SMIDSY collision high visibility road safety

How to avoid SMIDSY collisions

SMIDSY (sorry, mate, I didn’t see you) collisions occur, not because motorists don’t look, but because they don’t look twice and when they do they don’t perceive how close we are. That’s according to a Texas Tech University psychologist who says people think smaller objects are further away than they appear and conversely bigger objects are closer. Researcher …

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SMIDSY collision high visibility road safety

How to avoid a collision

Ever wondered why people drive right out in front of you and cause a collision?
 They call it “SMIDSY” or “sorry, mate, I didn’t see you” syndrome. It seems surprising, especially when you are riding a big, bright-orange Harley-Davidson Street Glide like I was when a woman in a white Corolla drove straight out in front …

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New ABS ideal for learner bikes

Anti-lock brakes are a must-have for learner riders, but they are too big for small bikes, too expensive and too heavy. Now Continental has developed a new unit that is half the size and weight of similar units and therefore cheaper, which makes it ideal for cheap learner-approved motorcycles (LAMS). The MK 100 MAB 2-Channel ABS system …

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Bosch safety for KTM 1190

Car stability control kings Bosch have developed a special system for two wheels. The first bikes to feature Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability System (MSC) will be KTM’s 1190 Adventure and Adventure R due next year. The system features linked anti-lock brakes and traction control. Bosch claims it will prevent side slipping when leaned over in corners, …

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Kawasaki recalls Ninja300 & Z800

Australia’s most popular-selling bike, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, has been recalled for brake and stalling problems. (Read my review here.) The worldwide safety recall over brakes states that a “foreign particle” may become trapped in the inlet or outlet valve causing the anti-lock brake system (ABS) to fail. While riders should only be activating ABS …

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Honda adds auto CTX700

Honda has added another automatic model to its fleet in the new CTX700 range. While most cars are sold with automatic gearboxes and some models don’t even offer a manual version, cars are transport, while motorcycles are so much more. Are riders really ready for auto motorcycles? Auto is a good idea on a scooter …

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