Dog/Cat on the petrol tank

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Kiva, May 31, 2008.

  1. Kiva

    Kiva Guest

    Is this legal in NSW? I did a bit of googling and whilst one thing came up
    from the MCC on proposed laws (i think), couldn't find anything solid.

    ie. is it legal to ride with a dog or cat sitting/lying on the petrol tank
    in front of the rider?
    Kiva, May 31, 2008
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  2. Kiva

    James C Guest

    As long as it is wearing an approved helmet.
    James C, May 31, 2008
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  3. In on Sat, 31 May 2008 03:50:03 GMT
    IT came up in the national safety strategy, I don't recall any final

    Cockies were a bit annoyed (and the sheepdogs even more so, they
    weren't about to walk to the back bloody paddock) and I think it got
    canned but I'll find out tomorrow at the MCC meeting.

    Zebee Johnstone, May 31, 2008
  4. If it's not tied down you'll fail ARR 292 (Insecure Load), and if it is
    tied down, the RSPCA will get you.
    Andrew McKenna, May 31, 2008
  5. Kiva

    G-S Guest

    Why is a dog in a harness on a bike any more of a problem to the RSPCA
    than a dog in a harness on the back of a tray ute?

    They'd have to argue that the dog is more likely to fall off and that
    isn't actually the case (or at least they'd have to prove it to get a
    charge to stick).

    I suspect that would be rather hard...

    G-S, May 31, 2008
  6. You're probably right. The image in my mind when I wrote my original
    post was a cat occy-strapped to the petrol tank, which was more in line
    with the OP's description.
    Andrew McKenna, May 31, 2008
  7. Kiva

    bikerbetty Guest

    That was the image I had in my head as well... Cracked me up!

    My cats don't travel well. Oscar is particularly obnoxious in a car,
    screaming and yowling as if he's being slowly murdered - thank god the vet
    is only a few kms away for Oscar's once a year pilgrimage for the old
    thermometer up the bum, vaccinations & haircut. Now that I don't have a car
    I have to depend on the kindness of one or the other of my lovely chilluns
    to drive us to and from the vet, coz I don't think a taxi driver would
    tolerate Oscar's screaming (haven't tested that theory yet).

    Have wondered how he would cope with having his kitty-cage occy-strapped to
    the Ventura rack... I've seen another Canberra rider with a pet-cage
    strapped to the back of the bike, but don't know who it is, so haven't been
    able to ask whether "Wombat" (the name painted on the cage) likes riding.

    The thought of a begoggled Oscar occy-strapped to my tank amuses me no end
    <evil snigger> - but I suspect he would find a way to shred the paintwork
    and probably pee all over the bloody tank...

    bikerbetty, May 31, 2008
  8. Kiva

    Nev.. Guest

    What's the matter. Your boot isn't soundproof ?

    '07 XB12X
    Nev.., May 31, 2008
  9. Kiva

    bikerbetty Guest

    LOL, I like your style! Even when I had a car, it was one of those
    hatchback thingies, so no boot anyway (dammit!)

    bikerbetty, May 31, 2008
  10. Kiva

    CrazyCam Guest

    Dunno about a dog, but a cat isn't a problem.

    If you get pulled up you just push it off the tank and deny any
    knowledge of it.

    "Never seen it before in my life, officer."

    CrazyCam, May 31, 2008

  11. I think there was an issue about this years ago, probably about 25 - 30
    years ago, where one rider went around with "WD" or Wonder Dog"
    would ride on the pillion seat and the issue of dogs on seats and /or tanks
    was brought up, cockies had a little whinge about it
    Don't know of the outcome, but maybe some "older" members here will remember
    and fill it in
    Think it was deemed to be illegal
    George W. Frost, May 31, 2008
  12. I've carried a dog on my petrol tank for many years, all round OZ but
    I live in NSW. I've never had an issue with it, got asked by a cop
    about it once but he was happy with my setup (dog lead attached inside
    a bagster tankbag). There is no law preventing it, but the law that
    says dogs must be restrained in the back of utes would probably apply.

    It was mentioned in the draft proposals in something like the
    following manner: dogs riding on the drivers lap will be made illegal
    as its obviously dangerous, dogs riding on petrol tanks of motorcycles
    will be included withing this. You'd like to hope they base real laws
    on some vele of proof or some sort of study, not just someone saying
    "we think it's dangerous, it should be illegal".

    Haven't heard anything else about it, maybe it's gone away.

    I've selected my dogs based on size, I wouldnt carry a dog on the tank
    that would block my vision/vision of the insteruments etc. The dog
    has never been a problem with the controls of the bike itself.

    Alan Pennykid, Jun 1, 2008

  13. I used to take my German Shepherd in the sidecar, but never got pulled up by
    George W. Frost, Jun 1, 2008
  14. Kiva

    theo Guest

    We used to have a bull terrier, who often went with me in the ute. She
    liked physical contact so would have her paw or head on my leg. One
    day the ute didn't respond very well to sterring input and I though
    "Uh-ho, flat tyre". It was the dog. She decided to grab hold of the
    bottom of the wheel and steer for a while. I had to watch her after

    theo, Jun 3, 2008
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