Mini motors not easy to ride
GERARD BATTYE said rid- ing a mini motor cycle was as difficult, and as fun, as the real thing.
However, he said too few people realised the power and danger of Pocket Rockets.
Gerard came from a go- karting background and a year ago became involved in riding mini motor cycles.
He said there were vast dif- ferences in the mini motor cycles and it was hard to tell the difference between bikes of poor quality and engine power.
"It's an accident waiting to happen,'' Gerard said.
"They're not actually easy to ride. Every time you start to think you're the boss of it, it throws you off and reminds you.''
Gerard and his minimoto racing friends travel to Bun- daberg and Yeppoon to ride the bikes safely on the tracks but in one meet alone, he said he had fallen off eight times and one particular minimoto had gained the nickname "Chainsaw''.
"You can't just come out of a turn and put the throttle on full.
"It'll flip you high enough to see your house ? you've got to have some finesse.
Gerard said a lot of the danger could be taken out of riding the bikes by wearing correct safety gear and pro- viding a safe environment.
There isn't anywhere to ride the bikes in Gladstone at the moment but Gerard and other minimoto fans have formed a club in the hope they will be insured to ride at tracks in Gladstone.
Anyone interested in knowing more about the club, Central Queensland Minimoto, can contact Jake Martin on 0415 630 449.