Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist February 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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12 期号


time for a break

CHRISTMAS AND THE New Year have come and gone, all of us here at Australian Motorcyclist hope you had a bit of time off and got out for a nice relaxing ride. What did we get up to? The Bear got drunk, Ralph ate salad and I actually got out for a ride for pleasure and not ‘work’. Also, I didn’t check emails for one whole week! LOL! When I say I got out for a pleasure ride, I always enjoy each time I get out on the bike but not having to then write about it and basically just relax is what I’m on about. Where did I go? Not that far really. A 100km loop to Wisemans Ferry for lunch and a cold drink. I would normally go up the…


HE’S DONE IT AGAIN! When will the fat man learn his lesson? After squeezing through millions of chimneys, dusting off ash and fighting off one too many dogs, Santa got way too drunk again and the military were brought in to take the silly old fart away. We’re sure he’ll sober up in time for Christmas at the end of the year. CRUISY, BABY Metzeler has not forgotten cruiser riders and has released the ‘Cruisetec’ range designed to optimise the performance of modern and past V-Twins and intended for motorcyclists who want to get the most out of their motorcycles in terms of handling and grip. The Cruisetec is available in a wide range of sizes, right from a 150 – 260 wide rear! Check out the Metzeler range at your local Metzeler…

bmw & f 850 gs f 750 gs

BOTH THE OUTGOING F 800 & F 700 GS models were very nice bikes to ride, but long overdue for an upgrade or total revamp; a little ‘soft’ in the greater scheme of things. BMW knew this and both the new F 850 & F 750 GS models are razor sharp for their intended segments. In fact, I found the new F 850 GS to be mega off-road and a far more purposeful all-round tool than big brother, the R 1200 GS. I know, I know there are many punters out there who are going to hate me for saying that the new 850 is better than the King of the Jungle – the stalwart R 1200 GS, but it plain and simply is. Let’s get into what the bikes…

specs bmw f750 gs

PRICE: From $13,590 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 84 x 77mm DISPLACEMENT: 853cc COMPRESSION: 12.7:1 POWER: 57kW @ 7500rpm TORQUE: 83Nm @ 6000rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate assist/slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 151mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 177mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 815mm, weight 224kg (wet), fuel capacity 15 litres, wheelbase 1559mm TYRES: Front, 110/80/R19. Rear, 150/70/R17 FRAME:Tubular steel bridge BRAKES: Front, twin 305mm discs with twin-piston switchable ABS calipers. Rear, 265mm disc, single-piston switchable ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A COLOURS: Light White,Austin Yellow Metallic, Stereo Metallic Matte (Tour) VERDICT: STEPPED UP A GEAR PRICE: From $17,990 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder,…

three women who changed the face of motorcycling go girls!

TAKE A MOMENT and picture a motorcyclist… Maybe you conjured up a MotoGP rider, perhaps you visualised someone tackling the fire trails on a dirt bike. Or possibly you thought of the most recent rider with whom you shared the road on your commute. But chances are you thought of a man - not a woman. Motorcyclists are definitely a subculture and a heavily male-dominated one at that. Only 14% (about 1.18 million) of the motorcycles on American roads are registered to women. But numbers aside, women motorcyclists simply haven’t broken through in the American, Australian (or anywhere in the world for that matter) popular imagination. That doesn’t mean there are no motorcycle heroines. In fact, there are many female motorcyclists who deserve broader public attention for their taboo-smashing insight into the…

lauren vickers

LAUREN VICKERS DOES not escape notice as her Ducati 1200 Monster rumbles up the tiny York Lane in Sydney for our lunchtime meeting to quiz her on some of the passions in life. Riding her Ducati (she is the female ambassador for Ducati Australia) is part of her role to spark a new generation of riders, especially young and female, into motorcycling. She doesn’t go unnoticed by the bunch of suits who surround her and her red bike at the café. It helps that, as a model she is tall and striking. We sit down and forty minutes later I realise that my preconceptions have been smashed out of the sultry CBD by her natural, girl-next-door charm and candor. Would you expect that from a girl who grew up on the…