Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist October 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

Concerned SMALL capacity motorcycle/ scooter sales are propping up the industry at the moment thanks to the influx of Uber Eats, Deliveroo and so on food deliveries. What is rather concerning to me is the skill of the riders delivering the food. They seem not to care very much about motorcycle maintenance or what it takes to actually ride a motorcycle/scooter on our roads. I’ve seen too many of these riders crash, laugh it off (when they could) and continue on their merry way, with no doubt, your food a little more minced up than expected. First thing I’d like to know – how are they getting their motorcycle licences when they are so crap at riding? Or is it these people are relying on an overseas licence to ride here? Either way…


DOWN TO THE WIRE Aussie TT racer, Davo Johnson won the Classic Superbike TT riding a Kawasaki ZXR750. The race came right down to the final minute which saw Michael Dunlop leading only to have machinery issues with a couple of miles to go. Completing the podium were Derek Sheils (Kawasaki) and James Hillier (Ducati). GO AND GET ROUTED Get Routed has put together an itinerary for a semi-guided tour to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT/ Manx GP in 2020. Participants will be taking their own bikes, shipped from Australia to the UK. Initially you’ll have 2 weeks touring England visiting many places of interest to ‘yer average addict’ - The ACE Cafe, the London Motorcycle Museum, Sammy Miller’s Race Bike Museum, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Haynes International Motor Museum, the Morgan…

suzuki gsx1000s katana

THINK BACK TO the eighties when the German-designed Suzuki 1100 Katana was King. Only the coolest of the cool rode a Katana and the cult following of the name ‘Katana’ is as strong today as it was back then. I should know; I restored an ‘84 1100 Katana at the beginning of the year. I regret selling it, now, but that’s how life rolls sometimes. Much hype has surrounded the release of the 2020 (which is what Suzuki are calling it) Suzuki GSX1000S Katana. There has been shouting from both sides of the fence on the subject of the new Katana – some love it, some hate it. There are also many who are angry that the new Katana looks nothing like the original, and “how could Suzuki use the Katana…


PRICE: $18,990 (ride away) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 73.4 x 59mm DISPLACEMENT: 999cc COMPRESSION: 12.2:1 POWER: 110kW @ 10,000rpm TORQUE: 108Nm @ 9500rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 43mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 130mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 825mm, weight 215kg (wet), fuel capacity 12 litres, wheelbase 1460mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 190/50/ZR17 FRAME:Aluminium twin-spar BRAKES: Front, twin 310mm discs with radial mount four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 245mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A COLOURS: Silver, Black VERDICT:A MUST SEE IN THE FLESH…

dressing off the beaten track

DUCATI or your local dealer Explorer Full-face helmet - $824.26 Created in collaboration with Arai, this is perfect for enduro and off-road use. The light, resistant ScLc fibre shell is equipped with an air vent on the chin and an efficient venting system with air vents which can be easily removed for cleaning. The Dry-Cool inner liner is completely removable and washable. Atacama Fabric Jacket - $1122.70 and Pant - $813.70 Designed by Aldo Drudi and developed with the support of Ducati test riders, this is specific for touring adventures. Consisting of 3 modular layers including a thermal lining and removable H2Out membrane that can be worn separately, it incorporates all the best solutions of the category. An all-season jacket has a big task: it has to keep warm in the winter, cool in…

ducati multistrada 1260 enduro

THE LATEST Multistrada Enduro has just hit the market and despite what I thought in the beginning – that it was just fitted with the larger 1260 engine and a new dash - there’s so much more to this new Enduro version. I headed out in the pouring rain and mega slippery tracks to give it a whirl. The main changes you don’t see with the new Enduro are in the chassis and riding position. The standard seat height has been reduced to 860mm (versus 870mm on the Enduro Pro which this bike replaces). Ducati does offer lower (840mm) and taller (880mm) accessory seats for those shorter or longer in the legs. The steering head is angle is now 25-degrees with 112mm of trail, which gives the new Enduro a more ‘relaxed…