2016, random musings

Where has this year gone so quickly?

So, update on my world.

Ducati’s rooted, sent it to a workshop that was recommended to me, as I needed some work done on it ‘urgently’….67 days later got it back with more issues than it went in with! Suffice to say this is going to the disputes tribunal at the District Court and the bikes now in another workshop of someone I truly trust.

So I bought a new (second hand) bike, a 2007 GSX 1400 Special Edition with low miles and in great nick.  Awesome bike, a little point and shoot but I wont complain. (Emoticon BIG GRIN needed here) she pulls like a 14 year old at band camp.

two up

Our Suzuki two up

Been on a major charity ride, but missed the second one of the season due to a bank error stripping our wekeend’s budget…sad, had to stay at home and missed the fun with my brothers club  Wainui MC (sorry bro) so will have to ensure we show up on Vinyl Night if I get home in time from the track day at Manfeild.

facing some decisions regarding career direction, wont bore anyone with these, but decisions, decisions, decisions… have got these wrong before, need to tread carefully this time.

leading out the crowd

Leading out the crowd

So yeah 2016’s disappearing fast. track day next weekend, first time in years, keen to see what the BIG BUS can do, I know I have the back straight sussed, but can I get a knee down? Last time I had a knee down was to give Kelly a sparkly ring…. 😉

Onward, upwards and ever positive, 2016, you are MY year and we are going to make it a great one.

StoneY

 

 

Basic human rights and Christmas Island

The best analysis of this fiasco I have yet to read

civicanalysis

Two things about the recent event in which John Key claimed the Labour Party supports rapists and murderers because they question him about the breach of human rights on Christmas Island in Australia:

1) Key was out of line and deceptive to claim Labour supports rapists and murderers, as they obviously don’t have that intention.
2) He was right in saying that there are murders, rapists and child molesters. They are there, that’s a fact. And being inclusive of human rights means allowing theirs also.

This is necessary. If we allow any person under the supervision of a progressive country who believes, broadly, in human rights, then abandoning that for whatever reason, mostly political or for cost-effectiveness, reflects more on the society than the individual. I have the instinctive “lock them up and throw away the key” mentality when I hear about people committing rape or molesting a child…

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Why Taken for a Ride Again?

Why are we doing this documentary? Why are we asking you to help pay for it? Well read on and I will tell you why.

Softening up:

ACC are suggesting to the NZ Public that we Bikers, are, effectively bludgers getting a free ride. For my non Anzac audience a ‘bludger’ is a sponge, a moocher, a freeloader…. You get the drift.

ACC have initiated a campaign proactively smearing us as citizens, playing the numbers and stats game to make us look bad and get public opinion onside to hit us a MASSIVE levy increase in the future.

Easy Targets

Proof we are a unique consideration to ACC’s strategic plans

This disinformation is a clever tool, they are only telling the truth, but in a selective and accusatory manner.

They have released information showing that if we paid for our own costs, across every biker, we would have to pay 2,114$ for big bikes. They have never targeted any other ‘customer’ group so directly, ever! Not even when they stripped support for victims of sexual abuse or sexual crimes did they so specifically release any specific figure per head as a weapon. That they have done this must be regarded with the utmost suspicion as to motive

In 2009 we all rode on a massive national ride to stop this level of increase the last time it came up. We were being threatened with 500$-800$ hikes, because we cost so much. Even then they never stated a figure. Our protest by about 9-10,000 of us had a massive effect. A double edged sword. We got a lower hike, but we also have been seen as ‘blown their wad’. Its perceived we will never repeat such an effort, and the end of this Governments uncontrolled greed is coming to an end. So they are ready to take the last pint of blood.

I explain now why they feel its time they can do this.

They have pushed the very limits on their credibility as a Government. The last jewel in the crown to sell before they are pushed is ACC. They want to sell it as a running insurance agency. A very profitable one…which it is, and should not be by its design.

This year EVERY road user except Motorcyclists got a substantial discount because the fund was now over funded. If this is true, all contributors deserve a fair price cut. Us as well.

ACC works on the basis of all users supporting and cross subsidizing each other. Be it from PAYE account contributions, fuel levy, workplace levy’s…they have been overcharging for years and giving back massive dividends to the Government. To lay financial blame on us is inconsistent with the constitution of ACC. It is not supposed to be a profit driven company, but a fiscally stable socialist support tool. FACT!

Discrimination:

To have singled out one set of a group of contributors (road fund) is despicable. Whatever the costs per head are there are many other examples of high cost customers, that pay no specific contribution to their massive annual claims. 28 Million and change for cyclists. 91+ for Rugby (both codes) As best I can research none of these activities have any structured levy contribution specific to their costs, or risks. And I will say nor should they, to be fair, I am not writing as a hater of our sporting and cycling Kiwi’s. I am making a comparison to prove a point.

free riders

Not hating honest just comparing

But…wait screams the cycling lobby…. we pay ACC on our cars… wait says the rugby clubs, we pay on our PAYE….. so my friends, do us Bikers, and far more than any of you do.

I pay ACC on my earnings, on my car, on both our bikes. It’s a poor and inequitable model, and it’s exacerbated by the fact we are being targeted specifically for another hike judging by the language related to the motorcycle levy’s.  We pay, and pay, and now they soften us up with a tiny small discount of less than 10$, but mark my words a BIG ones coming in this Governments last year in office.

Good ole rugger

Rugby claims

Don’t start me on how much gear I have or never having had a brass cent in claims for any motorcycle incident ever…..
Stats Tool go have a play

We met the challenge Nick Smith placed on us back in 2011.Letting the government engineer another massive hike of our levy’s when we have met the goals set by the previous minister Nick Smith, would be criminally apathetic.

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/new-council-targets-motorbike-road-toll-2011012117#axzz3pveYt47t

TV3 recorded Nicks promise here

Story here from 2011

And how to help:

The only tool we have to fight back with at this time, is this documentary. Please get onside. Help us find partners in the MC affected industry arms, small businesses needing some publicity, but most of all… hit the givealittle and tell every biker you know to do so as well.

StoneY

PS: This is my last blog on this one topic until the production is compete.
Below here I have a few links to relevant resources.

Our Facebook
The Givealittle
The Website

Enemy Territory

Taken For A Ride Again (Project Chapter 2)

That’s the name we have ended up at for the title of our documentary.

You were

Our old battle cry

Here are a few wee clips from our trailer.

Shaun Teaser

And………

StoneY

Not to mention…..

Web

Facebook

This is happening, hopefully all NZ Bikers get behind us and make an effort with a few gold coin level donations to our givealittle.

The details on that will be published on our FB and Webpages, it is going live as soon as the verification process is done.

Thanks for reading and clicking the links.

StoneY

9000 views and counting

The new project

Ever accidentally discovered you are good at something?

For me it was project management.  Not in the IT Project management side of the coin (although I am good in my roles I play in those at work) but just outright bare bones management of a big project involving lots of people.

Well I discovered I am quite gifted in this area back on 09.  Now the next project starts.

Checklist so far:

  • Ask the two or 3 main groups of contributors are they keen?  Yes. CHECK
  • Find SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) and a Production Expert. CHECK
  • Plan financial resourcing. CHECK
  • Poll financial pool via social media ‘will this fly?’ ‘Yes’ CHECK
  • Get project name sorted (Facebook post, name selected from comments). CHECK
  • Arrange webs resources. CHECK
  • Get web builder for just reputation reference and passion for the cause. CHECK
  • Arrange short film clip with important talking heads and historic clips as a trailer. CHECK
  • Get the kickstarter scheme under way. IN PROGRESS
  • SPAM social media with this project and gain groundswell of support for fundraising IN PROGRESS

I must say…. I am getting pretty good t this mass public project gig….

Watch this space and the Facebook page for updates on ‘Taken for a Ride’ the story of ACC vs NZ BIkers.

Coming to you as soon as we have made it, will be a short trailer. This will be a taste of whats to come, and proof we will not waste your money you are going to happily donate to our cause.

So yeah, watch this space or the Facebook page and remember…pretty soon I will have the kickstarter in place and I want your small donation for the cause, especially if you are a New Zealand biker, scooter rider, motorcycle commuter, racer, friend of any of the aforementioned, family, casual acquaintance, lover, GF/BF …dog…cat….name it.

We…have a story to tell.

StoneY

BIKOI

BIKOI crowd

A very sad state of affairs

I have blogged a number of times on why it’s safer to lane split on Motorcycles. On the weekend someone shared this really awesome article on lanesplitting, so I want to embed it into this post. And I have. Its semi relevant to the rest of this post, but just such a great article I had to share.
Lanesplit studies
Onto my true reason for today’s post.

Simon, and the faulty stop sign. I say a faulty stop sign, because its obviously NOT WORKING!!!! In my job in IT if something fails to do what its designed and intended to do it is faulty. As is this stop sign…why? because, no one stops!

No one stops

Why for you no stop

The main post I make today, is about my disappointment in the treatment my friend Simon has received from motorists, the universe, the law, and the system.

Simon is a motorcyclist, he rides every day, all weather, Upper Hutt to Tawa.
On his homeward journey there is a stop sign that regardless what route he takes, he has to pass through. It’s the only way in/out of the Grenada North subdivision, and is adjacent to/part of a Motorway exit ramp.

Earth view.

This is the intersection. Looks good from here but no one stops when turning left

Now whatever route Simon takes, he passes through this stop sign, a compulsory stop. Twice, in 5 months, he has been hit from behind by cagers that treat this stop sign with utter contempt. They just look to the right to see what’s decelerating off the motorway, and if its clear put the foot down…sadly twice in 5 months, directly into poor Simon, on his motorcycle, legally stopped at the yellow line.

Landed here

Not good

When he asked the Police to do something about this intersection, after videoing the intersection for an hour and finding about 40% of cars just do NOT STOP there, he was told; maybe you should look at not operating such a dangerous vehicle yourself’

WTF!!!!! He gets smashed from behind twice by cars, identifies there is a serious issue at this intersection with road behaviour, clear signage and poor visibility issues, and he is blamed because he rides a motorcycle. Legally.

One hour of Takapau Road Stop Sign

Now…… this is where I would be asking MSAC, our so called official safety council with ACC to step in. I would be getting them to abuse pseudo official connections at NZTA and have this intersection investigated with urgency. They had a massive project on about visibility issues at intersections, surely they would have some wisdom to impart on this…other than ‘don’t ride a motorcycle’. Surely this is exactly the very type of issue we have paid in 10M$ plus for them to expose, support, rectify???

Sad that groups like BRONZ need to gather the evidence for the enforcement agencies, and even sadder that those agencies suggest the resolution is to not ride motorcycles….

I am not one to believe enforcement is the most appropriate method to correct poor driving practices, but at this intersection, a stop sign camera of some sort MAY work as a deterrent, or at least it could gather enough revenue to re-engineer this dangerous situation to be safer for vulnerable road users, pedestrians and most of all…my mate Simon. I really like Simon…would be sad if some asshole finally does him in at this faulty stop sign.

StoneY