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2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure First Look Preview

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The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure starts at $10,399.
The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure starts at $10,399. (Suzuki/)

Suzuki has announced a new addition to its 2020 V-Strom 650 family, the V-Strom 650XT Adventure. This bike builds off the XT platform, which is a bit more adventure-capable than the stock 650 thanks to tubeless, spoked tires, and adds even more.

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Panniers, accessory bar, mirror extensions, and tubeless tires on spoked rims make the Adventure version stand out.
Panniers, accessory bar, mirror extensions, and tubeless tires on spoked rims make the Adventure version stand out. (Suzuki/)

The extra adventure accessories include 37-liter aluminum panniers, an accessory bar, hand guards, centerstand, handlebar cross brace, and mirror extensions. It will start at $10,399 and be available in a Pearl Vigor Blue colorway starting November 2019.

The 650XT Adventure is powered by the tried-and-true 645cc V-twin engine that has made the V-Strom 650 a favorite among middleweight adventure riders. It’s equipped with Suzuki’s Advanced Traction Control system, Easy Start system, and Low RPM Assist. There’s a six-speed gearbox made to provide plenty of usable torque when you need it while also offering a taller sixth gear for smooth highway rides.

The V-Strom 650XT Adventure will be available starting November 2019.
The V-Strom 650XT Adventure will be available starting November 2019. (Suzuki/)

The engine is held within a twin-spar aluminum frame and the bike utilizes a spring-preload adjustable telescopic fork and link-type single shock to soak up bumps. It comes with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear Bridgestone Battlax tires, dual 310mm disc brakes at the front and a 260mm rear disc at the rear, as well as ABS.

LED lighting is used throughout, and riders can make use of the 12-volt DC outlet mounted on the inner dash to charge electric devices as needed. It also has a 5.3-gallon fuel tank.

The 650XT Adventure is essentially the bike many riders have built for themselves from the base 650. This is a welcome options package for riders who want a dialed adventure rig straight off the showroom floor.

The Rock Machine gang has a lengthy history overseas but police said the group had only been active several months

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Police are warning about the emergence of a bikie gang in Adelaide known as the Rock Machine, following the arrests of alleged senior members and raids at two properties.

A 40-year-old man described by police as the local gang president was arrested at the Royal Adelaide Show on Friday, after a loaded gun and 1.5 kilograms of a drug believed to be methamphetamine were allegedly found at his Athol Park property.

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Police said the gun was a Glock model 26, and the man has been charged with firearms offences and drug trafficking.

A 28-year-old man was also arrested and charged with drug trafficking after 250 grams believed to be an illicit substance were seized at a Paralowie property on Friday morning.

Both men have been released on bail and will face court in September and October respectively.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Fisher said the arrests were not related to a recent feud between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs [OMCGs].

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Hang Out With These Great Hammocks For Motorcycle Camping

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Motorcycle camping isn’t complete without the comfort of a hammock to either sleep or relax in.
Motorcycle camping isn’t complete without the comfort of a hammock to either sleep or relax in. (Amazon/)

If you are heading to the beach, park, mountains, or campsite, it is always a great idea to bring a hammock with you. They are light, compact, comfortable, and extremely easy to bring along on a motorcycle camping trip. Find a couple of trees to affix your hammock, set it up, and you are good to go. Teardown is a breeze, then you can stow it away in your backpack or saddlebag. Regardless of whether you plan on using it to catch the nighttime Zs or just need a place to relax during the day, these are great to use for camping comfort for either the money-saver or the luxury glamper.

Wise Owl Outfitters SingleOwl Hammock

No knots needed, carabiners are included and the hammock straps are 9 feet long with five loops for adjusting to your desired comfort and height.
No knots needed, carabiners are included and the hammock straps are 9 feet long with five loops for adjusting to your desired comfort and height. (Amazon/)

The SingleOwl Hammock from Wise Owl is made of 210-thread-count parachute nylon and has triple interlocking stitching for durability. Two 9-foot-long straps, a 5 x 5 storage bag, and two D-shaped carabiners come with the hammock purchase. What makes this hammock great is the vast variety of colors you can choose from; there's even one for the Rasta or patriot in your life. The Single weighs 1 pound and packs down to 4 inches by 5 inches, so taking this in your backpack is very manageable. This family-run, USA-based company also provides a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock

Unique and versatile, this option gets you high and dry in the trees with its hammock setup or down on the ground when set up as a tent. Weight capacity is listed at 275 pounds.
Unique and versatile, this option gets you high and dry in the trees with its hammock setup or down on the ground when set up as a tent. Weight capacity is listed at 275 pounds. (Amazon/)

Okay. glampers, this one's for you! Designed to keep the hammock flat with the spreader bar and arch pole system, this Lawson camping hammock will get you into a more ergonomically comfortable sleeping position. It can be set up as

50-year-old Bangor man was knocked down by a deer as he was riding his 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle went without help

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How long would he have to wait for help, and would it come in time?

That’s what James Impeciati wondered as he was lying in the dark early Tuesday morning on Vough Lane in the Slate Belt, suffering from what he would later learn were multiple broken bones.

That morning the 50-year-old Bangor man was knocked down by a deer as he was riding his 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to work in Harmony, New Jersey, the same route he takes every work day starting at 4 a.m.

There’s farmland on one side of Vough Lane, trees and a few houses on the other side, and not a lot of traffic at 4:15 a.m.

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That morning, it was just Impeciati. And the deer.

Impeciati said he was traveling east on a road between Route 611/North Delaware Drive and Riverton Road, when he saw an adult deer and a baby deer in the road. Initially, the adult went left and the younger deer went right.