25 July 2021

Giddy Up Gippsland


Like Rumplestiltskin waking from a Covid Coma, Victorians are ready to rock and roll. And what better place to restart our road riding repertoire than Gippsland in autumn.

Words: Roderick Eime Photos: Roderick Eime, Ces deSouza, Peter Washington

Poor Victoria. It may be the home of AFL and the birthplace of Australia’s coffee culture, but 2020 saw the southern state endure the harshest lockdown restrictions with the crippling 112-day isolation pushing folks to the brink. 

21 July 2021

Anzac Day ride into the NSW and Victorian High Country [video]

Inveterate rider and friend of the MotorWeb, Paul 'Digger' Davies, heads into the wilds again in search of fresh air and wide-open spaces. What does he find? Read on.

Work has given me four days off in a row. So I rallied the troops for a weekend of cautious legal speed limit adventure riding. I am not sure if it's David's mystery road navigation techniques or the fact it's getting cold but only a few were keen. 

19 July 2021

Happy 75 Vespa: Ain't no cuter Scooter

Celebrating more than 70 years in continuous production, Italy’ iconic Vespa still cuts a stylish line through the world’s back alleys and side streets.

Words: Roderick Eime

When Audrey Hepburn’s character, Princess Anya, wobbled and swerved her way around the busy piazzas in the 1953 classic romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, little did she know what a cultural icon she was about to create both for herself and the machine.

05 July 2021

Harley-Davidson takes the high road to adventure.


Milwaukee’s all-new Pan America adventure bike certainly has people talking. Everyone has an opinion about this so-called ‘departure’ for The Motor Company. But is it?

Words: Roderick Eime Pics: Harley-Davidson/Mark Watson

When the Davidson boys and Mr Harley embarked on their momentous motorcycle journey nearly 120 years ago, America was a vastly different place. Motorcycles became a popular form of personal transport because they were convenient, affordable and able to deal with the roads (I use the term loosely) of early 20th century America. Just.s

04 July 2021

Tamworth: No Strings Attached

Even some of the locals are over the yodelling and pedal steel guitars. HOG member and history nerd, Roderick Eime explores another side of Tamworth and the surrounding region.

There wouldn't be too many Heavy Duty readers who haven’t done Thunderbolt’s. But even so, we thought it was time for a refresher and the crisp Autumn weather and a sparkling Street Glide Special were hard to refuse.

Many of you, we know, will be heading this way for the forthcoming National Thunder Rally scheduled for October, so a quick ‘recce’ was in order to endorse the route as a viable alternative to the busy New England Highway.

A quick call to frequent riding pal, David Reeves, and the Softail Deluxe was dusted off and made ready for the journey north.

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