Mopeds Plus – Targa Hindmarsh Run

5 Feb

 Targa Hindmarsh Run Report –  Sunday 4th February 2018 by Warren Duncan  Participants: Alan Wallis             1950     Tilbrook                197cc            M/C David Saint             1957      BMW                  250cc            M/C Warren Duncan     2012     Honda                   400cc            M/C Rob Smyth              1970    Motobecane          … Read More »

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

Lane Filtering

24 Jan

Several people have been asking about lane filtering on South Australia roads. What is lane filtering? Are motorcyclists allowed to lane filter? When is it safe to do so? Here is a video which appears on the DPTI South Australia website. This is the official DPTI version, so it may be treated as gospel.


21 Jan

Classics at Hart

(a David Byford film)

Screening at the General Meeting

this Tuesday 23rd Jan at 7:45pm.