Honda CX500 historic motorcycle Mt Glorious

How to ride an historic motorcycle

Riding an historic motorcycle is a great deal of fun, but it requires mechanical sympathy and courtesy to other road users. While I don’t ride a vintage or veteran motorcycle, my 1980 Honda CX500 (pictured above) is a classic and grants me membership of the venerable Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of Australia. The bike wouldn’t …

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Don’t ever sit on another rider’s bike

There are many good reasons why it is not appropriate to sit on another rider’s motorcycle, but above all, self-preservation is the ultimate reason. This short clip from the TV series Sons of Anarchy shows why. Reasons not to sit on another rider’s bike You could drop the bike. It’s easy to do and a …

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Insure My Ride insurance

Insure My Ride closing down

Budget online motorcycle insurer Insure My Ride is closing down in February leaving riders to pay more if they continue with insurance colleague Shannons. Insure My Ride has posted a notice on its website and sent letters to their customers advising them they will close from February 23. Parent company AAI Limited says they have “made a …

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New state mandate for ‘bad’ ethanol

Queensland is the latest to mandate a certain percentage of fuel sales as bio-fuels, even though they are bad for most motorcycles and scooters. From January 1, 2017, Queensland will require fuel retailers to ensure 3% of their petrol sales each quarter is biofuel-based. It follows a similar mandate in NSW.  While no one is forcing any …

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Steve Spalding DIY bike maintenance

Advice on DIY motorcycle maintenance

We love a bit of DIY bike maintenance, but there are a few pitfalls that can trap the unwary home mechanic, says RACQ technical officer and self-confessed mechanical “trainspotter” Steve Spalding. “I like to know where, how, why things work on my bikes, how the models differ and spec changes, oil specs, servicing schedules, workshop tools …

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Tyres top reasons for bike callouts

Three out of every five callouts for broken-down motorcycles are for tyre problems, says National Motorcycle Alliance not-for-profit roadside assistance service. Alliance GM Dave Cooke says 62% of callouts last year were for tyre problems and the second biggest reason was flat batteries, a problem that recently even sidelined Bruce Springsteen. “Biggest tips for riders …

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Ex-thief advises on securing your bike

Ex-thief advises on securing your bike

A reformed bike thief from London, which has experienced a 44% increase in theft in the past two years, says a basic owner mistake is not chaining their bike to something solid. “When I was stealing bikes, the first step I would take would be to find one that wasn’t chained to anything sturdy, so …

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Import your own motorcycle from 2018

Import your own motorcycle from 2018

Riders will be able to import a new motorcycle or other vehicle from 2018 without having to deal with a dealer so long as the model is not already imported into Australia. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has warned that the Federal Government move will take out the “buyer beware” sentiment, leaving motorists exposed …

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Queensland Imports

How to import a motorcycle

It sounds like a bargain to import a motorcycle from overseas where they may be cheaper, but there are also pitfalls for riders. Bruce Hartwig, consultant to Queensland Imports, which is one of about 14 federally registered workshops for complying imported used vehicles, says the easiest and cheapest motorcycles to import and comply are in …

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Honda CX500 rust paint job

Rookie error: running out of fuel!

Before modern bikes introduced fuel warning lights, fuel gauges and precise computer readouts for fuel consumption and range to empty, running out of fuel was a common occurrence. The bike would momentarily lose power and you would reach down with your left hand and fiddle for the fuel tap to switch it to reserve, then …

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