Slow moving vehicle pull over turnout sign traffic corner

Do motorcycles corner better than cars?

Riders are often held up in corners by drivers, yet on a racetrack a car can corner at a much higher speed than a race bike. Why is it so? First, let’s look at the physics. We recently investigated how a car can brake faster than a motorcycle because it has four tyre contact patches versus …

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Craig Lowndes races Casey Stoner brake

Do motorcycles brake better than cars?

There has always been conjecture about whether a motorcycle can brake in a shorter distance than a car. Many experienced riders believe they can stop faster than a car which is probably why they tailgate cars. Meanwhile, rider trainers warn their students to keep a safe following distance because a car can stop faster. So …

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How to break in a new motorcycle

There are many and varied theories on how to break in a new motorcycle from a softly, softly approach to giving it the berries right from the start. We’re not just talking about the engine, but also the brakes, tyres and other components. For more information on breaking in new tyres, read this article. As …

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Typical motorcycle rear-ender crash

This video shows a British courier driver hitting a motorcycle from the rear while waiting to give way at an intersection, a typical rear-ender scenario for motorcycles. The problem is that the van driver may have seen the rider, but then turns his head to the right to look for oncoming traffic. He obviously doesn’t look …

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Toby Price Australia Day Dakar Rally

Celebrate Australia Day with motorbike quiz

We’d like to celebrate Australia Day with an all-Australian motorbike trivia quiz. We also have questions about Aussie bike clubs, charities, racing legends and True Blue Aussie bike culture. If you’re a real Aussie and a dedicated motorbike rider, then it should be an easy quiz. See if you can get 10 out of 10 …

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Honda CX500 historic motorcycle Mt Glorious

How to ride an historic motorcycle

Riding an historic motorcycle is a great deal of fun, but it requires mechanical sympathy and courtesy to other road users. While I don’t ride a vintage or veteran motorcycle, my 1980 Honda CX500 (pictured above) is a classic and grants me membership of the venerable Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of Australia. The bike wouldn’t …

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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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