Riders could provide Scooti taxi service

Riders could soon be earning a wage taxiing people around on their bike or scooter like an Uber driver, thanks to the new Scooti service starting in Melbourne in April. Scooti chief operating officer Brett Balsters says they are recruiting riders who can use their own bikes or buy an electric scooter from one of …

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Melbourne's Elizabeth St motorcycle district

Melbourne motorcycle scene changes

Melbourne’s famous Elizabeth St motorcycle precinct is dwindling as shops close and move online to reflect the current trends of riders shopping on the web rather than in shops. Modak Motorcycles is closing shop and moving its business totally online while Spot On Motorcycles is moving out of Elizabeth St to Hoddle St to bigger …

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Melting tar claims first crash victim Mt Glorious costly repair

More melting tar problems identified

Melting tar which caused a least one motorcycle accident on famed Mt Glorious behind Brisbane has been identified in several new areas and is now being treated thanks to lobbying by a group of local riders. After several months of pressure on State MPs and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Motorcycle Advocacy Group spokesman David …

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Incorrect fine Tim Byrne

Police defend incorrect rider fine

Police have refused to withdraw an incorrect fine for a rider standing on the foot pegs, even though the “commonsense” practice was legalised in South Australia in 2016 and added to the Australian Road Rules this year. Click here to read about the new ARRs. Tim Byrne (pictured above) says he was riding his Triumph …

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Will hiring replace motorcycle ownership?

Hiring motorcycles could be the future for the industry as BMW plans to launch a sharing system and American company Twisted Road has launched a motorbike version of Airbnb. BMW Motorrad executives recently suggested their future could be in sharing electric scooters in major cities. The company already has a sharing service for cars, so …

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Harley-Davidson execs meet President Trump copycat cow debate waiving tariffs

Harley, Indian bit by Trump tariffs

Prices of Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles could rise after President Donald Trump announced import tariffs of  25% on steel and 10% on aluminium. How much imported steel and aluminium goes into their bikes is not known. However, US investment firm Wedbush Securities estimates the increased import tariffs could add up to $30m a year in costs …

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Gopro helmet camera 2015 ban

Uniformity on helmet cams and other rules

Helmet cameras, tinted visors, standing on the footpegs and other rules affecting riders have moved toward uniformity with the publication of new Australian Road Rules. The ARR, published by the Australasian Parliamentary Council’s Committee, have been welcomed by the Australian Motorcycle Council, which has been lobbying tirelessly behind the scenes for uniformity of rules across …

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Veteran assault

Army veteran sues over alleged police assault

The Army veteran at the centre of a controversy in which police allegedly harassed participants in a charity ride has rejected a police response to his formal complaint and plans to sue for assault. “Magic”, 58, of Brisbane, of the Veterans Motorcycle Club of Australia, Brisbane Chapter, says he was assaulted by Senior Constable Murphy …

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Jack Ehret's Vincent Black Lightning collection valuable

Aussie bike tops world valuable lists

A 1951 Vincent Black Lightning on which Jack Ehret set an Australian speed record has topped lists as the world’s most valuable motorcycle and the biggest increase in value. The bike is now returning to Australia after being bought on Australia Day 2018 at the Bonham’s annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction for a record $US929,000 ($A1,155,000, €748,500) …

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