Australian Road Rider Issue 155

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in this issue

4 min
bounce & jiggle

Not only is there a feature devoted to suspension, there’s a bike with electronically adjustable suspension (the Kawasaki Versys) and most of the others have either fully or at least extensively adjustable forks and shocks. It wasn’t long ago many bikes in these categories were supplied with suspension which included only preload-adjustable rear shocks. Well set-up quality suspension transforms a motorcycle, but for too long motorcyclists have only been interested in upgrading the crap stock units on their bikes when they either fail, go racing or get the opportunity to ride something which works better. The reality is excellent suspension works on every level to provide a more comfortable, better handling ride, providing more confidence, less fatigue, better performance and can even make your tyres last longer. If your suspension can’t provide you with…

2 min
a bigger bite

More power, more torque, better roll-ons, better acceleration and more – Triumph is launching three new 900cc Tigers, with an additional two ‘Pro’ Variants, for a massive new range of its long-running midrange adventure bike. The new machines are lighter, more responsive and better looking, with built-in high tech ‘ride-enhancing’ electronics to make them, according the Triumph, “the most capable, agile and dynamic middleweight adventure bikes available.” The new 900cc engine produces more power and torque across the whole rev range than the outgoing Tiger 800 models and is Euro5 emissions compliant. Possibly more importantly is the change to the firing order, now 1-3-2, which will give the new triple a unique character and feel. Power is up to 93hp with torque peaking at 87Nm. All the new models are lighter, feature a modular…

1 min
anniversary fat boy

Harley-Davidson has probably sold out of its freshly announced 30th Anniversary Fat Boy. They aren’t building many… Harley tell us it’s “Cloaked in dark finishes with bronze highlights and powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine” and there will only be 2500 built. Originally based on the silhouette of the 1949 HydraGlide, the Fat Boy has been incredibly successful for Harley-Davidson, selling very, very well for 30 years. This model is dark, with blacked-out motor, exhaust, disc wheels and its Vivid Black paint. The yellow flashes of the original model on the rocker covers are now bronze, as is the tank logo and other highlights. The 30-Anniversary Fat Boy puts to torque from the 114 cubic inch engine to the ground via a fat 240-section rear tyre. You’ll need to stump up $35,995 for this…

1 min
pie time

Every year NSW’s Southern Highlands dedicates June to its fabulous pies when the now-famous ‘Pie Time’ occupies the whole month. This festival of pastry and delectable fillings brings out some of the best bakers in the country and prizes are awarded. The big finale is on the last weekend of June where the outstanding ovens are acknowledged. The best thing is that these beaut baked goods are available all year round at dozens of outlets all over the Southern Highlands like the biker-friendly Robertson Pie Shop – and we know Road Riders love their pies! LATE NEWS: Pie Time has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but be assured there will be lots of great pies available in the region if the bakers are baking.…

1 min
new v-strom 1050

Suzuki’s new 1050 V-Strom should be available soon, with stocks of the new model hitting showrooms ‘mid 2020’. With standard and XT (Cross-Touring) versions of the 1037cc V-Twin powered adventure bike, the new models will feature lots of smart electronics and ability. With drive modes, cruise control, Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S), upgraded traction control and more. The XT model will feature hill hold, Slope Dependent and Load Dependent control systems. Hill hold control automatically applies the rear brake when the motorcycle is stopped on an upward slope to prevent rollback when the brakes and clutch are released. Slope Dependent control constantly monitors posture and if required controls brake pressure to prevent rear wheel lift during downhill braking. Load Dependent system supports optimal braking by compensating for varying load conditions such as the…

1 min
new africa twin from $20k

The standard Honda Africa Twin, updated for 2020 and lighter, more powerful and more electronics and features, is now priced at $19,990. There will be one Africa Twin variant available, with a manual transmission, offered in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black. There will be three Africa Twin Adventure Sports variants available: Manual ($23,499), DCT ($24,499) and the Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES (DCT with Showa EERATM /Electronic Suspension, $26,499.) All three Adventure Sports models are available in Pearl Glare White (Tri-Colour). All the Africa twin models have been enhanced for better off road abilities.…