Novelty helmet doubt

VicPol throws doubt on novelty helmet covers

Several days after saying novelty helmet covers were legal, VicPol has thrown doubt on the issue saying it had to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. At first they simply replied: “It is not illegal to put a hat over the helmet”. Five days later VicPol updated their comment saying it is “not possible to …

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Roundabouts

Tips for riding roundabouts safely

Roundabouts are a particular danger for riders not being seen by drivers as this video clearly shows. Even though rider Brendan Sellers, 30, of Adelaide is wearing bright red and white leathers and is on a bright red Kawasaki Ninja on a clear and sunny day, the Honda sedan driver just drives straight out in …

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Five tips for riding wooden bridges

Five tips for riding old wooden bridges

In the wake of a damning report that says one in five wooden bridges in Australia is in need of repair, we have compiled five tips on how riders should tackle these bridges safely. Dangers for riders consist of rotting planks, exposed nails and spikes, and longitudinal planks that can knock a bike off course. …

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Rider challenges helmet sticker fine withdrawn

Motorcycle helmet sticker fine withdrawn

Victorian Police have withdrawn a fine against a rider for not having an external compliance sticker on his Australian-approved motorcycle helmet. But don’t get too excited just yet that VicPol has seen the light and understands the rules which say a helmet only needs an internal label. Rider Alasdair “Ted” Cameron challenged the $371 fine and …

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Legal lesson for wearing appropriate rider gear

Riders injured in a crash that was not their fault may still have to accept some of the blame if they are not wearing enough protective clothing. The legal term is “contributory negligence” and it can result in a reduced payout for riders, even if they are not at fault. Motorcycle crash experts Maurice Blackburn …

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VIN PPSR Cheap and easy check on used motorcycles

Cheap and easy check on used motorcycles

If you are buying a used motorcycle, you should check to see if it is stolen, has money owing on it, has been written off in a crash or has been damaged in a flood or storm. Buyers used to check the state-based REVS (Register of Encumbered Vehicles) or VSR (Vehicle Securities Register). Since 2012, …

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