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Advice on DIY motorcycle maintenance

We love a bit of DIY bike maintenance, but there are a few pitfalls that can trap the unwary home mechanic, says RACQ technical officer and self-confessed mechanical “trainspotter” Steve Spalding. “I like to know where, how, why things work on my bikes, how the models differ and spec changes, oil specs, servicing schedules, workshop tools …

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How to lose weight riding motorcycles

We are bound to put on a bit of Christmas “pudding” over the coming holiday season, but did you know you can actually lose weight while riding your motorbike? It seems strange because most riding is a sedentary and social recreation. However, an 80kg rider will burn 40 more calories an hour riding a motorbike than driving a …

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Do motorcycle riders follow too closely?

A new study has found that one of the most common motorcycle crashes is riders running into the rear end of vehicles in front because they follow too closely. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute motorcycle crash study for Motorcycle Safety Foundation chose 100 volunteer riders to carry cameras so they could study their behaviour. They …

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How do new laws affect innocent riders?

A new Bill replacing Queensland’s so-called VLAD “anti-bikie” laws indicates there is less chance of innocent riders accidentally consorting at a Toy Run, charity event or shop ride. These new laws were passed on Tuesday night with support from members of the Katter’s Australian Party who were concerned about law-abiding riders being targeted by police. The …

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Insurance all-clear for MotoMedics

Insurance hurdles have held up the start of a volunteer riders group acting as first responders to injured motorcycle riders while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. It’s called MotoMedics Queensland and they will finally be operational this Sunday on Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo near Brisbane with hopes of extending their free service …

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10 tips to beat dehydration this summer

Summer is a great time to ride, but the heat can be dangerous and it’s time to think about the hazards of dehydration. Riders tend to be a bit blasé about dehydration. Maybe it’s because riding doesn’t take a huge amount of effort. However, we are quite vulnerable to dehydration because of the drying effect of …

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Learning to ride for Death Road

Yvonne Everett has been riding motorcycles since she was 16, but recently went back to bike school to sharpen her dirt skills so she could ride the Bolivian Death Road. Here’s her story. I’m spinning my wheels in the dirt and splashing through muddy puddles at the HART (Honda Australia Rider Training) facility north of …

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Slow-moving cars should pull over

Slow-moving vehicles should be made to pull over when they have a conga line of vehicles following and police should patrol for the offence. One of the most frustrating things for riders and other motorists is slow drivers who refuse to pull over to allow a string of traffic to pass them. Most great motorcycle …

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Tyres top reasons for bike callouts

Three out of every five callouts for broken-down motorcycles are for tyre problems, says National Motorcycle Alliance not-for-profit roadside assistance service. Alliance GM Dave Cooke says 62% of callouts last year were for tyre problems and the second biggest reason was flat batteries, a problem that recently even sidelined Bruce Springsteen. “Biggest tips for riders …

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10 tips to riding safe and warm in winter

There is no doubt that a warm rider is far safer than one who is frozen solid in the winter chill. Being too cold can lead to shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness, low energy, slow reaction times, and stiff and sore joints. None of these is advisable for a rider to stay …

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