Sikh Baljinder Badesha rides without a helmet turban

Sikhs seek turban instead of helmets

While NSW Sikhs have pleaded to ride motorcycles on streets posted up to 60km/h while wearing a turban instead of a helmet, another Canadian province has allowed the exemption. On April 12, Canada’s Alberta Province joins Manitoba and British Columbia in allowing an exemption for Sikhs to ride with a turban rather than a helmet. …

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Sikh Motorcycle Club rides for charity sikhs

Should Sikhs be exempt from helmets?

Turban-wearing Sikhs should be exempt from wearing a helmet while riding motorcycles on streets posted up to 60km/h, say a group of NSW Sikhs. The Central Coast of NSW Sikhs are campaigning to Coffs Coast Council for the right to not wear helmets. They are not fighting the ruling on humanitarian or religious grounds, but the inconvenience …

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Video evidence of helmet camera value

Video evidence of helmet camera value

This video is timely evidence of why riders should wear a helmet camera or at least attach a camera to their bike. This London rider filmed a truck driver turning a corner, not seeing him and running over his beautiful Ducati Monster. He posted the video in July 2015 and we ran an article about it.   …

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US moving toward liberal motorbike helmet laws

The US seems to be gradually moving toward more liberal motorbike helmet laws allowing adult riders to choose for themselves whether they wear a helmet or not. It seems strange to Australian riders since we were the first nation in the world to make helmets compulsory in 1961. Most states in the US introduced compulsory helmet laws …

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Suomy D20 modular helmet

Suomy a great helmet we miss out on

Australian certification of helmets is a costly exercise for importers and helmet manufacturers, so we miss out on getting some of the great helmets, such as Suomy. Queensland has taken the smart move of accepting ECE22 international helmet standards which makes available a lot of very safe helmets in a wider choice of styles, colours …

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DOT helmet stickers

Riders want international helmet laws

Riders confused by complex helmet laws and conflicting interpretations across state borders would prefer to replace the Australian safety standard with a recognised international standard. So says Simon Bell, assistant director of policy and standards at the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). Simon, who claims he’s a rider, says they have three options to …

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Motorcycle helmets

Road rules needed for helmet cams, visors

The Motorcycle Council of NSW has called for national road rules on helmet use that are separate to the current helmet standards so riders know where they stand on issues such as tinted visors and helmet cams. Vice-chair Dr Bruce Campbell says the Australian product safety standard system for helmets “is broke”. “What pisses riders …

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Helmet laws sticker

Helmet forum fails to resolve issues

A national motorcycle helmet forum has failed to reach any resolutions nor give riders any clear indication of what is a legal helmet or whether tinted visors and helmet cameras are legal. Today’s forum was convened by Standards Australia and included representatives of state and federal governments, road safety groups, certifiers, retailers, distributors, importers and most importantly …

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Motorcycle helmets

Helmet issues best read in 2014

The top stories on MotorbikeWriter.com in 2014 were all about helmet issues. Riders have been fined for having tinted visors, helmet cameras (one rider even had his SD card confiscated for evidence) and non-compliant helmets as laws vary from state to state in Australia, while in the US some states are still debating whether helmets …

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