Australian Road Rider Issue#127 - August 2016

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in this issue

4 min
we are all individuals

“Those expecting order felt endangered when order fell apart and riders weren’t doing what was anticipated. Those who were out of order, so to speak, felt safer avoiding bumps and using wide lines” When it comes to group riding, we’re all a bunch of individuals, even the dedicated practitioners of group riding. I reckon there are only four types of group riders. See if you recognise yourself among them. There’s the bureaucrat. Everything must be in order. As in, in formation. The alpha bureaucrat is often the road captain or the rider up front in the fluoro vest. Rules are obeyed, enforced and numerous. There’s the social gangster. He’s the one who sticks with the mob because it’s cool, and riding in a tight group is a buzz. It might be cruisers, it…

1 min
smoking history

The new Victory Motorcycles water-cooled Octane cruiser has claimed a Guinness World Record for the longest burnout at 2.23 miles (3.58km) before the rear tyre blew. The record was set during Daytona Bike Week in March at the Orlando Speed World track by Victory Motorcycles stunt rider Joe Dryden. “It’s a big deal for us,” Victory Australia’s Peter Harvey says. “I think it will become the top seller for Victory. The price is certainly compelling. I’m pretty bullish about it.” The Octane muscle cruiser will compete against the Harley-Davidson V-Rod ($27,995 Night Rod Special and $27,495 Muscle) and the new Ducati XDiavel ($27,490 and $32,490 for the S model) with forward controls and belt drive. It boasts 103 horsepower (77kW) and 103Nm of torque compared with the Harley, which doesn’t reveal power figures…

1 min
gnarlier twin

The off-road-oriented Africa Twin has landed in Australia in three models, and it looks like a fourth, even more adventurous model will be coming after Honda unveiled its Adventure Sports Concept. If you thought the Africa Twin was one of the more dirt-oriented of the big-bore all-roaders, the Adventure Sports Concept is even more so, with a massive aluminium bash plate, highset Dakar-style Termignoni exhaust, motocross-style flat seat, rugged luggage rack with grab rails, aggressive knobby tyres, and Honda’s Dakar race tricolour scheme. You could make all those changes yourself with aftermarket accessories and a good spray painter, but it seems likely Honda will offer a limited-edition model at some stage this year to give the model another kick along. The standard Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin starts at $15,499. Add another $1000 for…

3 min
aussie riders honoured

“It is the first time that the governing bodies of every major discipline of motorsport in Australia have come together to produce such a function” Five-time world motorcycle champion Mick Doohan was among 12 riders inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in Melbourne during the F1 Grand Prix. Other motorcycle riders honoured were: Lionel van Praag — 1936 World Speedway Champion, the first motorsport world champion; Jack Young — two-times world speedway champion; Jason Crump — three-times world speedway champion; Kel Carruthers — 1969 250cc world champion, Isle of Man 250TT champion; Wayne Gardner — 1987 500cc world champion; Casey Stoner — two-times MotoGP world champion; Gregg Hansford — 10 times Grand Prix winner, Bathurst 1000 (touring car) winner; Troy Bayliss — three-times world superbike champion; Stephen Gall —…

1 min
beating the dog

A record 6850 riders in 34 locations around Australia raised more than $100,000 in the annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer in March to promote awareness of depression and prevent suicide. BDR spokeswoman Fiona Duffield confirmed the preliminary count of 6850 riders is a record. The first 1 Dayer was held in 2010 in Western Australia after founder Steve Andrews did the first Black Dog Ride in 2009. The 1 Dayer became a national event in 2012. Fiona says they won’t know the total amount raised from the registrations, donations and merchandise sales, but she expects it to be well over $100,000. “But it’s not just about the money,” she says. “You can’t calculate how much awareness was raised. We had people lining the streets, people leaving out signs of support for…

2 min
smart head

Smart helmets of the future may not only have integrated Bluetooth, GPS, communication, head-up display and noise-cancelling technology, but also air pollution alerts! The first four technologies are now being offered in the Skully helmet, while the upcoming Sena will feature noise-cancelling technology. However, helmets seem to be capable of much more technology, according to iHelmet inventor Ganindu Nanayakkara, a young Sri Lankan engineer. His iHelmet has several features, all controlled by a smartphone app. Some of those features are an LED light on the front which can flash, presumably to make the rider more visible at night, rear distance sensors to indicate tailgaters that flash red light alerts inside the chin bar, a remote control, a G sensor that detects a crash and alerts friends with GPS co-ordinates of the incident,…