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Crashed rider seeks Sportster repair

Lions Rd crash loose gravel repair

A Gold Coast rider who fell in thick and loose gravel on the Lions Rd on the NSW-Queensland border says she plans to “take action” to pay for the repair of her Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster.

Robyn Love was riding fourth in a group of 34 riders from the Gold Coast Cruiser Club last Saturday (23 June 2018) when they ran into the gravel on the exit of the northern-most bridge on the NSW side.


“The first three went through with difficulty and as they are big blokes managed to keep upright,” Robyn says.

“I’m little and cannot hold up my bike under those circumstances.”

Lions Rd crash loose gravel
Loose gravel right across the road at the crash scene

Robyn says she is still very sore from the crash with gravel rash on her thigh, as well as various sprains, bruising and abrasions.

“About a half hour after, my leg was attended to by a young pillion passenger who is studying to be a nurse,” se says.

“I rode home with an escort — thanks John and all the other boys. GCCC is just amazing.”

Road reopened

The road was reopened in mid-March after being closed for 18 months of bridgework. 

However, as newly sealed sections of road around the new bridges has settled down, stones have come loose from traffic, says a Kyogle Council spokesman. He referred to it as ‘whip off’.

After alerting council to Robyn’s crash and the built-up gravel across the road, council sent out a crew to sweep it away on Monday.

Warning sign

Lions Rd Lions TT bridge roadworks police motorcycles reopened
Roadworks sign

Council says there is a warning sign up to 300m before the gravel, but it is over a hill and around a corner.

Riders from the club say there was no sign at the site of the gravel.

“There was no sign to say loose gravel,” says Robyn. 

“It is very negligent of them to not warn road users of the hazard.”

Repair bike

Robyn Love in happier times on her Sportster repair
Robyn Love in happier times on her Sportster

She says she will be “taking action” to pay to repair her Sportster. 

“It was in very good condition,” she says.

“The exhaust system will need replacing and my crash bars — thank god I had them.”

  1. Another person who dose not want to take responsibility for their actions.
    There was a sign 300M down the road warning you.
    Give me strength, you’d be no good down here in Tassie.

  2. My understanding was that the lions road was built by the locals and the lions club
    with no government funding..Last time i went on it it had really bad potholes..blew a fork seal and ended up with an ocky strap holding on the oil tank and battery on ..yes a harley
    No I didnt whine and reach for a solicitor. Just a part of motorcycling. These regional shires
    get bugger all in funding. If the gold coast cruisers have trouble keeping the shiny side up
    maybe they should stick to the motorway

  3. Cry me a river. You binned it and now it’s everybody else’s fault but yours. If you’d been riding cautiously enough you’d have seen the gravel a fair way out and ridden at appropriate speed.

  4. 21 inch front wheel and nice wide bars, if she couldn’t ride through that short section of gravel I think she requires a little more training. Try it on a sports/tourer, 2 up on 17 inch wheels and see how it goes. Too many riders are just incompetent and their motorcycle riding is more of fashion statement for them.

    1. Russell you’re all over this. I’m 61, Beeza bantam first bike at 12 with the encouragement of my dad (no money, that was lawn mowing) had my share of prangs, got the scars and the sticky out collar bone and the lousy knee. Hence, I feel qualified to agree with your observation. All these single motorcycle accidents that incompetent riders on their fashion statements (doesn’t have to be a Harley to be a fashion statement by the way) need get their head out of their bum and take a long, deep look at themselves. Bloody hell! Motorcyclists in general would have to win the whiger award of the decade. Everything is someone or something elses fault and Ï’m going to sue!” FFS!

  5. A tad nasty with responses here 🙁
    Riding back through there 3rd June last the fine pea gravel surface is hard to distinguish from a solid road surface especially when it’s shaded. Fortunately, I have 46 years of 6th sense riding experience to avoid problems.
    I do agree with the ’cause & effect’ method of learning 100% of the time, but this is also the time to be supportive to fellow rider Robyn’s mishap & offering positive advice on how to recognise hazards 🙂

    1. fair call…by the sounds of it Robyn has been able to walk away from it which is some good news. and yes you could perhaps put this one down to experience too. i hope the rider makes a full recovery and keeps riding.

  6. Great to see riders supporting their fellow riders…Not! :/

    Regardless of the riders skill, that much loose gravel spread over the road is not acceptable and should have been removed.
    Here’s hoping she’s successful in her claim, maybe then Council will think twice about doing a half-arsed job next time.

    1. there’s a donation box to help pay for upkeep on the lions road …So how much did the 34 riders contribute?. And what happened to comprehensive insurance? The lady has my sympathy for coming off . But large groups differing experience and unfamiliar roads are not a good mix..I

    2. Can the authorities ensure that all roads will be ‘motorcycle friendly’ at all times? No, they can’t. Can they force tougher restrictions on us or completely ban two-wheeled vehicles to prevent legal action like this? Yes, they can. In the long term, legal action like this comes back to bite us.

      Robyn needs to accept reality. She still has a lot to learn about riding. If you’ve chosen to ride a motorcycle you have chosen to operate a vehicle that requires more skill than driving a car. Don’t blame others for your stuff-ups.

  7. How would the sign have helped her navigate the gravel? There were three riders in front, so she knew it was there. She chose to attempt to ride through it, doesn’t have the requisite skill or strength to hold her own bike, then tries to blame the council for her dropping it? Would it be better not to have the gravel on the road, 100%. Do we always have the luxury of racetrack smooth roads, no. This wasn’t on some inner city road either, it’s the Lions Rd. It is known to have issues, so ride to the conditions, at your own risk. Maybe she should ask the council to also pay for an advanced riding course, or help her upgrade to a bike she can handle properly.

  8. Good luck with your claim, but don’t hold your breath. The fall is entirely on you, you saw others go through ahead of you, so can’t say you were not forewarned, you chose to follow, you accepted the risk, you crashed, it’s on you, no one forced you to follow. Be a grown up, take responsibility for your own judgement and actions.
    Everyone going up there knows there have been recent extensive road works, roadwork = gravel and extra caution. If you don’t have the skills and can’t handle the size and weight of your bike maybe you should be riding something else. Time to up-skill. Be an adult learn and move on.

  9. Umm Council signage was out approx. 300m ahead of the hazard was it not? You dropped it, who is at fault? I’m sure the sign didn’t say you had to ride through the hazard or did it? Why didn’t you pull up and check the hazard before proceeding or ask another rider in the group to get your bike through the hazard if you weren’t confident? Yeah we would all like autobahn smooth all of the time but in reality we get potholes, resurfacing, loose gravel, leaves, wet areas in the shady spots, cows, roo’s, emu’s, diesel spillage, cars, truck etc etc etc. Seems to me that someone’s experience base has been expanded, note it for the future, keep on riding and don’t look to lay blame because you came a cropper!

  10. Realistically how hard is it for council or its contractors to sweep the pea gravel off the road.

    Its high time that councils in rural areas take responsibility for there shoody repair work and stop hiding behind their little smashed windscreen signs .

    In regards to this ladies claim good luck, in nsw you cannot sue councils for negligence,
    A Classic example of this was on thr south coast a guy on a ducati hit some road works on a bridge approach lost control and fell over the side of the bridge falling to his death.

    In this case council was found negligent but not responsible

  11. This is more about embarrassment of dropping a bike in front of numerous riders I think. It certainly seems that there was an excess of material on the road but we encounter that all the time on back roads in WA with the dreaded Pea Gravel. Anyway the main thing is injuries to the rider rather than damage to the bike. If you can walk away that’s what really counts.

  12. Wouldn’t really call that deep gravel. More people should ride smaller bikes IMO.

  13. love the councils story of loose stones called whip off !!! that does happen on all new work but that pic shows enough blue metal to cover another 100m of road surface. never the less if the 40km roadwork sign was up, that tells you that something is happening and I recon at that speed any competent rider should be able to handle the situation. keep riding robyn & put down to learning.

  14. Just to comment on the loose material…from the pic the material in question is crushed stone / rock fines sometimes called splits, normal surfacing material on better grade roads. It should have been swept up and removed. Pea gravel is a different animal…it’s like riding on marbles,you don’t need much of it and is usually accompanied by a matrix of other ’round’ particles, dirt and sand. You don’t need much of it on the road surface to get a two wheeler to lose traction and it is deadly if encountered on a curve. It’s the old ‘rider beware’

  15. Hi Robyn sorry to hear about your accident and the fact that you will have to replace the exhaust on your Harley Ferguson.

    When you do this please concidder fitting the standard exhaust and maybe then you will be aible to hear the road signs as I can remember how hard it can be to read to read them due to the vibrations on these machines

  16. Why would harley riders want to go out in the country where theres nobody to see and hear them???

      1. “Man there are some Harley haters on this site…”

        Yes, Ric, there are a lot of us here and everywhere. We like to have our say about it because we should let new riders and less-informed people know that if you buy a Harley you will pay more money for an inferior motorcycle. A Harley 883 performs like a 250 but weighs as much as a 1200cc touring bike. The feet forward riding position gives poor bike control in difficult conditions. If Robyn had chosen a bike that is lighter and handles better she may not have had this crash. Don’t you think it is important to let less-informed people know that?

        1. Not exactly.

          If Robyn was a bit less shit she may not have had the crash.

          The stylke of motorcycle is irrelevant.

  17. She binned it and now she’s suing..

    And you wonder why people in this country want bikes banned. Pathetic.

  18. Glad she wasn’t hurt. Maybe time for her to buy a car or learn how to ride. Take some ownership instead of blaming the council. No insurance?

  19. Learnt to ride way back on the farm, no sealed roads pot holes, ruts, massive agregate build ups on thed corners, 6 inches of mud in the winter but i learnt how to ride real fast, drove at brwak neck speeds too….

  20. This is an insurance claim , nothing more . If you have insurance then claim it , if you don’t then pay for the repairs yourself with parts from breakers yards and eBay the same as the rest of us do. Accept your part in the accident and move on from it

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