Helmet safety motorcycle crash accident ratings

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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abs mandatory combined braking

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 Helmet ratchet

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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Michael Madsen looks cool as "The Gent" with his ape hanger bars in Quentin Tarentino's Hell Ride

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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Could self-cancelling indicators prevent T-bone crashes? safety contract

New riders can sign safety contract

Potential riders can now sign a contract with concerned friends and family that confirms they will ride safely, seek training, wear all the safety gear, ride sober and try to avoid crashes. The “Contract for Safety” is an initiative of the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In some ways, it resembles the award-winning Australian road safety …

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