Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist May 2018

"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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editor speaks

Race Ya! IT’S AMAZING what can be hiding in someone’s garage. Take, for example, the bike I had the pleasure of working on recently at D Moto Motorcycle Engineering. It’s a Bimota YB4 EI which was raced by New Zealander, Andrew Stroud at the Manfield NZ World Superbike round in 1988. This was the first year of the World Superbike Championship and the bikes had to remain very similar to their road going version, including the tail lights, just without the wiring and globes. This particular YB4 I worked on is being recommissioned as a running ex-world superbike and is to be sold by its current owner, Marty. Marty bought the bike from Shanton Racing NZ back in 1989 and basically it has sat in his shed ever since. If you went…


BLINDING RECORD BEN FELTEN REWRITES THE BOOKS Ben Felten has overcome uncertain weather conditions and clinical blindness to break both the Guinness World Record and FIM records for the highest speed for a motorcycle ridden blindfolded (pending ratification), on his standard Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. The Blaxland, NSW man, completed his record breaking feat at the FIM sanctioned World Speed Trials Australia 2018, held directly after the Speed Week 2018 event at Lake Gairdner salt flats in South Australia. He set his best result of 266.685 km/h average speed for a two way run (pending ratification), beating the Guinness World Record by a total of 1.355 km/h. The official records broken were the Guinness World Record for fastest speed for a motorcycle ridden blindfolded and the FIM 1000cc Class Naturally Aspirated / Gasoline…

kawasaki ninja 400

“POPULAR” IS A WORD that can be (and has been) stretched quite a bit over the years but labelling the Kawasaki Ninja 250, 300 and now 400 as “popular” would be an understatement. They have sold massively across the globe and have cult followings. As for the other manufacturers trying to compete against the outgoing Ninja 300: Kawasaki has sliced them in half with the new Ninja 400’s Katana. No, wait… you know what I mean. Released in 2008, the Ninja 250R took the world by storm as a top-class package with racy Ninja styling in a fun and friendly package. I dare say that a number of you reading this now learnt to ride on a Ninja 250. Four years later the Ninja 300 was released and became even more popular,…


PRICE: $7699 (ride away) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 70 x 51.8mm DISPLACEMENT: 399cc COMPRESSION: 11.5:1 POWER: 33.4kW @ 10,000rpm TORQUE: 38Nm @ 8000rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate assist/slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, travel 130mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 785mm, weight 168kg (wet), fuel capacity 14 litres, wheelbase 1370mm TYRES: Front, 110/70/ZR17. Rear, 150/60/ZR17 FRAME:Tubular steel trellis BRAKES: Front, 310mm disc with twin-piston ABS caliper. Rear, 220mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A COLOURS: Lime Green/Ebony (KRT), Metallic Spark Black, Candy Burnt Orange/Metallic Magnetic Gray/Metallic Spark Black VERDICT:THE HIGHEST OF BLACK BELTS…

be as warm as toast

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, winter and the cooler riding months will be upon us. As most motorcyclists know, this means that you should get the right riding gear to keep yourself warm. The Bear has just been riding in America in -1 temperatures and he seconds that enthusiastically! So we thought it was about the right time to give you a look at what’s new and warm so you’re prepared for the old cold. SW DRIRIDER SPRINT JACKET - $369.95 An all season sport jacket made from 900 Denier polyester with carbon shoulder cups, CE armour with hi-density foam back pad, D30 CE back and chest protectors available as optional extras, waterproof and breathable liner, removable 100g thermal liner, mesh comfort liner, microfibre inner collar, neoprene top collar, air-vent system, arm and waist…

get your motor running

SALT SPRAY The Uyuni Salt Flat is one of the best-known places of Bolivia, and on Exmo Tours’ Machu Picchu & Uyuni Salt Flat motorbike tour you get to ride one of the most fascinating goals for any rider. “This is a place of surreal aspect from its particular morphology,” says ExMo’s Andrea Sarani. “In very few places in the world is it possible to penetrate physically into a salt flat of such large dimensions and anyone who has never experienced it will inevitably be attracted. “Reaching the Uyuni Salt Flat already on its own makes for a pleasing experience: the roads in this whole area are most beautiful and have been very recently asphalted. “We pass the night in an excellent hotel, built of salt, equipped with spa, sauna, massage centre and every…