Australian Road Rider Issue#136 - May 2017

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the tribes have spoken

Motorcycling is broken into tribes, there can be no doubt about that, and each tribe has its idiosyncrasies and peccadillos Hi folks. This gig has me testing all genres of motorcycles. From LAMs littlies to 2.3-litre behemoths, from scooters to dualsports to full-on race reps. We get to ride and evaluate them all, and I never cease to recognise the privilege that represents. It’s ace. Another happy upshot is the fact that I get to mix with people who are enthusiasts across just about all the particular categories. From bearded and tatted big blokes, to little 125 racers, to mad dirtsters, to café racer lovers, and all the sub groups between — and there are many of those. I reckon they all have their good blokes and they all have a few dills.…

3 min
ténéré tragics

The recent Ténéré Tragic Tasmanian Devil Run saw a total of 75 Ténéré riders as they covered a lap of the island on dirt roads and byways. The five-day run spanned over 1800km and was completed on a range of machines — from the first 1983 XT600ZL Ténéré to the latest 1200 twins. “I stated at the welcome dinner that this year’s Tragics Run would be hard to top, and that’s just the way it played out,” enthused event organiser Andrew ‘Captain Tragic’ Clubb. “Conditions were perfect; there were no major incidents — just one bruised wrist and some none-too-serious panel damage — and every Tragic that started the run finished it.” MX legend Stephen Gall made his now annual run with the Tragics and kicked off event proceedings with an ADV…

4 min
road riders and superbikers

Every year, tens of thousands of road riders head to their own motorcycle racing heaven at Phillip Island. Riders of all bike sizes and models come from near and far to experience the ride, catch up with friends and, of course, watch the racing. ARR caught up with some of them trackside at the 2017 World Superbikes, known to many simply as the “the supers”. THE GIXXER GIRL Sydney mother-of-two Tima Hraichie, 35, has been riding for six years and made her first journey to Phillip Island. Tima rode her new Suzuki GSX-R 1175km to Phillip Island over two days, with a stop at Eden. The wedding stylist said that riding on the road was easy compared with organising weddings. “I’m a Gixxer girl at heart. I just love this bike — it’s…

4 min

“Of all my toys, the Ducati will be the last to go should circumstances change, and only then after a fight” I think of my Ducati 900 Supersport as my new bike, even though it’s more than 25 years old. It says something about the age of my other toys, but it does have 17in wheels and great brakes, so steers and stops like a modern motorcycle. It’s not particularly fast but is reliable and starts first time every time. Well, it did until a little while ago. I turned the key one morning, hit the button, nothing. The battery was charged, ignition and neutral lights on. I jiggled the kill switch and some wires on the clip-on, still nothing. Where’s a kick-starter when you need one? I didn’t even know where…

4 min
latin lust

“As soon as I saw her, I wanted her, and after our test ride, I had to have her!” I have only ever bought four bikes brand new in my life. All the rest have been purchased second-hand in private sales. I consider myself mechanically adept enough to pick a good’n from a lemon and I’ve never really had any unexpected problems. There are no guarantees, however, and in the end it’s basically a case of “you pays your money and you takes your chances”! I recently bought a Cagiva 750 Elefant and in the process I reckon I broke nearly every rule I have ever learned about buying bikes. Years of experience went out the window as I fell in lust with the svelte blue Italian. As soon as I saw…

9 min
great expectations

Anyone with any real interest in contemporary motorcycle history knows that Honda protects its model designations strongly. It understands, in a most non-typically Japanese way, that lineage of brand and heritage can sell motorcycles to a rusted-on audience, and bring conquest purchases to those who like the idea of being part of all that authenticity. In short, it’s gold for a producer. Get that wrong, though, and you can ruin a sure-fire showroom winner in one fell swoop. For a case in point, look no further than what Ford very nearly did when it waved its indifferent wand at the venerable Mustang in the ‘80s and ‘90s, producing woefully boring family blurters with the Pony grille badge in more of a weary trot than a wild gallop. The factory seems to…