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NSW emergency speed rule extended

Despite criticism from motoring organisations and a motorcycle cop being hit by a driver, NSW has extended its rule to slow traffic to 40km/h past emergency services.

The 12-month trial will be extended to a permanent law on September 26  but with some changes.

It will now include tow trucks and and motorway recovery vehicles, police will stop in visible locations and new warning signs will be deployed by emergency services.

However, it will no longer apply on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or more.

Instead, motorists will have to slow to a “safe and reasonable” speed, give “sufficient space” to emergency workers and “change lanes to keep the lane next to the vehicle free if it is safe to do so” as is required in most US states.


Then Motorcycle Council of NSW Chairman Steve Pearce told us when the trial started that it was “just a matter of time until a serious incident occurs as a result of this rule”.

He was right. In December 2018, a NSW motorcycle cop was hit by a car when he pulled over another car on a 100km/h highway.

Cop injured under new speed rule crash police emergency 40km/h extended
Cop injured during speed rule trial

The 70-year-old female driver was one of 936 fined $446 and three demerit points during the trial period.

Steve’s major concern with the rule was that vulnerable motorcyclists, such as the NSW police officer, would be at risk of being rear-ended.

In fact, the person the rule was meant to protect became the victim.

Confusing rule

The extended rule could be confusing for motorists travelling interstate during holidays.

Emergency vehicles are defined as police cars, fire engines and ambulances displaying red and blue flashing lights and/or sounding their siren.

In Victoria it includes all “escort vehicles”. In SA, SES vehicles are included and in WA it extends to all emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, RAC roadside assistance patrol vehicles, and Main Roads Incident Response Vehicles removing road debris and broken-down vehicles.

The rule does not apply if the emergency vehicle is on the other side of the road where there is a median strip.

Fines also vary

Cop asleep on motorcycle extended
Would you slow down for this?

In South Australia, you can cop a maximum fine up to $1007 and some motorists have been disqualified for six months. In WA it is $300 and three points.

Victoria’s fine is $272.05, but there is a maximum court penalty of $777.30 if you unsuccessfully challenge the fine. The RACV says it could be difficult for motorists to see flashing emergency vehicles’ lights over a hill and have enough time to slow down to 40km/h.

The Queensland Government has rejected Police Union calls for a similar road rule.

Tips for avoiding tail-ender

If riders see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, there are several things they can do to avoid a rear-ender.

  • Look at traffic behind you to assess the danger;
  • Indicate and change lanes away from the emergency vehicle, if there is a vacant lane to move into;
  • If not, switch on the hazard lights;
  • Brake as smoothly as possible, perhaps activating the brake light on and off to attract the attention of following traffic; and
  • Search for an escape route, possibly between lanes or on the road edge.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

French motorcycle helmet company Roof is releasing a new helmet, the RO200 Carbon, which is expected to be the lightest full-face helmet in the world.

At just 1090g, it beats the previous lightest helmet, the Nolan-made X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon at 1249g.

The 1090g weight is for their small shell size to fit XS to M sized heads, while their ML to XXL helmets weigh 1150g which is still lighter than the X-Lite.

Roof helmets have been around since 1993 and have ECE22.05 certification, so they are legal here.

They are imported to Australia through Cassons, now owned by Motorcycle Holdings which also owns TeamMoto dealerships.Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

There is no word yet from Cassons about price and arrival.

In Europe they start at €699 (about $A1130), depending on colour and graphics.

Roof RO200 Carbon is lightest full-face helmet

Features include UV and anti-scratch visor with Pinlock anti-fog insert, removable and adjustable lining, intercom compatible, glasses channels, six air intakes and two extractors, and a double-D ring chin strap clasp. 

Despite its light weight, Roof says the helmet is suitable for race-standard protection with “advanced technologies and innovative solutions” including “Evolutive EPS protection with five densities”.

They claim the face aperture provides 210° of horizontal vision and 100° vertical.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Life on the Open Road Doesn’t Mean Leaving Your Life Behind

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If you haven’t taken some time out from life to explore the vast expanse of our world, you’re missing out. There’s something extraordinary about packing up some essential belongings, jumping on your bike and cruising off into the sunset.

OK, that’s slightly too romantic a setting, but can you see how relaxing an adventure on the open road can be? Sure, switching off and taking a digital detox can be incredibly relaxing.

But, you can still balance having a relaxing trip with staying in touch with the world. Since we’re all so connected thanks to the smartphone surge, connecting with our loved ones is only seconds away through the likes of Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and the addictive social media channels.

Hell, there’s also new betting sites you can try while you’re on the move if betting is your thing. With mobile networks and WiFi hotspots stronger than ever, placing bets and watching live streams online is much easier now.

The fact is, apart from the rigmarole of daily life pressures, you can explore the likes of Mary River Valley without feeling stressed about putting life on hold.

How? That’s for us to know, and for you to find…

No, we’re kinder than that!

Work Flexibly


We understand that not everyone can be mobile when they’re working. However, with such a massive shift in employers’ recognising that staff want more flexibility in working hours and work locations, how much is there to stop you from working on the road?

Imagine a world where you can cruise around on your bike, stopping off in a coffee shop to attend a conference call and catch up with the team while supping on your favourite bean-brew of choice. It’s possible, it really is.

How? Well, people are already doing it, so follow them!

Bloggers Are Leading the Way

Freelancing and blogging sit in their isolated niche away from the office and factory-binding jobs that make you feel like you can’t ever break free. Even if you can’t take your work away on your bike, perhaps you can extend your work so you can entice your employer to be more flexible.

What if they let you have some time out over and above authorised leave for a trip on your bike, in exchange for you to blog about your employer?

Or, in exchange for snapping some photos of your travel, the company can do a spotlight on their employees and what they get up to in their spare time?

This is just one example of how breaking the status quo can lead to a life more open and explored.

Stagnancy is the route of all Evil

You know that feeling of doing the same thing day in, day out? It’s awful, isn’t it? If McGregor and Boorman can inspire millions, why can’t you? If you want to make a drastic change, it’s up to nobody but you.

The thing is, you don’t even need to do it alone. If your spouse, ankle-biters or mates fancy a trip with you, memories could be created for life for all involved, not just you. That way, you won’t feel like you’re being selfish for packing your saddles and riding off.

Just because you’re on “holiday,” it doesn’t mean that you step out of one life and into another.

Take your iPads, smartwatches and phones. Crikey, even take your portable games console if you want to.

Plan way in advance and tell people what your intentions are. That way, there’s no surprise factor when it comes close to your trip.

There are very few things that you can’t get while on two wheels. The exception to this, of course, is if you head out into the true wilderness. Even so, with a boost to 4G coverage in the outback, you still might not be as isolated as you once thought.

What Are You Waiting For?

For some, it’s not so simple to pack up and ride away. Life commitments get in the way, and it’s not good to sack off your mates for a better option. But, if your boss says it’s no dramas to take some holiday at short notice, and it’s a feasible option otherwise, what’s stopping you?

We know, it’s you! We wild humans tend to find a reason to NOT do something instead of going wild and just doing it.

Even if you’re looking to grab your first motorbike or need an upgrade, start to look for a new one before you get the opportunity to go away. That way, you remove the barriers before they begin to imprint in your life and stop you from channelling the open road.

Make a plan, and it’ll become more of a reality than a dream.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Tougher bail conditions for hit-run driver

Bail conditions have been toughened for a Sydney woman committed to stand trial after driving her car on the wrong side of the road and crashing into a motorcycle, injuring the rider and his pillion.

Molly Cahill (pictured above), 22, of Sans Souci appeared in Sutherland Local Court yesterday (17 September 2019) on two charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to stop and render assistance after impact and not keeping left of a dividing line.

Her original bail conditions of a strict curfew, passport confiscation and daily reports to police have now been expanded.

She has also been ordered not to enter any international points departure, ave at a specific address, not take any drugs or alcohol unless prescribed by a doctor and not occupy the driver’s seat of any vehicle.

The injured rider is Tony Nissirios, 38, and his pillion was his female partner Sam, 26. They were transported to St George Hospital.

The crash scene (All images: Channel 7 Sydney) committed committed conditions
The crash scene (All images: Channel 7 Sydney)

Tony suffered multiple leg fractures and Sam had a broken wrist. Their current conditions are not confirmed at this stage but it was feared Tony would need his leg amputated.

Police will allege Cahill was driving a Peugeot hatchback on the wrong side of Forest Road in Peakhurst about 1.20am (Monday 8 April 2019) when she hit the motorcycle head-on.

The rider and pillion were thrown from the bike and suffered multiple fractures.

Police will allege the driver left the scene, dumped her car nearby and texted “I think I’ve hit someone”.

She was later arrested at her Sans Souci home and taken to Kogarah Police Station.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Will Kawasaki supercharge the Z1000?

A teaser video from Kawasaki showing a supercharger and the letter “Z” seems to indicate the company is about to expand its supercharged lineup, possibly the Z1000.

Currently the company supercharges its H2, H2R track-only model and H2 SX super tourer.

Kawasaki H2 SX SE supercharged tourer centre
Kawasaki H2 SX SE supercharged tourer

Super Z1000

The video shows a “Z”, not a “ZX”, so it is likely to supercharge the top of the Z fleet, the Z1000, rather than the ZX-14R, although that would be hoot!

We don’t expect they would supercharge their Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe retro models.

But they could also introduce it in the Z900 or even the Z650, although that would rule it out of learner-approved status.

Kawasaki is no stranger to forced induction with the GPZ750 turbo way back in the 1982.

With the success of the retro Z900 RS models, maybe the Japanese manufacturer is bringing back the 750cc displacement to honour the GPZ750.

Japanese motorcycle z1000
Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo

The new supercharged Kwaka could be introduce at the Tokyo Motor Show next month or at EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 photos leaked

Leaked photos of the upcoming Africa Twin CRF1100 show the two variants to be unveiled on Monday at the AIMExpo motorcycle show in Ohio, USA.

Honda has also released a second teaser video which only shows the model’s new LED headlights and extra LED riding lights.

Meanwhile, black-and-white photos of the standard and Adventure models have been leaked which provide a lot more details.

However, they don’t provide any clues about the expected engine from 998cc to a longer-stroke 1084cc.

The bigger engine capacity will make it more competitive with the BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph adventurers.

Performance is expected to increase slightly from 70kW to 75kW, but weight may also be up from 243kg to about 250kg.

It is not expected to have direct injection as Honda has only recently applied for that patent, albeit with a drawing of an Africa Twin.

The bigger engine will meet the coming tough Euro5 emissions regulations and be 3dB quieter.

Leaked photos

2020 Honda Africa Twin standard and Adventure leaked

What the leaked photos do show, apart from some subtle styling changes, is that the standard model has been stripped down a little.

It now has a smaller bash plate, flatter seat, less rear bodywork, a shorter windscreen and spoked wheels with tubed tyres.

The standard also doesn’t feature any pannier mounts, so this is obviously a lighter and more adventurous model.

2020 Honda Africa Twin standard and Adventure leaked

Meanwhile, the Adventure model looks set for more adventure touring.

2020 Honda Africa Twin standard leaked

It has a taller windscreen, the extra LEDs, bigger fuel tank, bigger bash plate, pannier mounts, possibly a lower seat and cross-spoked wheels with tubeless tyres.

They are also expected to get a new horizontal TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity and a bolt-on subframe.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Police search for red car over fatal bike crash

Police have released a video of a red car wanted in connection with a motorcycle crash in Capalaba, Brisbane, yesterday afternoon (Monday 16 September 2019) that claimed the life of a Birkdale man.

Queensland Police say their preliminary investigations indicate the rider was heading west on Finucane Road around 3.40pm when “he lost control of his motorbike near Elmhurst Street”.

The 31-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

However, they have now released a video of a red Holden Commodore wanted in connection with the incident.

At this stage, no one has been charged, but this new video seems to suggest the rider may not have “lost control”.

The car may have been involved.

Police investigators have been working to identify motorists in the area at the time.

While they have identified some of the vehicles, they have released this dashcam footage of the red sedan that they believe is a Holden Commodore.

Red car video

Police say they would “like to speak with the driver as they may have relevant information”.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for any witnesses who have not yet contacted them or anyone who may have additional dash cam vision to contact them.

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

Quote this reference number: QP1901808315

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

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMoto 300NK is cheapest 300cc learner

CFMoto continue to offer some of the cheapest learner bikes in Australia with the 300NK arriving next month at just $4990, ride away.

We could not find a 300cc motorcycle on the market for less. In fact, the Chinese-made motorcycle is about the same price as a couple of 150cc bikes on the market.

And it includes an unlimited kilometre, two-year factory warranty.

It rounds out their NK (naked) road bike range: 150NK ($3490 with free jacket and helmet worth $350); 250NK ($4290) and 650NK ($5990).

Despite the cheap prices, we have found all the CFMoto models we’ve tested to be reliable and great value.CFMoto 300NK learner motorcycle

This latest variant is powered by a new 300cc four-valve DOHC, water-cooled engine with 25kW of power in its lithe 151kg frame.

The EFI engine has a balance shaft and a sixth gear to reduce vibration in the footpegs and hand grips.

Braking is handled by Spanish J Juan brake callipers and a Continental Dual Channel ABS controller.

The frame is narrow making it easy for most riders to get a foot on the ground and the seat is split for rider and pillion.

Modern features include a full-colour TFT instrumentation panel, LED headlight and daytime running lights.CFMoto 300NK learner motorcycle

Like all NK motorcycles, styling has been outsourced to Kiska, the Austrian design house responsible for many KTM models.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

300NK ABS will be available in Midnight Black only.

300NK features

  • New 300cc single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4-valve, DOHC with balance shaft
  • Electronic fuel injection for increased economy 
  • 6 speed transmission capable of highway speeds
  • New 12.5 L fuel tank design for better rider ergonomics
  • Front and rear Spanish J.Juan disc brakes
  • Bright TFT instrumentation display
  • Switchable ride modes from sport to rain
  • Lightweight – 151kg
  • Aggressive low slung headlight design and LED lights all round
  • Available in Midnight Black

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Arai Regent-X easier to pull on/off

The next-generation Arai Regent-X helmet will address the problem of tight-fitting helmets being difficult to pull on and off.

It will be released late this year with the latest version of Arai’s Facial Contour System.

This system includes a 5mm adjustment in the jawline and cheek pads that “articulate up and down” as you pull on and take off the helmet.Arai Regent-X motorcycle helmet

They say this makes it easier to pull on and take off.

When the helmet is on, Arai claim the cheek pads will wrap around your face for a snug fit.

This is important as brain injuries can occur if your helmet does not fit tightly around your head.

Although it has a snug fit, the cheek pads have bigger speaker recesses and they say it is now easier to fit an intercom.

And, as usual, the cheek pads are adjustable and come in multiple sizes to fit your head.

It also comes with their usual multi-density one-piece liner.

However, some people with round heads (like me) can’t wear Arai helmets as they have an oval shell shape.

Arai Regent-X

Arai has also fitted a lighter weight neck roll, although they don’t say how much lighter it makes the helmet.

But Arai does claim it reduces wind noise seeping in from the bottom of the helmet.Arai Regent-X motorcycle helmet

Protection is claimed to be the same as their race helmets even though it uses a new less-expensive resin.

We don’t have confirmation yet of its arrival time or prices in Australia.

Aussie prices for Arai helmets range from about $550  for the Acces-III to $1339.95 for the RX-7V graphic.

It will be available in sizes XS-XXL in solid colours and graphics.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in head-on collision with motorcycle

A 65-year-old male rider has died in a head-on collision with another motorcycle in Bylong in NSW about 12.10pm yesterday (Monday 16 September 2019).

NSW Police say he was riding north on Bylong Valley Way when he collided with another motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction.

The rider died at the scene while the other rider, a 54-year-old male, suffered internal injuries and was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District attended the scene and have started an investigation.

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

Second fatality

Police are seeking witnesses to a motorcycle crash in Capalaba, Brisbane, yesterday afternoon (Monday 16 September 2019) that claimed the life of a Birkdale man.

Queensland Police say their preliminary investigations indicate the man was riding west on Finucane Road around 3.40pm when “he lost control of his motorbike near Elmhurst Street”.

The 31-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Forensic Crash investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam vision to contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a 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 24 hours a day.

Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of both riders and our best wishes to the other rider for a full and speedy recovery.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com