Dangerous precedent: motorbike insurance ban refund

Riders may get insurance refund

Any rider who was sold “worthless add-on insurance”, such as an extended warranty, when they bought their bike through a dealer may be eligible for a refund. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says the worthless additions were sold to more than half a million car and motorcycle customers. The corporate watchdog has announced another …

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Cold nabiac

Welcome to the Numb Nuts Nabiac Tour

What numb nuts Queenslander, currently enjoying a mild winter, organises a tour south to Nabiac during a cold and wet snap and the second State of Origin game? Me, that’s who! I will be setting off with five fellow mad Maroons this Saturday for “Mexico” (what Queenslanders call anywhere south of the border) on our …

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2014 Yamaha SR400 returned riders motorcycles

Important safety tips for returned riders

Returned riders who have had several years off the motorcycle for various reasons, may be over-represented in the crash statistics, but that is no reason not to ride. (Above photo used for humour reasons only!) Some say the statistics are a furphy, while others (such as Professor Narelle Haworth of the QUT Centre for Accident …

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Lightning strike helmet

Lightning strike kills American rider

Riders on the Storm may be a great rock song, but it is not a good tip as one American motorcyclist unfortunately found last weekend when his helmet was hit by a lightning strike. Benjamin Austin Lee, 45, is one of 12 unlucky American riders struck and killed by lightning since 2006. Most have been …

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How to squeeze out more fuel economy

Most motorcyclists are not too concerned about fuel economy, but there may be times when you need to ride more economically just to make it to the next service station. A few years ago, we miscalculated fuel economy on a Harley-Davidson ride to the Iron Run rally in Queenstown, New Zealand. The low-fuel lights flashed …

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Could self-cancelling indicators prevent T-bone crashes? safety contract turning

Top Causes and Ways to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents

(Sponsored post for our North American readers) Some people consider riding a motorcycle, not just a pure hobby, but  a lifestyle. Sense of adventure, excitement, and passion are some of the significant reasons why motorcycle enthusiasts ride. However, it can also be dangerous. Several factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents. And, both new and trained …

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Double demerit points

Double demerit points endanger licence

Riders are warned they could have their licence suspended in one hit under double demerit points which apply this weekend in NSW and the ACT for the Queen’s Birthday (June 8-10, 2019). It follows a hefty 14 demerit points and $1200 fine handed out to a Harley-Davidson rider over the Western Australia Day long weekend …

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Does premium fuel give bikes a boost?

Using a premium fuel with a higher octane than specified by the motorcycle manufacturer will not improve engine power or economy, RACQ technical officer Steve Spalding advises. He says the energy content of fuel is the same no matter what octane rating it has. “We see a lot of claims made about using premium fuels …

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GReen LIght Trigger traffic lights detect

Mythbusting: Green Light Trigger

We recently received a Green Light Trigger unit which is basically two powerful magnets that attach to the underside of your motorcycle and promise to trigger a green light. Read on and find out if the Green Light Trigger actually works! Why lights won’t change Most riders have experienced the frustration of a traffic light …

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