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Australian Motorcyclist

Australian Motorcyclist November 2020

"The brainchild of two of Australia’s best known motorcycle journalists – Peter “The Bear” Thoeming and Stuart Woodbury. Together The Bear and Stuart provide you with all of the latest and greatest motorcycles and especially all of the best places to travel on your motorcycle. Each month you get our regular Pub of the Month column, along with our two free pullout maps – the only motorcycle magazine in Australia to provide such a unique feature. On sale around the middle of each month and of course you can guarantee your copy each month by subscribing! Make sure you are part of the AMM motorcycling community and enjoy your motorcycle even more."

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
tell a tall story

THIS MONTH’S MAP IS all about one section of this route – Storys Creek Road. It is used as one of the timed sections for Targa Tasmania and if it’s good enough for tin top drivers, it’s even more reason for a motorcycle and you riding it to enjoy it. The rest of this route is awesome as well. The first section is a little ho-hum but there’s nice countryside to see. LAUNCESTON Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights. Also one of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial…

2 min
vividly sexy

Dririder Vivid 2 ladies jacket – $319.95 Finding just the right jacket can be somewhat hit and miss sometimes, but my partner has found the one she loves in the Dririder Vivid 2 jacket. She has worn far more expensive jackets and not found them as good as the Vivid 2, which does say a lot for the features and ‘cut’ of the jacket. She is normally a size 8-10 with an ample chest so she chose size 14 in this jacket and it is a little loose at the bottom, but fits great everywhere else – something to think about when working out sizing.This ranges from 6-22. The Vivid 2 is available in three colours – Raven (Blk/Wht), Candy (Blk/Gry/Pink) or the one she chose – Atlantic Blue, which is obviously…

1 min

PRICE: $4799 (ride away) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months ENGINE: 155cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, 4-stroke, 58.0 x 58.7mm bore/stroke, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder POWER: 13.7kW @ 10,000rpm TORQUE: 14.1Nm @ 8500rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate assist/slipper clutch, chain final drive SUSPENSION: Front, telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 130mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, travel 97mm. DIMENSIONS: Seat height 815mm, weight 138kg (wet), fuel capacity 11 litres, wheelbase 1325mm TYRES: Front, 100/80/17. Rear, 140/70/17 BRAKES: Front, 282mm disc with two-piston caliper. Rear, 220mm disc, single-piston caliper. FUEL CONSUMPTION: 3.60 litres per 100km, premium unleaded THEORETICAL RANGE: 305km COLOURS: Racing Blue, Thunder Grey VERDICT: Uber hot!…

3 min
but what’s the point bear?

WHAT GOES AROUND, SO they say, comes around. That is especially true of vinyl Long Playing records which are experiencing a resurgence. I’m pleased about this; my first major career (you can hardly call ordering spares for Skyhawk jets or sticking up posters for the Wayside Chapel a career of any kind) was as art director of what is now Sony Music Australia. The change to CDs always made me a little sad because there wasn’t the space to create the kinds of striking covers you could on a 12-inch LP. I’m equally pleased about the move back to classically styled motorcycles we have been seeing over the past few years. Most of the industry, it’s true, is off to Transformer Lookalike Land but that’s fine. While they go Sci-Fi, I’m…

9 min
strike it rich ... with this gem

SO, ANYWAY THERE’S NO mine, no diggings, without their mullock piles and noodling for good pubs is no different – clichéd themed oh-so-cute and quaint joints with transient staff and oblivious management with zero-care factors about the organic entity of which they are briefly a part, are the inevitable slag piles of fossicking for the gems of the outback hotel landscape. A few years back I was told live on air during an interview on Darwin breakfast radio, by the manager of a pub in the Territory, that I should visit ‘her’ pub so I could do a yarn about it. “Emma, I’ve actually been to the Daly Waters Pub three times and there’re reasons it’s not in the book. Can I ask you the same questions I’ve asked each of the…

11 min
seven days in wa a small adventure?

Thursday Perth to Kalgoorlie 661kms Good friend John Bristow (J.B.) (70) 2017 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 and I , Paul Church (67) 2009 Suzuki Bandit GSF 1250 SA set off on a small adventure. Prior to this we had prepared the bikes, fitting top boxes and panniers to both. The top boxes just had essentials like first aid kit, water bottles, visor cleaning microfibre cloths, toilet rolls and hats. A small number of tools was under the seats, which most bikes have a little bit of room for there. Don’t forget the chain lube either; we did the chain oiling as a ritual each night. I left home in Edgewater, a northern suburb of Perth and met up with J.B. at his home in Beechboro, an eastern suburb of Perth. We went via…