Bushfire appeals help

How riders can help bushfire appeals

The best way riders can help local communities affected by devastating bushfires is to avoid the area until the emergency has passed and it has been declared safe to visit. Riders are among the most beneficial tourists to local community economies because – unlike other motoring tourists – they take virtually nothing with them. When …

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Blacktop Motorcycle Works museum

Visit Blacktop Motorcycles Works museum

If you’re riding around South East Queensland, chances are you will call in to Esk where we recommend dropping into the Blacktop Motorcycle Works museum. The free museum and British bike workshop is right next door to the Red Deer Cafe in the main street where many riders stop off for a coffee. It’s important …

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Memorabilia bushfire appeal

Bike memorabilia to aid bushfire appeal

Former volunteer firefighter John England is selling his collection of Aussie motorcycle racing memorabilia and donating a portion to aid the bushfire appeal. John says his collection of 22 commemorative bottles of Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix port, six Mick Doohan plates, various mirrors, signed prints and collectible toys could be worth as much as $10,000. …

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Fire retardant

Is fire retardant really a danger to riders?

Apart from riders being aware of rapidly changing bushfire conditions, we have also been warned about slippery fire retardant on roads and falling debris in ravaged areas. A social media alert to riders from Sydney truck driver William Moncrieff carrying fire retardant to rural fire brigades says the substance can be slippery when wet. He …

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Oxley highway work

Oxley Highway to reopen for one lane

The Oxley Highway will reopen to one lane of traffic by this weekend under strict speed management with the support of escort vehicles. A 10km section between Ralfes Trail and the Gingers Creek store will be open to one lane of traffic with alternate flow under the control of escort vehicles from Transport for NSW. …

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Ben Hannan escape from bushfire

Rider’s bushfire escape video goes viral

A dramatic video showing Africa Twin rider Ben Hannan (inset in photo above) escape bushfires that claimed his home in Wingham, near Taree, NSW, has gone viral. Ben lost everything in the fires, except his new bike. Several other bikes became molten plastic and metal. “Wondered if I’d gone overboard buying that bike … never been more …

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Road Closures for bushfires

Plan your weekend rides around bushfires

With bushfires forcing road closures across several states, you may need to make some alternative plans this weekend. Riders should contact their state transport department or auto club for road closures. You can also check the various state fire services websites by going to this central MYFIREWATCH service, then click on the state/territory. Road closures …

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Support fire-ravaged Gingers Creek rider cafe

Support fire-ravaged Gingers Creek rider cafe

Popular Oxley Highway riders’ rest stop Gingers Creek Bush Resort is struggling after bushfires closed the road a month ago with clean-up keeping it closed another month. Owner and Ducati Hypermotard rider Gary Hartas says the bushfires burnt down their accommodation (above), but the cafe is untouched. “The shop is fine, just the accommodation down the …

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Bushfire heat dehydration

Bushfires close northern NSW roads

The popular motorcycle routes of Summerland Way and the Gwydir Highway in northern NSW are closed due to bushfires. An 11km stretch of Summerland Way between Leeville and Whiporie and a 5km section of the Gwydir Highway from east of Jackadgery to Eatonsville are closed for back burning and tree clearing. The highway is also …

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