Australian Road Rider Issue 146

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in this issue

3 min
ride it out

Hi folks. Motorcycling. I now I don’t have to convince you of its appeals. You lot are fully locked in. It seems though, that participation, after a hugely successful run post-millennium in regard to uptake and sales, has at least plateaued. Now, I’m hearing all sorts of doom and gloom, but I reckon it’s not the end of the world. In fact, in the early 90s, motorcycling was in a far more precarious position regarding participation and uptake. In fact, it went mad for quite some time. To expect that to continue is a little unrealistic. For sure. There are reasons, and the best boss I ever worked (g’day Keith) for once told me ‘if there is a problem, it is rarely caused by one thing’. And, that applies strongly here. It could…

1 min
the big sit-in

Remember the mid-70s? Well, if you don’t it was a time of long hair, Gough Whitlam, Vietnam and the demise of the once great British motorcycle industry. Yep, the poms had pretty much had their chips as a major manufacturing force. By 1973 most companies had gone broke and only Norton and Triumph remained. Despite significant government assistance, they couldn’t find a way to turn a quid. Norton and Triumph merged with production to be consolidated in two factories: the BSA plant in Small Heath, Birmingham, and the Norton facility at Wolverhampton. Sadly, nobody thought to inform the workers at the small Triumph factory at Meriden in the West Midlands. With the threat of closure looming, the Meriden workers blockaded the factory in September 1973, effectively halting production for nearly two…

6 min
whatz new

GIVI BASHPLATES It’s worth protecting your adventure bike’s vulnerable underpinnings with an alloy bashplate. This engine protector, from Givi, is available for a wide range of popular dual-sport bikes including the BMW F 800 GS, R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, Honda Crosstourer, KTM 1190 Adventure, Suzuki DL650 and DL1000 V-Stroms, Triumph 800 and 1200 Tigers, and Yamaha’s XTZ660 and 1200 Ténéré models. The bashplates will protect your header pipes, crankcase and frame rails from rock hits and bottoming out on bumps or holes. Smart money. The quids: From $259 Contact: VANCE & HINES If you feel your Indian Chief’s Thunderstroke 111 V-twin doesn’t sound like it’s ready to go on the warpath, then Vance & Hines has the pipes for you. These 4.0in round slip-ons, featuring scalloped end caps with turndown…

4 min
zen and the art of motorcycle technology

IT’S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME Motorcycle technology is in the midst of a significant growth spurt right now, mostly due to modern electronics dishing up throttle modes, evermore sophisticated traction aids and active suspension. Not everyone is a fan, but I sure am. Bikes have never been faster or safer, never been more reliable or, in real terms, more affordable. Alas, I’ve reached a stage in life where adding to the herd first requires a cull to pay for it, and I have too much emotion invested in my bikes to seriously consider selling either, let alone both. So I go to sleep every night dreaming about Triumph Thruxton Rs and BMW R nineT Racers and spend my days on the tools keeping the old stuff I do own on the…

7 min
top cat

Triumph’s Tiger badge has adorned many a model, giving it legendary status for the brand. Indeed, the Tiger range has a glorious history, starting with wins in the International Six Day trials way back in 1936. ISDTs are strictly timed tests of man, woman and machine over rugged terrain with no outside help allowed, and carrying everything you need to fix it yourself, just like you might have to around a big country like ours. Fast forward 40 years and a Triumph Tiger carried Ted Simon, author of Jupiter’s Travels — one of the great motorcycle journeys — around the world on his original odyssey in the early 1970s. In between, Bob Dylan piloted one for a while before coming to grief. Good thing he can write songs better than…

1 min
triumph tiger 1200 xca/xrx

ENGINE Type: Liquid-cooled, 12-valve in-line three cylinder Capacity: 1215cc Bore x stroke: 85mm x 71.4mm Compression ratio: 11.0:1 Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection PERFORMANCE Claimed maximum power: 104kW at 9350rpm Claimed maximum torque: 122Nm at 7600rpm TRANSMISSION Type: Six-speed Final drive: Chain/Shaft Clutch: Wet CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR Frame type: Tubular steel trellis Front suspension: 448mm WP Upside down/Inverted telescopic fork; Electronic adjustable damping Rear suspension: Single WP shock absorber; Electronic adjustable semi-active damping; Automatic preload adjustment Front brakes: Dual 305mm discs with Brembo four-piston calipers, switchable ABS Rear brake: Single 282mm disc with twin-piston caliper Wheels: Black aluminium rims; 32 Laced-spokes; fr 3.0x19"; r 4.5x17"/10-spoke; Cast Aluminium DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES Claimed dry weight: 248kg/244kg Seat height: 855mm Wheelbase: 1520mm Fuel capacity: 20litres OTHER STUFF Price: $29,300/24,200 (plus on-road costs) Bikes supplied by: Triumph Australia, Warranty: 24 months, unlimited kilometres…