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Are you an over-committed rider?

We all enjoy going hard some times, but if you are an over-committed rider, you leave no margin for error and the results can be catastrophic. While other motorists should watch out for riders, we also have to take responsibility for our own safety, especially during the higher-risk holiday riding season. That means not using …

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Watch out for Xmas shopping deliveries

After two recent near-misses with courier vans delivering online shopping purchases in the lead-up to Christmas, we thought it appropriate to issue this warning. Watch out for courier vans around your suburb. They don’t seem to pay a lot of attention to motorcycles! Online shopping The rapid growth of online shopping has increased the number …

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Novelty helmet doubt covers

Are novelty motorcycle helmet covers legal?

Many riders like to get into the holiday spirit by wearing Santa, elf, Elmo or reindeer novelty helmet covers. However, they could be a safety hazard, they may void your insurance and some police say they may be illegal. Safety aspects of novelty covers While novelty helmet covers may be fun and potentially protect your …

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Winter riding insurance differences

Tips to ride out your winter blues

(Contributed post for our Northern Hemisphere readers facing winter riding blues) The moment you step outside your garage and your smart gadget reads between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you are in for a treat. As a passionate motorcycle enthusiast, you are like ‘Give me 50 degrees all day, every day!’. But the world is …

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Hazard perception test

Can you pass this simple bike perception test?

A world-first online motorcycle-specific hazard perception test has identified a scenario where a SMIDSY crash was partially the rider’s fault. The Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) adopted the computer video tests developed by Austroads last year as part of the assessment process for obtaining a motorcycle licence. In that time, almost 2000 riders have …

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Passing lanes gap look overtaking rider skills

Rider Skills: How to Improve Your Overtaking

Contributed post on How to improve your overtaking (for our North American readers) Risk-taking has been singled out as the factor behind around 50% of fatal motorcycle accidents and approximately 28% of non-fatal motorcycle crashes, according to research done by the Queensland University of Technology. Overtaking without due care and attention is a risky manoeuvre that …

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Roadkill Reporter app

Roadkill Reporter app may save riders

Riders are being urged to use a mobile phone Roadkill Reporter app to record roadkill in an effort to identify hotspots and help save lives. The latest Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Rural and Remote Areas found that motorcycles are significantly over-represented in crashes with animals. It cited Australian insurance data …

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