Australian Motorcyclist January 2021

"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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
what have you done now!

I DON’T KNOW IF I’VE gone mad, or just love something a bit wild? My immaculate Honda CB1300S has been swapped for a wild, cranky, bucking bronco Suzuki GSX1100. Now, this isn’t just any sort of GSX1100 – it is a full house 1260cc race spec bike. You could slap a set of numbers on this and go and win Period 5 Unlimited club races – it’s that good. My mate, Chris (yes, he’s a bad influence!) bought the GSX not long ago and when I saw the silver and green paintwork with golds wheels, I was instantly interested. Then when I was told about the engine, 17-inch wheel conversion – the front from a GSX-R1100, six piston Tokico calipers and rear end from a Kawasaki ZRX1200 I was sold…

6 min

GO GO GO! Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) has opened the world exclusive exhibition ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’, featuring 100 exceptional motorcycles from the 1870s to the present. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said ‘The Motorcycle’, showing until 26 April 2021, celebrated 150 years of motorcycle history and included multiple interactive experiences for all ages. ‘Curated by US-based design curator and physicist Professor Charles M Falco and writer and filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle in collaboration with QAGOMA, the exhibition features pioneering motorcycles and classic commuters, off-road bikes and speed machines, as well as custom creations and numerous electric bikes heralding the future,’ Mr Saines said. ‘The exhibition has a green screen motorcycle riding experience, a motorcycle design studio for building and customising virtual bikes, and a…

7 min
‘s’ is for ‘serious’

THE LATEST ADDITION TO the Multistrada family is the long-anticipated 950 S with its electronic suspension and more serious spec. The 950 S is packed with top-spec kit, in fact there are more settings available via its sparkly new 5” TFT display (pinched from the 1260) – rider modes, traction control settings, damping, more than you’ve probably got time to scroll through, not to mention the time to try them all! At first glance you’d be correct in missing the upgrades. Aesthetically, not much has changed from the regular 950 we tested some time ago, other than some tweaks to the bodywork to bring it in line with the bigger Multistrada 1260 but there hasn’t been an ‘S’ model of this smaller Multistrada before, and the new machine adds much of the…

1 min

PRICE: $23,750 (ride away) WARRANTY: Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 16,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 937cc liquid-cooled L-twin cylinder, 94x67.5mm bore/stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 82.5kW @ 9000rpm TORQUE: 96.2Nm @ 7750rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 48mm inverted fork, electronically adjustable, travel 170mm. Rear, monoshock, electronically adjustable, travel 170mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 840mm, weight 204kg (dry), fuel capacity 20 litres, wheelbase 1594mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR19. Rear, 170/60/ZR17 BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial four-piston adjustable ABS calipers. Rear, 265mm disc, two-piston adjustable ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 6.64 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 301km COLOURS: Ducati Red, GP White VERDICT: Holds its head high…

27 min
lookin' good

2020 was a bit of a crap year…well, for many it was a terrible year. 2021 on the other hand is looking rosy for motorcycling.All the main players have no doubt been working hard behind closed doors to give us some awesome new motorcycles. Here’s what’s what for 2021 and as soon as they arrive and we get our hands on them, we’ll have the reviews for you! Aprilia RS 660 With its sporty personality and stunning contemporary lines, the RS 660 (left) brings the winning Aprilia track experience to the road. Its unique design shapes a lightweight, compact bike with sleek, agile lines. Delivering stability at high speeds, it is all about creating a fun, pleasurable riding experience. TUONO V4 X All of a sudden, there is a pitched battle for supremacy in the…

1 min
definition ce 04 concept

The future of individual mobility in an increasingly crowded metropolitan areas is a hotly debated issue, with titanic social and economic considerations at play. BMW sees the electric scooter as urban transportation, though that’s not a particularly controversial solution. And BMW Motorrad is serious about scooter design-its first electric scooter debuted in 2013 - with a keen eye toward technological solutions.With that, BMW shows the Definition CE 04 concept scooter, a production-ready evolution of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link from 2017. Expect a possible 2022, or 2023 production release.…