Australian Motorcyclist6 min read
Overland CORNER HOTEL
IT’S ALWAYS A melancholy pleasure to graze through the remnants of what used to be a pub and ruminate on the times that must’ve been had, laughs shared, accomplishments celebrated and misdeeds covered up. For me it’s a sort of long delayed wake for a
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
You Beauty!
FORGIVE ME, FOR I am about to sin. This is a motorcycle magazine, I know, and I am not a car bloke, either. But on my recent tour around a superheated Eastern Europe (read the whole sweaty story elsewhere in this issue) I saw something so beautiful,
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Take A Tent
Less than three hours of easy riding from Adelaide via the most direct routes and only another 30 minutes if you decide to head west to Murray Bridge and then follow the river upstream, this pub is a perfect overnighter for those wanting to escape th
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
Whither, Harleydavidson?
I am a long-standing, card-carrying lover of Harley-Davidson. I have owned and ridden its bikes hundreds of thousands of kilometres, in an outlaw club no less, since before the marque became something dentists took their wives out on Sundays with. I
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
BMW F 750 Gs
WHEN YOU TURN A motorcycle’s handlebar so that the front wheel is at right angles to the frame, you create a figure that is not entirely stable. When subsequently your boot slips on the heap of loose gravel on which you have foolishly stopped, there
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
The Alternative
One of the things we’ve looked for with the roads we’ve chosen for you is the opportunity to use them as alternatives to more established routes. The Mount Lindesay Highway, Queensland Highway 13, fits perfectly into that choice. The most popular rou
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Surfside MOTORCYCLE GARAGE
WE ALL SEEM to have a favourite café that we like to frequent; whether that’s by motorcycle or not doesn’t seem to really matter. Since we’re motorcyclists, of course, it’s better if we have a favourite café that’s motorcycle friendly and even better
Australian Motorcyclist5 min readTech
Food FOR THOUGHT
HERE’S SOME FOOD for thought of our future and searching for fossil fuel replacement… I personally don’t see current electric vehicles becoming mainstream unless you can pull into a service station and recharge or replace a battery within a few minut
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Change Up
THE LAST MONTH has seen a bit of a change up for our long term fleet. The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is gone, replaced by the sweet Ducati Supersport. We’ve also got a Peugeot Django 150 which is very ‘metro’ for riding around the city. But first off, let
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
BIG PROGRESS HAS been made within the last month, the Z900 A4 is a roller! The last few pieces needed to fit the forks into the triple clamps with the headlight brackets, associated spacers, lower triple clamp trim, rear sprocket and swingarm grease
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
DUCATI Hypermotard 950
TAKE A WILD bucking bronco and massage it with love and kindness and the result is the new Ducati Hypermotard 950. Gone is the insanely wild ride of the Hypermotard of a few years ago, which has always been an outlier in the motorcycle world: part sp
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
HOOKING THE Softails
“I HEARD SOMEBODY sayin’ ‘The older the grape, the sweeter the wine…’" sang Janis Joplin, and she was right about more than just wine. Take a look at the brilliant bikes being built today by the old-established motorcycle manufacturers – BMW, Indian,
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Editor Speaks
I’VE NEVER BEEN a big believer in the wild and woolly sayings of the world. Things like, “it’s fate”, “the grass is greener on the other side” and the big one, “everything happens for a reason”. I’m sure there are loads more sayings that cover everyt
Australian Motorcyclist9 min read
A DAY IN The Life Of
GUIDED MOTORCYCLE tours are more popular than ever, with companies offering trips all over the world. We asked top tour guide Bob Rees from BMW’s Motorrad Tours what it takes to be a tour leader and how he goes the extra distance to look after his ri
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
News
The winners of Australia’s peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country - were announced at The Star in Sydney on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. The MotoPressor 4in1 Puncture Repai
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
The 50th Alpine Motorcycle Rally
ON THE QUEEN’S Birthday long weekend in June 1969 Paul Giles, a stalwart member of the Willoughby and District MCC, held the first Alpine Motorcycle Rally at Yarrangobilly on the then unsealed Snowy Mountains Highway. I first met Paul in early 1973 w
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
Ducati MONSTER 821 STEALTH
WHEN YOU HEAR of a model called “Stealth”, would you expect a totally blacked out, dark and mysterious machine? You probably would, but the new Ducati Monster 821 Stealth mixes up that moniker with plenty of ‘bling’to go with the darkness. When I tal
Australian Motorcyclist7 min read
GOING All The Way
READERS OF Australian Motorcyclist will probably be familiar with Compass Expeditions. It’s the Australian based, international motorcycle tour company that takes adventurers on epic rides like the 105-day Road of Bones – London to Magadan and 80-day
Australian Motorcyclist7 min read
ALL YOU NEED IS (G)LOVE(S) And You Really Do Need New Ones!
APART FROM YOUR eyes, one of the most important parts of your body for you to function, and ride a motorcycle, are your hands. Protecting them with high quality motorcycle gloves is just common sense. I’ve seen what happens to hands, fingers and bone
Australian Motorcyclist4 min readFashion & Beauty
You Must Remember This
IF YOU PERUSE THIS magazine from front to back, you will have read about my inappropriate packing for my most recent European trip. In brief, it was hot and I had my cold/cool weather gear packed. I suffered, and I deserved to suffer. The basic probl
Australian Motorcyclist13 min read
Going in HOT
ANY OF THE great comedians will tell you that it’s all in the timing. As I passed the lone barn in upcountry Hungary at about 90km/h, the first dog just managed to clear the front wheel of my 821 Monster with its canine backside as it crossed the roa
Australian Motorcyclist3 min read
USED & ABUSED
AS I’VE MENTIONED before I’m big on protecting my hands while riding a motorcycle. Having seen too often what happens to hands when someone wasn’t wearing gloves is not something I wish for anyone to go through and riding on a race track where speeds
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
13’s Your Number
TO BE HONEST, most of the places these roads - touch on are a bit like what the Americans call Fly-Over States; they’re ride-through towns. That’s not intended as an insult; it’s just that they hold relatively few attractions of potential interest to
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
Letter Of The Month
I reckon Tim is a worthy winner of this month’s Nelson Rigg backpack and T-shirt. The number of books I reckon The Bear will pile up for him, he’ll certainly be needing a new backpack to carry them around! Well done, mate and enjoy the read once The
Australian Motorcyclist5 min read
Harley-davidson Road Glide 114 Special
I HAVE WITNESSED more than my fair share of debates in pubs around Australia. Of course, politics, religion and fishing tales go with the territory, but given most of my travels are on a motorcycle, you will be able to guess where this is going. The
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 Motorcyclist9 min read
“Don’t Mourn, Organise”
THERE’S A TOTALLY unnecessary amount of mourning in the motorcycle community. Whenever I talk to other riders, someone is bound to pipe up with “I wish I could do the rides that you do…” Now mourning is cool; it’s a very human reaction to loss. But i
Australian Motorcyclist2 min read
1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
I MADE A MASSIVE leap forward with the concourse restoration of my Z900 A4 this month. The frame, swingarm, engine brackets, battery box and triple clamps have been beautifully powder coated by the team at Comp Coat whom I previously used for my 1100
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
URAL Sahara
THERE HAVE BEEN some big breakthroughs in the history of engineering. For trains, taking the leap from coal-powered steam to electrical power was a monumental achievement. Safety and performance took a huge step forward in 1953 when Cessna bolted an
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
USED&ABUSED
AGV WELCOME the new AX9 adventure helmet into the fold with massive updates (or what I call) a total redesign from the outgoing AX8, which I wore a handful of years ago. I didn’t mind the AX8 but it just didn’t do it for me, especially when there wer
…Or Discover Something New