Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist November 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

For the love of bikes IS THERE A motorcycle you’ve regretted getting rid of? You know, that one special bike that pulls at your heart strings when you see or hear one nowadays? I think the one that really burns for me is when I sold my 1984 Suzuki Katana 1100. I’d lusted after an 1100 Katana for many years, finally got one, restored it and pretty much sold it straight away. I guess the offer of loads of cash in my pocket took over from sitting back and really thinking about it. I remember a bloke in the Katana Australia club telling me I’d regret selling it, and to resist the urge to cash in until a few months had passed. He was right. All that remains is my memory…


TAKE OVER After a 55-years-long partnership with NF Importers, Ducati is now ready to take the next step in the markets in Australia and New Zealand by opening a fully owned subsidiary which will become effective starting from 1 April 2020. Previously managed by private distributor, NF Importers, Australia & New Zealand have become one of the world’s main Ducati markets outside of Europe. NF Importers, the current Ducati importer, started the Ducati distribution in Sydney in 1964, expanding the network throughout the years up to 24 dealerships that today cover the entire continent as well as New Zealand, providing Ducati customers with hubs and points of reference for their passion and needs in terms of service, community and products. After 55 years of partnership, NF Importers and Ducati together decided to make a…

royal enfield himalayan

SOMETIMES YOU ARE riding along, and you just aren’t there. Not the ‘there’ in the domestic sense. You find yourself in another place, another country, another time. I do that a lot on boring freeway rides, getting away from the world I live in. Motorcycling, especially on adventure-style bikes, allows you to find that nirvana. I was plonking along nicely at the rear of our large press group up around the Tweed Caldera (look it up, it’s a geological wonder) in northern NSW. I was on the Royal Enfield Himalayan launch for the upgraded 411cc single, now fitted with a fuel injection system and ABS (which cannot be switched off) and I should have been living in the moment. But I found myself drifting off to Pokhara and 1987, when Nepal…


PRICE: $6490 plus on roads WARRANTY:Two years or 20,000 kilometres SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 5000km or 12 months ENGINE:Air cooled single cylinder, single cam, 2 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 78 x 86mm DISPLACEMENT: 411cc COMPRESSION: 9.5:1 POWER: 18.5 Kw@ 6500rpm TORQUE: 32Nm @ 4250rpm TRANSMISSION: 5-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, chain drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 200mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, travel 180mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 800mm, weight 191kg (dry), fuel capacity 15 litres, wheelbase 1465mm TYRES: Front: 90/90/21 Rear: 120/90/17 FRAME: Half duplex double cradle BRAKES: Front, 300 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper Rear, 240 mm disc, single piston floating caliper FUEL CONSUMPTION: 3.5 litres per 100km (estimated), unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 428km COLOURS: Snow, Sleet and Granite VERDICT: NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH OR RIVER TOO DEEP…

the best of british

“I JUST WANT TO take a look,” I said to the obligatory blonde who was redirecting traffic away from Lake Louise. Have you ever noticed how often lollipop people are young blondes? Apparently they’re less likely to be abused by drivers. Makes sense, I guess, even in Canada where it’s hard to imagine any driver abusing anyone. “I promise I won’t park.” She shook her blonde mop, rather attractively I must admit, but she wasn’t about to budge. “Go five kilometres back along the freeway and park, and you can catch a free shuttle into town,” she said, obviously having repeated those instructions all day. I tried lying and told here that I had named my younger daughter Louise after the town, but it didn’t work. She did another attractive headshake…

i would like to especially recommend:

MOTOQUEST, as always. If you’re interested in a tour or a rental bike on the West Coast, take advantage of their offices in Anchorage, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Just look them up at or ring 907-272-2777 and tell them I sent you.You won’t get a bike for free, as I do, but they will treat you with courtesy and respect.Then again, they treat everybody that way. ADVENTURE HOTEL / HOSTEL, NELSON BC, 250-352-7211, . Big hotel/hostel in the middle of town, pleasant bar and dining room, off-road motorcycle parking. RIVER’S WAY, CLEARWATER BC, 778-220-0271, 301 Riverview Crescent, Clearwater, BC V0E 1N2, Canada Beautiful little place in a quiet neighborhood, secure motorcycle parking. Rozz is a terrific host. KASLO HOTEL & PUB, KASLO BC, 250-353-7714, 430 Front St, Kaslo, BC…