Tag Archives: News

Driver gets order over motorcycle crash

A Sydney driver has today been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after hitting and injuring a motorcyclist in September 2019.

The 29-year-old woman, Perpetual Dzikunu, received a community corrections order for two years from today (Tuesday 12 November 2019) after hitting a 63-year-old rider and severely injuring his foot on 1 September 2019.

Her Toyota Aurion turned right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, and hit the motorcycle heading east.Driver court order NSW Policeo

Corrections order

Dzikunu had faced up to a $2200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months for a first-time offence.

The NSW community corrections order (CCO) is a new penalty that last year replaced the previous community service order. It is considered more serious.

Judges are also able to impose conditions that are tailored to the offender to ensure they don’t reoffend by targeting the offending behaviour, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or mental health issues.

NSW Courts would not reveal the conditions imposed by the Waverely Local Court judge.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

In the same month, a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Motorcycles for the super rich only

It seems some motorcycle companies believe the only way out of the current sales slide is to make super-expensive motorcycles for the super rich and famous only.

The latest is the Ariel Iron Horse with high-end components such as Öhlins suspension and heaps of CNC-machined parts and carbon fibre.

Ariel Ace Iron Horse for super rich
Ariel Ace Iron Horse with Ohlins

The classic British manufacturer was revived in 2014 specifically to make expensive limited-edition motorcycles.

A bit rich

Ariel Ace Iron Horse for super rich
Ariel Ace Iron Horse

The 130kW Honda-V4-powered Iron Horse will cost more than $A55,700 and will only be available on order.

It is one of many recent limited-edition motorcycles that are only affordable by the super rich.

Two unveiled at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan are the Bimota Tesi H2 powered by a Kawasaki H2 supercharged engine and the Aston Martin Brough AMB001.

There is no price yet on the former, but the previous model was more than $55k, while the AMB 001 will cost more than $A140,000 yet it is not even road registrable. It’s a track-only machine!

What is the point?

While it’s great that these bikes will help motorcycle manufacturers stay in business and pay their workers, we don’t know that it will do a lot for motorcycling.

They don’t really push the envelope of development.

They are usually powered by borrowed engines and fettled with exotic parts and materials.

Italian manufacturer MV Agusta turned to making expensive limited-edition models to keep afloat during their recent financially troubled years.

Lewis Hamilton with the MV Agusta F4 LH44 super rich
Lewis Hamilton with the limited-edition MV Agusta F4 LH44 which costs about $A66,000

At the same time they didn’t produce any new models,

However, that now seems to be changing with an injection of Russian money. and the launch of several new and updated models at the EICMA show such as the Rush 1000 and Superveloce.

More riders?

Unfortunately, a lot of these bikes will never be ridden, at least on public roads.

They are more likely to be stored by collectors or ridden only at tracks, as is the intention for the AMB 001.

That won’t do anything for getting more people on motorcycles, especially the financially struggling millennials who are turning to public transport.

While the next generation of electric motorcycles are also fairly expensive, the prices are expected to come down in the next few years.

But right now, some of the most expensive productions bikes in the world are electric. Check out the prices of the top 10 most expensive electric motorcycles.

Detonator expensive electric
Detonator is the most expensive electric motorcycle in the world

The Detonator (above) may soon be challenged by South Africa carbonfibre wheels and parts manufacturer Blackstone Tek who have unveiled their first electric bike.

BST Hypertek super rich
BST Hypertek

There is no price yet for the BST Hypertek but with a carbon frame, wheels, etc, it is likely to be only for the super rich!

It is designed by Italian Pierre Terblanche who also designed some expensive and outrageous models such as the Ducati 999 and American Confederate Hellcat Speedster.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Team Australia leads opening day of Portugal’s ISDE

Image: Supplied.

Team Australia’s Recover8-backed World Trophy defence has started strongly as the squad leads day one of the 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, while the Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams are currently first and third respectively.

The World Trophy team topped the category on day one, where it holds a 19.53s advantage over Team USA and Team Italy. Great Britain and Finland currently complete the top three.

In the Junior World Trophy, Team Australian holds down the top spot with a 1m14.10s lead ahead of Team USA, as France holds down third followed by Italy and Great Britain.

The Women’s World Trophy class sees Team Germany sit atop the standings, with Team USA in second and six-time defending champions Team Australia in third. Great Britain and Spain are ranked in positions four and five.

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Sanders leads the individual outright results ahead over Spaniard Josep Garcia (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and American Ryan Sipes (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Australians Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team), Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Racing Team) feature inside the top 10 in positions seven, nine and 10, while compatriots Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Michael Driscoll (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing) and Matt Phillips (KTM) are ranked 16th, 28th, and 35th.

Tayla Jones (Husqvarna) sits third in the individual Women’s outright rankings, followed by Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) in fifth and 12th.

Sanders controls the E3 division, with Higlett, Green, Driscoll and Phillips taking up spots three, six, nine and 13 in the E2 category. In E1, Styke and Snodgrass are fifth and sixth respectively.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Serco Yamaha drafts in Tierney for Auckland and Melbourne

Image: Foremost Media.

Serco Yamaha will draft in Connor Tierney for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne rounds of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, as a shoulder injury sustained at Wollongong will sideline American Jacob Hayes for the remainder of the season.

Tierney’s call up comes after an incredible race victory in main event three at the third stop of the series last weekend, which saw him lead from start to finish in the seven-lap encounter.

“With Jacob out hurt, Serco Yamaha approached me about doing the last two rounds with them and I can’t wait to be flying the Serco Yamaha flag at the two biggest races of the year,” said Tierney. “Having the support and direction of a team like Serco is a huge bonus and hopefully I can continue to post good results and show them what I’m capable of.”

After promising start to the season, Hayes, who crashed heavily in his heat on Saturday night, will now return to America in order to be completely recovered and prepared for the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

“It’s such a disappointing way to finish the championship, especially as it started so well for myself and the team,” Hayes commented. “There appears to be no major damage, so I just need to rest it and take my time to ensure it’s done right.

“Because I had already had an issue in the Adelaide round and now at Wollongong, I’m out of the championship as far as points go, so it’s best for me to get it sorted now so I’m 100 percent for the start of the AMA championship in January.”


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Akrapovič Unveils Triumph Modern Classics Line at EICMA

Well known motorcycle exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič announced its line of Triumph Modern Classics products at EICMA. The first models to be released are the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200 products with more to come. Triumph Modern Classics owners stay tuned.

Begin Press Release:


Akrapovič Launches Triumph Modern Classics Range at EICMA

Akrapovič has used the prestigious EICMA show in Milan to present to the world its new range of exhaust systems for Triumph Modern Classics, with an exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin being displayed for the first time at the Italian event.

This stunning range of exhaust systems has been specifically designed to complement the look of the bikes, using traditional Akrapovič colourways such as a titanium natural surface and matte black coating, perfectly matching the culture of the modern classic look. The systems have been developed to change the sound and optimize power through the entire rev range and torque – especially in the mid to high rpm zone.

The first exhaust to be shown to the public is an Akrapovič Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200, with more exhausts for the range being developed for release soon, including the Bonneville T100 and T120 and the Scrambler 1200. The Slip-On Line will have a unique soundtrack, offering a deeper, thrilling tone, which provides an instant feeling of power. This unique sound comes to life as soon as the engine fires up, and as the revs increase the exhaust expresses the engine tone even further.

Fully compliant with EC/ECE type approval, this new range of Akrapovič exhausts is lighter than stock, which is achieved with various materials and construction, with the titanium outer sleeve as standard (the titanium natural version for the Bonneville T100, T120 and Scrambler 1200; black-coated for the Speed Twin / Thruxton 1200) with an engraved logo or monochrome logo sticker, all finished with silver or black-coated end caps and black-coated heat shields.

The new collection of Akrapovič exhausts for Triumph Modern Classics offers an innovative, appealing, design-led, lightweight addition, in keeping with this range of bikes, while delivering an aural delight sure to be enjoyed.

The post Akrapovič Unveils Triumph Modern Classics Line at EICMA appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

Wollongong race win a timely confidence boost for Tierney

News 11 Nov 2019

Wollongong race win a timely confidence boost for Tierney

Yamaha privateer earns maiden race win at WIN Stadium.

Image: Foremost Media.

A surprise SX2 victory in main event three at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship has come as a timely boost of confidence for Connor Tierney, the Yamaha-mounted privateer confirming his potential after a number of difficult seasons.

The Western Australian lodged an 11-13 scorecard in the opening two mains, however an excellent start in race three granted him a clear path to victory over newly-appointed points leaded Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor), crediting him seventh overall.

“I got a good start – actually, I got a sick start,” Tierney stated to MotoOnline.com.au. “It was probably around lap three where I put my head down and rode my own race – the guys were battling behind me, and I was just doing my own thing. I didn’t make any mistakes and just rode it home – it seemed like it came easy to me.

“It felt so good – it’s been a long time since I’ve won a race at a national calibre event, so it really felt good and gave me such a confidence boost. It’s good to have those moments – I feel like I really need to savour it, because it’s hard to stay in this sport with injuries and everything – results like that make it worth it.”

Tierney sits eighth in the championship standings as the series heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Championship position encouraging for Reardon

News 11 Nov 2019

Championship position encouraging for Reardon

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy entry scores third-straight podium at Wollongong.

Image: Foremost Media.

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Dan Reardon is encouraged by his position in the Australian Supercross Championship, which sees him right in contention for the crown with just the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne remaining in the series.

The popular Queenslander has landed on the podium in the opening three rounds, scoring second overall at the weekend’s stop in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Positioned just six points shy of leader Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) and three points behind teammate Luke Clout, the number 122 is confident he can elevate in the upcoming two events which will see a strengthened line-up of AMA Supercross regulars.

“I think I’m well placed in the championship now and right in the middle of a good battle for the SX1 crown,” Reardon commented. “The last few years I have been able to come home at the final rounds strongly so to be within six points of the lead and heading for the two biggest races of our season is a good spot to be in.

“It took me a bit to get dialled into the track as it was quite hard-pack and slippery in spots but once I got that sorted, I was fine and just focused on getting good track position early as passing was difficult.

“We are off to NZ this week and look forward to going up against not just the best Australia riders but also the incoming US guys who always raise the bar for us.”

Both the S-X Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne will also make up the 2019 S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Brayton and Clout divided on degraded Wollongong whoops

News 11 Nov 2019

Brayton and Clout divided on degraded Wollongong whoops

Differing opinions for title favourites from Saturday’s third round of AUS Supercross.

Image: Foremost Media.

Australian Supercross Championship heavyweights Justin Brayton and Luke Clout have shared divided opinions on the severe degradation of Wollongong’s whoop section on Saturday night, which saw a selection of riders utilise a near flat line on the edge of the circuit.

Penrite Honda Racing’s Brayton, who recorded his first blemish of the season in third overall, expressed his frustration over the section where riders seemingly gained an advantage, explaining he’s at a loss as to why the portion of the track wasn’t maintained for greater consistency.

“Absolutely, [the track] was [sketchy]. The biggest thing, and it’s a bummer, is that they left the whoops the way they were,” Brayton told MotoOnline.com.au post-race.

“On the right side, there were three whoops and the rest were all flat. It’s just a bummer that at the highest level of racing they’re like that. I was still going through the middle, but when you’re out front, you just go down the right side. That’s my strong point… it’s all good, I’m happy to keep the points lead.”

Clout broke through for his maiden SX1 overall victory, although the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider disagreed with the three-time defending champion’s opinion, offering that the line remained within the track limits, while officials didn’t feel it was necessary to hand down any penalties.

“I’m not going to comment on JB’s thoughts, that’s up to him,” Clout declared. “The first two races I was going down the middle of the whoops as well – I was going down the middle and everyone was going down right as well. They weren’t penalising anyone and apparently it was on the track.

“I did nothing different to anyone else and I only started doing that because 99 percent of people were doing it. I was happier to go down the middle of the whoops, but if everyone else is doing it and it’s in the track limits, then there’s no cutting of the track. It is what it is.”

The duo are now separated by just three points heading into New Zealand’s penultimate round this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong

News 11 Nov 2019

SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong

Factory KTM rider second overall in New South Wales.

Image: Foremost Media.

American Josh Osby believes he played it ‘too safe’ in the opening SX2 main events at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday night, despite emerging with the championship lead.

The Raceline KTM Thor contender went 6-3 in main events one and two before challenging for victory in the final encounter, ultimately falling short to accept runner-up honours.

Credited second overall on the night in New South Wales, Osby holds a one-point advantage over compatriot Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing), while former red-plate holder Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) is a further one-point behind.

“Tonight was always going to be intense with the triple crown format,” said Osby. “My game plan was [to have] solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races.

“I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races – the win just got away from me in the last one. But I’m pumped to take the championship lead, it’s a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself.”

The Australian Supercross Championship heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, marking round four of the series.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Suzuki Adventure Ride announced in Victoria

News 11 Nov 2019

Suzuki Adventure Ride announced in Victoria

Two-day adventure ride to take place in Victoria’s high country.

Image: Supplied.

Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has announced it will host its latest Adventure Ride on 14-15 December in Victoria’s high country.

The epic two-day tour will venture east from Yarra Junction to Licola, with routes catering for V-Strom and DR-Z/DR motorcycles.

The V-Strom ride has a 6/10 skill riding on sealed and 2WD dirt roads, suiting riders new to riding on gravel roads. The DR-Z/DR will be more challenging suiting people new to off-road riding and those with moderate experience. The ride will traverse some rough 4×4 tracks and be slightly more physical.

Suzuki will also be offering opportunities to test ride latest DR650SE, DR-Z400E and V-Strom motorcycles on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Spots are available from just $99, which includes overnight accommodation at the Licola Wilderness Village, along with dinner and breakfast. For more information, visit www.suzukiaustraliamerchandise.com/products/licola-suzuki-adventure-ride.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au