Thailand Triumph factory

Thailand is new motoring powerhouse

Thailand has become one of the powerhouses in the automotive world, manufacturing motorcycle brands as diverse as BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Royal Enfield. It’s now the largest automotive manufacturer in South East Asia and the 12th in the world, thanks to protective tariffs, corporate tax breaks and a central location wth several ports for …

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victoria nsw cops police Horror bike crashes in two states rider deaths

Police action in 2 states over rider deaths

Police in NSW and Victoria have launched special operations in response to a rapid escalation in rider deaths so far this year. The NSW action comes after the deaths of three riders in as many days. Meanwhile, Victorian Police Operation Kinetic will add 300 shifts over the next 10 weeks to increase patrols of the …

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East Coast Female Riders Female riders create safe space to share

Female riders create safe space to share

Female riders have created a “safe space for women riders” with the East Coast Female Riders (ECFR) Facebook group.  Founders and moderators April Ryan and Rebecca Bell say the group started almost two years ago as a “small, humble idea”. “The group was created to provide women who share the same hobby with a support …

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Tim Gibbes with Great Escape Triumph TR6

Home movie shows The Great Escape stunts

A home movie showing an Aussie rider’s involvement in the making of 1963 film The Great Escape has surfaced after more than half a century. Australian rider Tim Gibbes (pictured above with the original bike and current owner Dick Shepherd) was selected to perform stunts in the famous movie while he was competing at various motorcycle events …

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Victoria Solo Unit motorcycle police uniforms patrols

Extra police hours for more patrols

Victorian Police will work an extra 300 shifts over the next 10 weeks to increase patrols of the state’s roads after a tragic start to the year. So far this year there have been 76 lives lost on Victorian roads compared with 51 at the same time last year. That includes 20 riders, double the …

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Arlen Ness - one cool dude

Iconic bike builder Arlen Ness dies aged 79

Iconic American motorcycle customiser Arlen Ness has died, aged 79, surrounded by his family in California. Arlen was known for his wild paintwork as well as his outlandish custom choppers, baggers and cruisers. As well as producing his own customs, he worked with several motorcycle brands, most notably the axed Victory Motorcycles, producing limited-edition production …

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Police bias in bike crash probe

Police bias in motorcycle crash probe

A driver who crossed double white lines and killed a teenage motorcyclist was charged with a traffic offence rather than manslaughter in an investigation marred by police bias. A Northern Territory Coronial Inquest has been told police took five weeks to interview the female driver of the Subaru wagon that hit 16-year-old Xavier Lengyal’s bike …

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Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm sentence

Motorcyclists ‘are forgotten commuters’

A politician contesting the NSW state elections tomorrow (23 March 2019) says motorcycle riders are often the forgotten commuters. The politician is controversial former Senator David Leyonhjelm who will be the lead candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the NSW Legislative Council, or “Upper House”. His chances are slim against a wealth of conservative minor …

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Blind rider Ben Felten 2018

Blind rider has ‘2020 vision’ for 300km/h

The world’s fastest blind rider, Ben Felten, plans to return to Lake Gairdner in 2020 to raise the bar over 300km/h. Team Blind Speed Kawasaki took their 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R to the South Australian salt flats recently to beat his own world record of 272.596km/h set in 2018. While he repeatedly raced within 5km/h of …

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Honda police seeking witnesses

Police seeking witnesses to Honda crash

Queensland Police are seeking witnesses after a motorcycle rider received serious injuries from a collision with a car yesterday evening (19 March 2019). The incident happened about 5 pm at the intersection of Creekside Boulevarde and Snapdragon Street, Currimundi. They say the rider was heading north along Creekside Boulevard when the bike collided with a white …

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