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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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Kiwi fixed speed camera

Call to turn speed cameras around

New Zealand authorities are being urged to turn speed cameras around because front-on cameras are not catching speeding motorcyclists. It’s a better option than re-introducing front number plates for motorcycles as suggested by former Victorian Road Safety Camera Commissioner Gordon Lewis. Speeding motorcyclists are estimated to account for around 10% of motorists captured by front-on …

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Maritha Keyser Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists politicians

Politicians ignoring cyclist petition

Politicians are ignoring a petition against a rule allowing motorists to cross solid and double white lines to pass cyclists thus endangering oncoming motorcyclists. Rider Maritha Keyser, one of many people injured in such an incident, is disappointed that her petition, which is closing in on 2000 signatures, has failed to impress politicians. However, she …

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Blue lights make motorcyclists ‘safer’

Blue lights make motorcyclists ‘safer’

Riders in one American state can now add a special blue light to their rear brake light which they say increases awareness and avoids rear-end crashes. The Illinois chapter of motorcycle rights organisation ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) has successfully lobbied the state government to introduce the rule from January 1, 2017. They believe …

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Petition against cyclist passing rule

Cyclist rule petition gains traction

A petition to change the road rule allowing drivers to cross solid white lines to overtake a cyclist has attracted more than 1000 signatures (see picture above) in just four days over the New Year break! Crash victim Maritha Keyser’s petition claims the rule puts the lives of motorcyclists, such as herself, in danger. SIGN …

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Maritha Keyser Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists

Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists

The rule allowing drivers to cross a solid white line to overtake a cyclist is putting the lives of motorcyclists in danger, according to crash victim Maritha Keyser (pictured above) and rider groups. SIGN MARITHA’S PETITION A year ago Maritha was involved in an accident when a vehicle legally crossed a double white line to pass a …

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Safe and Merry Christmas from Motorbike Writer

Safe and Merry Christmas from Motorbike Writer

Have a merry and a safe Christmas holiday season from all the staff at Motorbike Writer. We value safety highly and have published many articles about safe riding tips throughout the year. But we don’t just want you to practise safe riding techniques, we have also campaigned to authorities to improve our safety. Instead of punishment …

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Wide entry, late apex safest on-road Downhill corners most dangerous

Downhill corners are most dangerous

A combination of downhill slopes and corners is the most dangerous for riders, according to one of the most comprehensive motorcycle crash studies in the past 35 years. The study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation used 100 riders with five video cameras on their bikes for several months …

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Wide entry, late apex safest on-road

Wide entry, late apex safest on-road

A wide corner entry, late apex and shallow exit is the safest recipe for every corner when riding on the road. Maybe not the fastest, but the safest. There is a lot of conjecture about the best line through a corner. We’re not talking about speed, qualifying times, overtaking, racing or track work. GET YOUR …

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Motorcycle crash road safety first aid SMIDSY scientific

Scientific studies explain SMIDSY

Riders might think drivers don’t care about hitting us, but there is actually scientific evidence that shows they really don’t see us. Of course no driver wants to run into a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian. After all, it would cause extensive and expensive damage to their vehicle! The problem is that comparatively small road users …

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