Italian motorcycle rider protection company SPIDI is working on a smog-proof jacket and mask that could protect riders from the current bushfire smoke spread across NSW and Queensland.
The Spidi Mission Beta is currently just a concept.
However, it seems to be an advancement on their Beta Pro which has a special waterproof membrane and face mask.
How it works
The Mission Beta mask features an air pollution sensor that provides the rider with visual warnings on air pollution via an OLED display on the jacket’s left arm or clutch side. It also vibrates to warn of rising levels.
When the level rises above low, your magic consider using the mask. If it reaches “high” better gear that mask on now!
The sensor system turns on when the jacket is moved and off when it is still so you don’t waste battery.
The mask is designed to work with any motorcycle helmet.
Many riders are resorting to wearing face masks or neck socks to protect them from the current bushfire smoke.
Certainly they filter the big carbon particles which can worsen asthma and other respiratory conditions or penetra, cause coughing and shortness of breath and irritate your eyes, nose and throat.
However, they are useless against the finer particles that can penetrate deep into your lungs, causing inflammation that can exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma, emphysema and heart problems.
Andrew, who has been riding about seven months, says he has never had an accident and is a “very careful rider and I don’t speed”.
“All I remember is that car coming out of nowhere, then putting my hand out and hitting the bonnet. I don’t even remember hitting the road,” he says.
“Witnesses tell me I ricocheted into an oncoming vehicle as well.
“The next thing I know I’m on the ground screaming in agony.”
Andrew suffered multiple wrist, rib and leg brakes, but the worst was a shattered ankle where the vehicle hit him.
“It was shattered like a tomato,” he says.
“One of the arteries was severed and I almost lost my foot. I could still lose it.”
Andrew has already had three operations with another scheduled on Monday and “a fair few” to follow.
When Maddi left her apology for Andrew, he was advised not to reply, but to wait for the police to contact him.
He says the officer involved is on leave and won’t be back until next week.
Andrew has not yet made a police statement and no charges have been laid.
Maddi told us she didn’t see Andrew’s bike passing the turning vehicle until she “started to pull out”.
“From where I was I could see up the rest of the hill and as far as I could see there was nothing behind him,” she says.
“From my view there was nothing either way so I turned out and as I turned there he was.
“I didn’t see him until I hit him.”
In the text message she says she noticed Andrew swerve.
“I slammed on my breaks (sic) but I believe I hit the back end of your bike with the left side of the car,” she texted.
In her apology, Maddi says she tried to call 000, but a witness had already called, so she waited until Andrew was taken away in an ambulance:
I took photos of your bike to show you and also allowed another lady on the scene to call your grandmother off my phone to notify her about the accident. I was told to go home and call the police to report the incident by both the paramedics and also the fire fighters. I proceeded to do this and was at the station giving my statement at 4.50pm.
I was driving my mother’s car so I’ll be asking her to contact the insurance company to help assist with damages tomorrow. If there is any other way that I can help you personally I am more than happy to within my capabilities. I am so so sorry! Literally have been worried all afternoon and night as I wasn’t sure what the injuries entailed. I hope you have a fast recovery and once again I’m so sorry. The last thing I’d want to do is ever hurt someone and especially around this time of year.
‘I will ride again’
“Sorry is not going to help,” Andrew says.
“She should have looked and stopped and waited.
“She’s just assumed there was nothing behind the 4WD.
“She says she saw the car coming down the hill but nothing behind it.
“But I didn’t see her and I normally scan for everything.
“I also have a loud muffler so she should have heard me coming.”
Andrew says he would like Maddi to fix or replace his bike.
“I will ride again,” he says.
“There is no way this will stop me getting on a bike.”
A broken battery cable could cause a sudden engine cutout in 2019/20 Ducati Hypermotard models, promoting a safety recall.
Ducati Australia has issued a safety recall through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for 34 Hypermotard 950 and 40 Hypermotard 950 SP models.
The vehicle identification numbers of the affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.
The official ACCC notice says:
Due to improper assembly, the battery’s negative cable terminal may break. If the battery’s negative cable terminal breaks, the engine may cut off while riding, increasing the risk of injury to the rider and passenger(s), and other road users.
Owners will be sent a letter asking them to contact their Ducati dealer or service agent “as soon as possible” to make an appointment for an inspection, free of charge.
This is the fourth recall in 2019 for Ducati following an issue with faulty gearshifts in Monster and Super Sport models, and fuel fires and oil leaks in various Panigale V4 models.
With just a few weeks to go in 2019, there have been 25 recalls of motorcycles plus two accessories (Harley bags and a Honda Monkey bike rack).
The most recalls this year was six for Yamaha; followed by 4 for BMW and Ducati; Harley, Honda, Suzuki and Triumph on three (if you count the aftermarket accessories for Harley and Honda); and one each for Kawasaki, Indian, Piaggio and KTM.
That compares with the previous year where Ducati had 6;Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM and Triumph 3; BMW, Harley, Husqvarna and Moto Guzzi 2, Aprilia and MV Augusta one each.
Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.
Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.
If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:
Nicola Annabel Teo, 24, faced the Windsor Local Court yesterday (12 December 2019) were the matter was adjourned until 6 February 2020 for a charge certification committal in Windsor Local Court.
A committal hearing is held to determine if the matter should proceed to trial. It provides the defence an opportunity to test prosecution evidence and for the Magistrate to decide if it is a strong enough case to face trial in a District or Supreme Court.
If found guilty, Teo could face a custodial sentence.
Police are expected to provide the court with CCTV footage, witness statements and physical evidence.
They will alleged Teo was driving on the wrong side of the road when she crashed her Toyota Landcruiser head-on into a Ross, 76, near Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, on 26 September 2019.
Ross suffered extensive leg and internal injuries.
Teo is currently on conditional bail.
Ross was a former Commanchero president who instigated the infamous Milperra Massacre on Father’s Day in 1984, in which seven people were killed.
He was shot and jailed for more than five years. He later left the club and is now a Rural Fire Service captain and grandfather of 12.
Even though it’s called the HD350 project, the Harley will have a displacement of 338cc.
HD350 is just a working title and the bike will have another name when it goes to market.
Harley is working with Chinese company with Qianjiang Motorcycle and this week they agreed on the final design for the bikes.
However, they have not yet unveiled the final design.
The images here were released back in June when Harley said they would “embody a distinctive look, sound and feel that will spark powerful connections with riders”.
“The new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and engine will be produced in a Qianjiang facility in China and adhere to the rigorous quality standards and testing processes followed for all Harley-Davidson products,” their June statement said.
Qianjiang, based in Zhejiang, China, bought Benelli in 2005 and makes scooters and motorcycles with brands names such as Qijiang, Generic, Keeway, and KSR.
The factory is now gearing up to start production with Chinese sales starting in late 2020 and India in 2021.
There is no current plan to export the HD350 model outside Asia.
U.K. rider founded Women Riders World Relay, helped unite motorcyclists worldwide.
Begin press release:
For calling attention to the needs of women riders and for creating a worldwide connection among them, Hayley Bell of the United Kingdom has been named the American Motorcyclist Association 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year.
Bell is the founder and president of global business development for the Women Riders World Relay, a movement joined by thousands of motorcyclists from 84 countries to create a “global sisterhood of inspirational women” and to demonstrate to motorcycle manufacturers and makers of riding gear that female riders are a formidable and growing market that deserves their attention.
The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation, awarded annually by the AMA Board of Directors, recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months.
“For her efforts to promote the motorcycle lifestyle around the world and bring together riders from all nations and backgrounds, conveying the positive aspects of motorcycling and drawing attention to the market potential of female riders, Hayley Bell is the 2019 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year,” said Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, chair of the AMA Board of Directors. “Women riders are an important segment of the motorcycling community and they are a critical building block for the future. Hayley’s efforts not only reaffirm that sentiment, but they help carry it forward at a time when motorcycling needs new riders in the fold.”
Women Riders World Relay participants carried the relay baton for a leg of the journey through their countries, then passed it along to the next group of riders. The relay brought together women from diverse cultures and bridged political differences, even across national borders.
Bell was determined that the Women Riders World Relay demonstrate that female riders “are exactly equal to other riders.” Along the way, the relay drew support and participation from male riders, as well.
The full story about Bell and her accomplishments can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.
One of the cooler things about bike sharing is the ability to get an extended test ride on many bikes you’re considering buying. Now, the biggest bike-sharing site, Twisted Road, informs us they have a couple of new H-D LiveWires available on the west coast, for a couple hun a day. (Actually the guy in San Mateo is asking $175 a day for his brand new Harley. That’s him, Scott C., in the lead photo.)
The other cool thing about bike sharing is the ability to have the bike pay for itself if you do wind up buying one, like the owner of a new KTM we were chatting with the other day: His new SuperDuke earns its own keep in about four rental days per month. The sharing economy giveth, and the sharing economy taketh away.
Twisted Road Press Release:
The leading online-motorcycle sharing community offers the LiveWire in San Francisco and Los Angeles
CHICAGO, Ill., December 10, 2019 — Twisted Road, the leading rental service for privately-owned motorcycles in the U.S, today announced they are now offering two Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles. With more than 2,300 motorcycles for short- or long-term rental, Twisted Road has many classics while others – like Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire electric motorcycle – are cutting edge.
“These are fantastic additions to our fleet,” said Austin Rothbard, Founder and CEO, Twisted Road. “The owner in the L.A. area is offering the LiveWire for rent exclusively through us, and will even arrange for airport pick up and drop off.”
Twisted Road is unique among motorcycle-sharing services in having a flat, per day charge for all bikes, set by the owner based on how popular or rare the motorcycle is. The LiveWire motorcycles will rent for about $199.00 per day. Like all other Twisted Road bikes, these bikes won’t have mileage restrictions.
“It’s a great way to try out a bike you’ve never ridden before,” said Rothbard, “whether it’s a 21st century electric bike like the LiveWire, that’s perfect for getting around the city, or a vintage beauty like the 1958 BMW R50.”
Twisted Road verifies all potential renters for driver safety, experience, and qualifications. It also offers the best owner insurance protection in the industry, with up to $100,000 of free liability protection and up to $25,000 of damage protection. Owners may choose to increase that liability up to $1 million. After each ride, the rider and owner rate each other, while the rider rates the bike, too. To date 97% of these ratings have been five-star.
Rothbard continued, “We are building the most trusted motorcycle community around–a place for riders to connect with one another over their favorite passion. Riding.”
For more information on Twisted Road and to see all the bikes listed, please visit:
Sito Pons (Team Join Contract Pons 40 owner): “I am pleased to announce the incorporation of Jordi Torres to the Join Contract Pons 40, our MotoE™ team. After a first year that has helped us to understand the motorcycle and the Championship, in which everything was new, with Jordi we opened a new stage and faced the challenge of fighting to win the MotoE World Cup. As a rider, he has successfully rode the Moto2™ World Championship and the WorldSBK™, being able to win in both categories, and that gives him a degree of maturity, experience and speed needed to try to fight to be MotoE™ World Champion. The team, together with our partners, will give him the necessary tools so that we can fight for it. Welcome to the team Jordi and thanks to our partners who trust once again in our project. Together an exciting season awaits us, and I am sure it is full of success.”
The change also replaces the single race that had been planned for Le Mans with a double header, as the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will host two races once again. That expands the calendar from six to seven races and means the 2020 MotoE™ season will run from May to November, visiting five different venues.