EDITOR SPEAKS

This entry is part 1 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

what’s he blabbing on about now? I love tinkering away in the garage on motorcycles. I have my CBR900RR race bike, but also a mate and I are building a 1989 Period 6 Yamaha FZR1000. Whenever the postman arrives with new bits and pieces I’ve ordered I just can’t wait to fit them up and progress the project along. Alana seems to think I spend too much time in the garage “playing” with the bikes, but in actual fact it’s probably only two or three hours a week. As you read this I’ve just been preparing my CBR to race in the PCRA one hour endurance race with IomTT racer, Alex Pickett.

GRIZZLING FROM THE BEAR

This entry is part 2 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

BEARS ON A ROLL The café at the eastern base of Cherry Tree Hill, on the Castlereagh Highway in NSW, is open again. There have been a few attempts to make a go of what should be an excellent location, so let’s hope that things go better this time – and let’s also hope that these bears, attempting to make their escape, have had a substantial breakfast at the café!

NEWS

This entry is part 3 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

STILL YOUNGYamaha turns 60 Yamaha is 60 and to celebrate Yamaha Motor Australia has organised a travelling roadshow truck complete with vintage model display.

LAUNCH

This entry is part 4 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

MV AGUSTA’S 800 LAUNCH WE RIDE THE NEW TRIPLES FROM MV. BELLISSIMO!WORDS STUART WOODBURY PHOTOS TIM MUNRO MV Agusta has gone through a couple of hands in Australia over the past few years, now that it is in the hands of Urban Moto Imports, the company that produces, “Motorcycle Art” should finally be set to stay in this country. MV produces beautiful looking machines and their performance is up there with some of the best. We got to ride the new 800 triple cylinder range – Dragster, Dragster RR, F3, Stradale and Turismo Veloce (all except for the Brutale) over a wide range of road conditions and here is what we thought of each model.

BMW S 1000 XR

This entry is part 5 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

TAKE THE FASTEST AND MAKE IT COMFORTABLE WORDS STUART WOODBURY PHOTOS MARK DADSWELL Stuart is wearing a Shoei Hornet ADV helmet, BMW Streetguard suit, Dririder Rapid gloves and Sidi Vertigo boots.

MOTORCYCLIST TOURS

This entry is part 6 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

EXPERIENCE PURE NIRVANA RIDE THE LAND OF PARADISE Join the next Trip of a Lifetime with MOTORCYCLIST and Paradise Motorcycle Tours NZ. Our 2016 Hiamo South Island tour will run from 26 Jan to 6 Feb 2016 – 11 days of glorious roads and scenery that will knock your socks off. Everyone who came on the 2015 Hiamo Tour was stunned at the amazing sights and even more amazing roads.

TYRE TEST

This entry is part 7 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX T30 EVOGREAT, BECOMES AMAZING! WORDS STUART WOODBURY You may remember that some time ago we fitted a set of Bridge stone’s T30 sport touring tyres to a Honda VFR800X Cross runner. Well, those tyres have fared extremely well, getting around 13,000km and being consistent in performance throughout their life. So when we heard that Bridge stone has just released the updated T30 EVO, we had to get a set and do a back to back test with the original T30s.

APRILIA RSV4 RR

This entry is part 8 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

YOU KNOW IT’S GOT TO BE GOOD WHEN…WORDS STUART WOODBURY PHOTOS TIM MUNRO When you’ve won numerous championships around the world. Not only do you know that the base package has to be a good thing, but Aprilia’s RSV4 has been given some minor improvements over last year’s model as well, making it sharper in all areas.

READER’S TRAVEL

This entry is part 9 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

THE WILD WEST (OF MONGOLIA) WELCOME TO A TRULY WILD RIDEWORDS/PHOTOS ROBERT CRICK “ Finding one’s way in this terrain was a challenge even for our Mongolian guide and support team ” Western Mongolia is stark and remote, mostly bare of trees,with a mix of open steppe, hills and rocky outcrops, and semi-desert. Even in the more fertile parts, large sand dunes with wide sandy grasslands surround partly ice-covered lakes. We encountered isolated gers (yurts) with the family livestock nearby or being watched by a lone nomad on his pony.

JUST TWO RULES

This entry is part 10 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

1. Don’t Fall Off the Motorcycle.2. Don’t Get Eaten by a Bear. FLEX, BEND AND TWIST YOUR FRAME DOES WHAT!? WORDS/PHOTOS MARK MCVEIGH – CEO motoDNA