Royal Engineers on the beaches of Gallipoli anzac

Anzac Day tribute to military motorcycles

On the 102nd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli this Anzac Day, riders should take note the significant role played by military motorcycles and their riders in many wartime. As the above image shows, motorcycles were present on the famed beaches of Gallipoli. This Admiralty official photo shows members of the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). Military …

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HJC releases Star Wars and Marvel helmets Punisher tinted visors

Rider confusion over tinted visors

Australian and European helmet standards allow tinted visors that filter only half the available light, yet car windows can be much darker, filtering as much as 65%. In a strange twist, you can wear sunglasses that filter more than 90% of light. Furthermore, the interpretation of the helmet laws seems to vary in each state, …

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Is the Tri Pod a car or motorcycle?

Is the Tri Pod a car or motorcycle?

These Tri Pod cars are registered as a motorcycle in a motorcycle category vehicle (L cat), have a motorcycle engine, accelerate like a motorcycle, weigh the same as a Harley and are bought by motorcyclists. They are even designed and built by a motorcyclist, Andrew Hutchison of the Sunshine Coast. Yet most people would consider …

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Blackbird motorcycle jacket review

There is no such thing as an all-season motorcycle jacket. You either have a winter jacket or a summer jacket. All else is a compromise. And if you really want to be realistic, you also need a jacket for the in-between spring/autumn (fall) seasons when it’s warm during the day and cool in the mornings. …

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Belinda McPhee in fur-collar leather motorcycle jackets

Motorcycle jackets for the fashion-conscious

Motorcycle jackets don’t have to make you look like you’ve just set the fastest lap at Phillip Island or ridden around the world with Charley Boorman. Blackbird Motorcycle Wear makes fashionable motorcycle jackets that offer all the abrasion and crash protection for the road, but can still be worn to a fancy restaurant. It’s the brainchild …

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Driver fined for motorcycle mattress crash

Driver fined for motorcycle mattress crash

A driver has been fined a measly $275 for an unsecured load after a mattress fell out of his ute and hit an Ipswich rider. Aaron Wood is lucky to be alive after the incident last week (March 28, 2017), in the Clem 7 tunnel. A police media spokesperson said the driver could be charged …

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Bike Battery start

How to maintain a bike battery properly

Numerous factors such as temperature, engine vibration and electrical loads can cause your bike battery to die. While these things contribute to eventual failure, RACQ Principal Technical Researcher John Ewing says a major factor in ensuring they achieve their maximum life and reliability is how they are maintained. He says it is important they are appropriately …

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Evel Knievel leathers

Evel Knievel leathers, walking stick for sale

Racing leathers and a diamond-encrusted walking stick claimed to have belonged to the godfather of stunt riders, Evel Knievel, have been auctioned online. The two items were sold over the weekend in a joint lot for $US78,000 (about $A101,000). The items, sold by Heritage Auctions of Dallas, are claimed to be original and were offered by …

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York Motorcycle Festival Avon Valley Motorcycle Frendly Region Western Australia

First Aussie Motorcycle Friendly Region

Australia’s first Motorcycle Friendly Region will be launched in Avon Valley, Western Australia, in April as the concept starts to gather pace around the country. The first Motorcycle Friendly Town was Bicheno in Tasmania, followed by Texas, SEQ, and last December Wauchope on the Oxley Highway joined the welcoming trend. Crows Nest in Queensland declares …

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