Spend $250 on Fox or Shift at City Coast Motorcycles and you can ride FOR FREE!
Simply complete your details, upload the receipt from City Coast Motorcycles then select the park of your choice, eg, Wollongong Motorcycle Club. Your ride fee voucher will be in your Inbox within 72 hours. Offer Ends June 30. You’re welcome!
TERMS & CONDITIONS Promotion is open from 9th May to 30th June 2018
Minimum transaction amount on Fox and Shift MX18 products is $250.00, which can include full priced or sale items purchased in one transaction.
Voucher valid for 90 days from purchase date.
Voucher can not be gifted to another person.
Voucher is only valid for the nominated entry as registered on www.rideonfox.com.au or www.rideonshift.com.au
i.e. whoever’s name is entered on the website, the voucher is valid for them.
Voucher valid for one (1) ride only.
Voucher is valid for park/track fee and does not cover any additional license fee (i.e. Motorcycle Australia Licence) if required.
Consumer can apply for multiple vouchers as long as each transaction is to the value of $250.00 or more on MX18 Fox or Shift products.
Voucher will be emailed to your nominated email address within 72 hours of purchase. By entering your details, you agree to allow Fox Head Australia or Shift Racing Austrlia to share your full name with the relevant park or club you have selected. They will use your name to cross check and validate your voucher upon entry.
My first ride was probably on a postie or dirt bike on the farm up in the Highlands where we were raised. We were always around bikes as kids, one of my earliest memories is sitting on top of Dad’s BSA, polishing as far as my arms would reach while he’d be working on it. Dad loves classic racers; he’s owned Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Matchless and Ducatis. Pop and my brother have always had motorbikes too. Their love for life on two wheels has definitely influenced my own.
What was your first motorcycle and where did you ride it?
I picked up my first road bike on Valentine’s Day, a red Ducati Monster 659 named Valentino. I’d only been living in the Illawarra a little while, and my Duc took me up and down the coast as I learnt to ride. There were lots of National Park runs, rides up Keira, down Kembla, to Berry or further south and up to Bald Hill.
What wheels do you have now?
I’m currently riding a very charming 2013 Triumph Thruxton 900 named Knox. I went in to pick up a helmet and had the guys at City Coast Motorcycles hand me the keys and tell me to take it for a spin. It was love at first braap, and has been ever since.
What has been your most memorable motorcycling experience to date?
For me every ride is a memorable experience, there’s a really strong and encouraging motorcycling community in the Illawarra and I often ride with my motofam, the Illawarra Café Racers or The Litas Wollongong. We’re blessed with so many beautiful coastal roads here. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride last year though was superb, really well organized and for such a great cause. I’m excited for this year’s one. In partnership with City Coast Motorcycles and The North Wollongong Hotel, The Litas held a Santa Pub Crawl Charity Ride. It was fun riding across the Sea Cliff bridge in Santa suits and raising money for a local cause. We’re really grateful to be supported by local businesses.
Motorbikes have been like ‘a rock’ to you. Can you share with us how they have helped you?
I remember dad saying that you don’t see motorcycles out the front of psychologist’s offices, and you know I think he was onto something. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression just before I bought my first bike and I found that riding really helped me to be mindful, to spend time close to Mother Earth and to be around good people. It’s amazing the type of healing a bike can provide. If ever I’m stuck a ride on my bike really contextualizes things for me. I always return with a heart full of gratitude.
How did the idea for The Incredible Freedom Machines come about?
The Incredible Freedom Machines tells the story of a little girl and her adventures with her Freedom Machine. For me, this book is a metaphor for my own adventures on Valentino. The day that I wrote it, I’d been riding through the National Park, and along the coast before arriving in Keiraville for a cup of tea. I wrote the whole manuscript in one sitting, sent it to Matt Ottley, one of Australia’s best illustrators with the email subject: ‘Be my Illustrator?’ and was absolutely flawed when he sent it to my now editor at Scholastic.
What age group isThe Incredible Freedom Machines pitched at?
This book could be read to Preschoolers or analyzed for literary studies in High School, though the primary teacher in me sees it being loved dearly by Primary students. The illustrations (which I can take no credit for) are the most divine creations, I couldn’t have dreamt them better.
This book is getting excellent early reviews. What do you have planned next?
Thank you! It’s really exciting seeing it hitting shelves. The Incredible Freedom Machines has been selected for presentation at the largest Children’s book fair in the world, Bologna Book Fair (May 2018). It’ll be pitched there to hopefully be published in other languages.
It’s also being presented as a part of The Sound of Picture Books in Fremantle, where an accompanying orchestral piece will be played by the Perth Symphony Orchestra as Matt Ottley (The Illustrator) draws and I narrate for school audiences. I’ll be Writer In Residence at Bundanon Trust in August for Book Week, sharing The Incredible Freedom Machines with local schools.
My second book, Our Dreaming is being illustrated at the moment by Dub Leffler and will be out in June 2019. I’ve also got two more manuscripts under consideration with Scholastic at the moment and have been working on a poetry collection as well titled Mother, Earth Child, Lover.
Can you tell us about your work at Red Room Poetry?
Red Room Poetry is a NFP that aims to make poetry a meaningful part of everyday life. I manage Red Room’s Poetic Learning programs, connecting contemporary poets with 450+ education communities across Australia & New Zealand. I am also the First Nations Cultural Liaison at Red Room. I’ve developed a program titled, “Poetry in First Languages” that sees First Nations poets create and publish poems in First Languages with Elders and Custodians while also supporting students on country to do the same. As a proud Gunai woman with ties to lots of east coast nations, seeing First Nations students use language to express themselves creatively is really powerful. This year we’re leading workshops on Gundungurra, Dharawal, Gadigal, Bundjalung and Yuin Nations with local communities.
You are a co-founder of the Litas Wollongong branch which is part of a worldwide, all-female, social riding collective. How is it going?
The Litas are a group of phenomenal women riding and thriving all around the world, I feel really honored to be a part of the crew and even more so to have helped start a movement in Wollongong with Sari Lokollo and Jessica Knight (the other Co-Founders). I’ve been so flat out of late that I haven’t had a chance to get along to many of the rides, but there’s always ride outs, camp outs and wrench nights happening. I encourage all female motorcycle riders of all skill levels in the Illawarra and surrounds to get involved.
Do you have any advice for women getting involved in riding?
My advice is to absolutely do it. Buy the bike, buy the leathers and start your adventures. Riding motorcycles has helped me develop confidence and independence in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
I’d suggest researching widely and finding a bike suited to your style, build and ability. Getting some quality, well-fitting protective gear is also paramount. My other advice would be to join The Litas or another club of riders, or ride with some more experiences friends, follow their lines and take their tips on board. Like all new ventures, you must do it often in all conditions and practice practice, practice.
We think the Illawarra boasts some of the best moto daytrips in Australia. Do you have a favourite?
There’s so many great rides around the Illawarra. I do love a cheeky braaap to Bald Hill and back; I think this one is best during the week or even in the evening when the road is a little quieter. I also love extending that ride into the National Park.
Riding up Mount Keira and down Kembla with lunch at the pub is always a good time. Heading out the back of Jamberoo, finishing in Kiama or heading to Berry is delightful too. You can’t go wrong with a ride up the Macquarie Pass up into the Highlands either.
Overall though, I love cutting along the Upper Kangaroo Valley River, to the suspension bridge. That spot is all kinds of magic.
Kirli Saunders’ The Incredible Freedom Machines from Scholastic Australia is available at all good book stores.
City Coast Motorcycles was one of twelve Australian dealerships to attend the International BMW Motorrad Conference in Sardinia, Italy. Dealer Principal Timothy Sim had the opportunity to experience first-hand an impressive line-up of new models.
Sardinia offered a quality mix of scenic on-road and off-road riding, which Tim says would be hard to beat:
“We were so lucky to explore the fun, windy roads along the coast and then head into the mountains via some amazing off-road, rocky trails.”
Tim tested three new releases from BMW Motorrad which will arrive later this year at City Coast Motorcycles; the F 850 GS, the F 750 GS and the C 400 X. Here are his thoughts:
F 850 GS
Check out Tim’s GoPro footage of the all new BMW F 850 GS here:
“The motor has character and is very exciting. When the engine hits its sweet spot at about 6,000 revs it just comes alive. The F 850 GS feels comfortable instantly, like a proper dirt bike. You can do everything; you can ride it smoothly and even aggressively off-road, like a motocross bike. Compared to the previous model, the way the weight has been changed with the fuel tank moved further forward completely improves the handling into a precise and well-balanced machine. The added features of the TFT screen, quick-shift and cruise-control just make it the ultimate adventurer.”
F 750 GS
“The F 750 GS is perfect for on and off-road riding. Again, its improved engine is what impressed me, whilst the handling is also brilliant. Whether you’re an experience dual-sport rider or starting out, this bike will give you a lot of confidence and fun. Now it has the same features as the R 1200 GS, like the TFT screen, quick-shift and cruise-control giving it the perfect balance.”
C 400 X
“Wow! This is a really fun machine. We rode through small Italian villages, then curvy mountain roads. The C 400 X has a surprising amount of power and very precise handling. What an awesome commuter, with amazing under-seat storage for your helmet. The Comfort Package adds the TFT dash, along with heated grips and heated seat. Any motorcyclist would enjoy owning one of these because you cannot help but have a smile on your face.”
If you would like further information about these forthcoming models please call in and chat to Tim or Dean.
City Coast Motorcycles Wollongong is excited to announce it is now your Schuberth stockist. The German manufacturer’s impressive portfolio includes protective headwear for the police force, fire brigade, Formula 1 sports and motorcycling.
Schuberth has redefined the flip-up helmet and earned bragging rights as the winner of the Best Brand category for 12 years in a row by Europe’s largest motorcycle magazine, Motorrad.
E1 ADVENTURE HELMET
Whether on the motorway, a country road or gravel track, this innovative adventure helmet allows the rider to experience the full intensity of every moment while enjoying the highest level of comfort and astonishing flexibility. The Schuberth E1 unites the functionality and safety of a modern flip-up design with the look, feel and off-road capability of an adventure helmet.
The new E1 not only looks like it was built for adventure, it has everything a helmet needs for use off the beaten track, too – from the large, multi-position shield to optimal air flow for arduous off-road use. Because the adventure only really begins when the tarmac runs out. And even though it may not look like it when the helmet is closed, the chin piece of the E1 can be swivelled up complete with visor and shield. This is a proper adventure helmet that is also a proper flip-up helmet.
The E1 was developed in Schuberth’s in-house wind tunnel to ensure it features low wind resistance, thus allowing for high speeds on the motorway, and a slippery shape making it a very quiet helmet too. Because adventure has nothing to do with strained neck muscles and battered eardrums…
C4 FLIP-UP HELMET
Schuberth has written the next chapter in the history of the flip-up helmet with the compact C4. The latest generation helmet represents the new-benchmark for touring and sports riders with the highest demands. It is as impressive at high speeds as it is on extended rides and it’s only on closer inspection that you can tell it’s a flip-up helmet at all!
The Schuberth C4 sets new standards when it comes to Bluetooth® and radio connectivity. It not only features an integrated antenna as standard, but two pre-installed loudspeakers, a boomless microphone and slots for the optional new SC1 communication system and re-chargeable battery developed in collaboration with SENA. Now you can experience “Plug and Play” in the truest sense.
But the new C4 doesn’t just look fantastic, it was developed in Schuberth’s Air and Acoustics Lab. Its perfect aerodynamics predestines the helmet for use at great speed, thus making it an attractive proposition for demanding sport riders.
The factory-fitted anti-fog visor of the C4 is designed in such a way that the upper edge doesn’t impinge on the field of vision, even when a more aggressive riding position is adopted.
Moto touring is a growing industry and City Coast Motorcycles founder Geoff Sim is a keen two-wheeled tourist. He’s adventured through the wilds of South Africa, traversed Russian roads and tackled the sand dunes of The Simpson Desert. But he counts his recent tour of Romania as one of the most memorable.
The ‘Discover Romania’ package is a nine day (seven days riding) experience taking you deep into the heart of Transylvania. Yes, it has THE Dracula castle. The tour boasts fairy tale landscapes, middle-age monasteries and culture to-boot. The route also takes in the Transfagarasan Road, described by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May of TV’s Top Gear as “the most amazing road we have ever seen!”
“There were many mountain passes with magnificent tar roads, spectacular scenery and magic motorcycle corners, over long distances,” said Geoff.
The itinerary was a complete loop encompassing the Carpathian Mountain chain, with Bucharest as the departure point. All motorcycles were supplied.
“The bikes were BMWs including the F 700 GS, the F800 GS and R 1200 GS. They were all well maintained,” Geoff said.
The standard of lodgings impressed Geoff, such as a beautiful old mansion and grounds “done up” as a resort:
“Accommodation was very good and Romania is a very cheap country to travel in,” he said.
Geoff toured with Ride In Romania, an Official Partner of BMW Motorrad.
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Counting down our Top Ten favourite moments of 2017. City Coast Motorcycles has had an exciting year, keeping active at the heart of the motorcycling community. We’ve staged events – large and small – many for charity – and we’re proud of them all! Follow us in 2018 – the best is yet to come…
City Coast Motorcycles wrapped up its busy year of events presenting The Litas Wollongong Santa Ride. The occasion, held on Saturday December 9th, was a mixed social event supporting Wollongong’s famous Santa Charity Pub Crawl. Participants were encouraged to dress festive and to tinsel up their bikes. A total of 20 merry riders were in attendance.
Organiser Jane from City Coast Motorcycles said she was excited about building the ride in 2018:
“We’ve been proud to help establish the Litas Wollongong and help grow their membership. The Santa Ride was the perfect opportunity to do something fun in the public eye for a good cause. I am certain we’ll be able to double our numbers next year,” Jane said.
The Litas are a world-wide, all female motorcycle collective of 3500+ women, from over 150 cities and 19 countries. You can read more about them here.
Our thanks to the PCYC Wollongong, Paul Jones and the North Gong Hotel.
City Coast Motorcycles recently presented its first ever Ladies Torque Night. Interested customers were treated to bike maintenance advice from Beau, a preview of Merlin Riderwear, a rider safety talk, an introduction to our ladies riding group – the Litas Wollongong, as well as fantastic lucky door prizes from Motul Australia. Importantly, this was an opportunity for new riders to ask questions in a non-confronting environment, as well as get to know other riders in their home town.
Thanks to everyone one who attended; we appreciate all the great feedback and look forward to the next one!
The City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam was back for its third year at i98fm Illawarra Convoy on November 19. Thousands massed to watch many of Australia’s biggest names in FMX throw down at the region’s biggest charity gig.
Just a day before the world class fmx stage was under rainwater, but Peter Yates and the Yatcon Civil crew pulled out all the stops to make sure the event went ahead for the kids.
Our resident FMX fanatic Justin “Bushy” Bush mastered the mic while the riders owned the arena. The talent list was on point with Robbie Maddison, Chucky Norris, Luke McNeill, Tom Robinson, Cory Bozzola, Alex Bucholtz, James Martin, Jake Bowen, Dylon Mcdonald, Scott Perry, Ben Richards, Tom Richards, Codie Rooney, Will Schwarz and Oliver Hutchinson.
Fans lined up to receive a personally signed copy of Maddo’s children’s book. There were Skullcandy giveaways, mini-bike races, a best whip comp and monster FMX moves. The energy in the crowd was electric, photographers took position and the riders delivered.
A day like this cannot happen without a huge team effort. City Coast Motorcycles would like to thank the performers, Pete and Shez Yates of Yatcon Civil, M J Rowles, Zach Hofer, Norm Rees, Brown’s Graffix, Skullcandy Australia, Yamaha Motor Australia, Fish Fingered, CMG Audio, Headstrong Films, Freerider MX Magazine, i98fm and the Illawarra Community Foundation.
City Coast Motorcycles also had its first Illawarra Convoy lead bike team and truck, raising a combined total of $18,842. Read our windup and view images HERE.
For three years City Coast Motorcycles has supported the region’s favourite community charity – i98fm Illawarra Convoy – through our world class FMX Show with Yatcon Civil.
In 2017 we took a step up, additionally fundraising as a lead bike team with David Drain of Kembla Heights Bowlo. Fun events held throughout the year, such as the Convoy Fall Ball, Convoy Demo & Classic Show ‘N Shine and Convoy Bowls Off as well as corporate donations took our total to $17,242.
On Sunday November 19, we rode for baby Emerson, who sadly passed away at the tender age of six months and 27 days from Type A SMA, a terminal spinal condition.
Also for the first time, City Coast Motorcycles had a dedicated Convoy truck, captained by Adam and Amy Woodward with thanks to Taylor’s Heavy Haulage. Our truck raised an additional $1,630 with huge thanks to Longwall Hydraulics.
Heartfelt thanks to our 2017 supporters:
Kembla Heights Bowling and Recreation Club
Jarrod and Kylie at Park Engineering
Wollongong Motorcycle Club
Adam and Amy Woodward
Taylor’s Heavy Haulage
Bairds Boar Bags
The Hired Guns
Hello World Wollongong
The Back Doctor Shellharbour
Hairhouse Warehouse Wollongong Figtree & Shellharbour
Bailey Roberts Group
Charlies Liquor Barn Unanderra
James Berriman from Bowls Australia
WC Livestock Transport
Sarah’s Coffee Van
City Beach Function Centre
Balance Point Yoga
Artique Hair and Beauty
WC Livestock Transport
Belinda Clarke Neves
Marty Haynes and the crew at i98fm
Keep an eye out for our story on the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam COMING SOON!