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    Isn't Australia lucky to have all these Kiwis ?

    Barbecue biker hits snag



    By MEGAN LEVY - The Age Last updated 17:43 25/08/2010



    BS AND QS: This snap cost Michael Wiles much notoriety - and an A$800 fine.



    A Kiwi man who was caught riding his motorbike along the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne with a barbecue strapped to his body was fined A$800 (NZ$1007) today and lost his licence for one month.
    Michael Wiles spotted the cast-off cooker on the nature strip where it had been left for rubbish collection and, not wanting to splurge on a new one, decided to pick it up and take it home.
    The 29-year-old proceeded to thread his body through the barbecue's frame and popped up the grate in front of his helmet before setting off along the Eastern Freeway in Kew on January 27, 2008, reaching estimated speeds of 75km/h.
    But his plan came unstuck when a stunned passer-by wound down their window and snapped a photograph, which was subsequently published in the media and led to Wiles's identity being revealed and a visit from the police.
    In a further setback, the barbecue turned out to be "a dud", Wiles's lawyer Paul McClure told the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.
    "That's probably why it was on the side of the road," Mr McClure said.
    Magistrate Lionel Winton-Smith said he had never encountered a case such as this in all his years as a magistrate.
    "I have seen people with perhaps bits of wood sticking out of the car, but a barbecue?" Mr Winton-Smith said.
    "I'm trying to think of a word to describe it."
    "Ridiculous?" Mr McClure suggested.
    "Ridiculous. That will do," Mr Winton-Smith said.
    It also led to a discussion in the court about the types of furniture often seen carried on motorcycles in Vietnam.
    The court heard the incident was completely out of character for Wiles, who had emigrated to Australia from New Zealand five months before the event.
    The court heard that, in the wake of his identity being revealed in the media, Wiles was approached by Barbecues Galore to star in their advertisements, but he decided it would be inappropriate to "glorify" his act of stupidity.
    "The ramifications for him have been far greater than the offence itself," Mr McCLure said.
    "He has been effectively used as an advertisement for what not to do on the roads, which he is wholly and completely in agreement with."
    He also said Wiles had made full admissions to police and had apologised for his actions.
    Mr Winton-Smith said, while he recognised it was a spur-of-the moment decision, Wiles's actions were highly dangerous and the ramifications could have been much worse if he had lost control.
    "You could have been charged with culpable driving and facing the County Court if someone had lost their life," he said.
    Wiles, of Laverton, pleaded guilty to one count of careless driving, and was fined A$800 and had his licence suspended for one month.
    Outside the court, Wiles said he hoped his experience would encourage other people to be more responsible on the roads.
    "I felt it was right to accept some responsibility," he said.
    "The main point is that I'm happy that there was some justice served, and this might encourage the right manner of responsibility of drivers in Australia."
    Asked if he now owned a barbecue, Wiles responded: "I'm better off without one."
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    I won,t put a back pack on when i,m rideing let alone a bloody barbie, only takes 1 little whoopsie and the bloody idiot ends up with a broken back

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    I always assumed it was Thai's rumaging through the dustbins at 4am, most likely Kiwi tourists seeing if there is anything nice in there

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    same scenario here and no one would look twice
    in addition to bbq there'd be three kids, a dog, and the rider would be talking on a cellphone
    and no helmet

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    haha true story....nothing out of the norm through Asia and S. America

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    stunned passer-by wound down their window and snapped a photograph, which was subsequently published in the media and led to Wiles's identity being revealed
    So whats the identity of the snaphappy Wowser than? Aussie's never used to do things like that.

    Still, it did happen in Victoria.

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