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Laverda Concours moves to spring

Bad weather has forced one of the largest motorcycle shows in Australia, the Laverda Councours, to shift from winter to spring. The 29th Laverda Councours has been held in July at the Cleveland Showgrounds for the past five years and prior to that under the Storey Bridge. However, organisers say it has been either washed …

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Robert M Pirsig and son Chris Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

Tribute to ‘Zen’ author Robert M Pirsig

If you are philosophical about your riding and your motorcycle, you can be assured you are not alone as author Robert M Pirsig so articulately pointed out in his 1974 classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Pirsig died this week aged 88 at his home in Maine and is survived by wife Wendy, …

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Tyre noise more nuisance than exhaust

Loud motorcycle exhausts are not causing as much noise pollution as tyre noise from large volumes of traffic. That’s according to a World Health Organisation report that found traffic-related noise pollution accounts for over one million “healthy years” lost annually to ill health, disability or early death in Europe. The report says one of the biggest …

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Riders at Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar

Riders raise smiles for Royal Flying Doctors

Riders today (April 27, 2017) hit the road for the second annual Bright Smiles Charity Ride raising vital funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Starting at Wiseman’s Ferry, just north of Sydney, the 18 riders are travelling more than 1200km along the back roads, enjoying overnight stays at Coolah, Dubbo, where they will visit the …

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Volkswagen tipped to sell Ducati

Volkswagen is reported to be looking for buyers for Ducati to help pay off its multi-billion-dollar costs of the 2015 emissions scandal. So far news agencies such as Reuters are only quoting “two people familiar with the matter”, which doesn’t sound very authoritative. And they say they are only testing the waters for interest and …

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Wuachope Motorcycle Friendly Town

Wauchope welcomes Ulysses AGM

The decision last year to hold the 2017 Ulysses Club AGM in Wauchope on the famed Oxley Highway was the reason the town became Motorcycle Friendly in November 2016. Now the little town of Wauchope is readying for the arrival of hundreds of riders from around the country for the AGM Event week from May …

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High-speed police chase

Rider dies in high-speed police chase

An American rider has died after South Carolina police repeatedly rammed his motorcycle during a high-speed chase. Robert Lee Clark, 30, died at the scene after he was nudged into a car. Warning: The following 5:34 minute police dashcam video of the entire pursuit can be very distressing. The incident again shines a light on …

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Avon Valley the first motorcycle friendly region

First motorcycle friendly region launched

The first motorcycle friendly region, consisting of seven council areas, has been launched in Western Australia with a comprehensive list of features. On Sunday, April 23, 2017, the Avon Valley Motorcycle Friendly Region, northeast of Perth, joined the Motorcycle Friendly towns and shires of Glamorgan Spring Bay, Tasmania (July 2007); Texas, Queensland (July 2013); Wauchope, New South Wales …

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If you are customising or restoring a motorcycle and can’t find a part or need special custom parts machined, this online marketplace may be just what you need. custom parts

How to get custom parts made cheaply

If you are customising or restoring a motorcycle and can’t find a part or need special custom parts machined, this online marketplace may be just what you need. The service – Machining4u – is a marketplace where riders and other restorers can post their requirements for one-off custom parts and get them made cheaper than before. Although …

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