Ultimate Adventure Bike Issue 13

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
hole in the wall

The riding on this year’s Husky 701 Enduro Trek: Northern Explorer event dished up absolutely everything, from challenging former A4DE trails near Coffs Harbour to eye-popping scenic ADV routes up and over the Great Dividing Range. Old Glen Innes Road is one of those adventure routes that should be on every rider’s bucket list. It’s an old bullock dray trail from the mid 1860s that winds alongside the Boyd River and linked Glen Innes and the New England region to Grafton and the coast. At one point it carves right through the cliff face via a 20-metre tunnel that was cut by hand — and today that very spot makes for a perfect Kodak moment.…

4 min
rides to remember

Rumbling across the Clarence River aboard the ferry at Lawrence, in northern NSW, on a crisp winter morning, one of my fellow Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek riders looked across at me and asked, “Hey Clubby, what’s the best ride you’ve ever done?” Oh mate, this ferry trip won’t be long enough for me to answer that question! I tried, but all too soon the bow of the ferry was clanging against the ramp on the far side of the river, the gates went up, and we all filed off and set forth on a charge down the road to a date with the beach further south along the coast at Brooms Head. And from that point on, all I could think of all day was, what’s the best ride I’ve ever done? BEST…

4 min
what’s the future hold?

When I used to ride a heap of single-trail, I would sometimes get in the ‘zone’, where I felt the bike was an extension of my body. It was like we had become one — and I don’t mean that in a biblical sense! There was a synergy where the bike and I were working together and every obstacle or challenge was brushed aside effortlessly. I had a heightened awareness of the effects of my input into the controls and how the bike would respond. It was as if we had both been set to autopilot. It was all so simple in those days — throttle, clutch, brakes, tyres and suspension — until you start to consider how your brain is processing all that information at warp speed, turning ideas into action,…

11 min
adventure bike buffet

If you had told us at the start of last year that the world was about to be gripped by a pandemic, and that in the ensuing 18 months of vaccines, health restrictions, lockdowns and overall massive upheaval of our way of life that sales of motorcycles would go through the roof, well, you would’ve had a way better crystal ball than us. For the four years up until early 2020, motorcycle sales in Australia were on a downward slide by just on 40 per cent before off-road machines finally started to turn the trend. Then, when COVID-19 hit in the first quarter of last year and then really took hold by mid-year, sales of all motorcycles started climbing — and how! By the end of last year, the Australian market…

2 min
triumph says: go ricky!

America’s GOAT of motocross and supercross racing, Ricky Carmichael, has signed on with Triumph to assist the British manufacturer develop a brand-new range of motocross and enduro machines. He’s being joined in the ambitious project by European off-road legend, five-time world enduro champion Ivan Cervantes. While specifics of the new Triumph off-roaders have not been released, Triumph has indicated the new bikes will be raced in major international championships with the British brand intent on taking on the giants of the dirtbike world head on. “We are 100 per cent committed to making a long-lasting impact and to deliver a winning motorcycle line-up for a whole new generation of Triumph riders,” said Triumph Motorcycles CEO Nick Bloor. Locally, Paul Chiodo, the Managing Director of Triumph Motorcycle Australia, is similarly enthused. “Triumph has a…

1 min
bmw teases 2022 updates

BMW has announced there will be a range of updates to its 2022 models, including new colour schemes and revised features across the GS adventure bike line-up. The pint-sized G 310GS will be available in a Black Storm Metallic colour scheme with 458 Style Triple Black features, and it’s a sweet-looking little jigger that is LAMS approved. The F 750GS also scores the Black Storm Metallic with 458 Style Triple Black treatment, as well as getting an updated Active package that includes luggage rack, Riding Modes Pro and heated grips. The same Black Storm Metallic colour treatment will be a feature of the new F 850 GS too, while the 850 range will also include a new Light White colour scheme. As for the big daddy of the GS family,…