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Wire trap offender faces jail time

The offender who strung wire at neck height across a Queensland forestry trail to “trap” riders faces a three-year jail sentence if caught. Gympie trail rider Ben Bird, 25, says he could have been decapitated if he was riding any faster when he hit the wire in Amamoor State Forest earlier this week. Luckily Ben …

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Call for roadside lane filtering signs

Roadside signs, advertising billboards or electronic mobile signs on busy commuter routes advising motorists that lane filtering is legal would be an effective education campaign for motorists, say rider representatives. Many riders tell us there is a lack of public education that lane filtering is now legal, sparking road rage toward motorcyclists. So we contacted …

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Radio jock calls for rider ban on highway

A radio jock has called for a motorcycle ban on Melbourne’s Monash Freeway after a fatality that police have already blamed on the rider, even before any crash investigation. The accident happened about 8am today (February 6, 2019) near the Blackburn Road on-ramp. Media reports already claim the rider was “lane splitting at speed”, hit …

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Online shopping increases truck traffic

The rapid growth in online shopping has caused a rise in trucks, vans and transport vehicles on our roads that are not just delivering to shopping centres but sometimes right to our suburban front door. This presents a major increase in congestion, but also an increase in risk for riders who easily disappear in truck …

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The smart brake light that could save your life

This Smart Brake Module could just save your life. It illuminates even when you slow down with the throttle only and acts as a warning to tailgating drivers. Smart Brake Module winners We ran a competition for readers and subscribers to win one of these $125 Smart Brake Modules The winners, drawn at random, are Sheree Kelly, Carol …

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Are you leaving enough gap in front?

Many riders are taught to leave a two or three-second gap between their bike and the vehicle they are a following as a safety buffer. But is it really enough? Is there such a thing as leaving too much space? How to judge gap We are taught to use a visible roadside reference to determine our …

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Danger in lane filtering around trucks

Lane filtering around trucks can be dangerous simply because riders can be invisible to the truck driver, even if you are right in front! The Goldwing World Facebook page published the above photograph claiming all the bikes in the photo are in the truck’s blind spots. (For right-hand-drive nations the image has been reversed below.) …

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Road rage against motorcyclists ‘on rise’

The father of a young rider who was rammed from behind by a driver who had previously tried to block him from legally lane filtering says road rage against riders is on the rise. Daniel Lee of Brisbane says his 23-year-old son, Lucas, was “rammed up the butt” by the driver who had “earlier and …

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Police answer motorcyclists’ questions

Queensland police and Transport Main Roads department officials will be on hand next month to answer riders’ questions on legislation, road rules, Australian Vehicle Standards and other topics. The latest “Community Engagement Day” will be held on Saturday 16 February 2019 at Beechmont, between 8am-12pm. Acting Sgt Adam Samuels says they will have a free …

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Helmet still crash tested in Australia

Helmets still crash tested in Australia

Motorcycle helmets are still being crash tested in Australia despite European-standard helmets being available here for several years because they provide riders with “more information”. The NSW Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) crash-tests 30 helmets a year and releases the details every November. Centre for Road Safety active executive director Craig Moran says …

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