Australian Motorcyclist April 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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in this issue

2 min
changing minds

IT WAS SOMETHING THE Bear wrote in the last issue while riding the BMW F 900 XR that got me writing these words this month. He said he rarely used the quickshifter and I thought, why the hell not? A quickshifter is one of the best inventions on a motorcycle! My father has been the same, he’s ridden a few of the test bikes over time and when I ask how he found the quickshifter he gave me a blank stare and said he didn’t use it. I also hear at various places that people don’t like ABS, traction control, engine braking and most of the modern technology available on new bikes. Now, I’m a bit of a hypocrite here as I’m the first to turn off ABS and traction, but…

5 min

SAVED BY THE BELL We reported Staintune was no more last issue, but at the last second, Staintune lives on. A deal has been struck at the final hour (literally).Australian based company,Torqit ( saw the opportunity to incorporate Staintune into their business and went for it. Torqit specialise in the innovation, development, manufacture and sale of high quality 304 Stainless performance 4WD exhaust systems, they also develop and sell throttle control systems and plug in ECU programming tools for 4WD’s. More details of timelines and product availability is to come. HITTING THE POCKET Research by financial comparison site has revealed some insurers have hiked premiums across the country by 2.15% in 2020 despite motorists riding/driving less due to Covid restrictions. Mozo analysed comprehensive insurance quote data for the same 10,010 unique customer…

4 min
as the saying goes – “if it ain’t broke…”

YES, “IF IT AIN’T broke, don’t fix it” suits the Kawasaki Z1000 to a tee. There’s no fancy electronics to control every inch of your riding and apart from the anti-lock braking you are the one in total control of the Z1000 – if you twist the throttle too quickly coming out of a corner, it will spin up and might even spit you off if you’re waiting for some sort of electronic control to kick in – it’s about as raw as a big naked one litre bike can get off the showroom floor. For 2021, the Z1000 gets essentially only a colour change, but Kawasaki has picked one of the best colour combos to really bring out the ‘dark and mysterious’ looks of the bike. I kind of think…

1 min

KAWASAKI Z1000 PRICE: $15,999 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 1043cc liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder, 77x56mm bore/stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 105kW @ 10,000rpm TORQUE: 111Nm @ 7300rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate assist/slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, travel 135mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 815mm, weight 221kg (wet), fuel capacity 17 litres, wheelbase 1435mm TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 190/50/ZR17 BRAKES: Front, twin 310mm discs with radial four-piston ABS calipers. Rear, 250mm disc, single-piston ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 7.22 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 235km COLOURS: Metallic Flat Spark Black with Metallic Matte Graphite Gray VERDICT: Raucous rawness…

5 min
out despite the virus nsw count ry specials

A FEW TIMES A YEAR, I get together with my superannuated mates for a ride. The ringleader of these events is Ron Kivovitch, whom you’ll remember if you were in the industry or motorcycle racing long enough ago. Apart from a good eye for a ride, Kivo also has the outstanding advantage of being even older than I am. The most recent ride was a case in point. And apart from the riding, we also took in an interesting range of attractions which are all worth a visit just on their own. Meet the Loris at the zoo A run down the coast was a good start, although we decided to give the Royal National Park a miss. I’m not sure why, but one of the wonderful things about these rides is that…

8 min
want to play, chicken? the play how long can you last…

SO ANYWAY, PLAYING CHICKEN was just something I grew up with. Like most boys in the ‘60s. After school or on weekends when we’d been shooed from the house to ‘go outside and play ’, in summer we’d find corrugated , leave them in the sun to heat up and then, barefooted, jump on them facing our adversary and see who’d chicken out first and bail. In winter it’d be standing shoulder deep in the freezing waters of the local creek, usually in our shorts. In autumn we’d head to the hills to get swooped by the magpies: stand in a line as the maggie’d circle and attack. Last one to flinch or duck. And all through the year we had “chicken racing” which involved pedaling our bikes flat chat at a chalk…