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Ride on Newsletter - March 2019

By Mario

Welcome to the March edition of Ride On!

Winter’s coming, as they say on GoT. But there’s still plenty of fine riding weather left, so now could be a good time to book in for some Ride Forever coaching. It’s not quite as busy as the height of summer, and the cooler weather might be more comfortable for some. Meanwhile, we have some interesting stories for you in this issue of Ride On. A flying motorcycle? Oh yes. Plus a look at frame designs courtesy of Cycle World’s Kevin Cameron, a couple of minor Triumph recalls, and news on proposed ABS legislation that you can submit on. Hope you enjoy it.

Typical Tony Foale tubular-spine frame design

A look at different ways of making frames

Good old Kevin Cameron. The Cycle World tech guru often comes up with some interesting topics and his most recent is to question whether today’s common aluminium twin-beam chassis arrangement is necessarily best. It wasn’t always thus, of course, with tubular steel cradles once ruling the roost, and everything from large-diameter steel backbones and trellis frames to carbon fibre steering-heads-cum-airboxes appearing in racing. Check out his piece at Cycle World.

What About Different Motorcycle Chassis Materials?


Flying motorcycle in testing

How cool is this? Designboom reports on the Lazareth LMV 496, a motorcycle capable of flight, including footage of a tethered take-off and hover. Who needs filtering when you can flyover?

From road to sky in 60 seconds

Have your say on ABS rules

NZTA is proposing to make ABS compulsory on new motorcycles above 125cc, with ABS or CBS (Combined Braking System) mandatory on those between 50 and 125cc, plus electric equivalents. In large part, the new proposals pull us into line with Australia. Of course, the EU has mandated ABS on over-125cc machines since 2016 so you might think legislation isn’t really necessary. But there are some interesting reasons for NZ having its own laws on the matter. The link below takes you to the NZTA’s summary of the proposal and lets you make a submission on it. Check it out.

Overview of the Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment rule

Mystery Traub motorbike

Traub mystery deepens

We wrote about the one-off Traub motorcycle, discovered behind a wall in a Chicago apartment block, a few years back. Back then, nobody knew who built it but it was certainly a very advanced machine for its vintage, which was put at around 1916 based on the bike’s few off-the-shelf parts.

 More recently, a letter to The Motorcycle Illustrated by one Richard Traub was noticed, published in the July 1907 edition. The writer describes a machine he had created himself which is all but identical to the supposedly 1916 bike discovered behind the apartment wall. Census details show a Richard Traub living at an address nearby to the apartments at the time, his trade being a tool maker and experimental machinist. Hmmm…

More mysterious details at the Ride Apart website

Alen Ness on his bike

The top banana with his Top Banana

RIP Arlen Ness

An absolute legend of the custom bike scene since the early 1970s, Arlen Ness passed away on the 22nd of March aged 79. The Arlen Ness Motorcycle Company shared the sad news on its Facebook page. His attention-grabbing style stole many hearts in the 70s and some of his earliest designs still look fresh today. 

Company announcement on Facebook

coolant hose routing

Triumph twins get clutch cable and hose recalls

A lot of the 2016 model Bonneville-based Triumph twins are subject to an advisory over clutch cable routing, plus the new Speed Twin may have wrong routing of a coolant hose. So if you’re the proud owner of one ask your dealer to check it out.

List of MIA NZ recalls

Stay Shiny Side Up

The Shiny Side Up events might be over but our instructors are year-round experts at helping you stay Rubber Side Down, by helping to sharpen your skills. And the coming weeks are a great opportunity to book in for some Ride Forever coaching, with usually more availability and still great weather. Give it a go and let us know what you reckon using the Contact Us page on the Ride Forever website. Until next time, ride safe and have fun.