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Guy Martin’s second Great Escape

Just weeks after completing the two jumps from The Great Escape, former Isle of Man TT racer turned TV daredevil Guy Martin has pulled off a second great escape on charges of having a fake driving licence.

It wasn’t his motorcycle licence at issue but his Irish licence to drive a heavy goods vehicle.

In December 2018, he pleaded not guilty in Lincoln Crown Court on two charges of using a fake Irish driving licence to secure a UK HGV licence.

The matter has been dragging on since then and was expected to be sorted in court on Monday (6 January 2020).

However, the judge and prosecution have now agree with psychiatric advice that Guy truly believed his licence was genuine because of his autism.

They have now dropped all charges.

Second great escape

Guy Martin practises Great Escape jump
Guy makes a second great escape

It’s a great escape for the likeable larrikin who has proved his bravery and skill with several daring stunts for his British TV show.

In 2018, he broke the speed record for riding an Indian Scout around the Wall of Death and crashed while attempting to break the 400mph speed barrier in a Triumph streamliner.

Guy Martin Wall of Death speed recordGuy Martin Wall of Death speed record
Guy cheats wall of death

Last month, he completed the second failed jump over a barbed wire fence from the 1963 World War II POW film, The Great Escape on a specially prepared  Triumph Scrambler 1200.

The bike was modified with different suspension, a lot of weight stripped off, punchy little exhaust and god knows what else under the skin.

Guy even had his trademark unkempt hair cut to look just like McQueen’s!

The jump was aired on the UK’s Channel 4 and you had to be a British TV licence holder to watch it.

The video is not yet on Guy’s or Channel 4’s YouTube channel nor social media and there is no word yet on when it will be available.

Meanwhile, here is the preparation video.

Next stunt for Guy

Guy’s next stunt will be to break the 300mph (482.8km/h) speed barrier on a motorcycle within a mile (1.6km).

The last person to attempt the record, Bill Warner, crashed and died after a tyre failure.

“If anything goes wrong, if it all goes to shit, they’re all right,” says Guy. “Sharon and Dot are all right, and the dogs, Nigel and Steve.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

How double demerit points can affect you

Double demerit points apply from Friday (20 December 2019) in NSW, the ACT and Western Australia, affecting licensed riders not only in those states, but also Queensland.

The penalty period lasts until January 1 (inclusive) in NSW and ACT and January 5 in WA where one rider copped a hefty 14 demerit points and $1200 fine over the Western Australia Day long weekend in June 2019.

Traffic Enforcement Group officers tweeted the above photo of the fine after nabbing the rider at more than 120km/h in an 80km/h zone in Ravenswood.

Police noted on the fine that the rider told them: “She (his bike) was flooding and gurgling; just gave it a blat”.

His licence was suspended for three months.

Double points danger

Riders from Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia passing through NSW, ACT or WA during any declared holiday period do not cop the double demerits.

Police cops speed speeding sensation annual demerit

However, Queensland riders should note that in certain circumstances they do apply.

The law in Queensland is that double points do apply to speeding offences of 21km/h or greater over the speed limit and seatbelt offences if they occur more than once within a 12 month period.

Lawyer Stephen Hayles of Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors says he has been asked by clients about the system after copping a fine in an applicable state.

“For example if you commit two speeding offences of driving 21km/h over the speed limit in a 12 month period, you will be allocated four demerit points for the first offence and four demerit points for the second offence plus an additional four demerit points,” he says.

“This means that you will have accumulated 12 demerit points within a 12 month period and you risk having your licence suspended.”

How demerit points are recorded

NSW police blitz demerit

Double points apply in NSW and ACT over the Australia Day weekend, Easter, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day and Christmas/New Year.

In WA, the double points apply on Australia Day (unless it falls on a week day), Labour Day, Easter, Anzac Day (unless it falls on a week day), Western Australia Day, Queen’s Birthday, and Christmas/New Year.

If a rider in another state commits a traffic offence in a state during a double-demerit period, the offence is recorded as a double demerit offence on their traffic history in the state where the offence happened.

The state licensing authority will then report the offence to the transport department in your state who will record the offence on your traffic history.

However, the double points will only apply in Queensland under the circumstances described above.

Choice of penalty

Stephen says that if you have committed a traffic offence recently and you receive a Queensland Transport notice that you have accumulated your allowed demerits, you will have a choice of a good driving behaviour period or a licence suspension for a period.

“When considering whether to agree to a good behaviour driving behaviour period and a licence suspension, it is important that a licence holder understands that accepting a suspension of their licence may preclude them from making an Application for a Special Hardship Order or an Application for a Restricted (Work) Licence for the next five years,” he warns.

If you are unsure about how many demerit points you have, you can search your record online at your state’s transport department website or call them and request a copy of your traffic history.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Millennials turning to public transport

Australian millennials are taking longer to get their driving/riding licences and are using public transport more, according to a multi-national university study.

The study looked at Melbourne, Brisbane, London, New York and Atlanta and found Brisbane millennials had the biggest increase in public transport kilometres (66%) followed by Melbourne with 45%.

London had a 22% increase and Atlanta 16% while New York had a slight decrease in public transport kilometres as millennials choose to live closer to work.

public transport
(Image from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers)

Public transport trend

While the trend toward public transport was applauded by the Monash University — the only Aussie uni among the five US and UK universities involved — the trend is alarming for motorcycle retailers.

They are struggling with a significant slide in sales over the past three years that will not abate if millennials don’t get licences.

Suggestions solutions

Diverse Harly-Davidson riders women youth public transport

Many suggested solutions to the millennial problem have been floated by retailers, distributors and manufacturers, but few are based in solid research.

So the American Motorcycle Industry Council has engaged researchers to find out exactly why millennials don’t ride and strategists to work out how to get them on to motorcycles.

MIC board chair Paul Vitrano, of Indian Motorcycle and Polaris, says the industry “needs to reach and inspire new customers”.

“While many of us, with our individual businesses, have taken steps to grow ridership, we also should be working together, and the MIC wants to help make that happen,” he says.

“To help us fully understand the barriers to entry, and to create an inclusive strategic plan to conquer those barriers that will be available to all stakeholders, we have partnered with a team of researchers and strategists to bring fresh perspectives to this challenge and opportunity.”

MIC has hired consulting firm Centauric LLC to do the research and come up with a strategic plan next month.

MIC vice chair Chuck Boderman, of Honda, says he does not expect a “quick fix”.

“It’s about showing people how motorcycles can fit into and enrich their lives, no matter where they live, what they do, what their hobbies are, or how old or young they are.

“This will take time, so we are committed to building a campaign that takes the long view.”

Stay tuned for the results of their research.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

How to Get Your Motorcycle License

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Do not be one of those drivers who think that they can get away without having a rider’s license, especially when you are riding a motorcycle. As much as you think you can evade the law, you will eventually get caught. Remember that the penalties and consequences are extreme. After buying your motorcycle, you should, therefore, have your motorcycle license completed as well. Here’s how:

1. Take a motorcycle safety course.

Before you are given the papers for you to comply with motorcycle licensing requirements, you must first take a motorcycle safety course. Whether or not this aspect is required, you should still go through it as a precautionary measure. It has been found that a majority of motorcycle deaths and accidents result from drivers who have never been through any formal motorcycle test.

As thrilling as your motorcycle might be, remember that you are at the mercy of only two wheels, which is so much more dangerous than the more stable four-wheeled vehicles. Consider taking a motorcycle practice permit test before taking the actual exam so that you can enhance your driving performance.

2. Comply with the motorcycle licensing requirements in your state.License learner LAMS

You cannot be presented with your motorcycle license if you don’t comply with all the requirements. One of the most common requirements that you will have to comply with is a written exam. Apart from the exam, you will also need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Age requirement
  • Motorcycle permit requirements

To be more specific about the requirements, you can go one step further by checking with your local licensing office as this can vary from state to state.

3. Pay the necessary fees.

Obtaining a motorcycle license is not free. You will have to pay for the issuance. Therefore, you have to be ready for this expense as well. As an additional cost, apart from paying your necessary fees, do set aside some money to buy yourself safety gear and helmets, too.


Although the law varies from one state to another, the process of obtaining your motorcycle license will most likely just be the same. If there is any difference, it might only be the minor specifications or requirements of each state, which one may have over another. As taxing as it may seem for you to have your license made, you should make it a point to get one, before you hit the road.

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Riding lessons now a uni course

How would you like to earn credit points toward your degree by learning to ride a motorcycle in a special uni course!

It sounds like a dream come true and a great way to encourage millennials to ride.

Unfortunately, it is so far only available at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

It’s yet another smart marketing move by Harley-Davidson to get more riders on motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson Marketing Programs Manager Claudia Garber says the company is committed to “building the next generation of riders and meeting them where they are – in this case on campus”.

The pilot uni course is being operated by the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy who hope to roll it out as a course option at other colleges and universities.

Harley-Davidson Australia marketing head honcho Keith Waddell says the integration of the H-D Riding Academy into the local “uni is a great idea and a great way to encourage the next generation of riders”.

“We will be watching the progress of the initiative with interest, however we have no plans to roll out for Australia or New Zealand at this stage,” he says.

Such a course would teach young people some much-needed skills about spatial awareness, road craft and vulnerability in traffic.

It may also make them better future drivers who look out for motorcyclists.

Licensing planPolice chase dodgy bike licence holders unlicensed uni course

The uni course follows a recent South Australia plan to increase the learner rider age and make it a requirement for learner riders to first have a car licence.

Our readers say it should be the other way around – car drivers should first have to get a motorcycle licence.

While that will never happen, several European countries allow young teens to ride 50cc scooters.

This promotes a healthy attitude about safety and respect for riders that seems to carry on later in their motoring life.

Anyone who has ridden in Europe will have witnessed the motorcycle awareness of drivers who sometimes wave you through or even move over to let you pass.

Uni course

A great way to get this process started is with education.

But maybe not just as uni course.

What ever happened to driver education in schools?

The Milwaukee uni course, riding Harley Street 500 motorcycles, will be an elective subject as part of their health sciences degree.

Harley Street 500 uni course
MBW on the Harley Street 500

Students will not only learn to ride, but also be required to attend classroom lessons about the parts and functions of a motorcycle and safe riding behaviour.

The uni course includes use of a training motorcycle, course materials, and insurance.

Students who complete the course will not only receive one general credit toward their degree, but also an MSF completion card.

In many states that means they are exempt from the riding portion of a state motorcycle licence test and may qualify riders for discounted motorcycle insurance. 

Interested students must have a valid automobile driver’s licence or learner’s permit and the ability to ride a bicycle.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com