Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 13 Motorcycles for 2015

This post was originally featured on Experimental Ghost's blog as a return favour for a cracking guest post he wrote for me, but I feel it's worth the recap as we head into the New Year and shit-tonne of exciting new motorcycles in 2015.

First of all, a bit about me. I grew up in rural South Australia moving around with my parents as they opened restaurants and fish and chip shops until they retired; we were always a motorbike family. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

That one time I lost my nerve

Howdy, Last time we spoke I talked about not giving up after an off, you can catch up on it here if you haven’t read it yet, this will make more sense if you do.

Conversely there was this one time when I did give it away. For a few years. Hangs head in shame.

So I'd like to share another short story with you about losing your nerve.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BMW S1R: How to fit your tecbike exhaust cover

Herroooo! Here are my step by step instructions for fitting the TecBike Exhaust cover to the BMW S1000R, not that you really need em!

I did find the included German instructions slightly more confusing than Ikea, but after translating them I thought this might save someone else the hassle.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A story about a boy and a motorcycle off

G’day. I was cruising a 90km slab of freeway the other day talking to myself, reminiscing about a story of a 'motorcycle off*' I had as a kid, I was musing why I never gave up after that off.

It was a rip snorter that almost killed me (well sort of, a friendship paid the price) so without further ado I’d like share a story with you, about a boy and a motorcycle off.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BMW S1000R: Technology Farkles

I'm thinking about a long ride covering a few thousand kms, and I've got some farkles on the brain to satisfy before I splitski.

This time though I'm thinking about updates to technology. I've done long rides before, when I picked up the Ducati back at the start of 2013 I rode from Queensland to Melbourne with nothing but a roll bag and a shit helmet.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The BMW S1000R: Adaptation

I’ve only ticked over around 2,000kms on the S1R (BMW S1000R) now, and I'm slowly adding to that number day by day now that I have left full time work and gone freelance.

I’ve worked and planned hard to get here too, both my bikes are paid for, I don’t have any pressing bills and now is the time to take a risk and do something for me.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Don’t be a brand wanker

I used to be a brand wanker. I didn’t know it at the time and it took a long time to understand what that meant, and it’s taken me years of following motorcycling lifestyle to work it out.

So what is a brand wanker? I'll let Leonardo explain.

Monday, November 3, 2014

BMW S1000R - the first 500kms

Hallå! It’s been a slow start getting on board the new BMW S1000R, least of all because I’ve gone from riding twins for the past ten years.

On delivery day the flu hit me. I could feel it taking me down in real time, I just managed to get to the dealer, pick up the bike and ride straight to the GP who gave me a double dose of antibiotics and said ‘go to bed’. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest post: Some thoughts on motorcycle chains

This is a guest post written by Rob Thijssen.

First, do you really want a chain drive system?

Chains are fiddly mechanisms.

They require regular cleaning, maintenance and occasional replacement.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Guest Post: The Group Ride Motorcycle Brief

This is a guest post written by Jason On.

If you haven't guess yet, I ride a sportbike. An SV1000s, to be specific.

What I love about the bike is, not only can it keep up with the hyperbikes in the twisties of Colorado, but it's comfortable enough for commuting and longer rides. Especially after I replaced the stock seat with a Corbin one.

Riding by Voice - Bauhn FDC-01

It’s been more than 30 years, this love affair between me and my motorcycles, and I don’t foresee it ever ending. In that time I’ve tried many types of motorcycling and many variations of gadget to go with them - but the one thing I have always resisted is riding with music in my helmet.

Wearing earphones, earbuds or mounting proper speakers into my lid has always been given a wide birth. Until now. 

Head Up Display technology for motorcycles

There has been gaining momentum lately surrounding HUD (Head Up Displays) for motorcyclists. The race is on and everyone wants to be ‘first’ with a HUD integrated within a helmet.

Most notably gaining traction is the Skully AR-1 helmet which is also, nearing production. Originally crowd-funded on IndieGoGo with a modest goal of raising $250,000, as at time of writing they managed to raise a massive $2.2M and have gone on to taking pre-orders and a very strong interest in the motorcycling community.   

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Exclusive coupon code offer - Ruste custom jeans tailoring

G’day! In a Daily Biker world first (haha) I’m excited to be able to offer you a Coupon Code for a 10% discount on checkout on all orders from Ruste.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trial & error with action cams by a motorcyclist

Alright there? Hang on for my little story of trial and error with action cams for motorcycling.

During the numerous years and alternating levels of interest between infatuation, and 'meh' I have tried almost all of the action cams you have heard of, and some you can't find a brand name on.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trial & error with action cams by a motorcyclist

Alright there? Hang on for my little story of trial and error with action cams for motorcycling.

During the numerous years and alternating levels of interest between infatuation, and 'meh' I have tried almost all of the action cams you have heard of, and some you can't find a brand name on. To be honest, I reckon it's a total nightmare to navigate what's good and what's not. Why?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Motorcycle clothes for hipsters

I love a good bit of kit for my motorcycle adventures, don't get me wrong, I've got stacks of it. Jackets, jeans, boots, I even had a Dainese Gortex suit...

so I have either one of two things, no right to comment, or some experience to call a duck a duck when I see one.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dan's Tips for Buying Used Motorcycles


Thinking of buying a used motorcycle?

Not done it before?

I've bought lots of used bikes and a few new, have had heaps of help from mates along the way, and I'm getting better at it. So I wanted to put together a list of tips for buying used motorcycles.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Motorcycling Victoria Supermotard Come & Try Day

I’ve always wanted to have a crack on a race track, a proper race track, but I never had a second bike and I always made excuses that I didn’t want to crash my Ducati or worse, write-off my only bike.

Then the DRZ came along and I finally got my act together to just do it.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Did I tell you? I can fly

I felt a fleeting sensation of flying the other day. I was riding my DRZ in total anger and I was admittedly, riding a bit hard and in the right gear at the right time as I hit that hump in the road and popped the front wheel right up and almost 12 o’clocked it down the road - and there it was - weightless, balance, harmony.

It felt like I was flying.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Why I traded Ducati for a BMW

I've done a back flip. Not one of those real back flips in freestyle motocross, more like a metaphorical back flip. I've traded Ducati for a BMW. You see I've been a bit of a Ducati fanboy in the past. Like those annoying Apple fan-boys that line up for the next iPhone, wait...uh-oh I've done that once too. I'm not liking where this story is going but I'll continue.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Supermoto racing from the GoPro

More action cam captured adrenaline pumping fun Supermoto racing, this time from Denmark and Japan.

I think I've got the bug.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Electric Motorcycles Uncaged

Electric bikes look sure to be the future of motorcycling, but could they signal the end of the combustion engine as we know it?

Irresistible power, instant torque, ridiculous speed - just twist and go. Batteries are getting better, engines like those found in the Zero produce 90% less emissions and have low cost, low maintenance drive trains that produce minimal heat signature, making them ideal for many applications.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Just another sunny Sunday

This week off work has been a hoot, I've done plenty of motorcycling related activity and a bit of riding, but nothing beats putting the final touches on a project and looking up to find a perfectly sunny day for a ride to test that new project out.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Immersion: everything motorcycles

I’ve had a whole week off of work, thanks to Easter, public holidays combined with three days annual leave, making it ten in a row.

And I spent it entirely focussed on motorcycles. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why I won't buy another Ducati with a keyless ignition

I've got a bone to pick with you Ducati. If there is one thing you do wrong, it is this. Keyless ignition. I just don't get it. A bike needs a key.

It's the one sole thing that dampens my spirit about the Multistrada. I've lost one key. It was a horrible experience. Luckily I had been told about the PIN emergency start feature or I would have been forked.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tools and a shed: a moto spiritual awakening

I’ve always touted that I am a mechanical luddite. Don’t give me a wrench and ask me to fix something without expecting also expecting to have to fix something later on.

Truth is, I’ve never been interested in working on motorcycles before. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Final stage DRZ 400 makeover: Yoshimura RS-4

This has been a long time coming. I originally ordered it in Feb and it's now April, but it's been worth the wait.

It was custom fabricated for me by Yoshimura in Japan so that makes it special.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Arai Dual Sport XD 4 helmet long term review

I’ve had a dual sport Arai XD 4 for around two years now, I bought one at the  time when I was riding a Hypermotard. We got a good discount, so save your bobbsie twins remarks for someone else :D

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

KTM 1290 Super Duke R first impressions

When I saw this online I immediately signed up. Going in store at Peter Stevens in the city is nothing but a hard core sales pitch so I was glad I could just enter some details and sign up online for a test ride.

It's been on my radar for months, no demo bike in site until, finally KTM produced the goods! So here are my first my first impressions of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ducati announce Multistrada D-Air airbag jacket system

Ducati recently announced a new Multistrada Model - the Multistrada D-Air which incorporates a first in a wirelessly integrated airbag jacket system.

No word on whether or not this system will retrofit to existing models but I’d say that’s a big no at this point, given the electronics including the dash are all built specific to the suit and this model of Multi.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Making the stock DRZ 400 mirrors disappear for $25

I'd had enough of the stock mirrors on the DRZ, totally obstructing the view making it feel clumsy and 'special'.

But, with a failed delivery on some Highway Dirt Bike mirrors I was at a loss as to what to replace them with.

Then I stumbled across these little understated handguard mirrors for $28 USD a pair on Motostrano

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fitting Oxford Heated Grips on a Kawasaki Ninja

This is a guest post written by a friend Gordon Murphy.

I've recently installed my heated grips onto the Kawasaki Ninja Z1000. Much neater install than my previous job on my GS500.

Thought I'd take a few photos and share with you all incase anyone is thinking about installing themselves.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moar Amazing Motorcycle GIFS

It seems to me that us motorcyclists really like our gifs.

By far some of the most popular posts on the internet revolve around these short animations.

And they just keep getting better.

I started with the first Top Motorcycle gifs and since then I’ve worked hard at finding and saving up another ten awesome motorcycle gifs for your viewing pleasure.

Again, watch the load time if you are on a mobile/cell network.

These babies suck data!

Goes Under

Girl on a Motorbike

Incredible Downhill

Twilight fans, close your eyes

The coolest dog, ever


Anonymous Rider

Standup Fail

Not Superman, just planking

The Dance of the Bikes

HT to this moto-racing Tumblr blog for rounding up some of these most excellent motorcycle gifs.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Choosing an exhaust for a Suzuki DRZ 400

Secretly I knew this would happen all along; I don’t know about you, but in my house bike ‘new ideas/projects’ have to slip in quietly, gently at the right time…

'oh it’s just a little dirt bike….

I’ll just get it registered’ no mention of the 'just get an exhaust for it' etc.

It's a slippery slope.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Best Motorcycle gifs

Ever since the creation of Google+, google’s social network and answer to Facebook, I have been becoming increasingly fond of the gif.

Gifs are a series of images stitched together from a film and uploaded into a short animation that generally plays on a loop. I find them particularly amusing, mesmerising and they almost always make me laugh.

So I have collected ten of the best motorcycle related gifs for your viewing pleasure. HT to the Google+ World Motorcycling Community for providing some of the best of the best.

Apologies in advance for the load time, one disadvantage of the gif is file size. Each one is around 3-5MB.

Endless Tron Loop

Fist Bump

Slow motion


Caldwell Park


High Five


Friday, February 28, 2014

2013 Australian Motorcycle Sales Infographic

I've always enjoyed the visual perspective that Infographics give to statistics.

I thought about that in the sense of motorcycle statistics recently so I decided to hire a graphic designer to create one for me to see how it turned out.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shoei GT Air helmet review

Having piled on around 7,000kms of wearing since May 2013 when purchased, I thought it about time to dish out the goods on a long term review of an outstanding touring helmet - the Shoei GT-Air,

I'm going to break it down by 'factors that usually annoy Dan' in the following sub sections, starting with my favourite all time number one helmet-rage factor. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The bikers dictionary

Bikies have a language of their own, some of it is practical but a lot of it is a certain reckless slang applied to the English language.

Most of all, it's a lot of fun and, you might even learn something (some of them are REAL).

This post list was on Ducatiblog last year but I reckon it's worth updating for this new site.

Feel free to add yours in the comments section to get included.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Safety conscious fashion tips for the anti-SQUID

We see them on our daily rides sometimes, memes are full of em and I dare say that if you are reading this then there is a percentage chance that at some point in your riding history, you have been a SQUID, or at least part squid (Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Imminently Dead).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

10 things learnt touring the hottest city on Earth

Adelaide, South Australia. Recently named the hottest city on Earth after it recorded three consecutive days above 43.5C. As luck would have it, this was exactly I to ride through the guts of it with a group of mates.

Here are ten things I learnt from that experience.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stage one makeover: DRZ 400 better beater

It had to happen.

I knew I couldn't ride it around long and not do something to it. So I'm into round one of the makeover, it's on the road and I reckon it's looking pretty respectable.

For a beater.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

ADR: Day 2 - Port McDonnell to Port Elliot

Like all good plans, mine to blog at the end of each day were foiled by poor Internet connections and a touch of exhaustion, so I'll catch up in days to come.

Day 2 was a shorter day, with a sleep in and departure time of 8am from Pt McDonnell and a final destination of a beachside back packers on the coastal town of Port Elliot for accommodation.

Not the only gay in the village

My heart leapt into my mouth. Did you say gay sportbike rider? You mean, I'm not the only one in the village?

A good few weeks ago now, I’m reading one of my favourite websites Ride Apart, which I think is the best motorcycle blog/websites coming out of the US of A now, independent and opinionated, open and inclusive. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ADR 8 Day 1 - Melbourne to Port McDonnell

It's finally here! Wahoo! The 8th annual Australia Day Ride.

This year we started off with a pack of 13 riders and kicked off early from Melbourne with the final night destination being Port McDonnell on the coast of SA.

ADR: Day 3 - Port Elliot to Mildura

Today started out hot and got progressively hotter until it felt like riding on molten lava while trapped inside firefighter's gear.

At 110 km an hour the wind was creating the impression of wearing Dr Who's scarf that had been cooked in the microwave on High for 2 mins.

It was hot.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stocking my 'Dream Shed'

It's important to have dreams, they keep us pushing ourselves to be better.

This week I'm doing a response to BanditRiders ultimate ‘Dream Shed’.

After some confusion over terminology around sheds and garages I decided to publish my list too.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Guest Post: Winter Service for Summer

This is a guest post written by Brett Ladbrook from NZ who rides a modified GSX with sidecar.

Well it’s that time of the year again.

Winter. Mornings of -2 or -3 degree frosts, wicked southerlies and the occasional snow flurry. Rego and WOF has run out so time to take the bike off the road and give it a winter service.

Who you callin' fugly?

This is a guest post written by Adam aka The Experimental Ghost.

G'day! When you meet someone for the first time, that first 30 seconds can make or break any hope of a friendship you might have with said person. I ought to know, I've scared off quite a few people...
Can't think why though?

12 reasons to ride a motorbike to work

I've been riding to work pretty solid for the last 8+ years and I wouldn't change that for quids, so I put together my top reasons for riding to work every day.

Let's check em out.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What does life after a Ducati Multistrada look like?

If I have a hobby I’d have to say it is flipping cars and bikes; I’ve lost count of how many cages I’ve bought and sold in my life, but it would reckon it to be more than 20, and at least as many motorbikes.

Flipping cages is easier than flipping bikes, I can usually spot a bargain and make something out of it after a tenure in my possession and have done so with many of my cars. 

14 classic rookie mistakes

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Whether you got started on a farm when you were a kid, or your first bike was a scooter until you passed your LAMS, everyone has to start somewhere.

And how do we learn? We make mistakes and we do stoopid things.

Here is a list of simple rookie motorcycling mistakes that you can study and master.