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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

Dainese Announces 2019 North American Custom Works Tour

Here’s your chance to get a fully customized Dainese suit, made by the same people who put Rossi’s suit together.

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Dainese, the world leader of protective wear for dynamic sports, announces the 8th annual  North American tour of Custom Works, which provides fully-customized and made-to-measure motorcycle racing suits, jackets and pants for race and street enthusiasts.

Custom Works draws on Dainese’s 45 years of experience in the design and production of personalized leather racing suits. Since its founding in 1972, Dainese has outfitted some of the greatest riders of all time, including Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi. Custom Works makes all of Dainese’s innovation and craftsmanship available to motorcycle enthusiasts interested in crafting riding apparel with their own unique fit and style.

The Custom Works tour will visit North American cities where Dainese partners with select Custom Works Certified retail stores. The Custom Works program includes measurements taken by a master tailor who also guides the customer through the process of selecting a base model product, color choices and the wish list of add-ons, logos, special numbers and other options to create a one-of-a-kind Dainese racing suit, jacket or pants.

“Custom Works is really a unique program and opportunity for motorcyclists to own meticulously crafted Dainese apparel that is 100% their own, in terms of look and fit,” said Roberto Sadowsky, Executive Vice President, Dainese North America. “We’re also proud to be expanding the selection of items available through Custom Works with new suit offerings for both women and men, and new D-air® jackets.” 

Custom Works now includes a fully integrated, multi-channel experience that begins online with the Custom Works 3D Configurator and continues at the retail location, where the personalized garment is delivered to the customer. The Custom Works process is designed to be fun and engaging, combining the practicality of an intuitive digital configuration system with the craftsmanship of a unique, handmade product. Accessible at Dainese.com, the 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to personalize his/her leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, engaging and interactive digital experience. The customer can see a preview of the garment, change the colors of the various sections, select accessories such as plates and sliders, and upload words and images that are immediately visible on the 3D-rendered garment.

The Custom Works Program offers a deep menu of Dainese one- and two-piece suits select leather jackets and pants.

Once the online design process is complete, the customer saves the model and books an appointment at a participating retail store. A Dainese specialist will then learn about the customer’s specific needs and expected use of the product, and take the 24 (25 for women) anatomical measurements necessary to start making the specialized garment. At the Custom Works Certified Centers, customers can experience the technology, feel the materials, and see the finishes and accessories that give life to the most advanced leather suits.

Once complete, the measurements and customization specs are sent to Dainese’s production facilities, where each piece is hand-sewn by professionals.

Dainese Custom Works 2019 North American Tour Dates and Locations:

October 7 – Nadon Sports – 645 Rue Dubois, Saint-Eustache, QC J7P 3W1, Canada
October 9 – Rider’s Choice – 2276 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Y 1Z4, Canada
October 11 & 12 – Dainese NYC – 140 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
October 14 – Dainese Orlando – 100 W. Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
October 16 – Dainese Chicago – 1216 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
October 18 – MotoCorsa – 2170 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR 97210
October 19 – Dainese Seattle – 570 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
October 22 – Pacific Motorsports – 21000 Westminster Hwy #2120, Richmond, BC V6V 2S9, Canada
October 25 – Dainese Las Vegas – 6825 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite # 125
October 26 – Dainese Los Angeles – 1418 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
October 27 – Dainese Costa Mesa – 1645 Superior Ave.,Costa Mesa, CA 92627
October 29 – Dainese San Francisco – 131 S. Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
October 31 – Ducati Austin – 3232 812 E Braker Ln., Austin, TX 78753

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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

Theres a New Arai in Town

We can’t help it, we get excited about new gear even after all these years – and a new Arai helmet, handmade in the land of the rising sun, is always big news. Same intermediate oval shape, says Arai, same attention to detail and quality – in a new shell that’s more comfortable and easier to get on and off the old cabeza.


Arai Press Release:


Arai Americas: The true measure of a helmet on a day-to-day basis is comfort. No distractions from noise, buffeting, or pressure points. When a helmet provides the ultimate in comfort, you are free to focus on everything around you, and the pure joy of riding.

The all-new Arai Regent-X is designed to isolate you from distractions with the kind of comfort only Arai can deliver. Built with the same protection as our flagship Corsair-X model, the Regent-X features a new interior for both comfort and ease of taking it on and off.
By subtly reshaping the shell—specifically the hyper-ridge in the jawline area—Arai made the helmet even easier to take on and off.
The Regent-X features our latest Facial Contour System (FCS) cheek pad design—articulating pads that move up and down when you put on and take off the helmet, then wrap around your face to provide a comfortable and snug fit that also reduces noise. These pads also feature recessed pockets for easy speaker installation, and provide the room needed to prevent the speakers from putting pressure on your ears for maximum comfort.
The Regent-X uses Arai’s newly developed Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate Construction shell. For the Regent-X, a new resin was developed that’s more cost effective, but does not add weight or compromise protection.
Born from Arai’s exclusive Formula One helmet technology, the Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate Construction shell is developed to be both light and strong. The upper edge of the eye port is reinforced with Arai’s Peripheral Belt, custom woven in-house with proprietary super fibers to increase shell strength without adding thickness or weight.
A one-piece multi-density liner, tuned with varying densities according to the position and volume of each given area within each shell size, provides protection where it’s needed most, and allows Arai to make a compact helmet that puts protection first, and is as aerodynamic and light as possible.

The Regent-X also features:

– Expanded Hyper-Ridge in the chin and cheek area by 5mm for greater protection
– New neckroll design to reduce weight
– Removable perimeter liner and cheek pads
– Custom fitting with optional cheek pad sizes
– Soft brushed nylon fabric interior for incredible comfort

The Regent-X, along with all Arai models available in North America, meets or exceeds the SNELL M2020 standard, but only after they all first satisfy Arai’s stringent in-house criteria.

A word about Glancing Off

When it comes to impact absorption ability, there is a limit to how much any helmet can absorb, regardless of any manufacturing technique employed, due to the limited space between the shell and the rider’s head available to manage impact energy. In a motorcycle impact, the forces can often far exceed our imagination, so it is important to maximize all aspects of the helmet design. Arai’s strong, round and smooth shell helps to reduce how much impact energy gets into the helmet. All Arai helmets have glancing off technology, including the new Regent-X. Arai makes continual efforts to improve our helmets’ glancing off ability in the pursuit of gains in head protection.

The Regent-X has an Intermediate Oval interior shape and will be available in early to mid-December in a variety of graphics.

Colors: White, Black Frost, Gun Metallic Frost, Modern Gray, Code Red and Code Yellow

Graphic: Sensation Blue, Red and Yellow
MSRP: Solids $559.95, Sensation $689.95

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Johann Zarco Replaced by Mika Kallio for the Remainder of the 2019 Season

KTM and Johann Zarco will part ways earlier than expected. 

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Johann Zarco replaced by Mika Kallio for rest of 2019 season

The Frenchman was due to leave Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the end of the season but they have parted ways early

Johann and KTM decided to mutually end their association at the end of 2019 but developments and on-going work mean that priorities have been realigned. The Frenchman will be exempt from his MotoGP™ duties but stays contracted to KTM until the end of the season.

Kallio – who rode the KTM on its debut in the MotoGP™ division in Valencia 2016 and has contributed strongly since the early testing phases of the RC16 – has already participated in seven wild card races from 2016 until 2018. With two top ten classifications on the MotoGP™ bikes and a career total of 16 GP victories and 49 podiums in the lower championship divisions, Kallio is eager to deliver new drive and momentum to KTM’s efforts in the premier class both for the rest of 2019 and with a view to the 2020 RC16.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director: “We have to make decisions to ensure that we use our resources in the best possible way and we are currently in a positive direction with our MotoGP structure. We firmly believe that Mika can help us in this stage thanks to his knowledge and background. It is paramount that we verify our testing results in real race conditions to start our 2020 season in the best position.

“Mika has proved his ability on the RC16 and we are happy that he joins the line-up as a racer again. There is no doubt that we will focus on a new configuration with the #82 bike while fighting for points in the last races of the championship. At the same time we want to express gratitude to Johann for his effort since he joined our ambitious project in November last year. We now have to think of the future and are making this step accordingly. KTM will continue supporting him until the expiry of our contract at the end of the 2019 and we truly wish him all the best for his future.”

Source: MotoGP

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Metzler Racetec RR Now Available in 18-inch Sizing in North America

State-of-the-art rubber for vintage bikes. The Metzler Racetec RR brings modern-day performance to the bikes of yesteryear. 

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Metzeler Brings RACETEC™ RR 18-Inch Sizing for Vintage Racing to North America

Four New Size Options in K1 Compound to be Showcased at Barber Vintage Festival in October

Metzler Racetec RR

ROME, Ga. (September 12, 2019) – METZELER has announced that its popular line of RACETEC™ RR  race tires will be expanded to include four new 18-inch sizes specifically designed for North American vintage racers and enthusiasts. A street-legal tire that was developed for road racing, the RACETEC RR has achieved much success as it delivers maximum performance with the ultimate sporting expression.

Metzeler will display its latest additions to the RACETEC lineup at the upcoming Barber Vintage Festival on October 4-6 in Birmingham, Alabama, providing attendees the opportunity to see the new tires firsthand. Metzeler’s display will be set up in the Fan Zone alongside BMW and everyone is encouraged to stop by and enjoy a weekend full of activities.

“Expanding Metzeler’s RACETEC RR line with 18-inch sizing for classic and vintage racing is very exciting for the brand,” said Oscar Solis, road race manager, Metzeler. “Throughout the past several years, classic and vintage riding and racing have become quite popular, so this was the perfect time to provide a quality product for enthusiasts in that segment here in North America. The RACETEC RR has already had great success with classic racing in Europe and we look forward to making the same products available to riders here stateside.”

In addition to the popular 17-inch sizing, the RACETEC RR is now available in 110/80 ZR 18 M/C TL (58W) front sizing, while 130/80 ZR 18 M/C TL (66W), 150/65 ZR 18  M/C TL (69W) and 160/60 ZR 18 M/C TL (70W) sizing have been introduced for the rear. The new front and rear sizes will be available in the K1 compound, the softest amongst those of the RACETEC RR.

Metzeler realizes that while classic racers may not be competing on machines with the latest technology, they still require tires with state-of-the-art performance for their powerful, rigid, heavy and valuable motorcycles.

Classic races take place on road circuits – such as the Isle of Man, where each year in August the Manx Grand Prix Senior Classic race is held with old superbikes from the 1990’s – and on race circuits, such as the prestigious Bol d’Or Classic in France.  In most countries, a motorcycle must be at least 25 years old to be considered vintage, while the category for classic motorcycles is usually intended for machines produced before 1972 and for post-classic, built between 1973 and 1985.

Metzler Racetec RR

RACETEC RR tires of all sizes offer riders the following benefits:

  • Grip in all conditions, both on road and track, thanks to the versatility of the compounds and the structure of the tread pattern, which guarantees a consistent distribution of temperature from the central band to the shoulder even after long straights.
  • Precision, directionality and stability at high speed, useful features both in the initial phase of a lean as well as on the straight due to the ability of the tire to absorb the roughness of the asphalt.
  • Performance consistency throughout the life of the tire.

For classic superbikes, the RACETEC RR effectively tames the aggressiveness of these old machines combining the dampening features of the carcass and the tread band configuration.

Unlike its predecessor, all sizes and compounds of RACETEC RR have the speed index W in brackets, which enables these tires to be used on public roads and not just on closed courses.

RACETEC identifies the Metzeler range of products dedicated to sport riding, while RR, defined as Road Racing, underlines the inspiration behind the line. The RACETEC RR comes directly from the experience of Metzeler in road racing competition in which the brand has been highly successful for many years.

The RACETEC RR has already been tested in several events, such as the Barber Vintage Festival, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100, Isle of Man TT and several other races in California. The results were further confirmation of the tires’ ability to outperform the competition.

The new RACETEC RR tires are now available through two of Metzeler’s North America distributors, Moto Garage and  Fast From The Past.

Visit the Metzeler website to view the complete line of motorcycle tires available for a wide range of applications.

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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

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

Bikes may respond to your emotions

In the future, your emotions could be monitored by household appliances and sent to your motorcycle to govern the way it is ridden.

This is the scenario being considered by Honda which has filed for a patent.

The Japanese auto manufacturer hasn’t supplied a lot of details except for a crude drawing of appliances and how they all communicate with each other like Amazon’s Alexa. Honda patent emotions


For example, it might know you were up late watching TV, so it might suggest you grab a cup of coffee before your ride.

Or perhaps your selection of heavy metal music or slamming the front door indicates anger and might then regulate the speed of your motorcycle.

On the flip side, if you’ve been watching depressing movies or eating lots of ice cream, your household appliances may think you are depressed and suggest a burn on your bike!

It is both interesting and quite scary to think your house could determine your mood and then adjust your motorcycle’s throttle, brakes, traction control, speed limiter and suspension.

As yet it is just a hazy notion for a patent application.

We’re not sure how a patent would even apply!

Honda patents

honda patent drum brakes variable riding position emotions
Honda patent for variable riding position

It should be noted that Honda has been busy this past year filing a host of interesting patents:

All, some or none of these patents could make it into production.

Honda just seems to be applying for a bunch of patents to protect their intellectual property.

It’s a shame they don’t put their efforts into providing more relevant motorcycles.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Sikh riders seek religious freedom

Sikhs are seeking an exemption from wearing motorcycle helmets on up to 500cc bikes on local 50/60km/h streets through a submission to the Religious Discrimination Bill.

It comes five years after a Coffs Harbour Sikh group unsuccessfully sought a similar exemption.

Amar Singh, 38, of Turbans 4 Australia is preparing the submission to Parliament in consultation with community and religious groups.

He says it is not just about motorcycle helmets but also hard hats for workers and bicycle helmets for school children and senior citizens.

“Not allowing kids to wear a turban on their bicycle puts fear into their minds that they are not acceptable in Australian society,” he says.

“And many seniors who were used to riding pushbikes in India can’t even go to the local shops or temple.”

Amar says he has not been able to ride the 1970 Jawa his wife bought him for his 38th birthday last year because he cannot remove his turban to fit a helmet.

Sikh Amar Singh turban religious freedom
Amar on his Jawa (Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald.)

Turban exemptions

Sikhs are being granted helmet exemptions to wear their turban instead of a helmet in several countries around the world on religious grounds.

The UK introduced the exemption in 1976 and it has now spread to include New Zealand (up to 50km/h), India, Pakistan (Peshawar only) and most recently the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.

The exemption move hit a hiccup in July when Germany knocked back a plea by a Sikh rider to wear a turban instead of a helmet on religious grounds.

Applications for turbans to be worn instead of helmets have also been knocked back in France while Denmark is cracking down on helmet exemptions for health or religious reasons. 

Religious Discrimination Bill

Australia’s Religious Discrimination Bill protects “religious activity” such as the wearing of a turban, but does not override state laws, including road rules.

Victoria is the only state to grant a helmet exemption on religious grounds, but that is for cyclists only.

Amar says he will also apply to each state for the exemptions.

“The turban exemption is already approved for cyclists in Victoria; all the states have to talk to each other,” he says.

In 2014, the Central Coast of NSW Sikhs campaigned to Coffs Coast Council for the right to not wear helmets on city streets signposted up to 60km/h.

However, the matter had to be decided by the NSW Centre for Road Safety (CRS). Neither council nor the CRS could find any record of contact from the group.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services says they have not granted any exemptions for religious reasons.

The CRS has conducted standard bicycle helmet tests on the Sikh turban and found it did not  offer impact protection.Turban sikhs motorcycle helmets plea

Aussie Sikhs

Sikhs have been in Australia since the 1880s.

There are now about 126,000 Sikhs here, according to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics census. It is the fifth largest religion after Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Victoria has seen the sharpest increase in the number of Sikhs with 52,762. The state with the second highest Sikh population is NSW with 31,737 Sikhs, Queensland 17,433, Western Australia 11,897, South Australia 8808, ACT 2142 and Northern Territory and Tasmania have under 700 Sikhs each. Sikh Motorcycle Club rides for charity

Turban symbol

Amar says it takes about half an hour to wrap a turban which he describes as his “spiritual crown”.

He also points out that Sikh soldiers fighting with Allied forces at Gallipoli did not wear helmets.

The Sikh Council of Australia’s website gives this explanation for wearing the turban.

Unshorn hair (‘Kesh’) are also an essential part of the Sikh Code of Conduct. This makes Turban an essential part of a Sikh’s attire. Like the ‘Kirpan’ issue, this is another issue where the Government and its departments as well as the wider Australian community need to be informed about the importance of the Turban for a Sikh. More importantly, in order to tackle the hate crimes and discrimination based on the ‘looks’ the Australian community is being educated about the distinction between a Sikh and other members of the community who may also wear a Turban or cover their head or perhaps may look the same due to other items of clothing (for example the salwar and kameez for the women). Hopefully the Government will introduce measures which will allow the wider Australian community to be more aware and tolerant and not discriminate against someone wearing a Turban and not assume that they might be a terrorist.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com