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10 facts that defend motorcycles

How many times have you had to defend motorcycling when a non-rider has attacked them as dangerous, noisy and smelly? They tell you to grow up or suggest you catch a bus or take up cycling instead. You feel like thumping them, but instead you defend your pastime by offering …

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Feature-packed smart CrossHelmet coming

One of the most feature-packed, expensive, heaviest and biggest smart helmets yet, the CrossHelmet X1, has achieved its crowd-funding goal and is set for production in 2018. Read about the coming smart helmet revolution The Japanese CrossHelmet X1 looks enormous, but that’s because it packs a lot of technology into …

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Should riders pass over white lines?

Unbroken white lines are appearing on more and more roads in an effort to stop motorists from overtaking, but is there an argument for riders to be exempt? White lines were first introduced in the US in 1911 and in Australia in the ‘20s. The idea was to keep traffic …

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Electric motorcycle challenge for Roland Sands

Custom motorcycle designer Roland Sands is enthusiastic about the future of motorcycles powered by electric motors and batteries. Despite bringing back several retro themes and styles in his award-winning custom bikes, the enthusiastic boss of Roland Sands Design in LA says there is a bright future ahead with electric motorcycles. …

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Yamaha to step up product development

Yamaha will be able to bring new models to market faster with the selection of Siemens to provide their product lifecycle management (PLM) software. In a joint statement, the companies say they will use Siemens’ Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software and NX computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software. They say …

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Motorcycle tail bag kickstarts

New York rider Shaun Lee has started making an innovative waxed-cotton tail bag for motorcycles even before he has raised all the necessary funds through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. The 12-litre tail bag fits on most motorcycle rear seats with a simple under-seat strap system, roll-down waterproof top and zippers, …

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Speed limits come tumbling down

As riders anxiously await a speed review of the Oxley Highway, South Australian is slashing eight major highway speeds by 10km/h and VicPol wants speed limits reduced on unsealed roads. This is part of a growing trend of reducing speed limits around regional Australia. It’s a worrying trend as many …

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