MotoCAP rates textile pants low on safety
The world’s first motorcycle clothing safety ratings program, MotoCAP, has given only half a star to two stars to eight more pairs of textile pants. MotoCAP launched in September 2018 with ratings for 10 leather jackets and 10 pairs of rider jeans. In November they added ratings for 10 textile jackets which rated lower than the leather jackets on ... The post MotoCAP rates textile pants low on safety appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Motorbike Response Crew keep traffic moving
Motorcycles may soon be coming to the rescue of crash victims and broken-down vehicles on tollways around Australia to keep traffic moving. It follows the Australian-first trial of a motorbike response crew on the Logan and Gateway motorways in Brisbane. The trial is being run by Queensland tollway company Linkt, which is owned by Transurban that also ... The post Motorbike Response Crew keep traffic moving appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Harley riders show intimacy to the brand
Despite slowing sales and a war of words with President Trump, Harley-Davidson riders still seem to love the brand, according to a biennial report on brand intimacy. Harley was sixth in the MBLM Brand Intimacy Report on more than 400 brands behind Disney, Apple, Amazon, Chevrolet and Netflix. However, the love seems to be waning ... The post Harley riders show intimacy to the brand appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Perth rider killed after police pursuit
A 24-year-old Perth rider has died after a woman who had been involved in a police pursuit crashed into him early Thursday morning on the wrong side of the road. Jordan Thorsager was riding his Kawasaki on the Leach highway just after midnight when he was hit head-on by the driver. Police say they were ... The post Perth rider killed after police pursuit appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Listen to the awesome 1800cc boxer Beemer
Hopes of BMW building an R18 with an 1800cc engine have risen with this new video showing a wild Japanese custom BMW “Departed” R18 in action. Doesn’t it sound absolutely awesome? 1800cc Boxer There is no reference to it being an 1800cc engine, but the R18 nomenclature seems to suggest it. Although, it was first ... The post Listen to the awesome 1800cc boxer Beemer appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Ride-away deal on Suzuki GSX-S1000
Suzuki Australia is offering free on-road costs on their GSX-S1000 streetfighter saving riders $1200 from March 2019. The bike was updated for last year’s model with more power, torque and control, plus some cosmetic updates. It cost $16,690 ride away, but it is now being offered at $15,490 ride away in two new colours: Metallic Triton ... The post Ride-away deal on Suzuki GSX-S1000 appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
KTM recalls 1290 Super Adventure over fuel leak
KTM Australia has recalled model year 2015/16 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles over a possible fuel leak. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says an error occurred in the moulding process of the fuel tank. “There may be a fuel leakage at the lower fitting insert for the fuel tank fairing in ... The post KTM recalls 1290 Super Adventure over fuel leak appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
VicPol gets number plate recognition
Victoria Police have enlisted their first patrol car with automatic number plate recognition technology, lagging behind other states. The technology, developed by Motorola Solutions Australia, is helpful for riders as it will reduce the need for police to pull riders over for licence checks or for dangerous high-speed pursuits. It will also help police catch ... The post VicPol gets number plate recognition appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Automatic brakes in cars, motorbikes next?
Automatic brakes that sense an imminent crash and activate an emergency stop have been endorsed in all new cars from 2020. Are motorcycles next? The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe says 40 countries have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles be equipped with automatic brakes. Those countries include Australia, Japan and ... The post Automatic brakes in cars, motorbikes next? appeared first on Motorbike Writer.
Airbag suit to ‘save millions’ of riders
A patent is pending for a motorcycle seat that ejects a rider in a crash and then cocoons them in a full-length airbag suit to protect them from injury. Brooklyn start-up Airbag for Bike has posted a digital animation of the patent-pending device, claiming it could save “millions from serious accidents and death”. They also ... The post Airbag suit to ‘save millions’ of riders appeared first on Motorbike Writer.