Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist May 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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editor speaks

Time to have fun! IT SEEMS 2019 has got off to a pretty slow start. Sales of motor vehicles in general have been slow, although as of the beginning of March there seems to have been a lot more activity. Did everyone have too big a New Year’s drink and we are only just sobering up? Or is it the way the industry used to be a decade or so ago, when bikes would start flying out the door around April/May after the year’s new models had arrived? It would be interesting to know your thoughts. I have been reading a lot of comments from people in the motorcycle industry with many of them bickering among themselves, this can’t be a healthy way to carry on in such a small market. We…


TIME TO RALLY The Possum has put together all the latest dates of the upcoming rallies in this country. They are –MAY 3 – 5: XS1100 Rally, Wellington Caves Caravan Park - see XS1100 Australia website. 10 – 12: Loaded Dog Rally, Tarago Showgrounds. Catered lunch Sat to brekkie Sun. 17 – 19: Ruptured Budgie Rally, Moto Guzzi Club QLD. at Mingoola, 60km west of Tenterfield. Catered and bar. 17 – 19: Pelikan Rally, BMW Club SA, Camp Kedron, Barmera SA. Catering for pre-registered. JUNE 8 – 10: 50th Alpine Rally, Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly. BYO everything. For this year only, c/vans etc welcome. Get to this one, it’s going to big! 8 – 10: SA Ranges Rally, Farina Campground, Farina SA. BYO everything. 7 – 10: Wintersun Rally, Olympic Park, Mildura. Firewood, showers, catering. 21 – 23: Casper Rally, Abercrombie…

triumph scrambler 1200 xe

I COULD THROW OUT ALL subjectivity with the bathwater and admit I instantly fell in love with the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE. Taking only the first few hundred metres exiting the hotel in Lorne Victoria, through the first set of curves leading towards the famed Great Ocean Road the love gushed. My inner sweeping needle was edging to the maximum 10 out of 10 for power, torque, light clutch, sweet gearbox and strong, progressive Brembo M50 brakes. There was an intangible ‘this is just right’ feel to it. I had already called it a stunner for looks and build quality during the Media presentation the night before. The XE was a laid-down misère so I might as well spend the time pool-side sipping on Triomphe D’Anis cocktails, enjoying two days with…

looking for inspiration?

You can choose your own add-ons from the 80 plus items on the current accessories list or get Triumph to do the work for you by going down the prepared road with load up at-purchase options which include the ‘Escape’ and ‘Extreme’ models.At $2664.55 and $3278.50 they come loaded with cosmetic and performance enhancements. The Escape comes with panniers and racks, handguards, grab-rack, LED fog lights, short screen, flyscreen, centre stand and heated grips while the Extreme comes with a lot of fruit which include the High-Level ‘Arrow’ Silencer, aluminium radiator guard, machined oil filler cap, and much, much more.…


PRICE: $21,700 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 16,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled two-cylinder, 4-stroke, 270-degree DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 97.6 x 80mm DISPLACEMENT: 1200cc COMPRESSION: 11.0:1 POWER: 66.2kW @ 7400rpm TORQUE: 110Nm @ 3950rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 47mm inverted fork, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 250mm. Rear, twin shocks, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 250mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 840mm, weight 205kg (dry), fuel capacity 16 litres, wheelbase 1530mm TYRES: Front, 90/90/21. Rear, 150/70/17. FRAME:Tubular steel double cradle BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 255mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 320km COLOURS: Fusion White and Brooklands Green, Cobalt Blue and Jet Black VERDICT: SCRAMBLING IN STYLE…

taking the air

YOU DON’T NEED A destination to go for a ride. When I was starting out on my motorcycling life, it was a point of honour that we’d start out on weekend rides without any idea where we were headed. Over the mountains, or along the coast. And then? Who knew. Usually we’d be back in time for work on Monday but there was that time when we found ourselves in the Hermidale pub late one Sunday afternoon, having ridden up from Nymagee, and we just knew we weren’t going to make work the next day. So we had a few more drinks. Getting lost isn’t that hard. “Being lost in Australia gives you a lovely sense of security.”– BRUCE CHATWIN, THE SONGLINES These days I do like to have a destination. Perhaps it’s…