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Two riders die in overnight crashes

Police in NSW and Queensland are investigating two crashes in which riders died early last night (20 August 2019).

In one incident, police say a motorcycle was travelling eastbound along the Warrego Highway three kilometres from Minden about 6.30pm when the rider “has attempted to overtake two trucks and has lost control”.

“As a result, the motorcyclist has collided with one of the trucks and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police say.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Rider dies in Tweed Heads crash

Just across the border, an 18-year-old male rider died when his moped collided wth a Holden Colorado about 6pm in the southbound lanes on Ducat Street.

The teenager was knocked off the moped and was struck by a northbound Toyota Prado.

He died at the scene.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended and established a crime scene.

The 42-year-old male driver of the Holden, and the 46-year-old female driver of the Toyota were uninjured.

They were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

The road was closed for about five hours while the scene was examined.

Inquiries continue and a report will be prepared for 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 sincere condolences to the riders’ friends and families.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bar Cuffs make bike transport easy

These clever Bar Cuffs not only make it easy to tie down your motorcycle for transport, but are also guaranteed not to scratch your chromed or powder-coated handlebars.

The multi-patented Bar Cuffs cost $US49.95 (about $A75 plus postage) and are made of stainless steel so they won’t rust like many tie-down hooks.

They feature rubber inserts to prevent scratching and slipping and save you the hassle of putting something soft between the nylon straps or hooks and the bars.

Bar Cuffs

Adam Ewles says his invention will support up to 900kg of strain, so they should be suitable for all sized scooters and motorcycles.

They are also able to be locked in case you are storing your bike on a trailer overnight.

Bar Cuffs come in a pack of two with extra inserts in different sizes to accommodate various sized bar diameters.

You can also clamp then right over the bar grips and the eyelets will self tighten.Bar Cuffs to transport motorcycle

Note that you will still need nylon straps to tie down the rear of the bike.

Click here for tips on how to safely transport your bike.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Riders dies after highway truck crash

A 22-year-old male rider has died after a collision with a truck on an M4 highway off-ramp in  Sydney’s west this morning.

Police say the rider was travelling east on the M4 highway when his motorcycle collided with a truck at the Church Street off ramp about 8.20am (Tuesday 30 July 2019).

“Paramedics arrived at the location and treated the motorcyclist before he was taken by ambulance to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition,” police say.

The rider died soon after.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Driver tested

The truck was towed for examination and the driver was taken for mandatory blood and urine testing.

There are no details yet on the tests.

However, the Cumberland Police Area Command has established a crime scene and an investigation into the crash has begun.

Police urged the public to exercise extreme care when using the Church Street off-ramp exit due to “heavy traffic conditions”.

After the incident, eastbound traffic on the highway was static for up to 11km.

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.

Safety message

It is still not yet known what caused the crash and we do not assume any blame.

Riders should always exercise extreme caution when riding around trucks, especially in heavy traffic.

Trucks have a lot of blind spots and motorcycles can easily disappear from their view.

Click here for more information on lane filtering around trucks and truck blind spots.

Trucks reversed image lane filtering blind spot
All the bikes in this photo are in a truck’s blind spots

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Male rider dies in Sunday crash on Mt Glorious

A motorcyclist out for a Sunday ride on his favourite local mountain road has died in a crash.

The 34-year-old male rider from Middle Park was enjoying a Sunday ride on Mt Glorious (pictured above) Brisbane’s favourite motorcycling road, at 8.27am today when he “lost control and struck a tree”, police say.

The incident happened on Mt Glorious Road, about one kilometre west of the township.

Emergency services responded to the incident and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

“Passing motorists stopped and rendered assistance and first aid until the arrival of police and emergency services,” police say.

Emergency treatment was provided, however the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police delayed releasing information until the rider’s family had been contacted.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901452523

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Rider dies in head-on ute collision

A 50-year-old male rider has died in a head-on collision with a ute on the Rosewood-Marburg Rd at Tallegalla, west of Ipswich, about 4.15pm yesterday (18 July 2019).

It is the fourth motorcycle crash with a ute in South East Queensland in the past couple of weeks.

Police say the Pine Mountain rider sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 62-year-old male driver of the ute was not seriously injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901381969

The rider  was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Rider dies in crash with turning truck

A 34-year-old male motorcycle rider has died in a crash with a truck that appears to have been turning across his path.

The accident happened about 2.15pm yesterday (7 June 2019) in Garfield Road East, Riverstone, in Sydney’s north-west.

Police have been told the motorcycle was travelling east along Garfield Road East when it collided with a Hino truck which was believed to be turning right on to Edmund Street.

The top photo shows the view the truck driver would have before turning right into Edmund St.Truck crash turning

The rider was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.

The male driver of the truck was uninjured.

Officers from Quakers Hill Police Area Command 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.

Any charges arising from the incident are not expected until the Coroner concludes their report.

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

Common crashes

Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur when the other vehicle is turning across their path.

The result can be lethal as the rider hits the vehicle in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

There are a number of scenarios of turning-vehicle crashes where the rider is completely blameless and others where they are at partial or complete fault.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is if the rider is dead.

These are the four most common crash situations where the other motorist is turning, often without looking for motorcycles:

  1. Oncoming driver turns across the rider’s path to enter a property or side street;
  2. Vehicle pulls out of a side street into the path of the motorcycle;
  3. Motorist pulls over to perform a u-turn without looking; and
  4. A vehicle in front suddenly turns without indicating just as a rider is overtaking them.

Look for these signs

We all know drivers don’t look for motorcyclists for a variety of reasons.

So riders need to assume the worst and look out for these signs in the above impending SMIDSY (Sorry Mate, I didn’t See You) situations:

  1. If an approaching vehicle has its indicators on, assume they may turn without giving way to you and look for movement of the wheels and the driver’s head turning;
  2. Be suspicious of all vehicles coming out of side streets (left or right) and again check their wheels and the driver’s head to see if they have seen you;
  3. Treat any vehicle that pulls over as a possible u-turn or at least that they will suddenly open their door and step out in front of you; and
  4. If the vehicle in front suddenly slows, don’t take the opportunity to pass them. Be cautious that they could be about to make a turn, even if they haven’t indicated.

How to avoid SMIDSY crashesTurning crash

In all the above four situations, slow down and be prepared to take some sort of evasive action, looking for a possible escape route.

If the driver is on a side street or oncoming, try to make eye contact with them.

Make yourself seen by moving in your lane.

You can also alert drivers to your presence by blowing your horn or flashing your lights, although these may be illegal in some jurisdictions and could give the false message that you are letting them cross your path.

Don’t trust loud pipes to save you. Most drivers have their windows up, air-conditioning on and the radio turned up loud, so they may not hear you, anyway.

Besides, in all these situations, your pipes are facing away from the driver.

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Wheelchair rider seeks badges, patches

A Croation rider who was sidelined into a wheelchair in 2008 by an incurable muscle weakness disease is calling for help to collect motorcycle badges, patches, stickers and flags.

Boris Ivančić says he has been a rider since his teens, but contracted Lou Gehrig’s disease and has not been able to ride 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 the 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, Kris, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia.

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.

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How to Do Bike Repair Without Becoming a Motorcycle Mechanic

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You don’t need to be a motorcycle mechanic to fix your bike. Here is how to do basic motorcycle repair.

You’re great at burning up the rubber. Your wheelies are the stuff of legend. But when it comes to the simplest repairs to your bike, you’re first in line for a motorcycle mechanic.

It’s time to put the brakes on costly fixes and try a little DIY. Here’s how to perform some of the basics that’ll have you speeding off into the sunset without burning a hole in your wallet.

Changing the Oil

Always buy a motorcycle specific oil. In most bikes, the engine oil acts as a transmission fluid as well. Normal car oils won’t cut it.

The oil filter may need to be changed too. It could be a cartridge-style type located behind a bolted-on cover. It could also be a screw-on type. A normal wrench will be enough for the job. This should be one of your must-have tools.

Once you’ve changed everything over, you can check the oil level. There is usually a small porthole on the side of the crankcase. Just be sure the level is between the lines and you’ll be all set.

Maintaining the Drive Chainchain care

Just as you’d invest in one of the best car jack stands for home repair, so you’ll make your life a lot easier with a rear stand for your bike. It’ll help you to keep the rear wheel off the ground, and the whole bike upright.

This is going to make chain maintenance much easier. Your chain needs to be kept at the correct tension. It will stretch over time and you’ll have to adjust it at that point.

Loosen the rear axle nut and then use the adjustment nuts to take out some of the slack. Always turn the nuts on either side evenly so that you don’t affect the wheel alignment. Clean the chain regularly and always keep it well lubricated.

The Tires

The slightest differences in tire pressure can adversely affect the way your bike performs. Checking the pressure should be something you do religiously.

The grooves of your tires have small raised points known as wear indicators. When these are worn down, it’s time to invest in new tires. The rear tire is likely to wear out more quickly than the front tire.

The Brakes

Learning how your brakes work is an essential part of knowing how to control your motorcycle properly. You should be able to bleed the brakes on your own. There are plenty of online maintenance courses that can help.

You’ll be able to reach the brake levers and the bleeder screw at the same time. The front and rear brake systems are independent of each other.

This means there are two different master cylinders to top off. One will be located on the handlebars, and the other on the side of the bike, below the seat.

Who Needs to Pay for a Motorcycle Mechanic?

Once you’ve mastered some of the basics, you’ll gain confidence and start learning how to fix more complex issues. Pretty soon you could become your own motorcycle mechanic.

That’s all going to be particularly useful if you’re planning to travel. Check here for some of the coolest bike rides around the world.

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Crashed rider found lying on a bridge

A 52-year-old motorcyclist has died after a passing motorist found him lying near his crashed bike on the Nottingham Road Bridge yesterday afternoon (3.25pm 24 April 2019).

NSW Police say it is unknown how long the man had been lying on the road.

He was attended at the scene near Wee Jasper, NSW, by Ambulance Paramedics but sadly died a short time later.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

Police are investigating and have asked anyone with information or dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers or phone 1800 333 000.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Police reports

Unlike Queensland police who report these as single-vehicle accidents, the NSW Police media release made no mention of a likely cause except that he had obviously “come off his bike”.

Police media releases and statements that claim these as single-vehicle accidents before any investigation is concluded raises the spectre that the riders were at fault.

Such assertions should not be made until investigations are completed. Other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians or a stray animal could have caused the crashes.

In this rural incident, stray livestock or a kangaroo could be at fault. The Wee Jasper area can be plagued with kangaroos.

Claiming that such incidents are single-vehicle crashes can confirm in the minds of the public that riders have a death wish and do not deserve their respect and consideration.

These are dangerous assertions that jeopardise the safety of all riders.

Crash stats

In fact, the statistics show that more motorcycle fatalities are in multi-vehicle crashes.

And in half of those the rider was not at fault.

Last month, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce said he feared police assumed crashes riders were guilty until proven innocent.

“I think there is a view that riders are more likely to be at fault in accidents involving motorcycles and that speed is the common factor,” Steve says.

“We see this in single-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, where the rider is automatically deemed to be at fault.

“This ignores factors such as road condition, line markings, recent roadworks, lack of signage.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW appears set for 9cento production

BMW Motorrad appears to be going ahead with a production version of the Concept 9cento that converts from a solo sports bike to a two-up tourer with luggage in a matter of seconds using strong magnets.

The clue is in these design drawings filed with property offices in Germany and Brazil.

It is difficult to tell from the drawings whether the bike has the same two-in-one features of the Concept 9cento, pronounced ‘nove cento’, which means 900 in Italian.

It’s also a little less aggressive than the concept model.BMW 9cento concept tourer

But it’s still an interesting model that we suspect will have the new 850cc parallel twin engine.

The mid-sized sports tourer concept launched this time last year featured magnetic clip-on luggage that also extends the seat from solo to dual.

The drawings don’t show any luggage features.

BMW’s popular R nineT was their first bike developed with a solo-to-dual-seat conversion, but it uses mechanical latches.

Rather than fiddly mechanical attachments, the 9cento uses a powerful electromagnet that easily attaches the luggage to the lower section of the rear carrier.

Heaven forbid the magnet loses current and drops your luggage and pillion on the ground!

The BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento to be revealed at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

9cento details

The German manufacturer unveiled the 9cento at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in Italy.

BMW has still not released any tech specs.

Other highlights are a lightweight carbon fibre triangular frame, aluminium panels, long travel suspension and two symmetrical LED headlights and twin LED taillights that feature the BMW Motorrad motif.

BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich says the bike brings together sports, adventure and touring as an allrounder.

“It doesn’t always have to be about ‘bolder, bigger, brighter’ nowadays: this concept bike focuses on achieving a sense of balance,” he says.

The BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento to be revealed at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

3D printed protectors

When BMW Motorrad unveiled the 9cento, they also showed leather and Kevlar jackets in similar design which is another indication of a production model looming.

They feature shoulder protectors integrated into the jacket using 3D printing.

Last year the company won an award for the carbon fibre swingarm in their HP4 Race made cheaply using 3D printing techniques.

BMW HP4 RACE Swingarm MAGNETS
BMW HP4 RACE swingarm

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