Win passes to GOMA motorbike exhibit

How would you like to win one of five double passes to the “one-off, world exclusive” Motorcycle: Design: Art, Desire exhibit at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) running until 26 April 2021?

It’s easy to enter. Just read this article and pick out the bike that you most want to see at the exhibit and then leave the name of the bike in the comments section.

We will pick five random winners and name them next week. GOMA will be in touch to arrange delivery of the tickets.

If you miss out you can buy tickets now on the GOMA website.

Prices range from $18 for a GOMA member to $25 for non-members with concession prices for children, families, seniors, pensioners and season passes. Buying your tickets online in advance will save you waiting at the door with permitted numbers restricted by COVID policies.

It arrives just in time for border openings and school holidays.

I just attended the media preview of the exhibit of motorcycling through the ages and into the electric future and I can tell you picking a highlight is not easy.

There are more than 100 motorcycles from the 1860s to the present day, drawn from private and public collections across the globe.

The world-exclusive exhibition that takes up the entire ground floor in three big rooms features some important bikes, some major coups and some of my personal favourites.

Other highlights include:

Apart from the bikes, there is also a collection of motorcycle helmets painted by 15 contemporary Australian artists at the entrance to the gallery.

GOMA motorcycle exhibit
Literally a brain bucket!

There are also interactive displays where you casn create your own custom bike.

Scattered among the exhibits are big screens that from a Motorcycles on Screen exhibit within the exhibit.

It features old racing and riding footage plus iconic films classics such as The Wild One (1953) and Easy Rider (1969), cult favourites Scorpio Rising (1963) and Akira (1988), plus recent films Finke: There and Back (2018) and The Wild Goose Lake (2019). GOMA motorcycle exhibit

The Motorcycle exhibition will be accompanied by virtual talks and tours, storytelling events, trivia nights, and  ‘Motorcycles on the Green’ on 27 February and 18 April 2021, featuring more than 60 motorcycles from local community groups, live custom bike builds, DJs and more.

You can also grab a gift from The Motorcycle Exhibition Shop, including exclusive exhibition apparel and accessories by cult brand Deus ex Machina, and bespoke design pieces produced by local heroes Ellaspede. 

As a memento, you can buy the publication The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire is  at the QAGOMA Store or online.

You can also show off your ride by posting with #MotorcycleGOMA.

GOMA Director Chris Saines says the exhibition will appeal “not only to bike and motor sport enthusiasts but to anyone with an interest in social history, popular culture, design and technology”.

The GOMA exhibit has been curated by American physicist Professor Charles M. Falco and US filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle in collaboration with GOMA.

They were co-curators of the landmark 1998 Guggenheim Museum exhibition in New York, ‘The Art of the Motorcycle’ that ran for three months.

It was subsequently seen in Chicago, Bilbao, Spain, and Las Vegas, with a total attendance of more than two million people.

Prof Falco described himself as a passionate motorcyclist who had his first motorcycle at 15, his first crash at 15.5 and last year rode a 90-year-old motorcycle across the USA.

“For a sustainable future, the world needs motorcycles for personal transportation,” he says.

His co-curator says motorcycles are an example of how “design drives everything”.

Chris says the exhibit will include the earliest 19th century steam-powered motorcycle, right through to electric motorcycles and future designs.

“Over its 150-year history, the motorcycle has undergone extraordinary reinvention, from steam power, to petrol-fuelled internal combustion engines to battery, and from humble backyard creations to custom-made, high-tech chrome speed machines,” Chris says.

“More than just a means of transport, the motorcycle is a design object, with forms and styles that reflect innumerable cultural and societal influences.”

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Kymco Has a New Adventure Scooter – The DT X360

“Do a 360!”

Taiwanese scooter manufacturer, Kymco, just introduced a ton of newly updated scooters to the market along with their first adventure scooter: the DT X360.

At first glance, – I’m just going to put this out there – it comes nowhere near close to being as cool as the new Honda X-ADV (Seriously, Honda, hook me up over here). I wouldn’t particularly call this maxiscooter an “Adventure Scooter”, but there sure is some offroad potential with the vehicle.

The most notable ‘offroad’ features found on this scooter would be the adventure beak and the semi-knobbed tires.

The scooter features a 321cc thumper producing 28.2 ponies and 22 lb-ft of torque, has a seat height of 31.5 inches, LED lighting all around, a mega-sized storage compartment (as most scooters do, but this one, in particular, can hold two full-size helmets with room to spare), keyless ignition and a sizable LED full-color display with USB ports ready at the sides.

Although this isn’t an off-roading beast, this will be a great option for riders living in countries with fewer paved roads and lots of dirt pathways. It would be great to see Kymco add a few more features to make it more off-road friendly; perhaps a slightly upgraded suspension to provide riders with some slightly extra clearance (in the photos it looks as though it’s about standard scooter height).

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Currently, we have no information regarding pricing or official release date for this ADV scoot.

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Dakar Rally Hasn’t Been Cancelled – New Route for January 2021

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Seriously, COVID-19 has managed to bugger its way into all our lives and destroy everything that we hold dear; especially motorcycle events. Although MotoGP had a successful start-up and managed to make do with this series of unfortunate events, many other motorsports divisions haven’t had the same luck.

If I made a list of things far more dangerous than the Coronavirus, Dakar Rally would be up at the top. Dakar Rally is bad-ass, tough, excruciating, nauseating, dangerous…. Should I continue? Luckily for those of us locked in the house, organizers of the Dakar Rally event have confirmed that the event will take place in January 2021 without a hitch. 

“The preparation, and in particular the reconnaissance, had to be conducted according to a schedule adapted to the 2020 travel restrictions. The rally will be held under unusual conditions drafted in a protocol designed to ensure maximum protection against the spread of the Covid-19 virus”, the organizers said in a release.

Unfortunately, the Rally loses some of its “WTF” potential with the addition of a new route that will shorten the original 8000-mile trek to the tune of 3200 miles. This new route will take place in Saudi Arabia and is planned to be 4750 miles long in its entirety.

Although we are losing some distance for this event, the organizers assure us that there are far more technical areas that will put riders’ navigation skills to the test resulting in a much more interesting race. Previous Dakar Rally’s feature long stretches of desert sand before things get spicey, so hopefully, this new event cuts some of that ‘nothing-ness’ out of the equation.

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The first day was positive because we kept working with the items we had from the recent Jerez test. We really worked step-by-step on the engine side to understand all the feelings I have and all the different parameters we can explore with the new bike. We drew some really good conclusions. The lap time was very fast and I feel good on the bike – but I feel the potential is much better. We did not do any mileage on day two as the weather was full of fog all morning and afternoon so we packed up early, content and satisfied with our winter test programme so far. It has been really nice to ride so fast after Estoril and our first impressions of the new Ninja ZX-10RR are already positive. We have been fast, consistent and the feeling with the bike is getting better lap-by-lap. I am looking forward to some downtime now at home with my family. All the team, all the staff can go home and relax after a great season. I want to thank everybody for the huge effort at these winter tests, and this season during difficult times. We are going to recharge and get ready for the 2021 season
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High-Tech Light Panels to be mandatory at all MotoGP™ tracks

High-tech light panels will be mandatory at all circuits that host events in the FIA Formula One World Championship & FIM MotoGP™ World Championship from 2022, and the FIA World Endurance Championship, FIM WorldSBK and FIM EWC from 2023, as part of a new safety partnership between the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

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Eric Granado and WithU Motorsport join forces for 2021

Matteo Ballarin – Team Principal: “We are very happy to announce this agreement with Eric Granado for the 2021 season. He has proven to be a good rider in different categories and, above all, he has great experience in the MotoE World Cup, having participated in the series for the last two seasons. Among his greatest achievements to date, last year’s Valencia Grand Prix comes to mind – where he won both races fighting with us in the last laps. The WithU Motorsport team are delighted with the agreement and we hope we can be fighting for the top positions and the title in 2021. We have a lot of work and a great future ahead of us together.”

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MotoGP™ Fantasy: who is our new Champion?

Take a look at where the prizes are going following another fantastic season of MotoGP™ Fantasy

The 2020 MotoGP™ Championship came to a brilliant conclusion last weekend as Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) sealed victory at his home Grand Prix in style. It was the first time in eight years we saw a two-wheeled Portuguese GP and it debuted a brand new rollercoaster of a track in the Algarve International Circuit, and it didn’t disappoint as it already has us salivating at the prospect of returning to Portimao next season.

Both the Moto2™ and Moto3™ titles were decided, and while the premier class crown was already pre-determined, everything was still to play for in MotoGP™ Fantasy, and as the curtain has come down on another fantastic season of racing, we have a new Champion.

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MotoGP™ 2020: Racing Together Through Adversity

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The battle went down to the wire but rising above their peers to become the 2020 MotoGP™ Fantasy Champion was Rusty Ross (Ross Racing 58), with the Australian based manager taking 122.5 points in the final GP to see him move above Federico F. (Quartararismo) to first place in the MotoGP™ Official League. His decision to include Miguel Oliveira and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) in the final round proved decisive as the pair took P1 and P2 respectively, and not only can they bask in the glory of being the best of the bunch, but he will also take home a signed 2019 Marc Marquez replica MotoGP™ Helmet.

All is not lost for our runner up, however, as he goes home with an Official MotoGP™ Tissot watch while our third-place finisher Damien Duteis (Sandwich Team) will be sent a pair of Official MotoGP™ Oakley Glasses. The Top Three will also receive a Motul MC Care Package. A huge congratulations to all three managers who have now set the benchmark ahead of 2021.

Riders of the Championship

There are no surprises for guessing who tops the MotoGP™ Fantasy stats, as new World Champion Joan Mir’s (Team Suzuki Ecstar) 311 points and average of 22.2 points per Grand Prix was unmatched by any other rider. Alex Rins couldn’t make it a Suzuki one-two in the Championship, but he could do so here as he joins his teammate at the top of the stats board thanks to 306 points and an average of 21.9. Rounding out the Top Three is Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) with the Italian finishing the season with 284 points and an average of 20.3 as he bids farewell to the grid for next season.

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Factory Favourites

Ducati took home the Constructor’s Championship for the first time since 2007 so it is no surprise to see them top of the pile here with 353.5 points, though they only sit third in podium places with nine. Yamaha and Suzuki both have 11 podium finishes each, but it is the Iwata factory who take second place thanks to 335.5 points from their four riders while KTM complete the Top Three, with their eight podium places capping what has been a remarkable rise in fortunes for the Austrian factory. Despite having a World Champion in their midst, Suzuki can only take fourth place in the MotoGP™ Fantasy standings.

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Petronas Yamaha SRT: Independent Team Champions again

Johan Stigefelt – Team Director: “To achieve this title again in the second year is one amazing feeling. It’s incredible because we didn’t expect this when we started the team in 2019. Six wins, 8 podiums, overall, it’s something we could never imagine. This year started well and we felt we had a good chance of the championship title, team championship and best independent titles but of course we had our fair share of bad luck and bad results. The good thing is, one rider often covered for the other when the other didn’t do so well so both Franco and Fabio have contributed to win this Best Independent Team title. Everything is because of them, but also the team behind them doing such a great job, it’s a real team effort. Without the people behind the riders, the riders could not do their job.

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