Clutch in and idle

Clutch in and idle RSW.jpg

In order for us to exist at our new home, we’ve had to agree to manage how motorcyclists approach the workshop in the following ways:

All staff and workshop members must:

  • Access the site on Whateley Street exclusively via King street
  • At approximately 15 metres (half way) down Whateley street motorcyclists are to kill their engines and roll their motorcycles the rest of the way to a parking spot
  • Park legally, dismount the motorcycle and walk in to the workshop before our workshop manager can check you in and wheel your bike to a stand.
  • Leave the premises by wheeling their motorcycle back to the 15 metre line, start up their motorcycle and quickly leave via King street, avoiding the surrounding streets and lanes – these include Brown street and lane, Whateley Lane, and Wilson street (unless you’re a local and live on any of these streets).

What we’ve found.

During the construction phase, we’ve tested this policy ourselves and asked our volunteers to do the same and here is what we’ve found:

  • Motorcycles have been dropped while the rider is trying to park and push without engine power
  • Other motorists don’t see or hear a motorcycle being pushed up or silently rolled from King street through our little intersection, no accidents to report, just near misses.
  • It’s illegal and unsafe road practice to kill the engine of a vehicle while on it.

Given it’s impractical and unsafe, we simply cannot support the ‘kill switch’ policy BUT we are fully supportive of preventing excessive and unnecessary noise from motorcycles coming and going from our hard fought for location. Council and neighbors aside, we have a fully functioning café offering a professional service that revving and brapping will impact negatively.

That’s nice… what are you saying?

Don’t be shit.

We change nothing of our commitments above, and extend the notion to all other visitors to our site, but rather than killing the engine, pull the clutch in and idle until you need more power to get you into a parking spot safely.

When starting up the bike to leave, do it quickly, considerately and as quietly as possible.

We extend this to everyone and anyone who comes to visit us on their two wheels regardless of whether they’re workshop members or not. For members, however, we reserve the right cancel your membership if you fail to carry out this practice as we’ve defined it in the kill switch policy.

Let’s make sure we’re here for a long time and set a positive example for other workshops to come after us. We need your help to achieve this!


Heleana Genaus

Heleana is a force of nature. Our Editor in Chief, the founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.