On The Road
Motoring and Adventure Journalism
On the Road
more than 6000km in 89 hours we have averaged 67.4km/hr sleeping,
riding, eating and climbing Uluru. Both BMWs were very comfortable,
easy to ride and we only got a hint of a sore bum at Orange on the
provide freelance material (articles) to a range of travel and motoring magazines,
almost any audience is ours where the sense of adventure triggers
interest. Geoff Hall was Route Director of the 1994, 1995 and 1996 BMW
team has planned and conducted safaris throughout Australia for major
manufacturers and adventurers. We probably know the town and the road
where you want to go.
can source advice on motorcycle luggage and load strategies, good rides
and adventure routes.
Road riding gear – what to wear depending on the
riding conditions. Motorcycles – what to ride and where. Long distance
touring strategies and road tests.
If you have a question, use the contact form and fire it through – don’t expect an instant response – but you will be answered.
On the Road Articles:-
more than 1.2 million kilometres on all types of machinery, I have
encountered many conditions – sand, bull dust, huge corrugations, high
winds, ‘rolly polly’ deep water, diesel spills, black ice, snow, locust
plagues, fog and dust storms. All have provided some heart stopping
moments and a real appreciation of what the elements (and others) can
throw at you. On the flip side, there have been spectacular sunrises
road, moonlight blasts along coastal highways and highly illegal and
dangerous thrashes through city suburbs and thoroughfare in the dead of
night (’When I was young … The Animals’).
Of course, there have
been incidents, accidents and encounters with those who try and keep
some order on the highways and byways. It is part of life. Hopefully
one learns from the oops moments and occasional discussions with law
time to time, there has been an amazing menu of motorcycles, the good,
not so good and plain ugly. Obviously, I have machine preferences,
mostly borne out of experience, something earned from road kilometres
and being bashed by the riding conditions.
The Road will provide opinions on most topics, some you won’t like,
others will be acceptable. On occasions, the positives will outweigh
the negatives. The reasons will be stated – I don’t like it because …
Promotional material will be considered (to get the name of the product
and specifications right), however, all too often the copywriter write
about the product, but rarely have actually used it. Damn – now I have
to find the key and do something. Stay tuned for regular missives – see
‘On the road’.
Road Riding Gear
What to buy when you start to ride - (LAM - Learner Approved Motorcycles)
On Your Bike (LAM - Learner Approved Motorcycles)
Now this is a minefield! What to buy? Let’s be upfront, forget which brand and stick to the objective!
selection of a product which is shrouded by appearance, reputation and
street cred is good if you want to be noticed and do not necessarily
care about whether the machine is correct for the intended use –
purchase a freshly new something and hang the practicality.
largely have the choice made for them, however, there are significant
considerations. Do you intend to keep the machine past the licensing
period or is this a stepping stone to the big bore sports and touring
iron? There is a range of 500cm3, 600cm3 and 800cm3 machines which will
serve you well.
Whatever you choose, consider:
· Whether you can get it on and off the stands easily.
Whether the seat height is suitable for you (tiptoe control is not
sufficient when you suddenly need support to stop a machine falling
Can you pick the machine up? It may sound silly, however, it is almost
inevitable that a slow U-turn or road conditions or lack of experience
will bring you undone.
In the same vein, how crash-proof is the body work and blinkers.
Fairings are expensive to repair. If you want a bike with a fairing,
consider what parts you can remove while you are in the learning
period. I am a very positive person but accidents and incidents do
Do some work on how much you will lose in resale value
if you are only going to keep the machine for a short time – a
second-hand may be a better option if you intend to flick on the steed
once you have a licence.
Of course, service records, evidence
of crash damage and general condition of wheel and steering head
bearings need to be considered when you are purchasing a bike.
LAM purchases, function should win over style. You can go for the sexy
looking stuff later. Personally, I would avoid bikes with small wheels
(they react badly on rough surfaces and potholes) and scooters often
have lots of body work.
LAM can be fun. I have done 4000
kilometres in less than four days on a compliant bike through rain,
hail, sunshine, mud, sand and gravel. It was a hoot!
It is great
to see riders embracing the motorcycle lifestyle, however, do so with
your eyes open. Early decisions may well shape whether you enjoy the
experience or find it all too hard and end up giving up.