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Ride On newsletter - April 2019

By Mario

Welcome to the April edition of Ride On!

Enjoying your Autumn riding? It can be a great time of year for it, so long as you’re properly prepared. A great way to increase your knowledge and hone your skills is, of course, with some Ride Forever coaching. Not only that, there are lots of discounts and reimbursements to be had when you do a course, and we link to a new web page that lists them below. Plus you’ll find stories on some recent motorcycle events, sound advice on how not to lose your motorcycle keys, and the latest on Ferg Maynes’s land speed record attempt.

Riders on an indoor course

Turns out millennials like motorcycles after all

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing in the motorcycle industry about the ageing profile of riders. Young motorcyclists just haven’t been coming though at a sufficient rate to replace retiring Boomers, and it was thought that online-obsessed millennials were shunning the real-world but hard-won pleasures of biking. But maybe it was actually for want of a better way of attracting people to the game, as a recent report on New York’s International Motorcycle Show suggests. Having a go in an indoor arena with modified Zero electric motorcycles proved a hit with young non-riders, resulting in 81% of them saying they would go on to get their motorcycle licence.

Ride Apart reports on the new rider initiative at IMS

Cruising on

NZ Herald covers Whanganui's Autumn Motorcycle Trial

Good to see the mainstream media reporting on some of the wonderful motorcycle events that take place around the country. The Castrol-sponsored Autumn Motorcycle Trial organised by the Wanganui Vintage Car Club had its 37th running this month, blessed by fine weather and a good turnout. There’s some great riding to be had around that part of the world…

Whanganui Chronicle coverage in the NZ Herald

Free money!

We’ve recently added a page to the Ride Forever website outlining all the discounts and reimbursements you can enjoy when you take a coaching course. Did you know, for example, that you can get $5 off your next WoF at VTNZ when you show your certificate? And that many insurance companies will do things like reduce your premium or excess? From Regional and District Councils to Motorcycle Clubs and even some Ride Forever coaching providers, there are also many people offering to reduce or waive the registration fee. Check it out online.

Discounts and reimbursements you can get with Ride Forever coaching

 

3CT concept on show at EICMA

3CT concept on show at EICMA

Is a three-wheeler a motorcycle or a car?

An interesting subject came up on the Ride Forever Facebook page: a Yamaha Tricity owner wanted to do a course but he couldn’t get the subsidised rate because the Tricity can be driven with a car licence and is rego’d at the same rate as a car. A Niken, on the other hand, is registered as a motorcycle. So it will be interesting to see how Yamaha’s next ‘Leaning Multi-Wheel’(LMW) machine sits: a 292cc scooter based on their EICMA show concept.

A look at the 3CT production machine

Ride Forever on Facebook

Bonny to Bonneville quest suffers setback

News just in suggests Ferg Maynes will struggle to get his production class Bonny ready in time for this year’s Speed Week, after a serious engine failure. Ferg is pulling out all the stops to be there but it looks like a lot of changes need to be made. Check our website for a forthcoming update.

News and Reviews section

Triumph keys

How to not lose your motorcycle's key

And, what to do when it happens: those are the useful topics discussed in an article we found in Forbes magazine online. Some of the advice is US-specific but others are more general. Worth a read.

Forbes magazine with some key advice

Catch up next time

If you like the look of those discounts and reimbursements we mention above, be sure to book in for some Ride Forever coaching. Check out all the latest on the Ride Forever website and our Facebook page, and we’ll be in touch again next month.

Good to see the mainstream media reporting on some of the wonderful motorcycle events that take place around the country. The Castrol-sponsored Autumn Motorcycle Trial organised by the Wanganui Vintage Car Club had its 37th running this month, blessed by fine weather and a good turnout. There’s some great riding to be had around that part of the world…