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Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist

November 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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in this issue

1 min.
who is motoradd tours

Motorrad Tours is an Official Travel Partner of BMW Motorrad, founded by Richard Millington, the man behind the words inw this feature. Richard has years of experience and literally millions of miles of route planning and tour delivery under his belt. Between Richard and his team of tour leaders, they have a comprehensive knowledge of the best riding destinations on planet Earth and they’ve spent the last decade perfecting riding adventures around them. From the Highlands of Scotland to the rice paddies of Vietnam, Motorrad Tours trips keep people coming back time and time again. So if you want to see the best a country has to offer the adventurous motorcyclist, give Motorrad Tours a call on +44 (0)1622 776686 or log onto their website motorrad-tours.com to see where they…

1 min.

PRICE: $49,995 (ride away) WARRANTY: Five years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12 months MOTOR: Internal Permanent Magnetic Synchronour Motor with Water Jacket Cooling POWER: 78kW TORQUE: 116Nm TRANSMISSION:‘Twist and Go’, belt final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 43mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 115mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 115mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 780mm, weight 251kg (ready to ride), wheelbase 1490mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 180/55/ZR17 BRAKES: Front, twin 300mm discs with radial four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 300mm disc, twin-piston ABS caliper. BATTERY CONSUMPTION: Claimed 152 – 235km depending on mode and type of riding COLOURS:Vivid Black, Yellow Fuse, Orange Fuse VERDICT: Embrace the new addiction…

9 min.
strike it rich ... with this gem

SO, ANYWAY THERE’S NO mine, no diggings, without their mullock piles and noodling for good pubs is no different – clichéd themed oh-so-cute and quaint joints with transient staff and oblivious management with zero-care factors about the organic entity of which they are briefly a part, are the inevitable slag piles of fossicking for the gems of the outback hotel landscape. A few years back I was told live on air during an interview on Darwin breakfast radio, by the manager of a pub in the Territory, that I should visit ‘her’ pub so I could do a yarn about it. “Emma, I’ve actually been to the Daly Waters Pub three times and there’re reasons it’s not in the book. Can I ask you the same questions I’ve asked each of the…

4 min.
yamaha yzf-r15 version 3.0 variably acting

YAMAHA’S TIDDLER, THE R15, has been around for a few years now. You might have had your Uber Eats delivered by an R15 as it’s a popular choice among the Uber riders. For 2020 this latest model (Version 3.0) has been totally revised. The main talking point of the new R15 is the engine. A high-compression, 155cc single-cylinder engine delivers claimed class-leading performance thanks to the new Variable Value Actuation (VVA) system, producing more power and torque than ever before. The cylinder head features a single cam that actuates the four valves. The rocker arms on the inlet valves shift between two lobes, one profiled to suit low rpm running, and another with a more aggressive lobe profile for high revving performance. The rocker arms are switched between the two lobes via…

3 min.
tell a tall story

THIS MONTH’S MAP IS all about one section of this route – Storys Creek Road. It is used as one of the timed sections for Targa Tasmania and if it’s good enough for tin top drivers, it’s even more reason for a motorcycle and you riding it to enjoy it. The rest of this route is awesome as well. The first section is a little ho-hum but there’s nice countryside to see. LAUNCESTON Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights. Also one of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial…

9 min.
close-by adventures

SIND SIE DEUTSCHER?” SAID Frau Lindner. “Ja,” I replied, intent on keeping things simple. wissen Sie das?” “Die Aufkleber auf Ihren Satteltaschen sind meistens von Deutschland.” Aha. The stickers on the F 750 GS’s panniers had given me away. I’m not actually German – any more – but I do go back to the Old Country regularly and I can’t resist collecting stickers that remind me of my ancestry. I should say I did go back; the virus has locked me up in Australia as it has most people except ex-PMs who will, with a bit of luck, stay away. Don’t extract too much about my politics from my distaste for Tony Abbott. I’m one of those unfortunates who is to the right of Genghis Khan where his left-wing friends are concerned,…