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Cyclist passing rule a danger to motorcyclists

A rule allowing drivers to cross solid white lines to overtake cyclists has now been extended to Victoria, making it a blanket rule across all Australian states.

Back in 2016, crash victim Maritha Keyser and rider groups said the implementation of the rule was putting the lives of motorcyclists in danger.

Maritha vainly launched a petition against the rule. The petition is now closed with 2340 signatures.

In 2015, Maritha was involved in an accident when a vehicle legally crossed a double white line to pass a slow-moving cyclist and give them the required 1m buffer (or 1.5m in over 60km/h zones).

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Crash scene on double white lines

Cyclist passing rule

The laws actually state that you can only cross or straddle a solid white line or painted island “if it is safe to do so”.

However, the very fact that it is allowable creates the wrong impression for drivers.

Motorists already can’t see riders, don’t want to see us or simply ignore us as no real threat to them.

They wouldn’t cross a solid line if another car was coming, but they seem willing to do so for motorcycles.

Here is a video example of a close call as a rider nearly runs head-on into a van that is over the white line on a corner because of a cyclist on the side of the road.

While Maritha’s accident was not a head-on with the overtaking vehicle, its presence on the wrong side of the road led to a chain of events that caused the crash that left her with permanent disabilities.

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Maritha had the support of Australian Motorcycle Council, the Victorian Motorcycle Council, BMW Clubs Australia and others.

Legislating to protect one vulnerable road user that heightens the risk of another vulnerable road user is simply wrong, they all said.

Now, the Motorcycle Rides Association of Australia has chimed in wth the introduction of the laws in Victoria.

“This is a very dangerous law on roads like the GOR, the Black & Reefton Spurs, the St Andrews / Kinglake Road and many others,” says spokesman Damien Codognotto.

“In my opinion the police crash reports on head-on and rear-end crashes will not mention bicycles in most cases so the data will be distorted in favour of the new law being effective. That is what happens with road barrier crashes. There is no oversight or control to ensure crash data is reliable.

“Double white lines are there because it is dangerous to go on the wrong side of the road where the lines are painted. On many 80 and 100 kph roads crossing double white lines creates an extremely dangerous situation. I’ve heard of at least one head-on in Queensland in these situations.
“Then there’s the danger of coming on slow moving bicyclists and braking to slow to their speed. The car/truck behind does not brake in time and hits the back of you.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

COVID-19 Forces Organizers to Cancel 2021 Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show has showcased the latest and greatest innovations in the automotive and power sports industries since 1954. The show takes place every two years and since being held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center in 2019, this year’s event was scheduled to take place in October 2021. Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show has been canceled according to the Japanese Car Manufacturers (JMA).

The Japanese government has plans to declare its third state of emergency in the regions of Tokyo and Osaka. The 2019 Motor Show drew approximately 1.3 million people and hosting the event this year could put visitors at risk for infection. Akyo Toyoda, Head of the JMA was quick to cancel the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show via a virtual press conference.

Toyoda stated “We have concluded that it will be difficult to offer our main programs where many visitors get to experience attractive features of mobility in a safe environment,” 

“The Tokyo auto show showcases motorbikes, minicars, large vehicles, passenger cars, as well as mobility vehicles of other industries. As such, we would like to prioritize having visitors experience these vehicles in the real world, and we would rather hold the event in the real world, not virtually. So, we have decided to cancel the event.”

The cancellation of the 2021 event comes as no surprise as we move into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the news is unfortunate for everyone involved in addition to anyone who awaited the event, Toyoda has plans for the future. 

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“The next time, we would like to hold an improved event to be called Tokyo Mobility Show,” added Toyoda. “We would like to ask for your continued support.”

Information on the Tokyo Mobility Show hasn’t been released yet, but we look forward to bringing the info forward once it’s available.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Black Dog Ride seeks board members

The Black Dog Ride Australia (BDRA) organisation which raises awareness and funds for mental health issues this year installed a new leader and now needs three new board members.

West Australian automotive marketer Lawson Dixon took over in February as general manager of the Perth-based organisation which hosts annual rides to raise awareness of mental health issues.

BDR boss Lawson DixonBDR boss Lawson Dixon
BDR boss Lawson Dixon

BDRA was started by Steve Andrews after his solo ride around Australia in 2009. His shock retirement in 2017 was followed by a series of changes in leadership, board membership and administrative staff that the organisation admitted in 2019 had left them “in a state of flux”.

Now the organisation is seeking to fill its board wth professionals who are “genuinely committed to raise the awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention”.

In a press statement, the BDR says they are “committed to diversity in the make-up of the board as well as the role that diversity plays in driving high performing and sustainable organisations.

If you are interested, the board needs candidates with skills in risk and safety management; PR, marketing and media; or sponsorship and fundraising.

Skills and experience in sponsorship and fundraising will also be highly regarded.

Board members should be aware that they may be financially and legally liable for board decisions.Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer charity ride register agenda

To apply, send a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed below and a copy of your resume no longer than three pages. 

Applications must be received by email to [email protected] before 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

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Board Criteria

General requirements:

  • Knowledge of corporate governance and board processes;
  • An understanding of the NFP environment and working with volunteers;
  • A willingness to join and/or lead board committees;
  • An ability to constructively engage and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills and strategic thinking;
  • A strong corporate ethics foundation;
  • Sound judgement, influencing, negotiating and decision-making skills;
  • A strong sense of connection with the mission of the organisation;
  • A collegiate and inclusive style; and
  • An individual who will invest time with the organisation and key staff. It is important that they have the commitment and capacity to strongly participate in and contribute to the board and the organisation’s next stage of development, as well as alignment with its culture.

Essential skills required in one or all the following areas:

  • Risk and safety management planning and implementation; or
  • Organisational PR and marketing; or
  • Sponsorship and fundraising.

Highly desirable:

  • Previous experience as a non-executive director;
  • GAICD qualifications or similar.

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Psychs on Bikes Delivers Mental Health Support Across Australia

Below is a press release from Psychs on Bikes, a group of mental health professionals who raise awareness in rural and remote communities. These professionals also have a passion for motorcycles and have been able to combine their passion for motorcycles with their profession of helping people while travelling to remote areas in Australia.

The outback may be a strange place to see a cavalcade of leather-clad, motorcycle-riding mental health professionals, but there’s nothing ordinary about Psychs on Bikes. It’s a group of mental health professionals who hit the road on motorbike rides aimed at improving awareness about mental health in rural and remote communities across Australia.

In May, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses ditch the couch, for their motorcycles. Leaving Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane they will ride over 16,000 km around Australia over six weeks.

The trip will visit cattle stations in central Queensland and the Northern Territory where the psychs will engage with hundreds of staff in conversations about their emotional wellbeing.

Founder and Sydney psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Dunn highlights “Unfortunately depression and suicide rates are much higher in rural areas than urban ones. Our motorcycles are great conversation starters because people can be quite apprehensive about talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist”.
As well as speaking about mental health, the group offers free health checks to target what he calls the four silent killers: hypertension, diabetes, depression, and alcohol.

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Bernadette Burke, from the Consolidated Pastoral Company, emphasizes the real need for mental health support in rural and remote regions “The isolation of a cattle station can compound mental health issues. Having Psychs on Bikes visit starts a conversation that our staff may not otherwise have”.
Psychs on Bikes would like to acknowledge and thank its foundation sponsor Ramsay Health Care.

For further information visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Reporting potholes pays off

Reporting potholes and other road damage to relevant authorities can pay off, says a long-time advocate for better road maintenance to save the lives of riders.

Rodney Brown says he reported a massive pothole on McGeorge Road, South Gisbourne, to Victorian Roads Minister Ben Carroll and was surprised to find it had then been fixed.

He says the Minister passed the information on to the Macedon Rangers Shire Council who quickly remedied the dangerous road surface.

They also relied to Rod and said “I hope I have educated our road safety decision-makers to promptly fix our roads, especially for motorcyclists”.

Rod says the design of motorcycles and scooters means they have unique dynamic stability characteristics that make them more “sensitive to changes in the shape, texture or skid resistance of the road surface, including the presence of water, potholes, ruts, poor road matching or debris on the road”.

“Too many motorcyclists are dying on our roads throughout Victoria due to road damage not being considered,” Rod says.

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Rodney Brown

In fact, a 2018 British Automobile Association survey found that riders are three times more likely to be involved in crashes caused by potholes and poor road surfaces than any other vehicle type.

It found that while potholes cause damage to cars, they are a greater injury threat to riders as they have to swerve to avoid potholes which can also cause crashes.

Also, a World Health Organization Global status report on road safety 2018 found that the motorcycle road toll could be reduced by improving roads along with other issues such as better speed and alcohol/drug use enforcement, safer motorbikes and mandatory helmet laws.

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Rod says road authorities are expected to establish reasonable standards for road construction, inspection, maintenance and prompt repairs so that roads are suitable for all vehicles, including motorcyclists. 

Maintenance contractors have an obligation to ensure that where works are carried out on the road, these are done in a manner that ensures the safety of all road users, and that the road surface is correctly reinstated or altered.”

However, it is also important for riders to be involved by reporting road damage to relevant authorities.

If the issue is not fixed, at least a rider who crashes as a result the damage may be able to sue council since it had been alerted to the issue.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Files Patent for Automated Braking

Harley-Davidson has recently filed patents that show a type of emergency braking system that could be integrated into future models. 

Unlike other manufacturers, Harley’s technology patent is more in line with accident prevention and crash avoidance – instead of adaptive cruise control. 

Harley Davidson Patent

The system is comprised of many sensors situated similarly to those found on bikes with adaptive cruise control. These sensors are responsible for monitoring the bike’s surroundings along with the status of the rider via grip and seat sensors. Harley-Davidson’s system also includes a camera that is pointed at the rider to provide information about the status of the rider. 

Harley-Davidson’s patent also mentions the use of Vision Tracking via a helmet-mounted camera pointed at the rider’s eye. This cool technology can sense where the rider is looking in addition to their eyes being open. 

Harley-Davidson Patent Schematic

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The new technology will collectively work together to provide visual and audible alerts in the case of an emergency – giving the rider the opportunity to react. If the rider does not respond, the system will begin to slow the bike down, come to a stop, gingerly topple the bike, and the incapacitated rider over. 

Every rider can relate to seeing vehicles on the road sometimes braking slowly at first but then almost immediately come to a halt – leaving the rider to estimate the braking distance. Another neat feature found in HD’s new patent is it can assist the rider in applying the brakes should the rider misjudge how quickly they need to stop.

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Ducati recalls XDiavel and Scrambler 1100

Ducati Australia has issued two separate recall notices this week for their XDiavel, XDiavel S and Scrambler 1100 models for issues with side stands and electrics.

In the first notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, X Diavel and XDiavel S models made from 2016 to 2018, the side stand mounting bracket may become damaged.

“The side stand may fail when the motorcycle is parked,” the notice says.

“If this occurs, the motorcycle may fall over, which could increase the risk of injury to the rider and passenger, or bystanders.”

That’s not good for a motorcycle costing more than $30,000.

Some 182 Scrambler 1100 models sold from April 2018 to January 2021, have an issue with the exhaust cable coming into contact with the battery positive cable, according to the official ACCC notice.

“If the two cables make contact with each other, there will be an electrical short causing a potential fire risk, increasing the risk of an accident and injury to the rider, passenger and/or bystanders,” it says.

“In the event of a serious accident, this may result in death.”

Owners of the above models will be notified in writing to contact their closest Ducati dealer or service agent and arrange an appointment for the respective cables to be rearranged, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact an authorised Ducati dealer or email [email protected]

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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:

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Bike sales soar as discounts end

Australian motorcycle and off-highway vehicle (OHV) sales have increase 51% in the first quarter over the same period last year.

It’s a similar story to the soaring Aussie housing market and new car sales (up 22.4%), with similar supply and price ramifications for buyers.

Motorcycle dealerships are looking bare at the moment with rising demand as people look to spend their money on luxury items since they can’t travel overseas.

With new bike supply tight and demand high, this has resulted in an end to the past few years of manufacturer and dealer discounting.

It’s also led to a clean-out of second-hand models. Great news if you want to sell a bike, but bad news if you want to buy one.

It’s not just dealerships reporting high sales and prices, but also private sellers and auction houses which are reporting high clearing rates and top prices.

The official Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) figures show exceptional growth in the 2021 first quarter sales results for motorcycles.

Total sales for the period from January to March 2021 were 27,256 units, an increase of 9279 motorcycles, scooters and off highway vehicles. This represents a 51.6% increase on the same period in 2020 when 17,977 sales were recorded.

It should also be noted that sales in Australia did not collapse during the first few months of the pandemic as they did overseas. Australia recorded a drop of only 2.6% in the first quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter of 2021, road bikes increased 20.9% to 8684, a notable increase but actually the lowest increase of all four sectors of the market.

Dirt bikes also recorded strong growth, with 11,642 units sold during the first quarter – an 88.9% increase on the 2020 first quarter.

OHVs continued their significant sales growth during the past year, accounting for sales of 5455 units this quarter. This is an increase of 1984 units, or 57.2%, over the same period in 2020 when 3471 were sold.

Scooter sales were up 26.9% to 1475, or 313 more than in the first quarter of 2020, when 1162 were sold.

“The results are clearly reinforcing the view that motorbikes, scooters and OHVs are continuing to be a favoured mobility choice across the country,” says FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber.

FCAI CEO Tony Weber is learning to ride a motorcycle NGK
Tony Weber

“It also reflects a growing confidence in the economy as people use their disposable income to either upgrade or buy a motorcycle for the first time.

“The big increase in off-road motorcycles also suggests that the changed social environment brought about by COVID 19 has encouraged many people to look to this area as a positive form of recreation,” he said.

It should be noted that the FCAI figures no longer include a breakdown of manufacturer results or sales per sector (such as cruisers, tourers, sports bike). Several manufacturers are also not included in the FCAI results, most of them minor. However, CFMoto is not included and it is likely within the top 10 sellers in Australia.

Australian sales figures:


YTD 2021

YTD 2020

Percentage +/-




+57.2 per cent




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+88.9 per cent




+20.9 per cent




+26.9 per cent

Total market



+51.6 per cent

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Yamahas recalled on faulty brake switch

The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the faulty brake switch could “inhibit the cruise control and constantly illuminate the rear brake lights”.

“If the rear brake lights constantly illuminate, other road users will not know if the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of an accident or injury or death to the rider(s) and/or other road users.”

Owners of affected motorcycles should contact a Yamaha Dealer to arrange an appointment to have the brake switch replaced, free of charge.

Consumers can find their nearest authorised Yamaha dealership by visiting: https://www.yamaha-motor.com.au

For further information, contact Yamaha by phone on 1300 593 600.


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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:

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph unveils electric motorcycle

Triumph Motorcycles has revealed a sketch of what their electric motorcycle will look like – and it looks very sporty indeed.

The British company has been working for a couple of years with the British F1 team Williams after receiving millions in government funding to produce electric motorcycles.

Triumph has been surveying its customers since 2012 to see if they want them to produce electric bikes and in 2019 the company issued a trademark filing for the name “Trident” to be used for “all possible classes” including motorcycling gear, accessories, clothing and “electric machines”.

However, for the moment, the bike is called the TE-1 project and there are only a few vague technical details available.

They say it will have “class-leading power, efficiency, charging time and range” thanks to an innovative, lightweight battery.

“The all-new battery has peak power of 170kW and continuous power of 90kW, with a capacity of 15kWh,” their press release says. 

“This enables the motorbike to deliver 130kW of peak power and 80kW of continuous power.

“Class-leading system cooling combined with the optimum balance of power and energy means TE-1 can give the rider more electric power for longer and deliver outstanding performance regardless of battery charge. 

“The 360-volt system also enables a fast-charging time of under 20mins (0-80%), which is combined with a market-leading target range.”

That last statement is a bit vague, but could mean more than the 360km range offered by Zero Motorcycles with their extended battery pack.

After two years, the project has completed phase two of what they say is a four-phase program, so it could be another couple of years yet before we even see a prototype.

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Add another couple of years before a production model is ready.

Triumph CEO Nick Bloor says the project will “provide one of the foundations for our future electric motorcycle strategy, which is ultimately focused on delivering what riders want from their Triumph; the perfect balance of performance, handling and real world usability, with genuine Triumph character”.

Williams spokesman Dyrr Ardash says the “next-generation battery technology” will provide “more power, for longer”. 

The company was the original supplier of batteries to the entire grid of FIA Formula E World Championship cars in 2014, a relationship that has been revived for 2022-23 season with Williams Advanced Engineering being awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen3 battery system. 

WAE also supplies battery systems to ETCR and Extreme-E.

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