Two rea­sons to cel­e­brate

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The Du­cati Own­ers Club of Queens­land were in­vited along to the Queens­land launch of’ San Pel­le­grino’s Du­cati Spe­cial Edi­tion launch. San Pel­le­grino is of course Ital­ian and they sell min­eral wa­ter. They have joined with the fa­mous Ital­ian motorcycle brand to re­lease Du­cati-branded San Pel­le­grino wa­ter. 15 or so Du­catis gath­ered and left on mass to ar­rive at Su­pe­rior Fruit at Graceville for the Bris­bane launch. The park­ing area out front of the shop was sec­tioned off so we could dis­play our bikes to the pub­lic. To add to the Ital­ian flavour we were flanked by a cou­ple of black Fer­raris – a 458 Spi­der and an FF (Four wheel drive 4 seater). San Pel­le­grino had set up a dis­play on the foot­path. It was a rather clever rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a podium with large stacks of the new la­belled wa­ter each side, a TV show­ing motorcycle rac­ing and a cut-out pic­ture of a Mon­ster was hung cen­trally above the podium to cap the dis­play. On ar­rival we were gen­er­ously of­fered bot­tled and flavoured wa­ter by cour­te­ous wait­resses as were the pass­ing pub­lic which gath­ered like bees to a honey pot. The most in­ter­est­ing part of the day came when Qld Min­is­ter for Trans­port Scott Emer­son took an in­ter­est. He must live close buy and popped over to see what the com­mo­tion was about. He took a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing to my Sil­ver Shot­gun and wanted to know more about it. A few pho­tos were taken and the con­ver­sa­tion swung around to the re­cent motorcycle survey on pro­posed changes to Queens­land motorcycle laws. Scott went on to sug­gest that many of the pro­posed changes were a pretty sure bet for ap­proval. I was ac­tu­ally rather im­pressed with his seem­ingly gen­uine en­thu­si­asm for our bikes. Since then it has in­deed been an­nounced that lane fil­ter­ing, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited hel­mets, and be­ing able to now take a hand off the bars or foot off the pegs will be le­gal in Queens­land by early 2015. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on http://tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Queens­land-road-rules/Motorcycle-road-rules.aspx Now that is prob­a­bly the only good news we’ve had as Queens­land mo­tor­cy­clists since the now in­fa­mous bikie laws were in­tro­duced. Two great things hap­pened that day which urged me to crack open another cel­e­bra­tory bot­tle of San Pel­le­grino. Gaven Dall’Osto As­p­ley, Qld

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