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Ban on GPS speed camera alerts

Germany is banning fixed speed camera alerts provided on most GPS units and many mobile phone apps in a worrying trend that could be replicated in other countries.

In most Australian states, fixed speed cameras are sign posted, but safety nannies are always looking for new ways to clamp down on speeding and could start pushing for this German ban.

However, this ban will not just catch habitual speedsters, but also affect those who inadvertently drift over the speed limit.

Safety alerts

And instead of motorists watching the traffic and relying on alerts to tell them of a fixed speed camera, it will lead to them monitoring their speedos and looking at the side off the road for cameras.

We are not sure how Germany expects to enforce their €75 (about $A125) fine as it would require police to pull over motorists to check their satnav devices and phone apps.

In some jurisdictions, that would require a search warrant.

Garmin and TomTom satnav companies have emailed their registered users to advise them of the law change in Germany.

autobahns autobahn

It seems strange in a country that has some roads with unlimited speeds and many autobahns with very high posted speeds.

However, if you have ever ridden in the country you will know that the speed limits are enforced and local motorists comply.

On one occasion, I saw an overhead electric sign suddenly flash a warning of a coming storm and reduced the 130km/h speed limit to 80km/h. Immediately the traffic around me slammed on the brakes and settled at 80km/h.

Germany uses a lot of fixed speed cameras in tunnels and around the entries and exits of villages and have already banned the use of speed camera and radar detection systems as in Australia (except Western Australia).


IXS Backpack Day

No, this is not a press release about a day celebrating backpacks, but rather a brand new product from iXS. Confusing, we know. 

Begin Press Release: 

iXS Backpack Day

I’m packing my rucksack and taking … with me

One Day Tour

What could be better than a relaxing motorbike tour? Quickly also pack rain protection, a snack and swimming things in the rucksack and off you go! A rucksack is really practical for taking whatever items you need with you on your travels. There’s no need to install carriers and straps and no risk the motorbike will be scratched, while the rucksack will automatically come with you when you dismount.

The iXS Backpack Day was tailored especially to the requirements of motorbike riders. Selected materials, high-quality workmanship and a functional design make this rucksack stand out. Special attention was paid to comfortable carrying straps because comfort is definitely the most important thing on long tours in particular. Additional forces are created by the slip stream, which have an effect on the rucksack and the straps. The straps are shaped ergonomically, have soft padding and can be adjusted to a large number of positions. The chest and belly strap means that the iXS Backpack Day can be adjusted individually to optimally satisfy all requirements.

The rucksack is designed so flexibly that it always lies snugly and safely against the body – regardless of whether it contains a little or a lot. Various straps on the outside and a volume that can be extended by opening zips enable the user to adjust the rucksack to the relevant requirements and always wear it as compactly as possible. This makes it streamlined and it sits snugly and flat on your back. With its 20 litre storage capacity, the iXS Backpack Day provides sufficient space for the luggage required on a day trip. Two exterior pockets enable things you need more frequently to be stored so that they are easily and quickly accessible. The secret pocket on the rear protects valuables from pickpockets.

Thanks to the many all-round features, the iXS Backpack Day is an optimal companion for many other activities apart from motorbike riding, such as in your free time, on a bicycle ride etc. The sturdy fabric strap on the rear means the rucksack can be hung over the extendible handle of a suitcase, making it an ideal piece of hand luggage. In one way or another, the issue of luggage is solved with the iXS Backpack Day!


Recommended Retail Price: USA: US $ 59.-
Colour: black (003)
Size: Volume: 20 litres
Article N°: X92701


Backpack made of 420D polyamide
• Chest strap and waist belt
• Expandable
• Outer pocket with organizer
• 2 side mesh pockets
• Trolley-strap on the back side
• Volume: 20 litres


Shell: 420D polyamide, PU Coated

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Dani Pedrosa: zen soundbites

“The key is that you have to be patient, knowing that at that moment you can’t do what you want or what you’d like. But in your mind it has to be like ‘Ok, I cannot now, but I will’. It’s not the same as thinking ‘I cannot now, and maybe I won’t be able to then either…’ It’s very different. You have to accept that this situation, maybe it’s difficult for you, but somehow and some way, you will find that road that takes you there to be able to do it again.”

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“He’s considering me as a rival” – Rins talks Marquez

“Marc for me is the man to beat,” said Rins, during Thursday’s episode of MotoGP™ Live: A Sit Down With. “The rivalry is so high. Already in 2019, I shared more moments on track with him and, for sure, when he wins or he finishes in front of me, I finish the race and I’m a bit angry. I want to beat him but also, it’s like this for him. I remember in Silverstone when I beat him, he was so angry, so, so angry.”

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This Sunday on BT Sport: Rossi interview and a 2013 review

And to add to the excitement, BT Sport presenter Suzi Perry speaks to Valentino Rossi – winner at the 2013 Dutch GP – about the nine-time World Champion’s future. Rossi explains his thoughts about a potential Petronas Yamaha SRT switch, the thought of retirement and more – it’s not to be missed. So if you can, tune in to BT Sport at 10am on Sunday the 31st of May for a morning of MotoGP™ greatness.

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Crutchlow: “Miller has the talent to beat Marc”

“He’s the right rider to do it I believe, and I think he can – when I retire and guide him. But that’s up to him, whether he wants me to do that for him or not,” joked the British rider, who stood on the rostrum with Miller at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix – behind a certain Marc Marquez.

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2020 British and Australian Grands Prix cancelled

“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.

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Will Kawasaki supercharge Vulcan cruisers?

Rumours are circulating that Kawasaki is planning to shoehorn its supercharged 998cc inline four into their Vulcan cruisers.

It was sparked by the above artist’s render in Japanese Young Machine magazine who make a habit of using artist drawings to push their speculation stories.

Surprisingly, they are often quite accurate!

We would imagine if this supercharged rumour is true, the engine would be down tuned for use in Vulcan cruisers. It certainly won’t be used in their learner-approved Vulcan S!

Kawasaki Vulcan S seats variable riding positionKawasaki Vulcan S

The supercharged Kawasaki engine produces a massive 240kW of power in Kawasaki’s track-only H2R, and 170kW in the roads-going H2 and SX SE sports tourer.

Their motor is also being used in the upcoming Bimota Tesi H2 with a comparatively modest 147kW of power which might be more likely in a cruiser.

Not that there is anything wrong with giving a cruiser plenty of power.

Just look at the 147.2kW Yamaha V-Max 117kW and Ducati Diavel power cruisers!

And many Harley-Davidson owners have been known to turbocharge and supercharge their machines.


Replica of first Harley-Davidson in historic sale

A replica of the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle ever made is being offered in a sale of historic motorcycles through Heroes Motors in Los Angeles.

The genuine first Harley sits in a glass case in the Harley museum in Milwaukee and would cost millions.Historic Harley

This replica of the 1905 model is a comparatively cheap $US120,000 (about $A180,000).

It was made in the mid-1990s by a group of artisans who ensured it was technically correct.

They included such details as the early engine’s case studs, and the thread and pitch of various fittings.

The engine has never been started but was planned to be fully operable.Historic Harley

Cosmoline has been applied to the internals to protect the finishes from the expected long-term storage in a collection or museum.

The bike is one of several historic models being offered by the prestige LA motor showroom.

Historic trike

Another is a 120-year-old De Dion-Bouton tricycle built by Jules-Albert de Dion who won the world’s first motor race, in 1894, run over a distance of 122km from Paris to Rouen. He was actually the only entrant!

This original 1900 De Dion-Bouton tricycle showing VIN 157 and engine No. 15568 comes from Sweden, where it is the oldest street-legal registered bike.

It features a 2.75hp motor, correct and original mechanical details and will set you back a whopping $US145,000 (about $A218,000).

1904 IndianHistoric Indian

Heroes Motors also have a 1904 Indian Hedstrom Camelback for sale at $US90,000 (about $A135,500).

It is essentially the same bike that Oscar Hedstrom built to show George Hendee as the first prototype for the fledgling Hendee Manufacturing Company in 1901.

This clean, black example of the early Indian models features the famed “Hedstrom Improved Carburetor” on the 260cc single-cylinder motor that serves as a stressed member of the cycle’s frame.

The direct-drive chain Indian used from the start was more reliable than the tensioned leather belts of other cycles.


Aldi confirms annual motorcycle gear sale

Aldi Australia has confirmed its annual motorcycle gear sale will return, but has not yet named a date nor confirmed whether the pandemic will delay the sale.

The sale is usually held on one of the first Saturday’s in August, but was pushed back to the end of the month in 2019.

An Aldi Australia spokesperson says their motorcycle Special Buy theme “continues to return every year as a result of its popularity and following from motorcycle enthusiasts, who are after quality gear for great prices”.

“Like with all our products, we continue to improve our range by making necessary changes,” they say.

They would not confirm a date nor say whether the pandemic would cause a delay.

We will publish the sale date and list of products and prices as soon as it is available.

Sticky situation

Aldi helmets Ray SchrieverRay with the sticky helmet

It follows a recent claim by Sydney rider Ray Schriever that the silver paint on Aldi helmets he bought in 2015 had crazed and become sticky, despite limited use.

“The helmet was sticky all over. I took it to the sink and gave it a wash but the sticky mess just congealed or balled up,” he says.Aldi helmets Ray Schriever

The Aldi Australia spokesperson says:

Before 2016, a different type of paint was used on the motorcycle helmets and after listening to our customers feedback we learnt that the helmet would sometimes become sticky if stored in damp conditions for a long period of time. As a result we worked with our business partner to improve the paint and the new formula was introduced in 2016. The safety of the helmet has never been impacted, the sticky surface was an aesthetic fault only. It does not damage the shell, the EPS liner or the structure of the helmet. Our helmets come with a 12-month warranty.

We do not suggest this paint issue would also affect helmet integrity in the event of a crash.

However, we do note that most helmet manufacturers recommend you replace your helmet after five years of regular use, anyway.

In Ray’s case, the helmets had not had regular use.

Aldi claims all its rider gear meets proper safety standards.