James Tobin Long Ride

James Tobin leads Long Ride for cancer

UPDATED OCTOBER 10: It didn’t take much to convince TV presenter and bike fan James Tobin to take part on the Long Ride to Uluru to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. “Like everyone, I’ve had people close to me affected by cancer – some who have survived and some who haven’t,” …

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Why We Ride

Why do you ride? BMW offers prize for answer

  It’s the most asked question of motorcycle riders. Why do you ride? It’s also the subject of American feature, Why We Ride, film now screening at selected venues around Australia and your answer to the question could now win you the opportunity to win $1500 worth of BMW Motorrad Riderwear with the runner-up getting …

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Charley Boorman on the Goodwood hillblimb

Charley Boorman hillclimbs BMW R 1150 GSA

Charley Boorman reunited with his R 1150 GS Adventure from the Long Way Round TV series at last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. He celebrated 10 years since the iconic round-the-world trip by taking part in the 1866m hillclimb. The book and TV series launched Charley on to the world stage as the unlikely hero …

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off-road coaching - dakar rally

Dakar Rally legend trains riders

Australian Dakar rally legend Simon Pavey is returning to Australia for another off-road riding course for Compass Expeditions. Simon, who has competed in six Dakar Rallies and finished four, now lives in Wales where he runs a renowned training facility. Among his “students” are Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman who he trained to compete in …

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Charley Boorman adventure bike

Charley Boorman in motorcycle icons list

Charley Boorman has made it into a shortlist of 48 motorcycling icons drawn up by the British National Motor Museum Trust Advisory Council and UK motorcycling focus groups. CHECK OUT CHARLEY PIX It includes riders from all eras and genres of motorcycling from Isle of Man TT legends Joey Dunlop and John McGuinness, to modern …

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Dakar Rally an adventure motorcycle treat

The Dakar Rally is not just a motorsport event, but the ultimate adventure. MotorbikeWriter usually steers clear of motorsport, but this rally is more than that. It is a torture test of man and machine across the driest desert in the world, some of the highest and most rugged mountains and temperatures ranging from 50C …

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Will anti-bikie laws harm tourism?

Tourism seems to be the unwitting victim in the Queensland Government’s current war on bikies. Shadow Police Minister Bill Byrne told Queensland Parliament that motorcycle-friendly cafes had experienced a 30% downturn in trade since the advent of “the world’s toughest anti-bikie laws”. Cafe proprietors and motorcycle industry traders have told MotorbikeWriter that Queensland riders are …

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Charley Boorman at bike show

Charley Boorman will star alongside historic and brand new motorcycles at next week’s Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show (November 15-17). The Long Way star will talk about his travels, answer questions and, together with riding mate and born-comedian Billy Ward, they will present videos of their adventures on big screens. He will also sign books …

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