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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2008 MotoGP @ Phillip Island

After the success of the 2007 MotoHeaven MotoGP Marquee, I am proud to offer you our 2008 Corporate Package at Phillip Island 3rd - 5th of October.

This is an elite opportunity to spend 3 days with like minded people watching everything from Australian Superbikes through to the world’s best MotoGP talent! MotoHeaven’s friends, Stuntzinc will be performing their spectacular stunts right at the front of our marquee with MotoHeaven’s Lukey Luke! Please read the attached documents for more details.

Ladies and Gents... This is going to be one memorable weekend!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PROTEST RIDE - TOLLS, TAC TAX & FRONT ID

There will be a protest ride on Saturday, July 5, 2008.

The primary argument will be against road tolls for motorcycles but we'll be collecting signatures on the petition to abolish the $56 a year TAC tax too. And front ID for motorcycles and scooters is definitely a big issue on this protest run.

If we get the numbers we plan to have stands at the bike expo and the OZ GP to collect more signatures against the TAC tax. The petition will be given to an MP to present to Parliament probably on November 12, 2008.

The assembly area will be the Doncaster Park & Ride - Melway reference Map 46 K1. It's virtually empty on a Saturday. It's left out the gate. A few metres and left onto the Eastern Freeway which becomes the Eastlink toll road. Very safe. Traffic was light when these pictures were taken. Eastlink opens Sunday, June 29. There is a toll free period of a month.

At noon riders will proceed to Frankston at 10 kph under the speed limit. Probably 90 kph most of the trip. The distance will be around 60 kms. The destination is the Fankston Civic Centre in Davey Street - Melway reference map100A C9. There will be no road tolls and no entry fees or registration. A bucket collection will help defray costs.

All road registered trikes, sidecars, motorcycles & scooters are welcome. On the ride, normal road laws apply and each rider is responsible for him/her self.

We will be inviting City Councillors and MPs from along the route to be at the start or the finish or to ride with us. The media too. We'll have responsible pilots to take passengers. Let me know if you can take a passenger.

If we get the numbers, the November protest goes ahead, if not, it doesn't.

Hopefully some riders will be tempted to come a fair distance for a chance to ride the new super road before the tolls start. Others may be inspired by the recent successful protests by taxi drivers and pensioners but I doubt we'll see any topless riders this time of year.

Others still may attend because they are angry that our representatives on VMAC have not stood up for the motorcycle community's interests.

This is not an MRA ride.

Please use this media release as you see fit.

Media Contact:
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independant Lobbyist.
Melbourne.
0419 846 855.

posted by RJC at

Sunday, May 25, 2008

PROTEST RIDE - TOLLS, TAC TAX & FRONT ID

There will be a protest ride on Saturday, July 5, 2008. The primary argument will be against road tolls for motorcycles but we'll be collecting signatures on the petition to abolish the unjust $56 a year TAC tax too. Front ID for motorcycles & scooters is definitely a big issue on this protest run.

If we get the numbers we plan to have stands at the bike expo and the OZ GP to collect more signatures against the TAC tax. The petition will be given to an MP to present to Parliament probably on November 12, 2008.

The assembly area will be the Doncaster Park & Ride from 10 am on July 5 - Melway reference Map 46 K1. It's virtually empty on a Saturday. It's left out the gate. A few metres and left onto the Eastern Freeway which becomes the Eastlink toll road. Very safe. Traffic was light when these pictures were taken. Eastlink opens Sunday, June 29. There's a month-long, toll-free period.

Please send an email giving your thoughts on road tolls for motorcycles and scooters to the paper at manningham@leadernewspapers.com.au .

At noon riders will proceed to Frankston at 10 kph under the speed limit. Probably 90 kph most of the trip. The distance will be around 60 kms. The destination is the Fankston Civic Centre in Davey Street. - Melway reference map100A C9. There will be no road tolls and no entry fees or registration. A voluntary bucket collection will help defray costs.

All road registered trikes, sidecars, motorcycles & scooters are welcome. On the ride, normal road laws apply and each rider is responsible for him/her self.

We will be inviting City Councillors and MPs from along the route to be at the start or the finish or to ride with us. The media too. We'll have responsible pilots to take passengers. Let me know if you can take a passenger.

If we get the numbers, the November protest against tolls, front number plates, the $56 TAC tax and other issues goes ahead, if not, it doesn't.

Hopefully some riders will be tempted to come a fair distance for a chance to ride the new super road before the tolls start. Others may be inspired by the recent successful protests by taxi drivers and pensioners and lobbying by nurses and teachers, but I doubt we'll see any topless riders this time of year. Others still may attend because they are angry that our representatives on VMAC have not stood up for the motorcycle community's interests.

In the current issue of Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN), MRA President John Karmouche said the MRA in Melbourne wasn't planning a protest. Read the Editorial and "TOLLING FIRST FOR VICTORIAN RIDERS" on page 10. This is not an MRA ride.

Please use this media release as you see fit. Pass it on to egroups, websites, newsletter editors and so on.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independant Lobbyist.
Melbourne.

posted by KOZ at

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

TO ALL VICTORIAN MPs

Road tolls, at about half the car rate, will be introduced for Victorian motorcycle & scooter riders on Eastlink this year. This is not good for road safety, traffic congestion or the environment. Bike tolls will be introduced across the State.

The only thing left of the gains made for motorcycling in Victoria in the 1980s is free footpath parking and rider training. Is anyone taking bets on what the government will attack next?

South Australia is set to pass a law that threatens Australian democracy. The law is opposed by the Democrats, the Greens and other reputable organisations including the Law Society & Bar Association and civil liberties organisations. In an attempt to crack down on organised crime, in the form of motorcycle gangs, the SA Government wants powers that are a threat to freedoms which Australians believe are rights.

Combine the SA anti-association law with national-level proposals for compulsory front ID for motorcycles & scooters using satelite tracking devices and you take a big step towards a police state. The technology exists and is being tested in 50 government vehicles in Melbourne. This technology has the potential to fine/toll vehicles anywhere in Australia and can even apply your brakes or kill the motor if rigged to do so.

The Melbourne City Council is considering ways to use these type of tags to impose a congestion tax on the CBD and to remotely charge parking fees. See The Age. Page 10. Thursday, May 15, 2008. The CoM calls its' version "Skymetre". Other Australian cities a bound to consider it.

The amount of data that these systems can gather on ordinary people is frightening.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Melbourne.
MRA Life Member.
Ulysses Club 21208.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

EASTLINK - PROFIT BEFORE SAFETY

Motorcycle and scooter riders will have to pay road tolls in Victoria for the first time since the West Gate Bridge opened. In a vain grab for cash Citilink will charge riders about half the toll for a car in spite of the fact that bikes take less than half the road space of a car, especially if traffic filtering is considered, and they cause far less wear and tear on the road.

Global warming and traffic congestion are just two of the reasons why responsible authorities and companies are encouraging the safe use of environmentally friendly transport.

Damien Codognotto OAM, independant lobbyist for the motorcycle community in Melbourne said. "This is bad for road safety. The toll will force some riders return to single occupant cars while others will take less safe routes to avoid this unfair toll."

The toll is all the more unfair because there is no viable etag for bikes so it is more complicated and time consuming for riders to pay tolls. "The effect is discriminatory." He said.

Tolls for two-wheelers will force many riders onto less safe streets that they would normally avoid. The problems will spread across Victoria as more roads are tolled and more existing tollways target riders. Councils can expect more cars and more motorcycles and scooters in residential areas. City of Melbourne surveys indicate the number of people commuting to work on powered two-wheelers has doubled.

Reasons why motorcycles and scooters in Victoria should remain toll free:
Road safety. Freeways are safer.
The environment. Motorcycles and scooters are cleaner and greener than cars. Tolls will force many riders back into single occupant cars.
Congestion. Motorcycles and scooters help traffic flow. They take up less space than cars on the road.
Road Damage. Motorcycles and scooters do far less damage to infrastructure to infrastructure than other vehicles.
Parking. A car space can park six or more motorcycles and/or scooters.
Shareholders won't benefit from bike tolls. The number of bikes on tollways means collecting tolls won't be cost effective and more cars will slow traffic meaning less income and more losses in productivity.
No free ride. Riders contribute similar road costs to car drivers. Most riders also have a car so they pay twice.
"Tolling motorcycle and scooter riders goes against logic and against moves to reduce pollution and congestion. It's not just unfair, it's irresponsible." Said Codognotto.

The Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council at VicRoads gave no warning of plans to toll motorcycles and scooters on Eastlink and other roads.

Contacts:

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independant Lobbyist.
MRA Life Member.
Ulysses Club 21208.

posted by KOZ at

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lorenzo, Toseland and Edwards Columns in Rider Lounge

Find out what the Yamaha riders do and think when they are not racing for their team by checking the Columns section on the Yamaha Racing website.

Every few weeks the Yamaha racing stars will check into the lounge to file their latest report and give you an insight into their lives at and away from the race track.

You can now read the reports from MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, Motocross hottest star Joshua Coppins and expect others to follow!

You can find the Columns in the Rider Lounge section within the racing classes' navigation.

posted by RJC at

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mile Muncher - Yamaha XT660R

Yamaha have re-entered the busy dual-sport market with a new take on an old friend. Damien from Dirt Bike Trader mag took it for a run...

Two of the biggest growing sectors of the motorcycle market today are the scooter and the dual-sport crowd. The dual-sport machine is a hairy man's bike - one that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Earth and back again.

Like a packhorse, it'll carry all that you need to survive in the world's most inhospitable regions, and it's built to accept nothing less than a zero mechanical failure rate. Whereas a scooter would crumble under the weight of Charlie Bormann's incessant whinging - the dual-sport trooper marches on.

The range of dual-sport bikes has never been greater and everyone has something to offer. From Aprilia to Honda, Suzuki to BMW, your favourite colours and countries of origin are all catered for.

Yamaha has been quiet for some time now though. The tuning fork mob hasn't really had anything that could truly be called dual-sport since the death of the Ténéré. They have however, a long and distinguished history in dual purpose bikes.

In 1983 they released the XT600Z Ténéré model and it was a huge success for the company for over a decade. Fast forward to 2008 and Yamaha have again used the XT platform to re-enter the 'go anywhere' market, with release of the XT660R.

Based heavily on the XT660X motard bike, the 660R certainly looks the goods, with a styling that satisfies for off and on-road tastes. It wouldn't be out of place out the front of a fashionable cafe or an outback pub.

The engine looks all dirt, but aside from the frond guard, the rest of the bike looks like a tar burner. I like it. It's not as cool looking as the BMWs or the sweet new Honda Transalp, but it's very sharp and modern.

The controls are neither a great leap forward nor are they a let down.

The LCD speedo unit is an attractive bit of kit and looks pretty sturdy, but the windshield is too small to be of any use to anyone over two and a half foot tall. A dual-sport bike should have a good sized windshield to help fight those battering winds of Moldavia, or Sydney's F3 freeway.

The footpegs and side-stand assembly are not great. Suzuki's ancient DR650 offers better quality here. I'm not suggesting they'll break, but if it was all a little more sturdy there wouldn't be any complaints from me about build quality because the rest of the bike is well presented.

The dual pipes are a cool look and the bike idles cleanly and quietly, with a nice snappy response from a brap of the throttle. But when sitting still, you appreciate nothing greater than the soft wide seat.

It truly is your bum's best friend. In fact the bike's pretty comfortable overall. The tank is big between the legs, but it doesn't feel like you're humping a Volkswagen, as you do on a TDM, and although the seat climbs the tank at an angle that looks unfriendly to your precious cargo, you can still get pretty far forward without it getting too uncomfortable.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Reed 2008 champion with Las Vegas victory

Chad Reed is the new 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross /FIM World Championship number one after registering his ninth victory of the season in front of more than 39,000 spectators at the Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas last weekend.

The Australian, still recovering from a broken shoulder blade, went into the final round of seventeen with a ten point lead over main rival Kevin Windham but blitzed the field once more aboard his YZ450F to clinch his second crown in the class (the other obtained in 2004).

Reed obtained his 13th podium of the season after an electric start that saw him pull through from outside the top five on the first lap to pass Windham and motor to the chequered flag by over six seconds.

The track inside the Nevada venue was one of the longest and trickiest of the season but Reed coped with the pressure of seeing Windham take victory in the two previous races to produce a vintage and deserving performance when it counted.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Channel 7 Today Tonight "Bikie Bill"

Please watch the video. Pass it on. The Today Tonite item says that if the anti-gang law gets in in SA we lose freedom of association, the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven and the concept of proof beyond reasonable doubt. Appeals will be difficult if not impossible. Police will probably keep secret files on ordinary citizens (it's happened before) and double jeopardy will be a real threat.

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