Motorcycle helmet considered weapon

Motorcycle helmet considered weapon

Motorcycle rider David McDowell has been refused entry to Centrelink in Maryborough because his motorcycle helmet was considered a weapon. David said he visited the office on Monday (June 26, 2017) for his fortnightly visit, took a number to get an appointment and went to sit down. Then a security guard told him to leave …

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2017 Zero motorcycles have increased range

Zero electric motorcycles pulls plug

The biggest electric motorcycle company, Zero of California, has pulled out of Australia and Asia, citing unfavourable exchange rates and taxes. However, they promise to continue owner support through distributor GBT Imports who took over in 2013 after the first importer pulled out in 2010. Current (‘scuse the pun) Australian Zero dealers are: Euro Bikes, Noosaville, …

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Ducati disc rear wheel

Future of disc motorcycle wheels

Will we see disc wheels on motorcycles in the future to cut drag, increase performance, and improve handling and fuel economy? The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy has had a solid wheel for many years and there are a lot of custom aftermarket disc wheels available, but these are designed for aesthetics. However, there are possible practical …

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Helmet cam

Helmet camera Bill debate adjourned

Debate over a “ludicrous” ban on helmet cameras in the South Australian Parliament last week was adjourned along party lines. Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency and Correctional Services, Stephan Knoll introduced his Private Members Bill in Parliament on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Scroll to the end of this article to read the full text of …

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Fixed speed camera Victoria - fines suspended

Speed camera fines suspended, not cancelled

Victorian Police have suspended, not cancelled, fines recorded by 55 fixed speed and red light cameras infected by “WannaCry” ransomware virus from June 6-23. Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther said almost 600 fines had been “cancelled” and “withdrawn” to retain the public confidence in the system. However, we checked with VicPol who confirmed that the …

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Oxley Highway speed cameras- Oxley Highway may set safety benchmark

Oxley Highway may set safety benchmark

The famed motorcycle nirvana that is the Oxley Highway may soon set the benchmark for rider safety with some innovative safety strategies being considered. While riding the Oxley last week, I bumped into a group of road safety and transport workers at Gingers Creek. They can’t be named nor their organisations, but they were happy …

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Josh and Annabelle brain cancer

Riding with brain cancer to Harley Heaven

We recently met brain cancer patient Joshua Chalmers on a ride to celebrate the 100th anniversary for Harley-Davidson Australia. Josh and his wife Annabelle (pictured above) had been invited on the ride as part of the company’s donation to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Together with Harley Heaven in Melbourne they also donated $100,000 and …

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2017 KTM 390 Duke adds tech and style

KTM 390 Duke recall on two issues

KTM Australia has recalled the 2017-model 125 and 390 Duke models over two issues where the instrument panel and headlight could suddenly turn off. The voluntary safety recall, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the Head Light Control Unit software may cause the LED headlight to reboot while in operation and the  instrument …

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Bob buying

Harley-Davidson interested in buying Ducati

Harley-Davidson is the latest motorcycle company to xxpress an interest in buying Ducati and is expected to make a bid in July. Global investment company Evercore, acting for Ducati, has sent out information packages to a number of motorcycle companies including Harley who has asked Goldman Sachs to look into the deal. Other companies who …

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New Black Dog Ride boss David Peach

New Black Dog Ride boss goes hi-tech

The new boss of the Black Dog Ride plans to improve communication technology to link workers and riders into a “more transparent system”. Information systems expert David Peach has taken over from interim MD Jim Redmond who stepped in after the shock retirement in February of founder Steve Andrews. David says he will use his …

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