Black Dog Ride Penrith 2019

The Black Dog Ride is held simultaneously around the country in March each year. It’s primary goal is to raise awareness to Depression and Suicide Prevention.

I attended the Black Dog Ride 2019 here in Penrith in Sydney’s West, to offer my support to a very worthy cause.

Arriving in Penrith at 0630 on a Sunday morning, the rain was absolutely torrential, however that didn’t stop over 300 riders participating in the day, for Black Dog. After a good social catch up the start over a hot coffee, then a riders briefing, then off they rode, into the rain.

Approximately 2 hours of riding led them back to the Wallacia Hotel for Lunch, an Auction to raise Funds, and then some partying to a local band.

**If you, or someone you know needs help, here is some links that might be of use: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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Kawasaki Z900RS vs Z900RS Cafe

I wanted to compare the Kawasaki Z900RS with the Z900RS Cafe. So this week I wanted to go and check out the Black Dog Ride course so I can plan my video shoot for the 17th March, and when James from Penrith Motorcycle centre offered to come with me and for us to take the 2 different Z900RS models available, I jumped at the chance.

So I jumped on the Z900RS with the Jaffa paint scheme and off we went. The Black Dog Ride course is great, but the Z900RS was just exceptional. I really love this bike and it has a lot to offer. Good retro styling with all the modern day safety, performance and convenience.

After an hour or so we pulled over, and James handed me the keys to his personal Z900RS Cafe and off we went again. There is no mechanical differences between the two bikes, mainly just body positioning differences due to the sportier handlebars, peg positions a little further back and the front fairing. For me though, the Jaffa colored Z900RS wins my head and my heart.

Thanks to Penrith Motorcycle Centre http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/

For more info of the Black Dog Ride go here https://www.blackdogride.com.au/

Z900RS Cafe review here https://youtu.be/WAI2BHF2vBU

 

Z900RS Specs here Model Z900RS ZR900CKFA/B

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four Displacement 948 cm³ Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm

Compression Ratio 10.8:1 Valve System DOHC 16 valves

Fuel System Fuel Injection, 36 mm x 4 with sub throttles valves Ignition Digital Starting Electric

Transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder and Assist & Slipper Clutch

Frame Trellis high tensile steel Suspension – front 41 mm cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension – rear Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Wheel travel – front 120 mm Wheel travel – rear 140 mm

Brakes – front Dual 300 mm semi-floating petal discs.

Dual radial-mount monobloc opposed 4-piston calipers, ABS Brakes – rear Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston caliper, ABS Tyre Size- front 120/70-ZR17 (58W) Tyre Size- rear 180/55-ZR17 (73W) L x W x H 2,100 x 865 x 1,050 mm

Wheelbase 1,470 mm

Ground Clearance 130 mm Seat height 835 mm

Fuel capacity 17 litres Curb Mass 214 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at optimum levels)

Max Power 82.0 kW @ 8,500 rpm

Max Torque 98.5 N.m @ 6,500 rpm

Colour/s Candytone Brown with Candytone Orange or Metallic Matte Covert Green and Flat Ebony type 2

Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Kilometres

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2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE review

Picking up the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE from Penrith Motorcycle Centre to head up into the Blue Mountains to give it a really good run. All in all the Versys 1000 SE is an amazing Tourer and very comfortable.

Kawasaki have really nailed this model, creating enough sportyness and comfort to blend into the ultimate touring bike.

Book a test ride at Penrith Motorcycle Centre http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/

139 Blaikie Road, Penrith NSW 2750 tel:0247214439

Boasting even greater comfort and versatility, Kawasaki proudly presents a new model designed to offer maximum riding enjoyment across a wide variety of street riding situations like the 2015-2018 Versys 1000 before them. Whether riding solo or two up, around the corner or around the globe, this fun-to-ride road sports bike’s combination of a highly responsive In-Line Four engine tuned for flexibility, and a nimble chassis fitted with dynamic suspension will have riders grinning from ear to ear. Its relaxed, upright riding position offers a high level of machine control, and is complemented by a highly comfortable seat and good wind protection, making it easy to spend a long time in the saddle. Change your view and ride the Kawasaki VERSYS 1000 SE; comfort and performance. The new model benefits from numerous upgrades that add to both riding exhilaration and touring potential. The engine now boasts Electronic Throttle Valves, which enable the addition of Electronic Cruise Control. And the addition of advanced Kawasaki IMU equipped rider support systems contributes to riding enjoyment as well as rider confidence Read full Specs here, https://kawasaki.com.au/shop/motorcyc…

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Royal Enfield 650 Twins review

The Royal Enfield Twins have finally landed in Australia and today I got to spend the afternoon on both Continental GT 650 Cafe Racer and the Interceptor 650 from Royal Enfield. James from Penrith Motorcycle center popped these 2 bikes in the van and drove them to the Northern Beaches for me to test.
http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/ 139 Blaikie Road, Penrith NSW 2750 tel:0247214439
ENGINE Type: Air/oil-cooled, SOHC, eight-valve, four-stroke parallel-twin
Capacity: 648cc Bore x stroke: 78mm x 67.8mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection PERFORMANCE Claimed maximum power: 47hp (34.6kW) at 7100rpm
Claimed maximum torque: 52Nm at 4000rpm
TRANSMISSION Type: Six-speed Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Final drive: Chain CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR Frame: Tubular steel double cradle Front suspension: 41mm fork, non-adjustable Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
Front brakes: Single 320mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Tyres: Pirelli Phantom Sport – 100/90-18 front, 130/70-18 rear
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES Claimed dry weight: 202kg
Seat height: 804mm
Wheelbase: 1400mm Length: 2122mm
Fuel capacity: 13.7 litres
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Dutton Garage and Mid Life Cycles visit

On a recent visit to Melbourne I took the opportunity to visit 2 iconic motoring locations while I was there. Being a new owner of a Royal Enfield motorcycle I wanted to visit Mid Life Cycles to check out their bikes and buy some Royal Enfield merchandise to set the scene. So a 30 minute walk from our hotel, through the sporting precinct, past Rod Laver Arena and the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on the Eastern side of the Melbourne CBD we arrived in Cremorne to have a look at the showroom.

Afterwards we walked a further 20 minutes to Richmond to find a warehouse in a back street across the railway line, that housed Dutton Garage. Here at Dutton Garage there were so many Supercars, Classic Cars and Sports Cars that I could not believe it. To top it off all these cars are for sale too. There were Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Ford Gt, Mustang and McLaren to name a few. Truly my dream garage.

After spending quite some time looking and dreaming it was time to head back into Melbourne with a nice walk along the Yarra River and into the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival for a good meal and to head home.

Mid Life Cycles website is MID LIFE CYCLES

Dutton Garage Website is DUTTON GARAGE

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The Black Dog Ride 2019 – Interview with Jason Kennedy

The Black Dog Ride is a nation wide motorcycle event that occurs on the 3rd Sunday of March each year.

It’s goal is to promote awareness and help for Suicide Prevention and Depression.

Jason Kennedy is the Penrith co-ordinator for Black Dog Ride, which I’ll be attending this year.

To find out more about the Black Dog Ride go here BLACK DOG RIDE

Thank you to Penrith Motorcycle Centre for allowing me to film in your shop. Check them out here PENRITH MOTORCYCLE CENTRE

Deus Ex Machina (Custom Motorcycle Shop visit)

Deus Ex Machina Customs started in Australia in 2006. Started with some custom motorcycles then grew into the international retail and custom lifestyle leaders.

Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West, is the original, custom motorcycle builders garage, along with a hugely popular Cafe/Restaurant on the same property.

After a delicious Deus Ex Machina breakfast, I walked next door to the Deus Ex machina show room to check out the amazing custom motorcycles and to buy a couple of Deus T-Shirts too.

If you are in Sydney be sure to visit, If you are from over seas definitely put this place on your list of MOTO destinations to visit.

Full of Cafe racer style bikes (Scrambler, Tracker)

Deus Customs and Cafe
98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
(02) 8594 2828
http://deuscustoms.com

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2018 X-Class Mercedes-Benz (Review and Driving Impressions)

This Mercedes-Benz X-Class review comes from a very rainy and miserable Central Coast.

This is Mercedes-Benz’s first attempt at the lucrative Dual Cab, 4WD Ute market, and they have done a great job with the X-Class.

There are many more improvements coming this year with a larger, more powerful V6 Diesel engine punching out up to 180KW and 550 Nm of torque.

Exciting times ahead for Mercedes-Benz Australia.

Visit our friends at http://www.mbgosford.com.au/ to test drive the all new Mercedes-Benz X-Class now.
Mercedes-Benz Gosford
373 Mann Street, Gosford, 2250
T: 02 4320 0922

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2018 Toyota Corolla in OZ by August (NEWS)

TOYOTA BOOSTS COROLLA HATCH PERFORMANCE

**Power increase, better economy for new petrol engine**
**New manual and CVT transmissions**
**Hybrid variants across the range**
Toyota’s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyota’s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.

While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

2018 Corolla Interior

The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.

Its innovations include the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.

New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.

The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current model’s single hybrid variant.

The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy.

Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.

This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*

Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.

A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.

Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.

“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” Mr Hanley said.

“With its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,” he said.

Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.

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* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist is a driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

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