Don’t ever sit on another rider’s bike

There are many good reasons why it is not appropriate to sit on another rider’s motorcycle, but above all, self-preservation is the ultimate reason. This short clip from the TV series Sons of Anarchy shows why. Reasons not to sit on another rider’s bike You could drop the bike. It’s easy to do and a …

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Insure My Ride insurance

Insure My Ride closing down

Budget online motorcycle insurer Insure My Ride is closing down in February leaving riders to pay more if they continue with insurance colleague Shannons. Insure My Ride has posted a notice on its website and sent letters to their customers advising them they will close from February 23. Parent company AAI Limited says they have “made a …

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Riders dies of dehydration in heatwave

Rider dies of dehydration in heatwave

The current heatwave has claimed the life of a Queensland rider from dehydration after riding in the forests of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Thirty-year-old father Matthew Hall, pictured above with wife Emily, started to feel sick from dehydration and by the time the paramedics arrived he was feeling confused and his body temperature was 42, despite an ambient …

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Thai bike crash cost $10,000 in surgery

Motorcycle videographer Jacob Laukaitis was hit by a drunk driver in Thailand and required $10,000 in plastic surgery which his insurance company did not want to pay. Jacob, of Lithuania, recorded himself every day and published the following video mini-documentary about his situation. Jacob thought he was properly insured by Nordic company Gjensidige for riding motorcycles …

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Outback adventure Royal Flying Doctor Service

Outback riders rely on Flying Doctors

The uniquely Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service attends a “significant” number of rescues of riders involved in motorcycle crashes in remote parts of our Outback. So the RFDS has urged motorcyclists riding in the Outback to plan their journey properly and exercise caution. In the past year, the South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor …

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Police using covert TruCAM laser speed camera

Police have strange interpretation of covert

It appears that Queensland Police are using covert hand-held speed cameras in cars with tinted windows seemingly against their own speed camera policy. These images of a Holden station wagon with tinted windows and an officer using a hand-held radar gun attached to a camera recording device was snapped on Westlake Drive, in Brisbane’s west …

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Mike and Denise Ferris World on Wheels borders

World on Wheels expands its borders

Australian-based motorcycle world travel company World On Wheels are expanding their borders to introduce another couple of new destinations in 2017. They are also trialling a completely new direction with their first World On Water exercise, sailing for a week through the magnificent Croatian islands. WOW owners Mike and Denise Ferris (pictured top) say they keep adding new destinations …

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New state mandate for ‘bad’ ethanol

Queensland is the latest to mandate a certain percentage of fuel sales as bio-fuels, even though they are bad for most motorcycles and scooters. From January 1, 2017, Queensland will require fuel retailers to ensure 3% of their petrol sales each quarter is biofuel-based. It follows a similar mandate in NSW.  While no one is forcing any …

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What animals are riders’ worst enemies?

In Australia, the kangaroo, wallaby and pademelon (yes, that’s right!) are the biggest enemy of riders accounting for 70% of all crashes with animals. However, but you’d be surprised what other animals are on the list, according to Suncorp insurance claims data. Dogs are next with 7.7% of all motorcycle-versus-animal strikes, but it would have been worse years …

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Wide entry, late apex safest on-road Downhill corners most dangerous

Downhill corners are most dangerous

A combination of downhill slopes and corners is the most dangerous for riders, according to one of the most comprehensive motorcycle crash studies in the past 35 years. The study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation used 100 riders with five video cameras on their bikes for several months …

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