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Motorcycle Trader

Motorcycle Trader

Issue 358

Australian Motorcycle Trader provides an informed assessment of the latest models as well as pre-owned favourites; product tests; Buyers’ Guides; Australia's largest Classifieds listing; industry news, favourite motorcycling roads; technical articles; targeted event coverage; news from around the globe; and ‘How To’ features on anything and everything to do with two wheels, and in some cases three. Quality pre-owned bikes are in increasingly high demand, and values of collectable bikes from the ‘70s and ‘80s continue to rise. Entry-level riders are discovering the joys of motorcycling for the first time, and cashed-up Babyboomers are buying motorcycles and aftermarket accessories in ever-increasing numbers. Australian Motorcycle Trader covers all this and more with some of Australia’s most experienced motorcycle experts on its team. Jump on board for The Ride of Your Life.

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HISTORY REPEATING The word is about, there’s something evolving, Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving... They say the next big thing is here, That the revolution’s near, But to me it seems quite clear That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. It’s unlikely Dame Shirley Bassey was singing about the motorcycle industry in the face of a recession fuelled, of course, by a pandemic and scaremongering. But there is some sense of history repeating. For similar economic reasons (minus face masks and mob mentality for bog roll), the early 1990s wasn’t a great time for motorcycling. Interest rates, as Mr Harris Snr likes to regularly remind me, were in the high-teens, and certainly nobody we knew was spending, let alone buying bikes. That had a chicken-and-egg effect in the…

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harley, indian lower the bar

Harley-Davidson has lowered the Softail and ‘Big Twin’ entry point by $1000 with the arrival of the bare-bones Softail Standard – a solo-seat bobber with a rideaway price of $21,495 ($22,750 in NZ). Essentially a black and chrome Street Bob, the Softail Standard, or FXST, is powered by the 1745cc air-/oil-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin, which is the ninth ‘Big Twin’ in the iconic Milwaukee brand’s history. The ‘Eight’ in the title refers to the two four-valve heads. H-D famously doesn’t release horsepower figures, but independent dyno readings indicate between 80 and 90hp. The bike has a 13.2-litre tank. H-D touts it as a platform for individualisation and has four factory kits to help buyers find the direction in which they want it to look and feel. ‘The Day Tripper’, ‘Coast’, ‘Touring’ and…

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passing the baton

The Women Rider’s World Relay is now complete. In a marathon which started at John O’Groats in the highest part of Scotland in 2019, women riders passed the baton around the world covering 63,400 miles (102,032km), involving 79 countries and taking 353 days. The official launch was at the Ace Café in England and speakers included many women of adventure including the legendary Elspeth Beard who, in 1982, became the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. The Australian component began in Perth and went through SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Not to be left out, a contingent of women riders came over from Tasmania and joined the ride from Melbourne.…

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bond, james bond

The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the release of the eagerly anticipated James Bond film No Time to Die until November because of fears that the virus will affect cinema attendances and thus ratings. The 25th James Bond instalment is a motorcycle-heavy feature with the two-wheeled stars including Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 and forthcoming Tiger 900 adventure bike as well as supporting roles from the British brand’s larger Tiger 1200 and a Ducati Scrambler in Italy. The film was shot before Norton’s collapse but if you look closely at the scenes in Q’s laboratory, you’ll see a Dominator SS in the background. Contrary to the impression given by stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison in an interview with Britain’s MCN, the bikesweren’t selected for their ability but because the manufacturer has paid handsomely for the exposure. Regardless,…

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mike the bike the movie

Australian actor Eric Bana will co-direct and star in a movie on the Isle of Man comeback of the legendary racer Mike Hailwood. Hailwood informally retired from motorcycle racing in 1967 after a spectacular career that included multiple world championship wins for MV Agusta and Honda. His career included 12 victories at the IoM. He was held in such high international regard that when Honda withdrew from GP racing in the late ’60s, the company paid Hailwood more than a million dollars not to race for any other team. The Bana film will focus on Hailwood’s return to the Isle of Man in 1978, after his 11 years away from international racing. Some MT readers may remember him doing the Castrol Six-Hour in Australia in 1977 as he pondered a return to the…

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lust for thrust

It’s Viagra on two wheels and it pulls harder than you’d imagine. Why else would you want “the world’s largest-capacity production motorcycle”? But Triumph’s all-new Rocket 3 is more than just a big-dick brag or straight-line projectile. It’s leaner, meaner and far more sophisticated, upmarket and youthful than its prehistoric predecessors. Even so, none of these attributes – including the intoxicating performance of its 2458cc inline triple – are its finest quality. No, despite the mega mass, wheelbase and tyre widths, the best bit about the Rocket 3 is its ability to carve a corner far better than you’d think. Think more Speed Triple on steroids. That’s the Rocket 3’s secret weapon. But it’s not without its subjective disappointments. The world’s largest-capacity production motorcycle should have the brute force to make any mighty…