Australian Motorcyclist June 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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3 min
the big one…hundred!

WRITING MY THOUGHTS EACH month, I’ve tried never to rabbit on about what’s inside the magazine. I have always thought that any Editor that does this has no opinions about their subject matter – the magazine itself should tell the reader what’s in there, not the Editor’s column. But this issue is a bit different for me/us… One hundred issues! That’s big. The Bear and I (and a couple of silent partners) took a big leap all those years ago to give ‘the bird’ to our old publisher who basically wanted to turn a magazine into a yuppie watches and headphones mag, thinking that’s what motorcyclists wanted. We told them to stick it, went out on our own and that’s where Australian Motorcyclist was born. A big thank you goes to our…

5 min

SCRAMBLE, MAN With all the Triumph Street Scrambler’s custom style, thrilling performance, comfortable easy handling, and high specification equipment, the new 2021 Street Scrambler is beautifully evolved with a Euro 5 engine update delivering lower emissions, and more premium custom style and detailing.Alongside this comes a new and exclusive Street Scrambler Sandstorm limited edition with even more rugged Scrambler detailing, a host of premium Scrambler accessories fitted as standard and a unique Sandstorm paint scheme. See your local dealer to grab one. TWO MILESTONES Vespa celebrates 75 years and reaches the extraordinary milestone of 19 million units produced, beginning from the spring of 1946.The Vespa that celebrates the 19 million is a GTS 300 in 75th Anniversary Special Edition and was assembled in the Pontedera plant, where Vespa has been manufactured uninterrupted since…

5 min
bmw r 1250 gs/gsa happy birthday!

FORTY YEARS…THAT’S A LONG time to have virtually dominated the adventure touring market, but that’s just what the BMW big boy GS has done. It’s gone through many changes and updates over the years but it has remained unmissable as a GS and I consider that a great thing – don’t lose your identity. In fact, the identity of many other adventure models that have come onto the scene get lost and are commonly misjudged as being a GS, that’s the impact the GS model has had on the market over the years. For 2021 the release of BMWs 40th Anniversary models for the 310, 750, 850, 1200 and 1250 hark back to the, Bumble Bee – the black and yellow model R 100 GS. I headed to BMW HQ in…

1 min

PRICE: $23,170 (GS), $25,270 (GSA) (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 1254cc liquid-cooled twin cylinder, 102.5x76mm bore/stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 100kW @ 7750rpm TORQUE: 143Nm @ 6250rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, shaft final drive SUSPENSION: Front, 37mm telescopic fork, electronically adjustable with Dynamic ESA (as tested), travel 190mm (GS), 210mm (GSA). Rear, monoshock, electronically adjustable with Dynamic ESA (as tested), travel 200mm (GS), 220mm (GSA). DIMENSIONS: Seat height 850-870mm (GS), 890-910mm (GSA), weight 249kg (GS), 268kg (GSA) (wet), fuel capacity 20 (GS), 30 (GSA) litres, wheelbase 1514mm (GS), 1504mm (GSA) TYRES: Front, 120/70/R19. Rear, 170/60/R17 BRAKES: Front, twin 305mm discs with radial four-piston switchable ABS calipers. Rear, 276mm disc, two-piston switchable ABS caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5.2 litres per 100km, premium unleaded (GS) THEORETICAL RANGE: 384km (GS) COLOURS: Light White,…

10 min
important stuff

HAVING PROPER ADVENTURE GEAR is pretty important, just like it’s important to have the right gear for riding on a race track, or riding on the road. In fact, I probably put adventure riding and race track riding as the two top categories to have the right gear. You never want to get caught out in the middle of nowhere for not having the right adventure gear, or be blazing through a track in the bush and get speared by a tree branch for not having a top-quality jacket, pants or boots on. So, get the right gear to protect yourself and remember you need gear for the bike as well. Most of the time adventure riding consists of being many unreachable kilometres from help so taking some gear that could…

7 min
awesome destinations #8 the alps

WHEN IT COMES TO places around the world to ride motorcycles, there are so many possibilities for epic riding, sensational scenery and fascinating culture. To help you pick through and inspire you to get out and find your ultimate riding adventure, we’ve compiled destination guides for some of the best places in the world to ride your bike. There are riding destinations that are an adventure to get to, there are places with incredible views, fascinating cultures and interesting towns; but for sheer riding pleasure, all destinations must be measured against the winding mountain passes of The Alps. Running up through the centre of Europe, this mountain range is filled with roads that are simply incredible, whether you’re a sports bike thrasher, a touring bike cruiser or a hardy adventurist. From…