Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist April 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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WE GET EMAILS EVERY now and again from readers asking the question, “why do motorcycles cost so much?”. I thought I’d address this for everyone, rather than continue with the usual email reply. In relative terms, motorcycles are quite well-priced when you think about it. Remember back almost twenty years ago? That 1000cc sports bike was still in the high teens to buy, and with most litre bikes now in the low to mid-twenties it’s a reasonable price increase when you consider how much everything else has gone up in price. Reckon you could buy the same trolley full of groceries you paid $300 for back in the early 2000s? Yeah, right, that trolley load will be more than $600! Bit of a difference compared to the minor price increase of…


GONE Norton Motorcycles has gone into administration owing £300,000 in unpaid tax. Stuart Garner, the CEO of Norton also had two other companies go into administration, one of which was Priest House Hotel in Castle Donington – the place where Nortons were being produced. The administrators are taking all necessary steps to ensure that customers, staff and suppliers are supported through the administration process, however don’t expect Norton to be seen on this planet for a very long time, if ever again. Talk about a string of bad luck – or perhaps bad decisions POWERBALL WIN, A MUST What would be the first motorcycle you buy when your numbers drop in Powerball? Well, how about the Ducati Superleggara V4! The Superleggera V4 is the most powerful and technologically advanced production Ducati ever built…

triumph rocket 3 r & gt

EVERYONE KNOWS THE Triumph Rocket III; originally launched back in 2004, the megalodon-sized two wheeled muscle machine with the massive triple cylinder engine stuffed between your legs. If you’ve ridden one, you’ll know that you have excellent flexibility because you have performed gymnastics better than a gold medal Romanian Olympic gymnast just to stretch yourself around that massive engine. Roll on the many different versions of the Rocket III over the years and into 2020, when we have the release of the new Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT models. Yes, gone are the three ‘Is’, replaced by a more sensible, number ‘3’ in the title. Even if you’re remotely interested in the Rocket 3, you’ll know from the numerous dribbles of information distributed since the bike was first teased last…


PRICE: $27,990 (R), $28,990 (GT) (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 16,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line three cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 110.2 x 85.9mm DISPLACEMENT: 2458cc COMPRESSION: 10.8:1 POWER: 123kW @ 6000rpm TORQUE: 221Nm @ 4000rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, shaft final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 47mm inverted fork, adjustable compression, preload and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable compression, preload and rebound, travel 107mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 773mm (R), 750mm (GT), weight 291kg (R), 294kg (GT) (dry), fuel capacity 18 litres, wheelbase 1667mm TYRES: Front, 150/80/R17. Rear, 240/50/R16 FRAME:Alloy BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston cornering ABS calipers. Rear, 300mm disc, radial mount four-piston cornering ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 7.62 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 236km COLOURS: Korosi Red, Phantom Black (R), Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Phantom Black (GT) VERDICT: MUSCLE…

both clever and art

“BUT THE DEVIL WHOOPS, AS HE WHOOPED OF OLD: ‘IT'S CLEVER, BUT IS IT ART?”- THE CONUNDRUM OF THE WORKSHOPS RUDYARD KIPLING I, AS THE SAYING GOES, have good news and bad news. The good news is that the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is putting together an outstanding exhibition of motorcycles from around the world, called The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire. The exhibition is curated by renowned design curators, physicist Professor Charles M. Falco and writer and filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle, in collaboration with QAGOMA. These are the blokes, as you will know if you follow international motorcycle exhibitions (just kidding), who curated the massively successful Guggenheim show The Art of the Motorcycle. Design, Art, Desire is not just a copy of the Guggenheim’s concept. As Ultan Guilfoyle…

come join me

EVERY NOW AND THEN, you read or see something and the Choir Invisible commences singing in the background. That something is something that you really, really must get to know, or have or experience. The prime example in my life, where motorcycling is concerned, was the Kawasaki Turbo. I saw a picture of the prototype in a magazine (the interwebs were only dreamed of back then) and called Kawasaki Motor Australia. I told the then marketing manager, Roger Young, that I wanted the first one to hit Australian wharves. He regretfully informed me that that one was gone, but I could have the second one. What does that have to do with travel? Simple. I saw the details of the Compass Wild Patagonia tour and got the same itch I’d had when…