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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 490

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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Citrus Media
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome back

THE ‘UNITED WE BUILD’ ISSUE WENT NUTS AND IT ALMOST SOLD OUT MOST AUSSIE states approved recreational riding last month and, almost instantly, the forests and ride parks where humming with the sounds of trench-digging four-strokes and screaming two-strokes. We were out at Sunny Corner, NSW, and it seemed to be almost as busy as it is on the September weekend the Central Tablelands Motorcycle Club holds its trailbike ride there. It was a positive sign that our industry is back, baby! Unfortunately, some residents were not so excited about our return. Down in Eden, a 29-year-old rider ended up in in ICU with a C4 spinal fracture, busted ribs, a fractured pelvis and a broken elbow after someone strung a cable up across a trail he was riding. Fortunately the rider…

3 min.
wem steps down from mx nats

WILLIAMS EVENT MANAGEMENT is quitting as promoter of the MX Nationals at the end of the season and handing the job back to Motorcycling Australia after 23 years. WEM boss Kevin Williams said he was proud of what the family-run operation had achieved in over two decades. “We began managing the series back in 1997 when there were only two factory-team trucks and a handful of full-time staff in what was essentially a cottage industry,” Williams said. ‘A NEW MODEL NEEDS TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR RACING AT A NATIONAL LEVEL’ “I am extremely proud to see where the industry sits today. Our time promoting MX Nationals is something I will always cherish.” Williams was quick to explain why WEM was handing the job back to MA. “It’s a reflection of the times, where the…

1 min.
rieju price confirmed

RIEJU HAS ANNOUNCED it will begin delivering the first MR300 Racing models in Europe next month, with a reported retail price of 7499 Euro (about $12,500). The news follows Rieju’s unveiling of the MR300 less than two months after the firm came to an agreement with Torot Group to acquire the GasGas enduro platform, plus spare parts distribution rights. Rieju will start with a run of 100 MR300s at its factory in Figueres with the launch price of 7499 Euro. After that, the ask will increase to 8050 Euro (about $A13,500), the same as last year’s GasGas EC300 in Europe. Should the MR300 find its way to Australia, this is an indication that the price could be similar to that of last year’s EC300 under importer UMI. Rieju’s Hard Off-Road family will…

1 min.
open for business

MANUFACTURERS ARE RAMPING up production again as Covid-19 restrictions ease. Yamaha has resumed production at its MBK Industrie assembly plant in France and Motori Minarelli engine factory in Italy after a shutdown from March 16 to May 4. Beta Motorcycles has resumed production in the CV-19 plagued region of Lombardy with a reduced workforce to comply with the safety rules of the Italian Government. In Japan, Yamaha suspended production at all of its motorcycle factories from May 1 to May 22, Kawasaki stopped production at its Akashi plant from April 13 to May 6 and Suzuki’s Hamamatsu motorcycle factory was closed for May 10, but Honda motorcycle factories in Japan did not shut. KTM closed its Mattighofen factory from March 30 to April 10 but production didn’t restart until mid-May, possibly to allow…

3 min.
racing licenses extended

MOTORCYCLING AUSTRALIA IS giving racers an extension on their licenses to compensate for the incredibly dull Covid-19 period. The amount of extra time they get will be decided on a state-by-state basis, dependent on the length of the lockdown period in each. The federal controlling body has also waved the green flag on recreational and non-competitive riding, depending on state restrictions. MA has stressed that participants must still comply with physical distancing restrictions, which means no block passing and no camping or luxury hotels. Tour operators are grappling with how to survive under the latest restrictions. Dave Marsicano from Mt Buller Motorcycle Adventures said he could run tours for up to eight riders, leaving room for the sweep and lead rider but, with no overnight stays he can’t run his usual multi-day tours.…

1 min.
ktm 790 adventure recall

THERE’S BEEN A RECALL of the KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R due to a fault with the rear brake line. If you own one of these two models built between April 30 last year and April 2 this year contact your local KTM dealer. KTM Australia said that due to “material non-conformity” in the brake line, the rear brake may fail under extreme conditions, which wouldn’t be much fun. Kato will replace the brake line leading from the caliper to the ABS modulator. If you own a 790 Adventure and were unaware of the recall, you should contact your dealer. Customers can check online through the KTM Australia website if their motorcycle is part of the recall. The fix takes about 85 minutes and can only be carried out by an…