This thread is an unapologetic rant against Australia's worst motorcycle 'journalist', Peter 'The Bear' Thoeming. It is inspired by his latest attack on the Japanese in yesterday's Rural Press newspapers, where he is part of a syndicated Auto Section package that is printed in all Rural Press's Saturday classified lift-outs. This means he can't be got rid of, because the papers buy the whole package of stories cheap, and it can't be cut up. I have spoken to motoring editors at several Rural Press titles over the years, and they agree that Thoeming is rubbish but they can't pay for other reviews, can't have them done free (paid journos would object), and thus it's Thoeming or no motorcycle content at all. I even went to several shops in Canberra (Thoeming appears in the Canberra Times) and asked them to help me bring this to the attention of the ditors: after all, Thoeming's reviews were onyl ever positive for BMW and Harley-Davidson, and thus basically did nothing for the motorcycle business sector in that town (BMW are sold through the car dealers in Canberra). Even the shop owners told me they'd been through this before and it was hopeless. Thoeming is a tourer. I would even go so far as to say he is capable of doing a thoughtful review of a BMW K100, but beyond that, his racist, stuck-in-the-70s attitudes and utter inability to push a bike to its limits becomes obvious and inhibiting. Because he can't ride even fast-ish, he is incapable of appreciating technical excellence. He constantly refers to Japanese bikes in patronising tones as though they're all the same, and his references to 'Japanese this..' and that are incessant as they are sickening. He benchmarks everything against BMW as though they are the unquestioned leaders of the touring segment, not just one of several competing manufacturers. Another stock-in Thoeming-trade, and the reason I got pissed off this week, is his review of the Yamaha Scorpio (commuter 225)... firstly, why even review this bike, it's just a standard market segment-filler, an honest unpretentious bike just like 250 commuters have always been, but no, for Thoeming its another opportunity to quote gleefully the Yamaha press blurb, because in Thoeming land only the Japanese are guilty of laughably over the top sales rhetoric. He NEVER finds fault with the Europeans for this. Thoeming, your time came and went at least ten years ago. Please leave and let real riders and real writers review bikes. Hell, it might even help the industry.