2019 DR650 review

  Dualsport Australia has had a new 2019 DR650 for a few months now, it has had a solid workout, from multi-day rides to enduro single track. With a lot of bike tests being a one day wonder, most of which is doing photo shoots, I thought I should do an unbiased ‘hardcore’ test. Best one yet   We are pleased to report the ‘new’ DR is the best one yet. Looking sexy and flash in…

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Gravity our friend?

I have always been a fan of dirt bike mags, growing up with ADB and Dirt Bike (US) I liked the humorous columns and stories. Dirt bikes are fun. Years ago after reading Super Hunky’s book (famed editor of US dirt bike), I took some of his advice. Apparently, if he couldn’t think of a story he would have a few drinks, so after a few wild turkeys I put together the following in my best Super…

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Seemed like a good idea at the time

Three years ago at a VSM adventure ride day, a bloke came up and introduced himself as a new adventure rider and asked for some tips. I mentioned the loose granite adds time to breaking, the edges get loose if you run wide and watch for turns and causeways over rises. The bloke said he wasn’t too bad at reading the terrain because he had done a little bit of rallying. He joined us for dinner, a…

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Secret Squrrel ride

The Secret Squirrel ride had it all. Squirrel bikes that disappear into thick air, secret military installations only able to be shown to a select few, homemade flamethrower, Police escorts and a Squirrel trap that caught the wrong rider. Good fun, you bet.   Rise and shine Being the longest day everyone had to be up before sparrow fart, in fact, the sparrows would have been still tucked into their beds along with Tom who was…

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Wet ride?

The longest day ride is next week and although it has evolved into a socially acceptable picnic run the weather forecast is predicting rain. I have always had the belief that if you ride far enough it can’t rain everywhere and whilst not foolproof it does work most times. The longest day has had some wet ones in the past like the early one above (TF photos) or even being stopped completely by floods As Tom found one year,…

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Bad to Santa

Dualsport Australia’s IT department has been mucking around with the look of the website, it might still change a bit because it doesn’t feel right having a BMW as the header even if it is drowning itself in Georges Creek. So thanks Tom (son), now my week. I had a problem, Christmas was getting close and I wanted some new Klim gear, only problem was I hadn’t been good enough and Santa had been very…

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Reminiscing

A year goes so quick, this time last year I was dodging rocks in NZ high country following Remotemoto’s great trails, I have penciled in a return trip in April but we will see. I was just going to do an Ultimate adventure mag on you guys and rerun my ADB story from last year but as I hate reruns I thought I better do it properly. NZ dreaming Using Remotemoto planning was too easy, with…

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In A Deep Darkwood

After an interesting few days at the Melbourne motorcycle show, hang on that was Tom. After an ordinary week at work, I managed a short 150km loop to Darkwood and home via the horseshoe and Gordonville crossing.   Whilst I was at Darkwood I watched Billy’s boy Mitch wringing the neck of a DS80. For us older people who struggle with logs or steep root invested clay banks it was sobering to watch a 7-year-old tear them…

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Picnic Run Friday, December 21

Pottsy and TF are planning a picnic ride on Friday, December 21, and everyone’s welcome. Last year the pair went to Narrabri and Pottsy unexpectedly produced a picnic. It was such a great day it’ll be on again this year, except instead of heading to Narrabri, the route will go…somewhere good. It’s not really decided yet. Pottsy suggested, “What about up the mountain (Dorrigo/Eborish), south through Wongwabinda, then South West Rocks and home?” TF just…

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Lost

On a wet misty Friday morning, the urge for a ride was strong. Heading north to make for the northern beaches was my best chance for dry weather. Lots of closed forests were making things difficult, but soon I was skipping rock ledges and following coastal ridges. As the bush tightened I came around the corner to a few vehicles and a quick shade and the road taped off. Apparently, there is a Rally on and this was a…

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