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Motorcyclist killed in truck collision

NSW Police are at the scene of a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a truck in McGraths Hill in Sydney’s north-west.

About 12.35pm (Tuesday 22 October 2019), police attended the intersection of Windsor Road and Pitt Town Road following reports of a collision between a motorcyclist and a truck.

“The male rider was thrown from the bike and suffered serious injuries,” NSW Police say.

“The man was treated at the scene, however died.

“The driver of the truck was not injured and has been taken to Hawkesbury Hospital for mandatory testing.

“A crime scene has been established and the circumstances surrounding the collision are being investigated.

Windsor Road is closed in both directions and local diversions are in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

It follows four tragic days for motorcyclists in NSW with four riders killed, and five riders and a pillion injured in six separate motorcycle crashes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Alex Milledge was an Aussie motorcycling stalwart

The Australian motorcycle industry has lost a stalwart with the passing of Alexander Milledge, OAM, on 6 September 2019, aged 89, says industry veteran Stuart Strickland.

He credits Alex with recognising the rise of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, becoming Yamaha’s first overseas distributor and supporting many motorcycle champions. 

Eulogy

Speaking at his funeral service at St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak, Stuart said Alex had led the Milledge Brothers to success as the nation’s largest motorcycle business and had “invested heavily over countless years supporting all forms of motorcycle sport”.

Stuart began his 40+ years in the industry at Milledge Brothers, the first motorcycle shop in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. He was parts and general manager from 1971 to ’81 and, like Alex, he also was awarded an OAM for service to the industry.

Obit Alex Milledge
Milledge Brothers store

“Milledge Brothers was an enjoyable company to work for because its leader was a man of action, never standing still,” Stuart said.

“Alex possessed fantastic business acumen and was a great mentor. I, like many, built careers from foundations learnt whilst at Milledge Brothers.”

Stuart said many motorcycle dealers around Australia benefited financially through Milledge Brothers’ success.

He also acknowledged Alex’s “exceptional” ability to “gain, build and maintain relationships with manufacturers across world markets”.

“I think his greatest achievement was chasing distribution rights for Honda, being unsuccessful, but through perseverance landing distribution rights for both Yamaha and Suzuki.

“His premonition that British domination of the market would cease through the rise of Japanese manufacturers was accurate, leading to many very successful years for the company.

“Alex broke new ground with Yamaha Motor, becoming their first overseas distributor. He held an exalted position with Yamaha’s hierarchy throughout his life,” he says.

Alex Milledge

Obit Alex Milledge
Alex and Sue

Alex was born on 5 August 1930, the only child of Alexander and Mary Ellen.

He lived nearly his entire life in Birdwood Ave, Elwood; was educated at Melbourne Grammar; and worked in the family business, becoming general manager in 1956 at the young age of 26.

In 1988, the Yamaha franchise was sold and Alex became semi-retired.

He is survived by his wife Sue, three children – Jane, Sarah and Libby – eight grandchildren and one grandchild. Sadly, his son Tom died in 2002.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Pope’s Harley sells for bargain price

A Harley-Davidson signed by Pope Francis has sold at the Bonham’s Autumn Stafford sale in the UK for a bargain at less than half what it was hoped to fetch.

The bike was sold for the bargain price of £42,000 (almost $A80,000) which is a tidy sum that will benefit Catholic Overseas Missions.

However, it’s not as much as was expected with auctioneers tipping the 2016 Custom Cycle “White Unique” would fetch up to $A180,000.

White Unique was created at the suggestion of Dr Thomas Draxler, founder of the Jesus Bikers group in Austria, as a fundraising vehicle, to be donated to the Pontifical Mission Societies (Missio), the official support for Catholic overseas missions.

Pope with holy Harley custom for auction
White Unique

Bavarian-based Harley Davidson dealer, Würzburg Village, supplied the Softail and collaborated with the Jesus Bikers on its customisation.

As the name suggests, the machine is finished in pearlescent white, with Chicano (Mexican American) style detailing, numerous gold-plated components, a Dorne wreath ornament, a sunken cross and Pope Francis’ signature on the tank.

The Harley Davidson was unveiled to the public in Würzburg on 29 June 2019 before being accompanied by the Jesus Bikers to the Vatican, via Assisi, where the ‘Pope Bike’ was handed over to the Vatican at a ceremony with His Holiness in St Peter’s Square on 7 July.

Holy bikes

Pope Harley
Holy Softail

The holy Harley is the latest in a short succession of holy motorcycles and cars donated to the Papacy and sold on for charity.

In 2014, a Harley-Davidson owned by the previous Pope sold at a Paris auction for the “bargain” price of $67,700.

The Harley Heritage Softail was one of two Harleys gifted to Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary in 2013.

When he resigned, Pope Benedict was replaced by Pope Francis who decided to sell the bikes for homeless charities in Rome.

Pope Francis with the Harley Dyna expensive motorcycle holy
Pope Francis with the Harley Dyna

The first bike, a Dyna Super Glide, sold for $364,476, while a Harley leather jacket also sold for an astounding $86,829.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Are police vilifying bikies?

Police claiming all bikies are criminals is vilifying them in a similar way as saying prostitutes cannot be rape victims, says former detective and now Bond Uni criminology lecturer Terry Goldsworthy.

His comments follow the discovery of the body of Comanchero member Shane Ross at a Gold Coast park.

Terry says police commentary over Ross’s alleged murder represent vilification.

Queensland Police Superintendent Brendan Smith is quoted as saying “bikie lifestyle carries its own risk”.

“Anyone who thinks a bikie is a motorcycle enthusiast is kidding themselves – they are criminals and criminal behaviour is hazardous,” Supt Smith is quoted as saying.

Vilifying bikies

Terry says this kind of statement creates “obvious” problems.

“The data clearly tells us that bikies are not all criminals,” he says.

“They generally do not carry out criminal activity within the auspices of the gang.

“Being a criminal does not mean that you should be treated any less as a victim.

“This kind of thought process harks back to the logic that a prostitute cannot be raped, or the short skirt justification for rape etc.

“When you vilify the status of the victim you are intentionally suggesting that they are somehow to blame for the offence committed against them and the act is minimised. Every victim deserves to be treated the same.”

Riders vilified

Riders protest the laws at the January 26 rally in Roma St
Riders protest VLAD laws

In 2017, Terry also claimed the tough, so-called “anti-bikie” VLAD laws in Queensland were not the success the police claimed.

As we found during the height of the original VLAD laws, riders wearing club “colours” were mistakenly vilified as “outlaw bikies” by both the public and police.

Vilifying anyone because of their association is not only careless, but can be dangerous.

Criminals should only be classed as criminal for their actions, not because of their membership of a group.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Victorian Police patrols for MotoGP visitors

Victorian Police have warned riders heading to the Phillip Island MotoGP this weekend of increased patrols in and around the track.

The annual Operation MotoSafe will also concentrate on eastern Victorian roads leading to the venue. 

Eastern Region Road Policing Inspector Stephen Cooper said that this year has been a “particularly challenging year” on Victorian roads, with a “lot of the trauma taking place in country Victoria”. 

“At the beginning of the year we saw a lot of fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcyclists,” Insp Cooper says. 

“With the warmer weather encouraging riders to get back on their motorcycles, we want everyone to know that police will be out enforcing against those who engage in risky behaviour.”

During the operation, police patrols will target drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs, as well as fatigue.

Track patrolsCelebrate Australia Day with classic racing at the Phillip Island Classic International Challenge patrols

Between 25 and 27 October, police will patrol in and around the race track and on all roads leading to Phillip Island.

 “With increased motorcycle traffic in the area, we need both motorcyclists and other road users to be alert and aware of their surroundings,” Insp Cooper says. 

“The Grand Prix weekend is one motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy and look forward to every year.

“The last thing we would want is for it to end in tragedy.”

Operation MotoSafe

Police cops speed speeding motogp patrols

In previous years Operation MotoSafe has consisted of road blocks, random breath testing and number plate identification to check for illegal motorcycles.

Victorian Police have previously been accused of being heavy handed and discriminatory with riders before and after the MotoGP event.

Some have even sworn not to attend future events as a result.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Car ploughed into four bikes, killing rider

A Kia Rio has ploughed head-on into a group of four motorcyclists in Kyogle, northern NSW, killing one and injuring three riders yesterday (20 October 2019).

It follows three tragic days on NSW roads in which three riders died and five riders and a pillion were injured in five separate motorcycle crashes.

Police say the latest accident happened about 1.45pm on a hill crest opposite the Cemetery on the south side of town. (Image above courtesy NBN News.)

Emergency services attended the crash on Summerland Way, near Runnymede Road, following reports a Kia Rio travelling north and four motorcycles travelling south collided.

One of the motorcycle riders, believed to be a 55-year-old man, suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

Another rider, a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The other two riders, aged 52 and 53, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The driver and sole-occupant of the vehicle, a 52-year-old man, was trapped for a short time before being released and taken to Lismore Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing.

Officers from Richmond Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by the Far North Coast Crash Investigations Unit.

Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. No charges have yet been laid.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all riders killed and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for all those injured in these crashes.

Group crashes

Pick-Up crash with US riders accident
North American group riding crash (Image: Associated Press)

Riders are vulnerable road users, but when they are riding in a group they present a bigger target and the results can be carnage.

We have reported on several group crashes in recent months in Australia.

But the most tragic was the crash in North America where an unlicensed pick-up truck driver ploughed into 10 bikes, killing seven riders.

The driver returns to court next month where he faces a long jail term.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

New motorcycle models coming in 2020

It’s motorcycle show season with a host of new 2020 models soon to be revealed at the biggest motorcycle show on the planet, EICMA, in Milan in November and the Tokyo Motor Show starting Thursday (20 October 2019).

We expect the usual new models, updates, concepts and, of course, a host of electric motorcycles and scooters.

However, Ducati, Kawasaki and Honda will jump the queue with unveilings on Wednesday ahead of show season.

2020 bikes

Here’s our rundown on what to expect at the shows for 2020:

Ducati

Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4 ranges
Ducati Streetfighter V4

We are kickstarting with Ducati who will steal the show on Wednesday night (23 October 2019) when it reveals its 2020 models including seven new models.

Their big-ticket item is the 208hp Streetfighter V4 weighing in at just 178kg dry. There may also be a Multistrada with the V4 engine.

Two other models we’ve heard of are the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour and a blacked-out Scrambler Icon Dark.

We may also see an updated Panigale 959.

Kawasaki

2020 Kawasaki Z-H2
2020 Kawasaki Z-H2

On the same day, Kawasaki will unveil their naked supercharged Z H2. It will be interesting to see if it has the same power as the H2 or whether it is “retuned”.

The Ninja 400 engine is expected to be added to the baby Versys, we could see a W800 scrambler version and there could be updates to the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000.

Rather than a new model, the big news could be confirmation of the rumours that the big green machine has gobbled up Italian icon, Bimota, for which it has historically supplied engines.

Honda

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda will also show its 2020 fleet on Wednesday, including the already revealed Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin.

Their big news will be the new CBR1000RR with a host of electronics to be competitive in the 2020 World Superbikes series.

Honda usually has some interesting concepts and the rest may just be updates of existing production models.

Triumph

Triumph Thruxton and Rocket TFC
Thruxton TFC

The British invasion will include a Thruxton RS to bridge the gap between the ‘R’ and the ‘TFC’ and we expect a Bobber version to join their exotic TFC range. 

BMW

The Bavarian promises six new models highlighted by the reveal of the production version of their first cruiser in 15 years, the 1800cc boxer-powered R 18 (spy photos at the top of this page and below).

2020 BMW R 18 \
BMW R 18 spy photo

We also expect to see the F 850 RS based on the Concept 9cento, an updated S 1000 XR sport tourer, the new S 1000 R streetfighter and perhaps more R nineT versions.

Magnets make BMW 9cento two bikes in one
BMW 9cento

KTM

The Austrian manufacturer has been defying the sales slump with some clever new models in recent years and should continue the trend.

We expect a new 1290 Super Duke R with winglets as this teaser video suggests.

KTM is tipped to announce a range of entry-level 490cc twin-cylinder motorcycles, a range of 890cc models and a 790 Supermoto.

Aprilia

Aprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono
Aprilia Concept RS 660

The Aprilia RS 660 production bike is the big tip following the unveiling last year of the concept model.

There should also be RSV4 updates with less weight and more power … as usual.

Norton

Norton Atlas Ranger Nomad wait
Norton Atlas Ranger and Nomad

No new models, but we expect to see the Atlas models and V4 RR hit the showroom floor.

MV Agusta

A Russian funding injection and promises of new models has got everyone excited, but it may be too early.

Perhaps we’ll see yet more limited-edition models such as the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro to challenge Ducati Streetfighter V4 in a horsepower brawl.

RMK

2020 RMK E2 prototype electric motorcycle
RMK E2

This Finnish motorcycle company will unveil an electric motorcycle with up to 300km of range and a hub-less rear wheel housing the motor.

Suzuki

After years of teasing, we expect to see a turbo model, perhaps even a turbo Hayabusa or Katana, but probably more likely something in the mid-range engine capacity.

There will also be updates for the V-Strom 1000, new colours, new graphics and maybe a concept or two, probably electric.

Some have suggested a smaller version of the recently released Katana.

Indian

2020 Indian Challenger spy
2020 Indian Challenger

The American company is expected to unveil its Challenger bagger believed to be powered by a liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.

Yamaha

The R1 and R1M will have an update and we should see at least one new variant of the popular MT range.

Moto Morini

2020 Moto Morini adventure bike
2020 Moto Morini adventure bike

The Italian manufacturer has hinted at an adventure bike with unknown engine capacity.

Moto Guzzi

The popular V85 TT adventure bike and V7 could be joined by more variants.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Tragic day for motorcycle riders

It was a tragic day on NSW roads yesterday for motorcycle riders with one dead and two injured in two separate incidents.

Tragic crash

A male rider, 45, has died in a motorcycle crash on a gravel road in the far west of NSW about 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday 19 October 2019).

Police say emergency services were called to the Wilcannia-East Road, 10 kilometres outside Menindee, “following reports a motorcycle rider had been ejected from his bike”.

The rider died at the scene despite efforts to revive him.

Officers from Broken Hill Police Station established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Rider and pillion injured

A 59-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after coming off his motorbike in the state’s Northern Region yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Limpinwood Road, Tyalgum, shortly before midday (Saturday 19 October 2019), following reports a motorcycle had crashed into a tree.

“On arrival officers found a 59-year-old rider suffering critical injuries,” police say.

“He was stabilised at the scene before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering critical head injuries.”

He remains in a serious condition.

His female pillion passenger, aged 57, suffered shoulder and ankle injuries and was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for further treatment.

Inquiries are continuing by officers from Tweed/Byron Police District.

Waterfall Way crash

Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash tragic
Waterfall Way is a favourite among riders

It follows the tragic death on Friday of a male rider in his 50s after a collision with a car on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our condolences to the riders’ family and friends and our best wishes for the injured rider and passenger for a full and speedy recovery.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash

A male rider in his 50s has died after a car and his motorcycle collided on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour yesterday (Friday 18 October 2019).

Police say the motorcycle was heading east on Waterfall Way when it collided with a car coming in the opposite direction shortly after 4pm about 13km west of Bellingen.

The rider, who is yet to be formally identified but believed to from Coffs Harbour, died at the scene.

Three people travelling in the car were taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus with minor injuries.

The driver, a 31-year-old woman from Armidale, has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing.

Waterfall Way was closed in both directions for four hours, re-opening at 8pm.

Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash
All images from NSW Transport Why We Ride video

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes for the injured passengers for a full and speedy recopvery.

No charges have been laid.

Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way is one of many “motorcycling roads” featured in the NSW Transport video series Roads We Ride.

It is one of the most popular roads in the region for motorcyclists.

Waterfall Way is both scenic and winding. However, it is also narrow, challenging and dangerous.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aussies aid wheelchair bound former rider

Aussie contributions have been flooding in for a Croation rider who was sidelined into a wheelchair in 2008 by an incurable muscle weakness disease.

Earlier this year Boris Ivančić called for help to collect motorcycle badges, patches, stickers and flags.

These badges and patches have arrived from Australia.

badges patches

“I wish to thank all you Aussies and all brothers and sisters from all around the world for your support,” Boris says.

“It means a lot for me when I waked up, my first words are ‘The postman?’ That says it all.”

badge
Boris’s room with his updated collection

Wheelchair bound

Boris has been a rider since his teens, but contracted Lou Gehrig’s disease and has only been riding his wheelchair for the past 11 years.Wheelchair rider Boris Ivančić  seeks badges, patches

“My condition stopped my body riding a bike but didn’t stop me being a biker in my mind – forever and eternal,” he says.

“I do have things which are making lonely days bright — my friends and my hobby.

“This hobby of mine is collecting patches, stickers, flags and motorcycle group labels from all over the world.

“My wish is to get as many as I can.”

Wheelchair rider Boris Ivančić  seeks badges, patches
Boris and friends

Boris has decorated the wall of his house in Klis with more than 1000 pieces of motorcycle memorabilia and he still has plenty of walls to spare.

If you can help Boris fulfil his dream, send your badges, patches, etc to Boris Ivančić at Gizdići 46, 21 231 Klis, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia EU.

Aussie patches and badges for Boris
More Aussie patches and badges for Boris

Lou Gehrig’s disease

Wheelchair rider Boris Ivančić  seeks badges, patches
Lou Gehrig

The debilitating disease is named after famous American baseball player Lou Gehrig.

It’s actually amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which is an incurable neuromuscular illness. 

The disease forced Lou Gehrig to retire from pro baseball at the age of 36. He died from the disease two years later. 

There is still no known cause nor cure for the disease.

It is painless, noncontagious, but cruel with the body failing and the mind fully aware to the end.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com