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Aprilia RSV4 1100 FACTORY
A COUPLE OF YEARS back at Sydney Motorsport Park I rode the Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono models as part of a normal track day – the bikes were awesome fun to ride. With the release of the new models Aprilia again invited me to ride both models – now as par
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The Small Time
MANY YEARS AGO, I found myself with a problem. Yes, I know, I’ve found myself with more than one problem over the years but this was a tricky one: seeing that I was involved with the beginnings of the Ulysses Club, I was being invited to all sorts of
Australian Motorcyclist4 min read
Aprilia TUONO 1100 FACTORY
THE LAST TIME I rode a Tuono on the track was at the introduction of the 1100 V4. It was (and always has been) blindingly fast – one of the fastest naked bikes on the market. I found the suspension to be compliant on the road but a little too soft fo
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Cultural Comparisons
I HAD A BIT OF A culture shock the other week. I was in Los Angeles, so that is hardly surprising. And I had never been to LA before, so my shock is even less surprising. Hell of a place. If you ever get the chance, I recommend you check it out. It w
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Deep Space
After giving the bird to the pollies at Parliament House head north over Molonglo River (Lake Burley Griffin) on Commonwealth Avenue, take the off ramp onto Parkes Way and follow the river taking the Tuggeranong Parkway ramp to head south. After a co
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Sing Beautifully By Yourself
THIS COLUMN IS usually more or less devoted to the doings of and offers from the world’s motorcycle tour operators. I know that’s been handy for a lot of our readers because they’ve told me. Reliable information can be hard to come by, and tours are
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KAWASAKI Z400 Sharper than a Ninja?
TAKE THE relatively new Kawasaki Ninja 400, strip it down and put a more upright handlebar on it and bam! You have the new Z400. In a nutshell I don’t think I’ve sampled a more fun (under 500cc) motorcycle since I rode 2-strokes many moons ago. The Z
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New York City Motorcycle
AYN RAND SAID that “The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.” What about the rim of a motorcycle wheel? Game Over Cycles, a custom bike manufacturer in Poland, has used that skyline
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Editor Speaks
ARE WE AS A NATION getting dumber? I think we could be judging by the stupidity I witnessed on a recent trip north out of Sydney. More and more drivers (and some riders) are looking at the edge of their bonnet (front tyre for the riders) and not taki
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Polish Polish
Game Over Cycles (GOC) is a Polish custom motorcycles manufacturer formed in 2012.The company is known for its original creations, such as The Recidivst - world’s first tattooed motorcycle (which we featured some time ago) and Behemoth Bike - a custo
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USED & ABUSED
HOW ABOUT HAVING one battery charger that can charge and maintain both that lead-acid or lithium battery you have in your bike/s? Well, The NOCO Company has the G1100 portable automatic battery charger and maintainer for both 6V and 12V lead-acid and
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News
Whether it’s road or off the beaten track, Paradise Motorcycle Tours NZ has you covered. For those who like to get dirty check out their 11 day Adventure Tour of the South Island. Starting and finishing back at Christchurch this tour will take you to
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ROYAL ENFIELD Continental GT
IN SOME WAYS, INDIA is still like post-War Australia. For one thing, even reasonably well-off (male) Indians are quite likely to ride a motorcycle instead of driving a car. If you’ve ever sampled Delhi or even worse (I’m told) Mumbai traffic, you wil
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BMW R 1250 Gs Rallye
THE KING OF adventure land, the BMW R 1200 GS, has been given an update recently with a displacement increase, meaning more power and torque, and some fancy tech inside the engine called Shift Cam Technology. I rode the new R 1250 GS Rallye version (
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Sa Sidecar Gathering
WITH THE PROMISE of dry weather I made a run for the Sidecar Gathering at Whyte Yackowie to catch up with a few dubious characters. Day one was an uneventful run to the Murray River to pick up my riding mate. Heading for Mildura the next day we hit s
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Indian FTR 1200S
INDIAN’S flat-track-inspired FTR1200 has been the most eagerly anticipated motorcycle since the time of Christ – which is unapologetic hyperbole, but it’s kinda true. Here was an entirely new type of bike from a factory that made its very recent bone
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1976 Kawasaki Z900 A4
OKAY, AFTER A MILD heart attack after finding that the frame was pretty messed up, Lady Luck has come to my aid. A fellow who has a massive collection of Z900 parts just happened to have a perfect 1976 A4 frame among them. I couldn’t believe it as I
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Blighty HOTEL
THE BIRTH OF THE Blighty pub made the news when it was proposed in 1941. It involved the removal of a license over at Morago on the road from Denny to Moulamein, a process that wasn’t too common back then. “This is another indication,” opined the pr
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Stop For A Cop And Stay Alive
Did you see the recent Clint Eastwood film The Mule? If you did you will, I suspect, remember the scene where the police pull over an innocent driver under the impression that he is the mule of the title. This bloke has done nothing wrong, but he is
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A Greal One
This, folks, was a really enjoyable pub. The absence of gambling combined with the friendliness of locals and hosts makes it a place where you’ll feel at home the moment you set foot in the place. The room rates are stupid low and there’s a five buck
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Long Termers
The stunning Kawasaki Z900RS has gone in for its second service, new tyres and the fitment of an aftermarket Akrapovic slip-on muffler. Servicing was done with the super talented gents at D Moto Motorcycle Engineering and consisted of a check over, n
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Luggage
IF YOU WANT TO travel by motorcycle you’re going to need luggage. Not good wearing the same pair of, um, used undies for a week! As we do with all these features, we put the call out to the various suppliers to show you what great luggage solutions t
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Victorian Sidecar Rally
FOLLOWING MY RUN to the SA Sidecar Gathering, I was able to drop in on the Victorian version. This has been happening at Carters Beach on the Murray River near Strathmerton since about 1997 and was taken over by the Monarchs some time back. The Monar
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Nerriga
STUDYING A MAP and looking for places to revisit, I had vague memories of a ford along the Upper Shoalhaven River down Nerriga way that might be a good place to take my son fishing for a weekend. Over the years, some places stay the same, others chan
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Letter Of The Month
THIS MONTH’S winner, Chris has found a new lease on life through motorcycling – and what can be better than that! Chris, send me your t-shirt size and postal address, you’ve won the awesome Nelson-Rigg t-shirt and backpack. Enjoy your riding and you
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The Pollies See Stars
USUALLY, HEADING north or south out of Canberra can be the best thing you’ve ever done, but did you know up in them hills there above Canberra are some seriously fun twisties that must be enjoyed? Since becoming the nation’s capital in 1927, Canberra
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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
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DUCATI Diavel 1260
I NEEDED TO BE on my game when I stumbled out of the Iberia plane in Malaga and it was just as well that I kind of pulled up okay from the long flights. Not only was I riding the new ‘devil’ (or “Mega Monster” as Ducati call it) Diavel, now in 1260 f
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