The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-02-22T02:48:13Z Motorcycling Australia To Conduct First “National Come and Try Day” on 2nd March 2013-02-22T02:48:13Z motorcycling-australia-to-conduct-first-national-come-and-try-day-on-2nd-march On 2nd March 2013, Motorcycling Australia, which governs motorcycle sports in Australia, will collaborate with State Controlling Bodies to hold the first National Come and Try Day at various venues throughout Australia. The events are being held to allow interested motorcycle riders to experience motorcycle sport events without having to buy their own equipment, or even buy a license.As of this writing, events are scheduled in 40 different venues across Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland. Events will cover a lot of different disciplines, including endure, road racing, motocross, moto-trials, speedway, quads, and dirt track. According to Motorcycling Australia, participants will have access to “a diverse menu of hands-on events and activities.”The clubs and tracks will supply equipment, and will also ensure that there are experienced competitors and officials at all events to make sure that the events are safe, and that participants have every opportunity to learn all they can about the motorcycle sport they choose.Every track and club will run their own events, ensuring that each event will be unique, and tailored to the needs of the track and the participating club. The clubs will have artistic license to present and showcase their disciplines in the best light possible. Clubs also have the option of scheduling a Club Practice Day to go along with the event.Those who don’t yet have a license will be given a free, one-day license for National Come and Try Day, and will be able to apply for a free Annual Recreational License or a full Annual License at a discounted rate right at the event.The only venue in Western Australia so far is Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway. They will hold their events from 9am-2pm, and will include Stock MX, Trail Bikes, and Speedway 50cc. Pinjar Park is located in Neerabup.Ben Crombie, Managing Director of Revolution Bike Finance, is excited about National Come and Try Day, and sees the potential for a lot of growth in the motorcycling sport: “This is one of the best ideas I have seen in any sport in a long time. Imagine how great this could be for the motorcycle sport if it works out like it could. Potentially, the word of mouth advertising from satisfied neophytes could lead to unprecedented growth.”Crombie continued, “And this is only the first year. The first year of any major undertaking such as this one is almost always a year of tweaking, adjusting, and debugging the operation. If they do this right, we could start seeing a steady growth in motorcycle sport participation, as new participants bring their friends out to watch, and tell them how great it is to participate.”Crombie added, “One of the major entry barriers to any motorsport is the cost of competing. Racers have to buy a bunch of equipment before they even know if they have any potential, or if they are going to actually like the sport. By allowing potential racers to try out the sport without buying equipment first, Motorcycling Australia is removing a significant barrier from in front of potential participants in motorcycle sport.”Crombie concluded, “If a participant tries the sport and “gets the bug,” it will render most entry barriers invalid. That is very powerful.”Revolution Bike Finance specialises in making bike loans painless and fun.For more information, call them at 1300 985 499, or visit their website here: http://www.revolutionbikefinance.com.au/. South Australia Off Road Motorcycling Strategy Finally Released 2013-01-17T01:09:18Z south-australia-off-road-motorcycling-strategy-finally-released On 14th December 2012, Motorcycling South Australia (MSA) released the South Australian Off Road Motorcycle Strategy. The document has been in the works for more than a year, and was created to address concerns from many associated with off road motorcycling, including riders, the motorcycle industry, the government, and conservation groups.The strategy is the result of study that was commissioned in 2011, by the MSA, in conjunction with the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, the Motor Trades Association (MTA), and the South Australian Government (Office of Recreation and Sport). The study solicited the input of riders, environmental interests, representatives of the motorcycle industry, and local councils.Riders were mostly concerned with a shortage of places to legally and safely ride off road bikes. They were also concerned with the rising costs of participation, including safety equipment, club memberships, event fees, and motorcycles. Environmental interests were concerned with noise, damage to vegetation, and erosion. State and local government officials were concerned with liability costs, noise, disruptive behaviour, damage to their land, unauthorised use of public lands, and safety.With all of these concerns coming from divergent interests, many were doubtful that the group could come up with a plan that pleases everybody. While this one isn’t perfect, many people from all sides are pleasantly surprised at the outcome.The strategy contains eight key priorities for 2013. The first mentioned is the development and enhancement of riding areas and parks for off road motorcycles. Tailem Bend Motorsport Park and ACUSA Park are also included as separate priorities, indicating that they will be improved first. The strategy also includes identifying places where riders can ride bikes off road and mapping them on the Internet.Another priority is developing loops and trails on gravel roads for adventure and trail riding, and the study even recommends opening State Forest land to organised trail rides. The strategy also includes rider safety education to foster responsible, safe, and legal riding.The only strategy that may be met with resistance by riders is a push to minimise the effects of off road riding on the environment. Most riders feel that they are very respectful to the environment, and that their effect on it is negligible at best.Chris Sims, Director of Revolution Bike Finance, likes how the strategy looks in theory, but is adopting a “wait and see” attitude before pronouncing it a success: “This looks like a very rider-friendly strategy. Considering all of the different sides giving feedback, they appear to have done a great job of making everyone happy.”Sims continued, “Finding places to legally ride off road has become increasingly difficult the last twenty years. As Australia becomes a more urban country, more and more lands are becoming ‘off limits’ to motorcycle riders. Too many state and national parks now prohibit off road riding, and most of us are crammed into large population centres that offer no opportunity to ride off road.”Sims concluded, “We really hope that this strategy works for everyone. We have many of the same issues here in WA, and all across Australia, so what’s good for South Australia is good for all of us. We know, though, that there is often a large gap between theory and practice. It looks great on paper; lets’ see it in action.”Revolution Bike Finance provides fast and affordable motorbike loans across Australia. They specialise in friendly and professional customer service.Visit their website for more information: http://www.revolutionbikefinance.com.au/about-us/ or call them at 1300 985 499 to talk to one of their bike finance brokers. Australian Motorcycle Sales Continue Comeback 2012-12-21T03:11:22Z australian-motorcycle-sales-continue-comeback The year-to-date statistics for the Australian motorcycle market through October were released recently. It turned out to be more good news for what has been a decent year for the beleaguered industry. The motorcycle market includes scooters, road bikes, off-road bikes, and ATV’s. For the year through 31st October 2012, total sales reached 89,710, for a 3.8% increase over last year’s number, 86,396.Of the total, road bikes were the most popular, with 35,446 sold, for an increase of 11% over last year. ATV’s rose 3%, while off-road bikes rose 1%. Scooters were the only vehicles in the motorcycle market that didn’t perform well, declining 10.5%.Honda continues to be the most popular brand, with 19,573 units sold, for a rise of 5.9%. Yamaha is fairly close in second place, at 15,564 sales, for a drop of 2.8%. Suzuki sold 10,042 for a drop of 7.5%. Kawasaki sold 8,556, a rise of 6.1%, while Harley-Davidson sold 6,199 for a rise of 21.6%. Of those in the next five positions, the most notable company is CF Moto, who only sold 1,875 units, but almost doubled their sales from last year, with a rise of 93.1%.The Honda CBR250R is the industry leader, with 2,010 sold. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is second with 1,848, but with mitigating circumstances. In September, most dealers got shipments of the Ninja 250R’s replacement, the Ninja 300. This sold 453 units, which means that the Ninja 250R and its replacement sold a total of 2,301 units, which would put the Ninja in first place.Chris Sims, Co-Founder and Director of Revolution Bike Finance, is cautiously optimistic about the upturn in sales: “We have seen a rise in applications for motorcycle finance this year, so we aren’t surprised that the market is starting to rebound. While 3.8% might not seem like a lot, it is a huge step in the right direction. This is the most lively the market has felt since before the global financial crisis.”Sims continued, “There are a lot of factors that are aligning to create the rise in the market. The main factor, of course, is the slow march of the economy toward recovery. We have been fortunate in Western Australia to have the mining industry driving a recovery, but the rest of Australia is showing positive signs, too. There are more jobs and more job security, and people have more disposable income now because they adjusted to getting by on less for a few years.”Sims elaborated further, “Not only is there a bit more money available, but interest rates have fallen slightly. That makes a bike loan, or a loan of any kind, more attractive. While people have more disposable income, motorcycle prices haven’t really gone up as the economy has. On the contrary, motorcycle manufacturers and dealers have pretty much bent over backwards to make it easier for people to buy their products the last few years. Luckily, they haven’t raised their prices yet.”Sims concluded, “It’s really a great time to think about buying a motorcycle. When you combine more income and lower interest rates with prices that haven’t gone up yet, the cards are currently stacked in favour of the buyer. We don’t know how long it’s going to last, but anyone who can take advantage now should probably do so.”Revolution Bike Finance specialises in motorcycle loans, including Yamaha finance. They are fast, friendly, and pride themselves in treating customers like family.For more information, visit their website: http://www.revolutionbikefinance.com.au/ or dial 1300 985 499.