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Ride On Newsletter - November 2018

By Mario

Welcome to the November edition of Ride on!

Great riding weather isn’t the only thing worth celebrating at this time of year. There’s plenty to look forward to between now and Christmas, including the Ride Forever New Zealand Motorcycle Show this month.

Details on that below, along with a look ahead to this summer’s Shiny Side Up events taking place right around the country. Plus news on a major collaboration with Bike Rider Magazine and changes to our website. Hope you enjoy it.

Airbag-equipped under armour

NZ only fifth in world to receive A-Stars airbag system

Airbag-equipped leathers might be de-rigeur in top-level racing but the roll-out of airbags into streetwear hasn’t exactly been lightning fast. In fact, with its launch this month in New Zealand, we’ve become only the fifth market in the world to get Alpinestars’ Tech-Air version of the technology.

Speaking to the NZ Herald, New Zealand distributor Shane King said this is down to ensuring the right support systems are in place before increasing availability. The Tech-Air system involves a separate vest worn under specific Alpinestars kit, consisting of a passive back protector, three accelerometers, a gyroscope, electronic control and dual inflation system. To you, Sir, $1,899 plus the cost of the leathers or jacket.

Paul Owen reviews the launch

NZ motorcycle show

See you at the Motorcycle Show

Once again, Ride Forever is lead sponsor of the NZ Motorcycle Show, taking place over the weekend of 24-25 November at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds. Our stand has pride of place, just ahead of you on the left as you enter the main hall, so drop by and say hi. We’ll have loads going on, including a demonstration from Dr Chris Hurren of MotoCAP who’s over from Australia for the show. If you want to know anything about motorcycle gear, he’s the one to talk to.

There’s going to be a free-to-enter Road Code quiz with a $200 gear voucher prize, a spot-the-WoF-failure competition with a $500 gear voucher prize, and we’ll be giving away some really useful stuff like side-stand pucks and polishing cloths. Plus we’ll have lots of our top instructors on the stand for you to chat with, and if you register for any Ride Forever course at the show you’ll get it absolutely free!

And that’s before you even get to the rest of the show, with displays from all the major manufacturers, gorgeous classics, amazing customs, race bikes, dirt bikes and more. Don’t miss it–we’ll see you there.

All the details on the Show’s website

Shiny Side up 2019 bikefest tour

Shiny Side Up details confirmed

First off, the dates for the main SSU events: Nelson, Trafalgar Park (3 Feb); Kapiti, Southward Car Museum (17 Feb); New Plymouth, Quality Hotel Plymouth International (24 Feb), and Hampton Downs at the Mike Pero Motofest (2-3 March).

 There’s are also a series of evening events with the speakers:

  • Rydges Latimer, Christchurch  (4 Feb)
  • Napier Conference Centre (19 Feb)
  • Emerald Hotel, Gisborne (20 Feb)
  • Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga (21 Feb)
  • Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo (22 Feb)

 For 2019, Shiny Side Up is going up another gear. Consistent favourites Brittany Morrow and Dave Moss will be back, with Dave conducting his ever-popular suspension clinic through the day (get in the queue early!). Kevin Wilson of Survival Skills fame returns after proving such a hit last year. Chris Hurren of MotoCAP will be joining us too.

Add in top stunt riding and gymkhana displays, and a show-and-shine competition at the Kapiti and Nelson events, plus a new format at the Mike Pero Motofest, and there’s something for everyone at Shiny Side Up. Visit the website for all the details.

Check out the full details

New website, more coaching

The latest version of the Ride Forever website has broken cover, and it’s packed with more content than ever. Online coaching comes with improved feedback and quizzes to test knowledge, plus Ride Forever on-road coaching has three new training providers (RiderSkills, Carz n Bikez and the AA) offering more choice wherever you are in the country. Booking’s more straightforward too.

Check out the changes on the new Ride Forever website

Bike Rider magazine cover

Read our Bike Rider Magazine series

When your favourite magazine hits the shelves over the coming months you’ll find a series of articles we’ve collaborated on. First up is an interview with Dr Chris Hurren of Deakin University, the man behind the MotoCAP gear rating programme. In the next issue we talk with Kevin Wilson of Survival Skills about his work on the science of motorcycle accidents.

Digging into his ‘Science of Being Seen’ series, he talks candidly about the pros and cons of such things as High-Vis and Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Later in the new year, it’s the turn of suspension guru Dave Moss who’ll provide insights into how anyone can improve the handling, feel and controllability of their motorcycle. Along the way, we’ll also be revealing more details on the Shiny Side Up events.

Make sure of your copy with a subscription to BRM 

Then it’s Christmas

Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us. So if anyone is struggling to come up with a gift idea for you, why not suggest some Ride Forever coaching? And if you’re canny about it, you can even book in for free by signing up at the Motorcycle Show. Hey, spending the day riding around with expert guidance is a gift in anyone’s book, right? If you’re going to the Motorcycle Show we’ll see you there.

Until next month, ride safe and have fun.