Well thats the year pretty much all over, Rover. And after a wet winter and spring weve enjoyed some great riding weather in November and into December. Long may it continue.
What wont be continuing much longer is our Spring Promotion. Youve only got until 18 December to get a free checkover of your bike at selected dealers around the country, and get any Ride Forever course absolutely free. So get cracking!
In other news, we find out how your ordinary, everyday Suzuki stands up to high mileage, we review the latest Adventure bike from a little-known Italian manufacturer, and theres an update on our mate Fergs Bonneville being prepared for a world land speed record attempt. Plus dates for the Shiny Side Up events, now happening in four places around the country. Enjoy.
How long does a 'bike last?
A lot of people are wary of bikes with high mileage. However, we recently borrowed a V-Strom with close to 80,000kms on the clock.
Its a bike we tested new when it was launched in 2014, so how does a Strom feel and ride after the years and miles have taken their toll?
And what was required by way of fixing and replacement to get it there? The bike in question has been used by one of our most senior instructors as his daily hack, hence the high Ks.
As it turns out, the old girl stood up well to its hard life, covering track days, long-distance trips (including a run to the Burt and back), everyday stop-start riding when coaching and pretty much everything else you can imagine.
New additions to our website
Our website has gone though some big changes, including a new online coaching section.
Thats right, you can complete online coaching modules that share new skills and knowledge you can use in your riding.
Plus, of course, theres plenty of great advice, easy ways to select and book on-road coaching, and loads of great motorcycling articles, road tests, gear reviews, etc.
Speed record Bonnie part III
The chassis parts are back from stove enamelling, the engine is stripped with the top and bottom halves away at their respective fettlers, and Ferg is about to bring together the Bonnevilles rolling chassis. With 20kg of lead shot in it
We caught up with would-be world land speed record holder Fergus Mayne for another update on progress, and an interview on how he came to be doing such a thing.