TRED helps get a grip
THE Total Recovery Extraction Device (TRED) is a portable ‘‘piece of road’’ that you place in front of bogged wheels so your vehicle gets grip and drives out. The difference to other similar products is that TRED comes in two sizes. The TRED 800 is for small 4WDs such as RAV-4 and CR-V while the wider and longer TRED 110 is suitable for large 4WDs. The advantages over snatch straps and winches is that these are safe and do not need recovery vehicles or anchor points.
4WDrecovery gear Prices: $199 (TRED 800),
$229 (TRED 110); Available: off-road stores HEMA Maps has won the International Map Trade Association’s Gold award for its Australia Motorcycle Atlas. It is broken into Volume 1 — with 200 top rides written by motorcycle journalist Peter ‘‘The Bear’’ Thoeming — and Volume 2 containing a wall map of Australia. Each trip is rated and includes a detailed guide, map references and trip details. The large-scale 1:5 million Australia wall map also has 25 bike rides. Australia Motorcycle Atlas; Price: $39.95 Available: book stores, servos and newsagents LONG-TIME motoring journalist Tony Davis has tested all the exotic and prestige cars, yet seems to have a passion for lemons. His latest book follows his bestseller Lemon! 60 Heroic Failures Of Motoring. Again, he plumbs the depths of motoring with 111 heroic failures. His 290-page irreverent tome includes Australia’s Leyland P76, Ford Falcon EA and Holden Piazza, which was built in Japan and styled in Italy. It couldn’t cope with Aussie roads and was described as ‘‘the most frightening car we have tested’’.
Total Lemons; Price: $19.99; Available:
book stores THIS is a down and dirty ballad of bad boy ways, of men who love bikes, punctuated by the revving of a Harley and the backfire of an oil-leaking road bike. It’s about the blokes your mums warned you about, but it’s also an insight into the world behind the leathers. It’s written by bikie scribe Boris Mihailovic who looks like a scary bikie but is eloquent and erudite. MyMother WarnedMe About Blokes Like Me; Price: $32.99; Available:
book stores SATNAV guidance just became a whole lot easier with visual clues in the instructions. The new Navman MY350 has such easy clues as the colours and names of buildings and points of interest to eliminate doubt and make instructions foolproof. It includes everyday speech instructions such as ‘‘at the Coca-Cola sign turn right into Victoria St’’. It also has driver alerts for hazardous areas such as sharp bends, steep inclines or an overtaking lane. It comes with maps that are updated four times a year with the latest information on red lights and safety.
Navman MY satnav; Price: $299; Available: electronics stores
The Total Recovery Extraction Device is ideal for freeing bogged vehicles
Saddle up for some great rides with Peter Thoeming