roadkill cattle

Black cattle a danger to motorcyclists

A 33-year-old rider has died after hitting a stray cow early on Tuesday morning (February 19, 2019), prompting a call for mandatory reflective ear or tail tags for cattle as used in Scotland. Beef farmer Terry Moody of Upper Clarence Combined Landcare says it’s a major safety issue that has been exacerbated by an increase …

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melbourne bus lanes

Motorcycles in bus lanes trial extended

Motorcyclists can now use more bus lanes in Melbourne for the next five years under an extension to an already six-year bus-lane trial. The Victorian Government started a “six-month trial” in Hoddle St in 2011 allowing riders to use the bus lane in peak periods. The trial was extended in 2017 with the Fitzgerald St …

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Hybrid drive

BMW Motorrad seeks hybrid drive patent

BMW Motorrad is seeking a patent for a hybrid drive motorcycle with a boxer engine and a back-up electric motor that would also act as a starter motor. No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, even though two years ago BMW announced a two-wheel-drive version of its R 1200 GS Adventure as an April Fool’s Day joke. …

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Ipswich Bike Nights John Eacott support sentence Returned riders safety risk is a furphy

Returned riders safety risk ‘is a furphy’

Police and road safety authority claims that returned riders are the biggest safety risk on the road is a “furphy”, says Victorian Motorcycle Council media spokesman John Eacott (pictured above). John has spent some time analysing Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) statistics and now claims returned riders are not the major safety risk they have been labelled. …

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World Superbikes 2019 Phillip Island WSBK Jamie Morris/Geebee Images/2SNAP warning

Warning of police patrols for WSBK riders

Victoria Police will be out in force over the next few days as warning to motorcyclists to ride safely on their way to and from the World Superbikes at Phillip Island this weekend. In previous years, VicPol have conducted “Motosafe” operations around the WSBK and MotoGP events. We contacted VicPol to find out what they …

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Rude riders squeezing between bikes

Rude riders squeezing between parked motorbikes

The lack of parking bays in most cities is causing some rude riders to squeeze their bike or scooter between parked bikes like in the photo above. In areas where the individual bays are not marked with white paint, it is just rude. But in those delineated bays, the rider straddling the line could face …

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Unrealistic road toll targets prompt knee-jerks

Ambitious road toll targets, such as the improbable Vision Zero campaign, create unrealistic expectations that only serve to goad politicians into knee-jerk responses. They usually consist of lower speed limits and crackdowns on motorcyclists who are over-over-represented in the statistics. So it comes as no surprise that Australia is not on target to meet its …

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James Mutton Brisbane Motorcycles discounting

Big business discounting is ‘hurting motorcycling’

Big business pushing sales through discounting is hurting the motorcycle industry in Australia, says a motorcycle importer and multi-dealership owner. James Mutton is the dealer principal of two multiple-franchise dealerships (Brisbane Motorcycles in Windsor and Caboolture), the Australian importer of Norton Motorcycles and a former British Superbike racer. Most notably, he is the son of veteran …

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incident response bikes keep traffic moving

Motorbike Response Crew keep traffic moving

Motorcycles may soon be coming to the rescue of crash victims and broken-down vehicles on tollways around Australia to keep traffic moving. It follows the Australian-first trial of a motorbike response crew on the Logan and Gateway motorways in Brisbane. The trial is being run by Queensland tollway company Linkt, which is owned by Transurban that also …

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Harley riders show intimacy to the brand

Harley riders show intimacy to the brand

Despite slowing sales and a war of words with President Trump, Harley-Davidson riders still seem to love the brand, according to a biennial report on brand intimacy. Harley was sixth in the MBLM Brand Intimacy Report on more than 400 brands behind Disney, Apple, Amazon, Chevrolet and Netflix. However, the love seems to be waning …

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