Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist April 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."

Australian Motorcyclist Magazine Pty Ltd.
12 期号


editor speaks

Pure Harassment I HAVE just come back from the World Superbike Championship, held . has to be one of the best racetracks in the world and with Mother Nature turning on a glorious patch of blue with a light cool breeze off the ocean to keep you lightly cool in the blazing sun was something that topped off a great weekend of racing. And that racing was surprising and action packed through all classes. But not all was well. One thing that caught my eye was the blatant harassment of motorcyclists by the Victorian Police. I picked up Ralph on my way down to the Island in a lovely BMW X4 M Sport car as BMW was the reason I was headed to WSBK – for their team launch. About 30 kilometres from…


DESTINATION UNZUD “Destination Paradise” could easily be the motto of the seventh edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy which will hit the ground in early 2020. BMW Motorrad revealed that it will take place in New Zealand – just another dream destination for most adventure riders worldwide. The participating nations now face a busy time, hosting their qualifiers and selecting their teams for this exciting and unique global adventure competition. Eighteen international teams, plus, as in the 2016 and 2018 editions, an international female contingent will be selected during the next months. Reckon you’ve got what it takes? Visit for more. ANY ROAD, ANY TIME The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE is a versatile motorcycle built for sport riding and touring. Featuring a premium package of technology and equipment, standard fitment…

royal enfield 650 twins

CREATING HYPE and then maintaining the momentum until the bike in question is finally released seems to becoming the norm. Royal Enfield has produced many teasers along the way for the release of the new 650 twin cylinder range comprising the Interceptor and Continental GT. Behind the scenes, Royal Enfield has been growing quickly of late. In 2018 it produced near 850,000 motorcycles, that’s about 80,000 per month. The plan for 2019 is to roll out just over one million! To achieve those numbers, Royal Enfield clearly needed bikes like the 650 range. The company was obviously aware of the need to get the Twins right, too, because they hired several development riders who have worked for more well-known brands to help hone the design of the 650. One of them is…


PRICE: $8440 & 8640 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE:Air/oil-cooled parallel twin cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 78 x 67.8mm DISPLACEMENT: 648cc COMPRESSION: 9.5:1 POWER: 35kW @ 7250rpm TORQUE: 52Nm @ 5250rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 110mm. Rear, twin-shock, adjustable preload, travel 88mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 804mm (Int), 793mm (GT), weight 202kg (dry) (Int), 198kg (dry) (GT), fuel capacity 13.7 (Int), 12.5 (GT) litres, wheelbase 1398mm TYRES: Front, 100/90/18. Rear,130/70/18 FRAME:Tubular steel BRAKES: Front, 320mm disc with four-piston ABS caliper. Rear, 240mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: Roughly around 300km COLOURS: Interceptor: Orange Crush, Silver Spectre, Ravishing Red, Mark Three, Baker Express, Glitter & Dust. GT: Ice Queen, Black Magic,Ventura Blue, Dr. Mayhem, Mister Clean.…

tassie’s hot!

A BUSHFIRE, LOOKING WEST FROM THE GED. TASMANIA SUFFERS BUSHFIRES JUST LIKE THE MAINLAND, BUT FORTUNATELY THEY SEEM TO BE RARE ON THE EAST COAST. OVER HERE, TASSIE IS HOT IN MUCH NICER WAYS. YOU WOULDN’T THINK that at less than 70,000km² Tasmania could be home to several different climatic zones, but there you go; you probably wouldn’t think that it holds one of Australia’s ‘Greats’, either. In history, the word ‘great is handed out sparingly. People like Alexander or Friedrich received the soubriquet and deserved it, whereas today in Australia it can be applied to a hamburger or a TV commercial. Happily, it has been saved for some of the best of our roads. You would know two of them, both in Victoria: the Great Ocean Road and the Great Alpine…

super specials

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A discount? We put the call out to the manufacturers and distributors for their upcoming specials and here is where you can save some hard earned for the next month or so… MERLIN PILSBURY JACKET - $299.95 As part of the expansive heritage range, the Merlin Pilsbury jacket offers classic styling whilst retaining all the features of a modern motorcycling jacket. A classic mid length men’s jacket with adjustment belt at the waist, the Pilsbury is made from premium 1.2mm cow hide leather and features CE Level 1 Safetech Italian elbow and shoulder armour, with the option of using back armour courtesy of the inbuilt pocket. Internally the Pilsbury features a mesh lining for improved air circulation along with a removable full length thermal liner, allowing for comfort and year…