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Australian MotorcyclistAustralian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist December 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

Raging DO YOU FIND you suffer road rage or aggressive driving from those tin tops around you? Do you also suffer from aggressive riding by other motorcycle riders? Well, it could all be down to the motorcycle (or scooter) you’re on. As you’re no doubt aware I get to ride a lot of motorcycles and scooters. It is amazing the reaction you receive from drivers and other riders depending on the type of two-wheeler you’re riding. Take for example the Indian FTR1200S and Peugeot Django 150 – two polar opposites on the scale of all things two wheels. But they share the same road rage and aggressive driving and riding from those around them. Drivers of tin tops tend to cut you off, close up a gap while lane filtering and then…

4 Min.

ONE LEFT! The legendary, Bear Army has one spot left available. If you want to terrorise the pubs and cafes of Australia you must act NOW! Commander Bear is waiting to give you your stripes. First in gets the spot – Pay your $250, supply your t-shirt size and get ready for world domination. Send an email with the heading, “Bear Army Last Spot” to contactus@ausmotorcyclist.com.au SAD TO SEE Motorcycle sales continue to head downward which is rather sad to see such an amazing lifestyle really start to suffer. The latest sales figures supplied by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries revealed 62,973 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were sold during the first nine months of 2019, compared with 68,460 for the same period in 2018. This represents an 8.0 per cent decline for…

5 Min.
2020 yamaha r1/r1m

THE CURRENT Yamaha R1 has been a hit around the world, winning many championships, pushing for wins in World Superbike and of course being promoted by one of the greats, Valentino Rossi. Two models are available, being the R1 and up spec R1M. For 2020 the main upgrade is to meet the restrictive Euro 5 emissions regulations, but what has that done to the R1 and R1M in real life? I headed out to Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the Yamaha R-Experience track day to give both bikes a blast. Rather than just choke the R1 and R1M to meet Euro 5, Yamaha has redesigned many components to give both bikes more performance – amazing, but true. Some of those new features/redesigns include a redesigned cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker…

1 Min.

PRICE: $26,339 / $34,849 (ride away) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 79 x 50.9mm DISPLACEMENT: 999cc COMPRESSION: 13.0:1 POWER: 147kW @ 13,500rpm TORQUE: 113.3Nm @ 11,500rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate assist & slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 43mm inverted fork, fully adjustable (R1), electronic adjustable (R1M), travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, fully adjustable (R1), electronic adjustable (R1M), travel 120mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 860mm, weight 201kg (R1), 202kg (R1M) (wet), fuel capacity 17 litres, wheelbase 1405mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 190/55/ZR17 (R1), 200/55/ZR17 (R1M) FRAME:Aluminium BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 220mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A COLOURS:Yamaha Blue, Midnight Black (R1), Icon Performance (R1M) VERDICT:WHICH bLUcRU ARE YOU…

6 Min.
hey cuz!

IN RETROSPECT, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned the rain even though it was pouring down outside the little roadside dairy somewhere near Whakamaru. The response I got was a glare from the bloke behind the counter. “Australia’s hanging onto the High!” he said, neatly blaming my own country and exonerating his for the bloody awful weather. New Zealanders notoriously have a collective chip on their shoulder about Australia and Australians. You see it in T-shirts for sale in tourist shops that say ‘My Dad says I can do anything except play for Australia’ and ‘I don’t care who wins as long as Australia loses’. I’m now going to let you in on a secret. There is no need for any of this. Not only are the Kiwis better at rugby, they’re better…

1 Min.
get your bum on a bike

If you want to take your own bike, we recommend Dave Milligan’s operation Get Routed (www.getrouted.com.au).For summer 2020, Dave has one shipment to NZ from Melbourne and one from Brisbane. It’s timed so you can take in the Burt Munro Festival, 8-10 February; NZ Classic Racing Register Pukekohe meeting; 22-24 February; and the BEARS Sound of Thunder Ruapuna meeting. There are many motorcycle tour operators and rental companies in New Zealand. You will have no problem finding them on the interwebs. Those with whom we have experience and we are happy to recommend include: South Pacific Motorcycle Tours, https://www.motorbiketours.co.nz/43 Roscrea Pl, Christchurch 7692, New Zealand. +64 3-312 0066 Central Otago Motorcycle Hire, http://comotorcyclehire.co.nz/271 Bannockburn Road, RD2, Cromwell, Central Otago New Zealand. +64 3 445 4487, (mob) +64 27 445 4488 Paradise Motorcycle Tours &…