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0 Post Classic Stigma

The Far Island Fox Hunt: On the desire for a hell-for-leather 450 desmo. I’ve been tempted by the idea of ‘Post Classic’ racing lately, a chance to get out and run hard on a machine not conforming to modern performance expectations. Recently an old friend reminisced that my riding was…

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0 Australia’s rules force us to wear dangerous helmets

Australian riders are forced by law to wear potentially dangerous helmets that must meet “a standard that is in direct opposition of all known science in regards to the safest helmet design possible,” according to researcher Tim Kelly. Our helmets are often too heavy, too rigid, and designed to protect…

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0 Fake it till you make it

The Far Island Fox Hunt: Not on the sofa I don’t know if you’ve ever been on one of those rides. Where the vision is rapidly disintegrating but you refuse to let go of the dream. Maybe you just had a couple of near misses (your fault?), you’re cold because…

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0 Raising speed limits in Australia

Simply talk about raising speed limits in Australia and it raises the ire of many people. It’s a very polarising subject, but you make a big mistake if you see it as a black-and-white argument. A few people react vehemently against the idea of faster legal travel speeds. Unfortunately, their…

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0 When I’m riding I’m untouchable

The Far Island Fox Hunt: On keeping the chimp on the back It’s been unseasonably cold on the Far Island this last week. And if it’s been cold outside it’s an unfortunate reflection of what’s been happening inside. Have you ever seen that poster, “You never see a motorcycle parked…

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0 Riding out the storm

The Far Island Fox Hunt: On riding on through the rain, hail and slime. It’s 1994 and I’m heading south out of Townsville, Aeolus’ wrath is graphically illustrated in pelting rains forming shrieking lines and wild arcs. Random squalls belittle the rudimentary screen on my DR650RS. I need only make…

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0 Adventures of a lifetime

Riding a motorcycle is a great adventure, but riding one somewhere adventurous is one of the greatest things you can do in life. Ten years ago today I was riding through Russia on the biggest and best journey I’ve ever done, as part of a small team recreating the 1907…

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0 Riding into ruts

The Far Island Fox Hunt: On how ruts can really stuff up the momentum. Stuck in a rut? Seems a bit of an innocuous phrase but for many of us it digs a little deeper.  While I’ve been a bit slack on rider training I’ve done a lot of other…

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0 Missing a turn

The Far Island Fox Hunt: On missing a corner you know is coming. It’s been a few years since I really scared myself on a bike, and this is the first time I’ve talked about it. Out of character perhaps, given that unlike my mental health ‘scares’ there’s not so…

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0 Torque of normality

Far Island Fox Hunt: On seeking a normal state of tune. It’s two months now since I began to tamper with my idle. To my usual fuel intake I have, as advised, injected some additives, about 40mg daily of antidepressant in fact. During this time I’ve been doing a bit…

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