Motocap Motorcycle clothing rating system launched testing

Multiple material layers are safer for riders

Riding gear with multiple layers usually rates higher for abrasion safety than comparative gear, according to the MotoCAP safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves. For example, leather alone provides about four seconds of protection before failure, but backing the leather with foam, 3D mesh or a leather patch can improve resistance …

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Alpinestars GP Plus 2R gloves

Alpinestars gloves score top safety rating

Alpinestars GP Plus R2 motorcycle gloves (pictured) have become only the second pair of gloves to be awarded a full five stars for safety by MotoCAP. The internationally awarded safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing has added 15 more gloves to its list of tested gear. The Australian safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first …

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How to avoid hitting other riders

Two recent crashes involving riders running into each other have prompted us to investigate multi-motorcycle accidents and provide tips on how to avoid them. In one recent accident, two riders and a pillion were injured when two motorcycles collided head-on (pictured above) and in the other, two riders travelling the same direction collided and one rider crashed …

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Why we publish motorcycle crash reports

We cop criticism from some riders for our motorcycle crash reports — usually after a spate of accidents — but we have to advise readers we won’t be changing our policy. Rather than going through our reasons, we thought we would cut to the chase and quote the words of Perth rider Sandy Lewis who …

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Safe System Solutions road auditing

Riders auditing roads for motorcycle safety

Road conditions play a significant role in motorcycle safety so some state governments and councils are now auditing thousands of kilometres of roads specifically for motorcycle hazards. Queensland, NSW and South Australian transport departments have been using a special award-winning motorcycle for the purpose. Australian road safety consultancy Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd has also audited several thousand …

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Call for less slippery paint on roads

If you’ve ever crashed on slippery painted road markings, you will be glad to hear that an Australian company is helping make our roads safer for motorcyclists with a coloured surface. SmarterLite’s OmniGrip is not paint, but a coloured aggregate which has the same grip levels as the surrounding tarmac and wears at the same …

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Is ABS the saviour safety experts suggest?

Despite its much-lauded safety benefits, ABS may not be your saviour in a motorcycle crash because many riders don’t have time to even use their brakes before crashing. That is one of the startling findings of a real-world global report called The Dynamics Of Motorcycle Crashes : A Global Survey of 1578 Motorcyclists. Written by …

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Crash speed ‘not linked to rider injury’ saviour

Crash speed ‘not linked to rider injury’

Speed is not necessarily linked to the severity of injuries in a motorcycle crash, according to the first global rider report on motorcycle crashes. The worldwide study makes a mockery of anti-speed campaigns such as “Every K over is a killer” and the overly simplistic “Speed kills”. Some 127 riders from Australia last year were …

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Gravel roadworks

Roadworks gravel a danger to riders

The issue of the condition of roadworks has flared again with several riders complaining about gravel left on roadworks on the Hume Highway in regional Victoria. The road was recently reopened with a reduced speed limit before it was completed, leaving the last 200m of about 3km of roadworks between Wandong and Clonbinane covered in loose …

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Five riders die in tragic five days

A rider has died in a hit-and-run crash with a truck in Sydney this afternoon in a tragic five days on the roads in several states. Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command have established a crime scene at Ultimo following the latest fatal collision. The crash happened at 2.40pm (27 February 2020) when the …

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