Scooter With Boardracks Coming to Australia

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stunet started the topic in Sunday, 18 Apr 2010 at 2:17am

For the first time in Australia a motorbike....well, a motorscooter, can be registered with board racks. The scooter is the Honda Zoomer and the fellas at Deus Ex Machina reckon the imports will begin in the next couple of months. Word is they'll retail for between $3000 - $4000 and you won't need an engineers certificate. Bring on the gravel rash!

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thermalben commented Sunday, 18 Apr 2010 at 4:13am

Awesome.. much prefer something like this over a Camry any day!

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verner commented Monday, 19 Apr 2010 at 9:06am

Thats so sweet!

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ethereal commented Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 at 11:24am

+10 knots crosswind = roadkill

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s-t-u commented Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 at 9:02pm

Theres a guy at my local who has a push bike that has home made boardracks on it, looks just like the top photo but on a push bike. way cheaper than $3000 - $4000 to.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 at 11:22pm

^^^ Can do 90 k's an hour on it can he? I'm keen to get one of these simply to get around the beaches with. Good to avoid traffic and enough legs to get me to the other side of the city if conditions call for it.

The crosswind bit is a worry though...

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s-t-u commented Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 at 12:42am

Just throwing it out there is all, plus you can do anything when you put your mind to it, even 90 k's an hour on a push bike. Never say never stunet.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 at 3:51am

Hmmm...nice sentiments, but I reckon I'm safe saying I'm never gonna ride a treadley with a boardrack from Manly to Cronulla and back. Call me a clairvoyant but I'm pretty sure of that.

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poket-roket commented Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 at 5:08am

90 ks an hour? Where'd you get that from Stunet? The Wikipedia page for the Zoomer has its top speed of only 70 ks. There is nothing about its top speed on the official Honda site so Wikipedia could be wrong too. Even with 90ks I wouldnt be too keen hitting the freeways to get down to the peninsula or Torquas. Might just stick to the Camry for now eh Ben. Mine just keeps goin and goin ;)

Scooters with a board rack are a pretty standard way of getting around on Bali and the time I was there never had any problems with sidewinds. Even after getting caught out in some monsoonal weather. I must admit it was a great mode of transport so have always thought about the possibilities in Oz. Sidecars and trailers on bikes have always been a legal accessory on bikes in Vicco so why not board racks. The only info I could find that may make them illegal is a ruling that you can't have protusions fixed to a vehicle that could cause danger.

Is there now a specific rule for boardracks?

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stunet commented Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 at 5:34am

90 k's an hour? I just made that bit up to add weight to my argument. Thanks for popping a hole in it PR...

Still, 70km/h is faster than most pushies, and definitely faster than Ben's Camry.

The fellas at Deus reckon the Zoomer is compliant with the racks as is.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 at 5:57am

At this time I have to point out that Craig owns a Camry, and not me. This is very important :D

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Craig commented Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 at 12:40am

^^ I used to own a Camry, and it was the best car I ever had!

Now I'm in the Subbi remember :p

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thermalben commented Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 at 3:32am

Oh yeah :O That's right.. hard to break a reputation though.. ;)

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poket-roket commented Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 at 11:49am

Nah craigs rep is already shot. Get the hell out of that thing you are driving and jump straight back into a Camry if you want to retain some credibility ya bloody traitor! :s ;)

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keegz commented Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 at 11:11pm

Do you guys exceed the age of 55 and drive around constantly with your indicators on? Oops! I mean do you guys all own camrys?

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Craig commented Friday, 23 Apr 2010 at 12:04am

Keegz, obviously you have never experienced first hand, the reliability and versatility of the Camry!

They keep on going and going and going....

Go out and get a late 80's or early 90's model Camry and be amazed :p

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keegz commented Friday, 23 Apr 2010 at 2:23am

I have unfortunately driven a Camry before, one word 'boring' comes to mind immediatly :)

I'd be amazed if I could get my girlfriend to actually sit in a late 80's early 90's Camry... nevermind me drive around it it hehe.

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poket-roket commented Friday, 23 Apr 2010 at 8:34am

Yeah well Keegz you might be right us Camry drivers have taken over volvo drivers as the most annoying bastards on the road. And by the time I get to 55 I intend to still be driving the same Camry I am driving now.

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keegz commented Monday, 26 Apr 2010 at 10:35pm

hahahahaha

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antifroth commented Saturday, 1 May 2010 at 10:47pm

Best thing ever I reckon. I love travelling around Indo on a scoot with racks. No worries with side winds, monsoons and even when pissed on Arak. Bring it on.

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antifroth commented Saturday, 1 May 2010 at 10:50pm

Owned a Camry for 10 years, what a fucken peice of crap it was, new motors and all sorts of rattles and clunks. Fucken expensive to repair, rusting garbage.

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rotomo commented Sunday, 2 May 2010 at 10:21pm

Just saw this chat when looking at swellnet and thought I'd add my personal experience. I have fitted board racks to my BMW 650 Dakar. I'd been wanting to do it for a while and got the idea for the design after Googling "board racks for motorbikes"-- there are lots of pics on the web. There is a guy in the US (search for "Surfer Pegs") who sells a commercial product made from stainless steel rod-- a bit pricey though by the time you land them in Oz.

As far as the "legality" is concerned........if you don't ask the question then you don't get told an answer you don't like.
I've been riding with my board on the bike since January, past plenty of cops and no-one has given me any grief.

Had to laugh at Ethereal's comment re crosswinds-- it's the same from a lot of people (especially those who don't ride). The effect from crosswinds is not much different whether the board is on my bike or not. The side surface area presented to a crosswind by a board or the bike is little different: if you're going to get blown sideways by a 10 knot crosswind then it doesn't matter whether you have a board on or not. My Beemer is pretty heavy so that probably helps.
The Surfer Pegs guy reckons that you actually get a "negative pressure vortex" between bike and board, which acts to stabilize you at speed. Not sure of the science (maybe just Yank sales bullshit!) but I do 130km/hr on the Dakar with my board on and it handles beautifully. The main point to consider if you want to do it is to make sure they are strongly made -- I got mine made up at the local Marine engineering company from 25mm stainless steel tube and they are attached to the bash plate frame at front and the pannier rack at back. Most of the racks on bikes in Bali are made from cheap shit materials and poorly designed-- that's where problems will occur.
All I can say is: it's sweet to be able to ride to the beach on these beautiful Autumn mornings and have a surf-- combines two of my favourite things which used to be mutually exclusive!
Contact me if you want some pics of the Dakar racks.
Cheers
Ross

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brendo commented Sunday, 2 May 2010 at 10:28pm

cheers Ross, sounds awesome, and you always get a park at the beach !

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stunet commented Monday, 3 May 2010 at 7:17am

Thanks for the heads-up Ross. At one stage I was thinking about using a sidecar to carry a board but it sounds like there's no need. Good info.

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rasda commented Tuesday, 4 May 2010 at 5:10am

Riding a pushie with solid i.e. kevlar and fibreglass sheet wheels, I'd be forced to stop and walk in a wind when crossing bridges.

Riding a pushie with a surfboard rack where the tip of the board would hover above my head, got pretty wobbly on a road trip :) from Redfern to Maroubra. Hope don't have be doing that again.

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manners commented Monday, 10 May 2010 at 2:36am

I've been riding a Honda CT110 postie bike with boardracks attached around the north end of the goldie for ages now. It goes 90 clicks easy and I use it to get to work everyday as well. I didn't even know it wasn't road legal, no cop has ever pulled me up on it either. We need more bikes and less cars on the road in built up areas as it is.
PS: I've ridden it in all kinds of strong crosswinds and it's not a problem, unless your going to try and cart your 10ft mal or SUP around.....

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antifroth commented Tuesday, 11 May 2010 at 1:17am

Rasda mate we have been riding pushies to hthe beach for decades with board racks on them. My tip is this: If you find it difficult riding from Redfern to Maroubra then stay the fuck away from the beach and take up some other sport more suited to a softie like you, ie. Rollerblading.

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rasda commented Wednesday, 12 May 2010 at 4:50am

The point being that a rack that's poorly mounted so it only holds the back of the board, with the front high in the air over your head then pushes your centre of gravity too high and is unstable.
These scooters look the tits, everything's low and out of the way.

Fuck off yourself, big man.

Bet you're a "local", hee haw, fucking donkey.

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antifroth commented Wednesday, 12 May 2010 at 11:20pm

Rasda mate I think you are even too soft for rollerblades.
Mount the friggin rack better then, by the way do you know that side mounted racks have been available for aprox 27 years now?
The only problem with the back mounted rack, the vertical mount is that you tend to smash the tail of your board doing jumps off gutters.
Be careful around the Bra though, those guys are big men and they are tough.

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rasda commented Monday, 17 May 2010 at 11:05am

Sounds right.

Yeah, the only ones I've pissed off weren't local, 1 might've been but he was a dickhead, can't count that and a big heavy that sent me in once when it was big and I shouldn't have been out there was right, so, fair enough.

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rj-davey commented Monday, 17 May 2010 at 10:57pm

This thread caught my eye so thought i'd join n throw my 2 cents in...

I made racks up for my ol' 550 Kwaka about a year ago out of plumbing PVC and never had a problem. I'm on the Goldy and pass cops all the time no dramas (though it's a good idea to paint em up so they look at least a little credible).

As for cross winds etc, I've tested mine to 150km/h with no adverse affect on ride, and regularly squirt down to the beach at 110km/h. Properly positioned you won't notice a difference.

Fuel is cheap. Parking is a snap. Great way to combine two things I love. I leave em on all the time but it's only a 5 min job to remove if I want to go for a RIDE ride

Basically cost me 1.5 days and about $90 to make. Happy to provide pics or pointers if anyone is considering the same

-rob

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savanova commented Tuesday, 18 May 2010 at 2:34am

By the looks of the fat tyres they should be able to be ridden on sand. Guess that will give the clubbies somthing other than seagulls to chase on their quaddies.

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antifroth commented Tuesday, 18 May 2010 at 6:57am

it will make accessing that peak up the beach that much easier.....hehehe

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eeks commented Monday, 24 May 2010 at 11:37am

I want one. Would you have to have a motorbike license for that scooter? Im clueless as to the rules here, normal license ok for a scooter of that power?

i've ran into alot of walls in bali i'll have to practice lol

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stred commented Tuesday, 25 May 2010 at 8:16am

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahget a pink 1 with matching board hahahahahahahaha