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Suzuki 650 V-Strom

2017 SUZUKI DL-650 V-STROM

If you think about it, apart from lifting the spirit, motorcycles can be really frustrating. It’s true, and deep down you know it, don’t you? There just never seems to be a single “right” bike for all occasions. A litre-class sportsbike is out of its depth crossing the Tanami. And US-built cruiser iron is only…

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Glasses

Get the picture?

IT took a moment for me to `get it’ about Nearview riding glasses. Okay, so your vision is not what it used to be, you don’t go anywhere without a pair of reading glasses, but thankfully no problems with long distance. Mind you, reading the speedo has become a bit hit and miss. Join the…

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New Tech

Are `new tech’ bikes better tourers?

Now, the Triumph Trophy SE comes with all the bells and whistles, and my 2013 model also had a few of the option boxes ticked. But does the average touring rider really need half that gear, particularly as the more you have, the more can break down, right? May is a month of transition from…

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Cheetham strikes up an enduring Guzzi affair

On 15 March 1921, the company “Società Anonima Moto Guzzi” was constituted in the offices of the notary, Paolo Cassanello in Corso Aurelio Saffi, Genoa, for “the fabrication and sale of motorcycles and all other activities pertinent or correlated to the metalworking and mechanical engineering industries”. Partners in the Company were the renowned Genoese ship…

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Taking it all with a trailer

Taking it all with a trailer

So… you have decided to take your partner camping on the bike. The packing begins: Hairdryer … hair Product … brush, ( and that’s just your gear!), super inflatable queen mattress (that you saw on TV at 2.30am with its own Inflator / Deflator pump, set of steak knives… and it must be strong because…

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Riding the Indian Scout

Riding the Indian Scout

The same one you could win in the UCARF Raffle at the AGM! I collected this bike from the Victory and Indian motorcycle dealer in Sydney, where sales consultants Robert and Andrew were most obliging. The Scout certainly looks the part and this one is very stylish in the red over thunder black paint with…

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Sun Blocker

Review – Sun Blocker

SOMETIMES, two different things work together so well they almost seem to have been made for each other – like this odd couple. In our Summer edition, I said the Super-Visor was a solution to being blinded by glare. It worked well, until I did a nosedive into gravel and destroyed the Super-Visor, along with…

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Cam am spyder PRT 2

What can I say.?  Forget your two-wheel tourers, your Harleys, your Wings, your Beemers,. The three wheel Spyders are bigger (1300 cc  engine size) and better than ever. BRP Can Am really have taken things up a notch with changes to engine, transmission, handling and, with lighter weight and a new look on the F3…

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Bike Review – BMW R1200 GS Triple Black

A wasser-boxer love affair  Talk about preaching to the converted, to have a BMW reviewed by the president of BMW Club Australia – but he really does know his Beemers! It all started a few months ago when my BMW motorcycle club took a tour of South Africa on bikes provided by SAMA Tours, and…

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Earmold plugs

Earmold Product Review

Product Review – Earmold plugs hearing protection Someone asked if I knew anything about custom-formed earplugs. They asked about the plugs made by Earmold, but as I have never tried them, I didn’t have a clue. Seeking someone who uses them, I turned to Savaugn Pratt, who offered a ringing endorsement with help from other…

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Super-Visor review

An end to the sunny salute THIS device has been around for a while, but I had never seen one until a few weeks ago. Spotting it on the helmet of riding mate Peter B, I learned that it is called the Super-Visor, is made under a patent in the USA and sold in Australia…

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Review Test Ride of CAN-AM 2017 Spider Roadstar F3-T

WITH the latest three wheeled thingy from Can-Am in the Spyder range released, it was with thanks to BRP and their Sydney dealer Western Motorcycles that I found myself on a shiny black semi-automatic touring machine to put through its paces. Having built more than 100,000 Can-Am Spyders since it was introduced in 2008, BRP’s…

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Rocky Creek Designs Inline Tyre Gauge & Mini Pump

IT didn’t seem to make sense, two products submitted by the one company for review, both with the same goal of inflating tyres. However, these devices from Rocky Creek Designs take different, but equally clever, approaches to the problem. First to arrive was the Inline Tyre Gauge (ITG), for anyone who has ever sworn at a…

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Cruising with the LAMS

ANOTHER call to arms to be a Ulysses test ride dummy, and of course I am always able to assist our great club members in search of the ideal bike for the ideal rider. This time it was a machine from the green team of Kawasaki and one of their cruiser machines that is LAMS…

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Ugly Fish sunglasses

NOSING around the Ulysses Gear Shop, my attention was caught by a pair of sunglasses with a name I vaguely recognised. A couple of mates who are keen fishers wear and swear by Ugly Fish sunglasses, and since this Australian company has been making sunnies for motorcycling for several years, I took a closer look.…

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Africa Twin legend reborn

MY telephone rang on a cold, wet and windy winter’s day and someone asked if I rode adventure bikes. My answer being yes, the next question was “Would you like to road test a new Honda Africa Twin?”. `Love to’ was my immediate response! A couple of days later I rode to the Honda workshop…

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