Clutch traffic lights

Do you hold the clutch lever at lights?

Does it damage the bike’s clutch to keep your motorcycle in gear with the lever pulled in while waiting at traffic lights and is it safe? RACQ technical officer and Triumph Bonneville rider Steve Spalding says the mechanical issue largely depends on the type of clutch your bike has. “Most bike clutches are wet which means …

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MRAQ Rider representative group closes down

Who will fill rider representation void?

The RACQ says it will help fill the perceived void in rider representation to government after the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland officially closed last week. Former president Chris Mearns blamed the MRAQ closure on rider apathy. Comments on our article about the closure last week offer a wide variety of views of the efficacy of the MRAQ …

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Steve Spalding Triumph Bonneville SE Motorcycle mods don’t have to be illegal

Motorcycle mods don’t have to be illegal

A new motorcycle is a blank canvas that you can personalise and modify without making it illegal to ride, says RACQ technical and safety officer Steve Spalding. He recently bought a 2015 Triumph Bonneville SE (above) that he has been gradually “reworking” to his own tastes. “Motorcycles aren’t a one-size-fits-all product,” he says. “Modifications can …

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Police survey on motorcycle thefts

Motorcycle thefts are double car thefts

Motorcycle thefts in Australia are increasing at more than double the rate of car theft, according to the latest figures for the 2018/2019 financial year. The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council reports that 9261 motorcycles were stolen in the past financial year, which is 9% more than the previous year. Over the same period, car …

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Honda digital distractions

In-car digital distractions increase

Misuse of mobile phones in cars is not the only driver distraction as car manufacturers are shovelling more and more digital diversions into their vehicles. Honda is even planning a dashboard-wide panoramic digital interface for its coming electric hatchback (check the images above and below). The car will feature five high-resolution colour screens with safety …

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2016 Triumph Bonneville family recalled over fire risk assault

RACQ Motorfest honours Bonneville 60th

Sixty years down the road and the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle is as trendy and popular as ever among riders including celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Pink, Tom Hardy, George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen and David Beckham. To mark the model’s 60th anniversary, this year’s RACQ Motorfest on July 14 at Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, will honour …

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Red-light traffic light

Call for traffic light activation buttons

Riders whose bikes won’t trigger a change in a traffic light to green would welcome more of these activation buttons that have been installed at some intersections for cyclists. It seems cyclists get everything they want from governments. Even their own roads! In this case, their strong lobbying for these buttons may also help motorcyclists. …

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RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding takes Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey for a ride on his Bandit national encourages

RACQ encourages work ride & pre-ride check

The RACQ has thrown its support behind the second annual Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week starting today (October 22-26, 2018) and encourages riders to check their bikes before riding. RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy and keen Suzuki Bandit owner Steve Spalding says this week’s promotion is “the perfect opportunity to dust off the handle-bars …

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May is Queensland Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month up north

May is perfect weather for the Queensland Motorcycle Awareness Month and it all gets underway with the fifth annual Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland Ride Day on Sunday (May 6). MRAQ President Chris Mearns says the ride is now being run in May to coincide with the International Motorcycle Awareness Month. “We will be providing …

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Triumph Scrambler out of fuel breakdown

How to avoid a motorbike breakdown

While modern motorcycles are much more reliable than they used to be, you can still be inconvenienced by a breakdown. And when you have a motorcycle breakdown, it is not always easy to get back on the road. In a car, you can carry emergency gear that can get you going again. However, not all …

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