Australian Road Rider 2017

THE NO.1 MAGAZINE FOR TOURING Australian Road Rider is the only Australian magazine to address the technical aspects of riding and celebrate the pure enjoyment of touring. At Australian Road Rider we know that there’s nothing like the pleasure of hitting the open road and exploring our glorious country. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
too much choice

Who’d have thought it; the second biggest-selling road bike (behind the venerable ‘postie’) in Australia during 2016 was the Harley-Davidson XG500, a LAMS-approved cruiser that looks every bit the part. Interestingly, the next best-selling bike was the Yamaha YZF-R3, another LAMS-approved bike. In fact, out of the top-10 selling road bikes last year, eight were learner-approved motorbikes, with half of that figure showing an increase in sales. To me, this tells us that more and more young people are riding bikes. This is a good thing. Young riders are the future of the industry and it seems manufacturers have embraced this with the range and styles they have available to suit all tastes, from adventure bikes through to cruisers and even retro-style offerings. To reflect this we are again including LAMS-approved bikes…

21 min

APRILIA RSV4 RF $32,000 The RSV4 RF is the most powerful and technologically advanced RSV4 ever, producing 201hp at 13,000RPM. The RSV4 RF features Öhlins suspension in the form of front shocks, steering damper and mono shock as well as forged aluminium rims and the Aprilia V-4 Multimedia Platform. Offering greater customisation abilities, the RSV4 RF is everything you need in order to feel like a World Superbike Champion. This motorcycle is a true work of art that stands out both on the road and racetrack. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder Displacement: 999.6cc Power/Torque: 148kW @ 13,000rpm/115Nm @ 10,500rpm Transmission: 6-speed, multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 200/55ZR17 Seat height: 847mm Kerb weight: 180kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 18.5L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: SERIOUS RACER APRILIA RSV4 RR $26,000 The latest-evolution Aprilia RSV4…

25 min

APRILIA TUONO V4 1100RR $23,500 The Tuono has been resetting benchmarks in its class for over a decade. The launch of the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR improves on previous models. This motorcycle was bred from the success Aprilia has achieved on the race track; the 65° V4 1100cc engine produces over 129kW at 11,000rpm. Already considered a class leader, the new Tuono V4 1100 sets a whole new benchmark for the competition. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid-cooled V4, 4-stroke DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Displacement: 1077cc Power/Torque: 129kW @ 11,000rpm/120Nm @ 9000rpm Transmission: 6-speed, wet multi-plate mechanical slipper clutch, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 190/55ZR17 Seat height: 825mm Kerb weight: 184kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 18.5L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years, unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: RACE-FOCUSED NAKED APRILIA SHIVER SPORT 750 $14,000 Featuring a 90° V-Twin engine along with ride by wire and selectable engine mapping,…

23 min
retro naked

BMW R nineT $22,490 Is motorcycling your quest for freedom? Then the R nineT will act as your companion on this quest. Pure passion, unmistakable design and genuine riding pleasure unified in one motorcycle. Its roots are unequivocally anchored in the legendary boxer history. Ride off with this unique, relaxed look with the sky above you, the road beneath you, and just you and the R nineT separating the two. Pure freedom. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Air/oil-cooled flat twin (“Boxer”) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder Displacement: 1170cc Power/Torque: 81kW @ 7750 rpm/116Nm @6000rpm Transmission: 6-speed, single-plate dry clutch, shaft final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 180/55ZR17 Seat height: 805mm Kerb weight: 22kg (wet) Fuel capacity: 17L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years, unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: CLASSIC BOXER STYLED BMW R nineT PURE $17,690 Are you a fan of puristic and classic roadster…

28 min

DUCATI DIAVEL DARK $24,990 The bold lines and innovative shapes of the Diavel Dark merge to create a superb, unmistakable design capable of turning every head. The unique character of the powerful 162hp Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, ensuring muscular torque, combines with the athletic ease of a chassis built to provide riding pleasure beyond all expectations. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled Displacement: 1198.4cc Power/Torque: 119kW @ 9250rpm/ 130.5Nm @ 8,000rpm Transmission: 6-speed, multi-plate wet clutch, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 240/45ZR17 Seat height: 770mm Kerb weight: 210kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 17L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years, unlimited km/15,000km VERDICT: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK DUCATI XDIAVEL $27,490 Dauntless, irreverent, unheard of — the new XDiavel breaches the world of cruisers with Ducati values, merging concepts that apparently stand worlds apart. Travelling and relaxing…

12 min
sports touring

BMW S1000 XR $22,190 Here’s the perfect BMW motorcycle for all those who want the dynamic performance of a sports motorcycle and the comfort of a touring bike. The new S 1000 XR combines the very best of these worlds to create something completely new: the first-ever adventure sports bike made by BMW Motorrad. It’s perfect for those after a big day in the saddle. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Water/oil-cooled, inline four-cylinder four-stroke, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts Displacement: 999cc Power/Torque: 118kW @ 11,000rpm/112Nm @ 9250rpm Transmission: Six-speed, multi-plate wet clutch, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 190/55ZR17 Seat height: 840mm Kerb weight: 228kg (wet) Fuel capacity: 20L Warranty/Service interval: Two years, unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: ADVENTURE SPORTS BIKE CF MOTO 650MT $7490 (WITH PANNIER KIT) This LAMS-approved touring version of the 650NK comes complete with fairing and panniers. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder, eight-valve, DOHC,…