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MV Agusta Reveal Their 2019 Moto2 Race Bike

MV Agusta have spent 42 years away from Grand Prix racing, and are finally set to return to Moto2 in 2019. 

Partnering with Forward Racing, the Italian marque will use a steel trellis frame flanked by aluminium side plates, an aluminium swingarm, Ohlins suspensions and a brand new 2019 765cc Triumph Moto2 engine. Triumph will also be joining the frey with their own chassis offering using the same engine. 

"I am really proud to see the dream to re-join the Motorcycling World Championship come true," said MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni. 

"I would like to thank all our engineers, technicians and designers, plus the staff of the Forward Racing Team for having carried out this project in such a short amount of time. 

"I want to express my gratitude to Giovanni Cuzari, as he believed in us and pushed us to do our best. Of course there is still a lot of work ahead of us, but step by step we will improve our competitiveness.”

Forward Racing's Giovanni Cuzari added: “I have been chasing this dream since Claudio [Castiglioni’s] era. Many times I have insisted with MV Agusta for a return in MotoGP, and, when Giovanni has taken the place of his father, I have often encouraged him to believe in such an ambitious project. 

"Finally he did it, and today, 42 years later, we will take the first steps with the Moto2 MV Agusta prototype. I am very emotional but aware that this is only a first outing, and that there is a huge amount of work ahead of us. 

"I got to know closely the Castiglioni Research Centre, the true heart of MV Agusta,

and now I’m convinced that we have everything to accomplish a great project: the passion and professionalism of the group guided by Paolo Bianchi, together with my fantastic team, which I thank individually, is definitely the right mix to be able to aim for the best. 

"Today’s is a starting point to get to bring this brand back really high. A special thanks goes to all those who supported and support this project, now the attention goes to the track.”

Brian Gillen, Project Leader has expressed that the switch from Honda to Triumph engines and change in engine management yielded the perfect opportunity to enter Moto2.

“It’s a few years now that we are thinking about a return to the Motorcycling World Championship and with the modification of the regulations of the Moto2 category for 2019 it’s the perfect opportunity to express our technical know-how, that we developed during the last six years in which we raced in Superbike and Supersport," Gillen said.

"The Moto2 project is an ambitious one and we are involving our R&D resources and all our racing experience in order to develop a completely new bike, which differs from all the others and which reflects the values of MV Agusta.”

MV Agusta and Forward Racing haven't announced their riders for next year though, with Forward's current riders' futures undecided at the present. 

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Honda's All-New 2019 CRF450L Hits Australian Shores This Month

Honda's all-new, LAMS Approved, road-registered CRF450L is due to hit Australian shores this month. 

Using the CRF450R moto-crosser as a base, Honda’s new road-legal dual-purpose motorcycle has a tough, lightweight chassis built to find all the available grip, powered by an engine that delivers strong, usable power right from the bottom. Durable, high quality parts aim for a worry-free riding and ownership experience.

It is unmistakably a race-bred CRF – and looks it – but with the additions and modifications needed to be the road-legal dual-purpose Enduro we’ve been waiting for. As such, the CRF450L is a complete package, as happy roosting trails as it is linking them up on-road. It’s still a CRF450R; just one that’s quieter, from the engine to the new exhaust. Both fuelling and ignition maps are now managed by an 02 lambda sensor; compression ratio has been lowered and crank mass increased for improved drivability. The gearbox is a 6-speed – for longer legs on the road – and a cush drive has been added to the 18-inch Enduro spec rear wheel.

The plastics are lifted directly from the CRF450R and all lighting is LED, with the front headlight in particular throwing out a penetrating beam. Increased volume for the titanium fuel tank adds range and all the items that make the CRF450L ready to purchase as a licensed, road going machine – such as speedometer, horn, indicators and mirrors – are standard. When it’s a Honda, build quality and superior engineering are always a given, but this is where the CRF450L really stands out; it is designed to go 32,000km between major strip downs! From the trail-rider’s perspective, that’s all you want and need - something that is beyond reliable and expected of a new Honda Enduro machine. The CRF450L raises the bar in all areas.

While the chassis was more straightforward to convert from its CRF450R moto-crosser specification to a dual-purpose performance level, the 449cc engine needed adaptation for road compliance and to ensure it was usable for a wide variety of riders in many differing situations both on and off-road.

While the fundamental architecture of the four-valve Unicam powerplant remains the same, many details have been changed to support the broader role: the crank’s mass has been increased, resulting in 13% more inertia which, for a trail rider, equals improved torque feel and response; valve timing has been revised to give the broader, smoother spread of power and torque; the gearbox is now 6-speed, rather than 5 for longer range use on tarmac; left and right engine covers wear outer covers to reduce noise; Elsewhere, the ACG has been uprated, to provide the required electrical power for the LED lights and to maintain battery charge during lower-speed running. The battery itself is a high-volume unit (Lithium Ion) Bore and stroke are unchanged from the CRf450R, at 96mm x 62.1mm, but the piston uses 3 rings instead of 1 for greater durability. Compression ratio is 12.0:1 (compared 13.5:1).

The redesigned airbox feeds the PGM-FI, managed by a lambda sensor in the large-volume single exhaust (which replaces the ‘stubby’ dual-pipe design of the CRF450R). An Air Injection (AI) system and catalyser clean up the spent gases. The four-valve Unicam cylinder head features a finger rocker arm on the inlet valves; valve lift 7.7mm and exhaust valve lift is 6.7mm. Inlet valve diameter is 38mm. The valve springs are oval in cross section and valve angle is 9° intake/10.5° exhaust. The clutch spins 7 friction discs with a 2mm clutch plate efficiently dissipating heat; the springs generate a good, consistent connection.

Having received a ground-up redesign in 2016, the CRF450Rs chassis was a perfect place for the CRF450L to start from, with changes to match the machine’s vastly broader usage range and road legal mission.

Firstly, the tapered dual-spar aluminium beam frame was made slightly wider at the swingarm pivot points, to allow for the greater engine width resulting from the 6-speed gearbox. The headstock was modified to mount a steering lock and the aluminium swingarm injected with urethane to reduce noise. The rear subframe is the same, with mounting point adjusted to take the taillight and the right-exit single exhaust muffler. Rake and trail are set at 28.2°/123mm with wheelbase increased 3mm from the CRF450R to 1495mm, for greater stability. Both the R and the L feature 22mm fork offset and the same 466mm swingarm pivot point height. Kerb weight is 131.5kg.

A 49mm Showa steel-sprung USD fork – adjustable for preload plus compression damping – is matched by a fully adjustable Showa rear shock, operated through Pro-Link. A 260mm wave-pattern disc delivers effective heat dissipation, power and feel from the two-piston brake caliper working it; a matching 240mm wave-pattern disc and single-piston caliper is at the rear. Whereas the CRF450R machine uses a 19-inch rear wheel, the CRF450L has an 18-inch (to fit enduro-spec tyres), with the addition of a cush drive to absorb chain shock; a sealed 520 chain is protected by a plastic chain guard. The front wheel is a 21-inch and both rims are finished in black. Tyres are sized 80/100-21 front and 120/80-18 rear.

The CRF450L carries the true CRF heritage, but with styling derived from Honda's new-gen CRF-R model directive, including the durable film-insert graphics and stream lined bodywork. Also carried over are the rear mudguard, side panels and bash plate. Svelte side shrouds hide a larger radiator volume plus electric fan. All lighting (including the indicators and license plate light) is LED; a speedometer, horn, brake-light switch and mirrors satisfy legal requirements while a side stand adds convenience. The titanium fuel tank is 7.6L and the fuel cap locks in place.


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Two new Yamaha Sports Tourers break cover

Launched three years ago, the Tracer 900 has quickly become established as the definitive Sport Tourer in the growing sub-1000cc class. Now for 2018, major upgrades are designed to build on Tracer’s strengths as one of today's most versatile and exciting all rounders. And the lightweight triple is now available in both standard variant without panniers and GT with panniers and more.

For 2018 Yamaha's team of designers have concentrated on reinforcing the much loved strengths and values of the Tracer 900, while also introducing a range of updates and changes that are aimed at enhancing the bike's touring potential - as well as delivering an even more refined, high quality product.

Improved wind protection and refined body

There's a larger windscreen that offers better upper body weather protection for a more relaxing and enjoyable ride on longer journeys - and with its manual height adjustment facility, it can be quickly set to the desired position. For enhanced passenger comfort the 2018 model also features a revised passenger footrest assembly together with the newly designed grab bars.

Yamaha's designers have also made subtle but efficient revisions to all of the body panels and covers in order to improve the overall look, feel and quality of the 2018 model. A new air intake area on the front cowl gives a more refined appearance, and the design of the fuel tank's sidepanels and sidewings are also revised to enhance the overall style.

Revised rear geometry for improved touring characteristics

For 2018 the Tracer 900 is equipped with a newly designed aluminium swingarm (left) as well as revised rear shock settings to further enhance the bike's touring performance, allowing the installation of genuine hard side cases.

Increased rider and passenger comfort

Both the rider's and passenger's seats are new for 2018, and as well as giving higher levels of comfort, they also enhance the premium look and feel of the Tracer 900. The rider's seat can be adapted for height in two positions, high and low, to accommodate your personal riding style. Plus, there's a soft pad on the tank for added rider comfort on longer journeys.

The Tracer 900 also benefits from narrower handlebars together with slimmer and lighter hand guards (above right). The new layout gives a more natural riding position for added comfort, and the new handlebars help to keep the rider's arms out of the airflow at higher speeds - and the reduced width also helps to improve the bike's lane filtering abilities - where permitted.

2018 Tracer 900 new features

  • More refined, high quality body panel design
  • Narrower handlebars with lighter and slimmer hand guards
  • Newly designed seating for increased rider/passenger comfort
  • New 1-hand adjustable windscreen for better weather protection
  • Revised rear geometry for improved touring characteristics
  • New passenger footrest assembly gives greater comfort
  • New passenger grab bars
  • New rear fender

Tracer 900 technical highlights

  • 847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine
  • Assist and Slipper (A&S) clutch
  • 3-mode Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tracer-specific D-MODE selectable running modes
  • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminium frame
  • Large capacity long-range 18-litre fuel tank
  • Main stand and ABS fitted as standard equipment

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TEAMMOTO YAMAHA DEALER TO FIND OUT MORE

 


2018 Tracer 900GT - Premium specification comes standard

Joining Yamaha's Sport Touring range for 2018 is the Tracer 900GT, a new model that comes with a premium specification as standard. Developed from the Tracer 900 and sharing the same 2018 specification upgrades, the Tracer 900GT is designed to offer sport touring riders the ultimate package at a competitive price.

Genuine hard side cases fitted as standard

The Tracer 900GT comes fitted with quickly detachable 22-litre genuine hard side cases as standard (right), allowing its rider to get up and go from day one.

Full colour TFT instrument panel

Tracer 900GT riders get a unique view from the cockpit, with the latest TFT (Thin Film Transistor)instrument panel (right). Featuring a full colour display, these high specification instrument panel comes with a comprehensive range of information, including gear position indicator, ambient temperature, coolant temperature, current riding mode, fuel gauge and fuel consumption.

Premium suspension

The Tracer 900GT is equipped with a premium suspension package that features fully adjustable front forks offering the rider the ability to set their bike up to suit different loads and conditions. These fully adjustable forks come with a beautiful gold finish.

For easy and convenient suspension set up when carrying a passenger or luggage, the Tracer 900GT features a remote preload adjuster for the rear shock. It's the quick and effective way to set the bike up.

Quick Shift System (QSS)

The Tracer 900GT's Quick Shift System transforms acceleration performance of the bike by allowing the rider to make seamless clutchless upshifts. Based on the system used on the latest MT-09, the QSS gives this premium Sport Tourer an even more exciting character that's sure to be appreciated by performance minded riders.

Cruise Control

The Tracer 900GT also benefits from the fitment of a cruise control system as standard equipment (right). It's the same system that's used on the MT-10, and can be set to control the riding speed in fourth, fifth and sixth gear when riding between 50 km/h and 180 km/h. This system is operated by a switch on the left handlebar cluster, and can be used to increase or decrease cruising speed in 2 km/h increments.

Advantages include reduced right arm and hand fatigue on long journeys, and also being able to maintain a constant speed when riding on hilly or uneven roads - as well as being able to set a speed that complies with speed limits that are 40 km/h or above. The system is automatically cancelled by the application of brakes, clutch or throttle, and features a resume button that allows the rider to reset to the previous setting.

Heated grips

The Tracer 900GT is an all weather, all season motorcycle that's built to get across continents, and the provision of heated grips is a real bonus for the serious Sport Touring rider.

2018 Tracer 900GT exclusive features

  • Hard side cases fitted as standard
  • Full colour TFT instrument panel (Thin Film Transistor)
  • Fully adjustable gold coloured upside down front forks
  • Rear shock with remote preload adjuster
  • Quick Shift System (QSS) for seamless upshifting
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated grips

Tracer 900GT technical highlights

  • 847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine
  • Assist and Slipper (A&S) clutch
  • 3-mode Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tracer-specific D-MODE selectable running modes
  • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminium frame
  • Large capacity long-range 18-litre fuel tank
  • Main stand and ABS fitted as standard equipment

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TEAMMOTO YAMAHA DEALER TO FIND OUT MORE

 


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Three Mates, a Desert and Their Yamaha WR250R's!

3 childhood friends (Mick, Panda & Captain Risky) have embarked on a journey of a lifetime, riding their 3 WR250R's from our Yamaha Gold Coast Dealership, across the Simpson Desert via the French Line, and then back again Via Rigg Road. They purchased their bikes back from our GC dealership back in October 2017, and have been preparing ever since. A lot of work has gone into this trip, including bucket loads of modifications to each bike, including custom suspension by Charlie Costanzo, Scotts Steering Stabilizers, Safari tanks, B&B bashplates' the list is huge, and their adventure they've just begun will be the same! Good luck boys, from everyone at TeamMoto Yamaha Gold Coast.

See where they are heading with the planned route below:

APPROX 4500kms in 15 DAYS

  • DAY 1: Gold Coast to Dalby
  • DAY 2: Dalby to Quilpie
  • DAY 3: Quilpie to Birdsville
  • DAY 4,5,6 and 7: Birdsville to Mt Dare via the French Lin/ Simpson Desert Crossing
  • DAY 8,9,10 and 11: Mt Dare to Birdsville via Rigg Road
  • DAY 12 and 13: Birdsville Races to unwind and relax
  • DAY 14: Birdsville to Quilpie
  • DAY 15: Quilpie to Dalby
  • DAY 16: Dalby to Gold Coast
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