foot pegs ($US279.99), a high number plate mount ($US249.99), tracker seat ($US199.99) and seat cowl ($US299.99) and waffle handgrips ($US29.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


This off-roading collection also has the high-mount muffler and adds aluminium spoked wheels ($US1299.99), sport screen ($US149.99), front mudguard ($US299.99), rear mudguard ($US$199.99), aviator seat ($US$299.99), rally footpegs ($US279.99), high number plate mount ($US249.99), aluminium radiator guards ($US249.99), tank covers ($US449.99), Protaper handlebar ($US119.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


This is the smallest collection and emphasises on-road performance with a low-mount titanium and stainless steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1499.99) carbon fibre tank covers ($US599.99), carbon seat cowl ($US399.99) and carbon front mudguard ($US299.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories


Touring range will be limited by the 13-litre fuel tank, but these accessories should make the ride more comfortable. The pack features the low-mount mufflers, plus a water-resistant messenger bag ($US279.99) for the left side of the bike only as the exhaust prohibits two side bags. It also includes a bag mounting kit ($US129.99), windshield ($US179.99) windshield mount ($US249.99), tank bag ($US279.99) and rear luggage rack ($US249.99).Indian FTR 1200 adds accessories

You can check out the accessories catalogue here, but note it has American pricing.

Indian FTR 1200 tech specs

  • Ride-away prices: $A19,995 (base black) $A22,995 (FTR 1200 S, red and grey or titanium and black) $A23,995 (Race-Replica)
  • Engine: 1203cc liquid-cooled, 60 degrees, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder,  V-twin
  • Bore x stroke: 102mm x 73.6mm
  • Compression: 12.5:1
  • Power: 89kW @ 8250rpm
  • Torque: 115Nm @ 6000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed, chain drive
  • Suspension: 43mm USD forks; mono shock; 150mm travel
  • Dry weight: 221kg
  • Clearance: 183mm
  • Length: 2286mm
  • Seat: 840mm
  • Wheelbase: 1524mm
  • Lean angle: 43 degrees
  • Brakes: 320mm discs with 4-piston caliber; 265mm disc with 2-piston caliber, ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70R19; 150/80R18


Oceania Rookies Cup calendar revealed for 2019

Six-round championship confirmed for new junior road racing academy.

Source: Supplied.

Unveiled by Motorcycling Australia (MA) in September, the all-new bLU cRU Oceania Rookies Cup now has an official calendar for its inaugural season next year.

The Australian junior road racing academy will run in conjunction with Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), attending five of the seven rounds on offer.

The Oceania Rookies Cup first time out on track will be the official ASBK Test at Phillip Island on 2-3 February, while the opening race of the season is set to go down at Wakefield Park 22-24 March.

The rookies will then head to Broadford State Motorcycle Complex in Victoria on 6-7 April for round two – their first and only non-ASBK round – before traveling to Queensland for round three at Morgan Park Raceway on 5-7 July.

From 6-8 September, the junior contenders will head to Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria for round four, followed by an outing at Phillip Island on 4-6 October for penultimate stop.

Rounding out the 2019 season, the show will head to Sydney Motorsport Park on 1-3 November, marking the final round of the bLU cRU Oceania Rookies Cup along with ASBK finale.

2019 Oceania Rookies Cup calendar:
Rd1 – 22-24 March – Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
Rd2 – 6-7 April – Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, VIC
Rd3 – 5-7 July – Morgan Park Raceway, QLD
Rd4 – 6-8 September – Winton Motor Raceway, VIC
Rd5 – 4-6 October – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC
Rd6 – 1-3 November – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW