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Comancheros president Mick Murray magistrate varied his bail on fraud charges so he can escape Melbourne’s winter.

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Comancheros president Mick Murray will spend the next fortnight soaking up the sun on an overseas holiday, after a magistrate varied his bail on fraud charges so he can escape Melbourne’s winter.

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Mr Murray faces 106 fraud charges and is accused of having associates falsify a loan application to a car leasing company on his behalf, which ended with him allegedly driving an $81,000 Jeep as his own.

He was granted bail when arrested last year but this week applied for the suspension of some of his bail conditions – to not leave the country and not use his passport – so he can fly to Thailand on Thursday with a friend to spend five nights in Phuket, followed by 10 days in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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Adventure Motorcycle Riding Tool Kit Essentials

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It sucks to have a mechanical issue when riding. It sucks even more when you don't have the tools to fix that issue. And it absolutely sucks when you are in the middle of nowhere with both of these problems. Today on MC Garage, we talk adventure motorcycle tool kit essentials.

Breaking down on a motorcycle shouldn’t happen too often, especially on the street with a well-maintained motorcycle. But when you get off the road and into the dirt, the chances of things going wrong increase significantly. Not only are there more obstacles and hazards such as sharp rocks and sturdy trees waiting to twist and damage parts, but there is always the possibility of a tip-over or crash waiting around every loose and slippery bend. Being prepared for the eventuality of a mechanical, whether it’s your fault or not, will give you the peace of mind to get out there and explore further and enjoy the ride.

This weekend is Bonnier Motorcycle Group's SoCal High Pipe Festival, and my Australian cattle dog, Gracie, and I will be attending on a Ural Gear Up. Ural has included just about everything you need for a trailside repair in the trunk, but what about when the space is limited? I have a solid setup that I have refined over the years and take with me on every dual sport and adventure ride. This kit has me covered for nearly every issue I've encountered. And believe me I've had some issues—usually caused by me throwing myself and the bike to the ground at speed. All of this kit will fit in a large hydration pack, and will add only 15 pounds of weight onto your back. Or shove it all in your saddlebags if you've got the room.

First the basics: Before you can fix your bike or your friend’s bike you may have to fix a rider. Always carry a first-aid kit. Smaller motorcycle kits have just enough to render basic first aid. The goal is to first stop serious bleeding, tend to broken bones, and take care of burns, then worry about how you are getting home.

Also carrying some sort of satellite communication device is a solid plan if you are out of cellular range—which you should be if you are adventuring properly. There are a multitude of options out there from Spot and Garmin, but I’ve been using the Somewear Global Hotspot lately. With 100 percent global coverage, it works everywhere that you can see the sky, and allows you to send out text messages and pin your location, and most importantly has a 24/7 SOS monitoring. With the $50 per month unlimited plan I can send text messages from anywhere in the world.

We share our must-have tool kit essentials when we’re off in the boonies riding adventure-touring bikes.
We share our must-have tool kit essentials when we’re off in the boonies riding adventure-touring bikes. (Bert Beltran/)

Now that safety is covered, let’s get down to fixing that busted bike. The most common trailside repair is a flat tire. I carry a plug kit for tubeless tires, but sometimes a plug can’t fix the leak. So I also bring a tube. In a pinch, a 21-inch tube will work on smaller sized wheels, so that’s what I recommend. I like CO2 cartridges to replace the air, and a cheap air gauge to check pressure. Electric pumps are nice to have when you’ve got the room, but with a one backpack goal in mind, smaller is better.

Tools are the next must-have, and this is where I am a serial overpacker. But this is because I ride a wide variety of bikes. To assemble your own tool kit, check all the nuts and bolts on your bike and put the tool required to do this in your tool roll. I like a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket set as it’s smaller and more compact; just don’t forget an ad

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 Takes Manhattan

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The Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge. (Peter Domorak/)

On the Palisades Interstate Parkway, 30 miles north of the city, I cross over the Appalachian Trail. The road is surrounded by dense woods on either side, and if I didn’t know any better, I could be in rural Virginia. Then, two and a half miles from the George Washington Bridge, I catch a glimpse of it: New York City.

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It’s odd to come across it so unceremoniously, this thing almost too legend to be real. It’d be like sneaking up on Marilyn Monroe eating a hot dog, blushing from having spilled mustard on her blouse: a human moment for a being practically fictionalized by her own iconicism. To see it gem-like across the river, the city may as well be its own facsimile, a tourist’s pewter trinket forever romanticized in monochrome miniature. But before I know it, the GW deposits me in the real place: an exploded view of chaos and noise, reeking of sewage; at once holy and depraved, majestic and dismal. And on this July day, as hot as a pizza oven.

Ducati claims 80 percent of the claimed 71 pound-feet of torque is available at 3,000 rpm. That certainly feels like the case.
Ducati claims 80 percent of the claimed 71 pound-feet of torque is available at 3,000 rpm. That certainly feels like the case. (Peter Domorak/)

On a motorcycle, you're vulnerable, self-consciously insignificant. And yet, in a sea of taxis and tour buses and Mercedes with bumper guards and dinged cop cars, I'm behind the controls of a motorcycle that commands attention. I'm on a 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 and I feel invincible. In a city that devours strangers and desensitizes its denizens to pretty much everything, the Hypermotard is making people do double takes. They snap photos with their phones, and I give them an obliging rev. The exhaust responds in the brusque and lustful note of a desmo twin in full possession of itself.

For 2019, Ducati completely overhauled the legendary hooligan, hot-rodding the motor by upping compression, massaging the chassis, improving the ergonomics, updating the electronics, replacing the Magneti Marelli ride-by-wire system with a Continental unit that refines throttle response, and giving the Hypermotard a modern take on styling reminiscent of the loony original. I’m on the base model, which doesn’t have the taller Öhlins suspension, flash paint job, rear ABS slide control, or quickshifter, but at $13,295, I’m not really missing any of it.
For 2019, Ducati completely overhauled the legendary hooligan, hot-rodding the motor by upping compression, massaging the chassis, improving the ergonomics, updating the electronics, replacing the Magneti Marelli ride-by-wire system with a Continental unit that refines throttle response, and giving the Hypermotard a modern take on styling reminiscent of the loony original. I’m on the base model, which doesn’t have the taller Öhlins suspension, flash paint job, rear ABS slide control, or quickshifter, but at $13,295, I’m not really missing any of it. (Peter Domorak/)
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