Victorian helmet standards amended

From 6 Aug 2015 the helmet standard for Victoria has been amended to include European standard ECE 22.05 (or any later version of that standard). Here is a link to the Vic Roads web site with the details CLICK HERE It’s backdated to June 2000 according to the Gov.t Gazette.

There has been some intense lobbying behind the scenes and Qld and Vic have moved with the times and with safety data. My understanding is that the Aus / NZ 1698 standard results in heavier, more rigid helmets due to our requirement for resistance to puncture with a sharp object for the top of the helmet. This outdated requirement is not required in other countries. So common sense and safety have prevailed. What will the implications of this be for private importing and pricing?

Some of the legal argy bargy that has been going on regarding motorcyclists being booked for having tinted visors or GoPro cameras attached to helmets. The cases have all been withdrawn as I understand it.

An article from Motorbike Writer well worth reading is at the link HELMET CAMERA CASE

 

Freezing but fine

I took a solo run today to scout out a ride that I’m leading in a couple of weeks time. The average temp for the day was around 5C, and was hovering around 3C for quite a while in the early am. All up it was around 415 kms, which was about 50 kms too much in those low temps! Just a few pic for now but some more words to follow.

The Moto Bean cafe

Big barn doors for running cars into the building.

A juicy burger. Not cheap at $17.50 though.

A view from Mt Alexander, near Harcourt Vic. A chilly 3C – 4C up there. Great views of orchards on the ride in and of vineyards on the ride out.

Not much riding lately . . .

…and then a small window of opportunity presented itself!

OK, first time posting via the iPad, so let’s see how it goes. I might just compress recent events into one post.

On Sunday 15 March I had the pleasure of meeting up with Raymond from the famous sandgropher blog. He’s another motorcycle blogger friend who I’ve finally met. He’s an absolute gentleman with a wealth of life and motorcycling experience. We had a great chat over coffee before he departed on the first leg of another around Australia motorcycle trip. I’d encourage you to get over to his site and follow the journey.

Sandgropher’s well tested touring setup.

Actually, I’m getting ahead of myself as I’ve been on a couple of rides with the Geelong branch of the Ulysses Club. Late February we ventured to Ararat for a tour of the old asylum for the criminally insane, known as J-Ward. It was quite a hot day to cover over 470kms all up, but a really enjoyable ride and such an interesting, though tragic place to visit. And yes, there were straight jackets, shackles and vintage ECT machines on display there.

Thanks ‘Gentle‘ for leading a brilliant run.

Fast forward to Wednesday 15th March and I went on another mid-week Club run down to Timboon for lunch. It’s a great day ride destination from Geelong, although we didn’t return via the GOR as I would do if riding solo.

Below is a pic of Jimbo, who also enjoys a bit of motorcycle camping and touring and has over 100,000 kms on the odometer of his 6 yr old Harley.

OK, last Friday I went on a solo run to the Malmsbury Moto-Bean cafe to scout out a route to lead a mid week club ride next month. I switched the GPS to twisty roads mode and it led me on a brilliant route via some back roads that I’ve never been along before. Now, I’m hoping I’ve saved the route because I may not remember all the twists and turns. I visited here for the first time in August last year and you can read about that trip HERE. I departed from my usual choice of a burger and opted for a tasty steak sanger instead.

I came across this lovely old sign on a tin shed at Dean and couldn’t resist a pic of the ZX14 in front of it.

Also passed by the Mt Mercer wind farm on my convoluted route home.

Some more high res pics from my Malmsbury run, CLICK HERE

Just about up to date now. Last Sunday was another Ulysses run to the Williamstown “Bikes by the Bay” show, which Mrs Tarsnakes accompanied me on. It was a pretty small turn out of Ulyssians as many of the club members were heading of to the Ulysses AGM at Wodonga the next morning. A few pics from the event below and a bunch of high res pics HERE.

That’s not so bad for a fella who hasn’t been riding much lately! The ZX14 has just has its 24K kms service and is 18 months old.

Beezas at Ballan

Despite a few rides with the Geelong Ulysses Club, it’s been an age since I last posted. Mrs T and I attended an event at the Ballan (Vic) horse racetrack today which involved historic trucks & cars, traction engines, a tractor pull, model aircraft, and motorcycles. More specifically it was the President’s Day of the BSA Owners Assoc of Vic. Below is a smattering of vehicles of interest. An aspect that I liked was that many of the BSA’s were ridden to the event rather than trailered and consequently looked appropriately ‘used’.

Lots more high resolution pictures CLICK HERE

Actually the turn out of BSA’s wasn’t that great, but there were plenty of other interesting motorcycles to look at.

And below is a completely unrelated pic of me in Clunes (Vic) a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it’s very low res.

Pic courtesy of John Cook.

Post Christmas Otways run

Yesterday I took a ride through the Otways in beautiful weather conditions. I stopped in at Otway Estate, the home of Prickly Moses beer, saw the chainsaw carvings at Beech Forest, then backtracked down through the twisties to Colac where I visited my parents’ graves, and then dropped in on an old mate and had a ride on his nearly completed restoration of a 1938 Norton model 18 (pic is Steve who built this bike). What a thrill to ride a 76 yr old motorcycle!

Would you like to hear this machine running? Just click on the YouTube clip below

To view some high resolution pictures CLICK HERE

Speed Trials 2014 (Geelong Revival)

The weather conditions were perfect today for day 1 of the Geelong Revival – more commonly known as the Speed Trials. There were not many bikes competing today, but there were lots of interesting machines – both cars and motorcycles. A sample below

Paul Hallam, aboard the Hunwick Hallam.

Quite a few more high resolution pics HERE

I recommend that you click on ‘Slideshow’ once you get to the site.

A wet track day at the Island

I went to PI to catch up with fellow blogger Chillertek and his mates who were down from Sydney to do two consecutive track days. Unfortunately the Island’s notoriously fickle weather came to the fore and really made it difficult. Geoff at least got out for a couple of laps on a wet track with his road tyres, however, there was no way Steve was going to get out on the track on his R1 with (brand new) slicks fitted. It was still good to catch up with Steve, meet Geoff, Stuart and Rick and also to see how a track day works.

I was surprised at the number of people from NSW who’d come to this event. I really felt sorry for them that the weather had been so cruel. After beautiful, sunny weather on Sunday, a change came through overnight and Monday turned out to be wet and stormy. I spoke to the fella with the ZX10 pictured below as I was leaving the track and he’d just shelled out $660 to have a set of full wet race tyres fitted so that he could a least get some track time, rather than drive all the way back to Maitland (NSW) without having even been out.  He’d only booked for the Monday session.

As I drove home in the car and encountered a couple of storms of absolutely biblical proportions I was so glad that I hadn’t ridden there on the ZX14!

Some more pics HERE