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MotoGP makes airbag suits compulsory

MotoGP riders have been wearing airbag suits since 2007 to protect them in a crash, but from this year they will become mandatory in all classes. If airbag suits are good enough for MotoGP riders, they are also good enough for you. Helite makes airbag vests and jackets for a fraction of the cost of …

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Light roads could fix slippery molten tar

Los Angeles is resurfacing roads with a light material to reduce heat, but it could also one day solve the problem of Australia’s melting tar which is slippery and dangerous for motorcyclists. CoolSeal is a light-grey treatment that keeps streets and parking lots 10C degrees cooler than black asphalt. Not only is it cooler for …

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Tasmania has lowest filtering fine

Tasmania joins the move to lane filtering across Australia with the lowest fine, leaving Western Australia as the only state that has not joined in. Lane filtering starts in the Apple Isle on January 29 2018 with a fine of $159 and two demerit points, which is the lowest in the country along with Victoria …

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Survey on Victorian country roads

Riders around Australia have been urged to take part in a survey on whether Victoria’s country roads should be managed and maintained by VicRoads or local councils. The state is a Mecca for riders from all over the country for the World Superbikes and MotoGP at Phillip Island. They also visit to ride some of …

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University study urges bike awareness training

Motorcycle awareness should be included in all driver training and increased in safety campaigns, according to the authors of an Australian National University study. It found that drivers are twice as likely to miss seeing a motorcycle compared with a taxi and admit they do not expect to see motorcyclists. Riders refer to this phenomenon …

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Who’s to blame in rider-driver rage?

This road rage video of two motorcyclists and a driver has attracted more than a quarter of a million views with viewers divided on who is to blame. It seems the male rider initiates the rage near Berowra north of Sydney by dividing in front of the Nissan SUV driver. However, the person who posted …

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Roundabouts a major rider danger

Roundabouts are just as dangerous for riders as intersections says Austroads which has called for riders to be considered a priority in “Safe System” design. Their aptly named report, “Understanding and Improving Safe System Intersection Performance” says intersections account for 30% of all vehicle crash injuries, but a massive 47% for motorcyclists. It confirms the …

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Driver fined for blocking lane filterer

A driver who put his arm out the window to stop a Newcastle rider legally filtering through traffic has been fined, leading to a call to make motorcycle helmet cameras legal. We first reported the incident in November, along with helmet-cam video evidence of the offence, and it became our most-read article of 2017. Rider …

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‘First’ rear facing speed cameras?

Western Australia police claim they have the first rear facing mobile speed camera in Australia for the specific purpose of catching speeding motorcyclists. However, we checked other police services throughout the country and they say their mobile speed camera vans can scan across multiple lanes and capture vehicles approaching on one side of the road …

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Wire rope barriers criticised

Riders may be divided on whether wire rope barriers are good or bad for motorcyclists, but the Victorian Country Fire Authority says they block access to crashes and bushfires. VicRoads now faces a $2 million cut to retrofit emergency access points in the more than 2000km of wire rope barriers (WRB) they have installed. Victorian …

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