13 July 2022

Gettin’ Our Guzzi On.

As published in Australian Road Rider. Issue 142

Every rider knows the Putty Road. Three old guys take their first dates on a romantic spin along this historic scenic byway. Roderick Eime 

Could we do him a favour? That was the question Paul McCann of PS Imports asked me when I enquired about a Moto Guzzi test ride.

06 June 2022

Secure it with ZIPPYLOK


A lot of you have got a 'HELMETLOK' from Rocky Creek Designs, or, you've probably seen the combination lockable carabiner used by another biker to secure their helmet to a bike. Well, the same people who designed that item, have a new gadget for doing a similar job. 

Enter the ZIPPYLOK, which, for all intents and purposes, looks like a fancy Zip Tie. That said, you could probably use it for many similar functions. : It consists of an adjustable (stainless?) steel strap, 450mm long and 10mm wide, contained in a tough flexible rubber/plastic scratch-resistant covering. This allows you to lock your helmet or other motorbike related item securely to your bike without scratching your steed's paintwork. It can loop as small as 40mm x 70mm or as large as 140mm in diameter. The strap can easily thread through a helmet strap 'D' shackle.

There is no doubt a multitude of uses for this lightweight, durable and lockable device. I'm informed that it is water-resistant and won't corrode, and can be left in place on your bike rack or grab rail when not actually employed in locking a valuable. The 3 digit combination is resettable to any 3 numbers you find easy to remember.

The good thing about it is the price because at $39.95 you can get a few of them and the security possibilities are endless.

I'm carrying mine around on a belt loop or in my jacket pocket, it's brilliant!

Ian Parks

15 May 2022

SOLD: 1987 VL HRT Replica in full race trim


Relive the glory days of 1980s Group A Touring Car racing with this immaculate VL HRT tribute car. Meticulously built to full race specification, this vehicle only has “running in” mileage and is ready for the track, tarmac rallies or touring car parades. 

The equipment list includes adjustable coil-over suspension, fully-floating 9-inch diff, 5-speed transmission, high-horsepower 308 Holden V8, wiring for MoTeC ECU and mounting for Rallysafe rally management system. The cabin, with passenger/navigator seat, is protected with a CAMS-approved roll cage.

Currently offered for sale at Collecting Cars Auction Site

12 May 2022

Elvis's Harley-Davidson is in Australia

The King of Rock had a love for motorcycles, and a particular interest in Harley-Davidson

What’s the first thing you do when you sniff success? You go and buy a motorcycle of course. And what sort of motorcycle? A Harley-Davidson, naturally.

Well that’s what Elvis ‘The King’ Presley did anyway.

Read the full report at Bikesales.com.au

29 April 2022

After nearly 70 years, MOTOR Magazine is dead

 After 825 issues over 68 years, Wheels Media is retiring its MOTOR masthead.

First published on 9th May 1954 as ‘Modern Motor’, MOTOR has long been Australia’s go-to magazine for performance car reviews and news. Today’s announcement is therefore saddening, though it represents a necessary response to changing market dynamics and consumer preferences in an increasingly digital age.

“Given MOTOR’s prestigious history, today’s decision was certainly one of the hardest we’ve had to make in the history of our business,” Wheels Media CEO Christian Clark said.

“While print remains an important and unique channel for Wheels Media, market conditions are driving a consolidation of titles across the industry. In terms of consumer demand and long-term sustainability, one new-car masthead in Wheels – as part of a comprehensive multi-channel digital and print offering – makes best sense.

“Wheels and MOTOR have always had a subtly different voice and focus, but there is inevitably plenty of natural content overlap. Consolidating our editorial efforts allows us to more effectively entertain and inform our loyal audience of enthusiasts and new-car buyers.”

Wheels Media continues its evolution from a print-focused operation to a multi-channel publisher, powering its rapidly growing digital presence in alignment with its long-term vision for the business.

The good news for fans of the MOTOR brand is that much of its heritage will live on with editor Andy Enright and much of the team moving to key roles with our Wheels and WhichCar titles.

The last edition of MOTOR Magazine will be the July issue, which goes to print in June.

Source: ARE Media

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