Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist August 2018

"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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got to get away*

MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL is one of the most enjoyable things I can think of. So enjoyable that I think I’ll start off with a song… I’M GOIN’ UP THE COUNTRY, BABY DON’T YOU WANT TO GO? “What? And sleep under bridges again? No. Thank. You.” That’s a not uncommon response when you ask your Better Half if she/he wants to go on a bike tour with you. Choose an organised tour and you can not only guarantee better accommodation, you can show it. And believe me, some of the places you’ll stay will be spectacular. Tour operators know what goes down well with clients. I’M GOIN’ TO SOME PLACE, I’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE, Let’s face it, it’s always easier to go back to somewhere you’ve been. Any place you know will offer fewer surprises (some…

this sportin’ life

“God bless the King! (I mean our faith’s defender!) God bless! (No harm in blessing) the Pretender. But who Pretender is, and who is King, God bless us all! That’s quite another thing!”JOHN BYROM NEIL SEDAKA WAS right when he wrote that breaking up is hard to do. And it’s especially difficult when you’re calling it quits with a royal personage. But please, Road King, don’t take it personally. My new love is, admittedly, a younger bike… but the Pretender is also a relative of yours. And it’s not you, Road King, it’s me. You’re just as good-looking and versatile as ever; more so, in fact, with the Milwaukee-Eight engine. No, it’s definitely me. Or perhaps I should say that it’s the fault of the Softail Sport Glide. Honestly, I was just…


My thanks to Phil Freeman, Brenden Anders and the rest of the crew at MotoQuest in Los Angeles.They lent me one of their perfectly-prepared Suzuki V-Strom 650s, which was the ideal bike for Baja.With rental offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon) and Anchorage (Alaska) they have the West Coast of the US covered. They offer a wide range of bikes including the V-Strom I rode; BMW F, G and R series GSs; Harleys; and Honda Africa Twins. MotoQuest is probably even better known for the outstanding tours it offers in places as widely separated as the USA, Japan, Romania, Ecuador, Patagonia, and many more; take a look at the comprehensive or drop them a line at for full details and bookings as well as rentals. If you…

new in the shops

BAZZA! Barry the Bike Jeremy and Mary Ann Furness had an idea to write children’s books about classic motorcycles, and that’s how “Barry the Bike” was born. Currently there are three books in the series, of which Jeremy’s plan is to write eight. We received the three books and find them fantastic for both children and adults with an interest in motorcycles! We will have a full review in an upcoming issue but I urge you to buy the books anyway, they’re great. To purchase, visit, Amazon or email YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Motoplug powered phone holder - $49.95 This is a great little product which keeps your phone secure on your bike and charged at the same time. The mount holds any phone between 60 – 100mm and will clamp to handlebars…

tigers grow bigger paws

TRIUMPH WANTS TO up the mark for both the Tiger 800 and 1200 from the previous models, so we headed off to northern NSW to find out just how good they’ve become. The launch for the new Tiger 800 and 1200 was a multi-day combination of both the XRT road biased version and the XCA off-road biased version. First day was the XRT 800 and 1200. We rode up through many of the lovely twisty bitumen roads in northern NSW and southern QLD with a mix of some dirty stuff thrown in. On day two we did a bit of an ‘enduro’ style loop on the XCA 800 and 1200 which really showed just how much these bikes have indeed upped the mark. Then on day three we rode a combination…

specs kawasaki z900rs cafe

PRICE: $16,799 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 73.4 x 56mm DISPLACEMENT: 948cc COMPRESSION: 10.8:1 POWER: 82kW @ 8500rpm TORQUE: 98.5Nm @ 6500rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper assist clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 140mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 820mm, weight 215kg (wet), fuel capacity 17 litres, wheelbase 1470mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 180/55/ZR17 FRAME: Steel trellis BRAKES: Front, twin 300mm discs with radial mount four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 250mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5.91 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 287km COLOURS:Vintage Lime Green, Pearl Storm Grey VERDICT: GREEN EGGS AND HAM - TASTY…