Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXLRS Low Rider S
THE 2020 FXLRS brings together four things that deserve each other – the 114 cubic inch Milwaukee-Eight engine and the latest Softail frame, along with upgraded suspension and clear, clean styling. The flexible Milwaukee-Eight 114 (1868cc) is also th
Australian Motorcyclist10 min readFashion & Beauty
BE THE ONE Hot to trot
SUMMER AND THOSE long hot summer days are fast approaching. It’s now that you should be thinking about what riding gear you have, or don’t have, or need to replace/update. As we normally do we put the call out to the various distributors to show you
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
BMW R 1250 RT
YOU KNOW WHAT happens when you let some mad scientists loose in BMW’s Cloverleaf Building in Munich? You get the BMW Motorrad R 1250 with ShiftCam in its touring RT guise. There is more technology thrown into what is essentially a very simple design
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3 wheels TO THE SKY
THIS JUNE SAW fifteen teams from twelve different countries take on the challenge of the Rickshaw Run Himalaya, a thrilling week-long adventure through the Indian Himalayas. Following a route which included the ‘highest motorable road’ in the world,
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
BENELLI 502c
PESARO, WHERE Benelli has its home, is an hour down the autostrada from Bologna where another motorcycle manufacturer lives, but you’d think it was closer when you look at the 502c. The bike looks like a Ducati Diavel that’s been washed on the hot cy
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
World On Wheels
MOST READERS OF this magazine, and a few others launched and edited by The Bear over the past quarter of a century, would know of the motorcycle tour company World On Wheels. Indeed, many Australian riders regard the founder, Mike Ferris, as a godfat
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Long Termers
YOU COULD SAY the Vespa brand is the King of the scooter scene, but you might be very surprised to find the Peugeot range is on a par (in my eyes). I spent some time racing around on our Django 150 and these are my initial thoughts… The engine allows
Australian Motorcyclist14 min read
Booked Again
I’ve written about motorcycle books at various times in the past, but I’ve never tried to be quite as comprehensive as this. These are the motorcycle travel and – dare I write it – motorcycle ‘lifestyle’ books currently on my shelves, plus the guideb
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
GOOD Company
HAVE YOU EVER thought about buying a motorcycle in the US? It might be because you can get the most remarkable bargains (as I did) or because you want something to ride while you’re over there for an extended period and renting just gets too expensiv
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Editor Speaks
IS THERE A motorcycle you’ve regretted getting rid of? You know, that one special bike that pulls at your heart strings when you see or hear one nowadays? I think the one that really burns for me is when I sold my 1984 Suzuki Katana 1100. I’d lusted
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
USED & ABUSED
MANY APPAREL manufacturers have woken up over the last few years to the increasing number of women riding motorcycles, and the need for more tasteful gear not designed for just males. HJC has aimed its range-topping RPHA-11 helmet at this market, off
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
News
After a 55-years-long partnership with NF Importers, Ducati is now ready to take the next step in the markets in Australia and New Zealand by opening a fully owned subsidiary which will become effective starting from 1 April 2020. Previously managed
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
FROM THE PREVIOUS issue I made time to head to D Moto Motorcycle Engineering and fit up the replacement third gear I received from a friend in the Netherlands. The gearbox now spins perfectly and it was time to put the engine all together. This took
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
ROYAL ENFIELD Himalayan
SOMETIMES YOU ARE riding along, and you just aren’t there. Not the ‘there’ in the domestic sense. You find yourself in another place, another country, another time. I do that a lot on boring freeway rides, getting away from the world I live in. Motor
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What Say You
WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, the letters are among the most keenly read parts of the magazine. Please try and keep letters down to no more than 300 words.Then you can read many, not just a couple.We do reserve the right to cut them and, unless you ident
Australian Motorcyclist12 min read
THE BEST OF British
“I JUST WANT TO take a look,” I said to the obligatory blonde who was redirecting traffic away from Lake Louise. Have you ever noticed how often lollipop people are young blondes? Apparently they’re less likely to be abused by drivers. Makes sense, I
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Lawful But Awful
SOME THINGS JUST don’t make sense. To me, anyway. Every time I turn the radio on (I’ve given up watching TV) there’s another shooting in the US. You’d think there would be some kind of foreboding hanging over the place, awareness that “it could happe
Australian Motorcyclist1 min read
I Would Like To Especially Recommend:
MOTOQUEST, as always. If you’re interested in a tour or a rental bike on the West Coast, take advantage of their offices in Anchorage, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Just look them up at www.motoquest.com or ring 907-272-2777 and tell them
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Observations From Above
I HAD QUITE A giggle at the recent press launch of the Harley-Davidson Lowrider S. And no, it wasn’t about the bike, which I thought was quite a hoot despite, or perhaps in spite of, its foot-pegs being in the wrong place for my supermodel legs. My g
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Echuca Vic
HAPPY AS LARRY! That pretty much sums it up when you lob at a pub, get a welcome from the staff and a nod from the locals. Oh, and if the place hasn’t been totally taken over by race screens, odds boards and pokie machines. A place where you can rela
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
Woof, Woof!
Hidden in a valley of rugged hills and rainforest, Zeehan was established in the late 1800s after tin, silver and lead discoveries sparked the largest mining boom in the west of the island. Nicknamed ‘Silver City’, it quickly grew into Tasmania’s thi
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Patagonia
Richard Millington from Motorrad Tours just couldn’t keep Patagonia a secret. As he says, it’s time to go now, or risk missing out on a unique place. IT’S A CLICHé, BUT Patagonia will take your breath away again and again. A true wilderness destina
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Let’s Go Everywhere Man
LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE who have been there, I’ve become a great booster for Iceland. The place is hard to fault; it has even topped The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for 10 years in a row now! Ah, you can probably tell that I’m reading
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
News
Aussie TT racer, Davo Johnson won the Classic Superbike TT riding a Kawasaki ZXR750. The race came right down to the final minute which saw Michael Dunlop leading only to have machinery issues with a couple of miles to go. Completing the podium were
Australian Motorcyclist9 min read
Exploring THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD
SINCE THE GREAT Alpine Road (GAR) was opened in 1998 countless motorcyclists have traversed it. For many the road itself is the purpose of the ride, while for others it’s part of a bigger plan and time limitations prevent further consideration of wha
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Editor Speaks
SMALL capacity motorcycle/ scooter sales are propping up the industry at the moment thanks to the influx of Uber Eats, Deliveroo and so on food deliveries. What is rather concerning to me is the skill of the riders delivering the food. They seem not
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
What Say You
WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, the letters are among the most keenly read parts of the magazine. Please try and keep letters down to no more than 300 words.Then you can read many, not just a couple.We do reserve the right to cut them and, unless you ident
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Long Termers
OUR KAWASAKI Z900RS has been the one getting the most love lately. This last month we’ve fitted up an awesome DNA air filter ($166) and a set of Barkbuster single point carbon handguards. Ever since we first got the Z900RS I’ve wanted to fit a DNA ai
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
SUZUKI GSX1000S Katana
THINK BACK TO the eighties when the German-designed Suzuki 1100 Katana was King. Only the coolest of the cool rode a Katana and the cult following of the name ‘Katana’ is as strong today as it was back then. I should know; I restored an ‘84 1100 Kata
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