Travel Stories

Haast Pass, NZ

Aspiring ride It can get lonely, way out west I have to admit that I was mildly concerned when the rusty, dented Mark II Zephyr swerved into the layby where I was parked, on my […]

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Nolan helmets

Painful proof Should you replace your helmet after a crash? If a picture is worth a thousand words then a demonstration must be worth a whole novel. For years I have been telling people to […]



Cactus Bites Bear Two days on the road gets you to a lot of places in southern California When The Eagles sang that “you can check out any time you like” at the Hotel California, […]

Travel Stories

Cyrano French Restaurant

Mussle Frog He has a scooter as his official transport, and he knows his tucker. Listen to him Words: Bertrand Cadart/Peter Thoeming Photos: Francesco Marena/Lou Martin As Dame Edna Everage once pointed out, “whenever the […]


Real world ride

Rocket Man A Rocket to Woomera sounds like coals to Newcastle, but there is method in the Bear’s madness… There’s a blue rocket made of steel up on a stand in Woomera’s rocket park, so […]

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Road Rider Blog

The Bear – Wednesday, June 10, 2009 In East Germany, they had the STASI to do it. In America, they used the House Un-American Activities Committee. In Western Australia they haven’t got a name for […]

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Spencer, NSW

What’s in a name? And who cares, as long as the bacon and egg rolls are good? A rose is a rose is a rose, according to Gertrude Stein. But is a Spencer a spencer […]

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Wet Weather Gear test 2

Suits and boots – will they keep you dry? You read about the supposedly waterproof gloves in ARR #51. That was the appetiser, this is the main course Were you surprised that several pairs of […]