Riders dies of dehydration in heatwave

Rider dies of dehydration in heatwave

The current heatwave has claimed the life of a Queensland rider from dehydration after riding in the forests of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Thirty-year-old father Matthew Hall, pictured above with wife Emily, started to feel sick from dehydration and by the time the paramedics arrived he was feeling confused and his body temperature was 42, despite an ambient …

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Outback riders rely on Flying Doctors

The uniquely Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service attends a “significant” number of rescues of riders involved in motorcycle crashes in remote parts of our Outback. So the RFDS has urged motorcyclists riding in the Outback to plan their journey properly and exercise caution. In the past year, the South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor …

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What animals are riders’ worst enemies?

In Australia, the kangaroo, wallaby and pademelon (yes, that’s right!) are the biggest enemy of riders accounting for 70% of all crashes with animals. However, but you’d be surprised what other animals are on the list, according to Suncorp insurance claims data. Dogs are next with 7.7% of all motorcycle-versus-animal strikes, but it would have been worse years …

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Downhill corners are most dangerous

A combination of downhill slopes and corners is the most dangerous for riders, according to one of the most comprehensive motorcycle crash studies in the past 35 years. The study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation used 100 riders with five video cameras on their bikes for several months …

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Are riders still public enemy number one?

Despite motorcycle rider numbers growing faster than any other road segment, we still seem to be public enemy number one in the eyes of the police, politicians and many members of the public. It probably goes back to the days of Hollister, The Wild One and Easy Rider. They were rebels and freedom lovers, and …

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Wide entry, late apex safest on-road

Wide entry, late apex safest on-road

A wide corner entry, late apex and shallow exit is the safest recipe for every corner when riding on the road. Maybe not the fastest, but the safest. There is a lot of conjecture about the best line through a corner. We’re not talking about speed, qualifying times, overtaking, racing or track work. GET YOUR …

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Scientific studies explain SMIDSY

Riders might think drivers don’t care about hitting us, but there is actually scientific evidence that shows they really don’t see us. Of course no driver wants to run into a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian. After all, it would cause extensive and expensive damage to their vehicle! The problem is that comparatively small road users …

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Are you really a competent rider?

Unlike car drivers, most riders seem to want to learn to be a competent rider and improve their skills so they are safer, quicker and can enjoy their chosen recreation more. However, not every rider learns the same way. I have been to numerous road and off-road car and motorcycle training sessions in my couple …

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How to lose weight riding motorcycles

We are bound to put on a bit of Christmas “pudding” over the coming holiday season, but did you know you can actually lose weight while riding your motorbike? It seems strange because most riding is a sedentary and social recreation. However, an 80kg rider will burn 40 more calories an hour riding a motorbike than driving a …

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