Melting tar on Oxley highway fix water

Water to cool melting tar in heatwave

Water will be sprayed over the Oxley Highway in the next few days as the road melts even more in the current heatwave conditions. The road began melting in December in 31C heat and is now melting even more as temperature soar higher. Save the Oxley campaigner Ken Healey says the lines of molten tar are …

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Identification bicycle

Should cyclists wear identification?

The Tasmanian Motorcycle Council (TMC) has called for free identification numbers, not registration, for cyclists over 18 so their traffic offences can be reported and riders fined. It’s an old complaint about cyclists disobeying road rules and not being fined that surfaces every now and then. Council president Paul Bullock says his call follows “many …

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James Ferguson Dakar Rally consistency solo

Aussie nears top 10 in solo Dakar Rally

As if the Dakar Rally isn’t tough enough, Australian rider James Ferguson (pictured above) is taking it on solo and unassisted and is closing in on the top 10 in his Original by Motul category. Meanwhile, click here for the latest on Toby Price, now leading the field. James and countryman Ben Young are among …

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Toby Price may win kiss, lose mullet

Australia’s first Dakar Rally winner Toby Price is first overall after stage 8, zeroing in on a kiss with KTM Factory teammate Laia Sainz but risking the loss of his mullet. The long-time friends made a bet before the Peruvian rally that if Toby finished better than fifth he could kiss Laia for five seconds …

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Suzuki 2-strokers seeking new home

The owner of 20-odd Suzuki two strokes from 80cc to 500cc is seeking a new home for the collection so the public can also enjoy them. Neil Batterham, 58, of Highfields, is hoping a cafe or shop owner in the region with good security can display the bikes. Click here to send Neil an email …

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Oxley Highway sand fix

Sand a short-term fix for melting tar

The recent over-application of sand on the Oxley Highway to fix slippery melting tar is a short-term fix that has outraged many riders. Since we published an article about the thick sand across the road, Roads and Maritime Services have been actively sweeping the road. However, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says it …

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Brisbane CBD motorcycle parking spaces tolls

Parking spaces replaced during work

One hundred motorcycle parking spaces in Brisbane’s CBD will close from next week for about seven months during casino development work and be replaced by the same number of spaces elsewhere in the city. The North Quay riverside lane and footpath parking spaces between Tank and Ann Streets are expected to be closed from Monday …

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Dakar Rally rookies

Aussie rookies performing well in Dakar Rally

As Toby Price challenges for his second Dakar Rally victory, two fellow Aussies are doing well in the rookies category of the gruelling Peruvian event. There is a record 135 Dakar rookies this year, 49 of which are in the motorcycle category. They include Victorian Ben Young, aged 47, (#72 Duust Rally Team) and Canberran …

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Matt Le Blanc wheelies electric Alta

Matt Le Blanc says electric bikes ‘the future’

“This is definitely the future,” says Matt Le Blanc in the latest Top Gear video where he and motoring journalist Chris Harris ride electric dirt bikes through a forest looking for Big Foot. It’s a great endorsement for electric motorcycles; at least for riding off-roading. However, the only problem is they are riding Alta Redshifts …

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Oxley Highway sand fix

Sand used to treat melting Oxley Highway

Riders have been alarmed to find sand over a section of the Oxley Highway where hot weather has caused the asphalt to melt and become slippery. The Roads and Maritime Services was alerted to the problem last week and said they would inspect the surface this week. “Sand was placed on the Oxley Highway to …

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