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Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist September 2019

"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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2 Min.
editor speaks

Everything happens for a reason I’VE NEVER BEEN a big believer in the wild and woolly sayings of the world. Things like, “it’s fate”, “the grass is greener on the other side” and the big one, “everything happens for a reason”. I’m sure there are loads more sayings that cover everything that might happen, but when your world turns upside down for whatever reason - whether you had a crash and ended up in hospital, or you get ill, or your personal life turns upside down, I’ve become a believer in two of these – the grass is greener on the other side and everything happens for a reason. I won’t go into specific details but my personal life got turned upside down and while at first I thought, “how could anything ever…

4 Min.

GOLD! The winners of Australia’s peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country - were announced at The Star in Sydney on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. The MotoPressor 4in1 Puncture Repair Tool (by our friends at Rocky Creek Designs) received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The Good Design Awards Jury praised MotoPressor 4in1 Puncture Repair Tool, commenting: “A compact and highly functional puncture repair tool with an industrial look that goes with the motorcycle aesthetic. The complete package and storage pouch is clever for the amount of tools, making it small enough to fit in your pocket.” The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of…

3 Min.
ducati monster 821 stealth

WHEN YOU HEAR of a model called “Stealth”, would you expect a totally blacked out, dark and mysterious machine? You probably would, but the new Ducati Monster 821 Stealth mixes up that moniker with plenty of ‘bling’to go with the darkness. When I talk about ‘bling’ I mean the fluro red highlights on the Stealth which really attract some attention. That’s always confirmed at traffic lights when other motorcyclists pull up beside you and start raving to you about how good the Stealth looks. This is great for any potential owner as you do get a heap of added pride for your pride and joy! What’s new for 2019? Apart from the new graphics there’s a new front fairing, pillion seat cover, adjustable forks and Ducati’s up/down quickshifter, which really makes the…

1 Min.

PRICE: $18,590 (ride away) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 15,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled L-twin cylinder, 4-stroke, Desmodromic, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 88 x 67.5mm DISPLACEMENT: 821cc COMPRESSION: 12.8:1 POWER: 80kW @ 9250rpm TORQUE: 86Nm @ 7750rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 43mm inverted fork, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 130mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 140mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 785-810mm, weight 206kg (wet), fuel capacity 16.5 litres, wheelbase 1480mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 180/55/ZR17 FRAME: Steel trellis BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 245mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 7.36 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 224km COLOURS: Stealth VERDICT: DARK UNDERNEATH, BUT BRIGHT ON THE OUTSIDE…

9 Min.
all you need is (g)love(s) and you really do need new ones!

APART FROM YOUR eyes, one of the most important parts of your body for you to function, and ride a motorcycle, are your hands. Protecting them with high quality motorcycle gloves is just common sense. I’ve seen what happens to hands, fingers and bones when a motorcycle rider hasn’t worn gloves and crashed. It’s not pretty and affects their life forever. I have always worn the best possible gloves while I’ve been riding a motorcycle. I’ve crashed and always been thankful I had top quality gloves on when the ground-down leather and plastic protectors showed what would have happened to my hands. Skin normally grows back, but entire hands don’t – have a serious think about that and the consequences if you aren’t wearing gloves. Okay, so it was time we…

21 Min.
going in hot

ANY OF THE great comedians will tell you that it’s all in the timing. As I passed the lone barn in upcountry Hungary at about 90km/h, the first dog just managed to clear the front wheel of my 821 Monster with its canine backside as it crossed the road in front of me. The nose of the second one almost touched my engine casing. I later calculated that the distance between the pair would have been about a foot and a half. Just enough to fit the bike through. At the time I was too busy just trying to get my heart to stop from exploding to do much calculating. Eastern Europe is not predictable the way the western part of the continent is. It’s kind of relaxed like the countries…