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DINNER WITH Ago
HE NOT ONLY holds the record for the largest number of motorcycle Grand Prix victories – 123 – but also won 15 World Championships titles, 18 Italian Championships titles and 10 Tourist Trophies for a total of 311 victorious races from the early 1960
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Racing Utes?
YOU’VE READ somewhere that California, if it were a country, would be the sixth-largest economy in the world, right? Well, if Toyota’s Hilux were a brand it would be the sixth-biggest one in Australia. The humble Hilux ute was Australia’s biggest-sel
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Kawasaki Z900
WHEN SOMEONE talks to you about a ‘Z900’ most people instantly think of the retro styled Z900RS and not the ‘regular’ Z900 which you see here. The Z900 is your bang for bucks motorcycle and its main competition is the Yamaha MT-09, with both costing
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Damn Transport Stages
I HARBOUR A SINCERE hatred for many things, and high on that list sits the dreaded Transport Stage. I shall explain for the unwashed. Most motorcyclists seek corners like coon-hounds seek racoons. There is a deep-seated drive within those riders, lik
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Specs
PRICE: $12,599 (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 73.4 x 56mm DISPLACEMENT:
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Karamea’s Bluff
New Zealand’s South Island has a reputation as a motorcycle wonderland. That reputation is well deserved, but – believe it or not – there is even more to it than the roads and passes we usually traverse. One side trip I had never done until quite rec
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Australian Motorcyclist
Editor Stuart Woodbury Contributing Editor J Peter Thoeming Sales Manager Ralph Leavsey-Moase ralph@ausmotorcyclist.com.au Photo Editor Nick Wood Designer Amy Hale Photographers Nick Wood Photography, Half-Light Photography Contributors Robert
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LIKE YOUR WARDROBE, But Mo’ Better
IF YOU PLAN ON RIDING a motorcycle, you’ll no doubt at some stage need to carry a little or a lotta gear. Whether that is to simply transport something over a short distance, or it’s a trip that requires you to carry several nights worth of clothes a
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Pricing
WE GET EMAILS EVERY now and again from readers asking the question, “why do motorcycles cost so much?”. I thought I’d address this for everyone, rather than continue with the usual email reply. In relative terms, motorcycles are quite well-priced whe
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Rejoice!
THE RAIN DANCE WORKED and now that the rain (and quite heavy rain) is falling, it’s time to look at your wet weather gear as it has probably fallen apart since the last time you had to use it. The following is what’s on offer from a select few of the
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News
Norton Motorcycles has gone into administration owing £300,000 in unpaid tax. Stuart Garner, the CEO of Norton also had two other companies go into administration, one of which was Priest House Hotel in Castle Donington – the place where Nortons were
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PUBS & PLACES Of the Upper Murray
WHEN THE JANUARY fires hit the Upper Murray, Australians swung into action mode, doing what they could do, donating what they could afford. As orders were given to evacuate towns and villages, many chose to stay behind to fight and protect their dwel
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Triumph ROCKET 3 R & GT
EVERYONE KNOWS THE Triumph Rocket III; originally launched back in 2004, the megalodon-sized two wheeled muscle machine with the massive triple cylinder engine stuffed between your legs. If you’ve ridden one, you’ll know that you have excellent flexi
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Watch ‘em!
Caution:With their fields and paddocks completely burnt out, many graziers have pushed their cattle onto the ‘long paddock’ to search for feed. Between Tumbarumba and Tintaldra I encountered three separate mobs. These beasts are now very comfortable
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Specs
PRICE: $27,990 (R), $28,990 (GT) (plus on-road charges) WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 16,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled in-line three cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 110.
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Before YOU GO
ADVENTURE BETTER! The guys at Motorrad Tours know a thing or two when it comes to travelling on a motorcycle. In this series, (this being the first of a few to come), they share their knowledge and experience to help you get the most from your next t
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BOTH CLEVER And art
I, AS THE SAYING GOES, have good news and bad news. The good news is that the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is putting together an outstanding exhibition of motorcycles from around the world, called The Motorcycle: Design, A
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Who is Motorrad Tours?
Richard Millington is the founder of Motorrad Tours, with years and literally millions of miles of route planning and tour delivery under his belt. From the Highlands of Scotland to the rice paddies of Vietnam, Richard works tirelessly to put togethe
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Come Join Me
EVERY NOW AND THEN, you read or see something and the Choir Invisible commences singing in the background. That something is something that you really, really must get to know, or have or experience. The prime example in my life, where motorcycling i
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ROUND THE WORLD AGAIN, Part 2
HAVING PROMISED to build a round-the-world (rtw) bike, I fortunately did not have to look far to find the platform. A BMW F 750 GS suggested itself both because I like it – not least because it is relatively light -- but also because I was pretty sur
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And A Note From Ralph
Adriatic Moto Tours has been telling us about their tour of Sicily.Well, hook us up for that one.The Bear will be adorned in Ray Bans and up to his top lip sipping sangria in Portugal [Port, Ralph] so that leaves Stu in the office stewing and me to a
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Wunderlich in OZ
The Australian distributor for Wunderlich equipment is Procycles, with retail shops in St Peters and Hornsby, Sydney NSW.Website address is www.procycles.com.au , email is info@procycles.com.au .Your local bike shop should be able to order parts thro
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Kawasaki Z650L
THE KAWASAKI ZED family of sports-naked motorcycles has almost every lane covered, be it slow, medium or high speed. All models in their range have commuting, sports and a little bit of touring potential taken care of. All have a common theme; they a
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Will I Do It?
The obvious question when someone sets out to build a round-the-world (rtw) bike is: when are you leaving? In my case, the answer is “never”. I am highly unlikely to do another rtw ride. Building this bike does, however, have more than one other purp
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Specs
PRICE: $10,499 plus on roads WARRANTY:Two years, unlimited distance SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 12,000km or 12 months ENGINE: Liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder BORE x STROKE: 83mm x 60mm DISPLACEMENT: 649cc COMPRESSION:
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Long Termers
WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE recently released Peugeot Belville 200 in issue #83 and now we’ve got one as a semi-long termer. I was rather keen to get hold of the new Belville as I wanted to feel the difference a scoot with 16-inch wheels would make. As exp
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Karamea’s Bluff
THERE AREN’T MANY towns or even villages to write about in this part of the South Island’s west coast – because there are hardly any towns or villages to be found! The town that links our two rides this month is one of the main centres on the west co
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ISLANDS In The Sun
WHO DOESN’T LIKE islands, especially for motorcycle trips? You get a sort of buzz of… completion when you ride them – always assuming that they’re small enough to cover in one trip – and when you leave there is a distinct feeling that, yeah, I’ve see
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BMW R 1250 RS Sport
IT HAS BEEN AN interesting handful of years for BMW Motorrad as they shift a number of their motorcycles into the more ‘sharp knife’ rather than ‘blunt axe’ category. One example of the range to become a sharp knife is the R 1250 RS – a bike that was
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PLAYING Fair
LIFE IS not fair, but a Fair can be passing fair… if you know what I mean. INTERMOT, the biennial motorcycle fair in Cologne, is stepping up the battle for top show. The idea is to set new standards in the international market for motorcycle trade fa
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