Blog: May 28. New Triumphs and Suzuki V-Strom

It’s still Monday morning so I’m not late. I’ve been riding the 2018 Triumphs – the XRT800 and XRT1200, and the XCA1200 and XCA800 – and spent a couple of days on a Suzuki adventure ride in Lithgow and Bathurst. The Tigers are even better this year. They’re slimmer, lighter, loaded with electronics and completely awesome. The media release was a blast with a great batch of riders and Triumph staff. Suzuki booked an AirB&B…

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Blog: May 21. Tyre dilemmas

This week I dashed up to Inverell to meet the boss and ride for a day. I had to put some new tyres on the KLR for work, so I set to it. I was relieved when the Continental TKC70 came off without too much drama. I had to use the Tyre Pliers bead breaker, but that’s what it’s there for. And it wasn’t too tough. If I’d been out on a ride somewhere I…

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Blog: May 14. Stupid flat tyre!

I’ve been battling a little with tyres lately. The dilemma for me is the choice between a durable tyre that will truly cope with 50/50 on-road/off-road use, but won’t be impossible to change when I get a flat. A knobby is unpleasant on the road and tends wear fast. A road tyre is near-useless off-road. These days the dualsport tyres all seem to be impossible to get off the rim. A lot of them are…

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Blog: May 7. Just workin’

It’s been another week with no riding. No riding for me, that it. I see the Ramsays and Meg Lees are still gallivanting around Nepal – although I think they must be very close to homeward bound. After my own week of gallivanting in Victoria two weeks ago, I spent this past week frantically trying to catch up. I had to spend three days in Sydney finishing things off, so here I am at last,…

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