How to read and understand your tyre lettering to make safe and effective enhancements The sidewall of our tyres features a whole host of numbers and letters. As an example, on my Suzuki GSX-R750, these start with 180/55ZR17 58. There’s a lot of information contained in these few digits. While most of us simply replace worn out tyres with exactly the same ones and have them fitted by a [...]
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The Bullet 500 and the Distinguished Gentlemen With the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride coming up in September, it is perhaps time to consider joining the ranks of the better dressed and more socially aware men and indeed women who ride a more dapper style of bike in and around the city on a regular basis. While many of us ride out on dirt bikes during the season and revert to [...]
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and the importance of looking out for each other As we mentioned in a previous post looking at the iconic Royal Enfield Bullet 500, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is taking place this weekend. The DGR originated here in Australia where the hipster contingent gathered up their café racers and waxed their beards before riding out to raise funds for research into prostate cancer. These days [...]
The Basics of Off Road Rubber Tyres and The Maintenance Tips You Need to Know Whether you are riding on road or off road tyres, the main thing you want to do remains the same: you want to stay on your bike, and preferably in an upright position. This basic principle applies to the tyres you use too, naturally. Almost as important, if not as immediate, is having some [...]
The Beginner’s Guide to Preparation For and Rescuing Yourself From The Bush when ‘Puncture Struck’ A Failure To Plan Is A Plan To Fail Motorcycles are an incredible tool for exploration. Their light weight and single track makes them much easier to get through the more awkward parts of a ride - try getting a land cruiser up the stairs in your mother’s house. Because of the lack of [...]
5 things to keep you on the right track when taking to the trails We know, you probably can’t wait to get out there and test your motorbike, and yourself, on one of the many trails this land has to offer. However, there are a few things you need to consider before you do to make sure you are respecting not only the law, but your environment, your machine, [...]
A Tall Tourer For The Real World Way back in the mists of time, the early to mid-1990s to be exact, anyone who was anyone rode sports bikes. Honda’s Fireblade was king of the pack. Kawasaki had the fearsome ZX9R and Yamaha’s contribution was the wonderfully named Thunder Cat. All were wearing engines between 900 and 1000cc. All were very powerful. Then Suzuki released a 750cc in line four [...]
Sharing the joys and thrills of being on a motorbike Most of us know what we know and, to a certain extent, expect that what’s obvious to us is obvious to others. There are exceptions of course - if you work in banking or international espionage you’ll know what we mean - but motorcyclists are as guilty of keeping open secrets as anyone else. We’ve decided to let you [...]
Getting The Holeshot With the vast majority of the world’s roads being unpaved, it’s not hard to see why so many riders have a fascination with riding on the ones that remain unsurfaced. While many of us choose to adventure through vast areas of the wilderness on long trips of a soul searching variety, many more of us prefer to load up the bikes, swags, full eskies and head for [...]
First release of Collector’s Edition exhaust from Akrapovic, but more to come... Akrapovic Launch Extremely Limited Edition for Charity Akrapovič recently announced an ultra-limited edition of just 25 exhausts to celebrate its 25th anniversary, which it donated to various charities and partners to raise much-needed funds. Now here are the details of where and when you can try to be the lucky owner of these rare pieces. [...]