Ultimate Adventure Bike Issue 6

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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1 min
royal rally 400

Fuel Motorcycles is a two-wheeled lifestyle brand that was born in 2012 in Barcelona. It’s run by a group of riders brought together by their common love of motorcycles, adventure and vintage culture. One of the latest creations from the Fuel lab is this Dakar-inspired 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan EFI. MAIN MODS: Classic enduro front light mask Front and rear fender New indicators New solo seat New Suzuki RMZ 450 exhaust modified New rear grille New side case support Tommaselli handlebar Koso speedometer Pirelli MT 21 Rallycross Powertronic ECU TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Type: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel injection Displacement: 411cc Bore x stroke: 78mm x 86mm Compression ratio: 9.5:1 Maximum power: 24.5 horsepower @ 6500rpm Maximum torque: 32Nm @ 4250rpm Ignition system: Digital electronic ignition…

1 min
machineartmoto x-head 1250 cylinder head guards — $359

The new X-Head 1250 cylinder head guards for all 2019/2020 ShiftCam engine models continue the tough polymer protective technology that’s been successfully proven in use over three generations of X-Heads. Designed BY MachineartMoto for the GS, GSA, RT, R and RS, X-Head’s thick, high impactstrength, injection-moulded shell is slightly ductile to prevent breakage. In between the shell and the cylinder head is a thick thermoplastic rubber liner that aids in dissipating impact force while preventing hard contact. Each side mounts easily with three stainless-steel M5 T25 Torx head screws provided. X-Head 1250 covers 70 per cent of the face of the head to protect not only the bottom/front initial impact area, but also the mid part of the cylinder head. Even in a stationary drop, inertia can cause a bike to roll…

1 min
five gt3 wr gloves — $119.95

The GT3 is a small, lightweight, short glove by FIVE that won’t weigh you down — perfect for taking on all types of road trips or rides when the weather’s fine. It features the Clear Vision Pad and Touch Screen systems for navigating comfort, digital PU insets on the palm and the thumb for grip, a wide two-way Spandex strip on the topside for flexibility, TPR shells and Kevlar reinforcement for protection, and a goatskin palm for suppleness. And because you can never be completely sure there won’t be some scattered showers, especially in the summer, its topside even features coated, water-repellent stretch fabric that makes the drops slide right off. We haven’t even mentioned its weatherproof qualities. It was almost like it had a membrane; we could call it water-resistant enough…

2 min
new africa twins announced

Two all-new Africa Twin models, the Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports, are headed down under. Honda’s flagship adventure models have been heavily updated in both performance and technology. Here in Australia, we will receive four models: the Africa Twin with manual transmission in two colours, Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black; the Africa Twin Adventure Sports in Manual, DCT; and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES, which features DCT with Showa EERA electronic suspension. All three Adventure Sports models are available in Pearl Glare White. The CRF1100L Africa Twin engine is more powerful, offering 7 per cent more peak power, 6% per cent more peak torque and a stronger engine across the entire rev range. Complementing the all-new engine is a decrease in weight; big red has shaved…

1 min
at a glance

Honda’s celebrated adventure machine gains wide-ranging performance and technology upgrades for 2020 New 1100cc parallel-twin engine — power and torque increases of 7 per cent and 6 per cent respectively 5kg lighter, with 10 per cent improvement in power-to-weight ratio, thanks to weight reduction in areas including engine, frame and swing arm All-new 6.5” TFT Multi-Information Display incorporates Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity, with touchscreen functionality Four pre-set riding modes — plus two user-selectable options — offer scenario-specific tailoring of power, engine braking, Honda Selectable Torque Control, (HSTC), Wheelie Control and cornering ABS settings HSTC, plus new cornering ABS, Wheelie Control and Rear Lift Control functions, are now managed by a six-axis inertial measurement unit; cruise control is standard fit CRF1100L Africa Twin itself has even sharper off-road focus CRF1100L Adventure Sports is more ready than ever…

1 min
the deus swank rally 700

Famous motorcycle shapers Deus Ex Machina have taken a Yamaha XSR 700 and turned it into not only a bike that appears to be dirt-ready, but one that is actually capable of churning soil — as proven by its entry into the Swank Rally in Sardinia, Italy. From the basic XSR package, Deus increased the suspension travel by mounting a complete front end from the Super Ténéré 1200, which brings with it a 19-inch front wheel to be offroad compliant. At the rear, an Öhlins shock was fitted with increased stroke, with a narrower rear wheel chosen to accommodate a 150mm tyre. Metzeler Karoo 3s were fitted front and rear. The tank is in hand-beaten aluminium, the seat is handmade, and the front and rear fender and trim are from the Acerbis range.…