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0 Suzuki SV650: Long term update

By Spencer Leech  There’s a good reason why we try to test bikes over an extended period of time. There are a lot of things you pick up on when you have to live with a bike. This means commuting, maintaining, travelling and anything else you might do with a…

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0 Buying with accessories

Do your homework before buying bits for your bike to ensure it’s safe and rides like it should Bits for bikes. There’s a whole global industry that has grown up around improving and personalising a bike. A quick blast around the internet will throw up such a range of choices…

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0 Top six new releases

Words: Spencer Leech  Last year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan played host to the unveiling of a whole bunch of awesome machines. Now that we’re well into the new year, we’re starting to see many of them land Down Under. So in anticipation, we’ve rounded up the six bikes we…

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0 Choices for under $4000

So, you are on a budget that limits you to spending around $3000. Don’t despair, there is a range of options available in that price bracket. It’s fair to say that most of them are not the sexiest of choices, but you aren’t exactly over-flush with four grand to spend.…

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0 Excuses, excuses…

Spencer Leech explains his regrettable hiatus from the bike world, and why he came back. Growing up in the household that I did, it was impossible to avoid getting interested in bikes. I was one of those lucky few who were given a dirtbike at a young age and had an…

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0 The end of the my ride on ARR

Editing Australian Road Rider is both a pleasure and an honour, so I regret the fact I’m giving it up now. I’ve enjoyed enormous satisfaction over the past 44 issues from the publication’s popularity and the close community that has developed around it. The letters and emails I’ve had, the…

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0 Cop video: 2 wrongs, no rights

The video shows two police cars at high speed, without lights or sirens, under-taking a motorcycle with only centimetres of margin, and riders are outraged. But not necessarily at the cops… The post we shared on our Facebook page has produced two main factions: those who are gobsmacked by the…

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0 Two wheels in the Lucky Country

Just a day’s ride from Melbourne, Robin Bowra was in very remote country and about to discover a solitude that he’ll never forget. “It was the first night out on the road from Melbourne, and little did I know that I was about to experience the loneliest night of my…

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0 Throttle Roll: Old-bike culture meets new-bike industry

The anger behind the response caught me off guard. The “no” wasn’t just firm, it was aggressive. Like a door slamming in my face. Turns out I hadn’t just suggested something unreasonable, I’d caused great offence by it. Who’d have thought that the idea of customising a bike would be…

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0 Bringing American motorcycles into the 21st Century

“We want to bring the American motorcycle into the 21st Century,” says Mike Song, chief designer of Victory’s upcoming Octane motorcycle, and that’s a noble sentiment. I hope he succeeds and that the Octane is what it promises to be: a powerful, advanced machine that retains some of the charm…

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