Saturday, 28 November 2015


There's just two weeks to go to the TOY RUN for 
Father Bob in St Kilda next to LUNA PARK. It's
on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Sunday, 22 November 2015


Again the safety onus is put on the bike rider not the car driver.


Media Release
Date: Monday, 23 November 2015

New VicRoads campaign urges motorcycle riders to review bike safety
Today VicRoads has launched a new campaign to provide motorcycle and scooter riders with detailed information about safety technology.
The social media and online campaign enables people to review the safety features of bikes manufactured since 2010 and to consider new rides with the latest safety devices. 

“Motorcycle safety technology has advanced at such a rapid rate that it can be hard to stay up to date,” VicRoads, Director Vehicle and Road Use Policy, Robyn Seymour, said.

“VicRoads has created a one-stop-shop for motorcycle and scooter riders to find out which bikes have safety features such as Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), Traction Control and Linked (also known as Combined) Braking Systems.

“With summer around the corner, many riders are planning their weekend and holiday road trips. We want them to have the safest motorcycle possible.”

A recent report by Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) found that motorcyclists riding on-road bikes without ABS were 45 per cent more likely to be involved in a serious crash, compared to those riding with ABS.

International research has found that a rider has more confidence to brake with ABS, and at 100km/h that could save up to nine metres braking distance.  

To see motorcycles and their safety features, riders should visit

To see VicRoads new video about ABS, riders should visit
Murray Collins
Senior Media Advisor
Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Friday, 20 November 2015


Victorian Roads Minister, Luke Donnellan MP, promised riders at the IRG
RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST in March 2015 that traffic filtering rules for
motorcycle & scooter riders would come into effect in September.

The IRG, VSRA, VMC and other organisations had input to writing the
rules and they are pretty good.

Riders were also promised an education campaign to raise the awareness
of other road users to motorcycles & scooters and teach car drivers how
to drive safely around bikes.

We were not permitted to have input to writing the education campaign or
how it would be delivered. The education campaign started over a month
after the rules came in and do not target drivers where filtering is
done most, city streets. It is a very low budget campaign compared to
past campaigns.

The education campaign for the new motorcycle lane filtering rules is to
initially run for six months and will start this week
with rural radio, 'pump TV' (televisions at petrol pumps), and social
media with metro radio to follow in the new year. As the campaign
progresses, based on the performance of the campaign, this may be
expanded to other channels. The content will include a video animation,
static images and an audio only (radio) advertisement.

The TOY RUN for Father Bob is on Sunday, December 13 in St Kilda.

The TOY RUN dry run is at LUNA PARK, 10.30 am on Sunday, November 29, 2015.
If you'd like to be a helper or a Marshal at the TOY RUN come along.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)
PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights  Vic  3109


G'day everyone,

Here are the final details for Sunday Nov 29 at Hickson Road at The Rocks in Sydney's CBD.

Ride Leaders from Hickson Road to NSW Parliament House and Art Gallery: Diggers Military Motorcycle Club

Police have given permission for us to gather from 9am and then ride, after the campaign launch ends at 11.30 am, up George Street to Bridge Street then Macquarie Street and around Parliament House twice and then breakup into our groups outside the NSW Art Gallery behind Parliament House and head off in different directions.

Charity group drop-offs after split up at the Art Gallery: 
Exodus Foundation at Ashfield.  Diggers MMC to lead a group there. They would like new tinned ham and sealed party food for Christmas Day, supermarket gift vouchers and new toys for kids.
  1. Mary Mac's Woy Woy. Mongols MC to lead a group there. They would like tinned food,clothing and blankets.
  2. Parramatta Mission: God Squad CMC to lead a group there. They would like Christmas gifts for people 25 years and over.
  3. Salvation Army Oasis Youth Centre Kings Cross: Brotherhood CMC will lead a group there. They would like $20 gift cards from somewhere like JB Hi Fi for young people 16-25.
There will be a sausage sizzle to raise funds for Barrister Wayne Baffsky and Kings Cross Bikers will have event and UMC t-shirts on sale for the same reason.

Please spread this information around via email, Facebook and websites ASAP so we can get at least 50 bikers with the appropriate gifts for each of the charity drop-offs.

Also please remember to listen to any instructions from the ride leaders, to stop at all red lights and follow any Police directions on the approved route.

See you on Sunday November 29.

Kind regards,

Greg Hirst
Brotherhood CMC

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Friday, November 13, 2015.


Sunday, 8 November 2015


Bikers' Campaign begins 
Sunday November 29!

Members and supporters of the  United Motorcycle Council (NSW) will gather in Hickson Road , The Rocks in Sydney from 9am on Nov 29 to collect gifts for the disadvantaged and to launch a campaign against prejudice by the authorities in their dealings with the motorcycling community in NSW.

With the move away from behaviour based policing towards a focus on appearance, riders from all types of clubs including 1%, Christian, military and social motorcycle clubs are being refused entry into a multitude  of licensed premises because of what they are wearing not because they behave badly!

The United Motorcycle Council is planning this to be the beginning of a series of events aimed at influencing public opinion and helping to encourage a move to evidenced based policing of society rather than one based on prejudice and negative stereotypes.

The UMC has also decided to make this ride a charity event and is asking riders to bring toys, blankets and tinned food to the launch and to participate in distributing these donations to various charity groups on the day. 

So far the following organisations have agreed to accept gifts:
  • Bill Crews and Exodus Foundation - Ashfield
  • Paul Moulds and Salvation Army - Kings Cross
  • Mary Macs Woy Woy
  • Parramatta Mission
At the launch representatives from some of these organisations will be present to personally thank the riders. Details of the preferred donations will be on the UMC NSW Facebook page and website early next week.

At 11.30 am after the launch riders will head en mass past NSW Parliament House in Macquarie Street and then split up to deliver donated items to their final destinations.
For further information check the UMC NSW Facebook and Website next week.

Greg Hirst
Brotherhood CMC

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


Series 4 Episode 6 : Sunday 3 pm on ONE in Sydney

We go for a ride to the top of the world with World on Wheels. Scott Ellis talks about TV and motorcycle riding. A Veterans MC Chaplain talks about faith and club life. We find a great baby boomer motorcycle museum in Tamworth and David Reidie looks back at the history of Harley City in Melbourne. Bear asks the question ‘Do we need a Bill of Rights in Australia’? Eelz fills us in on a butchers' code and Alan Kempster talks about motorcycle racing without an arm and a leg!

Make sure you check your local TV Guides for time variations in different states and territories plus weekly episode repeats.