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Road Rider Bike Guide

Road Rider Bike Guide

Issue 12 2019

Road Rider Bike Guide, profiles more than 350 road bikes, ensuring there is enough information for readers who are looking to buy a new bike. This guide covers everything from cruisers, sports and adventure tourers to enduros and scooters. Each vehicle listed here comes with a snapshot of the bike as well as all the information that buyers will need to know, including LAMS, warranty info, ratings and specs. There are also features on some great ride ideas throughout Australia and New Zealand, perfect for getting new riders started.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
Frequency:
One-off
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2 min.
adventure and retro

Motorcycling has its fashions, and these days it’s Retro styling and Adventure bikes which are capturing the imagination of motorcyclists. Nearly every marque is offering beautiful retro bikes, machines with styling to take you back to the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Unlike the jelly-framed, under-braked slugs of those eras though, these are modern bikes with torquey engines, powerful brakes and predictable handling, as well as modern electronics for ABS, traction control and sometimes even riding modes. These retro machines are replacing cruisers in many manufacturers’ line-ups, and they are often better to ride than the cruiser they are replacing — a more upright riding position is more comfortable on the move, reduced weight and better steering geometry means they handle better, and more travel in the suspension means they handle the…

22 min.
sport

APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY 1100 $33,990 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 217hp and controls it with some of the most advanced electronics available. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, (DOHC), 4-valves-per-cylinder Displacement: 1078cc Power/Torque: 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 $26,490 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 brand-new…

34 min.
naked

APRILIA DORSODURO 900 $15,790 Aprilia Dorsoduro is the fun bike par excellence. Born out of an ingenious intuition by Aprilia, it was built with the sole objective of providing the most possible road riding fun, drawing from the best characteristics of sport bikes and supermotards. The result is a bike with advanced technical solutions, agile and with performance at the top of its category. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, V-Twin Displacement: 896cc Power/Torque: 70kW @ 8750rpm/90Nm @ 6500rpm Transmission: Six-speed, wet clutch, chain final drive. Tyres: F: 120/70 ZR17 R: 180/55 ZR17 Seat height: 870mm Kerb weight: 212kg (wet) Fuel capacity: 12L Warranty/Service interval: 24 months unlimited km/15,000km VERDICT: ITALIAN STALLION APRILIA TUONO V4 1100 RR $23,490 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…

26 min.
retro naked

BENELLI LEONCINO $8990 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, 4-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 $9590 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 50 horsepower and LAMS approval you have all the power you need in a lightweight Italian-designed package, complete with ABS. SPECIFICATIONS Engine:…

11 min.
sports touring

BMW R 1200 RS FROM $22,565 BMW’s fast tourer, the RS eats miles and is fun in the twisties. The rich 143 Nm torque and 100 kW (136 hp) 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 4-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/Service interval: 3 years, unlimited km/10,000km VERDICT: FAST TOURER KAWASAKI…

19 min.
cruisers

DUCATI XDIAVEL S $32,990–$33,290 The XDiavel S adds a bunch of classy add-ons over and above the remainder of the range. Of course, you get the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine and that really is the cornerstone of the bike. Grunt, road presence and sincerely well engineered, the S ticks just about every entry on the primo revhead’s wish list. SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled Displacement: 1262cc Power/Torque: 114.7kW @ 9500rpm/128.9Nm @ 5000rpm Transmission: Six-speed, multi-plate wet clutch, belt final drive Tyres: F: 120/70ZR17 R: 240/45ZR17 Seat height: 755mm Kerb weight: 220kg (dry) Fuel capacity: 18L Warranty/Service interval: 2 years, unlimited km/15,000km VERDICT: FEET-FORWARD DUCATI DUCATI XDIAVEL $27,990 Dauntless, irreverent, unheard of, the new XDiavel breaches the world of cruisers with Ducati values, merging concepts that apparently stand worlds apart. Travelling and relaxing to the comfort of forward…