Got your Christmas shopping done yet? Better get a wriggle on, because Santa has kicked over his Ural outfit and is loading up with pressies as we speak. So it’s a good time to think about a few motorcycle-related gift sugestions to look forward to. Top of which, of course, would be a Ride Forever coaching course. Luckily, you’ve got until 18 December to take advantage of our Spring Promotion, meaning any course you book before then is free! Find out more in:
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In other news, we cover a flurry of new models from MV Agusta, two new ‘bike reviews,introduce you to the Single Point of Truth and invite you to check out our website upgrades!
Our upgraded website
There’s a fresh new look to our website along with easier navigation. Hopefully, it has made the experience better for anyone visiting and we’ve even changed the background colour on longer articles to white, which should make reading easier too. Good job, as we have a lot of new content online, including a couple of 'bike reviews…
BMW G 310 R and Triumph Street Triple S LAMS reviews
Learners really are spoilt for choice these days, and having the chance to road test and review two machines back to back from BMW and Triumph targeting learners provided an interesting perspective. The little BMW shaped up as a classy and endearing machine, and a perfect introduction to riding for a learner. The new Triumph – always the Rolls-Royce choice in the LAMS category – proved to be astonishingly fast, and probably better suited to competent riders navigating towards their road licence. Both LAMS compliant, but very, very different:
BMW G 310 R review
Triumph Street Triple 660 S review
All the facts, in one place
Most riders tend to think they know a lot about motorcycling, and tell others, but in an era of social media, 'fake news' traveles faster than ever, and the real facts about motorcycling, accident rates etc. were held by different people in different places - NZTA, Ministry of Transport, ACC, NZ Police and so on.
No longer! MSAC and ACC have put together a 'Single Point of Truth' document, updated as necessary, that brings together all the important facts about riding in New Zealand. It includes motorcycle owner, accident rates and causes, which groups of riders and types of 'bike are most at risk: the whole gamut. Some of the info might surprise you.
Not long ago, model launches from MV Agusta were few and far between, in keeping with its status as a niche manufacturer. But as the Italian marque heads more mainstream, its range has grown accordingly and the announcements come thick and fast. No less than five new models were announced earlier this month: the Brutale 800 RC, the Brutale Dragster 800 RC, the Brutale 800 RR Pirelli, and new F3s in 675 RC and 800 RC guises. All to coincide with EICMA, of course. Is it possible to have too much beauty?
Kiwi World Speed Record attempt
Our mate Ferg has been cracking on with preparing his standard 1970 Triumph Bonneville for an attempt at the 650cc pushrod production World Speed Record. The engine is out, and a bunch of trick valve-train components have arrived from the USA. The strip down begins:
Bonneville world record attempt - part two