Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist August 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



THE EUROPEANS HAVE long been at the forefront of making trick frames for Japanese engines. There are still some custom frame builders around but nowadays it’s hard to make a modern performance bike even better. It’s also not easy to turn a shit box into a thing of beauty and wonder; and only those with a huge work ethic and vision made a name for themselves building custom frames for Jap engines back in the ’70s and ’80s. Sure, there were some Brits around earlier than that, like Colin Seeley for example, probably the best known of them. I’ve often wondered what a Moto Martin, Spondon, Harris, or a McIntosh were like to ride. Were they a wank, for poseurs who wanted to stand apart from the great unwashed? Building one…


PRICE: $5799 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 2-cylinder BORE x STROKE: 68 x 44.1mm DISPLACEMENT: 321cc COMPRESSION: 11.2:1 POWER: 31.3kW @ 10,750rpm TORQUE: 29.6Nm @ 9000rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, chain drive SUSPENSION: Front 41mm telescopic fork, travel 130mm. Rear monoshock travel 125mm DIMENSIONS: Seat height 780mm, weight 168 kg (dry), fuel capacity 14 litres, wheelbase 1390mm TYRES: Front 110/70-17, Rear 140/70-17 FRAME:Tubular steel double cradle BRAKES: Front, 298mm disc with twin-piston ABS caliper. Rear, 220mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper FUEL CONSUMPTION: 3.8 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 430km COLOURS: Ice Fluo,Yamaha Blue, Black VERDICT: ROSSI APPROVES? WE LIKE!…

found it

The next morning I leave Armatree and head north toward Walgett and along the way I stop to catch up with Adam Macrae who runs Tyrone Station. Adam’s a very vocal and passionate leader of the push against the Pilliga Gas line which Santos wants to run through his and many other properties against the wishes of the owners. Like many others he’s primarily concerned with the endangerment to the Great Artesian Basin, the purity of which is crucial to the very existence of vast tracts of the inland. I jump in his battered ute and we head just over half an hour out from his homestead and into the bush because Adam knows where the ruins are of the Tyrone Hotel. On the drive he tells me of the gas company…

wine ‘n’ dine

Starting out of Cessnock jump onto Wine Country Road heading north. Turn left onto Broke Road and follow to the end. Turn left at the roundabout and right at the next roundabout to stay on Broke Road. Follow all the way to the end and turn left onto Wollombi Road. Follow this south with the road name turning into Paynes Crossing Road. As you get into Wollombi turn left onto Wollombi Road and follow it all the way back to Cessnock. Now it’s time to enjoy more Hunter Valley delights. Distance – 96km Fuel – Cessnock, Broke, Wollombi TEAR-OUT MAP #78 COLLECT THEM ALL…


URAL SAHARA PRICE: $27,490 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 5,000km or 12 months ENGINE: OHV air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke “boxer” (flat twin) BORE x STROKE: 78 x 78mm DISPLACEMENT: 749cc COMPRESSION: 8.6:1 POWER: 30.5kW @ 5500rpm TORQUE: 57Nm @ 4300rpm TRANSMISSION: 4-speed (and a reverse), dry dual-plate clutch, shaft final drive SUSPENSION: Front, IMZ leading link fork. Rear, twin shocks, adjustable preload, Sidecar adjustable preload DIMENSIONS: Seat height 785mm, weight 335kg (dry), fuel capacity 19 litres, wheelbase ---mm TYRES: Front/Rear/Sidecar: 4.00 X 19. All wheels interchangeable FRAME:Tubular steel double cradle BRAKES: Front, 4-piston fixed Brembo caliper, 295mm disc. Rear, HB big bore single piston integrated floating caliper 256mm disc. Sidecar, 2-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 245mm floating Ng rotor FUEL CONSUMPTION: 6.9 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 273km plus 144km from the standard jerry-can COLOURS: Sand VERDICT: EASTERN BLOC…

letter of the month

GERARD IS THIS month’s letter winner. He rode to the highest motorable road, broke down and had to endure a truck ride back to civilisation. For the good and bad luck Gerard you’ve won the awesome Nelson-Rigg backpack and T-shirt. Send me your size. Cheers, Stuart. GETTING HIGH G’day Peter et al, I thought I’d share this photo. The air was a bit thin up there. It was my fifth crossing of the La. The Army goes everywhere. Regards, Gerard Cawley. HIGHER AGAIN G day again and all, I did manage to get to the highest motorable road. Unfortunately the bike broke down and I had to finish the journey by truck. Regards, Gerard Cawley.…