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Improve rider and bike visibility says Uni

Visibility of riders and their motorcycles should be increased and high-speed limits in rural areas reduced, a new Monash University’s Accident Research Centre report suggests. This is despite the report acknowledging that motorcycle crash rates have decreased as a proportion of the number of riders. (In NSW and Victoria alone, rider numbers have increased as …

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Animal strikes are ‘vital’ crash statistics

Motorcycles hitting kangaroos and other native fauna and livestock should be noted as a separate crash cause in road toll statistics, according to a motorcycle campaigner. Independent Riders’ Group spokesman Damien Codognotto points out that “animal strikes”  are “seriously under-reported road hazards”. “Last week a couple died hitting a tree after avoiding a kangaroo,” he …

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How to avoid motorcycle rear-enders

Rear-enders like the one in the video below, are one of the most common forms of accident for motorcycles, but there are things you can do to prevent them including lane filtering where it’s legal. This Seattle rider was not allowed to lane filter, but there are still things he could have done to avoid the …

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Open-face or full-face helmet?

It’s one of the age-old questions of motorcycling: open-face or full-face helmet? For open-face “brain-bucket” proponents, it’s a matter of fashion, choice and freedom. There is also a look-at-me factor and, for some, the ability to smoke! For full-face helmet wearers, it’s also about fashion, but mainly safety. They also like the anonymity a full-face …

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