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Motorcycle police ramp up riding gear

Gone are the days when motorcycle police rode around in jodhpurs and a leather jacket with no protectors. International Workplace, Health and Safety standards now require police to have certified safety riding gear. Most seem to be complying in a more responsible example to all riders. Queensland Police last week …

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Tuscany motorcycle tour perfect for couples

If you want to put a spark in your love life, you should join Mrs MBW and me on a romantic motorcycle tour of Tuscany and Umbria next July with Hear the Road Tours. Tour company owner and founder Enrico Grassi says the eight-day tour is perfect for couples because …

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5 tips for inexpensive UK bike insurance

Everybody would love to have inexpensive bike insurance, but how do you get lower premiums? The following are five simple tips you can use to help British riders save money on their bike insurance. 1.  Use your garage Garaging your bike at home is one of the better ways to …

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Police launch DayGlo bikes and gear

Queensland Police have today launched their new DayGlo yellow motorcycles and high-visibility motorcycle police jackets to “send a message”. In launching Operation Papa Guardian for the summer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee says “high visibility on the road saves lives”. “We make no apology for being highly visible,” he says. …

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Lane filter wars set to continue

Forty months after NSW allowed riders to lane filter and the laws have since spread throughout the country, drivers are still trying to obstruct riders and police don’t seem to care. This video from Newcastle rider Harry Criticos shows the lengths to which some motorists will go to stop riders …

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Motorcycle crash statistics flawed

Motorcycle crash statistics cited to reduce speed on the Oxley Highway are flawed, leaving riders wondering how many other  crash statistics are also flawed. NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey this week announced that speed on 44km of the highway’s mountain section would be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h from December …

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Do carbon wheels match hype?

There is a lot of hype about carbon wheels improving handling and braking, but do they really live up to that hype? I’ve ridden many bikes with carbon wheels, but never been able to compare them back-to-back to a bike with heavier standard wheels. Until now. South African carbon manufacturer …

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Online survey probes licensing and training

Queensland riders are being asked to fill out a short online survey that will help researchers determine the effectiveness of new motorcycle licensing. Click on this link to take the survey which only takes a few minutes, depending on your responses to some questions. For example, if you respond ‘yes’ when …

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