A great first mod for new riders, whether you fit it yourself or get a shop to do it before picking the bike up, is crash protection. That way if the worst happens and you drop your bike, have a small off, or someone else knocks it over, you've generally greatly reduced the damage and any repair costs.

Especially on road bikes replacing painted scratched panels, cases and similar can be pricey, and if it's your pride and joy, you're less inclined to just leave it damaged. With the right crash protection you might just end up with some light scuffing on the protection and maybe your bar-ends if you're lucky.

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I had the opportunity to test out Harley-Davidson's new Sportster S around Sydney's CBD, with the quick test offering a glimpse of what's on offer from the new machine.

Very much throwing off the traditional Harley approach the Sportster S offers heaps of performance, high spec suspension and brakes, an inviting seat height, great rideability and package anyone could enjoy.

Images and footage courtesy of Harley-Davidson Australia.

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Kawasaki's KLR650 received an update for 2021/2022 and the new version arrives with fuel injection, less power, more torque, more weight, and a beefed up front braking system, splitting opinion on the updates.

However the KLR650 retains the ultra competitive price and everything needed to be a reliable, do-everything adventure machine, that may not meet the modern ADV interpretation which increasingly adds tech and high spec features, but goes back to the basics of adventure riding. That's long travel suspension, the ergonomics to cover long distances, a tractable engine and an overall package that'll take you places.

In the KLR650 Adventure as tested you add crash bars, panniers, auxiliary lights, DC and USB power outlets and you're ready for even bigger adventures.

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Quick video of the fitment of a GYTR rear brake rotor guard to my Yamaha WR250R. This is a really easy job, three bolts, two parts, bolt on and you're ready to go. The mounting bolts are not included however, so you will need to source those yourself.

Should be able to source one of these guards from your local Yamaha dealer or the Y-Shop (here in Australia) or the official Yamaha accessory website.

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