Australian Motorcyclist September 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

THE COVID-19 SAGA CONTINUES in this country. It feels like we’re the puppets of the Government and they pull the strings whenever they like, to control what we can and can’t do. How do you feel about what’s been happening? I think the vaccine rollout has been a total stuff up. Look at almost the rest of the world, well, mainly ‘developed nations’, Australia is last on the list by a long way to getting people vaccinated, and I (and many others and maybe you) think this is an absolute joke. Most of the world has opened back up (at the time of writing this) and our European based tour operators have been running tours with no problems. They keep asking me what is going on in Australia and why…

1 min
the gospel according to hunter s. thompson

“Faster, faster! Until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death,” wrote gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson somewhere in a story about riding motorcycles or racing. This long-ago published story was illustrated by artist Ralph Steadman, whose work perfectly captured exactly what made this phrase immortal, as well as capturing Thompson’s revolutionary journalistic style. Truth? Insanity? Both. Motorcycles and riding deeply influenced Thompson and Steadman’s life-long collaboration and friendship. Choose from Aerostich’s exclusive “Faster, faster!” mug, t-shirt, or framed art print, each of which boldly and beautifully present this extraordinary collaborative artwork. Display it proudly with a beautiful 8.5”x11” matted print displayed in a black 11”x14” frame (#6107 $27), enjoy it on the side of an 11oz. white ceramic mug (#6106 $8), or wear it on a white, Made in…

1 min
against the grain

The new Indian owned BSA, spawned by the old British marque, is now beginning to take shape and first off the rank looks likely to be a 650cc Roadster, perhaps to rival the Royal Enfield Interceptor. It was only last year the British brand BSA, with its long tail stretching back in time to the wartime munitions factories of Birmingham, was taken over by Indian Mahindra’s Classic Legends branch. The plan was to use a £4.3m UK government industry grant scheme to start manufacturing bikes in the UK in an attempt to revive the flagging motorcycle industry. When the idea was born it was intended that BSA would head towards an electric future – another plus for the UK government trying to hit its green targets. Now though it looks as though…

1 min

The time has come to farewell the legendary Royal Enfield Bullet 500. What started in 1932 has continued to deliver pure motorcycling experiences across generations of riders. The Bullet, the quintessential Royal Enfield, is today the ‘longest running motorcycle in history, in continuous production.’ Its unique hand-painted fuel tank and distinctive engine thump is a standing testimony to Royal Enfield’s philosophy of simple design and resilient build, making the Bullet a living legacy on two wheels. Through the ages, the Bullet has become Royal Enfield’s iconic motorcycle that has truly made its historic mark in the motorcycling world. Australian dealers have a handful left, so you better be quick to secure your legend.…

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CFMOTO’s aggressive foray into the adventure motorcycle segment is edging closer with the release of pricing for the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring. The pair will hit dealer showrooms in Australia by the end of 2021 with the following prices: • 800MT Sport: $12,990 ride away. • 800MT Touring: $13,990 ride away. The Sport version will be available in a Starlight Black livery, and the Touring in Ocean Blue. The 800MTs are powered by KTM’s 799cc 70kW/88Nm parallel twin with a ride-by-wire throttle and multiple riding modes, as the joint venture between the Chinese and Austrian companies really begins to crystallise with new and exciting models. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding – with the Sport tracking on cast wheels and the up-spec Touring on…

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A special motorcycle as a tribute to Troy Bayliss has been announced: the ‘Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary’. Produced in a limited, numbered series, the motorcycle wears special celebratory livery that recalls that of the Ducati 996 R of the first World Superbike title won by the Australian rider in 2001. It comes equipped with Öhlins components and embellished with details that enhance its sportiness. The Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary is destined to enter the hearts of Troy fans around the world. Hurry and place your deposit, the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary will be available in Australia and New Zealand from January 2022 with an Australian ride away price of $27,489.…