Monthly Archives: April 2016

Happy 60th Anniversary Yamaha

Happy 60th Anniversary Yamaha

Well today, Saturday April  30th 2016, The Bikers Guide Australia decided to go check out the celebrations at #FiveStarYamaha in Hamilton Hill, Western Australia.  You see Yamaha was celebrating it 60th anniversary and #FiveStarYamaha decided to put on a party. Yummy sausage sizzle complete with birthday cakes and pizzas, legends of the sport were there including Michael Dowson, Kevin Magee, Stephen Gall and Craig Dack who all shared their past experiences with us, so of course, we just had to get one of their signed autographed posters. It’s always nice to take away some memorabilia of the greats and to hear their stories.
Stephen Galls talked about one of his stunts on one of the #MadMax movie’s he was involved in making and all he could think about was what he had learnt.  His message was “Control what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t control”
Great take away Stephen.

Michael, gave us some laughs when he talked about his fun with a brand new Go Kart in Sugo Japan, while representing Yamaha in MS1. The group was allowed to race on the brand new circuit and with a brand new Go Kart. Riding a KT100S he came up against Robert Phillis who represented Kawasaki. Being the competitive spirited guys that they are, they kept going faster and faster until Robert shoves him off the track and subsequently crashed the expensive Go Kart. LOL Kawasaki wins again! Sorry guys and gals, I’m currently a Kawasaki gal.  I”m laughing at this point in time of him telling his story.
Anyway, he’s the rider and rep for Yamaha and he’s just crashed one of their brand new expensive Go Karts…..oops…not good.

Back on his bike now and he went on to fair no better in the trials and as he came over a hill he went one way and his Yamaha went the other, so now he’s in trouble with Japan Go Kart President and his own team. He qualified out of the top 10. The next day was wet and thankfully for Michael he was pretty good in the wet and went on to win both races. His team was happy again. As he stood to receive his winners prize, guess who was the person awarding the prize for the winner..none other than the President of Sugo Go Kart’s.  Ha ha.
He said “Dawson son, about the Go Kart…don’t worry about it!”
Great story and good to see the guys having some fun whilst they’re out and about representing their sport.

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#4Michael Dowson #16Kevin Magee #2Stephen Gall #5Craig Dack

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Five Star Yamaha celebrate 25yrs…it was yummo!

Speaking of greats, they also had Australia’s #1 Stunt Rider #DaveMcKenna  there and it was a thrill to see what this guy can do on a street bike. OMG!  I had prime position at one of the ends and when you have a street bike powering down towards you at goodness knows what speed and suddenly stop dead in front of you and slide the back end out sideways, oh what a thrill…and I didn’t even flinch. Well not until he decided to burn some rubber at our end of the field, in which case we had to turn our heads away as small bits of gravel and rubber being flung everywhere, but oh what a thrill and talk about smokin it up! Man what can’t that guy do. Seriously, Dave knows how to handle his machine and he ripped it up for the crowd today. I felt like a little kid again as I stood in line for a signed autographed poster
“Live like you mean it” wrote #DaveMcKenna

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The Bikers Guide Australia meets #1 Dave McKenna Street Bike Stunt Rider Extraordinaire

So after enjoying the sausage sizzle, pizza, cake and cool drink, checking out the bikes, listening to past heroes of the sport and watching some incredible stunt riding, it was time to head home….with our posters and a goodie bag in hand.

Signed 4 x poster

#4Michael Dowson #16Kevin Magee #2Stephen Gall #5Craig Dack

Live Like you Mean it! # Dave McKenna

Live Like you Mean it!
# Dave McKenna

Thanks Five Star Yamaha for a fun day and it was great to celebrate Yamaha’s 60th anniversary. Who know’s you might even convert me over to a Yamaha yet (that R3 that I test rode recently!…Mmmmm)….for now though I still love my Kawasaki.. LOL

Yamaha REVS Your Heart

Yamaha REVS Your Heart

Five Minute Motorcycle Brake Drill

Five-Minute Motorcycle Brake Drill – RIDE CRAFT

Work on the exact same thing as GP hero Bradley Smith.
By Nick Ienatsch
Courtesy of http://www.cycleworld.com/five-minute-motorcycle-brake-drill-ride-craft-riding-tips

Saw this awesome article and so just had to share with you all. Thanks Nick
Modified slightly to remove all the but’s and don’ts so as to empower you to just DO IT!

Bradley Smith brake lever illustration

Illustration by Ryan Inzana

Learn the drill that reduces your chance of crashing.

Wait! Before you ride again or even read the rest of this article, walk over to your motorcycle and do a five-minute drill that will reduce your chances of crashing, decrease your lap times, improve your bike’s handling, and put you in the proper relationship with the most powerful component on your motorcycle: the brake lever.

DO IT right now AND do this drill whenever you get a chance, every time you ride. It’s simple however initially perhaps no all that easy. It’s vital. What is it and how do you do it?

To start, position your bike so that you can roll it forward in a straight line or at least 60 feet—downhill if possible, since it’s easier. Put it in neutral, turn on the key just not start the engine) and pull the front brake lever until the brake light illuminates. Now roll your bike forward
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As you roll the bike forward, either standing beside it or sitting in the saddle, have your braking fingers resting on the front brake lever, a riding style that’s important to make a habit out of, as it will reduce the time it takes to reach the brake lever. Now, as you roll your bike forward (or backward), squeeze the brake just enough to put the pads against the rotors however not enough to stop the bike. If you can’t drag your brakes this lightly, it’s not the bike, it’s you. Keep practicing on your touch.

Increase the pressure to further slow your bike, almost stopping then releasing some pressure to roll again, without fully letting the brake pads come off the rotors. Again, squeeze on the brakes and gently almost stop then release and roll however don’t take your brake pads off your rotors. This is the touch you need for the beginning of every brake application and the finish of every brake application. What happens between these touches all depends on how much you need to slow down and each time you go to the brake it begins and ends with this drill.

Just ask Bradley Smith. The second time he attended YCRS he told the students, “I’ve really been focused on the first 3 percent and the last 3 percent of my braking. How I put weight forward onto the front tire and how I take the last bit of brake pressure off the front tire.”

It’s not just for MotoGP racing either. This is the touch you need to slow your bike when the road turns to gravel over the hill or it’s sleeting on the way home from the office. This is also being able to apply some brake pressure mid-corner to avoid that surprise you’ve just found, without grabbing too much.

A tire will take a tremendous load, but it won’t take an abrupt load. So do this drill right now, before you desperately need these skills. And, yes, practice with the rear brake too!

X Trials Championships 2016 Results

X Trials Championships 2016 Results

Well it was two nights of excitement and fun and not to forget lots of rain on night 2, so much so, that the finals were cut short when amongst rain and lightening, the lights at baseball park went out and that was a good time to pack up and call it a night.

“Watch Australia’s best moto trials riders tackle one of the most technical man-made course ever built. Add one huge lightening storm and torrential rain to the mix, and you have what was, the 2016 X Trial Australian”

Watch the Day 2 Video Highlights here: X Trials Champsionship Day 2 highlights

The course was pretty challenging and at times I even thought perhaps impossible however there was one rider that mastered the most difficult part of the course and that was Kyle MIddleton who eventually did get across this most difficult part and went on to win the Championships. Well done Kyle!

At the end of two days, here are the top 3 including our own #1 Neil Price who came second.
#1 Kyle MIddleton
#2 Neil Price
#3 Tim Coleman

 

Aussie Women Smash Two World Records

Aussie women smash two world records

Dubbo Babe Raid sets two world records aussie womenMore than 1000 Aussie women riders have smashed two world records in one hit at the Dubbo Babe Raid this weekend for the largest gathering of female riders and the largest all-female motorcycle parade.

2WheelBabes Babe Raid organiser Debb Dagger said the records were “awesome” with 1002 women from as far as Western Australia and aged 16 to 74 taking part in the parade on Saturday April 9, 2016.

“I’m, exhausted. We had a full turn up and more than the pre-registrations,” she says.

“The streets were lined all the way through for 30km through the outskirts of Dubbo as well with loads of flags and some riders all dressed up. It really was a sight for the locals.

“It was an amazing effort, and I’m so proud of every single woman who attended.”

Dubbo Babe Raid sets two world records

She says there were also a lot of men who came along to support their partners and watched on from the streets.

“The after-party last night was huge with about 15-20 deep at the bar at the Macquarie Inn,” she says.

“The weekend has been an absolutely huge boom for the local economy.”

Dubbo Babe Raid sets two world records aussie women

The Babe Raid set the original record in 2014 when 284 women rode to the coastal NSW town of Ballina. Record Setter officially declared the record at 221 women on 190 bikes.

However, last year a group of British women broke that record when 661 women rode to the famous Ace Cafe in London to set the world record for the largest female bike gathering and break the Aussie world record with 246 women riding bikes in a parade.

Both records have now officially been shattered!
Dubbo Babe Raid sets two world records aussie women

Mrs MBW says the significance of this achievement can’t be underestimated.

“Remember, female riders account for only about 10% of the riding population and this event wasn’t held in a capital city but in the middle of NSW, so it’s quite a massive achievement for Debb and the girls,” she says.

Debb, a mother of two and senior property manager, also organises annual Babe Raids at Byron Bay (September 9-12, 2016) and Echuca in Victoria (November 4-7, 2016) and is planning to add a Queensland Babe Raid in 2017 and a South Australian raid in 2018.

April Awesome birthdays

Well it’s time to wildly celebrate Awesome April birthdays for our members as well as one of the director’s Ainslie Kounis as follows:

Tony Lowe – 3rd
Carol Capers – 8th
Potter McNee  – 10th
Robert Wells – 13th
Marvyn Makin -15th
Ainslie Kounis – 16th
MIchael Morgan – 22nd
Pete Cusack – 24th
Greg Holloway – 27th
Marty Reither – 28th

Happy Birthday Hell of a ride