Australian Motorcyclist8 min read
Good, Better… Best?
AS I’M SURE YOU’LL recall, Voltaire said, “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”. And so, New Zealand’s South Island regularly eclipses the North for visiting motorcyclists. Is that fair? There is probably no doubt that the South Island’s package of attract
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Alliteration Around The World
IMTBIKE, ONE OF MY favourite operators, is incorporating Córdoba as a destination in its incredible tour through Andalusia. Cordoba is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Declared a World heritage Site, Cordoba is a living legacy of history th
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
BMW Gs Safari
THE GS SAFARI was an Australian idea born back in 1994 and was an event that included both road and adventure BMW motorcycles for a mostly bitumen ride. The roles of the ‘Safari’ concept/event split a few years later with both the TS (road) Safari an
Australian Motorcyclist9 min read
What Say You
WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, the letters are among the most keenly read parts of the magazine. Please try and keep letters down to no more than 300 words.Then you can read many, not just a couple.We do reserve the right to cut them and, unless you ident
Australian Motorcyclist6 min read
Yamaha R3
YAMAHA HAS reinvented the RD250/350LC of years past in the 2019 R3. Many of you have probably spat out your Earl Grey tea at the very thought a modern small capacity machine could bring back those heady days of two-stroke freedom and performance, but
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Being Annoyed 101
You might have noticed in the most recent issue that I have decided to limit the negative stuff in my columns, to the point of dropping the ‘Grizzling’ column entirely. Well, was that a challenge to the Fates, or what! Picture the scene. I am in Grif
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Benelli Trk 502x
WHEN SOMEONE in your industry has a highly successful model, the temptation must be just about irresistible to produce your own version of that bike. In fact we know it’s irresistible; take the most successful bike of recent decades, BMW’s (now 1250)
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
No Forgiveness
And the more dangerous it is, the more enjoyment there is in doing it. Cheating death is the ultimate rush. Nothing ever beats it. Nothing ever can. I know a lot of you moth-eaten, piss-smelling, safety-first cretins would rather eat your own lungs t
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Dam It!
THIS RIDE IS A NICE run out to Gordon Dam and back with loads to see and do along the way. The road itself can be busy with tourists but there’s some great twisties to be enjoyed. hobart is a small city with a big heart, Open it up and there’s so mu
Australian Motorcyclist6 min read
The WILLAWARRIN HOTEL
SO ANYWAY, IF YOU’RE on the mid-NSW coast and you head west up the Macleay River from Kempsey, (and why wouldn’t you?) the first place you’re going to want to stop is Willawarrin. And when you do maybe force yourself to ride past the pub on your righ
Australian Motorcyclist1 min read
Must Visit
Take a liberal dash of quiet twisting sealed back-roads and add some friendly gravel stretches (like the 70kms of dirt from Pee Dee up to Ebor or the shorter stretch down through Taylors Arm to Macksville), all through some breathtakingly beautiful c
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
A Tribute Before Resurrection
SOMETIMES YOU have no idea what your friends are up to until the fruit of their labours lands on your desk. In this case that was Adil’s ‘definitive history of Ideal Jawa and Yezdi’, a hardcover 286 page book which is precisely what it claims to be.
Australian Motorcyclist6 min read
DUCATI UPDATE Scrambler 800
THAILAND, RENOWNED for white beaches, blue water, fabulous food and an equally fabulous culture. It is a country hellbent on clashing the new with the old and makes a noisy process of having traffic crash against tranquility. For many, it is a countr
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Call Out The Army
THE BEAR ARMY has two Manoeuvres every year, spaced roughly evenly over the 12 months. This year, the second one will be a bit special; we’re going to Streaky Bay in South Australia, partly to give our West Australian troopers a chance to attend. Tha
Australian Motorcyclist8 min read
Winter Gear
WINTER IS UPON US and it’s now time to prepare to keep warm for cold weather riding. As we usually do with these features we put the call out to the industry and the following are the ones who want you to know about their range. Think about that when
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Editor Speaks
IT’S BEEN EXTREMELY busy for me lately – a little more than usual as I’ve been to Spain for the Ducati Diavel 1260 launch and ridden half of the BMW GS Safari amongst getting all the other material ready for your delectation. It was my first time to
Australian Motorcyclist7 min read
The Bridle Track
THE BRIDLE TRACK: not to be confused with a bridal track, whatever that might be, but it doesn’t sound auspicious. No, a bridle track – and there are or were many in the early days of European settlement in the back blocks of the Australian landscape
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
News
After 32 years legend, Murray Sayle is retiring from Kawasaki Motors Australia. Murray officially retires on the 30th of June 2019 with his last day in the Kawasaki office on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Murray has a well-known passion for the Kawasaki
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Long Termers
You might know the brand for its tank covers and clip-on bags, but did you know Bagster is now doing custom seats as well? ‘Ready’ seats are complete replacement seats ready to click in and come with all necessary fittings. The ‘Ready’ seat is claime
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
DUCATI Diavel 1260
I NEEDED TO BE on my game when I stumbled out of the Iberia plane in Malaga and it was just as well that I kind of pulled up okay from the long flights. Not only was I riding the new ‘devil’ (or “Mega Monster” as Ducati call it) Diavel, now in 1260 f
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
THERE HAS BEEN SOME good but a lot of bad for the Z900 A4 in the last month. The good is that the entire bike is stripped down and I’ve had a flood of new parts arrive. The bad is that the frame is in a worse state than I thought and is going to requ
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Fly Me To The… Shops?
HOW MANY STORIES have we seen now about flying motorcycles? Some of them are clearly in serious development, some are wildly futuristic. Others seem to be both; Swiss-based Frenchman Ludovic Lazareth is working on a four-wheeled ‘bike’ he calls “La M
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
TRIUMPH Speed Twin 1200
IF YOU DON’T WANT to fall into any of the common categories of rider, you’ll find that the options are limited short of starting from scratch and building your own bike. But every now and then a bike steps outside those common categories, and if you’
Australian Motorcyclist7 min read
Taking The Air
YOU DON’T NEED A destination to go for a ride. When I was starting out on my motorcycling life, it was a point of honour that we’d start out on weekend rides without any idea where we were headed. Over the mountains, or along the coast. And then? Who
Australian Motorcyclist1 min read
Long Termers
FUNNY HOW YOU can ride many bikes and they all have their little idiosyncrasies and then you get on a half familiar bike and it feels like you’ve lived with it for ever. This is just how I feel whenever I ride the Ducati Scrambler 1100. The seating p
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Se
THE DEVELOPMENT of the Versys 1000 has come along in leaps and bounds from just a handful of years ago. It used to be a fairly plain, run of the mill bike. Then came the update a couple of years ago, and now for 2019 we have the hamburger with the lo
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
THE DESTRUCTION, um, I mean… deconstruction has begun for the Z900. This is the time when you really find out what you’ve got and how painful or easy the restoration is going to be. Three things popped straight out – the pillion peg brackets and the
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