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100 bikes race at Historic Winton

One hundred motorcycle and sidecar racers will be on show at the annual Historic Winton event on 22-23 May, 2021, at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria.

The event was canceled last year because of the pandemic and this year it has caused the organisers to cancel official vehicle displays.

However, organisers say spectators are welcome to arrive on their historic motorcycles and will be parked together.

“We’ve had about 10 weeks to organise the event instead of 10 months,” a spokesperson says.

“It’s amazing what a great team can do – all volunteers too.”

There will be a total of 300 competitors in 48 races, once again after the COVID-caused hiatus in 2020.

Ticket sales have opened with a bang, according to event secretary, Peta Lee.

“We had no idea what to expect but the event is so loved by its fans that plenty are keen for another dose of historic motorsport action,” she said.

“The support from spectators is amazing with people keen to get into the outdoors around the Winton racetrack to see the historic cars, motorcycles and sidecars tough it out,” Peta said.

“Surprisingly, we have quite a number of first-time or new competitors from around Victoria which we are thrilled about.”Historic Winton

Tickets are available online only to meet COVID contact tracing requirements in advance of getting to the gate.  They will be on sale until 4pm, Sunday 23 May.

Peta said that purchasing and registering in advance will mean that ticket holders will flow quite quickly into the grounds of Winton Motor Raceway.

Tickets are reduced this year as there are less displays, so a daily ticket is $30 per adult, children 17 and under are free but must be registered online to get entry.

Camping is also available at $50 for the weekend per person through the ticket link.

“There’ll be plenty of room for everyone to social distance and we ask attendees to be COVID safe at all time,” she said.

A limited number of programs will be available for purchase onsite.

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BMW R 17 project a stunning retro

This stunning custom based on a classic air-cooled BMW has us wondering whether BMW will produce more retro models to complement their popular R nineT family.

It was produced by British custom motorcycle shop Sinroja Motorcycles and they call it the R17 which is interesting since BMW recently returned to cruisers with their R 18.

The R 18 was actually born after BMW gave the R 18 engine to a couple of custom houses to see what they could do with it.

In fact, the R nineT was also born after famed LA designer Roland Sands built a modern custom project to honour the venerable R 90.

So it’s not improbable that BMW would look at this classic as a potential for a more retro model in its line-up.

While the R nineT family is popular, I always thought Roland Sands’ version was better and BMW made the r nineT just a little bit too modern looking.

Birju Sinroja started Sinroja Motorcycles in Leicestershire, England, five years ago and has been working on the R17 for two years ago.

Here is their account of the rebuild:Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

The bike started as a BMW R80 TIC (police specification) that was a true barn find.

The first step was to strip the whole bike, taking it back to bare metal by sand blasting the frame and then cleaning up any unnecessary tabs and bracketry. From there a new subframe was fabricated to create a clean line. We also fabricated and repositioned the footrest for rider and passenger to fit their ergonomic needs. The handmade mudguards are finished with simple braces, holding them up to nicely balance the lines of the bike and provide some protection from dirt on the road.

All classic customs that leave Sinroja workshop get a full crank-up engine rebuild and the R17 was no exception. We stripped the almost 40-year-old powertrain all the way to crank, replacing all key components like big end bearings, chains, guides, pushrod tubes etc, and rebuilding it to better than factory standards. This engine received our 1000cc (originally 800cc) conversion with machined and ported heads and high compression pistons to up the power. All the cases are vapour blasted and painted black with fins polished for great looks. The gearbox and bevel drive got a full rebuild with all fresh bearings, seals, gaskets etc and some unique Sinroja upgrades. Carburettors were also fully rebuilt with bigger jets to help with upgraded engine. The exhausts were fabricated in-house and then finished by Motone’s one-off end cans.

Handling is vastly improved with a complete custom suspension set-up. Yamaha R6 forks have been reworked with Nitron Suspension racing range cartridges and fully adjustable Nitron rear shocks. The forks retain the R6 calipers for improved braking performance to further increase rideability. Fastec Racing created the billet machined yokes. The custom 18- inch wire wheels were built by Hagon using custom-made rims and stainless spokes.Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

A brand-new wiring loom from TowzaTronics replaces all of the original wiring. At the heart of all of the electronics is a Motogadget M-Unit Blue. It controls all aspects of the electronic system and also allows Bluetooth phone connection with a diagnostic support function. The M-unit also allows keyless ignition system via the owner’s phone. The R17 is fitted with Motogadget switches, bar end indicators and grips along with 7-inch halo headlight. Rear indicators are from Rizoma and double up as brake and running lights. The final element is a beautiful dash hosting the Motogadget speedo.

The stunning black/Corris Grey livery draws inspiration from the client’s love of Land Rovers and Range Rovers. The stitching on the seat mirrors that of the car and even the saddle leather came from a Land Rover. The aesthetics are finished with a machined Sinroja emblem that sits proudly on the tank.

This bike came with a perfect brief in my opinion. We had pretty much a free reign on what to do. It’s great to be in a place where customers just let you do what you want and have that trust and faith in skills we have. The end result is something we are super proud of indeed. A timeless design and giving rebirth to an old airhead that had been neglected for years in a barn is just a great feeling.Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

Sinroja Motorcycles R 17 specs

  • Suspension: Nitron Racing Suspension
  • Exhaust: Motone Customs
  • Paint: Glen of GD Design
  • Wiring: TowzaTronics
  • Upholstery: Classic Car Services
  • Sinroja Motorcycles links

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Is your handlebar mount damaging your phone?

I recently found photos taken on my iPhone 11 were blurry because the autofocus wouldn’t lock on.

The phone was under warranty so I rang to have the camera fixed and was immediately asked whether I rode a bicycle or motorcycle.

When I said yes, they asked if I had a handlebar mount.

So obviously they are aware of an issue where having your phone or camera mounted to your handelbar can cause vibration issues that can damage the delicate workings of your device.

I’d be careful what you admit to as it could void your warranty.

Several handlebar mounting devices for cameras, GPS, phones, etc now come with vibration isolation attachments.

One of the most popular is the Aussie invention, Quad Lock, which offers a vibration mount for just $A24.95.Quad lock

It’s a small price to pay for the insurance of protecting your expensive device.

I have been mounting my phone to the handlebars using a Quad Lock with a wireless charger for several years without any issues … until now.

Having your phone charged while you are out on a ride is not only a convenience, but also a safety device.

If you get lost, crash or fall ill, having a fully charged phone means you can ring emergency and they can track you.

The Quad Lock is available for motorcycles, scooters, cars, bicycles and runners.

You can buy the mount (RAM, handlebar or mirror), the case to suit your iOS or Android phone, a waterproof covering if required, plus accessories such as the charging units and isolation mounts separately or as a pack to save money.

To mount your phone, hold it at a 45-degree angle until it slots into place, then twist it clockwise to a vertical or horizontal position where it remains securely in place.

To remove the phone, simply push the blue tab (or ring on the wireless charger mount) and rotate anti-clockwise.

That makes it useful if you are riding along and see something worthy of a photo – no fumbling in your jacket for your phone, just grab it and take the shot, then re-attach it. (Obviously, stop first!)

Although it is very secure, it does vibrate which makes it impossible to use the camera or video function on the move.

And as we’ve now found, that vibration can cause damage, especially if you ride on rough roads or off-road.

Quad Lock even lists a variety of motorcycles – mainly twin cylinder models – that can cause vibration issues.

Be aware that it may be illegal in your jurisdiction to even touch the phone while riding, although the laws are a bit vague, says the Australian Motorcycle Council.

If you want to access any of the touchscreen facilities, you would need to have special gloves with touch-sensitive finger pads.

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BMW offers off-road tests

It’s hard enough getting a road test from your local motorcycle dealer, but a test where you take an adventure bike off-road on to dirt is virtually impossible.

That is, unless you want to buy a BMW!

In the past couple of years, BMW Motorrad Australia has offered paid off-road tests for potential  buyers at various locations around the nation to experience their GS range.

It’s not the only innovative BMW also offers riders the chance to test your road bike against 

their fleet with special test-ride and track-day programs across the East Coast of Australia with riding tips from professional coaches.

The GS Experience for 2021 will be held in various locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria this year. Bookings are now open.

Riders will have the opportunity to ride the following models:

  • G 310 GS
  • F 750 GS
  • F 850 GS
  • F 850 GS Adventure
  • R 1250 GS
  • R 1250 GS Adventure

Participants will receive two test rides for their $49 entry fee with the ability to select the two models they wish to ride from the list of available bikes on the event booking form.

All participants in the event will receive a limited-edition GS Experience t-shirt and light refreshments throughout the day.

The 2021 GS Experience events will take place on the following dates:

QLD:
June 23-24
Traquil Park, Maleny
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-qld.html

NSW:
July 8-9
Wisemans Inn Hotel, Wisemans Ferry
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-nsw.html

VIC:
Aug 2-3
Matilda Bay Brewery, Healesville
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-vic.html

Bookings are now open. More details can be found at https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events.html

GS events

The recent 2016 BMW GS Safari was a huge success with 200 riders traversing the glorious off-roads of the Great Dividing Range around the NSW-Queensland border and hinterland. joins recall
GS Safari

Meanwhile, BMW also offers GS events for owners such as the GS Safari and the GS Safari Enduro for more competent off-road riders.

This year’s GS Safari heads to Far North Queensland for five days of adventure riding in the tropics between Townsville and Cairns from May 23-28.

The more off-road oriented GS Safari Enduro (August 22-28) heads to the Central West Queensland town of Longreach, also home of the Qantas Museum, to begin a six-day, 2500km-plus adventure into the Australian Outback, finishing in Toowoomba.

Both events are sold out within hours of being offered, says BMW Motorrad Australia General Manager Andreas Lundgren.

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Cyclist passing rule a danger to motorcyclists

A rule allowing drivers to cross solid white lines to overtake cyclists has now been extended to Victoria, making it a blanket rule across all Australian states.

Back in 2016, crash victim Maritha Keyser and rider groups said the implementation of the rule was putting the lives of motorcyclists in danger.

Maritha vainly launched a petition against the rule. The petition is now closed with 2340 signatures.

In 2015, Maritha was involved in an accident when a vehicle legally crossed a double white line to pass a slow-moving cyclist and give them the required 1m buffer (or 1.5m in over 60km/h zones).

Maritha Keyser Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists
Crash scene on double white lines

Cyclist passing rule

The laws actually state that you can only cross or straddle a solid white line or painted island “if it is safe to do so”.

However, the very fact that it is allowable creates the wrong impression for drivers.

Motorists already can’t see riders, don’t want to see us or simply ignore us as no real threat to them.

They wouldn’t cross a solid line if another car was coming, but they seem willing to do so for motorcycles.

Here is a video example of a close call as a rider nearly runs head-on into a van that is over the white line on a corner because of a cyclist on the side of the road.

While Maritha’s accident was not a head-on with the overtaking vehicle, its presence on the wrong side of the road led to a chain of events that caused the crash that left her with permanent disabilities.

Motorcycle paramedics

Maritha had the support of Australian Motorcycle Council, the Victorian Motorcycle Council, BMW Clubs Australia and others.

Legislating to protect one vulnerable road user that heightens the risk of another vulnerable road user is simply wrong, they all said.

Now, the Motorcycle Rides Association of Australia has chimed in wth the introduction of the laws in Victoria.

“This is a very dangerous law on roads like the GOR, the Black & Reefton Spurs, the St Andrews / Kinglake Road and many others,” says spokesman Damien Codognotto.

“In my opinion the police crash reports on head-on and rear-end crashes will not mention bicycles in most cases so the data will be distorted in favour of the new law being effective. That is what happens with road barrier crashes. There is no oversight or control to ensure crash data is reliable.

“Double white lines are there because it is dangerous to go on the wrong side of the road where the lines are painted. On many 80 and 100 kph roads crossing double white lines creates an extremely dangerous situation. I’ve heard of at least one head-on in Queensland in these situations.
“Then there’s the danger of coming on slow moving bicyclists and braking to slow to their speed. The car/truck behind does not brake in time and hits the back of you.”

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CFMoto 700CL-X finally set to land Down Under

After a long wait, the handsome CFMoto 700CL-X range will be launched in Australia in July at $9490, ride away.

The bike was to be launched last year, then the launch was pushed back to early this year, presumably because of the pandemic. 

More than 8000 have now been produced in China, so they will start to roll out around the world.

When it does arrive, it will come with a pack of accessories including classic-style panniers, a diamond-stitched seat, protection and bar-end mirrors, as well as a collection of rider gear.

It will continue CFMoto’s reputation as one of the most affordable brands on the market.

The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in Milan in November 2019 with the announcement that the 700CL-X would arrive in late 2020.

There were to be three models: Sports with bar-end mirrors, lower bars, solo seat and mag wheels; Classic with more complex mags, round mirrors and wide bars; and Adventure with a screen, wire wheels and knobby tyres.

However, CFMoto Australia director Michael Poynton says the 700CL-X will arrive in the Classic model only in a choice of grey or blue.

It will include a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty plus an extra year if servicing is done by an authorised dealer.

The Adventure and Sports will arrive later this year.

“The 700CL-X is extremely important to us,” Michael says.

“It will be the company’s first non-LAMS model, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from CFMOTO as a result of its relationship with KTM,” Michael says.

“Underscoring that relationship is a significant joint venture built on bricks and mortar.”

Last year the company opened a new office and R&D building, in Hangzhou, China, as well as a new manufacturing facility nearby.

CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X

Most CFMoto models are now designed by Kiska, the contemporary Austrian design house that does KTM’s design work.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

CFMoto 700CL-X

This Euro-designed bike features a mix of modern and traditional influences.

For example, the traditional round headlight has LED lighting and the round instruments have an LCD readout that can display fuel consumption and incoming call.CFMoto 700CL-X

Interestingly, the X design in the headlights and the LCD instrument are quite reminiscent of the popular Ducati Scrambler.CFMoto 700CL-X

The CFMoto 700CL-X has a lightweight frame that weighs just 16.5kg and the swingarm weighs 6.7kg. All up, it weighs 183kg dry.

Technology includes ABS, electronically controlled throttle, sliding clutch, cruise control , USB charging port under the seat and “electronic protection control” (an alarm, we think).

Its lighting system automatically switches on/off according to ambient brightness.CFMoto 700CL-X

New engineCFMoto 700CL-X

The 700CL-X is powered by a newly developed 692cc inline twin-cylinder water-cooled engine.

It is the latest evolution of the CFMOTO 150/250/400/650 displacement platforms, featuring split-type connection rod, forged piston, electronic throttle, sliding clutch.

The optimised intake system improves efficiency and increases the peak power from 41.5kW to 55kw and torque from 62Nm to 67Nm.CFMoto 700CL-X

Thankfully it is one of the few adventur-ish motorcycles that has an easy-to-access air filter for cleaning.

Just remove the right plastic panel.

They say an oil change is so simple it can “easily be done at home”.

CFMoto also has a range of accessories to customise the bike, including luggage for the Adventure model.CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X tech specsCFMoto 700CL-X

Dry Weight    

183kg

Length

2100mm

Width    

860mmCFMoto 700CL-X Adventure

Height

1150mm

Wheelbase

1435mm

Seat 

800mmCFMoto 700CL-X

Clearance

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

160mm

Fuel 

13.5 litres

Front tyre

110/80-R18

Rear tyre

180/55-R17

Front brake

320mm disc, radial-mount caliperCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear brake

260mm disc, floating caliper

Forks

USD, damping adjustableCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear shock

Central shock absorber, damping adjustable

Engine 

4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline twin 

Displacement    

692.2cc

Clutch type

Slide Clutch

CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage
Heritage

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Harley launches ‘very’ limited edition models

If you thought Harley-Davidson CVO (Custom Vehicles Operations) models were exclusive, the company has now introduced and even more exclusive range called the Icons Collection. 

While CVO release three or four models in limited production every year, the Icons Collection will present only one or two models annually, with a single production run for each motorcycle model. 

Unlike CVO models, Icons model will never be resumed or repeated. 

Each Icons Collection motorcycle will be serialised, and the buyer will receive a certificate of authenticity.

It kickstarts with the Electra Glide Revival.

Only 1500 will be built, arriving in Aussie and New Zealand Harley-Davidson dealerships at $A40,495 rideaway ($NZ43,995).Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

It is inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide with Harley’s first batwing fairing and saddlebags in white moulded fibreglass.

The Electra Glide Revival replicates that look with a Birch White painted finish with Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim tank and Hi-Fi Blue fenders and side panels, plus period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender. 

It has a solo saddle with a black-and-white cover and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, which is a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s.

Chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tyres add to the nostalgic look, as do chrome front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights. 

Harley released the following model details:Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The Electra Glide Revival offers classic style, but its design and technology is absolutely modern. The foundation of the Electra Glide Revival model is the single-spar Harley-Davidson Touring frame with a rigid backbone design to sustain the weight of luggage and to support current engine power. The entire chassis is designed for the long haul. A single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers for optimal ride and control. The 49mm forks with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride.

The classic Bat Wing fairing features a tall clear windshield and a splitstream vent to help reduce rider head buffeting. Electronic cruise control holds a steady speed for comfort on long rides, while a halogen headlamp and incandescent auxiliary lamps provide outstanding illumination and maintain the nostalgic styling of the Revival model.

A Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with colour touch screen powers two fairing-mount speakers and features advanced navigation and hand and voice commands (when paired with a compatible headset) plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay software compatibility.

Also, standard is the suite of Harley-Davidson RDRS Safety Enhancements, a collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, including:

o   Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS)

o   Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)

o   Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)

o   Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS)

o   Hill Hold Control (HHC)

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Riders Academy by motoDNA provides tools for survival 

Most motorcycle road craft courses are only as good as the training on the day, but Riders Academy by motoDNA also provides riders with the tools to improve long after their street skills day-course has finished.

I recently sent our casual reviewer James Wawne for a day course in road craft at Riders Academy held at Brisbane’s historic Lakeside Driver Training Centre.

MotoDNA training
James suits up

It’s a $350 full-day course on the tight asphalt course with alternating classroom sessions followed by practical skills tests on the course.

James says the day was well run, “with an emphasis on safety balanced well with providing enough breathing room and practice iterations to push boundaries and provide real learning & tangible skill development in a safe environment”.

“The guys talked about sports psychology and their interpretation of being in a state of flow and increasing boundaries in safe increments which was useful.” he says.

Riders Academy was started by Mark “Irish” McVeigh who has been a Racer, MotoGP Engineer and a V8 Supercars Engineer.

MotoDNA training
Mark instructs praticipants

 “I’ve seen a lot of my Irish racing friends die,” he laments, giving seem credence to the adage “ride like everyone is trying to kill you.

Furthermore, Mark bases all his training courses on science and statistics, not gut feel or conspiracy theories.

So when Mark speaks, the 25 riders at the street skills course listen intently, nod in agreement and soak it in.

“The classroom sessions were instructive,” James says.

“Irish struck a nice balance between covering important elements of theory but relating it to its application and the bringing the various elements together in the real world.

“The on-track coach also pitched in with useful, practical pointers, which he then emphasised during the on-track practice sessions.”MotoDNA training

Mark pointed out early on that 50% of all motorcycle accidents are single vehicle and that riders underestimate available grip.

I’ve heard all this before, but there is a difference in how Riders Academy courses are taught.

It’s called “flow”.

Mark learnt the theories of “flow” when he was working with the Triple 8 Red Bull V8 Supercars team in Brisbane.

Basically, it’s a learning program where you take small steps at a time, pushing yourself about 5% beyond your limits. It’s also evidence driven with science and data.

The street skills course not only takes this approach during the duration of the day, but also arms the participants with the skills to continue to stretch their goals and improve as riders long afterwards.

“The course reviewed a number of useful fundamentals and then went further than you would during the process of getting your licence,” James says.

“It underscored the importance of using reference points and using them to optimise line in terms of entry, hitting the apex and exiting corners.

Motorcycle paramedics

“A few items that we practised of particular use which I will continue to practice included emergency braking, steering with your eyes and using peripheral vision.MotoDNA training

“I also plan on experimenting with my position on the bike; gripping the tank with my knees while keeping core engaged and arms relaxed while shifting my weight on the bike to increase turning efficiency.”

Riders Academy by motoDNA’s street skills course teaches cornering lines, emergency braking, hazard avoidance, slow speed control, scanning for hazards and body position.

Here’s a video showing the street skills course in action at Lakeside.

While the emphasis is on safety, it’s also fun and the skills learnt can be taken to their trackSKILLS days.

Mark says their training business ground to a halt under the pandemic, but since coming back in June, they have been busier than ever.

So click here to book early to avoid disappointment.

Riders Academy by motoDNA has a range of street and track skills courses in Sydney and Brisbane.

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Vigil for returned servicemen and women

The announcement this week of an Australia Royal Commission into veteran and serving defence member suicides has prompted organisers of a motorcycle rally to amend their plans.

The planned rally on Saturday, 24 April at 11am on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne will now become a vigil to “show respect to those veterans who have taken their lives and the family and friends affected”.

Motorcycle riders have had a long association with the defence forces in many countries. In fact, it was returned servicemen fromWorld War II who sought adrenalin and started many motorcycle clubs which are still going strong today.

Many returned servicemen find the camaraderie, adrenalin and mindfulness of riding to be helpful in handling post traumatic stress disorder.

Hundreds of riders are expected to attend the Melbourne vigil organised by the Veterans MC Victoria Chapter.

Organisers say riders need to show the Federal Government that now that the Royal Commission is called they will be making sure “every stage is done properly including the follow-up of the terms of reference, recommendations followed up”.

It will begin with a free ride from the BP at the Southbound Service Centre in Scoresby from 9am on Saturday. All riders and supporters are invited to attend

Rider will head to the Shrine of Remembrance before leaving at 10.30am for Parliament House.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter
(All images from Veterans MC Victoria Chapter Facebook page)

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AVON Trailrider Tyre Review

Avon Tyre made its first motorcycle tyre in 1911 and 110 years later the plant in Wiltshire, UK, is still going strong.

As many owners of adventure bikes will relate to, getting quality rubber in matched pairs is not as easy as road bikes, so when the CFMoto 650MT finally needed new rubber, the new Avon Trailriders appeared to be a great option.

Importer Pro Accessories provided a pair for review at a favourable price.

The triple-compound Trailriders are described as 10% offroad and 90% road.

The tread is over 5mm in the centre of the tyre and tapers off to just a couple of mm of tread depth on the edges, which offers great stability while cornering, while also offering excellent wear and grip characteristics under all conditions.

So far, they have performed extremely well in both wet and dry conditions on the road. The tyres have been exceptionally quiet, for a ‘chunky’ tread design and the stability under all conditions has been without question.

The main interest for this type of tyre is their ability to handle a dirt road and possibly less favourable conditions.

For this test, we headed south from Brisbane on the Ripley Rd with a myriad of surfaces as it winds its way through the hills towards the town of Beaudesert.

We started out with 33psi front and 35psi rear, as per the recommended road pressures, but dropped them to 27 front and 29psi rear for the dirt.

The levels of grip and predictable sliding was quite encouraging. 

I tested out the non-switchable ABS (on purpose!) and the control even at reasonable speeds and under heavy braking was excellent and controllable.

I believe the pressures could be lowered another 2psi and it would improve further.

The AVON Trailriders proved to be very capable offroad tyres, with a very comfortable ride under all conditions so far. 

We will update with wear characteristics in a few thousand kilometres.

Note: For those riders looking for a version with more offroad bias, please see AVON’s Trekrider range.

As tested:

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