Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist January 2020

"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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A couple of months after my visit, I get a call from Phil and he doesn’t sound good. The previous afternoon Alwyn’s carer had helped him shower and he’d gone to his bedroom to dress.Too long passed and she pushed the door open. ‘Dad’ was on his bed motionless. He’d sat down and passed away, as peacefully and as tranquilly as he’d lived. The town was in shock. I thank him for calling and he thanks me for my interest and when I tell him,“I’m sure you helped make his last few years fuller and happier than they may have been,” the publican, the person just says he hopes so,“because that’s why we’re here.” I make myself an excuse to head out to the river bend country. I’m told the funeral…

the right ingredients

Great pub run by a great publican in a great town. Phil knows how to make everyone who comes in feel right at home, and the regulars appreciate his efforts and amplify the welcome you’ll get. At only 2 hours from Adelaide by the shortest route, less than an hour more via Murray Bridge then following the river, if I lived and worked in the City of Churches I’d be heading there after Friday night knock-off at least once a month. The pub opens at ten each morning and there’s a choice of eight beers on tap with SA pints costing $7.00 to $7.50 and their schooners (NSW middies) between $5.00 - $6.00. Meals are well priced and not deep-fried dominated. There’s no special deals or facilities for bike riders and stay…

editor speaks

Back in the groove I’LL start this month’s editorial saying, The Bear and Ralph got it easy the last month as they both got to go to EICMA to not only see all the latest and greatest two wheeled machines, but also all the pretty ladies that adorn a lot of these machines – half their luck! All while I stayed to do the ‘work’. I recently raced at the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship in the Superbike Masters support class at Sydney Motorsport Park. The plan was for me to sort out the handling on The Beast (our ’89 FZR1000) as Alex has always liked how I set up a bike and it was time to get the handling as we want it. The plan started well, after the…

what say you

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marcel bode

MARCEL IS THE Business Unit Manager Moto for Pirelli Tyres Australia and is responsible for the premium brands of Pirelli and Metzeler. AMM Marcel you have an enviable position in the Australian motorcycling landscape. Tyres are an expensive item and it must be great to have a warehouse to go and plunder. How did you get to this point? MARCEL I have been riding motorcycles since I was 18 yearS old, always loved bikes so it was logical to get into the motorcycle industry coming out of school with a marketing diploma. I went first into sales, working for the largest European motorcycle dealer in Europe (at that time) in the Netherlands, then joined the Benelux private distributor of Harley-Davidson, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Malaguti and Hyosung in their marketing team. During that…