NSW emergency speed rule extended

Despite criticism from motoring organisations and a motorcycle cop being hit by a driver, NSW has extended its rule to slow traffic to 40km/h past emergency services.

The 12-month trial will be extended to a permanent law on September 26  but with some changes.

It will now include tow trucks and and motorway recovery vehicles, police will stop in visible locations and new warning signs will be deployed by emergency services.

However, it will no longer apply on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or more.

Instead, motorists will have to slow to a “safe and reasonable” speed, give “sufficient space” to emergency workers and “change lanes to keep the lane next to the vehicle free if it is safe to do so” as is required in most US states.

Concerns

Then Motorcycle Council of NSW Chairman Steve Pearce told us when the trial started that it was “just a matter of time until a serious incident occurs as a result of this rule”.

He was right. In December 2018, a NSW motorcycle cop was hit by a car when he pulled over another car on a 100km/h highway.

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Cop injured during speed rule trial

The 70-year-old female driver was one of 936 fined $446 and three demerit points during the trial period.

Steve’s major concern with the rule was that vulnerable motorcyclists, such as the NSW police officer, would be at risk of being rear-ended.

In fact, the person the rule was meant to protect became the victim.

Confusing rule

The extended rule could be confusing for motorists travelling interstate during holidays.

Emergency vehicles are defined as police cars, fire engines and ambulances displaying red and blue flashing lights and/or sounding their siren.

In Victoria it includes all “escort vehicles”. In SA, SES vehicles are included and in WA it extends to all emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, RAC roadside assistance patrol vehicles, and Main Roads Incident Response Vehicles removing road debris and broken-down vehicles.

The rule does not apply if the emergency vehicle is on the other side of the road where there is a median strip.

Fines also vary

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Would you slow down for this?

In South Australia, you can cop a maximum fine up to $1007 and some motorists have been disqualified for six months. In WA it is $300 and three points.

Victoria’s fine is $272.05, but there is a maximum court penalty of $777.30 if you unsuccessfully challenge the fine. The RACV says it could be difficult for motorists to see flashing emergency vehicles’ lights over a hill and have enough time to slow down to 40km/h.

The Queensland Government has rejected Police Union calls for a similar road rule.

Tips for avoiding tail-ender

If riders see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, there are several things they can do to avoid a rear-ender.

  • Look at traffic behind you to assess the danger;
  • Indicate and change lanes away from the emergency vehicle, if there is a vacant lane to move into;
  • If not, switch on the hazard lights;
  • Brake as smoothly as possible, perhaps activating the brake light on and off to attract the attention of following traffic; and
  • Search for an escape route, possibly between lanes or on the road edge.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

French motorcycle helmet company Roof is releasing a new helmet, the RO200 Carbon, which is expected to be the lightest full-face helmet in the world.

At just 1090g, it beats the previous lightest helmet, the Nolan-made X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon at 1249g.

The 1090g weight is for their small shell size to fit XS to M sized heads, while their ML to XXL helmets weigh 1150g which is still lighter than the X-Lite.

Roof helmets have been around since 1993 and have ECE22.05 certification, so they are legal here.

They are imported to Australia through Cassons, now owned by Motorcycle Holdings which also owns TeamMoto dealerships.Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

There is no word yet from Cassons about price and arrival.

In Europe they start at €699 (about $A1130), depending on colour and graphics.

Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

Features include UV and anti-scratch visor with Pinlock anti-fog insert, removable and adjustable lining, intercom compatible, glasses channels, six air intakes and two extractors, and a double-D ring chin strap clasp. 

Despite its light weight, Roof says the helmet is suitable for race-standard protection with “advanced technologies and innovative solutions” including “Evolutive EPS protection with five densities”.

They claim the face aperture provides 210° of horizontal vision and 100° vertical.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Life on the Open Road Doesn’t Mean Leaving Your Life Behind

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If you haven’t taken some time out from life to explore the vast expanse of our world, you’re missing out. There’s something extraordinary about packing up some essential belongings, jumping on your bike and cruising off into the sunset.

OK, that’s slightly too romantic a setting, but can you see how relaxing an adventure on the open road can be? Sure, switching off and taking a digital detox can be incredibly relaxing.

But, you can still balance having a relaxing trip with staying in touch with the world. Since we’re all so connected thanks to the smartphone surge, connecting with our loved ones is only seconds away through the likes of Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and the addictive social media channels.

Hell, there’s also new betting sites you can try while you’re on the move if betting is your thing. With mobile networks and WiFi hotspots stronger than ever, placing bets and watching live streams online is much easier now.

The fact is, apart from the rigmarole of daily life pressures, you can explore the likes of Mary River Valley without feeling stressed about putting life on hold.

How? That’s for us to know, and for you to find…

No, we’re kinder than that!

Work Flexibly

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We understand that not everyone can be mobile when they’re working. However, with such a massive shift in employers’ recognising that staff want more flexibility in working hours and work locations, how much is there to stop you from working on the road?

Imagine a world where you can cruise around on your bike, stopping off in a coffee shop to attend a conference call and catch up with the team while supping on your favourite bean-brew of choice. It’s possible, it really is.

How? Well, people are already doing it, so follow them!

Bloggers Are Leading the Way

Freelancing and blogging sit in their isolated niche away from the office and factory-binding jobs that make you feel like you can’t ever break free. Even if you can’t take your work away on your bike, perhaps you can extend your work so you can entice your employer to be more flexible.

What if they let you have some time out over and above authorised leave for a trip on your bike, in exchange for you to blog about your employer?

Or, in exchange for snapping some photos of your travel, the company can do a spotlight on their employees and what they get up to in their spare time?

This is just one example of how breaking the status quo can lead to a life more open and explored.

Stagnancy is the route of all Evil

You know that feeling of doing the same thing day in, day out? It’s awful, isn’t it? If McGregor and Boorman can inspire millions, why can’t you? If you want to make a drastic change, it’s up to nobody but you.

The thing is, you don’t even need to do it alone. If your spouse, ankle-biters or mates fancy a trip with you, memories could be created for life for all involved, not just you. That way, you won’t feel like you’re being selfish for packing your saddles and riding off.

Just because you’re on “holiday,” it doesn’t mean that you step out of one life and into another.

Take your iPads, smartwatches and phones. Crikey, even take your portable games console if you want to.

Plan way in advance and tell people what your intentions are. That way, there’s no surprise factor when it comes close to your trip.

There are very few things that you can’t get while on two wheels. The exception to this, of course, is if you head out into the true wilderness. Even so, with a boost to 4G coverage in the outback, you still might not be as isolated as you once thought.

What Are You Waiting For?

For some, it’s not so simple to pack up and ride away. Life commitments get in the way, and it’s not good to sack off your mates for a better option. But, if your boss says it’s no dramas to take some holiday at short notice, and it’s a feasible option otherwise, what’s stopping you?

We know, it’s you! We wild humans tend to find a reason to NOT do something instead of going wild and just doing it.

Even if you’re looking to grab your first motorbike or need an upgrade, start to look for a new one before you get the opportunity to go away. That way, you remove the barriers before they begin to imprint in your life and stop you from channelling the open road.

Make a plan, and it’ll become more of a reality than a dream.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Global Series Round 2: Sustaining speed at Sepang

The 5.5-kilometre Sepang International Circuit serves up a great deal of variety. Be it the awesome turn three, or the downhill turn five, there is plenty of fast bends to excite. But a smattering of heavy-braking hairpins are thrown in, to ensure a compromise is needed in terms of bike set-up.

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Rigorous tyre test awaits at MotorLand Aragon

Aragon’s 5.078km anticlockwise layout is an array of fast-flowing bends, long straights and tight hairpins. The 10 left-handers and seven right-handers mean the rear Michelin soft, medium and hard slick tyres will be asymmetrical in design, featuring a harder left-hand shoulder. The front soft, medium and hard will all be symmetrical.

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Time schedule: changes to the GP Michelin® de Aragon

Sunday is where we see the schedule change. Moto3™, as usual, will head out first for Warm Up at 09:00, but it will be the MotoGP™ riders who then come out second at 09:30 – not Moto2™. The intermediate class will get their Warm Up underway at 10:00 ahead of the Moto3™ race, which begins at 11:20 – not the usual 11:00 slot. MotoGP™ will race at 13:00, with Moto2™ the last race of the day in Aragon at 14:30.

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Engines ON for Aragon!

Making life increasingly difficult for the riders who started the season bothering the top five, top eight and top ten is Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), however. A stunning performance from the Spaniard in qualifying at Misano gave KTM their second front row of the season, and the number 44 brought it home in seventh at the flag, battling the likes of Rins and the Ducatis. Espargaro has impressed more than a few times this season, and home turf at Aragon will see him pushing to do the same. And there’s news on the other side of the KTM garage: after announcing in the summer that Johann Zarco would be parting ways with the Austrian factory for 2020, the switch has come early and it’s test rider Mika Kallio who takes over for the remaining races of this season. How will Kallio fare in a full-time seat? And can KTM profit even more from the Finn’s feedback as they continue their huge development push?

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Marquez vs Fernandez: is this the duel for the crown?

As has been true throughout an incredibly interesting season in the intermediate class so far, however, things can turn on a dime. The only constant since earlier in the year has often been Marquez and his pace, with Silverstone the only self-inflicted hiccup, but Fernandez took the gloves off at Misano, Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) was back in the battle and Speed Up put on a serious show of pace. This time it wasn’t Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) but teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who took Fernandez to the wire, but competitors need to keep an eye on both the Spanish veteran and Italian rookie after an impressive season so far.

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Is Dalla Porta now in the Moto3™ driving seat?

At Misano, all eyes were on Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) as the Championship leader arrived with a healthy lead to the track where he took his first Grand Prix win, but early in the race focus shifted quickly as Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) suffered a mechanical problem. Would Dalla Porta be able to capitalise? In part, although track limits caught him out and left him far off the podium. And so, as we arrive to what’s now Canet’s home turf, Dalla Porta has a lead of 22 points and it would be a long shot to see him lose that at MotorLand. Canet would have to win and Dalla Porta would have to score a 0.

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On your marks! Round 2 of the 2019 Global Series is here!

Six countries – Spain, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Australia and Indonesia – are represented in the Global Series. And in a new feature for 2019, each of the 12 riders will represent one of the current MotoGP™ teams, adding to the prestige and drama of the occasion.

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