Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist July 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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time to buy

WELL, THE TIME HAS COME to buy myself a bike of my own. I’ve owned many bikes over the years but have now been without a proper ‘rider’ – one that I can just jump on and go – for quite a few years. The Honda Fireblade, Suzuki Katana and now Kawasaki Z900 that I’ve been restoring haven’t been bikes that I could do that with. I have been scouring the pages of Bikesales, Just Bikes, Ebay and Gumtree to see what might take my fancy. I’ve gone from a Suzuki Bandit 1250, to a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm, Ducati 916-998R, Kawasaki ZX-9R, another Fireblade and even considered buying the Phil Tainton Racing Katana you’ll see in this issue. My first consideration was buying a Suzuki Bandit 1250 and using it as a…


GO JACK! Ducati has announced that Jack Miller will be one of the two official Ducati Team riders in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. The company from Borgo Panigale and the 25-year-old Australian rider have reached an agreement for next season with an option to extend the contract for 2022. I’m sure we’ll all be watching with keen eyes and cheering Jack on next season, and for the restart of this year’s. GET TRAINING Revised dates for BMW GS off-road training have been announced for 2020. Sharpen up your off-road skills! Here’s the dates… June 23-24 Adventure Skills / Queensland Moto Park, QLD $695, June 26-27 Adventure Skills / Bright, VIC $695, June 28-29 Adventure Expert / Bright, VIC $695, July 10 Adventure Prep / Dargle, NSW $395, July 11-12 Adventure Skills / Dargle, NSW $695,…

ptr suzuki gsx-1000s katana red hot sword

A HANDFUL OF YEARS AGO, magician Phil Tainton whom some people call the ‘Suzuki Guru’, enhanced a GSX-S1000 with something like 208rwhp – it was the fastest road bike I’d ridden on the street. I also kinda had to shell out some money from my wallet, as the bad boys in blue heard me coming from ten kilometres away. Enough of that, though… Roll on 2020 and the new Katana. A very similar bike to the GSX-S1000 and when I was told a PTR enhanced Katana was heading my way, the drool started flowing. If you haven’t heard of Phil Tainton (what rock have you been hiding under?) he’s not only produced championship winning Superbikes but he waves his magic wand over engines, suspension and everything else to do with a road,…

the rider’s tour 2021

IT HAS BEEN a couple of years since we held an Australian Motorcyclist Magazine Tour but our great association with Paradise Motorcycle Tours has got the brains – Stuart (AMM) and Mike (PMT) --together to come up with our next tour: The Rider’s Tour! This is a tour that is NOT to be missed. It really is going to be that good. Not only will the tour be covering a lot of the best of the South Island, but the cream is we’ll be tying it in with the Burt Munro Challenge – four days of blow your mind racing events, motorcycles, and simply old fashioned motorcycling fun. Before we get into the details, if the first paragraph had you saying, “I’m in already!” well, do not delay and book your…

brough rider

IT IS NOT EVERY motorcycle marque that can claim as its most famous customer a man who died while riding its product. On a rainy Sunday morning in May of 1935, Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence CB DSO swerved his Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle (see box ‘By George!’) to miss two boys on bicycles and crashed, suffering severe head injuries to which he succumbed six days later. If the marque had not been there before, this was enough to write its name into the history books. Do the bikes, and George Brough their builder, deserve the kudos that has been heaped upon them? Not everyone is sure about that. Paul D’Orléans, one of my favourite commentators on matters of classic bikes, writing in the Motorcycle Arts Foundation production ‘The Vintagent’, concedes that Brough Superior…

by george!

Just to clear up a point about TE Lawrence and his motorcycles: he owned eight Brough Superiors, although supposedly the eighth was still being assembled at the factory in Nottingham when he crashed the seventh, George VI.Why was the seventh bike called the sixth? Simply because Lawrence had named his first Brough ‘Boanerges’, a name derived from the Amharic to mean ‘The Thunderer’. To cater to his modest height of 5’5”, he had the tank of George VI modified so it could accommodate a lowered seat and a bespoke lifting handle which the factory had fitted at his request. A story in the British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’, which really should have known better, also noted that “With a nod to his duty as an enlisted aircraftman, serving at RAF Mount Batten near…