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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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Girl Torque.cc offers female rider training

Girl Torque.cc female rider training was started late last year by enthusiast rider and motorcycle traveler Fabienne Phillips to “empower more Australian women to ride safely and confidently on the road”. However, it not only offers personalised rider training but also offers women help to buy the right bike and gear. For an annual fee of $99, women …

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Why Safety Education Matters to Arizona Motorcycle Riders

Desert and mountain landscapes, gorgeous weather, and more than 300 days of sunshine a year make Arizona one of the best places to ride a motorcycle. Unfortunately, like the rest of the country, driving dangers abound. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports motorcyclists are 27 times as likely as passenger vehicle occupants to …

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BMW Safari launches new programme for 2017 GS Tours maintenance

BMW offers riding and maintenance courses

BMW Motorrad Australia has announced its GS Off Road Training courses for 2018, including a course in bike maintenance. The training components are hosted by coaches Shane Booth and Chris Urquhart who have developed the BMW Motorrad Off Road Training courses since 2003 and trained thousands of riders in Australia and internationally. The following established …

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Learner training overhaul ‘could do better’

Learner motorcycle training was improved with an overhaul in Queensland last year, but could do better, says Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns. He is calling for Queensland to follow other states in allowing learners to ride solo without a licensed accompanying rider and for a more robust graduated licensing step-up that emphasises …

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Call for riders to be ambassadors

Motorcyclists have had a bad name for too many years and it’s time for riders to actively be good ambassadors for their pastime, says Simone Watts. There are several things riders can do to avoid fostering negative images: not speeding through school zones, not revving their bikes at 5am in the suburbs and not popping …

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Call for lifetime rider training rewards

Riders should be encouraged to seek more rider training and gain rewards for improved skills, according to a position paper released by the Motorcycle Council of NSW. One of their suggestions is a marketing campaign to returned riders to seek more training. Steve says mature-aged returning riders with “dormant licences” are over-represented in the crash statistics. …

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Ducati adventure training and treks

Now that Ducati’s adventure range of Multistradas and Scramblers are their most popular sellers, they are offering adventure training courses and treks. They call it Ducati Adventure Riding Experience (D-A-R-E) and it includes off-road training courses by Motor School and expeditions. It sounds very much like what BMW has been doing with their GS Safaris …

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Crashes prompt road craft courses

A high incidence of motorcycle crashes in the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast areas have prompted the establishment of two road craft courses. While motorcyclists represent about 22% of road fatalities in Australia despite being less than 5% of registered road users, they represent almost half of the road toll in the combined tourist region. The crash statistics …

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Call for motorcycle road craft courses

Australian riders are desperately short of road craft advanced riding courses after the closure of a subsidised course on the Gold Coast five years ago. Rider Tod Parkes asked us if there were any road craft courses available to teach advanced survival skills to licensed riders in the real world of riding. We did some research …

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