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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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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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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BMX and mountain bike racing couple Barry Nobles of the USA and Aussie Olympian Carline Buchanan share a passion for two wheels that extends to their Harleys. shares intimacy

Harley and BMW lead brand intimacy study

Harley-Davidson sales may be down in the USA, but Americans still feel very intimate about the famous Milwaukee brand, according to the 2017 Brand Intimacy Report. The biennial report has rated Harley as the top automotive brand for customer “intimacy” ahead of BMW, Toyota and Honda. The authoritative report is a study of brands based …

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lane filtering signs consensus

Consensus coming on road rules?

National road rules, including lane filtering, are being discussed now and are likely to be put out for public discussion in July with consensus expected by November. The disparity of road rules between states is exemplified in the recent introduction of lane filtering. It is now permitted in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and still …

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Royal Engineers on the beaches of Gallipoli anzac

Anzac Day tribute to military motorcycles

On the 102nd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli this Anzac Day, riders should take note the significant role played by military motorcycles and their riders in many wartime. As the above image shows, motorcycles were present on the famed beaches of Gallipoli. This Admiralty official photo shows members of the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). Military …

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Alex Harvill to attempt World record motorcycle jump

World record motorcycle jump attempt

American motocross pro Alex Harvill will attempt to break Australian rider Robbie Maddison’s Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle jump. The 24-year-old has already broken two world records; one for jumping nearly 130m (425 feet) in a dirt-to-dirt leap and the other when he jumped 90m (297 feet) on a ramp-to-dirt stunt. Robbie’s current ramp-to-dirt …

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Harley-Davidson Street Rod - wider choice

Hopes for wider LAMS model choice

Novice riders could soon have a wider choice of motorcycles such as the Street Rod (above) under the Learner-Approved Scheme (LAMS) if Harley-Davidson has its way. The company is planning to put a proposal to Australian governments through the Federal Chamber for Automotive Industries to axe the 660cc engine capacity limit. Instead, it would retain the 150kW …

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200 motorcycle parking spaces lost cyclists

Cyclists and motorcyclists should unite

There seems to be an animosity between cyclists and motorcyclists, yet a recent British study finds more than 90% of motorcycle riders are also cyclists. The online study of 2183 Carole Nash Motorbike insurance customers not only shows that 92% of motorcyclists also own a bicycle, but more than half (57%) own more than one …

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