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Growth may devalue Motorcycle Friendly Town status

Rapid growth in the number of towns declaring themselves motorcycle friendly could devalue the term’s status, says Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC) chairman Shaun Lennard (pictured above). “This is something good in the world of motorcycling, but the idea is still only small,” he says. “There are only a handful of places that use this term …

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Crows Nest takes the cake with riders

Crows Nest takes the cake with riders

A couple of hundred riders rolled into the tiny town of Crows Nest yesterday to cut a cake and celebrate the town’s new status as Motorcycle Friendly. The celebration included the usual political speeches, cutting an official cake, motorcycle stalls and a couple of scenic rides through the region. The local soft drink company also made …

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Invitation to motorcycle friendly town launch

The official launch of Crows Nest as a Motorcycle Friendly Town is on this Sunday (March 5, 2017) and riders from SEQ and northern NSW are invited to attend. Celebrations will include live music, markets and a parade through the streets of the quaint town about two hours northwest of Brisbane on the edge of …

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Save the Oxley organiser Ken Healey on his BMW K 1300 R - Motorcycle Friendly Town (Photo: Keoghs Vision Photography) siege flawed temporary repairs

Another town becomes motorcycle friendly

Wauchope, the gateway to the famed Oxley Highway, will this Saturday declare itself the first motorcycle friendly town in NSW. Its follows Bicheno in Tasmania which was the first Motorcycle Friendly Town in Australia and Texas in Queensland which was the first on the mainland. The Wauchope initiative to declare itself a Motorcycle Friendly Town …

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Lowering speed limits raises stress

Lowering the speed limits on the Oxley Highway as proposed by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services would lead to a potentially dangerous rise in rider stress levels, according to a submission to a Senate inquiry. Long-time motorcycle rider and flight instructor Peter Callil made his scientific submission to the Senate Committee Personal Choice and Community …

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Motorcycle tourism a $350m business

Motorcycle riders account for about 1% of Australian tourism which is worth about $350 million annually to the economy, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. And that doesn’t even include the multi-million-dollar costs of buying an hiring motorbikes, petrol and accessories. A report in the Australian Financial Review says the booming motorcycle tourism industry is dominated …

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Tamworth

Tamworth tempts motorcycle riders

Tamworth exists in our national conscience as that little country town where they like both types of music, where the guys are all boot-scootin’ cowboys and where the gals are charming gingham-wearing warblers. That’s an understandable misconception as it has hosted the Tamworth Country Music Festival every January since 1973. But Tamworth is a whole lot more …

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Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley is vintage riding

Grapes ripen with the frosts, so there can be some black ice on winter mornings in the Barossa Valley and it can be awfully hot and dry in summer. However, there is some fun riding from Adelaide up to the winos’ holy grail in any season. Winter is particularly good in the Barossa Valley as …

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Cradle Mt

Cradle Mountain worth one-way ride

Cradle Mountain in Tasmania‘s north-west is one of the must-do spots for motorcycle riders arriving at Devonport on the ferry. But remember to be prepared as it has been know to snow there even in December. From the ferry, chart your course to Cradle Mountain Rd which runs down the western side of the long …

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