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A short and sweet Gold Coast ride

There are many great Gold Coast routes to explore that are short and sweet, yet can be meandered and enjoyed over several hours, says local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes, 45. Here he has selected a favourite called the Panorama/Beechmont/Clagiraba circuit that can be ridden in under two hours.  For this ride, I left the …

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Is a local motorcycle tour guide better?

Some riders on an overseas motorcycle tour prefer a guide from their native country while others prefer a tour guide from the country in which they are travelling. I can understand the attraction of a tour guide from your own country as you share the same language, culture, interests, sense of humour, tastes in food, …

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Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours has smart extras

Motorcycle tour guides are usually smart people with a lot of practical tricks that make your journey easier and Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours owner Enrico Grassi is no different. When we arrived in Rome for his Tuscany and Umbria Tour on Friday, he presented us with a welcome package. Smart extras It included a …

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2018-KTM-Adventure-Rallye KTM Australia has issued a video teaser of its forthcoming full-length feature film about its recent Adventure Rallye, including chopper rescues of several crashed riders.

KTM Rallye video shows rider rescues

KTM Australia has issued a video teaser of its forthcoming full-length feature film about its recent Adventure Rallye, including chopper rescues of several crashed riders. The short teaser video doesn’t shy away from the obvious “adventure” or danger of the third annual KTM Australia Adventure Rallye. Rider rescues Instead, it shows the harsh terrain and rescues …

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Choosing the best bike for a motorcycle tour

One of the most important decisions when booking a motorcycle tour is choosing the right bike to ride on the tour. Some companies only offer one type or model of bike, but Hear the Road Italian Motorcycle Tours boss Enrico Grassi offers quite a diverse range of motorcycles. Tuscany motorcycle tour Enrico has invited Mrs …

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Tips for motorcycle riding in Europe

Riding in Europe can be a delight, exhilaratingly fast, frustratingly slow, confusing, challenging and even expensive. The continent is as big as Australia or the USA so there is a wide variety of road rules, climates and road types. If you plan to travel through several countries in Europe, you should study the road rules, …

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Motorcycle tours for people with disabilities

Motorcycle tours for people with disabilities

A veteran Toowoomba rider is hoping to establish a motorcycle tour business for people with disabilities as well as tourists and anyone interested in a riding tour as a passenger. Mick Jackson has also designed a special sidecar to accommodate people with disabilities and their carers. “I ran a trial motorcycle tour business in Toowoomba …

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Camping tent coffee, Jason Barton

Getting a cup of coffee in the outback

Getting a good coffee is one of the joys on the road for a rider, writes Jason Barton* and an outback coffee can be a very rare luxury, indeed! Jason’s touring luxuries Along with carrying tins of tuna flavoured with cracked black pepper and lemon, one of my simple luxuries on long-distance motorcycle journeys is …

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The power of the tent on a motorcycle trip

Stopping and setting up camp seems contradictory for someone riding around Australia, but Jason Barton* says stopping and setting up a tent can be one of the greatest pleasures travel provides. Jason’s story This is especially true when motorcycling which, in a way, may actually seem to be contradictory. Riding is often about embracing the …

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