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Show of concern for rider safety

Riders have been called to show their support and concern for their safety tomorrow ahead of a major Victorian Road Trauma Summit next Friday (31 May 2019).

Melbourne riders are asked to gather outside the ABC studios at 120 Southbank Boulevard tomorrow from 9-10.30am during a radio forum on safety that previews the government’s summit.

They are also urged to contact the talkback number (1300 222 774 or SMS 0437 774 774 rates apply) to voice their concerns about rider safety.

The ABC’s Jon Faine will host a panel on Radio 774 discussing the road toll and what can be done.

The panel includes the Traffic Accident Commission, VicRoads, Monash University Accident Research Centre and Police.

You can listen in here.

Victorian lives lostWhat to do if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident crash

So far this year, 26 motorcyclists have died on Victorian roads which is nine above the five-year average of 17 and 10 more than last year. Many more have been injured and there haas been a spate of hit-and-run accidents leaving riders dead or injured.

The state government’s summit on Friday will include experts from the TAC, VicRoads, VicPol, MUARC, RACV, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria and cycling and motorcycle advocates including the Victorian Motorcycle Council and the Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel.

It will be hosted by Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville.

Community roundtables will also be held across regional Victoria where road deaths have spiked at 72 compared with 41 in metropolitan Melbourne.

The summit will build on the $1.4 billion Towards Zero road safety strategy, Jaala says.

Riders respond

Victorian Motorcycle Council spokesman John Eacott says there is an urgent need for an independent agency to gather and collate statistics.

Other issues include:

  • A proper campaign to educate all road users about filtering, both for safety and for congestion relief;
  • Urgent implementation of an advanced and/or refresher training programme for all riders with a government subsidy;
  • Completely stop any reference to ‘returning riders’ in any way, shape or form when discussing stats as there are no statistics available to identify any such subset; and
  • Funding for rural road upkeep – primary safety to prevent accidents instead of secondary safety spending to mitigate accident severity.

“The shock horror use of year-to-date fatalities instead of rolling 12-month or five-year averages is a constant irritation,” he says.

The Motorcycle Riders Association of Victoria believes the spike in the Victorian road toll has three main contributing factors:

  1. Inadequate crash data leading to bad policies and countermeasures;
  2. Neglected roads left in dangerous condition by VicRoads; and
  3. Incompetence in road management.

Spokesman Damien Codognotto says road authorities tend to blame the victims “rather than investigate and fix their own shortcomings”.

“The 2019 crash spike is not a spike in bad road user behaviour, it’s a failure in road safety policy and road management,” he says.

“Road authorities may divert attention from shortcomings in their systems with expensive media campaigns and/or road safety summits.”

The MRA is calling an independent office of road safety data, abolition of the motorcycle safety levy and a stop to the rollout of wire rope barriers with the funds saved used to repair neglected country roads.

“You can’t develop reliable road safety policies without reliable crash data collected in Australian conditions,” he says.

“Solving data problems is critical to motorcycle safety but the Victorian organisations dealing with our data do not want the public to think their systems are less than perfect.”

Lives lost to midnight 23 May 2019, Victoria

2018 Lives lost 2019 Lives lost
85 131 (up 54.1%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 5 year
average
99 104 113 100 85 100
Gender
Gender 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 26 33 7 27% 27
Male 59 98 39 66% 73
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 1 5 4 400% 4
Driver 39 60 21 54% 46
* *“>26 *“>62% Passenger 15 22 7 47% 18
Pedestrian 14 18 4 29% 15
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 41 49 8 20% 47
Rural vic 44 82 38 86% 53
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 0 1 1 100% 1
5 to 15 2 4 2 100% 2
16 to 17 0 3 3 300% 2
18 to 20 6 10 4 67% 8
21 to 25 5 8 3 60% 10
26 to 29 3 9 6 200% 9
30 to 39 15 14 -1 -7% 13
40 to 49 8 15 7 88% 13
50 to 59 16 22 6 38% 12
60 to 69 14 16 2 14% 12
70 and over 16 29 13 81% 17
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 10 10 0 0% 8
Rural roads 45 83 38 84% 56
Small towns/hamlets 2 3 1 50% 1
** **“>35 **“>25% Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
* includes pillion riders
** Melbourne Statistical Division includes some rural roads
Note: Fatality data is compiled by the TAC from police reports supplied by Victoria Police. Fatality data is revised each day, with the exception of weekends and public holidays. Data is subject to revision as additional information about known accidents is received, and as new accident reports are received and processed.
5 year average rounded to nearest whole number

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Fluid-filled helmet protects your brain

Fluid-filled capsules inside a motorcycle helmet could prevent damage to your brain in a crash by acting like the liquid that surrounds your brain.

Fluid Inside has developed their Fluid Pods after 25 years of research into how the liquid around our brain helps protect it from impact.

Their first helmet is the Fox V3 motocross helmet (pictured at the top of the page) that includes the pods in the lining instead of the usual EPS foam.

This innovation may soon be coming to a range of other motorcycle helmets after Swedish brain safety technology company MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) recently acquired Fluid Inside’s patents.

Fluid Pods

Fluid Pods helmet
Fluid Pod

Fluid Inside head of product communication Mike Chiasson says the pods are filled with a low-viscous, organic, oil-based liquid that mimics the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) around the brain.

It apparently disperses the impact in a crash to isolate the brain from crashing into the skull.

Such impacts have been known to cause serious brain damage.

However, the pods may also protect riders from memory loss, vision impairment and even Parkinson’s Disease by protecting the brain from the small and frequent impacts riders may cop when riding over bumpy surfaces or off-road.

The pods could be integrated into a helmet at production or inserted as an aftermarket addition to the lining.

They could also be used in other helmets for other sports such as cycling.

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Save 20% on Burma Motorcycle Tours ride of a lifetime

(Sponsored post from Burma Motorbike Tours)

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The promotion applies for bookings 30 days prior to these departure dates:

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Participants will ride many hidden tracks amid spectacular landscapes, historical architecture while experiencing the authentic local culture. Riders will pick up their bikes in the Royal Capital of Mandalay and set off for an adventure through the countryside and the lesser-known parts of Burma.

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In addition to the awesome riding, customers will get up close and personal with the massive temple plain of Bagan which is home to more than 3000 red brick Buddhist constructions, meet the unique tribe of the tattooed face women and enjoy a wonderful boat ride on Inle Lake, the second largest body of water of Myanmar.

Riders have a choice of the bullet-proof Kawasaki KLX 150cc, or the more Honda CRF 250cc and Kawasaki KLX 250cc at an additional cost.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

Helmets, gloves and knee guards are included in the price, but you can bring your own gear if you like. Due to the hot climate, light and airy clothes are recommended for the journey. See all inclusions below.

The Best Trails of Myanmar Tour discount price is $US2080 for a rider (previously $US2599) and $US1483 for a pillion. 

The tour can only run with a minimum of two riders.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

Other inclusions are:

  • 9 nights accommodation at selected quality hotels and resorts
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea served with meals
  • Myanmar driving permits
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage (Kawasaki KLX150cc)
  • Fuel
  • Third-party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Mandalay airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking professional licensed Road Captain
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Riding gear (Helmet, Gloves, Knee Guards)
  • Burma Motorbike Tours souvenir T-Shirt.Best Trails of Myanmar Burma Motorcycle Tours

The tour price excludes:

  • Airfares
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement (upon request)
  • US$160/bike surcharge for using Honda CRF250cc or Kawasaki KLX250cc
  • Room service, laundry, phone charges
  • Damage to the motorcycle caused by the user (excluding reasonable wear and tear)
  • Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Tips & Gratuities to guide
  • All other services not mentioned

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Is Jaguar returning to motorcycle roots?

British car company Jaguar appears to be returning to its motorcycle roots with patents for an electric motorcycle, a hi-tech motorcycle jacket and head-up display helmet linked to the company.

The Arc Vector electric motorcycle, jacket and helmet were unveiled last year by Arc Vehicles.

However, the patent filings for some of the innovations have now been filed and assigned to Indian-owned Jaguar Land Rover which is a subsidiary of Tata Motors.

JLR’s InMotion Ventures is also a leading investor in Arc Vehicles which was founded by Mark Truman who used to run JLR Special Operations and its Whitespace skunkworks, where Arc was developed.

Does all this mean Jaguar may be making a return to motorcycles?

After all, the company started as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 making motorcycle sidecars. Many other car companies, such as BMW, also started making motorcycles.

Arc Vector electric motorcycle Jaguar
Arc Vector

Or does it simply mean the intellectual property in the patents will be assigned to future Jaguars and Land Rovers?

If the latter is the case, you may ask what use drivers would have for the motorcycle jacket that sends haptic alerts to riders if a collision is imminent.

However, that technology could be used to send haptic alerts to drivers through the seat or steering wheel.

As for the head-up display helmet technology, that could be used on the car windscreens.

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BMW set for big 1800cc R18 cruiser?

A third BMW R18 cruiser concept model seems to confirm that the German company is returning to the cruiser market with an 1800cc boxer engine.

In December, a Japanese custom shop wheels out an R18 with a mysterious new BMW engine and last month a second cruiser concept with the engine was rolled out by a Texan custom shop.

Concept R18 cruiser

Now BMW Motorrad has revealed its Concept R18 cruiser at the 90th the Concorso d’Eleganza show at Lake Como in Italy.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Surely this confirms that BMW will return to the cruiser market it abandoned 15 years ago.

BMW built the R 1200 C cruiser from 1997 to 2004. It was a flop, but in recent years has become a collector and customiser favourite.

BMW R 1200 C R18 cruiser
BMW R 1200 C

Concept R18 cruiser was built for BMW Motorrad by Unique Custom Cycles of Sweden, so it’s not the final version that BMW is expected to release.

This is a simplistic model with minimalist design.

No doubt the Germans will give it some Bavarian hi-tech and quirky design as they did with the R nineT after Roland Sands designed the Concept 90.

The R18 cruiser will be powered by the biggest boxer engine they have produced, believed to be 1798.4cc in an over-square configuration (107 x 100mm) which means the pistons are wider than they are long.

Otherwise, the heads would hang out so far you couldn’t lane filter!

It also means it should rev better than other big-bore cruisers.

Interestingly, it is not liquid cooled, but is likely to be twin spark to meet Euro 5 emissions standards coming in 2020.

Don’t be fooled by the Solex carburettors. They may just be dummies like when Triumph’s Bonnevilles went EFI.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

As for the rest of the Concept R18 and a likely BMW production model, we should regard these words from BMW:

The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognizable as a genuine BMW: boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft, and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, while displaying confidence along with modern-style linearity.BMW Concept R8 cruiser

Will BMW build it?

The market is ageing and mature riders love their cruisers.

Yet BMW has been reaching out to younger riders over the past 15 years with its adventure models, S 1000 derivatives and trendy R nineT.

But why should they not pay in a sector that continues to attract riders?

Over the years I have asked BMW executives whether they would return to the cruiser market and they have never said they wouldn’t.

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Third Queensland rider dies in past week

A third Queensland rider has died in the past week after a 32-year-old man hit a tree on his motorcycle at 1.30am today in Forest Lake.

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations say he was travelling west on Johnson Road when he “failed to negotiate a left-hand bend, left road and collided with a tree”.

“The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Investigations are continuing.

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 deaths

So far this year 16 riders and pillions have died on Queensland roads which is one more than last year and about 50% down on the three previous years.RIP fallen riders crash lone

Last Saturday (18 May 2019), moped rider Umberto Williams, 32, of East Brisbane, died in a crash in Windsor, north Brisbane.

Police allege the BMW SUV was travelling northbound on Lutwyche Rd when it collided with the moped also heading north.

The BMW then veered into the southbound lanes and collided with a Subaru sedan driven by a 23-year-old Acacia Ridge man before also colliding with a Jeep.

Umberto and the Subaru driver died at the scene.

A 37-year-old Burpengary man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm (excessive speed and fail to remain scene).

Yesterday, a 43-year-old rider passed away in hospital after being involved in a collision with a ute at a Kingaroy intersection on Thursday.

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations indicate that the rider was heading east on Haly St about 1.50pm when his bike collided with the passenger side of a Ford utility turning from Glendon St.

The rider was thrown from the motorcycle on to the road.

A staff member of the Commercial Hotel on the corner says the ambulance “worked on the rider for some time”.

He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away last night.

“There was damage to the passenger side door,” the hotel staffer says.

The ute’s driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.

Kingaroy Police say “no charges have been laid at this time”.

Riders dies after intersection collision
Haly St and Glendon St in Kingaroy

The crash occurred in a 50km/h area and Kingaroy Police say “speed may have been a contributing factor” but would not say which vehicle was speeding.

Police have not yet released the names of the rider or driver.

The Commercial Hotel worker says the rider and 62-year-old man driving the ute were both locals, but she did not know their names.

Investigations are continuing.

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.

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Another state may allow helmet-less adults

There soon may be another state in the US that allows adults to choose for themselves whether they wear a motorcycle helmet or not.

Missouri recently voted to repeal both its helmet and abortion laws, although the former is yet to be signed off by the Governor.

If it does, there will be 19 states with motorcycle helmet laws for all riders.

They are: Alabama, California, DC, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Only Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire have no helmet use law.

Adults only

The remaining states have varying laws requiring minors to wear a motorcycle helmet while six of those states require adults to have $10,000 in insurance and wear a helmet in their first year of riding.

Adult riders are varyingly considered 18 or 21. Missouri says riders over 18 should be all.owed to decide on helmet use.

There has been a steady move toward liberalising US helmet laws in recent years.

But here’s an interesting example.

In 1977 Texas moved from a universal helmet law to an adult helmet option like Missouri wants.

There followed a 35% increase in motorcycle fatalities. Texas reinstated its universal helmet law in 1989 and deaths dropped by 11%. The law makers changed their minds yet again in 1997 to cover only riders younger than 21 and deaths leapt 31%.

As Dudley (William H Macy) tells Woody (John Travolta) in “Wild Hogs”: “62% vof all motorcycle fatalities could be prevented with the use of an approved DOT helmet.”

Liberal helmet laws adults
Wild Hogs

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have been saved had they worn helmets.

Yet, the use of motorcycle helmets in the US continues to decline to about half from 71% in 2000.

While the US public health institute the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the most common injuries in motorcycle crashes are to the riders’ feet or legs, the next most common location for non-fatal rider injuries was to the neck and head, accounting for 22%.

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India plans electric motorcycle incentives

India looks set to move most of its motorcycle and scooter production and sales to electric with government incentives over the next six to eight years.

The proposal was chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been re-elected with more than 63% of the vote.

Election promises

Similarly, the recent Australian election campaign heard that the Coalition believes electric vehicles will make up 25-50% of new passenger vehicles by 2030, while Labor wanted a target of 50% and the Greens called for 100%.

Those targets are largely out of our hands as we no longer have a car industry.

Australian vehicle imports will be determined by foreign manufacturers who will probably reach those targets anyway. For example, Sweden will not be making any internal combustion vehicles by 2030.

But the electrification of India’s vehicle manufacturing industry is a far more significant move for the world.

India is one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in the world, producing 4.6 millions cars last year.

It is also the biggest motorcycle and scooter market in the world with more than 21m sales a year.

Over the past two years sales of electric scooters in India more than doubled from 54,800 to 126,000, but it’s still only a small fraction of total sales.

Indian motorcycle companies Hero Electric, Ather Energy, Emflux, Twenty Two Motors and Okinawa produce electric scooters and motorcycles.

Emflux ONE electric motorcycle
Emflux ONE electric motorcycle

Electric incentives

Prime Minister Modi had previously said all new cars and utility vehicles manufactured in the country would be electric by 2030, but he backed down after an industry backlash.

However, with his resounding victory at the polls he is expected to wind up his electric plan, particularly for powered two- and three-wheelers.

His draft plan recommends $1.4 billion in incentives for the manufacture and sale of electric motorbikes and scooters while penalising petrol-powered bikes.

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle specs incentives
LiveWire

It will be interesting to see if Harley-Davidson, who make their Street models in India, will also receive government incentives to produce and/or sell their upcoming LiveWire in India.

That would be interesting since Trump and Modi have been at loggerheads over tariffs for Harley bikes.

MotorbikeWriter will attend the world launch of the LiveWire in Portland, Oregon, in July. Stay tuned for our road test.

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Seboy’s stylish motorcycle shoes seek funds

This stylish motorcycle shoe is the result of a collaboration between Milan shoemaker Seboy’s and Italian vintage motorcycle restoration workshop Soiatti Moto Classiche.

They say the shoe has extra leather in the toe for protection with discrete gear shift protectors on both shoes to cater for riders of vintage motorcycles with the gear shift on the right.This stylish motorcycle shoe is the result of a collaboration between Milan shoemaker Seboy’s and Italian vintage motorcycle restoration workshop Soiatti Moto Classiche.

That seems to be about the sum total of the protection offered.

We’re very wary of any elasticised boots as they can easily slip off in a crash, but in this case there is the added perceived hazard of laces which could get caught in the levers.

Stylish beginning

Massimilano Agostinacchio and Roberto Rusticchelli of Seboy’s started developing the shoe after going for a ride with their friend Alberto Soiatti and his father, Daniele.

This stylish motorcycle shoe is the result of a collaboration between Milan shoemaker Seboy’s and Italian vintage motorcycle restoration workshop Soiatti Moto Classiche.
Alberto Soiatti in his workshop

“We spent several months consulting stylists, designers, we evaluated hundreds of projects but we were never fully satisfied,” Massimilano says.

“Nothing came close to the dream of creating something unique and special until a sunny afternoon in which we decided to ride our motorbikes together and it all seemed so clear to us.

“We had to create a shoe inspired by the line of the beautiful motorcycles of the ‘70s. It has to be fascinating, sinuous and actual nowadays as in 20 years.

It must be comfortable and pleasant to wear in our everyday life as well as when we ride our beloved motorcycle.”

Funding appealThis stylish motorcycle shoe is the result of a collaboration between Milan shoemaker Seboy’s and Italian vintage motorcycle restoration workshop Soiatti Moto Classiche.

The collaboration is seeking Kickstarter support to get the project to production.

So far they have only two backers at $343 toward a $16,213 goal with 36 days to go.

“We decided to launch the project on Kickstarter because we truly believe in this community,” Massimilano says.

“We’ll offer the shoe to an interesting price, from the factory directly to you.” 

The “interesting price” is €290 (about $A470), but Kickstarter supporters can get them for €199 ($A323).

They are expected to be delivered in August 2019 in black and dark brown with sizes from 6.6 to 11.5 (40-45 Euro).

* What price do you put on style and safety in a motorcycle shoe? Leave your comments below.

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Riders dies after intersection collision

A 43-year-old rider has passed away in hospital overnight after being involved in a collision with a ute at a Kingaroy intersection yesterday (23 May 2019).

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations indicate that the rider was heading east on Haly St about 1.50pm when his bike collided with the passenger side of a Ford utility turning from Glendon St.

Riders dies after intersection collision
The rider was heading along Haly St and the ute came from Glendon St on the right (All images from Google Maps)

The rider was thrown from the motorcycle on to the road.

A staff member of the Commercial Hotel on the corner says the ambulance “worked on the rider for some time”.

He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away last night.

“There was damage to the passenger side door,” the hotel staffer says.

The ute’s driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.

Kingaroy Police say “no charges have been laid at this time”.

Riders dies after intersection collision
Haly St and Glendon St in Kingaroy

The crash occurred in a 50km/h area and Kingaroy Police say “speed may have been a contributing factor” but would not say which vehicle was speeding.

Police have not yet released the names of the rider or driver.

The Commercial Hotel worker says the rider and 62-year-old man driving the ute were both locals, but she did not know their names.

Investigations are continuing.

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

So far this year 15 riders and pillions have died on Queensland roads. That is the same number as last year and about 50% down on the three previous years.

Intersection crashes

Two out of every three accidents (66.7%) occur at intersections, according to the 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study.

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 car in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

Check our tips for avoiding these types of crashes.

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