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Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist

June 2020

"The brainchild of two of Australia’s best known motorcycle journalists – Peter “The Bear” Thoeming and Stuart Woodbury. Together The Bear and Stuart provide you with all of the latest and greatest motorcycles and especially all of the best places to travel on your motorcycle. Each month you get our regular Pub of the Month column, along with our two free pullout maps – the only motorcycle magazine in Australia to provide such a unique feature. On sale around the middle of each month and of course you can guarantee your copy each month by subscribing! Make sure you are part of the AMM motorcycling community and enjoy your motorcycle even more."

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in this issue

3 min.

I’D LIKE TO START by saying it was great that a number of you reacted to my editorial in #87. I wrote that to get you writing in to us! It did get the blood pumping in some of you, huh? The majority of emails I received were in agreement that this has been hyped up a bit too much. Check, ‘What Say You?” for some of the emails I received. What more than a bit of stimulation for those that have been stuck at home! LOL! But, in all seriousness the main issue I have sympathy for out of this virus are the many that have lost their jobs as a result. It is devastating. Sure, death is never good, but you have to admit it will come to…

4 min.

EXTENSION Yamaha Motor Australia has introduced a three month warranty extension to give motorcycle customers added peace of mind in these uncertain times. The initiative has been introduced to ensure that customers who are unable to use their Yamaha products during the current period of enforced inactivity are not left disadvantaged. The Three month Warranty Extension applies to all Motorcycle, Outboards and WaveRunner products and to these groups between 1 April and 30 June 2020: • Existing warranty holders • Warranties that expire within this period • New models purchased within this period TAKE THAT BACK We reported not so long ago that Norton Motorcycles had closed down and not to expect another Norton again, especially after the amount ex-CEO, Stuart Garner owed and the general stink around the way he conducted the business. Well, the Indians may…

7 min.
ktm 790 adventure r

IF YOU’VE RIDDEN a KTM before you’ll know they’re normally a little more ‘hardcore’ or raw than their competition and I was expecting a similar experience when I got hold of the 790 Adventure R. How that all changed when I fired up the 790 and rode off… Rather than creating that rawness, KTM has produced a premium adventure tourer that rides extremely well to the dirt and on it. They have realised you have to ride on the bitumen to get to the dirt and then once you get to the dirt it needs to behave just like a KTM is supposed to. This can be a hard combo to get right, but they did it. You will read further on in this issue about Ralph’s view on the road-biased…

1 min.

PRICE: $22,695 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 799cc liquid-cooled parallel cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 70kW @ 8000rpm TORQUE: 89Nm @ 6600rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 48mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compresson and rebound, travel 240mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 240mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 880mm, weight 189kg (dry), fuel capacity 20 litres, wheelbase 1528mm TYRES: Front, 90/90/21. Rear, 150/70/18 BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston switchable ABS calipers. Rear, 260mm disc, two-piston switchable ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5.06 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 395km COLOURS:White/Black/Orange VERDICT: REFINED HARDCORE TRAVELLER…

8 min.
bertrand “the frog” cadart

IF BERTRAND CADART had been a little less annoying, I would not be writing this now. The musical tastes of the Pacific islands would not be what they are, Mad Max would have been a different film, and Bertrand would almost certainly not have been awarded the Chevalier de L’ordre National du Mérite, an order reserved for those with distinguished military or civil achievements who are not French citizens and therefore not normally entitled to the Legion of Honour. Talk about irony. I wonder if his commanding officer in New Caledonia, where Bertrand served as a French Marine back in the ‘70s, was still alive to see that Knighthood being awarded. It was this officer who made sure that Bertrand was in the brig for insubordination or something like it when…

4 min.
yamaha ténéré 700

BACK IN ISSUE #83 Ralph went on the launch of the highly anticipated Yamaha Ténéré 700 and I couldn’t wait to get hold of one and take it on ‘my loop’ out the back of Lithgow to see if the hype matches reality. The Ténéré 700 certainly looks the part – straight off the start line at Dakar and with Yamaha fitting up a brand spanker set of aggressive motocross knobbies. I was set to cultivate lots of dirt. Set at 880mm, the seat height is about right for an adventure bike. I reckon anywhere from 860-900mm is perfect as you want loads of ground clearance and suspension travel – the Ténéré has both at 240mm ground clearance and 210mm F / 200mm R travel. This could make the seat height…