Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist June 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

Flyin’ high! IT’S BEEN EXTREMELY busy for me lately – a little more than usual as I’ve been to Spain for the Ducati Diavel 1260 launch and ridden half of the BMW GS Safari amongst getting all the other material ready for your delectation. It was my first time to Spain, flying into Madrid, then having a domestic flight to Malaga. It was where I learnt a lesson of international travel. The local airline, Iberia, has a rather different check-in policy to anywhere else in the world I’ve travelled. Just because you’ve booked a ticket does not guarantee you a seat! They require you to check-in online the day before the flight (to basically say you’ll be there), then check-in for real when you get to the airport for your flight. I rocked…


BIG MUZZ RETIRES After 32 years legend, Murray Sayle is retiring from Kawasaki Motors Australia. Murray officially retires on the 30th of June 2019 with his last day in the Kawasaki office on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Murray has a well-known passion for the Kawasaki brand. The green blood infiltrated Murray’s system in-full once he stepped on-board the H2R 750cc 3-cylinder race bike for Ron Toombs in 1974. “My proudest racing moment was winning the Australian Road Race Championship in 1978, but I still regret not winning the New Zealand Marlboro 250 series in 1977-78” – Murray Sayle. Murray has been a good friend to us and we here at Australian Motorcyclist wish him all the best for the future. ANGELS FLYING HIGH Pirelli presents Angel GT II, the new tyre that claims to rewrite the…

ducati diavel 1260

I NEEDED TO BE on my game when I stumbled out of the Iberia plane in Malaga and it was just as well that I kind of pulled up okay from the long flights. Not only was I riding the new ‘devil’ (or “Mega Monster” as Ducati call it) Diavel, now in 1260 form, but being in Spain I needed to remember to stay on the right hand side of the road! I survived, and I don’t think I resembled a tourist with no idea. It might not look like it to you and me, but the new Ducati Diavel 1260 has seen many changes from the outgoing model. They have made it a much nicer devil. Ducati claims around 90% of the new Diavel is different from the old…


PRICE: $34,890 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 15,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled L-twin cylinder, 4-stroke, Desmodromic, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 106 x 71.5mm DISPLACEMENT: 1262cc COMPRESSION: 13.0:1 POWER: 117kW @ 9500rpm TORQUE: 129Nm @ 7500rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 48mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 130mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 780mm, weight 244kg (wet), fuel capacity 17 litres, wheelbase 1600mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 240/45/ZR17 FRAME:Tubular steel trellis BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 265mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A COLOURS: Grey, Black VERDICT: LET LOOSE THE DEVIL INSIDE…

fly me to the… shops?

HOW MANY STORIES have we seen now about flying motorcycles? Some of them are clearly in serious development, some are wildly futuristic. Others seem to be both; Swiss-based Frenchman Ludovic Lazareth is working on a four-wheeled ‘bike’ he calls “La Moto Volante” which looks like every Stormtrooper’s nightmare. As happens so often, the Japanese have been working quietly on a concept that’s now been revealed as close to production. What’s more, it is intended for a genuine role in third-world transport. Tokyo-based venture company A.L.I. Technologies Inc. which mainly develops small drones, hopes to sell the product, called a “hover bike,” in emerging economies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia with poor road infrastructure. The company aims to release the mass-market flying motorcycle by 2022, Chief Executive Officer Shuhei Komatsu said.…

good, better… best?

AS I’M SURE YOU’LL recall, Voltaire said, “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”. And so, New Zealand’s South Island regularly eclipses the North for visiting motorcyclists. Is that fair? There is probably no doubt that the South Island’s package of attractions makes it “le mieux”. Snow-capped mountains, fjords, lakes and hot springs along with some outstanding roads and the constant expectation that the Riders of Rohan will pop up on the next ridge create a pretty much unrivalled combination. But if we narrow things down a bit and settle for slightly (and only slightly) less impressive scenery, the North Island comes up quite well. I decided to see just how “bien” it could be by sampling a road I had never ridden despite my many visits to Unzud. State Highways 2 and…