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F9n4wBgwqsTANtCGGkCIqVWill gradually adopt low-carbon aluminium in the drive toward carbon-neutral materials

Yamaha Motor announced today that it has reached an agreement with an aluminium ingot supplier for the procurement of green aluminium, and began using it as a raw material for parts in Yamaha motorcycles in February 2023. This is the first time¹ for green aluminium to be used in Japanese motorcycles and Yamaha Motor plans to gradually expand its usage in models going forward.

“Green aluminium” is aluminium that is refined using renewable energy sources to emit around 60% less CO2 in its manufacture compared to traditionally refined aluminium. Of course, the percentage of less emission by renewable energy depends per manufacturer. Aluminum parts account for 12% to 31%² of the total vehicle weight of a motorcycle, so adopting green aluminum is one effective approach for reducing CO₂ emissions from the raw material manufacturing part of a product’s life cycle (falls under Scope 3 Category 1 emissions for supply chains).

Through the development of its engineering and production technologies and expertise, Yamaha Motor has actively pushed the use of recycled aluminum, which now comprises some 80%³ of Yamaha Motor's aluminum usage. This introduction of green aluminum is meant to complement this and will be employed for parts that still cannot be manufactured with recycled materials. As a first step, Yamaha Motor will utilize green aluminum for certain parts in its large-displacement and off-road competition motorcycles, and Yamaha Motor plans to expand the number of models using the material in the future as available supply volumes allow.cq5dam.web.2000.2000In line with the Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050, the company is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality⁴ throughout all of its business activities—including its entire supply chain—by 2050. To realize this, Yamaha Motor has set a goal of switching to 100% sustainable materials by 2050, such as adopting more plant-derived resin materials, developing recyclable polypropylene, and adopting green materials and other recycled materials for its motorcycles manufactured in Japan and overseas.


Husqvarna Motorcycles is excited to unveil the Norden 901 Expedition – a new and highly capable touring machine designed to offer endless exploration. Expertly assembled with premium Technical Accessories to improve ease of use, the Norden 901 Expedition comes complete with long travel WP XPLOR suspension to ensure all riders can explore further for longer. The new travel motorcycle is finished with a striking new colour scheme to signify its outstanding capabilities both on and offroad.The new Norden 901 Expedition 2023Guaranteeing the Norden 901 Expedition excels across the roughest terrain, the new offroad-specific WP XPLOR suspension with 240 mm of travel is fitted to both the front and rear of the motorcycle. This premium, fully adjustable suspension gives riders the opportunity to fine-tune the compression, rebound, and preload settings to create a personalised set-up based on their individual preferences.Norden 901 Expedition 2023 7Contributing to maximum rider comfort on all long-distance adventures, the Norden 901 Expedition is equipped with many of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Technical Accessories as standard. For early morning starts and especially beneficial for riders exploring colder climates, the adjustable heated grips and rider’s seat provide instant warmth. Additionally, rider fatigue is reduced considerably with the fitment of a new Touring Windshield. Deflecting wind around the motorcycle, particularly at higher speeds, riders are fully protected and able to discover new worlds in complete comfort.Norden 901 Expedition 2023 8Turning journeys into expeditions, this convenient new travel motorcycle is built to begin any adventure straight from the showroom thanks to the pre-fitted Side Bag Set. This neat luggage solution integrates perfectly with the bodywork and offers up to 36 litres of storage capacity.Norden 901 Expedition 2023 10Powered by an 889 cc parallel-twin engine producing 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque, the Norden 901 Expedition offers a broad spread of smooth, controllable power, which is particularly efficient across challenging offroad terrain. Housed inside the steel trellis frame, the versatile engine works together with the chromium-molybdenum chassis to provide exceptional agility, rider feedback, and comfort throughout the longest of riding days.Norden 901 Expedition 2023 15Completing the build and improving ease-of-maintenance and protection on the longest of riding days, a new centre stand, engine guard, and Connectivity Unit are fitted as standard to enhance every adventure. With the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app installed onto a smartphone, and with the device paired to the motorcycle’s Connectivity Unit via Bluetooth, riders will benefit from downloadable maps, Turn-by-Turn+ navigation, Call-In, Call-Out, and view real-time traffic information. Music selection and volume can also be controlled safely while riding using the handlebar-mounted buttons.

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Technical highlights:

  • WP XPLOR suspension offers longer travel (240 mm) and full adjustability
  • Heated grips and rider seat for cold weather comfort
  • Touring Windshield for reduced fatigue on extended rides
  • Side Bag Set offers convenient storage
  • Centre Stand for easier maintenance
  • Heavy duty Skid Plate for complete protection of tank and engine
  • Connectivity Unit provides Turn-by-Turn+ navigation, Call-In, Call-Out, and music selection from the rider’s smartphone
  • Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app available from Apple AppStore and Google Playstore
  • Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame with engine as stressed member
  • 889 cc parallel-twin engine with 105 hp peak power and 100 Nm of torque
  • Four selectable ride modes (Street, Rain, Offroad, Explorer)
  • Cutting-edge, switchable cornering ABS with Offroad mode
  • Easy Shift function
  • Cornering-sensitive traction control allows for nine levels of adjustable rear wheel slip (in Explorer mode)
  • Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC)
  • Tubeless spoked wheels in offroad dimensions and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres for maximum performance on the street and offroad
  • Large capacity 19-litre fuel tank provides an extended range of up to 400 km

Norden 901 Expedition 2023 17To be fully prepared for all conditions, the Functional Apparel Collection features riding gear produced for the Norden rider that delivers the highest levels of protection, functionality, and comfort. In addition, further customisation of the Norden 901 Expedition can be achieved with the extensive line-up of Technical Accessories designed to add protection, performance, and visual highlights.

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ 2023 Norden 901 Expedition will start to be available from March 2023 onwards at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers. Availability may differ from country to country. For all details on pricing and availability, please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer.

2023 KTM 890 SMT Put your credit card back in the wallet. Don’t click on that “BUY” button. Hold that order a little longer. We’ve got a treat planned.

24th of April 2023, sees the return of the popular KTM SMT.

Unique character. Addictive power. A Sport Tourer with a throttle-blast. KTM is proud to have taken the SMT, shaken the formula and added some READY TO RACE magic. These Adventure motorcycles and Naked bikes have had their own way for far too long. It’s time to turn over the tarmac once again with a classic.

It’s not fake news, the SMT is coming back, hell yeah!
Want to be one of the first to know more? Hit on the link here!

Barend du Toit Image from the 2023 Husqvarna Racing Team launch 1jpgThe Husqvarna Racing teams are looking to make waves in 2023 across the 3 disciplines of racing.

Barend Du Toit joins the team to compete in the volatile MX125 class onboard the brand-new TC125. Joining him on the Motocross front is Davin Cocker who will once again compete in the MX2 class and looks to add to his podium finish from 2022 before he sustained a season-ending injury. Last but certainly not least is Josh Mlimi who will take on the MX1 class onboard his FC450.Davin Cocker Image from the 2023 Husqvarna Team Launch 159The Cross Country team also sees Ryan Pelser joining the stables who will take part in the OR3 class, after finishing in the runner-up spot last year. Ryan looks to improve his position and compete for Championship Honours. Team veteran, Davin Cocker has moved up to the OR2 class to put him into a position to fight for overall wins as well as class glory.Heinrich Aust Image from the 2 023 Husqvarna Team Launch 121Travis Teasdale, a well-known name in racing, has joined the Husqvarna Enduro team onboard his TE300 and will take up the challenge in the E2 National Enduro and Extreme Enduro championship. Joining him on the Enduro scene is young gun Heinrich Aust. The likable youngster has returned from injury and is hungry to get back to his winning ways of the past and prove himself in the ever-competitive Enduro championship. 

Team manager, Grant Frerichs, was struggling to keep his smile back when commenting on the team for the year's challenge ahead. “We have made some vital changes in the team for this year and the excitement from the new athletes have added to the enthusiasm of the other riders. We are going racing with championship competitors across the board and I look forward to lots of success in 2023 with the Husqvarna racing squad.”


2023 KTM RACING TEAM SA 2The KTM racing teams are set to continue their winning ways from 2022 with many familiar faces returning to the Ready To Race stables again in 2023! 

The Red Bull KTM team consists of 4 familiar faces and will field two number 1 machines in the form of Luke Grundy in the MX125 class and Cameron Durow in the MX2 class. Durow is the stand-alone MX1 rider and after his runner-up finish last year in the championship he is definitely the person to beat in both these classes. Joining Grundy in the MX125 class will be last year's MX 85 National Champion, Trey Cox who looks to wet his feet and prove his worth in the highly competitive 2-stroke 125cc class. Jonothan Mlimi rounds off the team in the MX2 class, returning to the class after his maiden outing last year. Mlimi is hungry to get back to his winning ways of the past and add to his, already impressive, championship tally on his 250 SX-F.

The Brother Leader Tread KTM Cross Country team remains unchanged in the rider line-up but will field Kerim Fitz-Gerald in the seniors class for the first time. Matthew Wilson will return to defend his 2022 Championship in the OR3 class while Scott Heygate fights for his first championship in the OR2 class. Bradley Cox heads up the OR1 class and looks to regain his number 1 plate again in 2023.Image from the 2023 KTM Team Launch captured by Sage Lee Voges for ZCMC Media 194The Brother Leader Tread KTM Enduro team has had an injection of new blood in the form of Dylan Jones in the E1 class. William Slater will return to the team, after a successful first outing for the team at the 2022 Roof of Africa. Although the youngest on the team, Matthew Stevens is the longest-standing member and steps up onto the 150 EXC this year to compete in the high school class. Image from the 2023 KTM Team Launch captured by Sage Lee Voges for ZCMC Media 181Grant Frerichs, the team manager, commented, “We are looking forward to another great year of racing with the team. We have competitive riders across all the racing facets and the vibe across the entire team is unrivaled. We kick off the season next weekend with the first round of Motocross and we are definitely ‘Ready to Race’!Image from the 2023 KTM Team Launch captured by Sage Lee Voges for ZCMC Media 122

BRABUS 1300 R The first-ever BRABUS 1-Second-Wow effect on two wheels is going dark with the world premiere of the next chapter in the collaboration between leading European motorcycle manufacturer KTM and world-renowned German luxury mobility brand BRABUS.

Following the luxury mobility brand’s initial entry into the world of exclusive modern motorcycling, this highly limited special edition is the follow-up to the exclusive BRABUS 1300 R released in 2022. A direct evolution of its predecessor, characterized by the best of both brands, new signature features and an entirely unique identity of its own. Production will be limited to 290 units, available in selected markets, opening the door to an elite range of BRABUS Night Riders. Bold. Luxurious. Badass. The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23.BRABUS 1300 R 1
The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 is luxurious design, BRABUS typical attention to detail and ultra-limited exclusivity. Conceptualized to make a statement and merge pure, luxury infused energy with undaunted Naked bike precision. The new Edition 23 represents the very best of both brands in its aggressively elegant looks, functionality and power.

Returning and enhanced highlight ingredients of the BRABUS design DNA – including two legacy paint schemes, forged BRABUS Monoblock Z wheels, high-end carbon body elements and a stylish bespoke seat, treated with expert attention to detail by the BRABUS interior specialists in Bottrop, Germany – define the motorbike’s exceedingly unique and sporty character while ensuring an instant 1-Second-Wow factor.BRABUS 1300 R 2The platform of the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 remains the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO. As KTM’s evolution in performance-built motorbikes, this model offers the best in cutting-edge riding experiences, uncompromising ergonomics and the bike’s beating heart: an exceptional LC8 V-Twin engine producing 180 hp at 9,500 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm out of its 1,301 cc. The BRABUS dual-pipe slip-on exhaust underscores its unmistakable character as well as its massive sound.

The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 maintains and expands its ‘Black and Bold’ identity with a collection of new features. A distinctive headlight mask, complete with exposed-carbon side fairing, power domes as well as BRABUS Signature Stripes in the air scoop accentuate the Edition 23’s unique face. Redesigned side panels and air-ducts serve as a further homage to decades of experience in processing prepreg carbon fibre.BRABUS 1300 R 3In keeping with the design’s sporty, aggressive flair, the ultra-lightweight carbon fibre one-piece undertray now features an all-new pillion seat cover. Adopting the design cues of the ignition cover and matching the body colour, this upgrade gives the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 a more compact and powerful silhouette. The seat has been reupholstered to feature the BRABUS “Crest” stitching pattern. Finally, all-new handlebar end mirrors were purpose-built to round off the motorbike’s one-of-a-kind appearance while allowing for precise adjustments.

Inspired by the design of the brand’s fleet of exclusive 1-Second-Wow supercars, the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 is also equipped with BRABUS Monoblock Z forged wheels. State-of-the-art manufacturing processes and a brand-new finish in “Platinum Black” ensure a hallmark BRABUS look as well as maximum strength.BRABUS 1300 R 4To add an extra touch of unique individuality, the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 is offered in two definitive colour schemes – “Superblack” and “Stealth Gray”. Production will be limited to 145 units for both variants, available in selected markets.

From a technical standpoint, the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 utilizes the latest WP APEX semi-active suspension technology. This allows riders to select between six dedicated damping modes - COMFORT, STREET, SPORT, TRACK, ADVANCED – at leisure or in AUTO mode, which automatically adapts to road as well as riding conditions.

Highlight features and bespoke parts include:

// BRABUS Sign of excellence with limited-edition number
// BRABUS Monoblock Z lightweight 9-spoke “Platinum Black” forged wheels
// BRABUS slip-on double-pipe exhaust • BRABUS custom-made heated seat
// BRABUS start-up animation
// BRABUS colour scheme for the dashboard
// UNIQUE black frame
// BRABUS carbon fibre air ducts
// BRABUS carbon fibre headlight mask
// BRABUS carbon fibre belly pan
// BRABUS CNC-machined triple clamp
// BRABUS CNC-machined adjustable front brake and clutch lever
// BRABUS CNC-machined adjustable foot pegs
// BRABUS CNC-machined reservoirs and oil tank caps
// BRABUS pillion seat cover
// BRABUS handlebar end mirrors
// Carbon fibre undertray with short license plate holder
// LED turn indicators with integrated brake lights
// WP APEX semi-active suspension
// WP PRO COMPONENTS (WP APEX PRO 7117) steering damper
// 5 riding modes (STREET - SPORT - RAIN - PERFORMANCE - TRACK)
// Quick turn throttle twist grip
// Heated grips
// Lightweight Li-Ion battery
// Various carbon fibre parts

Beyond offering an extraordinary riding experience, the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 makes an undeniable statement of luxury, exclusivity, and BRABUS heritage styling. The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 will be available exclusively through the official KTM.com pre-order web page.

HERE for the pre-order page. Pre-orders will start on February 16th @ 15:00 CET.

066323aa ad66 14c0 c0f7 0a5e8bec3901Concrete test for the riders of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in Malaysia: Luca Marini is first, while Marco Bezzecchi eighth, in the combined standings

Sepang (Malaysia), February 12th 2023 – A more than constructive first approach to the Ducati Desmosedici GP for the duo of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team: Luca Marini leaves behind the first official test of the 2023 season with the absolute best lap time (he was the fastest also in Valencia last November). Three demanding days and uncertain weather with Marco Bezzecchi in P8.8fa1a2e4 593a 9108 a8da e38eeebc1a25In the slipstream of the strongest guys after the Day1 and very fast under the rain yesterday, Luca is the protagonist of a last and significant step forward today. At the end of the day, after dedicating himself to a positive sprint race simulation, he scores an excellent 1.57.889.
Leader after the first two days thanks to the lap signed on Friday (1'58.470), Marco closes in crescendo, satisfied with the progress made during the test and managing to improve his best up to 1.58.363.
For both, the next appointment, in three weeks, is in Portimao for the last MotoGP test before the first race, also in Portugal, on March 26th.716c56f6 94e6 9370 9292 5b69d73d0f12LUCA MARINI

A good start and a fantastic test: we followed the program and we fully done it. We made some good steps forward in terms of engine brake, traction and front feeling. If I had to describe it, but not only for the lap time, the perfect test! I also kept a good pace in the sprint race, low 59, and I also attempted some overtaking simulations. We needed to better understand how to deal with this type of distance because it will be a demanding race. The standings amazed me, there are 20 riders in 1 second of gap. The level is very high, anyone can win, but the important thing is to stay there.9d384d0b e2dc e063 de03 f0370d08cd78

KTM and MOTOREX celebrate 20 years of allianceThe KTM Group’s racing and production alliance with high quality lubricant firm, Motorex, will reach two decades of longevity in 2023. A renewed deal between Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and the Swiss specialists will continue to see Motorex as the ‘first fill’ choice for the KTM Group’s brands as well as the principal option in various world championship race disciplines.

KTM and Motorex marked a strong momentum of progress, growth and outstanding success since the first formalisation between the companies for competition in 2003. Motorex, established in Langenthal, Switzerland over 105 years ago was able to bring their immaculate production standards and advanced oil solutions to the KTM serial production line as well a race paddocks around the world.KTM and MOTOREX celebrate 20 years of alliance 1KTM claimed the first of their 19 DAKAR rally victories in 2001 and then counted on Motorex’s contribution through a run of rally supremacy. The same lofty standards towards product development and first-class solutions have helped amassed over 330 FIM world titles to the KTM archive, running through Grand Prix wins and podium appearances in Enduro and MXGP (where KTM owned premier class crowns from 2010-2014, 2017, 2018 and 2021, and MX2 championships in 2004, 2008-2014, 2016-2020 and 2022), AMA Supercross and AMA Pro National Motocross and MotoGP™, Moto3™ and Moto2™.

Motorex’s has not only affected peerless achievement on track but has been a notable ingredient in the thrilling performance and character of KTM production motorcycles, especially during the expansion of the portfolio that saw the Austrian company post another record sales year in 2022 with over 375,000 units sold worldwide.

Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board, KTM AG: “KTM and Motorex is a shining example of two partners with mutual goals for the best possible standards. We have a long and exciting story together, both in racing and with how we have been able to expand our production and reach. Motorex will continue to be our premium lubricant for every motorcycle that rolls out of our factory and will be present in a great many of our immensely successful race teams. We’ve come two decades together and we hope for more.”

Edi Fischer, CEO, and Ronald Kabella, Director of Powersports at MOTOREX AG:“Trust and reliability are essential qualities in any partnership. And numerous joint projects in the areas of first fill, series production, the global aftermarket and racing over the past 20 years have only served to strengthen them. Even after nearly 120 world championships involving countless hours of nervous anticipation, nail-biting and finger-crossing at the race track, our collaboration has lost none of its allure. Both partners are thoroughly convinced that the partnership between KTM and MOTOREX will deliver more interesting results in the future too. And we're proud to play our part in the continuing success story of the KTM GROUP going forward.”

sukAt the recent Classic TT even, held at Red Star, Suzuki were happy to unveil their new 2023 V-Strom 1050DE. With a wealth of updates, including a 21-inch front wheel, and a bag full of new electronics, it'll certainly be a great addition to the big-capacity Adventure bike market.

Go to www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za for more details.