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Speed not the biggest killer, says MCC NSW

Speed is cited as the biggest killer on our roads because of a lack of expertise among police accident investigators, says Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce. He says police accident investigators are not trained enough in motorcycle accident investigation. “Are investigators using speed as a catch-all reason for motorcycle accidents?” he asks. Police …

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Justice moves slowly over roadworks rider fatality

Some 31 months after a Darwin rider died in a roadworks crash, the wheels of justice grind on slowly as those responsible face fines up to $1.5m. NT Worksafe has charged the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Queensland company BMD Constructions with failing to comply with work health and safety obligations. The matter …

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How to reduce motorcycle CTP costs

How to reduce the high cost of CTP (compulsory third-party insurance) has always been an issue among motorcyclists, especially in NSW where drivers have received a rebate under a scheme introduced in 2017, but not riders. Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says the most frequent question they receive from riders is why don’t …

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Call to train returned motorcycle riders

Returned riders who have not ridden for a long time should be identified and face a competency test to retain their motorcycle licence, says Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce. In his address today to launch October as Motorcycle Awareness month, Steve outlined the council’s views on improving rider safety and keeping a lid …

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Shoddy pothole repairs claim another rider

Shoddy pothole repairs in northern NSW seem to be endemic and have claimed at least one more motorcycle rider. Gold Coast rider Mike Wright says he crashed his 2018 Kawasaki Z650 on unsigned roadworks with a lot of surplus gravel on the Clarence Way 10km south of Woodenbong last month. It follows similar crashes in …

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Road Safety Survival Tips for Bikers

(Contributed post for our American readers) Riding a motorcycle on your way to work, school or wherever is a good way to beat the heavy traffic and enjoy the glory of summer air. Because the vehicle is a lot smaller than others, it can be manoeuvred between cars or trucks while staying safe. This allows …

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The Five Essentials to Riding on Winter Roads

(Sponsored post for the northern winter) We’re now in the final third of the year, and that means we’re inching closer towards the Winter Season in the northern hemisphere. For many motorbike riders, it’s also a season when riding on icy, winter roads can bring a great deal of risk. The numbers are stacked against …

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First Aid for Motorcyclists expanding

First Aid For Motorcyclists courses are now available right across Australia and will soon be expanding to New Zealand, say new owners Debb and Bryan Geerts. Debb is one of the founders of 2WheelBabes which has been running Babe Raid rallies across the country since 2009. The former nurse says she is moving on from …

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Motorcycle clothing rating system launched

The world’s first rating system for motorcycle clothing protection has been launched to give riders a guide to the safety standards of their gear. The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) website has launched with a short list of products that will be extended as products are tested at Deakin University. So far the jackets section only …

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Crashed rider encourages buying an EPIRB

A Bundaberg rider says he probably owes his life to a $290 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB after crashing his Honda 1200X Crossrunner adventure bike in bull dust in north Queensland. Mick Groth, 52, urges every rider to buy an EPIRB, as does the Royal Flying Doctor Service which attends a “significant” number of rider rescues …

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