Ultimate Adventure Bike Issue 4

Our goal in ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BIKE AUSTRALIA is to appreciate everyone that’s having a crack — big or small — and enjoying whatever it is that’s an adventure to you. Hopefully, along the way we can steer you in the right direction (pun kinda intended) and bring to the fore just how much fun and how liberating adventure riding is. The adventure bike scene is one of the most vibrant across the globe and nowhere is it more relevant than in this vast sunburnt country. We were built by adventurers and the need to explore is in our blood. There’s never been a better time to do it on a motorcycle with an amazing array of machines and gear available for all. And now they’re finding freedom once again on bikes that take them back in bush and well beyond, in a less aggressive environment. Now is the time to reach those riders. Readers will be treated to the highest quality photography and journalism with bike tests and bucketlist rides leading the features. Each issue will also have dedicated ride tutorials and handy on track how to’s and will be chockas full of gear and accessories that we know this audience loves.

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triumph scrambler 1200 xe

1200 CC ENGINE Higher performance Bonneville twin with thrilling signature scrambler tune and hair-raising soundtrack. 110 NM PEAK TORQUE Game-changing capability with incredible torque delivered low down and a thrilling 90PS peak power output. 21” LACED FRONT WHEEL Class-leading road, off-road and scrambler capability delivered by the highest level of specification available. 80+ ACCESSORIES Enhance your brand-new custom classic Scrambler 1200’s finish with over 80 accessories. ENGINE High-power, high-performance, liquid-cooled 1200cc Bonneville engine with dedicated ‘scrambler’ tune. Low-inertia, 6-speed, 8-valve 270° crank angle parallel twin 90PS peak power at 7400rpm 110Nm peak torque at 3950rpm 7500rpm rev limit High service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km) CHASSIS Brembo twin 320mm floating discs with Monobloc M50 front calipers Brembo 2-piston 255mm rear brake caliper High-specification side-laced wheels Dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance tubeless tyres Commanding rider ergonomics New dedicated scrambler frame Folding foot controls Adjustable handlebar position TECHNOLOGY 2nd-generation TFT instruments Torque-assist clutch Intuitive switchcubes & 5-way joystick Illuminated backlit switches Ride-by-wire ABS &…

1 min
2019 ktm pricing

KTM Australia has released the ride-away pricing for the MY2019 Adventure range. 690 Enduro R – $17,595 790 Adventure – $21,195 790 Adventure R – $22,695 1090 Adventure R – $24,295 1290 Super Adventure Super Adventure S – $28,395 1290 Super Adventure R – $29,195 In a statement, National Brand Manager Tam Paul said: “We have been faced with many external pricing pressures; the Team at KTM Australia has been working hard to minimise the impact to the rider. In review of currency comparisons we are priced in line with our European counterparts and all models represent exceptional value.”…

2 min
bell mx-9 adventure mips helmet tested

Our philosophy on helmets has been pretty unshakeable for many years and after the last big concussion: don’t wear rubbish just because it saves you money. In fact, it’s not just because of the potential damage but also the fact that the comfort levels are often diabolically bad in low-cost helmets. So it’s with a little surprise that we’ve come to appreciate the Bell Moto 9 Adventure MIPS, which at around $300 is certainly not an expensive lid. And I say little because we’ve worn Bell motocross helmets before and we’ve always liked them, but we have different expectations for comfort in an adventure helmet. We are coming off using a far more expensive brand for many years, and we utterly rejoiced in the fact that the padding in the Bell no…

3 min
honda’s cb500x gets dirtier

Honda, in its intrinsically curious manner, has given the CB500X a makeover, shifting it to being more suitable for off-road and making the bike, in Honda’s own words, “adventure-ready”. The CB has been around for a while and it’s always been capable of taking on a decent dirt road, courtesy of the reasonable suspension travel and ground clearance. For 2019, Honda has gone further to make sure the bike itself can go further. Much of the bodywork has been re-shaped and more protection for the low-slung pipe has been added. The 471cc DOHC, four-valve, parallel-twin engine receives a new slipper clutch (same as the CBR1000RR), which lightens the feel by 45 per cent, as well as new intake tract and fuel injection nozzles, and improved cam timing. There’s also a new,…

1 min
quick lookover

Stronger, tougher adventure styling New tapered handlebars and more steering lock Longer travel suspension and 19-inch front wheel New LCD instrument display with gear position and shift up indicators LED indicators Lively twin-cylinder power plant’s internal architecture mirrors that of the CBR1000RR Fireblade Revised inlet, exhaust and valve timing delivers 4% more mid-range power and torque Sportier sound from new dual exit muffler Assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages downshifts…

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honda cb125x adventure concept

THE CB HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE AND IT’S ALWAYS BEEN CAPABLE OF TAKING ON A DECENT DIRT ROAD, COURTESY OF THE REASONABLE SUSPENSION TRAVEL AND GROUND CLEARANCE. FOR 2019, HONDA HAS GONE FURTHER TO MAKE SURE THE BIKE ITSELF CAN GO FURTHER While a 125cc adventure bike may not be on the shopping list of a large range of Australian adventure riders, you can’t deny that Honda has created an intriguing and very trick-looking concept. A modern machine oozing adventure style and boasting the Honda logo would look great in the line-up next to the Africa Twin 1000. A 125? Not for the Australian market. Base this off the Honda CRF450L engine and you could have a very exciting and capable adventure bike for Australia. If this concept boasted a…