Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist March 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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aussie grit

WE DO HAVE A little piece on Dakar 2019 in this issue but I wanted to talk about Aussies in sport. It seems when the tough gets going, the tough (Aussies) get going. Toby Price and other motorcycle racers always seem to go above and beyond the pain threshold of most mere mortals. Toby rode with a broken wrist, the X-ray he just had a few days after getting home showed his wrist had suffered a lack of bone and was starting to disintegrate. I guess pounding the crap out of it for 5000km off-road and at high speeds will do that – what a tough bastard! Remember 500cc Grand Prix Legend, Mick Doohan, his right leg was to be amputated if not for the wonderful Dr Costa. Mick’s leg was…


GOING TTS UP This year’s International Festival of Speed (14-17 March) at Sydney Motorsport Park is running a ‘TT’ theme, featuring 24 times TT winner John McGuinness along with Michael Rutter as well as British Supersport/Superstock champion Glen Richards and MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams, all riding Harris F1 1297cc Yamaha engined machines for the Roger Winfield Team to take on the Aussies in the new 5 round “QBE TT Cup” races (for P4/P5/ P6 unlimited 4 strokes air-cooled only and 350-750 2 strokes air and water-cooled up to 1984), with round 5 on Sunday afternoon being a 10 lap feature race – this is sure to be an amazing series of races! Also from the UK will be Alex Sinclair (Yamaha TZ 350 and Egli Vincent 500), Steve Linsdell (Royal Enfield…

triumph street scrambler

TRIUMPH IN THE mid-60s was all about the scrambler concept, long before Ducati, BMW and others got involved with the scene, with the Bonneville T120C and T120TT. Evel Knievel and Steve McQueen flying around made everything look awesome, too. So, when Triumph released the ‘McQueen-inspired’ 865cc Bonneville Scrambler in 2006 and its subsequent variations, its cool value offered the right kind of edginess for many riders. For me, it lacked the thrill and excitement I expected – it was just a little bland. The 900cc Street Scrambler came our way in 2017 and despite offering a terrific base from which to customise there was both a lack of engine power and front brake performance, but overall it had the basis of being something with excitement. You could genuinely take it off into…


PRICE: $15,900 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 15,000 km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 84.6 x 80mm DISPLACEMENT: 900cc COMPRESSION: 11.0:1 POWER: 47.8kW @ 7500rpm TORQUE: 80Nm @ 3200rpm TRANSMISSION: 5-speed, wet multi-plate assist clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 120mm. Rear, twin-shock, adjustable preload, travel 120mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 790mm, weight 203kg (dry), fuel capacity 12 litres, wheelbase 1445mm TYRES: Front, 100/90/R19. Rear, 150/70/R17 FRAME:Tubular steel BRAKES: Front, 310mm disc with four-piston ABS caliper. Rear, 255mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 4.8 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 249km COLOURS: Fusion White, Cranberry Red, Matt Khaki/Aluminium Silver VERDICT: EASY STYLE…

what hat do you wear?

HJC RPHA 11 – MIKE WAZOWSKI - $899.90 HJC unleashed a superb Disney Pixar Mike Wazowski design for a stunning visual effect without any compromise on comfort or security. Featuring an advanced P.I.M. Plus (Premium Integrated Matrix Plus) fibreglass aerodynamic shell, ACS (Advanced Channeling Ventilation System) full front-to-back airflow, RapidFire shield replacement system, emergency kit cheek pads, wider eye port, enhanced shield dual lock, Multicool interior, removable and washable crown and cheek pads, glasses friendly, breath guard and chin curtain included, comes standard with a 2D dark smoke shield and anti-fog insert lens and additional stickers. Available sizes S – XL. RPHA 70 BALIUS MC-10SF - $649.90 Features an extremely lightweight and compact shell construction, premium integrated Matrix / P.I.M. Plus shell including carbon and carbon-glass hybrid fabric, dual-purposed top vent intake and exhaust…

dakar rally 2019

DAKAR RALLY 2019 was classed as one of the most difficult in recent history. Held in Peru again, the majority of the ten stage routes were deep, soft sand that claimed many riders (and cars, trucks and quads). Four Aussies contested this year’s event. Rodney Faggotter, Ben Young, James Ferguson and a previous winner and current FIM Cross Country Rallies Champion, Toby Price. Rodney went out with mechanical failure early on, while Ben and James rode extremely good stages to finish up 51st and 67th respectively. But all eyes were on ‘The Beast with the broken wrist’, Toby Price. Having broken his wrist only a couple of weeks before Dakar he was in doubt that he might even get on a bike, but he did; then even Toby wasn’t sure he’d…