Top 10 tips for short motorcyclists

Top 10 tips for short motorcyclists

Short riders have always been disadvantaged by the fact that bikes are designed for tall riders, although that has changed in recent years. Brands such as Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph and others are now making models that have lower seat heights or are offering optional low seats for short riders. Even so, there are many …

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Look for bikes signs

Motorcycle road signs we’d like to see

“Signs, signs, everywhere are signs, blocking up the scenery, breaking my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs,” sang Five Man Electric Band in 1971. More than 45 years later, there are still signs blocking the scenery and breaking our minds. Let’s just hope they don’t break our bikes, too! I went for …

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lane splitting lane filtering laws

Varied lane filtering laws explained

Lane filtering laws now extend to four states and one territory in Australia and lane splitting in California in the US, but more states may be coming on board and the laws vary. It makes it difficult for nomadic riders to avoid offending if the laws vary slightly in each state. While we welcome lane …

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Hiring a lawyer after a motorcycle crash

Hiring a lawyer after a motorcycle crash

A lawyer might be a necessary evil after a motorcycle crash, especially if it is your first crash, it wasn’t your fault or you are being hassled by your insurance company. A reputable and trustworthy law firm with experience in motorcycle crashes will evaluate your case for free, so you can get a clear understanding …

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Should you jump start a dead bike?

Should you jump start a dead bike?

Just because your bike won’t start doesn’t mean the battery is flat and trying to jump- or push-start the bike can actually damage it and cause you injury. RACQ tech boss and Suzuki Bandit tragic Steve Spalding warns against jumping straight into jump starting your bike. Checks before jump starting “If a battery is flat …

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RTR SA lane filtering traffic extends

Lane filtering extends to South Australia

Lane filtering extends to South Australia from April 15, 2017, when the state joins Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the ACT in allowing the road safety practice. It will have similar restrictions as in other states with a 30km/h maximum speed, fully-licensed riders only and banned in school zones, crossings, next to parked vehicles, between vehicles and the kerb and …

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Oil filter

Things you should know about an oil filter

Any machinery that uses hydraulics must have an oil filter to sieve and get rid of contaminants (dirt mostly) that could be harmful to your engine. All engines have a combustion chamber to burn fuel which enables locomotion or action. Now think of the oil in the locomotive as blood in the human body. What would happen if …

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How can police wear helmet cameras?

If police are fining riders for wearing helmet cameras, how can police wear them without breaking the road rules? The question has been asked by Australian Motorcycle Council representative Guy Stanford who says SOME police are misinterpreting the helmet standards and applying them to riders to harass them. “They don’t know what they are doing …

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Do you use a mobile phone while riding?

If you use a mobile phone while riding, or even if you pull over to make a call, you could still be unwittingly breaking the law. Australian Motorcycle Council representative Guy Stanford believes using a mobile phone while riding is dangerous and has stopped using a Bluetooth communicator.  But he says the laws about their …

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