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Do motorcycles corner better than cars?

Riders are often held up in corners by drivers, yet on a racetrack a car can corner at a much higher speed than a race bike. Why is it so? First, let’s look at the physics. We recently investigated how a car can brake faster than a motorcycle because it has four tyre contact patches versus …

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Councils not required to address potholes

An inquest into the death of a motorcyclist who hit a pothole on a new bridge has issued no findings of fault, nor made recommendations for councils to promptly fix road defects. James Hughes, 50, died when his Ducati 900S hit a massive pothole at the Oallen Ford Bridge near Goulburn in NSW on October …

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Do motorcycles brake better than cars?

There has always been conjecture about whether a motorcycle can brake in a shorter distance than a car. Many experienced riders believe they can stop faster than a car which is probably why they tailgate cars. Meanwhile, rider trainers warn their students to keep a safe following distance because a car can stop faster. So …

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Lane filtering: Watch for driver doors

The video below shows the danger to lane filtering riders of a driver who gets out of their vehicle while stopped at traffic lights. It’s illegal for a driver to leave their vehicle while stopped at traffic lights or on a roadway, unless parked at the roadside. It is also illegal to “create a hazard” by opening …

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Queensland police display

Display promotes motorcycle rider safety

South East Queensland riders are invited to attend a major safety education display at Nerang this Sunday after a horror start to the year with eight motorcyclist deaths. A safety display will be held at the Country Paradise Parklands on Nerang-Beaudesert Road from 8am-1pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017. It follows on from several similar …

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Honda first with emergency braking

Honda first with emergency braking

Honda Motorcycles look like being the first to introduce emergency braking that automatically stops a motorcycle if it detects an imminent crash. In 2015, the United Nations #STOPTHECRASH campaign called for autonomous emergency braking on all bikes. The system activates usually at slow speeds if an obstacle is sensed in front of the bike. There …

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Minister rejects lane filtering updates

Two years after lane filtering was introduced in Queensland by the previous government the current Minister still rejects amendments as more riders call for uniform national rules. The Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland has asked the Minister to change the Queensland-only filtering rule that prevents riders using the breakdown lane or left verge on some …

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10 police tips for avoiding traffic offences

There is no guaranteed method for avoiding traffic offences except not committing them. However, you can use the following “expert” guide to lessen the impact, cop a lesser fine, prevent copping extra fines (such as being pulled over for speeding and ending up with vehicle defect notices as well) or, occasionally, get out of traffic …

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Typical motorcycle rear-ender crash

This video shows a British courier driver hitting a motorcycle from the rear while waiting to give way at an intersection, a typical rear-ender scenario for motorcycles. The problem is that the van driver may have seen the rider, but then turns his head to the right to look for oncoming traffic. He obviously doesn’t look …

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