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Ducati Announces New Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO And 1100 Sport PRO

New information arrived over the transom from the Land of Joy. The Ducati Scrambler family gets some new members, Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and 1100 Sport PRO. Both PROs get updated graphics and new rear fender, while the Sport PRO gets Öhlins suspension and a new handlebar. Go take a look!

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New Scrambler Ducati 1100: Just PROs
  • Revamped graphics, new exhaust and seat trim, shorter rear fender and low plate holder characterise the two new versions of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO is enriched with an even more sporting heritage thanks to the new, narrower and shorter handlebar with Café Racer-style mirrors and Öhlins suspensions

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) 27 January 2020 – Even more fun and high performance, featuring an original design, the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and 1100 Sport PRO are the ideal choice for those who want to ride a motorcycle with a 1079 cm³ engine with generous torque right from the bottom of the rev range, a 15-litre steel tank that, combined with the comfortable seat with the new coating, ensure even the longest rides are enjoyed in comfort.

The fun is guaranteed on the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO, thanks to their iconic style and sense of freedom, together with agility and safety. Created for those who love to ride motorcycles even outside the city, perhaps also with a passenger, these new models are a further declination of the bike that identifies the Ducati Scrambler “Land Of Joy”.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO stands out for its new two-tone “Ocean Drive” colour scheme, combined with a steel Trellis frame and rear aluminium subframe, both black. The aluminium covers are also black. A new right-side dual tailpipe and low-slung plate holder ensure distinctive rear-end styling and, together with the new livery, give the bike a coiled, compact look. Another hallmark is the framed headlight; inspired by the protective adhesive tape used back in the ‘70s, a black metal “X” has been incorporated inside the headlight: a detail that makes the bike instantly identifiable, even with the lights off.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO is the beefiest version in the Scrambler family. It features all the styling details of the PRO, but also a unique equipment set with Öhlins suspension, low-slung handlebars and Café Racer rear-view mirrors . The 1100 Sport PRO also features a Matt Black colour scheme, complemented by side panels sporting a painted 1100 logo.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO

The Ducati Scramblers 1100 PRO are also at the forefront of electronics. They are equipped with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), regulated specifically for these models, and ABS Cornering, which ensure safety on every bend. The three standard Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City) help even less experienced riders to find the right balance in the use of electronic components by choosing their riding style.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO will be available from the end of March 2020 (country specific). More information about the new models are on Ducati Scrambler officiale wesite. The lunch video is available on Ducati Scrambler official YouTube channel.

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Driver charged over fatal bike crash

A 70-year-old male driver will face court in March charged over a fatal motorcycle crash in Dubbo on New year’s Eve 2019.

NSW Police say the driver’s ute collided with a motorcycle about 9pm on the Mitchell Highway in Maryvale, just north of Wellington.

A male rider in his 20s died at the scene.

NSW Police say that due to the circumstances of the crash, he has still not been formally identified.

The utility caught fire and was extinguished by NSW Rural Fire Service.

The driver and his female passenger suffered injuries and were airlifted to Orange Base Hospital.

Orana Mid-Western Police District officers and the Crash Investigation Unit began investigating the crash.

Police say that, “following inquiries”, a 70-year-old man attended Orange Police Station yesterday (26 January 2020) and was arrested.

He was charged with:

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Wellington Local Court on 19 March 2020.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. We will follow this matter through the courts.

Meanwhile, NSW Police advise that no charges have yet been laid over the fatality involving a Kia Rio and six motorcycles in Kyogle on 20 October 2019.

The killed rider and five injured riders and pillions were members of the Sons Of The Southern Cross motorcycle club.

Car ploughed into riders monthKyogle crash aftermath (Image: Seven News)

Mobility scooter rider dies

An 80-year-old man has died in hospital today (27 January 2020) after his mobility scooter collided with a utility in Sydney’s last Wednesday.

Police say the scooter drove out of a driveway on Milton Street, Granville, on to the road where it was hit by a VW Amarok.

The rider was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

The 39-year-old male driver of the utility was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative result.

We trust this will not be recorded in the statistics as a fatal motorcycle or moped crash.

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

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Malaysian MotoGP like you’ve never seen

Workers at a Kuala Lumpur scooter shop XF XeroxTune certainly have a great sense of humour judging by this mock Malaysian GP video.

Since the video was posted on their Facebook page about a week ago, it has had more than 1.8 million views.

And why not? It’s hilarious!

Right from the start it pokes some fun at the anachronistic MotoGP grid girls by substituting boys with banana leaves!

We also love the inserted tacho and speedo showing about 220km/h and the action cam shots of the rider’s face.Malaysian MotoGP satirical video

And instead of a pitstop, the riders stop at a roadside icecream seller for some refreshments.

The audio track comes from a Malaysian GP and they use some MotoGP logos, so it’s a wonder DORNA hasn’t forced them to take it down for copyright infringement.

This satirical video shows Andrea Iannone winning on his Ducati, but he never has won at Sepang, although he does have the 2015 lap record!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MV Agusta celebrates 75th anniversary

MV Agusta will officially celebrate its 75th anniversary on June 20-21 at its factory on the shores of the beautiful Lake Varese in northern Italy.

If you’re a fan, we recommend booking your flights now as the Italian lake region is not only beautiful, but is blessed with excellent roads for riding motorcycles.

The company sent out a potted history (attached below) which concludes with a vision of the future where they listen to customers and promise new models, faster spare parts delivery and an expended sales network.

Troubled times

MV Agusta has gone through some tough financial times over the past few years.

It had a rocky relationship with AMG Mercedes ownership, developed terribly slow spare parts delivery and did not produce any new models, only limited editions of their ageing fleet.

New boss Timur Sardarov took over from Giovanni Castiglioni in 2018.

RussianGiovanni Castiglioni and Timur Sardarov

Timur is the founder of Russian investment company, Black Ocean Group, which rescued the company in 2017.

He set up the Nevada Burning Man festival and is the son of oil tycoon Rashid Sardarov who was mentioned in the Panama Papers and has links to Russian mafia lawyers.

Last year, the Sardarov family acquired 100% of the company’s capital and Timur announced a five-year plan to build new bikes and improve its service.

However, we are yet to see a truly new motorcycle from MV and have not heard any reports of improved parts delivery in Australia.

At EICMA in Milan, they unveiled the beautiful Superveloce 800 which is based on the F3 and they returned the Brutale 1000RR to the fleet and added the Rush which is basically a limited-edition version of the Brutale 1000 RR.

Future vision

However, Timur is promising more than 20 new models in the next five years to increase their sales to 25,000 a year.

But don’t expect a lot of new flagship models.

Instead, like Harley and Triumph, they are partnering with Asian companies to make cheaper, smaller-capacity versions mainly for Asian markets.

MV Agusta sell-out to the bottom russian bossMV Agusta in joint agreement with Chinese

In July 2019, Timur announced a partnership with Chinese Loncin Motor to make 350-500cc motorcycles.

Timur says being the boss at the historic 75th anniversary is “exciting and challenging”.

“I consider it a great privilege, and also a great responsibility, but looking back at MV Agusta’s legacy, I know we are standing on the shoulders of a giant, and this gives me great pride and confidence in breaking new ground every day, launching innovative technology, new incredible models, and expanding into markets we have never entered before.”

MV Agusta 75th anniversary historyMV Agusta 75th anniversary

Here is the unedited MV Agusta version of its history to mark its 75th anniversary:

It all started on January 19, 1945, with the establishment of Meccanica Verghera Srl in Cascina Costa, near today’s Malpensa international airport. The Agusta family, pioneers of the aviation industry, unable to continue manufacturing aeroplanes in the aftermath of WWII, turned to motorcycles to express their passion for speed, adrenaline and precision engineering. Legend has it that the first model, a 98 cc, was due to be called “Vespa”, but the name was already taken, so it went down in history simply as the MV98.

The Agustas also knew how to convert their racing motorcycles into successful production road models for a public of passionate enthusiasts, and started right from the beginning with a luxury version of the 98 that made a sensation at the 1947 Milan Trade Fair. Since then, every new MV Agusta model made its mark in the history of motorcycling, and still today the launch of a new model or range is a much awaited event.

Count Domenico Agusta had a knack for hiring the best riders, most of which became legends of the sport: Franco Bertoni, MV’s first rider, followed by Arcisio Artesiani, Carlo Ubbiali the “flying chinaman”, Leslie Graham, Cecil Sandford, Fortunato Libanori, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Gianfranco Bonera, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read. Throughout the 30 years of the Agusta era, the history of their victories intersects with the launches of equally legendary and successful MV Agusta production models.

The partnership with Giacomo Agostini was the most celebrated in the history of motorcycling: in his career, “Ago” won 13 Wold Championships, 18 Italian titles and 10 Isle of Man’s TTs.

Count Domenico passed in 1971, and after Agostini’s last victory at the Nürburgring in 1976, the destiny of MV Agusta seemed to have come to an end, until the Castiglioni family decided to give it a new lease of life. In 1992, Claudio Castiglioni’s Cagiva acquired the MV Agusta brand and moved production to its facility on the shores of lake Varese, in Schiranna, where MV Agusta motorcycles are still produced today.

MV Agusta 75th anniversaryClaudio Castiglioni and F4 designer Massimo Tamburini

Under the visionary guidance of Claudio Castiglioni the brand never ceased to represent Italy’s best motorcycling tradition and even acquired further prestige and recognition. Castiglioni single-handedly revolutionised the motorcycle industry, heavily investing in R&D and in production.

The four-cylinder, 750cc F4 was the first bike of the new era, and also the first superbike. It is still considered “the best looking bike ever”. Claudio also invented the concept of the “naked” bike, a new paradigm in the motorcycling world.

MV Agusta 75th anniversaryGiovanni Castiglioni in front of a photo of his father, Claudio

After his premature death in 2011, his son Giovanni succeeded him at the helm and continued in the family’s pioneering tradition.  He actively sought and developed partnerships with world-class names such as Pirelli and Formula1 champion Lewis Hamilton to further broaden the reach and the appeal of the brand. Giovanni was behind the creation of the “Brutale”, the ultimate naked, and the F3, the best middle-weight sports bike with an inline-three cylinders engine and a counter-rotating crankshaft. Under his guidance, other remarkable models such as the Dragster and the Turismo Veloce, an opening into the tourers’ world, as well as successive evolutions of the F3 and F4, were acclaimed both by critics and motorcycling enthusiasts.

MV Agusta 75th anniversaryTimur Sardarov

In 2017, the company was ready for a new important step in its history of continuing growth, and new capital was brought in by ComSar Invest, a Luxembourg company belonging to a family of entrepreneurs who share the same pioneering spirit and passion for speed as the Agustas and the Castiglionis. After an initial and successful partnership phase, in 2019 the Sardarov family acquired 100% of the company’s capital and Timur Sardarov, MV Agusta’s present CEO, was ready to take on a leading role.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider seriously injured in Southport crash

A 24-year-old male rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in Southport this morning (25 January 2020).

Queensland Police say their initial investigations indicate that about 8.50am, a blue Toyota Corolla hatchback and a red Yamaha motorcycle collided at the intersection of Anne and Shirley streets, Southport.Southport Crash

The rider was seriously injured and transported to hospital in a critical condition.

The 75-year-old female driver of the Corolla was transported to hospital in a stable condition.

We sincerely wish both injured motorists a full and speedy recovery.

Police are appealing to any members of the public who may have witnessed the crash or have relevant dash-cam footage to contact police.

Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

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

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

Quote this reference number: QP2000172627

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Blade runner has three in-line wheels

Why would anyone think this Marabese Blade with three in-line wheels is a good thing for motorcycles?

The Marabese Blade is the work of the family owned Luciano Marabese design company that also designed the Piaggio MP3 scooter with two side-by-side front wheels.

PIaggio MP3 trikePIaggio MP3

The company has also designed bikes for Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Triumph and Yamaha.

Their Blade has been designed by Luciano’s sons Ricardo and Roberto specifically for Asian markets.Marabese Blade three-wheeler

Pros and Cons of Marabese Blade

The advantages could be more braking power and cornering confidence given the increased contact patch of the third tyre.

Marabese Blade three-wheelerLocking up the wheels in a brake test

That’s also true with other three-wheelers with two side-by-side front wheels such as Yamaha’s Niken and TriCity scooter.

It also makes the wheelbase longer which provides more seating space.

That makes it particularly suitable in Asian and African countries where they often fit whole families on motorcycles and scooters.

However, it would also make it heavier and more expensive to buy and maintain given the extra tyre.

We also don’t buy their argument that it is narrower for lane filtering as the two Yamahas are not much wider than normal bikes and scooters.

We’re also a bit sceptical about the designers’ claims that it is more stable over bumps.Marabese Blade three-wheeler

Despite the complex and heavy front suspension system, the impact on the handlebars of the two wheels taking a bump at different times must double the chance of kickback and instability.

The original prototype Blade used 10-inch wheels, but they have now gone up to 12-inch wheels.

That could make steering geometry fairly fast, but it may also contribute to some steering issues we’ve experienced with 12-inch-wheeled scooters.

It is powered by a single-cylinder 300cc engine, but the designers say it will also fit a twin-cylinder 550cc engine.

Marabese is still working on the prototype and it is not yet confirmed for production.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Reasons riders can celebrate Australia Day

The best way to celebrate Australia Day this year is to get out and ride in regional areas that have been hit by the bushfire crisis and spend your tourist dollar.

Click here for our tips avoiding bushfire areas and what to do if caught in a bushfire situation.

And click here to find out how you can support the many bushfire appeals.

So if you’re out riding this Australia Day Long weekend, consider this about our great continent.

REASONS TO BE CELEBRATEWomen's relay baton crosses Australia

  • Most parts of Australia have year-round riding weather, not just on one day!
  • We have a host of great riding roads.
  • Our forests, beaches, outback and deserts offer some of the greatest adventure riding in the world.
  • Most country people are welcoming of riders dropping into their towns.
  • New helmet laws now allow us greater access to more and safer Euro-approved helmets.
  • Most states now have or are considering introducing lane filtering.
  • We have one of the widest varieties of motorcycle model choices in the world.
  • Motorcycles have never been cheaper in “real terms”.


  • Road safety Nazis selectively pick on us with their scaremonger campaigns.
  • Police target riders for discriminatory licence and vehicle checks.
  • Insurance companies gouge us on premiums and compulsory third party.
  • Our road rules annoyingly vary from state to state (although this is gradually changing).
  • There is an epidemic of ever-decreasing speeds on our roads.Epidemic of reduced speed limits in 2016 reasons


It could be worse.

  • Several major cities are banning all or some motorcycles from entering the CBD.
  • Some Asian and Mid-East cities ban all motorcycles or impose a curfew.
  • Some countries also ban women from riding for “modesty” reasons!
  • In London, motorcycle theft has halved in the past two years, yet almost 10,000 were stolen last year.
  • In Malaysia, 26 unmarried couples have been arrested for riding together on a motorcycle.


More great reasons to celebrate motorcycling on Australia Day is our rich motorcycling history.

With its vast distances and rugged terrain, motorcycles were popular at the start of the last century. We even had a thriving motorcycle manufacturing industry, particularly during World War I when supplies of British motorcycles dried up.

While we have not had a motorcycle manufacturing industry for some time, Australia once built many motorcycles such as Lewis, Pasco, Blue Bird, Bullock, De Luxe, Peerless, Invincible JAP, Whiting, Mostyn, Rudge, FN and Norton.

Lewis motorcycles - Australia Day reasonsLewis motorcycles

Robert Saward wrote A-Z of Australian-made Motorcycles which details 396 brands of motorcycles, most of which were assembled here from imported engines and frames.

In 1928, the Auto Cycle Council of Australia was formed to represent the interests of motorcycle clubs and state associations at a national level. It is now called Motorcycling Australia which represents motorcycle racing.


Racing successes are more great reasons to celebrate.

Australians were among the first in the world to start racing motorcycles. Many believe the first speedway meetings were held in Australia and our speedway riders travelled to the UK to pioneer the sport.

Over the years, Australia has had many motorcycle champions. MA notes our first world champion as speedway rider Lionel Van Praag in 1936.

Here is MA’s list of champion Aussie riders and teams and more reasons to celebrate on our national day:


Lionel Van Praag - australia day reasonsLionel Van Praag

1936 Lionel Van Praag, Speedway

1938 Bluey Wilkinson, Speedway

1951/52 Jack Young, Speedway

1957 Keith Campbell, Road racing (350cc)

1961 Tom Phillis, Road racing (125cc)

1969 Kel Carruthers, Road racing (250cc)

1979/81 Barry Smith, Road racing (Formula TT)

1983 Steve Baker, Speedway (under 21)

1987 Wayne Gardner, Road racing (500cc)

1992 Leigh Adams, Speedway (under 21)

1994-98 Michael Doohan, Road racing (500cc)

Mick Doohan enters Hall of Fame reasonsMick Doohan enters Hall of Fame

1995/2004/06/09 Jason Crump, Speedway (under 21)

1996/2005 Troy Corser, Superbikes

1997 Shane Watts, Enduro (125cc)

1997 Peter Goddard, Endurance Road Racing

2000/01/03/04 Stefan Merriman, Enduro

2000/02 Warwick Nowland,  Endurance Road Racing

2001/06/08 Troy Bayliss, Superbikes

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day reasonsTroy Bayliss

2001/08 Andrew Pitt, Supersport

2001 Heinz Platacis, Endurance Road Racing

2003/08 Chad Reed, Supercross

2003 Chris Vermeulen, Supersport

2004 Karl Muggeridge, Supersport

2007/11 Casey Stoner, MotoGP

2009 Jay Wilson, Junior Motocross

2009/10 Darcy Ward, Speedway (under 21)

2009 Steve Martin, Endurance Road Racing

2010 Mick Headland, Jesse Headland, Track Racing Sidecar (1000cc)

2011 Darrin Treloar, Jesse Headland, Track Racing Sidecar (1000cc)

2012 Caleb Grothes, Junior MX (65cc)

2012 Chris Holder, World FIM Speedway GP

2013/14 Matthew Phillips, Enduro (Junior/E3)

2014 Jett Lawrence, Junior MX (65cc)

2015 Matthew Gilmore, Youth Speedway World Cup (250cc)

2016 Matt Phillips, Junior Enduro GP

2016 Toby Price, Dakar Rally

Cheer on Toby Price Dakar Rally - Australia Day reasonsToby Price

2017 Jason Doyle, World FIM Speedway GP

2018 Toby Price, FIM World Cross Country Champion

2018 Josh hook, World Endurance

2018 Braden Plath, World Junior Motocross

2018 Tayla Jones, ISDE (Enduro EW)

2018 Daniel Milner, ISDE Enduro E3 and overall

2019 Toby Price, Dakar Rally

2019 Daniel Milner, ISDE Enduro E3 and overall


1974 Pairs Speedway, 2nd

1976 Team Speedway (Phil Crump, Billy Sanders, Phil Hearne, John Boulger), 1st

1990 Pairs Speedway, 2nd

1994 ISDE Junior Trophy, 2nd

1995 ISDE Junior Trophy (Ian Cunningham, Shane Watts, Shawn Reed Jamie Cunningham), 1st

1998 ISDE World Trophy, 3rd; ISDE Junior Trophy, 3rd

1999 Team Speedway (Jason Crump, Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan Jason Lyons, Todd Wiltshire), 1st; ISDE World Trophy, 3rd

2001 Team Speedway (Jason Crump, Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan, Todd Wiltshire, Craig Boyce, Jason Lyons), 1st

2002 Team Speedway (Ryan Sullivan, Todd Wiltshire, Leigh Adams, Jason Crump, Jason Lyons), 1st

Jason Crump and Troy Bayliss will race at Moto Expo - Australia Day reasonsJason Crump and Troy Bayliss

2003 Team Speedway, 2nd

2006 Oceania Motocross (Nathan Brochtrup, Lee  Ellis, Josh Strang, Kirk Gibbs, Chris Hollis, Cody Mackie, Ryan Marmont, Joel Passlow, Harley Quinlan, Tye Simmonds, Todd Waters), 1st

2006 ISDE Junior Team  (Christopher Hollis, Joshua Strang, Blake Hore, Darren Lloyd), 3rd

2007 Team Speedway (Ryan Sullivan, Rory Schlein, Leigh Adams, Jason Crump, Chris Holder, Dave Watt), 3rd; Oceanic Motocross (Craig Anderson, Troy Carroll, Lee Ellis, Jay Marmont, Jake Moss, Cameron Tatlor, Danny Anderson, Lewis Stewart, Kristy Gillespie, Ashlea Bates, Adelia Barton, Tye Simmonds, Ross Beaton, Luke Arbon), 1st

2008 ISDE Junior Team  (Jarrod Bewley, Geoff Braico, Blake Hore, Andrew Lloyd), 2nd

2009 Junior Motocross (Tye Simmonds, Jay Wilson), 1st; Track Racing Sidecar (Mick Headland, Paul Waters), 1st; Team Speedway (Leigh Adams, Jason Crump, Chris Holder, Davey Watt, Troy Batchelor), 2nd; Women’s Team (Jacqui Jones, Alison Parker, Jemma Wilson), 3rd

2010 Junior MX (Wilson Todd, Mitchell Evans, Joel Dinsdale, Scott Mann, Matt Phillips, Errol Willis), 3rd

2011 ISDE Womens Team (Allison Parker, Jess Gardiner, Jemma Wilson), 3rd; ISDE Mens Team – E2 Class (Toby Price, Matthew Phillips), 1st; MXoN (Chad Reed, Brett Metcalf, Matt Moss), 3rd; Speedway World Cup (Jason Crump, Darcy Ward, Chris Holder, Davey Watt, Troy Batchelor), 2nd

2012 ISDE Womens Trophy Team (Jess Gardiner, Tanya Hearn, Tayla Jones), 3rd; Speedway World Cup (Chris Holder, Davey Watt, Jason Crump, Darcy Ward, Troy Batchelor), 2nd; Speedway World Cup U21 (Darcy Ward, Sam Masters, Dakota North, Alex Davies, Nick Morris), 2nd

2013 ISDE Womens Trophy Team (Jess Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson), 1st; Speedway World Cup (Darcy Ward, Cameon Woodward, Jason Doyle, Troy Batchelor) 3rd

2014 ISDE Womens Trophy Team (Jess Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson), 1st; ISDE Junior Trophy Team (Daniel Sanders, Tom McCormack, Lachlan Stanford, Scott Keegan), 3rd; Speedway World Cup (Chris Holder, Darcy Ward, Jason Doyle, Troy Batchelor), 3rd

2015 FIM World Junior Motocross Championships (Hunter Lawrence, Cooper Pozniak, Rhys Budd, Bailey Malkiewicz, John Bova, Regan Duffy), 3rd; Trial des Nations International Trophy Competition (Chris Bayles, Tim Coleman, Kyle Middleton and Colin Zarczynki), 3rd; ISDE Junior Trophy Team (Daniel Sanders, Broc Grabham, Tom Mason, Tye Simmons), 1st; ISDE Women’s Trophy Team (Tayla Jones, Jess Gardiner, Jemma Wilson), 1st; ISDE Senior Trophy Team (Daniel Milner, Matthew Phillips, Lachlan Stanford, Glenn Kearney, Beau Ralston, Josh Green), 2nd (Provisional); FIM Team Speedway Under 21 2015 World Championship (Max Fricke, Brady Kurtz, Nick Morris, Jack Holder), 3rd

2016 and 2017 ISDE Women’s Trophy Team (Tayla Jones, Jess Gardiner, Jemma Wilson)

2018 World Junior Motocross (125cc) Bailey Malkiewicz, Brad West & Braden Plath

2018 ISDE Women’s Trophy Team (Tayla Jones, Jess Gardiner, Mackenzie Tricker)

2018 ISDE Trophy Team (Daniel Milner, Joshua Strang, Lyndon Snodgrass, Daniel Sanders)

2018 ISDE Junior Trophy Team (Michael Driscoll, Fraser Higlett, Lyndon Snodgrass)

(Above information from Motorcycling Australia.)

  • (If we have missed any, please advise us and we will add it to the list. And tell us how you will celebrate Australia Day)

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Craigslist Ad o the Day: 1993 KX500

$9500 seems a bit high for a 27-year old dirtbike, but a street-going KX500 stroker probably is one-of-a-kind, and the seller does make a good case for why. Wonder if anybody makes a cruise control kit?

1993 KX500 street legal, CA plate – $9500 (Sylmar, CA)

You aren’t going to find another one, legit registered with DMV. I’ve had it for years and no problems renewing the registration. Price is high to weed out the weak and retarded. Makes Prius drivers cry and small children think that the world isn’t so bad after all.

I wouldn’t sell it, but I’ve got 4 ruptured discs and a daughter. I’d prefer to be buried on it, but the wife is jealous. Rebuilt motor, forks, shock, frame bearings, wheel bearings, good tires, wiring redone. All Kawasaki parts in the engine, all new Kawi bearings, Wossner connecting rod, Kawi piston. LED blinkers, PVL Stator, UNI filter, LED Headlight, Pro Circuit Pipe, FMF Silencer. Clark desert tank, nice aluminum kickstand, sprung with Racetech springs for 200#. Jetted for 32:1 Yamalube and 91 at 1500′. Fires right up and drops panties at 250 yards. Eats 450’s for lunch, if you’re able to hold on.

Email only because I don’t have time to listen to bullshit, cash only because that’s how it goes. I can email a video of it running just as soon as you’d like. No shipping, Nigerian 3rd party checks, no sob stories about how your kid/dog is sick and your sister’s cousin’s boyfriend’s uncle lost his job last month, I don’t give a s**t.

(Rest of ad is here if you’re interested.)

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Honda Celebrates 60 Years in the US with Kokoro Videos

Kokoro means heart. Soichiro Honda is bracketed here by Dave Mungenast and his wife Barbara, who started a Honda motorcycle dealership in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1965. Dave M. sounds like he was quite a guy; Green Beret, racer, adventure motorcyclist before there was such a category, and a risk taker who took at least one very good one. Later came Honda cars, then an Acura dealership… all three of which are still hawking Hondas in St. Louis. Honda sent us a couple of really nice 6-minute videos, packed with Mungenast nostalgia and classic Hondas. 
If you find yourself in St. Louis, though, what you really need to do is track down the Mungenast Classic Museum, which houses all manner of motorcycles besides Honda, and more than a few classic automobiles as well.
Honda Press Release:

Like a time machine transporting viewers back to an earlier era, the newest videos in the Honda Kokoro™ series take visitors on a virtual visit to original style Honda showrooms of the 1960s and ’70s, as seen at the Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum. The Honda Kokoro video series celebrates the heritage, culture, people and products that make Honda unique. “Kokoro” means heart in Japanese.

Last year marked Honda’s 60th year in the continental United States and the Mungenast family is an integral part of the brand’s American legacy. The Mungenast museum was established by the late Dave Mungenast, Sr., who became a Honda motorcycle dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1965 and went on to establish a Honda auto dealership and one of the first Acura dealers in the U.S., in 1986. The Mungenast Automotive Family continues to operate all three dealerships in St. Louis.

The two-part video based on the Mungenast museum, tells the story of the relationship between Dave Sr. and his family with the Honda brand and includes a focus on both Honda automotive history and motorcycle history, through the products and memorabilia housed at the museum.

 The segment on automobiles features several rare Honda “S” model sports cars never sold in America, as well as a Z600 and a 1979 Civic. The motorcycle segment features a replica of the first Honda Scrambler to win a National Championship, a rare XLV750R never sold in America, and other iconic Honda bikes, including a Z50 Mini Trail, XL250, CBX, GL1000 Gold Wing and a 1970 CB750, named “Motorcycle of the Century” by Motorcyclist magazine.

The Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum is a permanent, two-building display dedicated to celebrating the memory of Dave Mungenast, Sr. and his family’s passion for everything on wheels. Founded with Dave Sr.’s donation of his collection of vehicles, the expanded facilities now include the next generation of Mungenast’s favorite bikes and automobiles, including many rare items. The family’s collection has something to pique the interest of every enthusiast, young or old. The museum is a gift from Dave and Barbara Mungenast and the Mungenast Automotive Family to the community that has supported the growing family of businesses since 1965. Mungenast Classic Museum

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Who will fill rider representation void?

The RACQ says it will help fill the perceived void in rider representation to government after the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland officially closed last week.

Former president Chris Mearns blamed the MRAQ closure on rider apathy.

Comments on our article about the closure last week offer a wide variety of views of the efficacy of the MRAQ and whether it should continue or be replaced by another organisation. 

Minister advised

RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding, Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey and MRAQ president Chris Mearns - learner ridersTransport Minister Mark Bailey (centre) with RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding and MRAQ president Chris Mearns at a 2015 media event

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says he and the department were advised of the MRAQ’s closure.

However, he suggests it leaves no void in rider representation at a government level.

“TMR regularly engages with several stakeholders on matters that relate to Queensland riders and will continue to do so,” the Minister says.

“For example, RACQ are consulted on all initiatives in addition to attending regular meetings, a Q-Ride industry forum is held annually, and Q-Ride trainers have a dedicated contact officer within TMR to contact about Q-ride and other motorcycle related matters.”

The RACQ is the biggest club in Queensland with more than a million paid members and most likely the largest number of motorcycle riders.

Will RACQ fill void?

Steve Spalding RACQ voidSteve Spalding RACQ

Several of the key RACQ staff are also riders, including Technical and Safety Officer Steve Spalding.

“The RACQ regularly contributes to government policy and local council discussions on motorcycle issues, particularly road safety, to promote greater awareness of rider vulnerability, along with practical advice and information that helps makes it safer for them,” Steve says.

“RACQ has also supported greater theft prevention awareness by partnering with the Queensland Police Service on securing motorcycles parked at home or in public spaces.

“We successfully advocated for the reinstatement of government funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council which tracks and collates data on all vehicle theft including motorcycles.

Motorcycle theft Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich and Steve Spalding RACQSenior Constable Tony Tatkovich and Steve Spalding RACQ with a motorcycle disc lock

“RACQ provides advice to members on motorcycle ownership, care and maintenance, through its technical advisory service and recently appointed a Mackay based Approved Riding School to help learners in that area connect with a Q-Ride trainer,” Steve says.

Advisory group

In the void of a rider-initiated representative group, we asked Minister Bailey if he was considering a ministerial advisory panel of motorcycle experts.

The Victorian Government had the Motorcycle Experts Advisory Committee, but is now in the throes of replacing it with the new Motorcycling Community Engagement Panel.

However, Minister Bailey says TMR is “not considering a motorcycle riders panel”.

“However, the department welcomes any opportunity to improve engagement with Queensland riders and industry,” he says.

New group?

Jimboomba police training course pilot programSteve McDowall

Former MRAQ member and SMART Rider trainer Steve McDowall says he has had discussions with riders since the meeting.

“A number of us recognise the need for a body that adequately represents the interests of riders in Queensland, both to government and amongst the community in general,” he says.

“There has to be perceivable benefits for riders and an organisation that the government can have faith in.

“I’m not suggesting that the MRAQ didn’t have that trust from the government but it’s obvious that it didn’t have the support of the riding community.

“How we create that body/organisation that meets those criteria is what the initial discussions have been around, and at this time there are no definite plans in place but there is a desire among a group of us to ensure that body is created.

“It’s going to be a massive task.”

Motorbike Writer comment

Rider apathy seems to be in abundance nationwide as many riders gravitate to free and informal social media groups.

Consequently, incorporated rider representative associations struggle for paid members and volunteers to nominate for laborious and thankless executive positions.

In the midst of such endemic apathy there seems little point in trying to fill any perceived void in advocacy with yet another doomed association.

As Albert Einstein is oft (probably erroneously) quote:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I must disclose I am an RACQ member, I write their monthly motorbike review and am good riding mates with Steve Spalding and motoring editor Barry Green (another rider).

For all its flaws, the RACQ provides perhaps the best advocacy for motorcyclists of any of the state automotive clubs.

It would have the largest number of motorcyclists in its membership so it owes we riders to properly represent us.

I trust Steve and RACQ’s advocacy team will work hard to push our cause in the boardrooms and backrooms, and I am hopeful that in the next few months we can organise a joint survey on rider needs.

In the meantime, riders who a re members can contact the RACQ if they need assistance with an issue.

Instead, I fear the same vocal “keyboard warriors” who helped destroy the MRAQ will continue to white-ant rider groups around the country.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com