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What bike/car does a motoring journalist own?

The second-most-common question I have been asked in the past couple of decades as a motoring journalist is what motorcycle or car do I own? (The most common question was, “what motorcycle or car should I buy?” The answer could easily take up a book as big as the Bible/Koran.) Journalist choices But the answer …

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How do motorcycle lane filtering rules vary?

Lane filtering rules still vary substantially from state to state and have not yet been passed in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT, almost four years after they were introduced in NSW. The practice is allowed and even encouraged in many countries. In the USA, California allows lane splitting at no more than 10mph …

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States confuse riders on handlebar regulations

The arcane rules and regulations on handlebar measurements are made more confusing for riders by the different interpretations and amendments of each state. Longtime motorcycle campaigner Wayne Carruthers says some states have not appreciated the 2005 and 2016 changes in regulations. “Many states still have clauses with the old height and width measurement systems which …

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Getting a cup of coffee in the outback

Getting a good coffee is one of the joys on the road for a rider, writes Jason Barton* and an outback coffee can be a very rare luxury, indeed! Jason’s touring luxuries Along with carrying tins of tuna flavoured with cracked black pepper and lemon, one of my simple luxuries on long-distance motorcycle journeys is …

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The power of the tent on a motorcycle trip

Stopping and setting up camp seems contradictory for someone riding around Australia, but Jason Barton* says stopping and setting up a tent can be one of the greatest pleasures travel provides. Jason’s story This is especially true when motorcycling which, in a way, may actually seem to be contradictory. Riding is often about embracing the …

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Lack of motorbike noise testing facilities

In the wake of recent fines for motorcycle exhaust noise and the controversy of roadside testing procedures, another issue that unfairly affects riders in some states is the lack of testing stations. Longtime motorcycle advocate Wayne Carruthers asks how riders can access test stations, particularly in country areas of NSW, Queensland and Victoria. “The issue …

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Rider punches and kicks SUV in road rage

Rider punches and kicks SUV in road rage

A rider punches and kicks an SUV that cut into his lane on a Canadian highway in this latest video capturing road rage. We can understand the rider’s frustration at being dangerously cut off by a driver who obviously didn’t look. It’s happened to all of us to many times. However, this rider’s response is …

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Call to challenge motorcycle exhaust noise fines

A Brisbane barrister who has written a paper on the legality of aftermarket motorcycle exhausts has urged all riders to challenge exhaust noise emissions fines, saying police will get the message and stop issuing them. Levente Jurth wrote his paper in January 2016 and is now representing a group of riders caught in a recent …

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