Motorbike Writer birthday

Motorbike Writer celebrates five years

Today (May 26, 2018) marks the fifth anniversary of your free and independent motorcycle news service, Motorbike Writer. To those who have been with us from the start, thanks for your loyalty and patronage. Motorbike Writer now has about 10,000 visitors a day to the website, more than 25,000 social media followers and some 3500+ …

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Rider gear safety ratings to go public

A program of testing and rating the safety of motorcycle clothing available in Australia is about to go into its next phase of testing with the ratings eventually made public. The five star ratings system will be called Moto-CAP and will be a voluntary system that manufacturers can display on their gear as information for …

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Safety Advice for Motorcycle Riders and Other Road Users!

The following information will provide some very useful important key facts and imperative safety tips which will help to protect your life as a motorcyclist. This information can also help to save an injured motorcyclist at the scene of a road traffic accident. We will also offer support and guidance to people who have sadly …

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Death leads to helmet clasp warning

The death of a young Irish rider whose helmet came off in a crash has led to a court warning about buying cheap helmets with clasp chin straps online. Stephen Hyland, 24, of Dublin, died of head injuries in October 2016 when he clipped another motorcycle and lost control of his Yamaha. Dublin Coroner’s Court …

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Motorcycle Safety 101: Being a Safer Rider

Motorcycle Safety 101 for American Riders: There’s nothing like the freedom of taking on the open road on a motorcycle but the sad reality is that motorcycle deaths happen 27 times more frequently and motorcycle injuries also occur six times more frequently than crashes involving other types of vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

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Riders to access gear safety ratings

Motorcyclists will soon know how safe their riding gear is after the launch today of a 12-month pilot program to establish a safety ratings system. The five-star ratings will be available online and will be similar to crash ratings for vehicles and energy efficiency ratings for appliances. Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Mate has been …

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Should ABS be mandatory on motorcycles?

Australia is planning to follow Europe in making anti-lock brakes (ABS) mandatory on all new motorcycles over 125cc and either ABS or combined braking system (CBS) for bikes under 125cc. We would join countries such as India, Brazil, Taiwan and Japan in moving toward compulsory motorcycle ABS. The Federal Government cites statistical research that claims …

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Revolutionary Vozz Helmets return to stores

Revolutionary Australian-designed Vozz Helmets which have no chin strap are returning to the shelves after a long hiatus for updates and European approval. They still cost $888, but the new ECE 22.05 certified RS 1.0 helmets are claimed to be more comfortable, quieter with a more secure seal. When we tested one early last year …

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Are ape hanger handlebars dangerous?

The safety of ape hanger handlebars is back in the news with one American state considering axing a three-decade ban and other states closely watching the outcome. High-set ape hanger bars were banned in 30 American states in the 1960s. The American was on the pretext of safety, but was more likely introduced so police …

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Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

Honda, BMW and Suzuki safety recalls

Honda, BMW and Suzuki have recalled several motorcycles and scooters over issues including shaft lock-up, brake failure, engine stalling and electrical failure. In al instances, owners should contact an authorised dealer to arrange to have their bike inspected and repaired for free, if necessary. The Honda VFR1200F and VFR1200X have been recalled to fix an …

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