Australian Motorcyclist August 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
scratching the itch

SO, MY KAWASAKI Z900 sold at the Shannons Winter Auction and before I’d even got the money, I’d acquired my latest ‘toy’. It has been an itch I’d wanted to scratch for quite some time – getting hold of a classic two-stroke. The bikes I’d considered were the Yamaha RD350 and RD350LC, Kawasaki H1 500 and the Suzuki GT500 and GT750. I did find an immaculate RD350LC, but it was selling for top dollar and the bike I ended up with has plenty of room to make some good money when the time comes. I’d have loved to have got a Kawasaki H2 750, but the prices these sell for are out of my range. Maybe one day I might get one that needs a full resto, but parts are…

2 min
the big money

An avalanche of final-hour bids pushed many of the 165 lots in Shannons Timed Winter Online Auction over the line to deliver total sales of $6,96 million with an excellent clearance rate of 90 per cent. Among the outstanding results was the top-priced lot of the auction, a stunning, restored 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe, for which bidding soared by $105,000 in the final moments of the auction to deliver a world market record result of $640,000. Very strong results were also delivered by Australian muscle cars, Japanese sporting cars and Classic motorcycles and scooters. Three Aussie Supercars slugged it out for honours, with a 1969 Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Phase 1 topping the trio at $190,000, followed by a ‘no reserve’ 1973 Falcon XA GT that brought $145,500 and a 1970…

1 min
good news for guzzisti

Even if you are not among the full-on Guzzisti, I’m sure you know that March of this year marked the centenary of Moto Guzzi’s foundation. Appropriate celebrations were held in Mandello del Lario, where Guzzis have always been made, and the obligatory book was published. What you might not know is that condensed versions of the book were also published, in English, French, Spanish and German. The English version is an eighty-page black and white (and some colour) book with lots of photos – some of them very familiar indeed, others possibly never seen before. The book was translated into English by my friends Alis Agostini and Peter Bradley, and covers the marque’s history from the inside, so to speak. Alis owned and ran the famous Moto Guzzi dealership in Mandello…

1 min
get in quick

Having recently visited the impressive Adventure Moto store at Dural NSW and spoken with owner, Steve ‘Wolfy’ Smith, I have a tip: if you want to grab some of their top notch adventure products, get in quick as stock is moving fast. Replacement stock is on the way, but as we all have now learnt, that stock can take some time to get here. Stuart just purchased a Klim adventure suit and gloves before it all sold out. Look for the full reviews shortly. NEW GS? Is this the new BMW R 1300 GS spied in pre-production testing? Hmm? We’ll have to wait and see, but we daresay it is!…

1 min
big moolah

This year marked a momentous occasion, where tens of thousands of dapper gentlefolk around the world came together in all their finery (except in Australia, where the ride was virtual) to celebrate a decade of riding dapper in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’s 10-year anniversary on Sunday, 23rd of May. The charity motorcycling event raised an incredible $4.1M USD in 2021, taking the global total of funds raised since the event began to over $31.5M USD. Not only was the ride run in May for the first time (it will continue to run then), but it brought together over 65,000 classic, custom and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts at a time where events and social connections have been impacted so heavily in 913 cities and 116 countries around the world. Getting riders together and…

1 min
more mullets

Joining KTM rider Toby Price in the mullet fashion parade is emerging Aussie world rally talent, Daniel Sanders. Daniel raced Rally Kazakhstan for new team, Gas Gas securing two consecutive third-place finishes on the final two stage to secure himself an extremely credible fourth in the event’s overall provisional classification. Clearly a quick learner, the young Aussie overcame a tough couple of days at the beginning of the rally to turn things around and finish just shy of an overall podium result. Awesome stuff!…