Australian Road Rider Issue#130 - November 2016

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in this issue

3 min
you can’t spoil the joy

“We all know that part of the reason they’ve slowed the speed limits to plonkersville levels is because enough ratbags flog along there at a million miles an hour” The decision not to ride the Royal National Park any more came easily and seemed to make sense. Too much traffic, too many cops, too many idiots, and a ridiculously slow speed limit. The realisation that I was a bloody fool came like a slap in the face. What was I thinking?! The ride through the Royal National Park is a ripper. Yes, things have changed dramatically on that road, as they have on all the great old scratchers’ roads, but it’s still a magnificent ride. I’ve ridden it several times recently and now kick myself for avoiding it. The trick to enjoying these roads…

1 min
flying turk

Four-time World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu has reached 400km/h on the Kawasaki H2R, the track-only version of the supercharged sportsbike. The Turk reached the speed in just 26 seconds on the newly built Osman Gazi suspension bridge, about 50km south-east of Istanbul in Turkey. “When I asked for the motorcycle, Kawasaki said its maximum speed was 380km/h and that the dream was to reach 400km/h,” Kenan says. “The first time I rode it, I felt its huge power and speed and I made small changes to the motorcycle — keeping its original settings — and did not modify it. I reached 390km/h in my last trials and today I beat this and reached 400km/h.” Kenan normally reaches top speeds in a WSS race of around 300km/h, so this was something new for…

1 min
legendary display

Brisbane custom bike shop Ellaspede has scored a coup by bringing Hollywood actor and motorcycle racing legend Steve McQueen’s iconic Desert Sled bike out for display. Ellaspede hosted a special event in August to view the 1963 Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled, along with the full range of new Triumph Bonnevilles, with bar proceeds going to bike-and bicycle-building charity Traction. The Desert Sled was sold at a Bonham auction in Las Vegas in January for $US103,500 to a buyer who has asked to remain anonymous. Ellaspede’s Hughan Seary says they approached the owner to express their enthusiasm to bring it out to Australia. “After some discussion and the huge generosity of the owner, we were granted its use for one night at this event,” Hughan says. There are no other plans to display the…

1 min
act parking trial

Canberra is trialling a system to allow three motorcycles or scooters to occupy a single car parking space in an effort to encourage more riders to help resolve parking, pollution and traffic issues. The city now seems to be on the ball with recognition of motorcycles and scooters. Not only are they trialling the parking system, they are also considering footpath parking and have introduced a low 1 per cent stamp duty for new motorcycles from July as part of their Vehicle Emission Reduction Scheme to reward those who buy low-emission vehicles.…

1 min
triumph dealers enforce minimum riding gear

If you arrive at a Triumph Motorcycle dealer in India dressed in thongs, shorts and a t-shirt, they may not hand over your new motorcycle. This comes as police in Victoria want minimum riding gear standards that include gloves and boots. The debate on minimum clothing standards for motorcyclists has raged for several years and split the motorcycle community. But the Indian Triumph dealers have taken things into their own hands — at least at the handover stage for new motorcycles. Apparently 12 customers have been turned away in the past two years that the British motorcycle manufacturer has been enforcing this policy in a country where high temperatures make riding gear uncomfortable. Triumph Motorcycles India managing director Vimal Sumbly says the rider needs at least a helmet and boots, but did…

3 min
beach racing returns

Beach motorcycle racing is set to make a long-awaited return to an Australian state with a strong motorsport history. The Levis Motorcycle Club has been granted approval to host a two-day classic event at Sellicks Beach, South Australia, in February 2017. The club — the oldest motorcycle club in South Australia — began beach racing in the 1920s and held annual Sellicks Beach Speed Trials in summer through to 1953. Reenactments were held in 1986 and 1992 but regular races have not taken place on the beach for more than 60 years. Entry into the race will be limited to all makes of vintage motorcycles manufactured before 1963 and there will be several classes depending on the age and engine capacity of the bike. Levis Motorcycle Club publicity officer Steven Matthews said the…