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RIDDEN HUSQVARNA

NUDA 900 & 900R LAUNCH

CYCLE TORQUE

YAMAHA

WR450F

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WINTER BIKE STUFF

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NEWS

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PIT BITS

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SMALL TORQUE

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EDITORIAL

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RACE TORQUE

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DIRTY TORQUE

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GUNTRIP

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TORQUE BACK - LETTERS

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WILLIE G. RETIRES HARLEY-Davidson styling chief Willie G. Davidson has retired after a 49 year career. “Throughout my life, I have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to marry my passion for design with my love for this amazing brand that runs so deeply in my veins,” Willie G. said. “What’s most rewarding has been to see the impact our motorcycles have on the lives of our customers. Everything we do in styling is based on the notion that form follows function, but both report to emotion.” Over the course of his career, Willie G., 78, built a design team at HarleyDavidson that established the company’s unrivalled leadership in custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles. Today, the styling department is led by 19-year company veteran Ray Drea, Vice President and Director of Styling, who has worked collaboratively with Willie G. in the development of numerous milestone vehicles. “It has been my privilege to work alongside many incredibly talented people at this company and I have great confidence the future of HarleyDavidson’s design leadership will continue to grow in its pre-eminence,” Willie G. said. “I look forward to spending time with riders at rallies and to my involvement in special design projects.” Grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, and son of William H. Davidson, its second president, Willie G. joined the company as

its first head of styling in 1963. With responsibility for the look of all HarleyDavidson motorcycles, landmark motorcycles to emerge from Willie G’s styling studio team include the Super Glide, which established the factory custom category in 1971, Low Rider, Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy, V-Rod and Street Glide. He is one of 13 Harley-Davidson executives who purchased the company from AMF, Inc. in 1981. n

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NEWS TORQUE RIP JEREMY BOWDLER LONG-TERM Two Wheels editor Jeremy Bowdler has passed away after becoming ill while overseas. Bowdler was editor of Two Wheels since the early 1990s, and worked on Streetbike and Bike Australia before that. To say the motorcycle media and bike industry is shocked at his passing is very much an understatement. Jeremy was my boss at Two Wheels for a number of years before I left to start Cycle Torque. With a dry wit, incredible intelligence and classic education, JB (as he was known around the office) brought to Two Wheels insight few others could. His passion for motorcycles was as deep as it was long: he owned many bikes, mostly classics, with his personal mount being a Laverda he bought brand new. He arrived at motorcycle journalism via a university education in the classics, a stint as a London bike courier and even working on a cricket magazine: and as a basketballer, he wasn’t terribly interested in cricket. Jeremy was mildly eccentric, deeply thoughtful and always asked the best questions around the dinner table. He will be missed by the motorcycling community and the media, but most by his partner Jan and their two daughters. Our condolences are with them. – Nigel Paterson

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TRACK PACK KTM will produce a limited edition Track version of its new 690 Duke, based on the machines competing in the 2012 KTM- sponsored European Junior Cup (EJC). The 200 examples are to have the same specification as the EJC bikes that will see riders from more than 13 Nations battle across eight rounds as a support race for the World Superbike Championship. Not homologated for road use, the 690 Duke Track is fitted with a host of KTM PowerParts, losing 10kg over its 150kg road counterpart and gaining 9hp. The power increase is achieved from a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust, modifications to the airbox and PowerParts camshaft. The chassis and subframe remains standard, and the ABS system is deleted, replaced replaced with a new four-pad radial Brembo caliper and master cylinder, and thicker front disc. New WP front forks raise the Duke 15mm higher and offer full adjustment and the preload only rear shock from the road bike

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BMW dealers of the year BMW Motorrad has announced that Procycles St Peters (Sydney NSW) and Valley Prestige Motorcycles in Traralgon (Victoria) have taken out the prestigious BMW Motorrad Dealer of the Year awards for 2011. This much sought after accolade is awarded to the Metropolitan and Rural BMW Motorrad dealerships that excell in all areas of operation with the ultimate focus on the customer. “Winning BMW Motorrad Dealer of the Year is a real achievement and a lot of hard work by everyone at Procycles St. Peters. We are really pleased with this acknowledgement and will continue to try to make every customer experience a positive one,” said Vik Popovski, Procycles St. Peters Business Manager. “Winning the BMW Motorrad Rural Dealer of the Year is a highlight for Valley Prestige Motorcycles. We have only been a BMW Motorrad dealer for a relatively short time. This award is a credit to Craig Bennett who has worked tirelessly to create such a positive environment and has put Valley Prestige Motorcycles on the map in the Latrobe Valley,” said David Gittins, Dealer Principal Valley Motors Group.

BMW Motorrad General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Tony Sesto, congratulated both Procycles St Peters and Valley Prestige Motorcycles on their achievements in 2011. “This award is far more than just sales figures. It takes in all the areas of operation with a focus on the customer. BMW Motorrad is a dynamic and innovative marque and these two dealerships have excelled in 2011 and delivered to their customers a true and positive BMW Motorrad experience. Congratulations to both of them and their staff,” said Tony.n


NEWS TORQUE Lascorz injured

KAWASAKI WSBK racer Joan Lascorz suffered serious injury during post-race testing at the Imola circuit. The Spanish rider crashed during the opening testing session at Imola and was airlifted to Hospital Magiore di Bologna with fractured vertebrae. Despite earlier reports that Lascorz was at least a paraplegic from the crash there is still some hope this may not be the case. He has undergone a lengthy and delicate operation to reposition his spine at Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital. Lascorz was then transferred back home to Spain. Doctors are still evaluating the situation regarding the possibility of Lascorz recovering his mobility, a press release was issued by the Provec Racing team yesterday, saying that vital support systems have been removed to allow the Spanish rider to breathe autonomously. If this goes well doctors will be able to implement his ‘short and medium term’ recovery programme. n

GAS GAS 250

GAS Gas is obviously keen to capture some of the huge 250cc four stroke enduro market, substantially updating its EC250 4T for 2012. Gas Gas continues to use a Yamaha 250F engine in the EC250 4T but the bike gets a few special touches you would expect from Gas Gas. For that Euro feel, the bike gets a Magura cluth master cylinder and Öhlins rear shock, plus 48mm Marzocchi Twin Chamber forks, and Galfer wave discs. All up it weighs a paltry 110kg and comes standard with an alloy sump guard. Solo Imports has kept pricing to a minimum, retailing the bike at just $10,699 + dealer charges making it one of the best value for money enduro bikes on the market. For more details www.cycletorque.com.au/more. n

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NEWS TORQUE Honda Integra NEW in the Maxi-scooter scene is Honda’s 670cc Integra. Retailing for $10,990 the Integra has a liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder engine combining with a Dual Clutch transmission which gives the rider the choice between manual or automatic gears. The Integra features conventional motorcycle wheels and suspension, and is equipped with the C-ABS system which incorporates both the Combined Brake System and ABS. The Integra features a 15-litre under seat storage space large enough to hold a helmet or waterproof cover. The main fairing also offers a second, smaller storage compartment within easy reach of the seat. The 2012 Integra Scooter will be launched in Ion Blue Metallic and is available in Honda Dealerships nationally. n

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YAMAHA Australia, in conjunction with TeamMoto Blacktown, will have four brand new 2012 Yamaha WR450Fs available for 30 minute demo rides on Sunday, April 29 2012 at Clarence MX Track, situated just outside Lithgow. Customers must pre-register for a designated time by calling 02 9421 0675. Pre-booking will allow riders to test the brand new WR450F on an enduro loop. Plus any customer who has pre-registered for a WR450F test ride can bring his or her own bike to enjoy the Clarence facility for the rest of the day. Don’t forget you must pre-register, you cannot just turn up on the day which runs from 9.00am until 2.00pm. n

Sydney Dirt Track Series

The Napean Motor Sports Club and the Penrith Motorcycle Club recently announced Western Motorcycles as the title sponsor of the three round 2012 Sydney West Dirt Track Series. Initiated by the Nepean Motor Sports Club, the series will be run by the City of Penrith MCC and hosted over three rounds at Sydney’s iconic Nepean Raceway. By the time you read this round one will have been run and won but round two will be on June the 17th with the final round on September the 16th. The will be over 60 events on the program at each round with classes including Pro Open, Pro Lites, Vintage, Veteran, Sidecars, Juniors, Sliders and Ladies. n

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Aussies to IOM

Get Routed has had plenty of enquiries from Aussie Classic and Post Classic (period 5) guys in NSW and VIC about a group going to the IoM next year for the purpose of competing in the 2013 MANX GP. They have approached Get Routed to ship up to 20 race bikes direct to the Isle of Man. Get Routed’s head honcho, Dave Milligan, is working on a plan which sees the race bike container shipped directly to Ramsay on the Isle of Man and unpacked in the pits at the rear of the Glencrutchery Rd grandstand. “A marquee will be erected to house race bikes and for those who want to camp with their bikes to save beer vouchers”. Milligan also said “There will be a support tour for those who wish to take a road bike and spectate at the MANX GP - that tour will include a Triumph factory tour and visits to the UK Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, Sammy Miller’s Race Bike Museum down in the South of England and the ACE Cafe in London”. New South Welshman Chris Pickett is very keen on the idea and to that end he and son Alex are going with Get Routed to the MANX GP this year to learn their way around the circuit on road bikes. It’s also been suggested by a former TT competitor they get a DVD or Video tape of Steve Hislop’s fast lap of the TT circuit to assist in learning the sequences of corners around the TT circuit. With the ongoing upsurge in popularity of classic and post classic racing and the fact that Cam Donald has big intentions to race at the MANX GP next year on an early ’80s Honda RS1000 works replica built by Peter McWiggan of Manta Enterprises in Melbourne for classic enthusiast Irishman Tom Dermody. Malcolm ‘Wally’ Campbell may even be involved in the development of the RS1000. Cam’s commitment to the Honda TT Legends World Endurance Champs and a conflicting event date may have some bearing on this. Chris Pickett has indicated he will race at the MANX GP in 2013 on a Honda VF1000F also being built by Peter McWiggan. Alex Pickett has narrowed his choice of machine for next year’s Manx as either a Ducati 848, Triumph Daytona 675R or the new MV Agusta 675 F3. Rumours are afoot that Robbie Phillis is even keen to have a crack at the 37.73 mile Isle of Man TT Mountain Circuit next year. On top of that it’s reported that well known classic racer Mick Neason plans to send over at least 1 Manx Norton, and maybe a Suzuki XR69 as well. Obviously with all this Aussie enthusiasm for the MANX GP it’s not too much a stretch to imagine that a bunch of Kiwis would love to do similar and to that end Get Routed is prepared to ship bikes from Auckland or Christchurch. Please don’t hesitate to contact Get Routed’s Dave Milligan on 03 9351 0612 or by email to: dave@getrouted.com.au. n


PIT IBITS BEHIND THE SCENES GO BEHIND the scenes with Hart & Huntington in the InsureMyRide Race Weekend Competition. The winner and their mate will spend a day at the team’s training facility on Saturday 28th July with one of the team’s riders preparing for the MX Nationals. On race day, they will travel to Round 8 of the MX Nationals in Appin as part of the Hart & Huntington Race team, decked out in gear worth a total of $500. The prize includes two nights twin share accommodation and airfares to Sydney if you reside outside NSW, plus five runners up will win double passes to an MX Nationals round nearest to them. Jump on Facebook and ‘like’ the InsureMyRide Facebook page Facebook.com/insuremyride, then click on the InsureMyRide Competition Tab, fill in your details and tell them in 25 words or less ‘Why you would like to win a race weekend experience with the H&H team?’ ASIA DREAM CUP HONDA riders Josh Hook and Josh Pickering recently completed testing at Sepang in preparation for the Asia Dream Cup which kicks off next month. Both riders performed well, with Hook producing the second fastest time on the first day of testing. The Asia Dream Cup will be held as part of the PETRONAS Asian Road Racing Championship and will see all riders competing on Honda CBR250R machines. Every CBR250R is built to the same specifications and are rotated between the riders. The Asia Dream Cup will commence in Sepang on May 13, 2012. BUGDEN TAKES TITLE TEAM Volvo Group Suzuki / Triple R Racing Suzuki’s Robert Bugden clinched a record fourth New Zealand Superbike Championship recently at the North Island Taupo circuit. After claiming victory at the final round of the season with a perfect weekend of back-to-back wins, Bugden added the 2012 championship to the three consecutive titles he won in 2007-2009, all on Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbikes.

CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 10 “It’s been a pretty long couple of months for a five-round series and we have had our ups and downs, but to get the championship under our belt is a good effort and great feeling,” 31-year-old Queenslander Bugden said. GO NORTH TO MALAYSIA YAMAHA Motor Australia is once again organising a fully escorted trip to the Malaysia MotoGP to support Yamaha riders. Register now to be one of the limited number of people to join the 2012 Yamaha MotoGP VIP Tour to Sepang. Booking cut off date is May 31, 2012. The tour departs on October 16 and returns October 22, with six nights accommodation, airport transfers, a Kuala Lumpur day tour, sightseeing etc. You’ll be at the track for three days with a pit walk and all the action you can handle. Tour cost is $3499 per person and accommodation is on a twin share basis. For online booking form and more details go to www.yamaha-motor.com. au/hotnews/general/2012-malaysia- motogp-tour or call Amanda Hieronymus on (02) 9827 7564. SUZUKI SUPPORT NOW into its twelfth year, and with a contingency pool up to $125,000* the 2012 Suzuki Support Rider program is now live for a number of Australian road and off-road championships. As of this year, Suzuki’s contingency payments will be extended to the overall final placing to the Australian Endurance Championship for the Superbike and Supersport categories. At each round of the nominated championships, Suzuki Support Riders competing in eligible classes can claim: • Highest placed SSR Privateer (Within overall Top 20) $500. • Second highest placed SSR Privateer (Within overall Top 20) $250. Third highest placed SSR Privateer (Within overall Top 20) $125 State Championships are also eligible for contingency based on an overall championship result. Registration to the Suzuki Support Rider program is free, with forms available at Suzuki dealers or online at: www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au/racing/ suzuki-supported-rider.html. n


PIT IBITS JONES WINS RK CHAINS SAMURAI AWARD YAMAHA Racing’s Mike Jones has won the 2011 season RK Chains Samurai Award for best rising talent and outstanding effort. Jones, 18, won the 2011 ASBK Superstock 600 Championship with one round to spare after capitalising on a career changing opportunity in being awarded the Reece Bancell Scholarship and racing for the Yamaha Racing Development Team/ Reece Bancell Scholarship. Along the way, Mike set four new lap records at Phillip Island, Symmons Plains, Hidden Valley and Queensland Raceway. Mike finished third in the ASBK Superstock 600 championship in 2010, also for YRDT, and in 2009 he won the Australian 250GP Mono series and set six lap records along the way.

CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 11 noisy bikes will be sound tested before starting the event. All riders must be licensed. In 2011 there were just over 500 riders enjoy the challenging trail around Lake Eildon in Victoria’s beautiful high country. This year’s event has once again been capped at 500 riders, to ensure a professional and well run event with no bottlenecks. Last year’s Rally was sold out two weeks before deadline, so get your entries in early. Go to www.admcc.com.au for more info.

HONDA WINS CONDO HONDA’S off road champions have shown their unbeatable endurance by winning the H1, H2 and Quad class of the 2012 Condo750 held in Condobolin over the Easter weekend. No stranger to off-road rally riding, the 2011 Australasian Safari Winner, Todd Smith won the RM-Z BONUS moto event and the H2 class on board his GHR Honda CRF450X while his brother and Honda SUZUKI is offering a a $750 Factory Bonus for its teammate, Jacob Smith joined him on the podium RM-Z250 and 450 Motocrossers. The deal is until May 31 so visit your local dealer to find out more. in third place. On board Honda’s CRF250X, Malcolm Marks placed first in the H1 class while Darren Marks took third POWER UP on his CRF250X. MICHELIN has released two new tyres designed Honda’s large capacity TRX700XX stole the quad purely to go fast on the tar. The Power Cup is a treaded tyre which can be used on the road but is class taking out all three top spots, Brett Clissold also at home on the track, while the Power Slick is placed first, Heath Young placed second and Jason Lucas placed third. race only. Check them out at www.michelin.com.au. DO THE KENDA t will be held on Sunday May 6th in the beautiful Rubicon Valley near Eildon in Victoria’s high country. The Kenda rally is one of Australia’s longest running trailbike rallies. The long running sponsorship agreement with the Ron Angel Wholesale organization continues into its 26th year. The event is run with the full approval of the DSE and Parks Victoria. All motorcycles that enter the event will have full or recreational registration and

RETRO MX QUEENSLAND Vintage Motocross Club will host the Maxima Racing Oils Conondale Classic at the Green Park Motocross facility over the weekend of August 4th and 5th. Pre 70, Pre 75, Pre 78, Evolution, Pre 85, Pre 90 and Sidecar motocross machinery that can be put through their paces on the open grassy layout that recently hosted the opening round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals. Camping and full catering will be available from Friday night on. For more information go to www. qvmx.com or e-mail qvmxsecretary@hotmail.com. – Darren Smart


SMALL TORQUE SILVERWATER MOTOR FESTIVAL THE 2012 Silverwater Motor Festival is a family focused celebration of the positives in motoring, run by the Brotherhood CMC at the Silverwater Street and Custom Motorcycle Show. This annual day festival will incorporate two motoring events, the Silverwater Street and Custom Motorcycle Show and the Silverwater Custom and Classic Car Show which will involve car clubs and social motorcycle clubs. Trophies will be awarded for a range of categories as well as prizes in both shows for People’s Choice, Best Car/Bike and Best Club Display. It’s on Saturday May 12 at Silverwater Park, Clyde Street, Silverwater. Adults $20, children under 12yrs free, concessions for families and pension card holders. It runs from 12 noon to 5 pm (set-up from 10 am) and if you pay before May 4 you get a reduced entry price and a special competitor’s deal. Go to www.greghirstenterprises.com.au for early bird discounts. KWAKA CASH BACKS KAWASAKI has announced a plethora of Ka$h Back offers worth up to $1,500 on a variety of motorcycles available now until the end of May 2012. The deal applies to new and demo models at participating Kawasaki dealerships while stocks last. OUT WITH THE OLD CHECK out an upcoming issue of Cycle Torque for a test on the new V-Strom 650 which is a beauty. The outgoing model was very popular with buyers, and Suzuki is offering it at $9,990 ride away. Why would you buy a second hand one? Visit www.suzuki.com.au for more info or see one in the flesh at your local dealer. GET ON THE ROAD HONDA is helping you get onto the road for less by offering free on-roads on selected models between now and June 30, 2012. Purchase a new ST1300, CB1100, VTR250 motorcycle or a SH150i or SH300i scooter and Honda will take care of the on-road costs. Plus, finance your new two-wheeled ride through Honda MPE Financial Services and receive bonus HondaDollars. $250 HondaDollars offered on the SH150i or SH300i scooters or $500 HondaDollars offered on the ST1300 sports tourer. COMPASS’ FLEET COMPASS Expeditions has updated its fleet of hire bikes to cater for those wanting to sample a piece of Australia’s Outback. Now available are the BMW Sertao, F 650, 800 & R1200 GS along with some Suzuki DRs. “Our outback ready bikes are ideal for those who simply want to get a bike and travel off-road into the interior of Australia” says Mick McDonald Compass Expeditions director. “After all most visitors want to see the 80 per cent of the country that isn’t on paved roads, to address this all bikes will come equipped with a full luggage and camping kit along with certain safety features, ideal for those who don’t wish to purchase all the equipment needed for one trip”, continues Mick. For more information contact 1300 887 327 (within Australia) or +61 3 5368 2113 (outside Australia), info@compassexpeditions.com or visit www.compassexpeditions.com. n

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DUCATI WEEK WORLD Ducati Week 2012 is set to go off with a bang, with online ticket sales already booming as Ducati fans plan to descend on the Misano circuit in Italy from June 21- 24. WDW2012 is titled ‘The Planet of the Champions’ and has its own dedicated website at wdw.ducati.com. The Ducati Factory is busy preparing to welcome the thousands of people who will visit their famous Borgo Panigale home in Bologna around the WDW event, with doors open to visitors from 19 - 25 June for both Factory and Museum tours. All the Ducati alumni like Valentino Rossi, Troy Bayliss, Nicky Hayden and Carlos Checa will be there, and Bayliss is holding a round of his riding school. To follow the latest event program information, including ticket purchase and much more, visit www.ducati. com or prepare to follow the event on www.facebook.com/wdw2012. MOJITO APRILIA’s little Mojito 125 Custom scooter already looks tres cool but you can make it even cooler by grabbing a few accessories. Aprilia is offering a Genuine Accessories pack to the value of $430 which includes a tall windscreen, rear chrome parcel rack and chrome front protection bars. Contact your local Aprilia scooter dealer as this offer is only available for a limited time or while stocks last. Be quick and customise your Mojito to the Max. TROOPER TRUMPY TROOPER Lu’s Garage in the Sydney suburb of Moorebank is now a Triumph dealer. Justin Chisholm, the owner of Trooper Lu’s Garage, said that they are extremely excited about selling, servicing and supporting the Triumph brand and its customers. “We will have the entire range in store and have numerous demonstrators on hand to support those looking for a new Triumph and to assist customers with their choice. We want to continue our reputation for service and technical excellence combined with good parts and warranty support.” Justin added. “We are starting a local RAT group (Riders Association of Triumph) and will be offering our full support. To say we are excited is an understatement. Our staff love the product and we are really looking forward to a bright new future with Triumph.” You can find them at Unit 3, 80 Heathcote Road, Moorebank. n

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BUDGIE SMUGGLERS TO ALL Guzzisti and rally enthusiasts, the Moto Guzzi Club of Qld is again holding its famous Ruptured Budgie Rally on the 18th to 20th May 2011 at Mingoola, 60kms west of Tenterfield and 75kms south west of Stanthorpe. The Rally has good camping spots by the river with firewood supplied. The new venue has been a great success with plenty of camping spots and direct river access, including a beach. Fully catered food and bar from Friday night to Sunday morning with the usual and unusual rally awards. Entry of $20 per head includes badge (children under 15 free - no badge). The usual caveat applies: i.e. this is a motorcycle rally so cars will not be allowed on site also no dogs, glass, dickheads or attitudes. Please check the website: www.motoguzziclubqld.org for a map and further details email the MGCOQ at : info@motoguzziclubqld.org.

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NITRO CIRCUS ON TOUR GET ready for mind blowing action and daredevil stunts, as Nitro Circus unleashes another actionpacked Australian tour during May and June. With record breaking ticket sales and sell out shows, Nitro Circus Live is an action sport spectacular, showing us what-not-to-do with BMXs, motorbikes and 50ft death-defying ramps! Australian Tour Dates: May 11-12 – Brisbane; May 18-19 – Sydney; May 25-26 – Melbourne; June 1-2 Adelaide; June 9 – Perth. Go to www.ticketek.com.au for tickets.

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OLD STUFF FOR some unknown and probably obscure reason I’ve always been interested in old things, mostly mechanical. History interests me, and it irks me a bit that no-one in my immediate family seems to have the slightest interest in it. They don’t even pretend to be interested when I’m going on about how many men were killed in so-and-so battle, or how Captain Cook did this or how people lived in mediaeval times etc etc.

Now I don’t just blurt this stuff out at dinner time for the hell of it, it’s usually while watching some show on the History Channel, which funnily enough I seem to be the only fan of in the Pickett household. Because of this fascination with history I tend to be more interested in old cars, bikes, planes and steam trains than I do newer ones. If you asked me to travel around the country by train I would tell you to wake up to yourself, but if it was by steam train, it would be more like “when can we go?” So, I’m a sucker for old shit, and in my shed I have a number of mechanical items which definitely take up more of my time fettling than using them. My 1971 Norton is pretty good though, I don’t ride it

enough but it’s very reliable, as is my 1985 Honda VF1000F. Cycle Torque’s Ducati 851 has spent more of its time in our possession being pulled apart than together, but it is back together and my ride on it the other day was sublime. I also have a 1970 Dodge muscle car and a 1970 Chev pickup, and both of these have spent the last few months in various stages of mechanical repair.

keep the revs down, and both the boat and I are happy.

I have a new project though which is causing me to get the shits. I recently bought a 1983 Honda My late ’70s boat ski boat is an CR250R to go vintage MX racing exception though, I’ve had it for but it’s been sitting under a cover years and the 350 Chev engine just while I prepared classic and modern keeps motoring along. It’s always road racing machines for recent had a slightly bent propellor shaft race meetings. I finally had the time but I’ve never bothered to fix it, I just to get it going and was looking

forward to wobbling around at an upcoming Heaven VMX round. The CR has been restored in the past and is in very good condition but hadn’t been started for just over 12 months. I knew this when I bought it but guessed a clean out of the carby and some new fuel would be all it needed. I did all that and thought it would go third or fourth kick. About 20 kicks later I decided


CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 15 to check the fuel and spark. It had fuel but the spark wasn’t as fat as it should have been. A new plug will cure it I thought, but 20 or so kicks later there was barely a fluff from the exhaust and spark, when it is there, is weak. A check of the wires didn’t find any glaringly obvious faults so I pulled off the stator cover and there was dirt and crap everywhere. It looks like the bike was washed and then put away without being started, and the cover gasket didn’t fit exactly, letting in more than enough dirt to cause grief. I finally got it off to be thoroughly cleaned but of course one of the screws is rusted and the head broke off trying to get it out. At this stage there was colourful language coming out of my shed, something my wife tells me happens a lot when I’m working on my ‘old crap’ as she calls it. After cleaning it I put it back on and still can’t get the bloody thing started, and the spark still looks dodgy to me. ‘Enough of this bullshit’ I told myself, so it’s off to someone who knows what they are doing, because it’s plainly obvious that isn’t me. ‘Ring me when it’s going’ will be my final words as I kick it off the back of the ute. The problem with owning so many old mechanical things is they all need money and time constantly thrown

at them which is always a bit of an emotional drain if you ask me. I recently agreed to buy a 1984 Honda VF1000F that was a superbike racer back in the day. It’s got some trick pipes and a huge radiator. Peter down at Manta Enterprises in Victoria is going to fit some 17 inch wheels, a nice shock and some newer forks and brakes. I’m going to do a story on the bike as it gets built up which will be great reading, especially for those interested in old stuff like me. Now, all I have to do is move some of this old crap around and make a space for my new toy. New Stuff If you haven’t seen the first edition of our iPad magazine you are missing out on something special. I’m no luddite, regardless of what they tell me in the office, but I’m no geek either. But I can tell you the iPad version of Cycle Torque is brilliant. It’s got video, interactive ads and plenty more, and it’s free. If you have an iPad and haven’t downloaded the free app and subscribed then do so. If you don’t have an iPad, get one... – Chris Pickett


RACE TORQUE

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DJ TT BOUND ENGLAND-based Aussie David Johnson is making a return to the Isle of Man TT in 2012 following his impressive debut in 2010 when he became the fourth fastest newcomer in TT race history on a Honda FireBlade. In his first session around the famed mountain course, he became the fastest ever newcomer in TT history with a 114mph lap, bettering Steve Plater’s record of 110mph. He finished with a best lap of almost 124mph on his Superstock steed that was 32bhp down on the top Superbikes. “When we had the newcomer’s briefing, we were told that there are two reactions from riders after they had just finished their first session.

reverberating off it! Just had to stand it up a bit while hanging off at 250km/h…”

‘You’ll either be white or have the biggest grin on your face - luckily for me I had that big grin,” said Johnson, who took heed of advice to negotiate one of the most notorious bends on the course carefully. “When I did the circuit knowledge with Milky Quayle in the car, I asked him about his advice for Ballagarey and he said, ‘Just get in and get out of it - no heroics’. There’s a slight dip as you approach it and as we were driving up to it, he said, ‘Brake in the dip! Brake in the dip! (doing a good impersonation of Milky’s accent) when the bike is settled and loaded before you tip in. By the end of the week, you’re tucked in behind the bubble at full noise and gently counter-steering your way through the high-speed stuff. It’s an awesome place.”

Johnson said he prepared for the TT by playing a console game for hours on end, and picking the brains of probably the best qualified person in the world. “I’m pretty good friends with John McGuiness and he was a great help answering any questions and offering advice for a rookie like me. He and Hutchy [Ian Hutchison] have pretty much dominated the TT over the last few years, and John is probably the best role model for a newcomer, he’s really smooth and consistent - Hutchy’s a bit looser!”

One of the more interesting moments for David was at the ultra-fast left-right at Crosby. “One time I got sucked in a bit early on the left, and got so close to the wall that I could hear the bike

Troy Tried To Race Just like contemporaries Troy Bayliss and Mat Mladin, Troy Corser’s biggest ever battle is with retirement after putting his hand up to sub at Phillip Island and not ruling out a return to WSBK racing in 2013. Corser’s exit from racing came very close to

lasting all of nothing after he put his hand up to fill in for the injured Leon Haslam at the opening round of the 2012 WSBK at PI in late February. The 40-year-old Aussie said he was raring to go on the factory BMW Motorrad Superbike after team-rider Haslam had his right leg repaired with two screws after a nasty spill in the official WSBK test a week before the races. The Brit struggled in early practice at Phillip Island, prompting Corser’s bid to race. “I’ve told Leon there was no sense running around in 15th and risking another crash for the sake of a couple of points,” two-time champ Corser said after Friday qualifying. “He can’t even walk so to get on the bike and be competitive is a very big ask, which I don’t think is worth it. I have all my gear, my race licence is still valid and I can qualify tomorrow [Saturday].” For the record, Haslam qualified a


CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 17 brave 12th and carded a 12-8 finish. Troy is currently splitting his time between Monaco and the UK, where heworks as a head instructor at an off-road riding school. “I’m also doing some PR stuff for BMW like golf days. My contract with them runs another couple of years, and that’ll be it.” Asked what he might do after the BMW gig ends, he said, “Who knows, I might be back racing. If Carlos and Max can be competitive at 40, so can I.”

Full Bottle One of the most remarkable entrants at the recent Barry Sheene Festival of Speed was Victorian Alan Kempster, who competes on his Kawasaki ZXR400 without a right arm or leg which he lost in a road-bike accident in 1990. He raced a TA125 and TZ250 back in 1980 and was determined to get back on the track despite his severe injuries. “When I applied for my race licence, I was asked on the form if I had any disabilities, and I said ‘no’. I wanted to race with the number ‘1/2’, for half a man, and at first they said, ‘no, you can’t do that’, and after a bit of haranguing, they said, ‘well, I suppose we used to run letters for guest riders, so okay’.” Alan has used humour to deal with his losses, calling his effort ‘Boneapart’ racing with many stickers adding to the laughs. What isn’t funny is the lap times this remarkable bloke reeled off at the ‘creek. “I’d been stuck at two minutes for the whole weekend, and then in my last race, I did a 1m 57 so I’m rapt.” Riding with a left-side throttle, clutch and brake, Alan said turning right is okay; turning left is the problem. “I can pull the bike right with my left knee in the tank, and pull on the clip-on, but turning left means I only have my stump to lever the bike, so it’s tricky.” Adding to Alan’s joy of shaving three seconds off his time was attracting new sponsors. “This Japanese bloke came up to me today, and said he was an ex-factory Yamaha rider. He said he wanted to sponsor me and gave me a little sticker of his company - and slipped $350 in cash with it. I also have Polini leather making my suits now.” – Darryl Flack

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Random Memories – MX, 1981 to 1983 HERE is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but my memory through rose coloured glasses of a time when a young man could load up his Hi-Ace van and go racing almost every weekend and have the best time of his life… I didn’t realise the significance or what good times lay ahead when I purchased my 1980 Toyota HiAce van in the summer of 1981. I was working at Darryl Reek Suzuki and was thankfully racing with assistance of Darryl and Suzuki Australia and had at my disposal a semi-factory RM465X and my own RM125X.

paying stupid money I was able to travel all around Queensland chasing race wins and good times.

My local track was Tivoli Raceway but more often than not we would find ourselves heading off to any town that had a race on, so in 1981 alone my brother Paul and I raced in Toowoomba, Millmerran, Mundubbera, Maryborough, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Bundaberg, Lismore, Beenleigh and Hervey Bay.

With my new Honda working a treat we blitzed the field in every race but the main event where I was beaten by one of the local stars by the name of Steve Akers with another local hard-case Mark Carucci right on my rear fender…great racing!

The northern Queensland town of Mareeba (above Cairns) put on one of the best supercross races each year at around Easter and in 1982 dad and I packed up the Once I purchased the Hi-Ace there was rarely a time when there wasn’t a bike loaded up in the back ready Hi-Ace and drove the 1300km to try and take home the win. The awesome track was built in the Mareeba to go riding or racing whenever the opportunity rodeo grounds and we would camp at the rear of the arose and racing around Brisbane in the early ’80s complex along with riders and families who would there were plenty of opportunities to race if you travel from all over Queensland for the event. weren’t scared to do a little bit of travelling.

Best of all after the trophy presentation dad went back to our camp to have a few beers with his mates while I partied on with some of the local racers and In 1982 I moved to the mining town of Mt Isa to work in the mines and through Honda scored a new wore down the local trophy girl with my ‘gift of the CR250R. With the Hi-Ace constantly loaded and ready gab’ as she called it. Pure bullshit is what I would have called it. to go and disposable income thanks to the mines

During that year my van and I travelled to Townsville (several times), Richmond, Boulia, Cloncurry, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Alice Springs to repeat basically what we did in Mareeba, and you know what, we actually got paid prizemoney back then so a lot of times I could cover most of my expenses thanks to either winning or at least sticking the CR somewhere on or near the podium. In 1983 I got support from Kawasaki to race its new KX250, still one of the best bikes I have ever raced and again we went over to Mareeba and this time there were a heap more top racers up from down south. I was still able to bang the KX up on the podium in the main though, and work my somewhat dubious charm on an all new trophy girl…gold! The van and I racked up tens of thousands of kilometres but of all the races we went to that year one of the best was in the small outback town of Boulia. That’s right, Boulia, home of the infamous


CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 19 ‘min-min’ light. There was a convoy of utes, vans and cars towing trailers loaded with motocross machinery traversing the 303km down Route 83 from the Isa late on a Friday afternoon. After a good night of bench racing around the camp fire and an incident with a herd of wild goats we hit the sleeping bags under the outback stars. We were greeted on Saturday morning with a series of ‘novelty’ events as a lead up to the afternoon endurance race using the race club as the venue then on Sunday we were off to the local motocross facility. Well, can I tell you the ‘novelty’ events were wild? In one race we had to strip all of our riding gear off and put it all into one big pile 200 meters down the start straight then we all drag raced to the gear and wrestled with each other as we tried to get our own gear on and ride back to the start… That’s right, we all raced to the pile of discarded riding gear with only shorts on, no helmet, no boots, nothing. It was unreal actually, 30 odd loose units riding high powered two-strokes with no riding gear on was the safe part, jumping off the bike and diving in to grab your gear amongst local ringers, station hands, miners from ‘The Isa’ and every hard-case in the district was a bruising affair. After the two hour endurance race on Saturday afternoon the club threw on a party for the riders at the local bowls club and we all had a whale of a time eating steak from a freshly killed cow and singing along with the ancient juke box. Sunday’s motocross racing was a blast with the surprisingly well built track being very well prepped and the racing was as fierce as you would see anywhere. My brother Paul and I took home most of the spoils but that meant little in the big scheme of things because by the time we all drove back to Mt Isa late on Sunday afternoon we all agreed that it was one of the best weekends of our young lives. And that was what racing was all about back then. Loading up the trusty van and driving whatever distance necessary to local motorcycle clubs that would welcome you with open arms. Local racers would look forward to giving you a hard time on the track but help in any possible way off the track. Yep, that’s how I remember it, racing back in the early ’80s was an absolute blast! – Darren Smart

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IN TRIUMPH AN EMAIL from old school chum Dick the other day, reporting that his slightly erratic career on two wheels has taken another resolute step forward with the purchase of a new Triumph Bonneville. I don’t blame him. After spending four weeks in the company of the Hinckley outfit’s slightly odd Scrambler during our journey across the US in 2008 I developed a lasting respect for the 865cc powerplant, if not the Scrambler’s lofty riding position and lumpy tyres. Nothing fell off, the engine didn’t use any oil and took precious little petrol, and this in spite of apparent neglect – a rusty chain and low oil, for example – from the unknown elements of the US press corps. What, to use the current idiom (where do these things come from?), is not to like?

just wouldn’t go away – and I’m sure we’re all in favour of what’s become of Ducati’s venerable (you bet, it’s 33 years since the first Pantah) V-twin since.

So anyway there he is, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in the UK, admiring himself in shop windows as he rides past, so he tells me. And I’m tempted to join him in spirit if not in actuality. Had a rare bit of good news from our tame number-crunchers the other day and the upshot is that we might have a few shekels to spare for such frivolous purchases, given appropriate resource management.

Aprilia’s display of hardware looks increasingly enticing, though I’m not yet convinced I could cope with the rigours of Italian suspension any more. And the last time I sat on a leading-edge Ducati – a 996, a year or two ago, the seat was so high and the ’bars so low and so far away I seemed to lose balance just leaning forward to grab them. Like most well-turned-out sports bikes of my recent experience, they only start to work properly when you’re up them for the rent, which is altogether too much like hard work for an old codger like me.

But after ruminating on the issue for years past, I’m still not quite sure I’m ready for a Triumph, or if I am, which Triumph I might be ready for. For long years I have been a fan of the Sprint ST in its various guises. I was very partial to that 955cc three-cylinder donk, whether performing service in the Daytona or Speed Triple, and really thought it had found its place in the world powering the Sprint. Then again I was probably even fonder of the first generation of Hinckley Triumph triples, coming to enjoy the lusty midrange of the Trident and the original Speed Triple, to say nothing of its glorious moaning exhaust note. But generational change can be a wonderful thing: I remember in 1993 everybody thinking that the 888 was about as good as Ducati was likely to get, but the rumours

Not that such things are for me any more, if they ever were. But at least there are increasing numbers of credible alternatives to clip-ons and rearset pegs these days. For those of us with dodgy backs, you understand.

So there’s no GSX-R1000 in my future, any more than there is a cruiser or a big tourer. I’m almost back at where we were 30 years ago, when 90 percent of road bikes came with a straight handlebar, a relatively comfortable seat and were supposed to do more or less everything with more or less the same aplomb. Sounds like a Bonneville for me then, doesn’t it? Will Rossi win a MotoGP title for Ducati? I am notoriously slow on the uptake about these things but I was surprised to note that a cold wind of disapproval seems to be blowing

his way. After winning so many titles and showing so emphatically that he could do so much, it’s a shame to discover he’s beginning to become the latest high-profile victim of the tall poppy syndrome. It’s all a bit uncharitable, really, considering how he lifted the whole game out of the doldrums following Mick Doohan’s retirement. Yes, as far as I’m concerned Rossi is well and truly up there in the pantheon with the rest of the greats; it’s been a delight to see him in action. Whether he does the job for Ducati or not, Rossi’s career has been something really special and I’m glad to have witnessed a little of it. Finally, my own modest farewell to Jeremy Bowdler. The most entertaining and urbane of colleagues, and certainly the only motorcycle writer I know who could lay his tongue to an epithet from Socrates or Aristotle almost as a matter of routine. We worked together for a matter of months in the late 1980s, before he took his career in an altogether more profitable direction with Two Wheels; I remember them and him, with great fondness. We’ll all miss Jeremy. – Bob Guntrip


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It’s no secret this type of bike is gaining momentum in bike sales share race. They look cool, look simple and are usually fun gone rampant when you’re riding them. I see the real competitors to this bike being Ducati’s Hyprmotard, Aprilia’s Dorsoduro range, KTM’s Duke and Super Duke. All the others basically use jumped-up MX or trail bike engines – so does the 690 Duke for that matter but its engine is still happy enough on the road – so I don’t see them in the same ball park as the ones mentioned. You might notice all these bikes are European too. Husqvarna, being owned by BMW, would have been mad not to consider using the 800cc BMW parallel twin engine as a basis for its own street rod, because the engine is a pearler. Husqvarna wasn’t content with that though, it has played around with the power output, and more, to make it more suited to the task at hand, but more on that later... I think there could well be more to this engine/chassis combination. Just consider a Husqvarna adventure machine for a moment. Husqvarna expects the Nuda range will add credibility to the brand, and an adventure bike would add even more. But, would BMW allow it? It makes sense for Husqvarna to build a road bike, especially like this, with its tie up with BMW. I expect the designers were told to make it look minimalist, make it handle and make it go fast. Mission accomplished.

The BMW-based engine was changed extensively before it was placed in the Nuda chassis, which is straight from the BMW 800GS and shortened by 50mm. For a start, it now has chain and not belt drive, it received an increase in capacity to 898cc and an increase in power from around 80ps to 105ps, and n TEST BY CHRIS PICKETT 100Nm of torque. Compression PHOTOS BY iKAPTURE is up to 13:1, and its redline is 8000rpm. Two power modes on the 900R are fully adjustable and have heavier springs. are available – Full Power and Rain Mode. At the rear the 900R gets a fully adjustable – including ride Giving the Nuda a different character is the revised crank height – Öhlins shock, while the 900 gets a Sachs unit with timing, which makes it uncannily like a Norton Commando preload adjustment only. when on song. I know because I own a Commando, and Brembo brakes are fitted to both models, but the 900R it’s not a negative for the Nuda. gets monoblock calipers. Let’s just say neither bike is Aftermarket exhaust suppliers beware, the standard pipes underbraked. on both bike sound awesome. Seat shape is different on both bikes, with the 900Rs seat I should mention that the Nuda 900 is more road oriented flatter than the slightly scalloped 900 seat. Seat height is than the 900R. Besides the colour differences – 900 is black/ adjustable by 20mm too. Because of the seat shape there’s white only, the 900R is red/white only, the bikes share the 5mm difference in the base seat height between the two same bodywork, muffler, wheels, and engine. models, 900 - 870mm, 900R - 875mm. 48mm Sachs forks are fitted to both bikes too, but the ones On the 900R you’ll get numerous carbon fibre pieces, and it


CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 25 has a one tooth smaller front sprocket which does make a difference in acceleration, at the expense of top speed. All these extras add up to a $2000 price difference between the Nuda 900 at $13,995, and the Nuda 900R at $15,995.

The ride While Husqvarna reckon the Nuda is not a hypermotard or a supermotard bike it does feel very much like one. With a high riding position and a flat seat you are under no illusions this bike is made to go around corners fast, not go on tour. First up I was on the 900R which, with its lower gearing, is a little touchy on the throttle but you quickly get used to it. With the stiffer suspension it was also a little nervous in corners. At our first stop after 100 or so kilometres the team from Husqvarna softened my suspension settings which made it better. It would have been nice to soften the seat a bit too... The softer settings were much better, although the bike is still competition-based and on the firm side. Next up it was the standard 900, and I preferred the taller gearing, better seat and softer suspension. Both bikes have you perched up high in the saddle and there’s plenty of room for taller riders. Out on the open road the bikes like to stretch their legs, and top speed is near to 200km/h, with the 900R a bit less due to the shorter gearing. It’s very flickable too, if there’s a pothole or lump of tar in the road which grabs you unexpectedly, you can simply change direction as it suits you. At just under 200 kilos full of fuel it’s one light machine. And the brakes, wow, they are seriously potent, especially on the monoblock equipped 900R. You could argue it’s overbraked but there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll never run out of them. The rear brake works well too.

Accessories Husqvarna has put a fair bit of thought into accessories for both Nuda 900 models. You can buy things separately of course but there’s five specific kits you n RIDING GEAR: HJC can buy, from the full touring kit HELMET, M2R JACKET, IXON which consists of a windshield, GLOVES, HORNEE JEANS, DRIRIDER BOOTS. tankbag, hard panniers, seat bag, heated grips and an anti-theft kit to the Corsa Tech kit which Verdict gives you a titanium/carbon muffler, adjustable footrests and adjustable brake and clutch levers. There’s a city It’s hard not to like either of the Nuda 900. On one particular commuting type kit as well which has some bling and a stretch of road I really let loose and the bike in tight twisty tankbag among other items. Among the five kits you will terrain is as fast as anything I’ve ever ridden. The engine is surely find what you are looking for. As I said earlier you an absolute gem, loves to rev and sounds fantastic with can buy every part on its own but if you bought each the standard muffler, with a real rasp to it. part of one kit it would cost more than buying the kit as a I see the ‘R’ being the favoured model for riders wanting whole. You might even want to fit the 900R’s Öhlins shock to explore the limits but the base 900 is almost as capable. into your standard 900, it bolts straight in. All of these kits In fact it’s the bike I would own of the two, and this isn’t fit both bikes too. because of the $2000 price difference. For me the 900R’s To give you an idea on price, the kits start at $1,015 for seat was too hard and the stiffer suspension unnecessary for the road, and I’d like to get more use out of my Nuda the Urban Kit, and $2,031 for the Full Touring Kit. than just doing the Sunday morning scratch. Ride one, you won’t be disappointed. n


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Into the future The result is that the new WR450F gets a YZ250F-based aluminium bilateral beam frame and suspension combination along with fuel injection to an upgraded version of the motor that has received its fuel via a carby since 2007. No, it isn’t an enduro version of the reversed-cyclinder head YZ450F motor. The ‘conventional’ motor has received new camshaft profiles, a revised ballbearing style lightweight crankshaft, a new connecting rod design featuring a wider big end bearing, a revised balancer shaft, a lightweight forged piston with a pinpoint nozzle oil cooler, a compact automatic cam chain tensioner, new lightweight dual radiators featuring wider cores and a new exhaust pipe with a built-in resonator. You got all of that? The fully-adjustable 48mm inverted Kayaba cartridge forks feature a twinchamber design which prevents aerated fork oil from entering the inner damper assembly that can reduce damping abilities. These new forks also features a Transfer Control Valve (TVC) which enhances the damping force from mid to the full 300mm of stroke and improves bottoming characteristics while external adjustability includes 20-way compression damping and 20-way rebound damping. The rear suspension system features 294mm of rear wheel travel with a Kayaba

piggyback shock which has fully adjustable high and low speed compression damping. The front brakes feature a 250mm fully floating front disc brake with wave style rotor with a twin piston Nissin caliper fitted with lightweight aluminium pistons creating the necessary friction while the rear brake has a 245mm disc brake with a lightweight wave style rotor and a single piston Nissin caliper. The desire by Yamaha was to, in its words, ‘create a WR450F that targets the fast


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CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 33 trail rider and expert enduro rider with the goal to I could be going from tight slippery low gear riding improve the overall handling while offering more to pulling LONG wheelstands in just about any gear on open fire trails showed the motor’s versatility. linear and manageable power’. Brakes and suspension did everything asked of them Bush MXer while the overall ergos felt lean and ‘motocrossy’ So in theory we should have a definitive motocross which suits me just fine. The Pro-Taper bars and feel with suspension modified to suit the variable basic cockpit felt comfortable right from the get-go ‘off-road’ conditions with a motor that is super and even though the clutch is still ‘old school’ cable responsive… I mean, what more can you really want there are no complaints from me. when you’re smashing your way through the bush? Kick starting was a little tedious every now and then OK, what is the WR450F really like to ride? Well first but it’s great Yamaha has left the manual leg there up let me give you some details that WR owners as a back-up to the electric leg. are going to live with. One is the digital console which offers a speedometer, clock, trip meter, fuel The WR is super stable at speed, great on the open light, timer, distance-compensating trip meter and fire trails and faster single trails but if I am going to be super picky the WR felt a little top heavy. It is hard average speed. Pretty impressive huh? to describe but at times I found myself struggling It is worth noting that the WRs you will find on the to get the WR to change direction in exactly the showroom floor will be fully ADR compliant but a way I had anticipated. This was not while in trail ride free Competition Enduro Kit valued at $650 will be mode, this was more obvious when I was pushing part of Yamaha’s initial marketing plan. hard and trying to squeeze everything I could out of The kit includes a compact front brake master cylinder the machine. kit, braided steel front brake line, Cycra handguards, I suppose it’s the usual compromise because you rear brake light switch, competition GYTR exhaust can’t have a super stable bike and have it light and muffler tip, LED tail light and licence plate holder, nimble as well so I think Yamaha’s decision to go Brake Snake, 13/50 sprocket set and wiring for the with a more stable set up will suit most riders. Power Tuner which has to be purchased separately. We tested the WRs with the Competition Enduro Smarty says Kit fitted and got to try different ignition mappings In summary I will say this, as a person who back in throughout the two days of riding and there were my salesman days retailed hundreds of WR400, 426 definite changes when going from one map to and 450s when they all first came out I can see the another. I rode most of the two days with the ‘Hard new 2012 version being a real hit with former WR Pack’ setting which delivered a very responsive, owners. This new model is that much better that if smooth and linear power delivery. they liked the old versions they are going to love Motor wise you would be hard pressed to want this thing… more out of the WRs power delivery. The terrain For riders who have owned other brands over the last we traversed over the two days through just about few years it will be interesting to see how they view every sort of riding you would ever do and at no the new WR450F, which retails for $12,999. What I time was I disappointed with the motor. can say confidently is if they get to ride the WR it Even when I went into full motocross mode I found would be difficult for them to not at least consider a the WR really impressive power wise and the fact that change to the blue bike. n

STEVEN Gall is probably the only rider in Australia who has owned every WR model since its inception. These are his thoughts on the 2012 model. 1. With the new YZ250 inspired aluminium bilateral beam frame/suspension combination there is far more stability and control through the rougher areas of the trail. 2. The YZ-styled twin chamber front suspension units have improved, soaking up the trail nasties and supplying extremely accurate steering. 3. The rear suspension has new settings which complements the front end. I certainly felt faster on this new model. 4. I thought the ’11 WR450F was smooth and fast but the ’12 model has an even more linear power delivery and is definitely smoother as the bike revs out. 5. With the fuel injection the power delivery can be easily adjusted with the Yamaha Power Tuner. You can adjust the power to whatever the rider requires. There are many options but I really enjoyed the ‘Sand’ setting which gave me fantastic low down pull with super strong mid-range grunt! I ride trails working from low to mid-range of the power delivery so this was perfect for me. The fuel injection will enable the WR rider far more flexibility and ease of maintenance. 6. As I ride most trail sections in the standing position the new YZ250F inspired body work makes this model WR feel just like riding a YZ – narrow and easy to move around for my style of riding. n


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1 AIMING FOR THE APEX This jacket features a 600D Out Shell with 1240D Matt on shoulders and elbows as well as CE armour. There is a Hi-Density foam back pad and the jacket has a 100% waterproof lining as well as a full length detachable Thermal liner. With a mesh comfort liner and to keep you dry there’s a double rain gusset on the main zip. The Apex has stretch panels in shoulders and arms as well as arm and waist adjusters for a tailored fit and pre-curved arms. There are waist expander zips as well as multiple storage pockets. 3M reflectives add to night time safety and connecting zip for pants. Men’s sizes are S - 6XL and colours are Black / Black, Black/Grey, Black/White, Black/Fluoro Ladies sizes are XS-4XL and colours are Black/Grey and Black/White. RRP $199.95. Available at your local bike shop. Dealer enquiries to McLeod Accessories: phone 1300 300 191

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2 HONDA RETRO WING HOODIE Navy, high grade cotton 350gsm fabric for greater warmth. Red, white & blue Retro logo embroidery with a woven badge on the cuff. The Honda Retro logo, as it is commonly known amongst enthusiasts, comes from the defining 70s and 80s era of motorcycling. Available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Part No. L08HD004N Price: RRP $79. Available from your local Honda Motorcycle Dealership. More info: http://www.hondacatalogue.com.au/products/Retro-WingMens-Hoodie.html 3 DRY IN THE STORM A full one-piece rain suit featuring offset zip for easy entry, nylon/PVC construction, safety reflectives & 100% Waterproof. Sizes : XS - 4XL RRP $79.95 Available at good bike shops. www.motonational.com.au 4 LOCK IT TIGHT The Magnum coil cable lock (model ML3020) features heavy duty self-coiling cables which are vinyl coated to protect finishes. The 2X double bolt lock mechanism provides ultimate pull resistance and steel ball click-combo gear system with user settable combination. All coil lock models include versatile mounting bracket and five laser cut keys including a micro light key. Size – 185cm x 20mm RRP $59.95. Available at all good bike shops www.monzaimports.com.au Ph 03 8327 8888 5 DRY ON TOUR These MotoDry Drytour gloves feature high grade Analine leather with a Hipora breathable/waterproof membrane and a kevlar palm protection patch. Gloves have pre-curved fingers, adjustable velcro wrist strap and a suede visor wipe. There is raised knuckle protection and night safety reflectives. RRP $59.95. Available at good bike shops. www.motonational.com.au


1 NICE ICE BABY These Black Ice gloves are in high grade Analine leather with a Hipora breathable/ waterproof membrane. There is also a Carbon leather palm protection patch and 3M Thinsulate thermal lining. Fingers are pre-curved and there is a velcro adjustable wrist strap. Cushioned hard carbon, knuckle protection and night safety reflectives to top it off. RRP $84.95 Available at good bike shops www.motonational.com.au

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Honda’s Racing Jacket outer fabric is 95% hardwearing polyester and 5% leather with a 100% polyamide lining. The Humax branded membrane is waterproof and breathable. The jacket features CE approved YF Protectors at shoulders and elbows with allowance for a back protector. There is a detachable thermal liner and a ventilation system with two chest intake vents and two back exhaust vents. Adjustable sleeve widths and also Universal YKK connection zipper to fit Honda riding pants and 3M Scotchlite safety reflectives. Dark blue, red, white and orange, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, 6XL. Price: RRP $299. Available from your local Honda Motorcycle Dealership. More info: www.hondacatalogue.com.au/ categories/ Merchandise/Honda-GenuineRiding-Gear 3 CHARGE ME UP The OXIMISER 601 is a modern charger designed to charge, optimise and prolong the life of a 12-volt battery. This OXIMISER 601 uses a continuous yet variable charge current to ensure that the battery is charged correctly. If a load is applied to the battery, this charger will compensate by automatically increasing the charge

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current and thereby maintain the battery condition. It can be used with most batteries including Maintenance Free and Gel types. It is ideally suited for charging batteries ranging in size from 4Ah - 30Ah. This covers batteries normally fitted to scooters, motorcycles, golf trolleys, light aircraft, ride-on lawn mowers and small (such as classic and racing) cars. It recovers deeply discharged batteries (over 3 volt, protects against short circuit, includes permanent battery lead with weather proof connector & crocodile connectors, a free wall bracket & wall screws supplied and it has a two-year warranty. RRP $99.95 Available in all good bike shops. www.ficeda.com.au

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4 THE NAVIGATOR Navigator tank bag features 1500D Polyester main material with PVC Backing. It has a GPS Navigation Holder with a neat pop - up feature. The bag has carbon leather panel and piping as well as a removable map holder at the top and an integrated rain cover. There is also an expandable layer with an extra map holder on a magnetic base, a mesh compartment, pen holder, ultra strong rare earth magnets on a non-slip base and a shoulder strap. Black bag has 22 to 27 litres capacity. RRP $125.00 Available at good bike shops www.motonational.com.au 5 MADE FOR RIDING THESE MotoDry boots are made for riding. Genuine high quality leather construction and are lined for comfort and have reinforced shin and heel protectors. Non-slip rubber soles offer a safe grip. Zip/velcro closure keeps feet snug while ankle cup protection offers more safety features. Gear change toe pad helps with wear and tear. Colours: Black, Sizes: Ladies 36(5) - 41(10) RRP $129.95 Available at good bike shops www.motonational.com.au

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FEATURES High Grade ‘Analine’ Leather • ‘Hipora’ Breathable / Waterproof Membrane • Carbon Leather Palm Protection Patch • ‘3M’ Thinsulate Thermal Lining • Pre-Curved Fingers • Velcro Adjustable Wrist Strap • Cushioned Hard Carbon • Knuckle Protection • Night Safety Reflectives

FEATURES 600D Construction • ‘Dry-Tek’ 100% Breathable/Waterproof Membrane • Removable/Washable Quilted Liner • ‘Bodyguard’ CE Armour in Shoulders and Elbows • ‘HDF’ Back Protector • ‘3M’ Night Safety Reflectives • Colours/Sizes: Black XS-6XL, Blk/Red & Blk/Blue XS-4XL

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ASPEN 2 FEATURES High Grade Analine Leather / Kodra Combination • ‘Hipora’ Breathable / Waterproof Membrane • Kevlar Palm Protection Patch • Reflex Night Safety Reflectives • 3M Thinsulate Thermal Lining • Pre - Curved Fingers • Velcro Adjustable Wrist Strap • Suede Visor Swipe

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ASSEN FEATURES 500 Denier Nylon Oxford • 5 External Air Vents • ‘Reissa’ 100% Breathable/Waterproof Membrane • Stretch Rear Shoulder Gusset for Comfort • ‘CE’ Armour Shoulder & Elbows • External Hard Armour Shoulders & Elbows • Removable/ Washable Quilted Liner • Scotchlite 3m Reflectives • Internal Phone Pocket • Colours: Black • Sizes: S - 5XL

DRYTOUR FEATURES High Grade ‘Analine’ Leather • ‘Hipora’ Breathable /Waterproof Membrane • Kevlar Palm Protection Patch • Pre-Curved Fingers • Velcro Adjustable Wrist Strap • Suede Visor Wipe • Raised Knuckle Protection • Night Safety Reflectives

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FEATURES 100% Waterproof • Thermal Lined • Removable ‘TDF’ Armour Protection Kit • 500D Heavy Duty Material • Twin Side Pull Adjustable Belts • Double Stitched Seam Strength • Reflective Safety Badges / Piping • Safety Reflectives

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DAYTONA BLIZZARD

FEATURES 500 Denier Nylon Oxford • ‘Reissa’ 100% Breathable/Waterproof Membrane • ‘CE’ Armour Shoulder & Elbows • 1000 Denier on Shoulders • Removable/Washable Quilted Liner • Rear Pants Zip • Colours: Black • Sizes: S - 5XL

FEATURES High Quality Lining • Analine leather construction • 100% Waterproof • 3M Thinsulate for extra warmth • Fully breathable ‘Hipora’ Membrane • Separate Hard Knuckle Protection • Double layer palm protection • Ribbed finger gussets • Wrist and Cuff Velcro Closure • Longer Cuff for all weather protection • Genuine ‘3M’ Scotchlite’ reflectives, for night safety • ‘Raised Point’ Reflex panels on fingers for extra rider protection and night visibility • Pre curved fingers for non bunching riding comfort

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FEATURES 500D Construction • 100% Waterproof • ‘Bodyguard’ CE Elbow/Shoulder Protection • ‘HDF’ Back Protector • Removable/ Washable Quilted Liner • ‘3M’ Night Safety Reflectives • Sizes/Colours: Black XS-6XL, Blk/Red & Blk/Blue S-4XL

FEATURES High Quality Leather Construction • Lined for comfort • Reinforced Shin and Heel Protectors • Non-Slip Rubber Soles • Zip/Velcro Closure • Ankle Cup Protection • Gear Change Toe Pad • Colours: Black, Sizes: Mens 41(7) - 48(13)

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LADIES PARIS FEATURES 500 Denier Nylon Oxford • Double Layer Shoulders & Elbows • Soft ‘CE’ Armour Shoulder & Elbows • Stylish ‘Ladies’ Cut • Water Resistant External Pockets • ‘Reissa’ Breathable/Waterproof Membrane • 100% Waterproof • Arm Adjustment Clips • Hip Zips for Custom Fit • Soft Back Protection • Removable Quilted Liner • Rubberised Snaps • Double Stitched • Internal Pocket • Colours: Black, Beige • Sizes: 8-22

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FEATURES A durable nylon/PVC backed rainwear 100% waterproof Sizes : XS - 4XL & Big Man

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RRP $29.95 NAVIGATOR TANK BAG

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FEATURES 1500D Polyester Main Material with PVC Backing • GPS Navigation Holder (Pop - up) • Carbon Leather Panel & Piping • Removable Map Holder at the Top • Integrated Rain Cover • Expandable Layer • Extra Map Holder on the Magnetic Base • Mesh Compartment • Pen Holder • Ultra Strong RARE EARTH Magnets on a Non-Slip Base • Shoulder Strap • BLACK / 22 - 27 Litres

MILANO FEATURES 500D Construction • ‘CE’ Elbow/Shoulder Protection • ‘HDF’ Back Protector Rubberised easy pull Velcro Tabs • Removable/Washable Quilted Liner • ‘Reissa’ 100% • Waterproof/Breathable Membrane • Velcro Waist Adjustment • 3 Clip Arm and Waist Adjustment • Soft Comfort Neck Collar • Double Stitched • 660D Ballistic on shoulders • Rubberised Snaps • ‘3M’ Night Safety Reflectives • Lower Back Pants Zip • Colours: Black/White • Sizes: 8-22

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TOURNAV TANK BAG FEATURES 1500D Construction • GPS Navigation Holder & Mobile Pocket • Integrated Rain Cover • Expandable Layer • Secondary Map Holder on the base • Ultra Strong RARE EARTH Magnets on a non-slip Base • Shoulder Strap • Dual Large Side Pockets • Suitable for plastic tank • Adjustable straps included • BLACK / 47 Litres

PARIS GLOVES DRYTOUR FEATURES High Grade ‘Analine’ Leather • ‘Hipora’ Breathable /Waterproof Membrane • Kevlar Palm Protection Patch • Pre-Curved Fingers • Velcro Adjustable Wrist Strap • Suede Visor Wipe • Raised Knuckle Protection • Night Safety Reflectives

FEATURES High Quality Leather/Textile construction • ‘Hipora’ Breathable /Waterproof Membrane • Thinsulate Membrane for Extra Warmth • Ladies fit

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DEMON FEATURES 600 Denier Kodra • 100% Breathable/Waterproof • Removable Quilted Liner • Knee Gussets for Comfort • Night Safety Reflectives • Sizes 8–16

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FEATURES 1500D Polyester Main Material with PVC Backing • Map Holder at Top • Carbon Leather Panel & Piping • Integrated Rain Cover • Shoulder Strap • Strong RARE EARTH Magnets • BLACK / 12.5 Litres

FEATURES A full 1 piece rain suit featuring offset zip for easy entry, nylon/PVC construction, safety reflectives & 100% Waterproof. Sizes : XS - 4XL

FEATURES Genuine High Quality Leather Construction • Lined for comfort • Reinforced Shin and Heel Protectors • Non-Slip Rubber Soles • Zip/Velcro Closure • Ankle Cup Protection • Gear Change Toe Pad • Colours: Black, Sizes: Ladies 36(5) - 41(10)

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NEW FOR 2012 is an Aquatex weatherproof cover to fit over a top box! Aquatex covers are double-stitched nylon for strength and durability and have complete exterior and interior protection. The covers store away compactly when not in use and are heat-resistant to 150 degrees celcius. They are available in small, scooter, scooter with top box, medium, large and extra large sizes, and now in Camo! RRP $29.95-$44.95 (depending on size) Available in all good bike shops. www.ficeda.com.au 2 HONDA DRAGGIN JEANS Custom Honda Draggin branded jeans in both Minx for the ladies and Biker for the men feature the embroidered Honda Wing logo. Draggin Jeans are the only CE approved jeans in the world featuring a patented hybrid of military grade Kevlar and Dyneema, the world’s strongest fibre. Price: $269 Available from your local Honda Motorcycle Dealership. More info: http://www. hondacatalogue.com.au/categories/ Merchandise/Honda-GenuineRiding- Gear 3 CALL OF THE SIREN The new Siren ladies jacket offers an outstanding combination of protection and comfort with its 500D Nylon outer shell providing high abrasion resistance with a soft, plush feel. It has a Teflon and UV coated shell with CE Armour in the shoulders and elbows as well as a 100% waterproof & breathable DRI-TEC H20 liner (10000-7000)and a detachable 100g printed Thermal Quilted liner. There is a mesh comfort liner and it

phone/MP3 pocket with cord holders. Embroidered logos are a stylish touch and there are waist adjusters and hip expander zips for a tailored fit. Soft comfort collar has a neoprene rolled edge and 3M reflectives increase night time visibility There is also a connection zip for pants. Colours and sizes are White / Black 8 18 and Black / Grey 8 - 18. RRP $349.95 Available at your local bike shop. Dealer enquiries to McLeod Accessories: phone 1300 300 191

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Super warm 100% polyester microfleece. Features reflective panels, Honda cast metal zip pulls and embroidered logos. Guaranteed to help beat the Winter chill! Available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. Part No. L08PF105CR Price: RRP $85 Available from your local Honda Motorcycle Dealership. To view the Honda Genuine Merchandise Range go to www. hondampe.com.au/catalogue 5 A HOT GRIP The Oxford HotGrips family of heated grips have been designed over many years to incorporate features specifically to suit the bike and style of riding you enjoy. All HotGrips are sealed for life, heat up to 50degrees C, have a rainproof switch and draw under 4A. They are available in Original, Cruiser, Sports, ATV and Light styles. Photo shows Custom HotGrip. Prices range from $99.95-$149.95 depending on style Available in all good bike shops. www.ficeda.com.au


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1 THE URBAN HOODIE THIS casual look motorcycle jacket offers an outstanding combination of protection and comfort with its 500D Nylon woven outer shell, Teflon and UV coated. There is CE Armour in the shoulders and elbows as well as an EVA Back Pad. This hoodie has a 100% waterproof and breathable DRI-TEC H20 liner (10000-7000) with detachable 100g Thermal Quilted liner and a detachable hood. It also features a mesh comfort liner, comfort collar and elasticised cuffs and waist with multiple pockets including phone/MP3 pocket with cord holders. Available in men’s sizes XS – 4XL (black) RRP $269.95 Available at your local bike shop. Dealer enquiries to McLeod Accessories: phone 1300 300 191

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WELL it’s that time of year. Time to get that dirt bike prepped and ready for some serious off C road Y fun. CLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 44 Of course, there’s the usual problem of transporting it around. But not this year because the FMT folding motorcycle trailer is here and it’s about to make life a whole lot easier. Cycle Torque has acquired one to transport all manner of dirt bikes, quads or even big cruisers around. We can fold it up and put it in the boot until it’s needed. When we’re ready we can drag it out and ship our bike, or bikes, or even a quad around on it. It’s so versatile it even allows us to cart around really big road bikes like cruisers and tourers. Our trailer has a carrying capacity of 290kg which means we can carry around just about any dirt bike out there and most reasonable road bikes too. There is also the potential to add an extra crossbar which will upgrade the carrying capacity of our trailer to 390kg. Our version has a single-track set-up for transporting a single bike around and you can get a second track for moving two bikes around. Our model also has the optional checker-plate deck which can be installed to transport ATVs around. The supplied crossbars are easily installed to support the checker-plate deck or the second bike track. And the various adaptations are so simple as they are held together with a system of sturdy pins securely capped with R clips to make sure they don’t jump out. Very neat. Loading bikes is simple with the fold-out track. There’s also the drawbar which can pivot with the removal of a pin so that you can run your bike up the track - a bit like the tilt feature in a lot of boat trailers. We recently took our Shineray enduro bike down to Wollongong so the good people at Zuma could service it and add some trick bits like motard wheels etc watch out for more on that later. The trailer handled the road trip from Newcastle to Wollongong beautifully so it’s more than capable of handling suburban, city and expressway conditions. And being such a compact trailer it should be easy to handle some of the dirt you might need to negotiate to get your dirtbike into its proper element. The folding trailers are part of the Bulldog range. Bulldog folding boat trailers have been around for about 20 years. The trailer itself weighs in at about 60kg and can fold up and fit into the boot of a reasonable size sedan. The new 2012 model is out and features 6-ply tyres and a 390kg carrying capacity. Prices start from $1623 for the single track version. Company director Paul acquired the Australian rights for the folding trailer in 2009. Since then he developed the second track system for carrying an extra bike and then went on to develop the checker plate deck for carrying quads and then the box top utility version of the trailer. For more information check out www.foldingmt.com, ring (08) 9468 0315 or email phc@foldingmt.com n


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Old school superbike THE GSX-R1000 has always had a reputation for being easy to ride fast, a trait Suzuki has continued to instil in each model, and a trait which not all of the hyper sports bikes can boast.

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While the 2012 model has a number of changes, it’s still a breathtakingly potent motorcycle which doesn’t wear you out while it goes about its business. It’s easy to forget just how groundbreaking a bike has been during its model life, as each year heralds the advent of some new gizmo which will surely make the new bike even better than the last. History shows this doesn’t always work in the real world but the GSX-R1000 has just gotten better and better with age since it was first released in 2001, and 2012 is the sixth generation change along the way. In the last 10 years the Gixxer Thousand has won the Superbike World Championship, eight world endurance titles, seven AMA superbike titles, six Le Mans 24 hr wins, and nine Bol d’Or wins too. In Australia the bike has won four superbike titles, and lastly the 2011 Australian Endurance Championships. Pretty good effort you’d have to say. New for 2012 Suzuki’s mantra for the 2012 GSX-R1000 was to reduce weight, make the brakes better and increase low to mid range performance, pretty much as you would expect.

the very pretty dual exhaust I might add, was replaced with a 4-2-1 system which has stainless steel headers and a titanium muffler. Getting some extra low end power was as simple as mucking around with the camshaft profiles and engine management settings. Lightening the tappets and pistons would have obviously helped, and there are bigger holes in the cylinder bore to reduce crankcase pressure, which hurts power. Looking at the graphs provided by Suzuki you can see power and torque really is better where engineers said it would be: right in the middle. Just so you know, the quoted figures are 185ps, so maximum power is unchanged from the 2011 model, only it’s delivered 500rpm earlier at 11,500rpm. Also maximum torque is unchanged also, 117Nm at 10,000rpm. Just remember though, it’s stronger in the mid range.

Due to the weight reduction there has also been some knock-on benefits, notably the bike is now 15mm Reducing weight wasn’t confined to the rolling stock, narrower, and the front/rear in weight distribution has the engine went under the scrutineer’s microscope too, gone forward one per cent, even though the wheelbase and besides the extra grunt the designers wanted to improve fuel economy. More power with less fuel, a novel is unchanged. It might not sound like much, and possibly something most of us would never notice on the road, thought. but for racers and ride day punters... Some weight went in the bin when the dual exhaust,

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Brembo monobloc calipers have been fitted for 2012, and while disc diameter is still 320mm on the front, they have been shaved by half a millimetre to reduce unsprung weight. Showa Big Piston forks are fitted again and have a few changes from the 2011 units. Length of the forks is down by 7mm, and the stroke reduced by 5mm, also playing a part in the extra weight over the front. Settings have been made softer too, which helps stability under hard braking, and offers better initial turn in. And it might


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make coping with the bumps on the road a bit easier too. There are other minor changes too, like the lighter front axle and grippier seat covering. So overall it’s two kilos lighter, and it goes quicker. Can’t ask for more than that can we? On track While it’s nice to say it’s better on paper it’s in the real world where it makes all the difference, if everything works as intended. I was very impressed with the last GSX-R1000 I rode, which was a 2008 model, so the 2012 bike is two generations along from that. What impressed me with the last GSX-R was how easy it was to ride quickly on the road. Not only did it handle very well it had a linear power delivery which allowed you to be almost lazy with your riding, but still going very quick. At the time a friend was following me on another brand 1000cc machine and he found it difficult to keep up, noting his bike was difficult to ride at that pace, with the snappier power delivery and almost too sharp handling causing him grief.

There’s still the three power modes to keep you occupied though – A which stands for “Dammit, I said full power’, B for “Not so full on down low but still a screamer at the top”, and C for “it’s raining or I’m a wimp”. So, we’ve established the bike is very fast but doesn’t feel ‘frantic’. How about the brakes? You would probably expect me to say they are fantastic, and they are. With Brembos on the front there were no stopping issues whatsoever, and initial bite wasn’t too strong so you could squeeze on a bit of front brake to wash off a little speed without taking too much off, reducing your corner entry speed. At my pace I couldn’t fault the handling, the bike felt planted and was easily placed where you wanted it.

Bridgestone Battlax S20 tyres are fitted standard and overall felt fine, with the only minor complaint being it felt slightly nervous on Phillip Island’s ultra-slow hairpin Turn four. This is apparently due to a soft sidewall construction and was never felt on any of the other corners, so go figure... Verdict At $17,990 it’s a bargain. Sure the bike might be slightly behind the times in the technology race but then again it’s cheaper for it, and it’s still an amazing machine to ride, whether it be at full tilt or on a Sunday jaunt. I miss those twin mufflers though. n

It’s this very trait which falsely lulled me into thinking at first the bike wasn’t as fast as some of its competitors: while they are wheelstanding out of corners and so on, the big GSX-R feels slightly ‘softer’, but when I chanced a quick peak at the speedo I realised I was going just as quick as anything I’d ever ridden at Phillip Island before. Now smaller and/or faster riders than me would see higher speeds, I was regularly seeing 280km/h on the speedo at the end of the straight (check out the video at www.cycletorque.com.au). Perhaps what Suzuki hasn’t put on the 2012 GSX-R1000 is the biggest news about the new model. There’s no traction control or ABS. While Kawasaki, BMW, Ducati and Aprilia push their technological barrow for dominance in the sales race, the GSX-R will still be a successful seller – despite dwindling sportsbike sales in Australia – probably because it offers a simplicity which appeals to many riders. Did I mention it’s still incredibly fast, customers like that too. And it uses eight per cent less fuel, although I don’t reckon many punters would worry too much about that, I wouldn’t.

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JOINING the Voyager, Nomad, and Classic, the Vaquero brings ‘bagger’ styling to the Vulcan range. A vestigial fairing screen, badlander style seat and integrated panniers position the Vaquero on the sporty side of a Nomad or Voyager. Looks are everything in this category. In stunning Ebony paint, Kawasaki’s newest addition attracts a ton of interest and admiring glances in traffic or looking cool parked outside the pub. The low slung cruiser, with attitude certainly echoes the Spanish/American master horseman, after which it is named. Technically there is a great deal in common with the Voyager – K-Act ABS brakes, fuel injection, electronic cruise control, a full iPodcompatible sound system, and the familiar long stroke 1700cc OHC 4-valve engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Pneumatic rear suspension and comprehensive US custom car inspired ‘red-glow’ gauges. Styling is a contrast to all its brother Vulcans, on looks alone, the Vaquero makes an impressive, even desirable statement.

From the ’bars The riding position is similar to the Voyager. The rear of the tank is fairly wide and the shorter distance, between steering head to seat point, means there may be limited wriggle room for very tall riders. This might be a function of the shorter bike, compared to the VN16 and the VN2000.

Undoubtedly, the 1700s handle in an almost nippy fashion compared to their older siblings. My human dyno climbed on and said he “didn’t know what I was talking about”...? Fit is a personal thing, but I reckon plush wet weather gear may massage that beaut black paintwork at the inner thigh interface. Time will tell. I rode the bike in the wet and dry, solo and pillion mounted. Initially, solo, I found the (rear) suspension firm. This helps the bike point and change direction nicely, also avoiding

n TEST BY AUNTY MAL CHERLIN PHOTOS BY ADRIAN FOWLER n RIDING GEAR: RXT HELMET, CORTECH JACKET, MATADOR EQUIPMENT GLOVES, DRAGGIN JEANS, SIDI BOOTS.

early touch down for the foot boards. Suspension is adjustable, but needs the seat removed to facilitate access to the air valve modules. The front was very plush, good at touring speed but with some dive at slower commuting pace. A fair compromise. Two-up the rear felt spot on. Most owners would let their dealer attend to these tasks, as adjustments are ideally carried out with the aid of a jack to enable the rear suspension to be completely unloaded. I would simply add or delete pressure on a better or worse


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CYCLE TORQUE MAY 2012 - 57 basis. The suspension is tunable, but no servo style airlines should be used. A proper small suspension air pump designed for the purpose is the go. There is also a four step rebound damping adjustment, accessible after pannier removal. Ride comfort is a priority on cruisers especially with the feet forward riding position. Whack a series of bad bumps, leaning back and the shock is transmitted straight up your spine (if the settings are wrong). Set up optimally and glide across the imperfections.

Backseat passengers The ‘super-pillion’ determined the ride comfort was there but felt, understandably, the seat was not as plush as the Voyager. For a ‘badlander’ style seat it does have an extraordinary amount of cushioning, however. There is also a nifty portal directly in front of the pillion. Push your hand through and access a comfortable hand hold: clever, except that’s not its function. In the event of a rider’s backrest becoming available, this portal is the entry point for the mount. The hand hold is just a lucky coincidence. There is a mandatory pillion strap as well. No sissy-bar keeps the look low and lean but led to a stern talking to from super-pillion who felt she was about to be jettisoned during a traffic light joust with another solo mounted cruiser pilot! “The seat looks like it’s part of the ’guard, and the ’guard, glossy and smooth,” she noted. There is an accessory sissy-bar, and rack available. Super-pillion noted also that, “the safety strap makes you feel like you’re riding a horse, one hand through, leaning back a little...” another hint at the bike’s nomenclature?

Real world The Vaquero has ornamental louvres either side of the headlight, they are removable if fitting optional driving lights is desired. The bags, this is a bagger after all, are smoothly integrated into the rear end of the bike. They are slim , graceful units that, despite 35 litre capacity, won’t swallow a helmet, (there are two secure helmet hooks under the seat) the bags are keyed alike, and very easy to use. Also waterproof, as the test was conducted in a week of continually pouring rain. Riding in all circumstances including crook weather highlighted Kawasaki’s clever second generation K-Act ABS braking system. I quote,

“rider actuation of the front brake lever and/ or rear brake pedal causes brake fluid to act directly on caliper pistons per usual brake systems. Pressure sensors (one for the front brake master cylinder, and one for the rear) detect the amount of braking force the rider is applying. Then, taking into account the vehicle speed at time of initial brake application, the brake ECU determines the amount of corresponding brake force necessary for maximum braking efficiency. A motor in the control unit operates front and rear fluid pumps, increasing pressure to the front right caliper (based on rear pedal application) and/or rear caliper (based on front lever application) as necessary.” Got that? Suffice to say on a large bike, you can have confidence and the system makes short work of any real world challenges. Three 300mm discs with dual four piston front and two piston rear calipers do the heavy lifting. In short, it’s a large bike and has good brakes. The engine is a pearler. Grunty, smooth, and pleasant to the ear. No need to beef up the exhaust system, as there is plenty of rumble, standard. Water cooled, at commuting speeds our Vaquero ran its temp gauge in the last/highest quadrant, just like the Voyager. On the open road it settled to a position just under halfway. All good. Maximum torque of 136Nm at a little over 2700rpm delivers real satisfaction and 6th gear is a genuine overdrive. Most of the time, 5th would be ‘top’, unless melting expressways. Even on a new engine the bike would have no problems surging smoothly and easily to 180km/h, improving when run in. Like most new large capacity twin cylinder motorcycles the gearbox was very ‘new-tight’, happily clunking its way up and down, the Voyager was the same, however, preload the gear lever a little, use the heel pedal for up-changes and allow the kays to accumulate and the ’box was running in and refining itself, improving noticeably all the time. Final drive is via

belt. No worries. 20 litre tank capacity and around 380 kilos ‘wet’, combine to make the Vaquero a pretty practical large tourer.

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WHEN it comes to ATVs, whether it be farm utility quads or a sports four seater side-by-side Polaris is one of the major players worldwide. Polaris isn’t just offroad ATVs though, it is huge in the snowmobile industry, has branched out into the electric vehicle market, and of course has Victory, and now Indian, motorcycle brands under its wings. While in America for the recent launch of the Victory Judge in Palm Springs, a few hours drive from Los Angeles we were treated to a day trip out into the Mojave Desert. The name certainly conjures up plenty of thoughts, from desolation to bandits just waiting to steal your horse out from under you. In reality it’s a glorious

place, desolate for sure, but complete in its own stark beauty.

Initiation First up we had a drive ourselves just around a small area. We’ve driven Polaris side-by-sides before, and even been in the passenger seat while rally champ Cody Crocker has shown us what the Ranger RZR can really do, so the suppleness of the suspension and the grunt from the 875cc fuel injected engine are something we have experienced a number of times. The four seat RZR shares essentially the same mechanical set-up as the two seater, which of course

has a bit more pep because it weighs less, but it was surprising how well the four seater handled and how well it went.

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probably tipped the scales a kilo heavier straight after. The return journey was just as much fun and we got to sample the two seater RZR. Make no mistake, blasting through the desert at the wheel of this jigger is one of the most exhilarating experiences we’ve ever had. the other side-by-sides we were offered a drive. This was too good an offer to refuse so we were in the hot seat. Terrain changed from wide sandy sections to rocky sections which were slow going. It was fun belting along at 60 mph and then realising there was a huge washout just ahead. Luckily for us the brakes on the RZR work as well as everything else. Even though we are well aware of Polaris’ slogan, ‘Nothing rides like a Polaris’, we found ourselves bracing for the impact, only to have the RZR suspension soak it up time after time. About half way to Slash X we found ourselves in the huge flat section of desert nestled in a valley. You would swear it was a salt flat. Of course the fun couldn’t just continue could it? Our vehicle had a flat, which we didn’t notice because the suspension is so good. And someone forgot to strap in the spare which we had jettisoned somewhere along the way. No spares on any of the vehicles, but we did have a puncture repair kit which worked a treat after the offending nail had been found. The tyre would continue to plague us for the rest of the day but we got home in the end. By the time we got to Slash X we were ready for food and drink, but many of us were awed by the joint itself. Everywhere there is memorabilia, and old Husky and Montessa motorbikes sitting outside, and

old trucks too. What a cool place, and it’s obvious why the place is popular with bikers. Burgers are the go at Slash X and one of the crew couldn’t help themselves, ordering a monster cheese burger which had four beef patties. It might have tasted good going down but there was a fair chance he’d be tasting it long after it was digested, and he

It’s a real shame you can’t do this sort of stuff in Australia, we have the terrain for it, but we seem to also like governing the living daylights out of the fun stuff too. You can imagine the gears grinding away inside the minds of officialdom, ‘we must protect them from themselves’. – Chris Pickett


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LAST month we left our intrepid Vietnam touring group on the shores of Lake Lak. Besides the beauty of the lake itself, the main reason tourists visit the area is to go for a ride on an elephant. LAST month we left our intrepid Vietnam touring group on the shores of Lake Lak. Besides the beauty of the lake itself, the main reason tourists visit the area is to go for a ride on an elephant.

Tour Day Four

Vietnam A gold star adventure

Our group was joined by a number of Scandinavians who were probably escaping the super freeze their country was experiencing. Being used to the cold you could see they were doing it tough in the sun, but so were we Aussies for that matter. Two people to an elephant was the cry, so on we jumped and sat in the cradle, two by two. Not long after, we were waddling down a dusty road and before you knew it we were entering the lake. ‘Now this is going to be interesting,’ I thought but there was plenty of smiles and laughing from the ride participants. As we got closer to the centre of the lake it naturally got deeper and deeper. It was then I came to the conclusion it was better to be on a taller elephant, which luckily I was. Unfortunately for Therese and Mark, their elephant was a little shorter than the others, causing a wet bottom for the elephant and Therese. Lots of laughter, even from Therese, as we started the climb out and back onto dry land. Snakes alive Back on the road again until we stopped at the home of a local who obviously had a thing for reptiles. Now I am not a snake or spider fan and was not interested in the slightest of holding one. Plenty of the group were keen though, and paraded around the courtyard with snakes, spiders and scorpions. Braver than me. By this stage it was getting pretty warm and it was time to head to our overnight destination of Buon Ma Thuot, but not before cooling our bodies at a waterfall just outside the city. What a special place: beautiful, and cool. Standing underneath a section of the waterfall was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed a swim. It was almost like an oasis, with a restaurant offering great food as well. An enjoyable few hours were spent here. This was one of the shortest days of riding but we were all still a bit knackered upon arrival at our accommodation. The hotel pool beckoned though, and a few of us also opted for a massage, at something like $8 for a one hour massage (happy ending optional extra!). After dinner a few of the group headed out to sample a local fairground which even had dodgem cars, while the rest were content with dinner and a cool drink at a small cafe across from the hotel.

Tour Day Five This was to be the biggest travelling day of the tour, around 250 kilometres. Early in


the day we checked out a war memorial, which was more like a celebration of the people’s struggle and eventual win rather than a place with tanks and planes. It’s evident these places are special to the government at least as they are very well maintained. Along the way we stopped at a rubber plantation and saw noodles being made by hand, old school. We even got a good look at how a small countryside motorcycle workshop operated. We’d ridden past plenty but this time we checked it out close up. By the time we stopped for lunch most of us were tired and by the afternoon coffee stop we were all longing for a sleep. Getting closer to our overnight base of Kon Tum the traffic was getting a bit chaotic, and finally in sight of our hotel I had a moment where two trucks took up all of the road, leaving little space for Kerrie, myself and our little Lifan cruiser. Seeing we were on a bridge at the time it was a bit difficult to get right off the road so we just squeezed ourselves up against the railing and gave the truck driver a massive ‘up yours’ as he went past. That’s OK, we were quickly over the incident and motoring ahead again. That evening while the girls checked out the shopping district a few of us sat on the window ledge of our hotel room sipping Baileys and milk. ‘Ah this is the life’ we thought.

Tour Day Six Kon Tum to Quang Nam is another decent hike but an easier ride than the day before. First we stopped at a very old wooden church which sat in the front of a children’s orphanage. We were made to feel very welcome, and the kids seemed very happy. One little baby was only three days old and had been left on the doorstep of the orphanage. While it was great to see the kids laughing and playing it’s still sad to think about what they are missing out on. We love our dogs here in Australia, and in Vietnam they like dogs as well, sometimes on the menu. Apparently as you go further north dog is more prevalent in restaurants. Just before we were about to stop for lunch Kerrie saw a dog’s head on a plate outside a shop. “It was smiling,” she cried, so while lunch was tasty as always, there was a lingering thought... I was wondering when we would see the swinging suspension bridge which is on Vietnam Motorbike Tours’ website, and after lunch we did. Any thoughts of woof woof were gone because thoughts of riding across a dodgy wooden suspension bridge were dominating our brains. Jurgen couldn’t wait and was ready to set forth until we yelled out there was someone actually crossing the bridge, and it wasn’t two way. After we saved the local from plunging into the river Jurgen set about getting across and back, with success I might add. I had reservations but before I could go Father Kim was on his way, and back... Of course I had to go, even my lovely wife Kerrie was keen for

me to have a go...? Well I didn’t disappoint, getting over and back in one piece despite the missing boards and crooked lay of the bridge. Off we set again to the next bridge which was unnervingly similar to the previous one. Publisher Nigel was raring to go and off he set. When he was two thirds across I started swaying the bridge which had him throwing his feet out as outriggers. This was bloody hilarious, at least to me if not Nigel. While we were enjoying this misadventure, Thor was having one of his own. One of our guides, Bau, was notorious for stopping without warning, and this time Thor paid the price, hitting the back of Bau’s bike and hitting the deck. Pride was the biggest injury, and the actual blame was dependent on who was telling the story. It was all a bit of a laugh later. At Quang Nam we had to stay in two different hotels near each other due to the size of our group, and our last dinner together was fantastic. Glen and I even got haircuts in a little salon. Out came the cut throat razor with this petite young hairdresser wielding it with precision. Once again, very cheap and fun too.

goodbye to our new friends but the plane wasn’t going to wait. Da Nang Airport is very modern and we were all able to get a European style coffee there which was nice after a week without one. After we arrived back in Saigon we decided a night on the town was in order. A few of the guys had earlier checked out the three storey 17 Saloon Bar so after dinner that was where we headed. What a night. I won’t go into how many bottles of bourbon were consumed, and pretty much everyone agreed this was the best bar they had ever been to. Different music is played on each floor, and if you like a bit of night life and you find yourself in Saigon then it is a must do.

Tour Day Eight

For our final day most of the group headed a couple of hours outside Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which were built by the Viet Cong. Our guide was former South Vietnamese soldier Tony. Tony had fought alongside American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War and he was a very funny and informative Tour Day Seven guy. Our bus ride out was a bit average, possibly because of the bourbon from the previous night, and it was great to finally get The final day on the road was a shortish run from Quang Nam to the tunnels. You can also catch a boat out to the tunnels which to Da Nang. Da Nang is known to many westerners as a hot spot would have been a better option. during the Vietnam War. An American base was situated and it was a favoured R&R town for soldiers. How and why the tunnels were built is quite an amazing story, and we even got to crawl through a few of them too. Upon leaving Quang Nam we were treated to a winding road which was in very good condition. It’s also quite pretty and The coolest thing there for me was the chance to fire a weapon the jungle borders the road in many places. Along the way we from the Vietnam War. At nearly $2 a bullet it’s not cheap but I stopped at a roadside cafe which served us up platter after platter opted for 20 rounds in the much maligned (by the Americans) of fresh pineapple. Now, I’m a fan of the humble pineapple and Russian-made AK47, a rifle used by the Viet Cong and North these were the best I can remember eating anywhere. Our bellies Vietnamese armies. A number of us fired different weapons. You full of pineapple we set off to our next break and a mountainside wouldn’t call it a yippee shoot but it was fun. To see the petite truck stop. Glen thought he’d take a break and plonked himself Laura loosing off a few rounds from an M60 machine gun was into a hammock. Unfortunately these hammocks are made very funny. for lightweight Vietnamese people and in no time soon Glen Back to Saigon and before we knew it we were on the bus to the found himself on the floor with a broken hammock, much to the airport for the flight home. amusement of our group. Even thinking about the tour now gives me a buzz, and I would While there we saw a few trucks turn up and due to the hilly terrain the drivers were out hosing the brake drums of the trucks have to say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. The people are friendly, it’s a beautiful place and easy on the wallet. You can to get them back down to a reasonable temperature. see Vietnam is becoming more westernised but our trip with Another coffee stop beckoned – we were getting quite partial Vietnam Motorbike Tours gave us a real taste of the true ‘old’ to Vietnamese coffee by this stage – and not long after that we Vietnam, plus plenty of the new ‘Western’ Vietnam. All of us loved found ourselves in the hustle and bustle of Da Nang itself. Our both sides of Vietnam’s personality. destination was the large train station, and despite part of our This was the biggest group Vietnam Motorbike Tours had ever group getting lost we eventually got there. catered for and to keep things in order we split the two riding From here the bikes would be sent back to Nha Trang by train groups up, meeting most times for lunch. In fact the two groups while the group would split up. Some were continuing their were only 10 minutes or so apart most times. n holiday in different areas, while the rest of us had to catch a plane MORE back to Saigon, and then back to Australia. It was sad saying


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An enterprising way to cross the lake.

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Sue and Kerrie, suckers for a big trunk.


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The ‘Scorpion’ waterfall.

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Jurgen on his return bridge sortie.

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Tony’s not that big. How small were the VC who used these tunnels?

Vietnamese coffee. A few of us became a bit partialCtoYit.C L E

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A celebration of triumph.

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On the Ho Chi Minh trail.


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Fixing Thor’s trusty machine.


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Firing the AK47.

Ben prepares for battle.

Bush mechanics.


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Thor resting after his ‘off’.

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The best pineapples ever!


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The snake was nearly as big as Jurgen.

Snakes alive

The orphanage was both inspiring and sad.


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Obviously the hammock was not designed for westerners.

ACCOM MODATION AN D M EALS All of the hotels we stayed in were Western style. Good service, comfortable rooms, air-conditioned, and very reasonable prices (accommodation is included in the tour anyway). You would have to say the rooms were at minimum three star, mostly four. Breakfast was also included and depending on how far into the countryside you were dictated whether breakfast leaned more towards western or eastern style foods. Pretty much everywhere we ate Vietnamese food and on the whole it was very nice. Of course it’s important to drink bottled water to keep belly bugs away. Many of us took to drinking coke or beer

which was very cheap, and because it was quite warm at times. It’s not a smart idea to throw down a few beers at lunch and then take on Vietnamese traffic in the afternoon anyway. We generally all ate together, and eating as much as you could fit in and having a few drinks came to about $6-$7 per person. In Nha Trang we ate at an amazing restaurant on the beach and this came to about $50 a couple. Everyone on the tour was surprised at how cheap it was. – Chris Pickett


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