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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Leave a gap lane filtering signs

Riders urged to challenge filtering fines

Riders have been urged to challenge lane filtering fines in court to press the point that they are confusing and varied across state borders. Rider advocates Wayne Carruthers and Guy Stanford say that riders are confused about the rules and being fined heavily for minor transgressions of the lane filtering rules. The fines are more …

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Oxley Highway hillclimb speed reductions RMS

Hillclimb race for Oxley Highway?

The idea of a Sunshine Coast International TT is morphing into an international hillclimb event on the Oxley Highway, NSW, like the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Organisers Inside Line Events International say they originally intended to run a hillclimb on the Oxley mountain section of the highway and “almost had it over the line” with …

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Harley has a ‘cow’ as sales slide

Harley has a ‘cow’ as sales slide

Harley-Davidson revenue has dropped 14% in the first quarter as a Bollywood actor has called for the company to be banned in India for selling cow leather products. The Milwaukee company blames the slide in sales on weak pricing for used motorcycles, a buildup of 2016 inventory at dealers and sluggish sales in areas of the …

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Virtual Reality

Virtual reality to help sell motorbikes?

A California BMW dealership has started using virtual reality to help sell motorcycles to people who don’t yet have a motorcycle licence. Long Beach BMW Motorcycles is also offering experienced riders the opportunity to see what it is like to ride different bus, such as their GS models or their S 1000 RR on a …

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Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster legends rum wider

Harley-Davidson set for rum customs

Harley-Davidson is creating 22 customised Sportsters with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum “tattoo” artwork to celebrate their 115th anniversary in 2018. In Australia, Harley seems more aligned with bourbon than rum. However, Indian Motorcycles has already sewn up a partnership with Jack Daniels over the past two years. That relationship has created limited-edition bikes which have …

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Can you love your motorcycle too much?

Can you love your motorcycle too much?

If you love your motorcycle so much you want to have sex with it, then you are a mechanophiliac. Don’t laugh. It’s real. And it’s illegal in some countries. Brit Kevin Chapman, 33, is facing court  for allegedly attempting to have sex with a Suzuki GSX-R. It’s obviously a love-hate relationship as he was earlier …

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