Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist March 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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THE FIRES ACROSS THE country have been devastating to say the least, but as you’ll read in this issue (thanks, Bob) we need to get out there and help these communities rebuild. As motorcyclists we’re pretty good at getting out into a lot of the areas that have been affected by fire. The roads are mostly fine and now is the time to get out there to spend some money. Every little bit helps – a sandwich at a café, some petrol and maybe a wander around the town you’re visiting to see if anything takes your fancy in the variety of shops. If you’re one of those affected by the fires, let us know, I’m sure there are plenty of our readers willing to give a hand if needed. It had…


WHAT A CHAMPION! The beginning of the year always marks the time when Dakar Rally kicks off. Held in Saudi Arabia for the first time, the 42nd edition of the event saw many challenges for all competitors. Aussie Toby Price claimed an impressive third-place finish at the close of the final stage. With two stage wins during the course of the event, the outgoing champion showed outstanding pace, resolve and compassion, having come across the devastating crash of friend and competitor, Paulo Goncalves (who sadly died) and staying with him until he was airlifted out, causing Toby to lose a lot of time. Toby rode on with a heavy heart and made up time, being 24min 6secs from the lead after the final 12th stage. After following the event on the…

southern man (and woman)

Why take an organised tour?“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”SOUTH AFRICAN PROVERB SOME YEARS AGO, we ran a survey to find out just which destinations really revved your engines. With one exception, the places you voted for were in the northern hemisphere; the exception being New Zealand. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. After all, the traditional motorcycle destinations like Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway in the US, the Alps, the Isle of Man and the Norwegian fjords were all up there. It was reasonable to find them the most popular. Since then, however, I’ve found so many wonderful destinations down here south (or nearly south) of the equator that I thought we’d better put together a…

what’s on offer in the south?

SOUTH AFRICA RIDE THE WORLD MOTORCYCLE TOURS TOUR 10 Days - Royal Enfield South Africa Tour - Cape Town round trip. DURATION 11 days in total DATES 9 May 2020 and 19 September 2020. COSTING 1 Rider / 1 Bike / 1 Room: From AU$ 5,950.00 per person 2 Riders / 2 Bikes / 1 Room: From AU$ 5,490.00 per person Price for Pillion Passenger - From AU$ 2,745 per person BRIEF DESCRIPTION Explore the Cape Peninsula, South Africa on a Royal Enfield Bullet. Starting in Cape Town we ride along the coast on Route 44, visiting ‘Shark Alley’, Cape Agulhas, Route 62 through the Little Karoo, Meiringspoort. Try cage diving with sharks. Spend a night in a tented game lodge with an afternoon game drive. Ride over the Swartberg Pass staying in a village in the Great Karoo. Explore Storms River where the…

indian chieftain limited

LET’S GO WITH THE facts first. The empirical hard-torque ones, the put that in your pipe and smoke ’em ones. In the Milwaukee corner, if you opt for the new 118ci, 1923cc, 169.4Nm engine vs the Wisconsin-made Indian Thunder Stroke 116ci, 1890cc, 168Nm powerplant - then you add the slip-on accessory mufflers ($2000) and freer-flowing air filter ($800), which includes a retune you get a claimed seventeen percent more American grunt dished out in the lighter Indian package. Yes, you can feel the extra kick in the butt despite the minuscule capacity difference. Now you may feel that size and tugboat-like pulling power isn’t the first port of call for buyers in the cruiser market? Better think again because just like Hollywood power couple George and Amal Clooney – both looks and…

all in the family

The Indian motorcycle family breakdown is quite easy to work out and the ‘Limited’ we rode sits near the top of the tree. The Scout range is the entry point with an 1183cc water-cooled V-twin starting from $19,995 for the Scout and Scout Bobber. The exciting 1203cc FTR 1200 jumps up a little at $20,995 although there is a run-out special at $17,995 at the moment (2019 stock in February 2020). The FTR S is worth every cent of the extra $2000. Kicking up a class and starting from $30,995 is the Chief cruiser range of the Dark Horse and Vintage, both running the 111ci Thunder Stroke donk. Baggers are next and starting from $34,995, running the 111ci engine are the Springfield, the Springfield Dark and our Chieftain Limited and the Dark Horse…