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I take a look at what new and beginner riders need to think about when it comes to the Yamaha YZF-R7 as a first bike, particularly focusing on the suitability, ergonomics, rider fit and seat height, as while the bike offers features seen across many of the 650-class bikes, the big standout is being a real 'sportsbike.'

The R7 is best considered as one of the most advanced beginner options available for inexperienced riders that expands well into the intermediate bike category, and is probably not going to be the general go-to choice for all new riders.

For those with a little riding experience, joining riding at a later stage of life with a bit more maturity, or who really want a supersport 600 cc, the YZF-R7 is likely to be a great option, and certainly a far better and safer starting point than any 600 cc supersport machine.

The YZF-R7 offers some great advantages if you're into sportsbike, racing or track days, but obviously isn't the most popular setup on the road, or specifically for new riders, with most beginner aimed motorcycles instead offering upright bars and seating position, relaxed 'pegs and a comfortable seat.

The R7 is closer to what you'll see on a supersport (600cc) or superbike (1000cc) sportsbike, setting it apart.

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Having tested Yamaha's Super Tenere and Tracer 9 GT models I have a look at the two and give my thoughts on the great debate over whether adventure motorcycles are best, or whether a sport tourer will provide just as much fun.

Obviously that's going to largely come down to the type of riding you do, with an adventure motorcycle offering some additional flexibility if you do decide to get a bit more adventurous, but you may be on the fence on whether that's for you.

So are adventure bikes the new default choice, or is something like the Tracer 9 GT actually a great alternative for the more road focused riders?

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Will you fit on the GSX-S1000? The updated version of Suzuki's popular nakedbike remains an inviting machine, with a relatively low seat height, repositioned bars for a more relaxed rider triangle and an even more refined overall package, including futuristic styling.

At 180 cm and with a 32 inch inseam the GSX-S1000 fits me ideally, with a good seat to peg ratio that allows easy locking into the bike, weight through the pegs and movement across the seat, without feeling cramped.

The bars have been moved towards the rider, and ensure a relaxed position on the bike with a natural easy view down the road, and no stress on the back, neck or arms.

Add adjustable suspension to suit a wider variety of riders, a comfortable seat and an electronics package with ABS and TC and all the bases are covered for most riders.

Visit MotoHub Motorcycles in Sydney if you'd like to check one out in person and you're in the vicinity!

MotoHUB Motorcycles & Accessories
https://www.motohub.com.au/
Unit 7/4 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill NSW 2154

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How do Yamaha's YZF-R7 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400 stack up as entry level or beginner sportsbikes? Offering two very different options at vastly different prices, both bikes are sportsbike, with the newly introduced R7 offering a more purist approach but still sitting within the 650 class, while the more value driven Ninja 400 is more accessible but also more basic.

Extra performance, better brakes, better suspension and full sportsbike ergonomics are the name of the game with the R7. The Ninja 400 is a more one size fits all approach, more basic but good suspension, single front disc brake, more relaxed ergonomics, lower seat height.

Here's a run down for new and beginner riders at the differences between the two...

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Big adventure motorcycles have a bit of a reputation for being tall, heavy and a bit intimidating for smaller riders, so how does the Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 stack up in the ergos (ergonomics) and rider fit department?

By no means the shortest when it comes to seat height, the Super Tenere is still an inviting, well balanced machine, with adjustable seat height, helping suit a larger variety of riders.

An electronic system is well suited to various rider weights, or luggage and pillion loadouts, with an adjustable screen, adjustable levers and room for luggage.

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I review Suzuki's GSX-S1000, in a quick test thanks to MotoHUB Motorcycles. The bike is updated for 2022 and sharpens up the styling of the old GSX-S1000 and also smoothens out the fueling, while still offering an exceptional value package.

While a little simpler than some of the competition the strength of the latest GSX-S1000 is in the enormous value offered, with a cracker of an engine that sounds glorious and punches on strong, alongside an exceptional chassis.

Not the most impressive on the spec sheet the GSX-S1000 is one you need to ride to really appreciate.

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Worried about seat height on the KTM 390 Adventure? Check out the genuine KTM lowering kit which lowers the bike 25 mm at both ends for a more manageable package for shorter riders. Here it is just installed by Moto Hub Motorcycles in Castle Hill in Sydney, Australia.

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Yamaha's R7 LAMS or LA offers a restricted 655 cc version of the new sportsbike, designed specifically for new riders and Australia's beginner segment restrictions, a bit like the A2 system in the UK.

Priced at $1000 lower than the full power version, with a decent bit of horsepower lopped off and a little torque, the R7 LA offers all the benefits of the full version but learner legal.

Is that a noticeable difference in performance in real world terms? Not in regular riding conditions, but the bike does feel like they've taken the slightest of edges off the power delivery, and there's little doubt it's more noticeable up top, once you surpass legal road speeds.

Here's my thoughts after spending time with the R7 LA.

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I take a look at the ergonomics of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S, and general rider fit for a 180 cm, 32 inch inseam rider, and have a chat about how everything works and falls to hand and foot.

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I take a look at the seat height, rider fit and general ergonomics of the Harley-Davidson Sportster S, focusing on the rider triangle, feel and fit onto and into the bike.

The Sportster S is a typical cruiser with a low seat height, a surprisingly light weight all things considered and a high-spec suspension loadout. The overall position is compact, upright and for me at 180 cm/32 inch inseam easy to lock into for an engaging ride.

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The Tenere 700 or T7 is well known, but what about it's bigger brother, the Super Tenere 1200? Offering everything a big adventure bike should, with good sporty capabilities, plus two-up comfort and performance, the Super Tenere is very much the do everything machine, so here's my review.

Features on the Super Tenere include electronic suspension, a 270 degree parallel-twin engine, four-pot brakes, adjustable screen, side mounted radiators, rear rack and pannier mounting points, ride modes and traction control, covering all the big features, if lacking some of the newer electronic systems.

Value is also a strong point of contention, with many of the ADVs getting increasingly expensive, with spoked but tubeless wheels a nice feature to sweeten that deal.

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I have a quick chat about my thoughts on the Harley-Davidson Low Rider S and Sporster S, and how they compare in 2022, offering two very different options if you're after a Harley cruiser.

The Low Rider S runs the Milwaukee-Eight 117, the top of the line traditional powerplant from Harley, and is very much the traditional machine. The Sportster S in comparison runs the Revolution Max 1250, a full electronics suite and takes things in a sportier direction.

So 2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S vs Low Rider S, which is the better bike?

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I put Harley-Davidson's 2022 Low Rider S to the test in this motorcycle review, with this beast offering the top-spec Milwaukee-Eight 117 powerplant for those riders looking for the best traditional Harley performance off the show room floor.

Dual disc brakes, non-adjustable suspension, a comfortable seat, traditional styling and relaxed ergos all add to the overall package, with Harley ensuring this Low Rider is ready for anything.

A low seat height is inviting, large fuel tank ensures plenty of range, and bucketfuls of torque will keep the grin on your face, with a twist of the throttle all that's needed.

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I take a look at the rider fit and ergonomics on Yamaha's triple-cylinder sports-tourer, the Tracer 9 GT, which comes equipped with electronic suspension and room for two.

It's also worth noting the bike is fitted with the Yamaha comfort seat, which is non-standard, boosting comfort overall.

For reference I'm 180 cm, with a 32 inch inseam.

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I spend a bit of time with the Harley-Davidson Sportster S to get a better look at how it stacks up in real world conditions, including through nicer riding roads and at higher speeds, with the bike continuing to impress.

Performance is staggering, refined and rev happy, where the older style Harley engines are much more restrained in the rev-range department, but adds a sporty edge.

Adjustable suspension is well suited to the machine, with Brembo providing a good brake system, if just a single disc at the front. A TFT display and full electronics package will also keep the tech heads happy and offers some additional safety aids.

As a premium hyper-cruiser the Sportster S stacks up well and continues to impress.

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I take a look at the OEM fitment hard panniers found on the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT, focusing on storage space, how they fit, locking capabilities and usability.

Overall the Yamaha hard panniers are waterproof, lockable, will fit a full face helmet on each side, and are easily locked to the bike and removed. As a standard inclusion to the Tracer 9 GT they are ideal for those looking to do longer trips and who need generous storage.

A key matched to the bike also adds to the convenience factor, and it's an elegant solution with a simple fitment system. Removing the bags takes about five-seconds, and locking them back on maybe 15-seconds.

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While testing out Yamaha's Tracer 9 GT we took an overnight adventure to the Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains zoo in Dubbo, making the trip from Sydney.

If you're looking for a swish two day trip with an easy amount of riding out of Sydney, plus a great place to visit then this one might be for you.

On the pricey end of things for a night away, the Zoofari Lodge experience includes a night of glamping, dinner and breakfast (both impressive) as well as some cool behind the scenes tours of the zoo at night and before it officially opens, to get a closer look at some of the animals.

Zoofari Lodge:
https://www.taronga.org.au/dubbo-zoo/accommodation/zoofari-lodge

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Harley-Davidson have revealed details on their new model for 2022, the Nightster, introducing a new 975 cc Revolution Max engine that was originally teased in the Bronx concept, with pricing also announced.

Sitting below the Sportster S, the Nightster offers some of the technology and a more modern engine, but does away with the IMU and dials down the specifications somewhat.

Pricing isn't that far off the Sportster S though, which doesn't seem to quite align with the gulf in specs and inclusions between the two models, however it is a far more traditional offering in many respects, which may be more popular.

Here's a new model run down and overview with US, Australian and New Zealand pricing...

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I thought I’d quickly cover the two new Royal Enfield special editions that have just had pricing revealed to celebrate the manufacturer’s 120th anniversary.

They are the 120th Anniversary Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, with Royal Enfield’s twins chosen as the motorcycles to receive the special treatment.

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I borrow the 2022 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT from YMA and share my test thoughts on how this revamped sports tourer stacks up. Highlights include the newest gen CP3 triple-cylinder engine, electronic suspension, extensive electronics package, heated grips, cruise control, adjustable screen and standard panniers (keeping in mind this is the GT review!).

A quickshift is also included as part of the package, and the Tracer 9 GT handles two up touring and sport touring with absolute ease, making it a bike you'll want to get away on every weekend.

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Having a look at the rider fit and ergonomics of Yamaha's new R7, focusing on seat height, seat-bar-pegs triangle, comfort, locking into the bike and more, with a 180 cm rider, with 32 inch inseam.

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I take a look at the ergonomics of the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber, which offers a low seat height and ultra-inviting rider fit, that should be suitable for most riders.

That combines to create an easy handling package, easy reach to the ground, upright and commanding seating position, with a comfortable seat. For a 'Bobber' style machine that's a great combination, which doesn't trade off usability and comfort for style.

That seat height is an inviting 785 mm, while I'm a 180 cm tall rider, with a 32 inch inseam for comparison.

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Taking a look at the Cardo Freecom 4+ (Plus) I'll be installing in my Shoei Hornet ADV helmet!

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