Australian Road Rider Issue 145

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in this issue

4 min
the hearts of lions

Hi folks, I’m a massive fan of MotoGP. Those guys are freaks. Every week they put their lives on the line and defy the odds on screaming animal machines. They are our very own, real-world superheroes. They can also be petulant rich kids, stamping their feet and pouting when things don’t go their way. That’s what happens at the top. People are constantly told how good they are, fed all the right foods and cossetted like the rare butterflies they indeed are. Hey, if you could do it, wouldn’t you? I know I would. It wasn’t always like that. Back in 2003 (yep, that’s 15 years ago now!), I was getting drunk on Harley-Davidson’s tab in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The motor company was turning 100 and members of the bike press from all…

6 min
uber tourer

The K 1200 GT first hit Australian shores in 2003. The mission statement from BMW at the time was to blur the lines of sports touring to come up with a mount that offered all the trappings of a luxo-tourer, and one that also possessed a good degree of sporting agility as well. A pretty tall order and whether that first offering exactly hit the mark is open to argument, with many suggesting the front-end was way too remote to be called sporting. The bike certainly offered grand touring, and the moniker was pretty well on the mark on that front. Using the K 1200 RS as a strong starting point, the bike was beautifully appointed, as it should have been at $26,750. You got: adjustable heated grips and seat; higher…

4 min
speed week

“It seemed like a tall ask until Valerie ran a lazy 328mph (528km/h) ‘off the trailer’” Every once in a while a movie comes along that changes the motorcycling world, whether it was The Wild One laying down the template for outlaw biker culture in 1953 or On Any Sunday ushering in the trail bike boom of the 1970s. In more recent times, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round introduced us to the romance of adventure bikes, just as Easy Rider popularised choppers a generation earlier. The latest candidate is The World’s Fastest Indian, the 2006 movie starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Kiwi land speed racer Burt Munro. I know because I’m just back from Speed Week on Lake Gairdner in South Australia. There was a time when you could…

4 min
speed freaked

For the last few years I have stuck pretty rigidly to the speed limit when driving the car. With the level of policing these days, it’s just not worth risking a fine and valuable points when driving the yawnmobile. That would be a total waste! If I am going to cop a fine and accrue points on my licence, I would much prefer it to be when I am having fun on the bike! That’s my philosophy anyway, so bear that in mind as I tell my tale of woe. The other day I drove to Penrith to pick up a new regulator for the mighty Cagiva. On the way home I turned right onto the last roundabout heading out of town. There were two lanes travelling in my direction and…

10 min

It’s been three years since we tested a Scrambler, in the shape of the original Icon, and as I plonked my backside down onto the low (790mm) seat of the Mach 2.0, I was reminded of the model’s dinky proportions. Lifting your feet onto the all-alloy ‘pegs only serves to reinforce the feeling, as initially your knees feel like they’re up around your ears. The weight of the bike is slung low between the wheels and shuffling it around at a standstill is about as easy as moving 186kg can be. Once rolling, it feels incredibly light and agile and if you like to play the game of “never put your feet down”, this bike has the inherent balance to help you look like an expert. We’re not recommending it,…

1 min
mach 2.0 mods

Wanna modify and accessorise your shiny new steed? Well Ducati allows you to do so online and see the results immediately. Go here and play: On the site you’ll also find a little history on the bike and what inspired it, as well as a full spec sheet and a downloadable owner’s manual. There’s even a Scrambler radio station that you can click on and groove to while you choose between carbon Termignonis or a T-shirt. It’s a fun little site to muck around on and has all the Scrambler models to choose from as your starting point, as well as a mind-boggling array of apparel including a matching Bell, Cross Idol, retro-look helmet. When you’re done you can of course share your spruced-up bike all over social media,…