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Should motorcycle riders wear a backpack?

There are a lot of reasons why motorcyclists should not wear a backpack while riding, says Amanda Chan of Flying Solo Gear Co who has designed a special rider’s backpack.  “The average backpack isn’t designed to be worn by motorcycle riders,” Amanda says. “If a rider falls, the pack can …

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Should a congestion tax exempt motorcycles?

Melbourne hopes to join several other cities by introducing a congestion tax for its CBD to solve traffic problems, but it has made no mention of exempting motorcycles and scooters. The city’s Reducing Traffic for Better Streets paper suggests a road-user charge per kilometre to replace vehicle registration fees and/or fuel excise. As …

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Google Maps motorbike mode expands

Google Maps has expanded its two-wheeler mode for motorcycles and scooters into Asia after launching in India in December 2017. Motorbike mode differs from other modes by providing alternate routes and faster estimated arrival times. Google Maps currently provides travel routes, navigation and travel time estimates for public transport, bicycles, …

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Lower prices for Harley-Davidson motorcycles?

Harley-Davidson will soon start building bikes in Thailand with lower prices “largely in our Asian market”, says company CFO John Olin. So does that mean lower prices for Harleys in Australia? On a company organisational level, Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand is part of the Asian market and has its regional …

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Macna winter and summer gloves tested

In a few short weeks I’ve been able to test new summer and winter gloves from European motorcycle clothing company Macna. Australian distributors Link International sent us several pair of gloves for Mrs MBW and me to test while on our recent trip through Italy. Mrs MBW and I were able to …

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Call to challenge LIDAR speeding fines

Three defendants charged with speeding detected by police on LIDAR guns have had their fines overturned, prompting a call for riders to challenge any speeding fines they believe are incorrect. South Australian Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says the SA Supreme Court judgements indicate that the handheld guns can …

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BMW recalls G 310 models over side stand

Several weeks after the rest of the world recalled the BMW G 310 models over faulty side stands, BMW Motorrad Australia has recalled more than 780 bikes. The official Australian Competition and Consumer Commission notice says the side stand connection might bend or break. “The motorcycle side stand connection might bend …

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