Blog: April 9. Cousin Matthew checks in

Evenin’ all. It’s late Sunday arvo and although I haven’t done much myself this week, it seems I’m the only one. I took BMW’s Rallye X GSA down to Rock Motorcycles for a service and new rear tyre, so I rode my cherished Dominator to Craig Murcott’s and rode back on the Beemer. Now THAT’s what I call a contrast. The difference between $30,000 worth of current BMW and a few thou’s worth of 1995…

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Blog: April 2. Nigel Locke’s ride

Yaaaaaawn. Today is the last day of 10 holidays for me. Genuine holidays. Not a trip away where I covered a bike event and had a day or two to spare, but 10 days with no camera, no bikes, and, for a lot of it, no computer. It was great, too. I don’t know that I’ve ever had 10 full days like that in my working life. I’ve always seemed to at least spend time…

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Blog: March 25. SWM Superdual

I’m jumping in early this week because I have a bit going on and I doubt I’ll be anywhere near a computer for the next few days. Craig Murcott and a group of XRs just went past on their way to a three-day ride. Normally I’d be jealous about that…no wait…I am jealous about that. I’m not as jealous as usual though, because I’ve been in Victoria riding the new SWM Superdual X. Or Superdual…

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Blog: March 18. BMW Rallye-X GSA

It’s Sunday arvo and it’s a warm one. I’m waiting for things to cool down before I go out to do some mowing. I took my kayak for a paddle a couple of hours ago, and as I sat at the intersection waiting to turn on to the Pacific Highway at Urunga, Ramdog Dave Ramsay cruised past in his ute with a couple of bikes on the back! How about that. I knew Nige Locke…

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Blog: March 12. I do enjoy a Triumph

It’s been a hectic week. Probably not as hectic as last week, but busy enough. I got to ride the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200XRT this week, and it sure is a bike-and-a-half. Keeping in mind my unashamed love of Triumph triples, this one was exceptional. Even allowing that Wilko’s photography would make pretty much any bike look good, this one is a standout. The photo session was an especially good one. It was pouring rain…

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Ramdog’s Clarence Wilderness weekend

Clarence Wilderness Weekend Group Ride This ride was a cracker. Eight or nine chickened out. Made of sugar. But the rest of us had a ripper. A tough crew were well rewarded. we had an absolute ball. We got off to a fairly formidable start in steady rain at Coraki, but once west a few kilometres the weather improved, tracks were soft damp and perfectly tractable…mostly. NO DUST. Koos did it the toughest with a…

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Blog: March 5. I like the SWMs.

Hey-up everyone. In the middle of the crisis that’s my work at the moment, I shot down to Sydney for a quick blast on an SWM RS500R. The bike is an ex-media test bike that had been shopped around several magazines. SWM dealer MRD Motorcycles at North Richmond bought the bike and owner Mark – who’s very handy getting a bike to perform – set about turning the 500cc four-stroke enduro bike into a user-friendly…

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Blog: February 26. Got a bit on

A very quick entry today – and it’s a late entry, too. Done nuthin’. Been nowhere. Others have, though. Darren AC did Ramdog Dave’s ride and sent me through a couple of pics. It looks like it was a good one. I’m riding an SWM RS500 this week. I’ll tell you about next week. TF

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Blog: February 19. Riding a sidecar is poo-your-pants scary

As forecast in last week’s blog I’ve been riding a sidecar, and it’s a very, very scary experience. I was lucky because Greg Jansen of Rocky Creek Designs is a sidecar enthusiast and when he heard I was to ride the Ural Sahara he got involved and organised a day’s training for me with uralofoz.com.au main man Jon Taylor. Thank Dog Greg did. I honestly believe trying to handle the Ural without the coaching would’ve…

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Blog: February 12. I’m getting lazy

Hey-up. I managed to get out on the Dominator for an hour or so this last week, thanks to Nigel Locke. I’ve been keen to ride with the Coffs Restorer’s Club, but haven’t made it to any meetings. Attending meetings is how you join the club, and I knew both Gav Gill and Nige were members. I had some bits and pieces for Nige, so I phoned when I thought the meeting was on, figuring…

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