Ultimate Adventure Bike Issue 9

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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in this issue

1 min
yamaha super ténéré

The big brother that feels a little forgotten right now, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré is still around and, in all honesty, still has plenty to offer. So often the new hotness arrives and the model that was once heralded as the duck’s nuts drifts into the background at a rapid rate, the limelight shifting in both the public’s and the manufacturer’s eye. The ‘Super Ten’ was released 20 years ago — that is, by any measure, a very long and successful model run. It takes its hits now when compared to the great machines that have been released in the last 20 years, while the Yamaha has somewhat unfairly stayed largely unchanged. But the fact is that the Super Ténéré is still a very nice bike to tour on and make respectable excursions…

1 min
schuberth e1 adventure helmet

One of the most innovative and identifiable features of Schuberth’s E1 helmet is the fully articulating peak visor, which can be adjusted to three different positions independently from the face shield and chin bar. The E1 can be worn with both the face shield and peak in place, or riders may opt to easily remove either piece for the ride. The E1 also features a closable air vent in the chin bar to ensure that riders get enough air as the ride intensifies, while a removable and washable filter will help clean the air in dirty and dusty conditions. The E1 includes a built-in antenna for Schuberth’s SRC-System PRO. Utilising the latest in Cardo communication technology, the Bluetooth SRC-System serves as an intercom with other riders and can connect to a…

2 min
a little bit of schuberth history

German company Schuberth has been manufacturing motorcycle helmets since 1954 and is well known for placing a lot of emphasis on innovation, research and development. You may recognise the iconic flip-top helmet design that Schuberth has become synonymous with, but you may not be aware of the company’s history and deep relationship with the armed forces and police. Or the fact that Michael Schumacher raced in a Schuberth. 1922 Formation as a joinery by Fritz Schuberth, director of the National Jürgens Brewery 1922 Production of beer crates in Brunswick 1929 Entry into the helmet business: patenting of an inner lining for a military helmet thanks to the know-how in leather processing 1952 First industrial safety helmet (mining) 1952 New developed inner lining for steel helmets for Bundesgrenzschutz (border protection forces) and state police forces 1954 First…

2 min
chris birch’s bike setup

New Zealand’s Chris Birch is not only a top bloke but an insanely talented rider, and when he offers up advice it’s wise of one to listen. Chris is running a ride coaching series called ‘Say No To Slow’, which is well worth a look at with notepad in hand. During NZ’s lockdown he also vlogged from his garage and in one episode, Chris went through how he put his 790 Adventure R together. Somewhat surprisingly, he doesn’t do that much to it. Chris uses Mitas tyres. He generally runs the E12 rear and E13 front. Should he be riding a more 50/50 adventure he’ll run the E07 Plus rear. When he needs to get extreme, Chris runs the motocross-based MX Terra Force rear which isn’t legal on the road, but these are those…

2 min
40 years of bmw gs

BMW’s GS line of motorcycles has reached the ripe old age of 40 years old. That’s not just impressive in that it’s at all possible but also because it has kept such a high standard for so long. From the very first R 80 GS, of which there are still examples freely roaming the planet to this day, to the current R 1250 GS, which is simply a stunning motorcycle in each of its guises, BMW has set the bar high and pushed the growth and overall quality of the adventure market. To celebrate the 40th birthday of GS, BMW has released the commemorative colourway on the new BMW F 750 GS, BMW F 850 GS and BMW F 850 GS Adventure which harks back to the ‘bumblebee’ colour of the R…

1 min
triumph scrambler 1200 bond edition

The first-ever official Bond motorcycle and an ultra-rare numbered limited edition (total worldwide production run of just 250), the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition has all of the top-spec Triumph Scrambler XE’s performance and capability together with higher-value details and a beautiful and unique James Bond 007 design scheme. DISTINCTIVE PAINT SCHEME Inspired by the Bond bike in the film, the Bond Edition’s premium Sapphire Black paint scheme showcases iconic oversized Triumph tank badge and brushed decal foil knee pad with hand-painted gold coachline. UNIQUE PREMIUM BRANDING Includes beautiful exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with pressed 007 branding, premium real leather seat with embroidered logo, and unique Bond TFT instrument start-up screen. EXCLUSIVE BLACKED-OUT FINISHES A host of dedicated ‘blacked-out’ finishes that include anodised rear mudguard, grab rail, sump guard and infills, front forks,…