Australian Road Rider Issue #13

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min

2020 was a crazy year, with fires, floods then COVID-19, but in the end a lot of people got a lot of enjoyment from motorcycling. Under lockdown people started restoring, fixing or improving up their bikes, many ordering parts and accessories online. Motorcycle sales really took off once the pandemic restrictions started to lift, as did the workload for many independent workshops. Off road sales went nuts, but road bike sales increased substantially too, right across the board. In 2021 I’m expecting more and more people to be heading back into their offices for work, but there might just be a resurgence in motorcycle commuting as people try to avoid the cramped environments of public transport. Of course the manufacturers were a little caught out by the pandemic and the increases in sales because of…

16 min
2021’s hottest new bikes

About a quarter of a century ago I photographed the Two Wheels test of the Honda CT90 postie bike… and I hope I can test the 2021 CT125 for Australian Road Rider, because the upgrades and style of the new bike make it look like good clean fun. On the other hand, if I can climb into a set of leathers and pin the throttle hard on a Bimota Tesi H2, the supercharged rush of riding a hub-centre steered Italian thoroughbred will be memorable, to say the least. The Tesi and the Postie are just two of 2021’s new range of bikes coming to dealers soon in this pandemic-affected era. Of course all the major bike shows were cancelled and launches are happening online, so there are lots and lots of new bikes…

19 min

APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY 1100 $38,690 RA The latest-evolution Aprilia RSV4 has been designed for racers and built for riders, featuring unprecedented performance and state-of-the-art technology which has been developed on the racetrack. The factory version is even more capable than the RSV RR, with exclusive parts and a powerplant which produces 214hp and controls it with some of the most advanced electronics available. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: 65° V-4 cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, (DOHC), four valves per cylinder Displacement: 1078cc Power/Torque: 214hp (159.6kW) @ 13,200rpm/122Nm @ 10,500rpm Transmission: Six-speed, multi-plate slipper clutch, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 200/55ZR17 Seat height: 847mm Kerb weight: 177kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 18.5L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years, unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: RACETRACK SUPERSTAR APRILIA RSV4 RR $29,890 RA The latest-evolution Aprilia RSV4 has been designed for racers and built for riders, featuring unprecedented performance and state-of-the-art technology which has been developed…

32 min

APRILIA TUONO RR $25,990 RA Simply unrivalled, now more than ever. The Aprilia naked range, heir to a family of motorbikes which has been voted over time as one of the most adrenaline pumping and efficient ever, achieves absolute performance levels and sophistication thanks to Aprilia’s know-how acquired over years of winning premier level competitions and the experience of the Tuono history. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, V4 Displacement: 1077cc Power/Torque: 129kW @ 11,000rpm/121Nm @ 9000rpm Transmission: Six-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: 2 years, unlimited km VERDICT: SPORT-FOCUSED NAKED APRILIA TUONO V4 1100 FACTORY $29,890 RA Since its launch in 2002, the Aprilia Tuono has won accolades from every corner of the motorcycling work for its innovative style, thundering performance and outstanding handling. It is…

28 min
retro naked

BENELLI LEONCINO $9390 RA With over a century of heritage and inspiration to draw from, Benelli has managed to re-imagine one of the Pesaro firm’s most beloved motorcycle nameplates. The all new Leoncino represents an authentic and pure-hearted design concept that rediscovers the style and accessibility of the original. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin Displacement: 499.6cc Power/Torque: 35kW @ 8500rpm/45Nm @ 5000rpm Transmission: Six-speed, chain final drive Tyres: F: 120/70R17 R: 160/60R17 Seat height: 815mm Kerb weight: 170kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 16L Warranty: 2 years, unlimited km VERDICT: LION CUB LAMS APPROVED BENELLI LEONCINO TRAIL $9890 RA With aggressive scrambler-style tyres and a style all of its own, the Leoncino Trail isn’t afraid of dirt roads, so you can explore beyond the bitumen. With nearly 50hp and LAMS approval, you have all the power you need in a lightweight, Italian-designed package complete with ABS. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid-cooled,…

10 min
sports touring

BMW R 1250 RS FROM $24,995 RA BMW’s fast tourer, the RS eats miles and is fun in the twisties. The rich 143Nm of torque and 100kW (136hp) of the new boxer engine accelerate you even faster to your cruising speed. The innovative BMW ShiftCam technology offers you more torque and impressive elasticity over the entire speed range, allowing you to power ahead in every riding situation. The redesigned front gives the full-LED headlight a fresh, sporty look and turns aerodynamically into the wind. Four variants available. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Air/liquid-cooled four-stroke flat-twin engine, double overhead camshafts, one balance shaft Displacement: 1254cc Power/Torque: 100kW @ 7750rpm 143Nm @ 6250rpm Transmission: Six-speed gearbox, shaft drive Tyres: F: 120/70 ZR 17 R: 180/55 ZR 17 Seat height: 820mm Kerb weight: 243kg (wet) Fuel capacity: 18L Warranty: 3 years, unlimited km VERDICT: FAST TOURER CFMOTO 650GT ABS…