Saturday, July 23, 2011

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‘I felt a slight wobble at 300mph’: Biker, 42, smashes world speed record Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017662/I-felt-slight-wobble-300mph--Biker-42-smashes-world-speed-record.html#ixzz1Stp4VHDU

¿I felt a slight wobble at 300mph¿: Biker, 42, smashes world speed record | Mail Online
Hitting a top speed of more than 300mph, biker Bill Warner smashed his own land-speed record on a road-worthy motorbike to become the World's fastest street-biker.

Bill, 42, took his turbo-charged 1299cc Suzuki to 311.945mph at the Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, breaking his previous best of 278.6mph set last October.

Accelerating the 1,000 horse-powered bike over one-and-a-half miles, Bill beat the 267.85mph top speed of a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the world's fastest production car

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Naked Biker: “I Did Have The Private Parts Covered”

Naked Biker: “I Did Have The Private Parts Covered” « CBS St. Louis


ST. PETERS (KMOX) – Commuters were stunned Thursday evening to glance out the window and see a man zip past them on a motorcycle, wearing nothing but tennis shoes, a helmet and a green “mankini.”

“As I’m looking around at the other cars, they’re all cheering him on!” motorist Steve Wilson reported. “And he’s just loving it.”

The daredevil, Jacob Southard of O’Fallon, MO, says he started his journey eastbound on I-70 around T.R. Hughes.

Southard’s journey continued on I-70 westbound to Highway K. He took Highway K to I-40, where he rode east to Sonic in Chesterfield. All in all, his “nude” ride lasted about 70 miles.

“I was wearing the lime green Borat mankini,” Southard said. “But from the side view it looked completely nude. I did have the uh… private parts covered.”


Driver rear-ended by motorcycle discovers dazed biker in back seat

Driver rear-ended by motorcycle discovers dazed biker in back seat - On Deadline - USATODAY.com
The driver of a minivan that was rear-ended by a motorcycle in Victorville, Calif., got all the way home before he realized the dazed biker had landed in his back seat, the Victorville Daily News reports.

Karen Hunt, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office, says officials call the incident "a non-injury collision with a twist."

Hunt says officers initially feared the biker had gotten caught under the vehicle because callers who reported the accident didn't know where the rider was.

Deputies say the driver had slowed to turn into his street when the crash occurred and proceeded for a half-block to his home.

Calling out to his wife that he'd been rear-ended and needed to go back, he turned around to find the shocked biker in the back seat, the newspaper says.

Hunt says the biker did not need any medical attention because the helmet sustained most of the impact.

All he asked for was an icepack for one of his hands, the paper says.


Rock Machine biker gang resurfaces in Montreal

Rock Machine biker gang resurfaces in Montreal | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

MONTREAL - The Rock Machine biker gang - sworn enemy of the Hells Angels - is back in Montreal after a 10-year absence.

About 10 people proudly displaying Rock Machine colours were spotted in a downtown Montreal strip club on Thursday and were questioned by police, confirmed Danny Richer of the Montreal police.

After answering questions from officers, the individuals left quietly.

Police said that Rock Machine members showing off in Hells territory is provocative.

A client of the strip club who wanted to remain anonymous said that the bikers wore Rock Machine vests emblazoned with the word "Canada" as well as "1%" - symbols of the biker gang.

Their presence gives credence to the theory that the Hells Angels gang in Quebec has been weakened after 130 of its members and supporters were arrested in April 2009.

The Hells and the Rock Machine fought a bloody war between 1994 and 2002 that killed 160 people.

The gang was virtually wiped out of Quebec after the war and after several members defected when the group became a chapter of the American Bandidos biker gang in 2001. The Rock Machine restarted after the Bandidos broke up in 2006.

QMI Agency has learned that Rock Machine members have been spotted across the city in the past few months.

The Rock Machine gang has been causing problems recently in other Canadian cities, most notably in Winnipeg, where gun fights and arsons have occurred between them and another gang affiliated with the Hells.

Important events tied to the Rock Machine in Quebec

1985: The Rock Machine is started by brothers Salvatore and Giovanni Cazzetta.

1994: Start of war against the Hells Angels.

2000: Announcement of short-lived truce between Hells and Rock Machine.

2001: The Rock Machine officially becomes a chapter of the American biker gang, the Bandidos.

2002: End of war against Hells Angels. 160 people killed since 1994.

2003: Former head office of Rock Machine in Montreal is demolished.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Sanral: Tolls to benefit motorists

Sanral: Tolls to benefit motorists - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za
The Gauteng e-Tolling system will benefit motorists, SA National Roads Agency Limited chief executive Nazir Alli said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a panel discussion hosted by the Johannesburg Press Club, Alli defended the contentious tolling system in Gauteng, saying little was mentioned of the benefits it would bring for motorists.

This included better roads decreasing the cost of wear and tear on vehicles.

SA Transport and Allied Workers Union general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu said workers remained worried and he repeated Cosatu's call for an integrated public transport system.

“We are quite worried... in particular with this monster called eTolling.

“This animal with so many tails, we believe will have a depleting impact of our pockets,” he said.

Alli said he did not believe transport was the solution to “our problems at all”.

He said while a well-oiled, integrated transport system may “make life easier”, it would not solve the problems.

According to proposals - of the new Gauteng toll tariffs - users of light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km instead of R0.49/km, minibus taxi drivers R0.11/km instead of R0.16 and bikers R0.24 instead of R0.30/km.

The initial tariff announced was R0.66/km for vehicles without an e-tag account.

But the amount sparked an outcry from civil society, with Cosatu threatening to strike over them.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane met to discuss the matter and announced that a task team would examine the costing and make alternative proposals.

An e-tag works much like pre-paid cellphone airtime, fits on the front windscreen of a vehicle and is scanned by toll gantries.

For medium vehicles, the toll fee was reduced from R1.49/km to R1 and for large vehicles from R2.97 to R2. For commuter buses the cost would be reduced from R0.50/km to R0.36.

The proposals were made to the transport and finance ministers, as well as the Gauteng premier. They will then make a pronouncement on the matter, with Ndebele expected to make a final announcement.

Alli said it remained up to Ndebele on whether the proposal would be accepted or not. - Sapa


Thursday, July 21, 2011

South Africa was a great place to become a biker.

HELL YEAH... - I used to ride with a chick

Willem de Wet’s Cairo to Cape Town Motorcycle Diaries

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South Africa plans its own e-Bike with Italian design

South Africa plans its own e-Bike with Italian design | Indian Motos Blog


The eco bug has finally caught the South Africans. A hydrogen fuelled bike called ‘Ahi Fambeni’ (Tsonga for let’s go) is being developed at the Tshwane University of Technology. The bike promises to be the future of green transport in SA as the same concept will be extended to a trike and eventually to a car.

Buoyed by the success of e-bikes in China, the SA government is funding this project. They also inked a deal with Altergy Systems Corporation, a US company, to set up a fuel-cell manufacturing facility in South Africa.

The basic concept of a hydrogen fueled vehicle is that it mixes oxygen and hydrogen to create a clean source of energy. As there is no combustion, there are no exhaust gases and the only output is water. It was invented in the 1830’s but was never really a commercial success

This e-bike is designed by Pierre Terblanche, who was design director for Ducati from 1997 to 2007. So expect some Italian flair in the design!

Image – Honda Oree electric bike (for representation purpose only)


Angels Charity

Angels Charity | BBQ Online


The 2011 Harley-Davidson Africa Bike Week attracted more than 20 000 motorcyclists

In the week leading up to and over the weekend of the annual Harley-Davidson® Africa Bike Week, 180 000 motorcycling enthusiasts, families and HOG members – including 20 000-plus motorcyclists – descended on the well-known tourism holiday town of Margate.

The third Harley-Davidson® Africa Bike Week, which took place from 28 April to 1 May, is renowned for being the largest Harley-Davidson® motorcycle festival in the southern hemisphere, attracting both young and old to sample the ultimate Harley-Davidson® lifestyle.

Apart from interacting with best-of-breed motorcycles, visitors were entertained throughout the four-day festival, which included live performances from Prime Circle, aKing, Van Coke Kartel, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Black Era.

Those seeking to activate their Harley-Davidson® gene were encouraged to experience free demo rides, live stunt shows, purchase Harley-Davidson® merchandise at official dealership stalls, ogle over the latest motorcycle models and accessories, and watch the Mass Ride of 2 218 bikes (which included a Parade of Flags).

A Custom Style Competition took place where independent judges chose a winner for the Free Style Custom, Harley-Davidson® Lady of Harley Big Twin, Harley-Davidson® Big Twin, Harley-Davidson® Sportster and Modified Harley-Davidson® categories.

Of paramount importance, Harley-Davidson® encouraged visitors to support the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa, the official charity of the festival.

“We are extremely proud to be associated with a festival of this nature and to give back to the motorcycle community by offering a top-notch experience – free of charge and suitable for the whole family,” said Michael Carney, marketing manager for Harley-Davidson® Africa.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality, South Coast Tourism and Ugu District Municipality believe the four-day Bike Week had a major positive impact on tourism and retail spend in Margate during the festival. Harley-Davidson® has agreed to partner with these authorities for a further five-year period, to continue bringing Africa Bike Week to motorcycle fans.

“Margate has been the choice location for the annual Harley-Davidson® Africa Bike Week for the last three years. The benefit to KwaZulu-Natal as a region and Margate in particular, is that we are now very much a part of the motorcycling itinerary in South Africa,” said Michael Bertram, chief executive officer of South Coast Tourism.

“Throughout the year, we see an ever increasing number of motorcycling tourists making their way into our beautiful province.

“We can’t wait for next year’s Harley-Davidson® Africa Bike Week,” he added.

www.africabikeweek.com


Twenty-six bikers, more than 2200km of rural roads and 67 minutes of hands-on work at seven community projects in four provinces over the past week add up to probably the most dramatic and most publicised initiative honouring Mandela Day.

Bikers blaze the way to keep the dream alive - Times LIVE


In the Bikers for Mandela Day initiative, selected celebrities and business people enthusiastically give of their time and energy to actively helping less privileged rural communities.

Bikers for Mandela Day aims to inspire people across the world to donate at least 67 minutes of their time giving back in service to communities.

This year's ride was planned to reinforce the new Nelson Mandela Foundation initiative, which asks individuals worldwide to give a little of their time every week to do a good deed for needy people in their communities or environment.

The biking contingent set off from Montecasino in Johannesburg on July 11, and over eight days roared across Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and, finally, Swaziland, ending in Pretoria this morning, on Mandela Day.

During their journey they visited seven rural community projects, and were involved in revamping children's playgrounds, planting trees, preparing vegetable gardens, serving food in soup kitchens and helping to build houses and refurbish orphanages and community safe houses.

Big names like 5fm's DJ Fresh, singer Bok van Blerk, newsreader Angie Khumalo, actress Hanna Grobler and Survivor SA: Maldives winner and Binnelanders actor Hykie Berg dug, planted, built and helped feed people in need.

Joining them and the team's 15 support staff for some of the days were actor and Bike SA writer Saint Seseli, off-road motorbike trainer Jan du Toit (Jan Staal), sports presenter John Walland, business people and TV personalities.

Zelda la Grange, Mandela's executive assistant for more than 17 years, said Bikers for Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one step at a time, just as Mandela did.

"We all know someone who's got something to give to someone else. For me, what Mandela Day is all about is organising those 'someones' and ensuring they give back to the community in a lasting and sustainable way.

"We use celebrity profiles in the Biking for Mandela Day project to elevate the campaign and to demonstrate to people that if a DJ Fresh, a Bok van Blerk or an Ivan Zimmerman can get their hands dirty, so can any ordinary member of the public. We're appealing to people to follow the example of their celebs."

Carrying the badge of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Bikers for Mandela Day drive is funded mainly by Vodacom and Spar. A significant number of support sponsors donate equipment and materials.

The initiative is backed by the humanitarian-awareness organisation 46664, which selected it as key to its mission of furthering Mandela's humanitarian legacy and fighting social injustice.

Mthobi Tyamzashe, Vodacom's executive director for Corporate Social Investment in the Vodacom Foundation, saw the Bikers for Mandela Day as a way to show people that finding ways to help is easier than people think.

"When people are asked to do something to help, they tend to think only of sophisticated things, big projects requiring large teams and huge resources, and the concept of helping becomes overwhelming. But the Bikers for Mandela Day shows people how easy it is to help. Simply by using your hands, you can build, dig, plant, assist, teach, show, support, feed - the list is endless," he said.

The bikers had a busy schedule. The first day saw them help restore and paint playground equipment for a children's home near Harrismith. The next day, they planted a garden and cleaned the monument at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, where Mandela was arrested in 1962.

On the third day, the bikers installed shelves, helped prepare food and planted a vegetable garden at a school and orphanage in Eshowe.

On the Thursday, they went to Jozini to work with community organisations in a soup kitchen, before doing repairs and improvements in the home of a child-headed household. Friday took the group to Swaziland, where they laid a symbolic wreath at Samora Machel's memorial site in Mbuzini.

On day six they worked with the Nelspruit Community Forum restoring a care-centre house for orphans, handing over school uniforms and clothing for a shelter for homeless children and upgrading a playground at a disability centre in Hazyview. On the final day, the team planted a veggie garden at a Graskop orphanage before upgrading bedrooms and bathrooms of a children's home in Belfast.

Sello Hatang, information and communications manager for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said Bikers for Mandela Day inspired people globally to take their own action and inspire their own change, starting today.


Tired town losing its sparkle?

Tired town losing its sparkle? - IOL Travel KwaZulu Natal | IOL.co.za
Manina Qaba sits under a thatched umbrella at the Margate main beach, calling out to holidaymakers to buy the avocados and nuts laid out in front of her. But she doesn’t have much luck. People pass her by with nothing more than a half-interested glance.

“Tourists don’t buy things any more,” she said. “Even in December it was really quiet,” she adds, concern etched clearly on her face.

Qaba appears to be the face of a static town; a town facing aging infrastructure, a town facing economic hardships and a town that is beginning to look run-down. It’s almost tacky, with roads too narrow and nowhere near enough parking. At night the lighting is poor or non-existent, even at its main beach, which is the town’s main attraction.

The old cinema and arcade seem to have been untouched for the best part of a decade. Potholes are common. The town simply looks tired.

But officials promise Margate is going to be revamped – and soon.

Margate was once all the buzz on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. And this week, the Margate Hotel was fully booked, as were B&Bs and guesthouses for the Mardi Gras on Wednesday night. It was like old times, the beaches were full and fishermen came out en masse as the annual sardine run brought with it the chances of catching that whopper.
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During Easter, many establishments boasted 100 percent occupancy rates and the annual Harley-Davidson Africa Bike Week brought at least 20 000 motorcyclists to the holiday town. It was a much-needed cash injection.

But something just isn’t quite right.

“Margate is in decline,” said Olliver Ramsome, chairman of the South Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association. He highlights problems with infrastructure – “it’s aging and teetering on being inadequate” – and believes that the only service that is being provided is refuse collection.

For Ramsome, however, it is the problems facing the town’s businesses that are of the greatest concern.

“About a month ago, the number of empty shops in the town was about 46. I know there are also a number of shops that are up for sale, but they just aren’t selling. Turnovers have gone to hell. Why? Because people aren’t coming any more. The reason for this is that the environment here just isn’t as good as other places.

“The roads aren’t as good. Our rates are too high. By and large, our bylaws aren’t enforced and crime is a problem,” he said.

There is one asset that keeps bringing people in.

“Our beaches are fantastic. But it doesn’t help when we aren’t marketing it properly. We need to be making the most of that resource,” he said. The Hibiscus Coast has five Blue Flag beaches. Durban has none. This is a big plus for the town.

John Fisher has owned the Margate Hotel since 1994. Like Ramsome, he believes there is work that needs to be done in the town.

“We’ve been crying out for a long time for a revamp. It is long overdue,” he said.

However, Fisher says there are signs of improvement. Not only is there a proposed Urban Renewal Project, but his business has been booming.

“This was the best Easter period we’ve had in as long as I can remember. The way the dates fell with public holidays, and ending with the Africa Bike Week, it was fantastic. Our Decembers are always fantastic.

“The completion of the pier, which was destroyed by heavy seas three years ago, also made a huge difference.

“Our pubs and clubs are still doing well. During the holiday periods, people come to Margate to party because this is where the vibe is,” he said.

Ward councillor George Henderson admits Margate “has its problems” but insists improvements are coming.

“We are aware that things must change, but we are doing something about it. Consultants are starting with Environmental Impact Assessments for our urban renewal project that will see Margate redeveloped and upgraded. We’re talking about an International Convention Centre, parkades, closing off some roads to cars, making the beachfront beautiful, with new restaurants.

“This is a multi-million investment. Provincial and national government are fully behind this project and have already given us some funding,” he said.

Businesswoman Dianne Duncan, a former chair of the Margate Business Association, agrees, also believing the renewal project will give the town a fresh lease on life.

“There are a lot of positives. When it comes to service delivery there are some problems, but we’re not declining. I believe the basic economy has improved. When that renewal plan is in full force Margate will be like a new town. I’ve had my business here for 25 years, and I’m not going anywhere,” she said.

Fisher, too, is eagerly awaiting the renewal project.

“It will help Margate to sustain its economy, so we are eagerly looking forward to it,” he said.

But another businessman, who asked not to be named, wasn’t as positive.

“We battle here. People are spending their money at Shelly Beach, not here. Tourists also seem to be going north because of the new airport. It’s much closer for them to go there than to drive all the way here. We’re far from the airport,” he said.

The man wasn’t overly positive about the future, either.

“I don’t see things getting much better. Margate isn’t as good as it was and other towns are improving around us, taking people away. We aren’t as attractive any more,” he said.

While residents and holiday makers wait for the improvements to take effect, Qaba will still be sitting at her spot on the beachfront, hoping that the changes happen sooner rather than later.

WHAT’S HURTING MARGATE?

Margate isn’t the destination it once was, and people point to different reasons for the decline.

For Olliver Ramsome, chairman of the South Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association, one of the issues is a lack of infrastructure maintenance.

“It’s like a luxury car. You have to service it regularly, replace certain parts at the right time and so on. If you don’t, problems will develop – and it becomes expensive to fix those problems. I believe that’s what has happened to Margate,” he said.

But that’s not all.

About a year ago, SA Airlink stopped their flights into the local airport, hurting its tourism market. There are plans to get flights back.

“And what makes it worse is that now the new airport, King Shaka International, is an additional hour away,” said councillor George Henderson.

Margate’s biggest problem might be coming from one of its neighbours. Once a quiet town on the coast, Shelly Beach has boomed and with the town being just a 10-minute drive from Margate, its rise could be Margate’s fall. - Sunday Tribune


Are bikers invisible, or what?

Are bikers invisible, or what? - IOL Motoring Bikes, Quads & Karts | IOL.co.za
There has been much research over the years into the causes of motorcycle accidents, from Professor Hugh Hurt's aptly-named Hurt Report of the mid-1970's to the EU's authoritative Powered Two-Wheeler Survey of 2002 and many more.

One conclusion, however, is constant throughout: a little more than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers, either through knockdowns or by turning directly across the path of the rider.

So well documented is this that British insurance companies have invented a whole new category of motorcycle accident to describe them, the Smidsy (Sorry, mate, I didn't see you).

Possibly the scariest, though, is when you stop at a red light and the car behind you doesn't. I've had that happen to me - twice - and to a mate in the lane next to me, which was infinitely more frightening.

Interesting aside: The SAPS declined to take any action against the driver in that particular incident because “nobody has been killed”. I kid you not.

Less than a week ago the driver of a silver Honda Ballade in Durban Road, Bellville, felt constrained to move from the right lane to the left, even though I was right next to him on a big red sports bike, wearing a red jacket and a red helmet.

That love-tap put a bruise on my leg, a scratch on my Triumph's tailpipe and my heart in my mouth.

There is a school of thought that says it was partly my fault because I was riding at the same speed as the car; a motorcycle, it says, should always be travelling slightly faster than the traffic so as to move consistently away from danger.

I disagree; moving away from the driver next to you means you're closing on the driver ahead and he's even less likely to have seen you.

The most thought-provoking crash I've had in four decades of motorcycling was when a lady in a Fiat Seicento went through a red light and took a 1200cc Buell out from under me.

She came out of absolutely nowhere because she was on what, for her, was the “wrong” side of the road; she was in the right lane of a one-way street. I was simply not programmed to look for oncoming traffic in that lane and I didn't see her until a split second before she hit me.

And that is the real point of this story: whether we're on two wheels or four, we see what we expect to see.

The days of black leather-clad riders on black machines are long gone; today's motorcycles and (especially) scooters are brightly multicoloured and many of their riders wear fluorescent green vests. Yet we still get knocked down.

The Think Bike people have got it right - it's time to think outside the box (pun intended - a car is a tin box with a wheel at each corner) and consciously look for small, brightly coloured, fast-moving objects popping up in traffic where you least expect them.

That way, I hope, you can avoid turning me into a statistic.


Man gets prison in biker gang marijuana case

Man gets prison in biker gang marijuana case
ST. LOUIS • A member of a Midwest "outlaw" biker gang called the Invaders was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for his role in a major marijuana conspiracy.

Stephen P. "Sticky Steve" Morris, 47, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge in November and admitted that he played a part in what prosecutors have said was a 15-year scheme that brought thousands of kilos of pot to the St. Louis area.

Morris' lawyer, Jeffrey Rosanswank, told U.S. District Judge Rod Sippel that Morris had "quite an awakening" before the indictment was filed. It was "one thing" to ride around on motorcycles, Rosanswank said, "but things got out of hand."

Morris was one of 15 men indicted last year in federal court in St. Louis on the marijuana charges. Additional methamphetamine-related charges were filed against others in Indiana.

Officials believe that some local Invaders members were involved in the deaths of three men in recent years, according to court documents and investigators' notes. Morris was not named as one of those involved.

Two of the victims, Randy Greenman, 39, and George Whitter, 36, disappeared from a bar in south St. Louis County on Aug. 30, 2007. Pieces of their bodies were found in several locations. Gang member Alan Henry Little, 61, of St. Louis County, disappeared in 2007 and was presumed murdered.

The Invaders were founded in Gary, Ind., in 1965, and have chapters in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado.

No Invaders members have been charged with the murders of the three, and there has been no mention of the murders in public court proceedings in the drug case. There have also been a number of sealed court filings in the case. A defense lawyer recently asked for a delay, saying his client had been told by unidentified homicide detectives that charges were imminent.


Trial starts for ex-cop tied to Hells Angels

Trial starts for ex-cop tied to Hells Angels - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee
Trial is starting for a former California policeman charged with giving confidential law enforcement information to the Hells Angels biker gang.

Jury selection begins Tuesday in San Jose federal court in the trial of 37-year-old Clay Rojas, who is facing 12 criminal counts ranging from conspiracy, fraud, improper computer access and illegal use of a computer for financial gain.

The San Jose Mercury News says the ex-Santa Clara police officer and former Marine sergeant who served in Iraq says he was in financial distress and under pressure to repay a loan.

A federal grand jury indicted Rojas last year on charges that he furnished confidential law enforcement records, such as criminal histories and state motor vehicle records, to Hells Angels member William "Billy" Bettencourt.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Lazy Way Round – A biker tour

The Lazy Way Round – A biker tour
Take 11 bikers, 6 days, 5 nights, one back-up vehicle and 2,000 km of road and you have the South African equivalent of Charley and Ewan’s first epic adventure… But we called it ‘Lazy Way Round’.

I don’t remember how I became trip-planner for this year’s tour. I guess I had a more ‘vocal’ opinion during the brainstorming sessions leading up to solidifying the trip. Or maybe nobody else wanted the job? Who knows..? What I do know is I had to plan a trip bearing the following in mind: The lads wanted around 300-400km per day of mixed roads; they wanted their own rooms; and wanted a mix of experiences. For me the greatest challenge was finding accommodation that could sleep 13 men without having to share (rooms). So I phoned around, googled and asked for advice from helpful tourist agencies and eventually we had the accommodation sorted. All I needed do was ‘connect the dots’ in an interesting way. Easy!


Biker's 0.32 blood alcohol reading

Biker's 0.32 blood alcohol reading | Rockhampton Crime | Robberies, Assaults and Convictions in Rockhampton | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
WITH a blood alcohol reading of 0.320 most people are too drunk to walk or even talk, but a Yeppoon man rode a motorbike.

In what could be the highest reading in the region for a motorbike rider, a 32-year-old Yeppoon man blew 0.320 after arriving at a Norpine Rd, Yeppoon, address on Sunday at 4.30pm remarkably unscathed.

Sergeant Mark Dean of the Rockhampton Traffic Branch yesterday said it was the highest reading he had seen for someone riding a motorbike.

He said the man must be a “seasoned drinker” as he had some degree of co-ordination.

“He was capable of having some control, he was able to ride.

"There would be other people who would not be able to stand and would be comatose at that level,” he said.

Yeppoon police received information from the public that a motorcycle rider was “all over the road” while travelling along Woodbury Rd.

Police caught up with him as he turned into Norpine Rd, and stopped at an address.

The man was taken to the Yeppoon station where he recorded the high reading.

He was charged with high range drink-driving and his licence was immediately disqualified.

He is due to appear in the Yeppoon Magistrates Court on August 12.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday, a 32-year-old Yeppoon woman was caught driving along Birdwood Ave with a blood alcohol reading of 0.190.

She was charged with drink-driving and her licence was immediately suspended until she is due to appear in the Yeppoon Magistrates Court, also on August 12.