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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fuel Watch @ Australian Motoring Directory

According to Hitwise, the leading online competitive intelligence service, searches for 'fuel watch' increased by 75% comparing weeks ending 12 April 2008 and 19 April 2008.

Searches were prompted by the announcement of a national fuel watch scheme starting in December that will publish petrol station prices for the next day online.

The scheme aims to maximize transparency in petrol pricing by informing consumers about where the best deals can be found.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Philippaerts new series leader after double podium in Portugal

A sun-blessed and roasting Grand Prix of Portugal at the stunning Agueda circuit was the perfect remedy for the FIM Motocross World Championship after the sea of rain and mud that washed out the Spanish visit last weekend.

The splendid stage for round three of fifteen, south of the city of Porto, witnessed the Yamaha Monster Motocross Team score a double podium result with David Philippaerts finishing second and Josh Coppins third on the works YZ450FMs.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

TAC ANTIBIKE TAX TO BUY POLICE BIKES!

I just heard a very ugly rumour that the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC) approved in principle the purchase of 10 police motorcycles using money from the discriminatory Transport Accident Commission (TAC) antibike tax.

The TAC tax is now $56 a year and growing. The tax was supposedly introduced to increase motorcycle & scooter safety. TAC called it a "safety levy" like speed cameras are callede "safety cameras". Most feel it's all about the revenue. This is bad for Victorian riders and it's a bad precedent for interstate riders.

A fully kitted, male-friendly BMW police motorcycle would be worth over $30,000. Now I think there should be a lot more police bikes. I think there should be a variety of models and that police should ride in pairs a lot of the time and that ... but that's not the point. Those machines should not be paid for by an over-taxed motorcycle community.

I'm told the idea was approved by a majority at the VMAC April meeting at VicRoads in Kew. You are correct. The meeting was held in the same building where a draft regulatory impact statement (RIS) on putting front number plates on motorcycles & scooters was developed. VMAC members have to sign a secrecy agreement so these antibike measures hit as a done job.

Personally, I think 2 things have to happen before road safety in general, and motorcycle & scooter safety in particular, begin to move forward again. First. Our road safety authorities have to become independant of massive road building corporations and registration and licencing regulators. Second. VMAC has to get the authority it deserves and a budget akin to the tens of millions rightly put towards bicycling. That won't happen while the TAC tax is in. A bit less secrecy and more consultation with stakeholders would be a big help as well.

But VicRoads is a secretive organisation that leaks like a sieve. You have to ask yourself why it leaks. VicRoads was in the Melbourne Herald Sun again this morning (22/4/2008). It starts. "Abuse of VicRoads computers holding the personal details of 3.4 million Victorians has risen sharply in the past 5 years. But the state's vehicle licencing authority refused to detail the growing misuse by staff." Trust VicRoads? Apparently some VicRoads staff don't.

I also heard that X Victorian policeman and pusher of front ID for bikes, Ray Shuey, is a prime mover in this move to buy police equipment with taxes ripped off us.

I further heard that the Motorcycle Riders' Association (MRA) representative at VMAC, Tony Ellis, secretary@mraa.org.au , supported the idea. What! The MRA will hold a meeting in Melbourne one evening soon. The adjourned AGM. Secretary Ellis will be able to give you details. These are public meetings so riders who do not like the way they may have been represented at VMAC can go along and ask why an organisation, set up to lobby for riders' safety and rights, would be supporting a bike tax being used to buy police equipment. Incidently, MRA policy, voted on and in writing, is to oppose the TAC tax and strongly lobby for the tax to be abolished.

Now this story about using money ripped off riders to prop up a police squad, that desperately needs reform, may be untrue or inacurate, but, after the disgaceful front ID episode and with the name Ray Shuey attached, I'm not so sure. Anyone who can give me any info in this matter, please do. Anonymously if you like. Send it to PO Box 3091, The Pines SC, East Doncaster, Vic. 3109.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independant Lobbyist.
MRA Life Member.
Melbourne.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Australian Supercross Star Chad Reed Scores Eighth Win

Australian Supercross Star Chad Reed has recorded another personal milestone, becoming the most successful rider to ever compete at Texas Stadium, after winning tonight’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship race in front of 46,656 fans.

This victory was Reed’s eighth of the season, the 34th of his AMA Supercross career, his fourth at Texas Stadium and sees him maintain a perfect podium record of six podiums from six starts at the venue.

With the championship title now well within reach, Reed rode a relatively controlled 20-lap Main Event. The 2004 AMA Supercross Champion was second on the opening lap and took control of the race on Lap 2 before steadily pulling away from the battle that erupted behind him for second and third.

The championship leader was unchallenged over the remaining laps and took the chequered flag 2 seconds ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Josh Hill.

Whilst acknowledging he was riding with the championship title in mind, Reed said his goal was to get out in front as quick as possible.

“I feel like I’ve given a lot of wins away this year so I just wanted to go out here and put in a good ride,” said Reed.

“I tried to get to the front as quick as possible and let those guys fight it out behind me. This was a track that you had to stay on your toes and watch to not make mistakes.”

“There are only four rounds remaining and I have a pretty good lead, I want ride smart and win a few more races as well as the title,” Reed added.

With only four rounds remaining in the series Reed holds a 27point lead over second placed Kevin Windham and will now prepare to head to Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday April 12.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Lorenzo takes spectacular maiden victory at Estoril

Jorge Lorenzo topped off an incredible opening month in MotoGP with his maiden premier class victory today, his first ever career win at Estoril. After three pole positions and two podiums, the Fiat Yamaha Team rookie went one step further to win the Portuguese Grand Prix in fine style, taking joint first in the championship standings in the process. It was also the second double podium of the season for the team, with Valentino Rossi finishing third.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Back From Extinction - Honda CR500AFX

The Mad Monkey crew at Dirt Bike Trader mag got their hands on a Honda CR500AFX for a day and bring you the first Australian test of this very unique bike. Story by Dr Dan.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Yamaha force commence MX World Championship this weekend

The Grand Prix of the Netherlands at the Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard, close to the city of Eindhoven, opens the 2008 FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend and Yamaha’s strong arm faculty equipped with potent YZ machinery will go to the start-gate in earnest for the first time this year.

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