Australian Road Rider Issue#129 - October 2016

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in this issue

3 min
happiness is a moving bike

“Nope, one bike will do. One bike and as many riding experiences as I can muster” How many bikes do you own? How often do you ride? They’re interesting questions posed together, aren’t they? They occurred to me today after I was reminded of research that found experiences make people happier than possessions. The Cornell University researchers recommended we should spend more of our discretionary income on doing things rather than owning things. I’m sure they’re right, too. My mind went immediately to the toys in the shed and to taking the toys out on the road. Four facts stared back at me. First, riding a motorcycle is an incredible experience, one that has made me very happy for many years. Second, without a bike you can’t ride, so there’s obviously a level…

3 min
bikes on the box

.COM A two-wheel equivalent of the popular Top Gear could soon be hitting TV screens with five-time world champion Mick Doohan as host, supported by Charley Boorman. The show is called Bike Torque and the producers are seeking $500,000 to film a pilot and $6.5m for the first season of 13 episodes. Producers plan to include a stellar line-up of guests including Tom Cruise, Eric Bana, Justin Timberlake, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Pink, David Beckham, Clint Eastwood, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds, John Travolta, Hugh Laurie, Keanu Reeves, Jay Leno, Jason Statham, Wyclef Jean, Tim Allen, Orlando Bloom, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank and Jimmy Buffett. Whew! And then, of course, there will be the usual motorcycle and car racers such as Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Craig…

1 min
honda’s top dealer

Honda Motorcycles Australia has announced Morgan Motors of Central Queensland as National Dealer of the Year 2015. The Honda Motorcycles Dealer of the Year Awards reward excellence in dealership management and customer service. Over a 12-month period, a rigorous performance review is undertaken on all Honda motorcycle dealerships to decide the winners. Morgan Motors achieved the highest score through strong sales growth, and strong market share throughout 2015. Servicing the central Queensland area of Emerald, Morgan Motors offers off-road Honda Motorcycles along with ATVs and SXS products. The winners of the 2015 State Dealer of the Year Awards are: –Morgan Motors, Queensland –Cyclone Motorcycles, Northern Territory –Wilder Motorcycles & Power Equipment, New South Wales/ACT –Circular Head Motorcycles, Tasmania –Moto Adelaide, South Australia –Doyle & Shields, Victoria –West Coast Honda Motorcycles, Western Australia…

1 min
tools of the trade

Kawasaki Motors Australia has donated a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 to TAFE NSW. The donation is one of many that Kawasaki Motors Australia has contributed to various TAFE institutes around Australia. Technical Service Department assistant manager at Kawasaki Motors Australia, Jeremy Fuller, says they have developed a strong relationship with TAFE through product donation and support over the years. “We aim to provide the latest products and diagnostic service tools so that apprentice technicians can benefit from learning on modern machinery as opposed to dated products,” he says. Kawasaki has also trained several teachers in diagnostics on Kawasaki products. Head teacher of Automotive Technology at TAFE Sydney, Peter Denison, welcomed the donation. “It means that our students get the latest and greatest to learn on, which is a benefit to us and to…

2 min
key to first aid

Arider died without his family by his side six hours after arriving in hospital because the medical authorities had no idea who to contact. This was the scenario that inspired 40-year riding veteran Tony Walton of Perth to address the situation and save some lives. His invention is the ICEmergency USB key which goes on your key ring and includes vital medical and contact information that can be used by first responders and/or hospital staff. “About 12 months ago I had this idea. It came from a conversation I had with an emergency department nurse,” Tony says. “She was telling me how much time she wasted trying to track down the ID and family of a rider that had been involved in an accident and he wasn't able to be ID’d. She…

2 min
black dog rides separate

The eighth annual Black Dog Ride (BDR) to raise awareness of mental health issues takes a different twist this year, with separate rides in each state and the Northern Territory. It all started in 2009 when founder Steve Andrews rode around the country to raise awareness of suicide prevention after a friend’s suicide. Steve raised a lot of awareness and $34,000 for the Suicide Call Back Service. Over the next four years, riders in each state left their capital city and headed to the Red Centre for annual Black Dog Rides. In 2014, Steve shook up the usual formula with a lap around the continent. The BDR returned to the Red Centre last year and Steve threw in a special Harley ride across the USA as well! This time, the Black Dog Ride…