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Whether it’s for financial reasons or because you’ve become attached to your two-wheel friend, you may be wondering about the best ways to extend its lifespan. How to do you keep it safe and legally running year after year?

Here are 6 of our top tips to do just that …

1) Keep it Clean

A motorcycle that lives long is one that is clean. Dirt and other matter corrodes almost everything and can even get inside the engine and other workings of the bike, slowly doing damage. Even superficial dirt to the chain and paint is wise to clean because it will keep your bike looking fresh and reduces the need to replace exterior parts.

Any rubber pipes/hosing on your bike should be treated with a product like a color refresher to seal the pores and prevent it from hardening and cracking.

Metal should be sprayed with an anti-corrosion product to make it last longer, especially if storing the bike for a prolonged period of time.

2) Fix Things Sooner than Later

Hearing a rattle? Is handling a bit off? The bike doesn’t have the same kick as it used to? You can literally see something that is damaged?

Don’t wait to check over your bike and get things fixed, because the longer you wait the more serious any damage could become. Even if you think you’re saving money, you could just be increasing the cost once it catches up to you.

Negligence is what shortens the lifespan of motorcycles.

Tip: If you don’t have the cash up-front, consider taking out a small loan. As long as you have the money to pay it back, you will save money in the long-run in costlier repairs.   

3) Engine Maintenance

The single most important part of a bike is its engine, as this is what powers all the other parts. Always follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and change the engine oil every 6 months or 3000 miles—whichever comes first. This will lubricate your engine, keep it cool, and helps seal the pistons.

You should also change the fluid as per your manufacturer’s guidelines and always use the correct or a more premium fuel.

Furthermore, if your bike was purchased second hand, always give it the once over and ensure you have the full service history.

4) Air Filtering

A dirty and blocked air filter will prevent your bike from breathing properly and can cause a loss of power because not enough air is available for combustion. It might also reduce fuel economy as your bike works harder to compensate.

Remove the filter regularly and give it a clean to unclog it. However, if it’s past its best, it is a good idea to replace it completely. A filter that isn’t actually filtering very well may be letting dirt and particles into the engine, which will reduce its lifespan and decrease performance.

The good news is that air filters are not very expensive.

5) Ignition System

The ignition is the process of creating the spark that ignites fuel and air in your bike’s engine. It’s important to maintain the whole system to keep your bike healthy, especially the spark plugs. If these are corroded or overly dirty, you can lose power and even over-heat your engine.

If you use a spark plug socket and ratchet to remove the plug for inspection, you’re looking for it to be an orange color. This means it’s running efficiently. However, if it is white then your engine is running too hot.

6) Don’t Over-Modify

Too many modifications or aftermarket parts that the push the capabilities of your engine or throw individual systems out of whack can shorten the lifespan of your bike.

While you don’t have to stick to the stock setup and some upgrades will actually improve longevity, the trick is not to overdo it.

An obvious example is installing an after-market exhaust without altering the carburetor to compensate for the additional airflow.

If in doubt always ask the experts or refer to the manufacturer’s advice.

Ultimately, bike longevity is about using common sense and taking care of your machine; not running it too hard and fixing problems as soon as they start to appear.

Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you want to ride your motorcycle faster and a turn heads at the same time, you need more than just the stock setup.

While aftermarket parts and upgrades vary greatly in price, here are our top 10 picks to improve performance and looks …

1) Mirrors

Mirrors are obviously a legal requirement, you need to be able to see what’s around you at all time. However, stock mirrors with their size and projection look horrible (especially on sports bikes).

Better-looking alternatives are CRG Hindsight or Blindsight Bar End Mirrors, which fit on either or both ends of your handlebars and come in sizes as small as 2 inches.

2) Reflectors

Stock reflectors also look gaudy and the majority of riders remove them or at least get colors that better suit their bike. Unlike mirrors, nobody is looking out for whether you have reflectors or not. But, for safety reasons, make sure you take some precautions if riding in the dark.

3) Exhaust System

The first and most obvious performance upgrade is the exhaust and almost any change to the stock will look better.

Performance exhausts allow for more air intake and less restriction of the gases, which means more combustion and more horsepower.

If the full thing is too pricey, you can also go for just a cool looking the muffler and slip on, which will still give you a power boost at the lower end.

Carbon fiber exhausts perhaps look the best, though titanium or steel is the most durable.

Note: If the price is an issue but you don’t want to wait, you can always find a $1,000 loan online via sites like WeGot1000.

4) Fender Eliminator Kit

Using a fender eliminator kit will greatly change the look of your bike for the better. There’s just something about all the extra bulk that looks ugly.

You’ll want to get a kit that’s specific to your make and model, but the process is fairly straightforward.

Note: Some kits will get rid of everything, while others will have their own mounting system.

Your only possible concern is having the license plate too far under the bike, which might prompt police attention. (Check the rules in your jurisdiction first.)

5) Air Filter

Along with a new exhaust system comes an upgraded air filter. This ensures cleaner air intake, which results in more efficient combustion. This will also make your bike last longer, so it’s a worthwhile investment.

6) Rear Seat Cowl

Another great visual modification to your bike is to add an OEM rear seat cowl. This basically fits on to the back of where the passenger seat would be, rendering your bike one-man only. However, the extra style is a nice way to finish the look of your bike and isn’t a big deal if you don’t have passengers anyway.

7) Suspension

A professional suspension setup will allow you to tune your bike to your personal weight, comfort, and handling. It will make your ride smoother and safer, especially if you have increased its power or made other performances changes.

8) Windscreen

Windscreens or windshields provide a practical and visual upgrade to your bike. As the name suggests, they stop the wind from hitting you in the face and well-designed shields also improve the aerodynamics of the bike.

There are many different styles, so it all depends on your personal preferences. Shields are also good for mounting cameras on.

9) Tires

Even new tires can look a lot better than stock and they’ll certainly perform better, as tires are perhaps the least considered part of the bike for manufacturers—usually because they know customers replace them anyway.

Tires play a big role in comfort, safety, and overall riding experience. So, so some research and experiment a little, so you can find the ones that best suit you.

10) Frame Sliders

Frame sliders are a safety feature that protects your bike from damage if it tips over or you corner and slide, but they also let others know that you ride fast and tight so they have somewhat of a visual appeal as well. They go on both sides of the bike on the engine mount bolts.

The above modifications will improve both power and the visual appeal of your bike, but your personal preferences will certainly point you in different directions. Let us know your own must-have parts in the comments below!

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The motorcycle experience is much more nuanced than driving a car. How your bike responds has a lot to do with body position, throttle control, and cornering.

However, if you want a faster ride, there are some simple things you can change to a stock bike to increase power and engine performance. 

Let’s take a closer look at 6 of them …

1) Air Filters

Increasing the air intake is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of increasing power. If you imagine the engine’s air filter like your lungs, it’s job is to block unwanted air particles from getting into the engine. The stock parts can be easily upgraded so cleaner air gets through, resulting in more combustion and therefore more power.

Using a mushroom head on the air intake can also increase overall intake by about half, greatly improving efficiency.

Perhaps the only downside is increased fuel consumption and therefore more money likely spent on fuel.

Note: Your bike’s carburetor may need adjusting to accommodate. Do this by taking note of the spark plug combustion color.

2) Modified Ignition

Modifying your ignition for a bigger control angle can give you a little kick, considering it’s the ignition that generates the energy to ignite the fuel and air in your bike’s engine cylinder. An NGK gold plated or platinum plated spark plug, in particular, will create stronger sparks due to the finer ignition needle.

You can also upgrade to a low resistance voltage cap and a carbon core ignition wire (like you might find in ATVs). This ensures good fuel supply at higher speeds.

3) Fuel Filters

Fuel filters work by purifying the fuel before it hits the engine, allowing for more efficient combustion. Buying high-quality filters and regularly replacing them will keep the engine clean and maintain performance.

If you can afford to, you can also improve performance in this regard by using only premium gas, which comes with higher octane—which essentially means more combustible fuel per volume.

There’s a reason why professional racing bikes use different fuel than at the pumps. Think of it as the difference between eating a packet of Twinkies vs a chicken salad. They’re both fuel, but one is just more efficient. 

4) Lighter Parts

While lighter parts won’t directly increase power, it will increase the power’s ability to speed the bike up because there’s less force to work against.

Typically, stock parts are made of steel for strength and durability (especially from heat), but aluminum and titanium parts can be purchased aftermarket which are lighter and in some cases stronger.

Purchasing and fitting, however, can be quite expensive. If you want to upgrade your bike but don’t have the cash up-front, you might consider a $500 payday loan or more from some of the reputable sites online.

5) Performance Exhaust

If you have the funds, a custom exhaust will certainly increase horsepower by allowing more air intake and less restriction of the gases. It will also look and sound much better!

If you don’t want to go for the full replacement, you can replace the muffler and use a slip on, which will still increase power at the lower end and is a good way to give an initial boost when you ride off.

A full replacement is the best overall option, but it has to be a system manufactured specifically for your bike and one that doesn’t throw its overall performance and safety out of whack.

6) Chip Remapping

Most bikes have an engine control unit (ECU), which is a small computer chip that controls (and in a lot of cases limits) the various functions of the bike’s parts, as well as the electricals and gauges.

This can be remapped to provide more power and better performance, but there’s usually a knock-on effect (such as increased heat, more fuel usage, and shorter overall lifespan). There are also upper limitations based on the parts themselves.

You can, of course, remap in a detrimental way, so make sure the person doing it is an expert.

These are just some of the ways you can increase the power and speed of your motorbike. Got any other tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you need personal transport but are conscious of the costs, a motorcycle generally offers more bang for your buck than a car.

However, there are certain things to consider before getting on those two-wheels.

First, let’s address the obvious savings you can make by buying a motorcycle instead of a 4-wheeler …

1) Cheaper to Buy

Right out of the gate motorcycles are cheaper to buy than cars, whether you’re going for an entry level low-powered model or a top of the range luxury special edition. The same is true whether you go for a brand new or previously owned bike.

Of course, it’s hard to compare like-for-like because they’re different products. But, if you need to purchase a personal mode of transport to get for A to B, a bike is all round cheaper. You can get a brand-new bike for as little as $5,000.

2) Lower Insurance

In general, and based on the lowest liability coverage, motorcycles offer cheaper insurance than cars (mostly because the bike’s value is lower), though your individual circumstances could cause exceptions to this rule.

However, if you have a spotless record and are not a teenager trying to insure a top-end sports bike, then on average bikes are much cheaper to insure.

If you get a bike on finance you are usually then required to get collision and comprehensive coverage, which boosts the cost, but the same level of coverage in a car is also much higher.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy your bike through regular finance, you could always secure a loan online and make the purchase upfront, thus saving on insurance.

3) Better Mileage

Motorbikes also, on average, provide better mileage. This means you can travel further on a bike on the same amount of gas.

So, if you need something to get you to and from work each day, you will spend less at the pumps with a bike.

These are the obvious and most important savings, but you will also need to consider the following before making your final decision …

1) Repairs

One area that is likely to set you back in costs with your bike is repairs and maintenance. It is just more common to have to ‘tinker’ with your bike than it is a car and bike owners tend to be more enthusiastic about buying aftermarket parts.

Bike tires often need to be replaced in as short as 3,000 miles, which is much more often than with a car.

Then there’s also the cost of accessories like safety gear to take into account. Full leathers and a helmet can set you back quite a bit and you cannot scrimp on these safety measures.

Despite all this, you’ll still be better off with a bike than a car, but these are certainly costs you must consider.

2) Breakdown Cover

If you’re out on the road on a bike by yourself, you’re going to want comprehensive breakdown cover in case something goes wrong and you’re stranded.

Because bikes tend to need work doing more often, the cost of breakdown cover is usually higher than with cars, but not by an amount that would make a car the overall cheaper option.

3) Hobby vs Necessity

Even if it doesn’t start out that way, riding often becomes a hobby. You’ll start taking longer routes because they’re more scenic, you’ll want to travel to places because you enjoy the ride, you’ll begin buying new parts for the bike and even consider upgrading or buying a second one.

If that’s the case, you may end up spending more than you would have done on a car.

You must also consider whether a bike meets all your needs. Sometimes it’s just not practical and you have to fork out for a rental car. What happens if you start a family?

Conclusion

Ultimately a bike is comparatively cheaper than a car if you use it for the same purpose and buy in the same range, but costs can skyrocket if you’re not careful. Your decision to buy one will also depend on your personal situation.

Do you own a bike for financial reasons? Let us know how you have benefitted in the comments below!

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If you are interested in dressing up and riding an inappropriate bike sideways around a dirt track, then you should get in quick and grab your tickets for the seventh Ellaspede Dust Hustle at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway, Brisbane, on 1 September 2018.

Tickets for the fun event go on sale online tomorrow (July 18) from 6pm for riders.

Cost is $95 and only 140 tickets are available.

Ellaspede spokesman Hughan Seary says rider tickets last year sold out in under 30 minutes.

“So we’re hoping to go faster this time around,” he says.

Amateur fun

As the video shows, it’s a fun amateur event.

Hughan calls it “Australia’s biggest inappropriate dirt day”.

“This year we’re building on the successful format from last year as we think it worked really well.”

Features include:

  • The Food Truck Roundup with 10+ gourmet trucks;
  • Trade stall alley;
  • Open pits;
  • Trackside bar;
  • Spectator raffle; and
  • Pro riders including Geoff Ballard plus more to be announced in the next few weeks.

The event is held at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway in north Brisbane on 1 September 2018.

Spectators pay only $5 at the gate with children under 16 admitted free.

For the past couple of years Ellaspede has also run a Dust Hustle event at Queensland Moto Park near Boonah.

Dust Hustle 8 will be held there on 11 May 2018. Ticket details will be announced closer to the date.

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The 10th annual national Motogiro cross-country rally for small-capacity Italian-made bikes and scooters is on this August with a special anniversary dinner and display.

The organisers are Italian bike collectors Pete Morrow and Trevor Fryer who live in South East Queensland and use the beautiful region to stage their annual event.

They started the untimed rally to mirror the similar Moto Duro d’Italia.

“We just decided to create one here as we didn’t have the time and money to go over,” Pete says.

“We cherry picked our own rules so it’s Italian bikes only and small capacities with a maximum of 500cc.”

The rally bikes are predominantly singles in three categories: Vintage up to 1958, classic up to ’68 and modern up to ’78. Brands can include Aermacchi, Aprilia, Benelli, Bimota, Cagiva, Ducati, Gilera, Lambretta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, MV Agusta and Vespa.

“The primary aim is to get them out of the sheds and being used,” Peter says.

“A lot are more than 45 years old now and chances are you won’t get another chance to see them out on the road.”

While most of the bikes are worth in the $20,000s, they have attracted some rare bikes in past years such as an Aermacchi Ala d’Ora road bike and a Gilera Saturno race bike worth up to $40,000.

2018 Motogiro

This year’s event is on Saturday, 25 August, 2018, under the banner of the Ducati Owners’ Club of Queensland.

It will feature a public display of all Motogiro bikes in the Woodford Memorial Hall after the day’s ride from 4pm to 6pm for a gold coin donation.

“We are expecting well over 50 bikes, so it will be a rare and impressive line-up,” Peter says.

He also encourages other owners to bring along their relevant Italian bikes and scooters for the display and stay for a celebratory dinner among the bikes from 6pm to 9pm.

The Woodford Ambulance Service will provide a spit roast with proceeds going to the ambos.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with the local community and support a very worthwhile cause that directly helps motorcyclists when we most need it,” Peter says.

A commemorative magazine is included in the $40 a head ticket price. Drinks will be available from the bar at cost price.

Bookings and payment for dinner is required by 6 August 2018. Contact Jackie Bell on 0407 693 or via email

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Congratulations to France for winning the World Cup, but we would be a whole lot more excited if soccer were played on motorcycles like the European sport of Motoball.

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It has similar rules to soccer, except all the players, except the goalie, are on lowered two-stroke 250cc dirt bikes.

The action is fast, loud, smells of two-stroke oil and the riders don’t seem to have hissy fits anytime someone gets within a centimetre of them.

The players/riders don’t just fall down and roll around on the ground in a pantomime until the referee gives them a penalty, either.

It takes a lot of skill to “carry” and kick the ball while manoeuvring the bike and warding off defenders. Like soccer, players cannot use their hands or arms.

Riders seem to use a lot of rear brake and throttle to turn the bike in high circles.

It’s more Motodona than Maradona, but just as pretty to watch.

Motoball history and rules

Motoball has began in the mid-1930s and was included in the inaugural Goodwill Games in 1986.

The FIM European Pro Motoball Championship is held every year with teams from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Ukraine.

There are also club championships in most countries.

Motoball is played on dirt and tarmac, which we imagine could be a pretty brutal affair.

The rules say riders must wear knee-length boots, leather trousers and gloves and an FMN-approved helmet.

Defenders can only attack a ball-carrying rider from the side of the bike where they are “carrying” the ball.

There are 10 players in a team plus two mechanics and a manager, but only five players (four riders and a goalie) can be on the field at any one time and only 10 motorcycles can be used during a match.

Bikes must weigh 70-120kg, have two two chain guards, speedway or trials tyres and have rubber protection on the ends of the footpegs and handlebars.

Matches have 20-minute quarters.

Fields are 75-110m long by 45-85m wide and there is a 5.75m semi-circular no-go area for bikes around the goal mouth which is 7.32m wide by 2.44m high.

The rubber ball is covered in leather, is almost twice the size of a basketball and weighs about 1kg.

How about starting Motoball in Australia? Would you be interested? Leave your comments below.

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A Berlin economic development agency has sent a letter to Harley-Davidson suggesting they open a factory there to build motorcycles for the European market.

The iconic American manufacturer has not yet responded to the offer, but has expressed its intention to move some manufacturing to Europe to avoid 31% tariffs.

The tariffs were hiked 25% in response to President Donald Trump’s trade war which began with a 25% increase on foreign steel and aluminium.

Harley and Indian Motorcycle have been hit twice with the steel and aluminium price hike and the tariff on their bikes in Europe.

Harley claimed the tariffs would increase the average price of their bikes by $US2200 ($A3800), but said they would absorb the price rise while they formulated plans for European production.

Indian Motorcycle has also expressed interest in building bikes in their Polaris factory in Poland to avoid EU tariffs, yet Trump has exclusively reserved his Twitter attacks for Harley, threatening to hit them with extra taxes.

“A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end – they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!” Trump said in a tweet.

It should also be noted that American auto companies Ford, Chrysler and GM have been making vehicles in other countries for years and are also considering their options after the Euro retaliatory tariffs.

Berlin offer BMW Motorrad factory in Spandau, Berlin

Now German economic development agency Berlin Partner has sent a letter to Harley asking the company to consider the city, pointing out that BMW Motorrad has a factory in the suburb of Spandau.

It also said the city was a European economic “hot spot” that attracts “highly qualified talents from all over the world … But most importantly, Berlin is the city of freedom”.

Harley already has factories in India, Brazil and Thailand, and in January announced it would close its Kansas City factory as a result of the global motorcycle sales slump.

Kansas City HD factory Tariff history

Harley has a history of tariff issues, government aid and Presidential influence.

In 1983, Harley was facing possible bankruptcy, but was bailed out by President Ronald Reagan who hiked tariffs on Japanese motorcycles from 4.4% to a hefty 49.4%.

As a result, Harley was able to return to profit within four years and requested the tariff protection be ended early.

Like many companies, Harley was hit by the GFC, but was able to keep operating thanks to 33 cheap emergency government loans.

Hypocrisy

Harley isn’t the only one guilty of tariff hypocrisy.

A wide variety of products sold under the Trump name are made overseas, including China, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Honduras, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea.

Many of these products are labelled as “Made in America”.

At least all Harley-Davidsons sold in the USA are built in the USA, mainly from American parts. 

Trump attacks Trump meets with Harley execs

Harley may also have itself to blame for becoming the unfair target of Trump’s ire.

After all, shortly after Trump was elected, Harley executives visited the White House and it is believed high tariffs in India were discussed.

Trump tweeted: “Thank you, Harley-Davidson, for building things in America.”

Some time later, Trump mentioned the Indian tariffs on the American icon as an example of unfair trade.

So when Harley seemed to abandon the US with plans to build overseas, Trump was obviously miffed.

Trump told Fox News: “I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley Davidson voted for Trump. I don’t think they should do it. I think that Harley is an American bike. It’s an American motorcycle and they should build them in this country. They shouldn’t play cute.”

Trump then Tweeted: “Now that Harley-Davidson is moving part of its operation out of the U.S., my Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S. Harley customers are not happy with their move – sales are down 7% in 2017. The U.S. is where the Action is!”

So far, no motorcycle company has come forward to say they are negotiating to build in the US.

Honda used to produce motorcycles in Ohio from 1979 to 2009, but now it only makes some parts there.

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There are many great Gold Coast routes to explore that are short and sweet, yet can be meandered and enjoyed over several hours, says local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes, 45. Here he has selected a favourite called The Panorama/Beechmont/Clagiraba circuit that can be ridden in under two hours. 

For this ride, I left the M1 at Mudgeeraba and headed west, past the cemetery and left at the showgrounds on Worongary Rd. After several kays you approach the southern entry of The Panorama which is a short circuit that yields amazing views over the coast and snippets of views to the west over the Hinze Dam. 

It’s a 50km/h speed limit and is occasionally enforced. You may also see some kangaroos in the late afternoons. 

Latimer’s crossing

After completing the circuit, you’ll rejoin Worongary Rd and continue until you find Hinde Rd on the left which will take you left on to Latimer’s Crossing Rd which opens up into a winding road past some ranch-style fields before arriving at an intersection to Numinbah Rd.  

Numinbah Rd

Left will take you down a delightful road that most local riders have nick-named The Hinze Raceway because of its smooth, beautifully flowing nature. But be warned it is heavily patrolled. 

My route took me to the right for a couple of kays before turning left on to Beechmont Rd where this joyous road heads skyward. Several minor sections of roadworks were on the go at various points along my upward journey but that shows that council is serious about maintaining and improving the surface. Saturday and Sunday mornings will find you coming across cyclists who are out on their training so steer around, give room and be patient.   

Beechmont

This whole road circuit is just full of amazing views, twists, turns, switchbacks, canopies and straights. Take the time to stop and listen to the silence, to turn up some side streets and explore the lookouts or the walks or picnic spots; you will discover plenty. I even found a new street and view after riding this circuit for nearly 10 years. 

You may encounter plenty of riders on the weekend treating the ride as if it as TT race. Let them go and just enjoy your pace. Be mindful of the crosses and memorials as the road can be treacherous if your ambition overcomes your ability or in other cases when opposing traffic takes your space on the road. 

 You will pass through Lower Beechmont on your way and there is a great picnic spot/lookout off a street to the right. It is serene to stop here on a Saturday and listen to the sounds of bikes winding their way up and down with gaps of silence and a cool breeze in between. 

Picture perfect

If you like taking photos or posing your bike, along the way are plenty of creative spots to take your picture. The road across the ridge at the top of Beechmont opens into the only 80km/h zone. It winds past farms along the ridge that in the winter late afternoons, present the smells and sights unique to that time of the year- colourful sunsets, wood fireplaces burning and so forth. You will even see dedication in the fields as one farmer lets the world know who will win the State of Origin this year (accept unfortunately he was wrong).

Origin fail

From the farms across the top of the ridge, you will slow to 60km/h (they do enforce it often) and plunge through the canopied roads between one bend and the next. Moss can occasionally be seen in places and wildlife too like to see things on the other side of the road without worrying about your passage through.

Canopies of trees

If you are after a snack and some downtime, there are plenty of wonderful and hospitable establishments throughout this journey. Today for me it was the Flying Bean which has only recently been built and opened and it is in the most scenic spot. 

Flying Bean

It is opposite a lookout on the East side of the ridge and there are often hang gliders launching, coasting and returning. A nice little touch was when I was parking there was a clay tile nearby labelled bike stand as the ground was quite soft. Prices are great as is the selection of food and a variety of settings to choose to sit. Again, the view is to die for.

Bike stand

Time to hit the road, through the trees of the canopy before arriving at the Schoolmaster’s house on the left and the Tasty Crumb Treehouse on the right with a roundabout nearby. Leftish will progress you through the canopies and forests further to Binna Burra with a great little teahouse and a variety of bushwalks as well as some camping grounds and accommodation. 

Right at the roundabout will head you across the western side of the ridge where I went. Again winter, later afternoons will yield some beautiful sights. Sweeps and bends abound, bridges and straights mixed in all for a 60km/h journey that will leave you wanting more. 

Ridge cruves

By the end of the ridge you see an 80km/h sign as you head downhill off the mountain but don’t try and hold that all the way as the edges of the road are dirt/gravel and the road is 1.5 cars wide. 

Swooping down eventually levels you out in the valley for more bends, bridges, river crossings, some camp sites and more side road offerings that may or may not lead to anywhere. Rest assured you will want to repeat that ride again. Try it in the other direction and you’ll find it has a different character,  but is just as enjoyable.

 You will eventually arrive to the intersection with Nerang-Beaudesert Rd giving you the choice of turning right and heading back to reality or turning left and continuing the ride.  Taking the right, continue east through the 70 and 90km/h zones and prepare to turn right on to the Clagiraba Rd. Head down here, over the bridge and follow the lay of the land. New road surfaces have been laid and they are delightful in those segments. This little known hidden road has its own flow and character and becomes a short ride that you can enjoy when you only have a little time. 

Clagiraba Bridge

Eventually it re-joins on to the main road system where you decide which way to return home via Nerang or Mudgeeraba. 

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Ducati will add front and rear radar and cornering ABS to its entire range in 2020 as part of its development of safety technology to fit into an automated driving future.

Cornering ABS allows riders to apply hard braking to the front wheel even when leaning in a corner. The radar would detect other vehicles and could be linked to emergency braking.

The announcement was made at a demonstration by Ducati and Audi of their accident avoidance system V2X.

It stands for vehicle-to-everything communication that shares data between motorcycles, cars, pedestrians, bicycles and infrastructure. 

Radar alert

The system uses radar to detect vehicles and road infrastructure and send an alert. 

If the rider or driver doesn’t react in time, anti-collision measures such as emergency braking take over.

They believe V2X radar will be a key to the autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle future.

It is claimed to eliminate SMIDSY (sorry mate, I didn’t see you) crashes … so long as all vehicles involved are equipped wth the technology!

KTM demonstration KTM adds Adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert

The demonstration comes a month after KTM demonstrated adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert systems which will be introduced to their range in 2021.

The Austrian and Italian motorcycle manufacturers have been working with Bosch on these rider intervention aids that have been standard in many cars for some years.

Bosch has also been working on jet thrusters that will prevent a low-side slide.

Bosch thrusters to prevent low-sides Ducati demonstration

Ducati and its parent company Audi held a V2X demonstration in Bologna that featured an Audi car and a Ducati Multistrada.

It was shown in common situations that can take place between motorcycles and vehicles, such as a car driving out in front of a motorcycle.

Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding says: “This is the perfect demonstration of use cases in which modern technologies can drastically improve the safety of future motorcycle users. C-V2X communication is definitely one of the key projects o

f the Ducati 2025 safety road map”.

The demonstration was the first of the ConVeX (Connected Vehicle to Everything) project involving Audi, Ducati, Ericsson, SWARCO, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, and

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH.

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