Some information on the guru’s and talented people you will see and hear from at the Shiny Side Up events.
Dr Chris Hurren
Senior Research Fellow (Fibre Science And Technology), Deakin University, Australia.
Last year, Australia and New Zealand created the MotoCAP rating system for motorcycle gear. Dr Chris Hurren is the scientist in charge of testing at Deakin University’s materials laboratory in Australia.
At this year’s Shiny Side Up, Chris will be talking about how much protection you need, including:
• What his team tests and how they test it
• What the MotoCAP protection numbers mean
• What the MotoCAP comfort numbers mean
• What you need to wear if you ride in the city
• What you need to wear if you ride on the motorway or open road.
Chris is doing his dream job. He does research into textiles with a specialisation on motorcycle clothing, with a PhD in material science. Chris’s first good road bike was an Yamaha RZ250 air cool. He gets to work most days now on a Honda GB400.>
Chris has worked for Deakin University since 2001. His expertise is in the development of protective and performance textiles. He specialises in the measurement and development of protective textile structures for motorcycle apparel. His laboratory at the university Campus has the only Cambridge style impact abrasion tester that is capable of testing to EN13595-2 requirements in Australia and New Zealand. Chris has built up a complete testing facility that can achieve all of the protective tests of impact abrasion, stab, cut, tear, burst, air permeability, water resistance and thermal comfort relevant to motorcycle apparel. He led the team that developed the MotoCAP performance testing program for motorcycle protective clothing that was launched in 2018. He has authored and co-authored a number of papers in the measurement of protection and comfort levels of motorcycle clothing.
Chris does research in many areas of textiles with an emphasis on physical problems. His research has won him a number of awards including a H&M Foundation Global Change Award in 2017 for his work on recycling colour from used denim jeans; and a National Innovation Award at the Land Forces Conference in 2018 for a textile based medical diagnostic device.
For more, visit: http://www.deakin.edu.
Avalon Biddle is a motorcycle road racer. In 2018 she came third in the New Zealand Supersport 600cc Championship. This year Avalon joins us at Shiny Side Up to talk aboutthe sport of motorcycle road racing, techniques for riding safely on the roads and track, and specific skills that apply to riding all motorcycles.
Avalon has raced motorcycles since she was six years old, starting out in mini motocross and starting road racing when she turned 13. She made it to the very elite level of the sport winning two European Women’s Championships and one New Zealand title. Avalon is currently racing the MTF Finance Kawasaki ZX6r in the New Zealand Supersport 600cc championship. Alongside this, she works fulltime in marketing for a motorsport orientated company and keeps extra busy with physical training and some Sky Sport TV appearances.
Find out more:
Sgt Peter Sowter
Serious Crash Unit & Road Policing, Wellington
Sgt Peter Sowter is a passionate motorcyclist with a particular interest in examining motorcycle crashes to figure out ways to stem the loss of life. This year Peter will be talking about serious and fatal crash investigations, covering off:
what investigators look for and how things can affect the outcomes of crashes
the common reasons why people crash.
Peter joined the Ministry of Transport (MoT) back in 1988 because they were prepared to pay him to ride a motorcycle for a living. Peter says that worked out well as he rode Yamahas and BMWs up and down the Remutaka Hill, near where he was based in Upper Hutt.
He moved to Taupo in 1992 and stayed on after the Government merged the MoT and Police in July that year.
Over time he became more and more fascinated in figuring out the cause of fatal and serious crashes that occurred all too frequently.
Since 1995 he has specialised in attending and investigating fatal crashes beginning in the Taupo area, and then from 2009 in Wellington where he took up the Sergeant’s position in the Serious Crash Unit.