One of my biggest questions in life has finally been answered. But is a long story- I don’t like to keep things short…
My favourite television program is Australian Masterchef. I must say- this program has changed my perception of the Australian people a lot. As a proud South African, we do not like the Aussies. They are just too good in cricket (sometimes… 🙂 ) and their rugby- the decent kind the rest of the world can understand, not that Aussie rules funny stuff- is also sometimes ( 🙂 I know…) good. We all know they come from hand-picked ancestors, Her Majesty’s best… And there is the story of Breaker Morant– quite a bad bastard in our history…
Agggh mate, -get to the point, I hear the Aussies scream in their weak pale beers…
But the Aussies showed me they have a certain style of doing things, which I really like. The American cooking competitions are so aggressive and their judges really like to break the weakest link in the kitchen. And the Brits can be quite boring sometimes in the kitchen
and bedroom. Sorry Nigella. Sorry Gordon. Sorry Jamie… maybe there are a few exceptions.
As I said in a droning voice already, the Aussies have a certain style of doing Masterchef. Their judges, Adam, George and Matt really love their food and their art of cooking. In the television series, I find that they are quite decent blokes, who do not go about negatively with the competitors. They challenge and inspire. They drive the competitors to give their best. For the competitors it is a steep learning curve, it looks like one of the best experiences of their lives to participate. THe food they produce is spectacular, and I as viewer learn a lot as well. I did not know that they have such world class Michelin starred restaurants. The outdoor activities shows the viewer a country of awesome beauty. I am beginning to like Aussies… (except in that funny yellow Sporting gear…) Maybe that is why half of my nation emigrated to Australia… 🙂
I know, I know, it is getting long and boring… but it IS workers day in South Africa, I couldn’t sleep anymore and am a little bored, so now I thought to bore you as well, maybe we can go back to sleep…
Anyway, somehow we always suck on the rear teat in SOuth Africa. We only now get to see Series 3, which was broadcasted in 2011 in Australia, and even in Ireland. I peaked on the internet yesterday and now know who won… we are in the final 8 of the series…
Let’s FINALLY get to the point. In Masterchef Australia, Series 3, there is a beautiful Red Motorbike standing just outside the door. One of life’s biggest questions in my mind was: Whose bike is it? And what is it?
So this morning, I decided to find out. (in a Jeremy Clarkson voice. Listen, BBC guys with the thick glasses and moustaches and checkbooks, if ever you plan a Top Gear for motorbikes, and need a fattish middle-age Stig for the job- call me…)
Whose bike is it? The television companies’ bike. Even the presenters are not allowed to ride it. Lawsuits etc- you never know when the handpicked ancestors’ genes kick in and it gets nicked… Gary is the biker amongst the team, and owns his own Triumph. This is out of the mouth of Matt Preston himself.
The Bike? It is a Triumph Thruxton. I am a bad researcher, I can not find ONE photo of the real one standing outside the MCK on the Internet- can you help?
The Triumph Thruxton was named after a racing track of the 1960’s.
It is described by Triumph South Africa as:
Thruxton. The café racer. Reinvented.
Thruxton. Named after the race track where Triumph ruled the roost and inspired by the famous “Ton Up Boys” of the 60s. The Thruxton is Triumph’s sportiest classic, an authentic café racer delivering that unique Brit twin riding experience. Low rise bars, sporty riding position, aluminium-rimmed spoked wheels (18” front and 17” rear), megaphone style silencers and a modern 865cc parallel-twin engine. It stirs the heart for those around at the time and for those who seek the classic sporty retro cool….
Specifications for the Petrolheads: (2013 model)
|Engine and Transmission|
|Type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval|
|Bore/Stroke||90 x 68mm|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel headers, twin chromed upswept silencers.|
|Final Drive||X ring chain|
|Oil Capacity||4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)|
|Chassis, Running Gear and Displays|
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Wheel||Front||36-spoke 18 x 2.5in, aluminium rim|
|Rear||40-spoke 17 x 3.5in, aluminium rim|
|Suspension||Front||KYB 41mm forks with adjustable preload, 120mm travel|
|Rear||KYB chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes||Front||Single 320mm floating disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Rear||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Instrument Display/Functions||Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer and trip information|
|Dimensions and Capacities|
|Width (handlebars)||830mm (32.7in)|
|Height without mirrors||1095mm (43.1in)|
|Seat Height||820mm (32.3in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16 litres (4.2 US gals)|
|Wet Weight (ready to ride)||230 kg (506 lbs)|
|Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)|
|Maximum Power||69PS / 68 bhp / 51 kW @ 7400rpm|
|Maximum Torque||69Nm / 51 ft.lbs @ 5800rpm|
|Recommended Retail Price||R92 500|
This means that this bike is almost the same specs as my BMW R 850 R, I don’t need to buy one.
But: It is a beautiful bike! Now you know…