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Show of concern for rider safety

Riders have been called to show their support and concern for their safety tomorrow ahead of a major Victorian Road Trauma Summit next Friday (31 May 2019).

Melbourne riders are asked to gather outside the ABC studios at 120 Southbank Boulevard tomorrow from 9-10.30am during a radio forum on safety that previews the government’s summit.

They are also urged to contact the talkback number (1300 222 774 or SMS 0437 774 774 rates apply) to voice their concerns about rider safety.

The ABC’s Jon Faine will host a panel on Radio 774 discussing the road toll and what can be done.

The panel includes the Traffic Accident Commission, VicRoads, Monash University Accident Research Centre and Police.

You can listen in here.

Victorian lives lostWhat to do if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident crash

So far this year, 26 motorcyclists have died on Victorian roads which is nine above the five-year average of 17 and 10 more than last year. Many more have been injured and there haas been a spate of hit-and-run accidents leaving riders dead or injured.

The state government’s summit on Friday will include experts from the TAC, VicRoads, VicPol, MUARC, RACV, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria and cycling and motorcycle advocates including the Victorian Motorcycle Council and the Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel.

It will be hosted by Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville.

Community roundtables will also be held across regional Victoria where road deaths have spiked at 72 compared with 41 in metropolitan Melbourne.

The summit will build on the $1.4 billion Towards Zero road safety strategy, Jaala says.

Riders respond

Victorian Motorcycle Council spokesman John Eacott says there is an urgent need for an independent agency to gather and collate statistics.

Other issues include:

  • A proper campaign to educate all road users about filtering, both for safety and for congestion relief;
  • Urgent implementation of an advanced and/or refresher training programme for all riders with a government subsidy;
  • Completely stop any reference to ‘returning riders’ in any way, shape or form when discussing stats as there are no statistics available to identify any such subset; and
  • Funding for rural road upkeep – primary safety to prevent accidents instead of secondary safety spending to mitigate accident severity.

“The shock horror use of year-to-date fatalities instead of rolling 12-month or five-year averages is a constant irritation,” he says.

The Motorcycle Riders Association of Victoria believes the spike in the Victorian road toll has three main contributing factors:

  1. Inadequate crash data leading to bad policies and countermeasures;
  2. Neglected roads left in dangerous condition by VicRoads; and
  3. Incompetence in road management.

Spokesman Damien Codognotto says road authorities tend to blame the victims “rather than investigate and fix their own shortcomings”.

“The 2019 crash spike is not a spike in bad road user behaviour, it’s a failure in road safety policy and road management,” he says.

“Road authorities may divert attention from shortcomings in their systems with expensive media campaigns and/or road safety summits.”

The MRA is calling an independent office of road safety data, abolition of the motorcycle safety levy and a stop to the rollout of wire rope barriers with the funds saved used to repair neglected country roads.

“You can’t develop reliable road safety policies without reliable crash data collected in Australian conditions,” he says.

“Solving data problems is critical to motorcycle safety but the Victorian organisations dealing with our data do not want the public to think their systems are less than perfect.”

Lives lost to midnight 23 May 2019, Victoria

2018 Lives lost 2019 Lives lost
85 131 (up 54.1%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 5 year
average
99 104 113 100 85 100
Gender
Gender 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 26 33 7 27% 27
Male 59 98 39 66% 73
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 1 5 4 400% 4
Driver 39 60 21 54% 46
* *“>26 *“>62% Passenger 15 22 7 47% 18
Pedestrian 14 18 4 29% 15
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 41 49 8 20% 47
Rural vic 44 82 38 86% 53
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 0 1 1 100% 1
5 to 15 2 4 2 100% 2
16 to 17 0 3 3 300% 2
18 to 20 6 10 4 67% 8
21 to 25 5 8 3 60% 10
26 to 29 3 9 6 200% 9
30 to 39 15 14 -1 -7% 13
40 to 49 8 15 7 88% 13
50 to 59 16 22 6 38% 12
60 to 69 14 16 2 14% 12
70 and over 16 29 13 81% 17
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 10 10 0 0% 8
Rural roads 45 83 38 84% 56
Small towns/hamlets 2 3 1 50% 1
** **“>35 **“>25% Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
* includes pillion riders
** Melbourne Statistical Division includes some rural roads
Note: Fatality data is compiled by the TAC from police reports supplied by Victoria Police. Fatality data is revised each day, with the exception of weekends and public holidays. Data is subject to revision as additional information about known accidents is received, and as new accident reports are received and processed.
5 year average rounded to nearest whole number

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Fluid-filled helmet protects your brain

Fluid-filled capsules inside a motorcycle helmet could prevent damage to your brain in a crash by acting like the liquid that surrounds your brain.

Fluid Inside has developed their Fluid Pods after 25 years of research into how the liquid around our brain helps protect it from impact.

Their first helmet is the Fox V3 motocross helmet (pictured at the top of the page) that includes the pods in the lining instead of the usual EPS foam.

This innovation may soon be coming to a range of other motorcycle helmets after Swedish brain safety technology company MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) recently acquired Fluid Inside’s patents.

Fluid Pods

Fluid Pods helmet
Fluid Pod

Fluid Inside head of product communication Mike Chiasson says the pods are filled with a low-viscous, organic, oil-based liquid that mimics the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) around the brain.

It apparently disperses the impact in a crash to isolate the brain from crashing into the skull.

Such impacts have been known to cause serious brain damage.

However, the pods may also protect riders from memory loss, vision impairment and even Parkinson’s Disease by protecting the brain from the small and frequent impacts riders may cop when riding over bumpy surfaces or off-road.

The pods could be integrated into a helmet at production or inserted as an aftermarket addition to the lining.

They could also be used in other helmets for other sports such as cycling.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Horsman beats Ogden to the top step in Race 1

After domination from Fenton Seabright in qualifying, it looked like Race 1 could be his to lose but it became a classic group fight at the front in Round 2 of the British Talent Cup, with Cameron Horsman taking to the top step in another solid performance from the now-points leader. Key rival and previous Championship leader Scott Ogden wasn’t far behind, however, and he made serious gains through the field after a tough qualifying to cross the line second. Seabright, after a tougher Round 1 at Silverstone, took his first podium of the year from pole.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

Save 20% on Burma Motorcycle Tours ride of a lifetime

(Sponsored post from Burma Motorbike Tours)

Motorbike enthusiasts wishing to conquer the challenging but scenic tracks of Myanmar, also known as Burma, are being offered a discount on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in 2019 and 2020.

Burma Motorbike Tours is offering 20% off their 10 Day Best Trails of Myanmar tour, saving up to $519.

The promotion applies for bookings 30 days prior to these departure dates:

  • (2019) September 30, October 28, November 25, December 15;
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Participants will ride many hidden tracks amid spectacular landscapes, historical architecture while experiencing the authentic local culture. Riders will pick up their bikes in the Royal Capital of Mandalay and set off for an adventure through the countryside and the lesser-known parts of Burma.

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The total distance is 1332km passing through Pakokku, Mindat, Kanpetlet, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake and Pindaya with a mix of paved roads, winding tracks and trails. The riding is most challenging and scenic in the mountainous areas of Chin State through to Mindat and Kanpetlet with altitudes over 1000 metres. The magnificent scenery includes jungle-covered roads and pristine mountain forests. A highlight is the 135km ride on day 7 from Kalaw to Inle Lake along twisty paths with chilling panoramic views of the gorgeous Shan Hills.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

In addition to the awesome riding, customers will get up close and personal with the massive temple plain of Bagan which is home to more than 3000 red brick Buddhist constructions, meet the unique tribe of the tattooed face women and enjoy a wonderful boat ride on Inle Lake, the second largest body of water of Myanmar.

Riders have a choice of the bullet-proof Kawasaki KLX 150cc, or the more Honda CRF 250cc and Kawasaki KLX 250cc at an additional cost.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

Helmets, gloves and knee guards are included in the price, but you can bring your own gear if you like. Due to the hot climate, light and airy clothes are recommended for the journey. See all inclusions below.

The Best Trails of Myanmar Tour discount price is $US2080 for a rider (previously $US2599) and $US1483 for a pillion. 

The tour can only run with a minimum of two riders.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

Other inclusions are:

  • 9 nights accommodation at selected quality hotels and resorts
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea served with meals
  • Myanmar driving permits
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage (Kawasaki KLX150cc)
  • Fuel
  • Third-party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Mandalay airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking professional licensed Road Captain
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Riding gear (Helmet, Gloves, Knee Guards)
  • Burma Motorbike Tours souvenir T-Shirt.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

The tour price excludes:

  • Airfares
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement (upon request)
  • US$160/bike surcharge for using Honda CRF250cc or Kawasaki KLX250cc
  • Room service, laundry, phone charges
  • Damage to the motorcycle caused by the user (excluding reasonable wear and tear)
  • Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Tips & Gratuities to guide
  • All other services not mentioned

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Is Jaguar returning to motorcycle roots?

British car company Jaguar appears to be returning to its motorcycle roots with patents for an electric motorcycle, a hi-tech motorcycle jacket and head-up display helmet linked to the company.

The Arc Vector electric motorcycle, jacket and helmet were unveiled last year by Arc Vehicles.

However, the patent filings for some of the innovations have now been filed and assigned to Indian-owned Jaguar Land Rover which is a subsidiary of Tata Motors.

JLR’s InMotion Ventures is also a leading investor in Arc Vehicles which was founded by Mark Truman who used to run JLR Special Operations and its Whitespace skunkworks, where Arc was developed.

Does all this mean Jaguar may be making a return to motorcycles?

After all, the company started as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 making motorcycle sidecars. Many other car companies, such as BMW, also started making motorcycles.

Arc Vector electric motorcycle Jaguar
Arc Vector

Or does it simply mean the intellectual property in the patents will be assigned to future Jaguars and Land Rovers?

If the latter is the case, you may ask what use drivers would have for the motorcycle jacket that sends haptic alerts to riders if a collision is imminent.

However, that technology could be used to send haptic alerts to drivers through the seat or steering wheel.

As for the head-up display helmet technology, that could be used on the car windscreens.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW set for big 1800cc R18 cruiser?

A third BMW R18 cruiser concept model seems to confirm that the German company is returning to the cruiser market with an 1800cc boxer engine.

In December, a Japanese custom shop wheels out an R18 with a mysterious new BMW engine and last month a second cruiser concept with the engine was rolled out by a Texan custom shop.

Concept R18 cruiser

Now BMW Motorrad has revealed its Concept R18 cruiser at the 90th the Concorso d’Eleganza show at Lake Como in Italy.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Surely this confirms that BMW will return to the cruiser market it abandoned 15 years ago.

BMW built the R 1200 C cruiser from 1997 to 2004. It was a flop, but in recent years has become a collector and customiser favourite.

BMW R 1200 C R18 cruiser
BMW R 1200 C

Concept R18 cruiser was built for BMW Motorrad by Unique Custom Cycles of Sweden, so it’s not the final version that BMW is expected to release.

This is a simplistic model with minimalist design.

No doubt the Germans will give it some Bavarian hi-tech and quirky design as they did with the R nineT after Roland Sands designed the Concept 90.

The R18 cruiser will be powered by the biggest boxer engine they have produced, believed to be 1798.4cc in an over-square configuration (107 x 100mm) which means the pistons are wider than they are long.

Otherwise, the heads would hang out so far you couldn’t lane filter!

It also means it should rev better than other big-bore cruisers.

Interestingly, it is not liquid cooled, but is likely to be twin spark to meet Euro 5 emissions standards coming in 2020.

Don’t be fooled by the Solex carburettors. They may just be dummies like when Triumph’s Bonnevilles went EFI.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

As for the rest of the Concept R18 and a likely BMW production model, we should regard these words from BMW:

The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognizable as a genuine BMW: boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft, and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, while displaying confidence along with modern-style linearity.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Will BMW build it?

The market is ageing and mature riders love their cruisers.

Yet BMW has been reaching out to younger riders over the past 15 years with its adventure models, S 1000 derivatives and trendy R nineT.

But why should they not pay in a sector that continues to attract riders?

Over the years I have asked BMW executives whether they would return to the cruiser market and they have never said they wouldn’t.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Third Queensland rider dies in past week

A third Queensland rider has died in the past week after a 32-year-old man hit a tree on his motorcycle at 1.30am today in Forest Lake.

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations say he was travelling west on Johnson Road when he “failed to negotiate a left-hand bend, left road and collided with a tree”.

“The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Rider deaths

So far this year 16 riders and pillions have died on Queensland roads which is one more than last year and about 50% down on the three previous years.RIP fallen riders crash lone

Last Saturday (18 May 2019), moped rider Umberto Williams, 32, of East Brisbane, died in a crash in Windsor, north Brisbane.

Police allege the BMW SUV was travelling northbound on Lutwyche Rd when it collided with the moped also heading north.

The BMW then veered into the southbound lanes and collided with a Subaru sedan driven by a 23-year-old Acacia Ridge man before also colliding with a Jeep.

Umberto and the Subaru driver died at the scene.

A 37-year-old Burpengary man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm (excessive speed and fail to remain scene).

Yesterday, a 43-year-old rider passed away in hospital after being involved in a collision with a ute at a Kingaroy intersection on Thursday.

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations indicate that the rider was heading east on Haly St about 1.50pm when his bike collided with the passenger side of a Ford utility turning from Glendon St.

The rider was thrown from the motorcycle on to the road.

A staff member of the Commercial Hotel on the corner says the ambulance “worked on the rider for some time”.

He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away last night.

“There was damage to the passenger side door,” the hotel staffer says.

The ute’s driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.

Kingaroy Police say “no charges have been laid at this time”.

Riders dies after intersection collision
Haly St and Glendon St in Kingaroy

The crash occurred in a 50km/h area and Kingaroy Police say “speed may have been a contributing factor” but would not say which vehicle was speeding.

Police have not yet released the names of the rider or driver.

The Commercial Hotel worker says the rider and 62-year-old man driving the ute were both locals, but she did not know their names.

Investigations are continuing.

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Kenny Roberts Customized Yamaha YZF-R3 to Be Auctioned

Kenny Roberts R3 Welcome Home Heroes

Motorcycle racing legend Kenny Roberts has announced that a KR-customized Yamaha YZF-R3 that he and his crew built will be auctioned at the eighth annual Welcome Home Heroes Benefit Auction.

The Auction takes place this Saturday night, May 25, at the Commemorative Air Force, Hanger I-S, 700 Tioga Drive in Modesto, California.

Along with the one-of-a kind KR-customized Yamaha YZF-R3 up for bid, the auction will also include Team Roberts memorabilia, signed racing-related items, bronze statues, paintings and other motorsports merchandise.

Sponsors
for this year’s event are Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Dunlop Motorcycle
Tires, Saddlemen Motorcycle Seats and Components, Cycle Gear, Motion Pro, PJ1
Brands, and Vreeke & Associates.

For more information, call Michael Utt at (209) 765-9317 or send an email to Admin@KennyRoberts.com

About
Welcome Home Heroes

Welcome Home Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized to provide assistance to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military in their transition from active duty to private life. Last year, the True American Heroes Dinner and Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride raised more than $130,000. For more information, visit TrueAmericanHero.org or WelcomeHomeHeroesFoundation.org

Source: RiderMagazine.com

MV Agusta Fights AIDS at Cannes Film Festival

MO’s invite must’ve got lost in the mail to this year’s Cannes Festival, but we were there in spirit, as MV and Lewis Hamilton joined forces to bring in six times the retail cost of a Brutale 800 LH44 to battle AIDS. Good on them.

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MV Agusta Press Release:

Schiranna, Italy, May 24th 2019 – MV Agusta announces the donation of a limited edition Brutale 800 RR LH44 motorbike to amfAR, the foundation supporting AIDS research, auctioned off in Cannes at their star-studded yearly gala event, Thursday May 23rd, during the Cannes Film Festival.

The event, one of the most celebrity-dense of the entire Festival, took place at prestigious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, and included the LH44 Brutale designed by amfAR Gala Cannes Event Chair Lewis Hamilton. Produced as a limited edition series of only 144 units, it features the British champion’s number “44”, which he ran victoriously on all Formula 1 tracks. The 140 HP, 3 inline-cylinder engine Brutale 800 LH44 is a true design icon inspired by a racetrack legend. It did very well at the auction as it reached more than six times its retail price.

Over the years, amfAR has managed to raise more than $220 Million through their yearly gala auction in Cannes, funding AIDS research around the world. The amfAR gala auction, this year in its 26th edition, is a highly anticipated event for Festival regulars and featured, in addition to MV’s Lewis Hamilton Brutale, a number of paintings, sculptures and other highly exclusive items.

Timur Sardarov said: “I am delighted MV Agusta could support amfAR in their efforts to fight AIDS. I know many of the guests who attended the event are MV fans, and some of them already are proud MV owners. The Brutale 800 RR LH44 is a rare gem, and I am proud that it contributed to help amfAR continue with the incredible work they’re doing.”

About amfAR:

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $550 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

 

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Another state may allow helmet-less adults

There soon may be another state in the US that allows adults to choose for themselves whether they wear a motorcycle helmet or not.

Missouri recently voted to repeal both its helmet and abortion laws, although the former is yet to be signed off by the Governor.

If it does, there will be 19 states with motorcycle helmet laws for all riders.

They are: Alabama, California, DC, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Only Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire have no helmet use law.

Adults only

The remaining states have varying laws requiring minors to wear a motorcycle helmet while six of those states require adults to have $10,000 in insurance and wear a helmet in their first year of riding.

Adult riders are varyingly considered 18 or 21. Missouri says riders over 18 should be all.owed to decide on helmet use.

There has been a steady move toward liberalising US helmet laws in recent years.

But here’s an interesting example.

In 1977 Texas moved from a universal helmet law to an adult helmet option like Missouri wants.

There followed a 35% increase in motorcycle fatalities. Texas reinstated its universal helmet law in 1989 and deaths dropped by 11%. The law makers changed their minds yet again in 1997 to cover only riders younger than 21 and deaths leapt 31%.

As Dudley (William H Macy) tells Woody (John Travolta) in “Wild Hogs”: “62% vof all motorcycle fatalities could be prevented with the use of an approved DOT helmet.”

Liberal helmet laws adults
Wild Hogs

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have been saved had they worn helmets.

Yet, the use of motorcycle helmets in the US continues to decline to about half from 71% in 2000.

While the US public health institute the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the most common injuries in motorcycle crashes are to the riders’ feet or legs, the next most common location for non-fatal rider injuries was to the neck and head, accounting for 22%.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com