Australian Road Rider Issue#134 - March 2017

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in this issue

3 min
in the chair

“I’ll tell you straight. I’d rather ride that bike than all the testers in the world” What sort of person knocks off another person’s motorcycle? I have a word, but this is a family show. What’s the mindset? What’s fair punishment? Okay, let’s rewind a bit. I have a little story to tell you. I had cause to attend the Motorcycle Expo in Melbourne recently. ARR had a stand, all the major players were there and it represented a great opportunity to mix with readers and the industry. It’s a must-go event for us. So, off I trundled, aboard my beloved Blackbird. Now, I’ll tell you straight. I’d rather ride that bike than all the testers in the world. Sounds odd? Yeah, I guess so. Fact is, there is a real legitimacy about…

1 min
rat race

“The weekend promises great dining and nightly entertainment with presentations about the latest releases, bike photography and much more” After a successful 2016 event in Jindabyne, Triumph has organised its next annual rally at the Hahndorf Resort in the Adelaide Hills. To be held on 7–9 April, the three-day event will include two days of planned cruises, demo rides on Triumph’s latest models, a show-and-shine and an “exclusive” merchandise pack for everyone in attendance. The all-new Bobber and Street Scrambler will be available to test ride, along with the recently launched Bonneville T100 and Street Cup. The weekend promises great dining and nightly entertainment with presentations about the latest releases, professional bike and helmet pin-striping, bike photography and much more. Attendees will have access to special guests including World Superbike rider Steve Martin…

1 min
balancing act

“The bike automatically enters what’s known as ‘balance mode’ when moving slower that 5km/h” Honda has revealed a bike that, quite literally, won’t fall over. It’s a self-balancing concept that was shown at the last Las Vegas CES show, and utilises technology from various other platforms including the famous ASIMO robot and the UNI-MO self-balancing scooter. Unlike a lot of gimmicky motorcycle concepts we’ve seen, this one, if it works as well as it seems to, could make navigating slow traffic much easier. The Honda will stay completely upright on its own, at standstill and at low speeds, and is said to achieve this without using heavy gyroscopes. The bike automatically enters what’s known as “balance mode” when moving slower that 5km/h. By extending the forks and front wheel, the motorcycle is said to…

2 min
new track on track

“While the circuit will host top-level racing, it will be open to the public for a driving experience like no other, either in their own cars or in specially prepared track cars” A local contractor has been appointed to redevelop the Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, formerly known as the Mitsubishi Motors Australia test track. The new road-racing facility will be 7.7km long, replacing the famous Mount Panorama’s status as the longest racing circuit in Australia. It is however dwarfed by Germany’s Nürburgring, which stretches to 24.4km at its maximum length. The intentions are to use the Bend Motorsport Park for GT racing, but there are also plans for the track to host national series such as Australian Superbikes and V8 Supercars, which will use a 4.9km version of the track. South Australian…

6 min
real deal

So, you are on a budget that limits you to spending around $3000. Don’t despair, there is a range of options available in that price bracket. It’s fair to say that most of them are not the sexiest of choices, but they’ll get you on the road. We’ve put together a small group to let you know the sorts of things that are out there for that price. We’ve gone for a utilitarian, a small cruiser and a middleweight sports tourer. We’ve aimed at purchasing bikes that are known for their reliability — the last thing you want to do is have to spend money you may or may not have fixing up a bike that was intended to offer cheap motorcycling. They all have great parts availability, should you need a few…

6 min
simply great

No discussion of great motorcycle touring roads would be anywhere near complete without mentioning the Great Ocean Road (GOR). It is probably the iconic road for riders looking to tour in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road offers a permanent memorial to those who died while fighting in World War I. Carved in rock and built by returned servicemen, it winds around the rugged southern coast. It was a huge engineering feat ending decades of isolation for Lorne and other coastal communities. Almost 3000 returned soldiers worked on building the Great Ocean Road during the 13 years of its construction between 1919 and 1932, living in camps set up in the bush. It’s an incredible piece of construction and well worth investigation. There are many references and signpostings indicating how it was all…