Rob Williams R.I.P.

6 Apr

Rob joined the Classic Owners Motorcycle Club in 1990, he was the classic clubman: he served as Secretary from 1993-2004, Membership Secretary 2002/3 and Welcoming Officer 2001/2.  In addition Rob was an assistant Registrar and Machine Examiner for our Southern members from 2004-2018.

Rob was a well respected member who always showed concern for the welfare of others. He would go far above and beyond the call of duty by visiting member’s homes to inspect their bikes for Historic Registration purposes. He organised the club raffles and was always available when needed.

Rob won multiple Clubman of the Year awards and was made a life-member of the club. He will be sadly missed by all. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Tina and the family. The club is a lot poorer for his passing.

(This short eulogy was read at Rob’s funeral at Centennial Pk, Pasadena on Friday 12th April).

Proposed new SA motorcycle learner restrictions

1 Feb

Have you heard of the proposed changes to motorcycling licences as put forward by Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research for the Transport Department? In brief here are the proposals:-

  • raising the minimum riding age from 16 to 18 years.
  • forcing 50cc scooter/moped riders to hold a full R licence. Currently they require a car licence.
  • riders on L plates for at least 6 months and increasing R-date licences (equivalent of P plates) from 1 to 2 years.
  • imposing a curfew on learners from midnight to 5am and a total ban on drugs/alcohol.
  • enforcing the wearing of high visibility clothing.
  • introducing ‘on road’ licence testing and a new ‘hazard perception’ test.

Other changes such as not using phones, not being allowed to tow trailers and not being allowed a pillion passenger have also been put forward.

The 36-page review, entitled Recommendations for a graduated Licencing System for Motorcyclists in South Australia, rules out mandatory protective clothing, but it urges other measures such as improved infrastructure spending, better vehicle technology as well as training and police enforcement. There seem to be no proposals for advanced training.

The report is on this website  while submissions can also be sent to The consultation closes on February 16.

See Editor’s view