Australian Motorcyclist May 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
editor speaks

Having a go MY MATE, CHRIS AND my Period 6 Yamaha FZR1000 (Norton JPS lookalike) had (well, attended) our first race meeting of 2021 at the recent Old Bike Classic Challenge (read about it further on in this issue). Its usual rider, Alex Pickett wasn’t available due to work commitments so I spoke with Chris about who might ride it. I was one option, but there is this young guy, Jack Passfield we know who is one of the top ASBK Supersport riders. Shaun at D Moto Motorcycle Engineering has helped Jack out for the past couple of years and I thought it would be great experience for Jack to ride The Beast. He’d never ridden anything like the FZR before so we headed to Sydney Motorsport Park courtesy of MEGA Ride…

4 min

KINGPIN CFMoto Australia is releasing the new 650NK SP Edition at an attractive $7,790 ride away. The bike is the new kingpin of the CFMOTO NK range providing riders with even more features including KYB suspension, Pirelli Angel ST tyres, new slipper clutch, enhanced 6 speed gearbox for optimised gear changes, large 5-inch TFT display, Bosch EFI (Euro 5), new rims and new aggressive NK styling.With sleek European styling thanks to Kiska Design (KTM’s designer), the 650NK SP is said to be just the first of many new and exciting CFMOTO motorcycles coming this year.The 650NK SP is available in two colour options, Athens Blue or White/Black. All new 650NK SP purchased before May 31st will be eligible to receive an extended 3 Year Warranty (normally a 2 Year Warranty). ZIPPY BMW…

8 min
triumph trident 660 lams

TURNS OUT YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO WE HAVE SAID IT before and will most likely say a few more times in the foreseeable future: “learners have it so good these days”. I started (like most from our era) on a 100cc, then moved to a 125, leapt onto a 250 and finally, after my first year, graduated to a 350 and wasn’t that an eye opener. Next up a 500, and skipping a 750, I did the big leap to a 1000cc rocketship (or so it seemed). For me, after a steady rise in size and speed, nothing seemed insurmountable. Learning in small building blocks had a lot going for it, but it’s different today when you factor in modern suspension, accessible power, state-of-the-art brakes, tyres…

1 min
you want some lam on the plate

Two of the most direct choices to sway you away from the new Trident are the Kawasaki Z650L and the Yamaha MT-07LA. Both are excellent in the naked fun class of urban tearaways. Both are twin cylinder and both push out a little less power (38.3 and 37.8kW respectfully) out and can’t match the grunt of the Trident’s 50Nm @ 6500. The LAMS Ducati Monster and Honda 4 are under the above numbers as well. Pricing-wise they are close, in the green corner at $10,499 (plus on roads) and the blue at $11,849, although that is ride away.All-in-all they are separated by $1000 give or take. Believe me, the Trident does have that exclusive quality feel and look about it.The Ducati will cost you another $2000 to go red.There will…

1 min

TRIUMPHTRIDENT 660 LAMS PRICE: $10,990 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 16,000 km or 12 months ENGINE: 660cc liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 39.8kW @ 8750rpm TORQUE: 59Nm @ 5000rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, inverted fork, non-adjustable, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, travel 133.5mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 805mm, weight 189kg (wet), fuel capacity 14 litres, wheelbase 1401mm TYRES: Front 120/70ZR17. Rear 180/55ZR17. BRAKES: Front, twin 310mm discs with twin-piston calipers. Rear, 255mm disc, single-piston caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 4.8 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 290km COLOURS: Crystal White, Sapphire Black, Matt Jet Black with Matt Silver Ice, Silver Ice with Diablo Red VERDICT:A prime cut at the Learner’s banquet…

16 min
the land of the long white cloud of castrol r

NEW ZEALAND IS ALMOST spooky. Its museums hold so many treasures from all over the world that it is quite eerie. What do I mean? Well, for instance, parts of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, the world’s first computer, designed and built in England in the 1820s, were found under a shepherd’s hut in Southland in New Zealand and are now in New Zealand’s major museum Te Papa. Nobody seems to know how they got there. To Southland, not to Te Papa. Let’s just look at some of the museums in the Land of the Long White Cloud and see what’s there – particularly in relation to motorcycles, but also aviation which fascinates me like no other technology. Should you not be interested, all I can say is that you’re missing out. In…