Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist June 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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ktm 790 adventure r

IF YOU’VE RIDDEN a KTM before you’ll know they’re normally a little more ‘hardcore’ or raw than their competition and I was expecting a similar experience when I got hold of the 790 Adventure R. How that all changed when I fired up the 790 and rode off… Rather than creating that rawness, KTM has produced a premium adventure tourer that rides extremely well to the dirt and on it. They have realised you have to ride on the bitumen to get to the dirt and then once you get to the dirt it needs to behave just like a KTM is supposed to. This can be a hard combo to get right, but they did it. You will read further on in this issue about Ralph’s view on the road-biased…


EXTENSION Yamaha Motor Australia has introduced a three month warranty extension to give motorcycle customers added peace of mind in these uncertain times. The initiative has been introduced to ensure that customers who are unable to use their Yamaha products during the current period of enforced inactivity are not left disadvantaged. The Three month Warranty Extension applies to all Motorcycle, Outboards and WaveRunner products and to these groups between 1 April and 30 June 2020: • Existing warranty holders • Warranties that expire within this period • New models purchased within this period TAKE THAT BACK We reported not so long ago that Norton Motorcycles had closed down and not to expect another Norton again, especially after the amount ex-CEO, Stuart Garner owed and the general stink around the way he conducted the business. Well, the Indians may…

bertrand “the frog” cadart

IF BERTRAND CADART had been a little less annoying, I would not be writing this now. The musical tastes of the Pacific islands would not be what they are, Mad Max would have been a different film, and Bertrand would almost certainly not have been awarded the Chevalier de L’ordre National du Mérite, an order reserved for those with distinguished military or civil achievements who are not French citizens and therefore not normally entitled to the Legion of Honour. Talk about irony. I wonder if his commanding officer in New Caledonia, where Bertrand served as a French Marine back in the ‘70s, was still alive to see that Knighthood being awarded. It was this officer who made sure that Bertrand was in the brig for insubordination or something like it when…

gettin’ dirty

THIS DIRTY MAP is an awesome ride and one that I do quite regularly. In fact, if you do this ride you may well come across me testing an adventure bike. This is the perfect route for adventure machines so churn it up! KURRAJONG Kurrajong, the Aboriginal name for ‘shade tree’, which grew in abundance in the town, was settled around 1790. In earlier times the seeds of the trees were roasted as a coffee substitute. Prior to 1823, attempts to cross the Blue Mountains had been unsuccessful until Archibald Bell followed some Aboriginal women who had been kidnapped by the Springwood tribe. Wheeny Creek runs through the Kurrajong area to the Colo River. The area was renowned for its orchards and a steam rail link was opened in 1926. This helped farmers to…


PRICE: $22,695 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 799cc liquid-cooled parallel cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 70kW @ 8000rpm TORQUE: 89Nm @ 6600rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 48mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compresson and rebound, travel 240mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 240mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 880mm, weight 189kg (dry), fuel capacity 20 litres, wheelbase 1528mm TYRES: Front, 90/90/21. Rear, 150/70/18 BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston switchable ABS calipers. Rear, 260mm disc, two-piston switchable ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5.06 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 395km COLOURS:White/Black/Orange VERDICT: REFINED HARDCORE TRAVELLER…

burra’s and lagoon’s

Starting out of Kurrajong jump onto Grose Vale Road and make your way to Bowen Mountain Road. Follow this to the end and turn right. A few hundred metres up you’ll be on Burralow Fire Trail (go around the rocks). When you get to the end, turn left, follow this road again and turn/veer left once you get to the Y intersection. You’re now on Patterson Range Fire Trail. Follow your nose north which will spit you out on Bells Line of Road at Bilpin. Turn left and head west. About four kilometres along you need to turn right onto Mountain Lagoon Road. Follow the bitumen for a while and it will soon turn to dirt as you approach a small incline. You’re now on Mountain Lagoon Trail. Follow it to…