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Call to train returned motorcycle riders

Returned riders who have not ridden for a long time should be identified and face a competency test to retain their motorcycle licence, says Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce. In his address today to launch October as Motorcycle Awareness month, Steve outlined the council’s views on improving rider …

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MotoCAP to add more clothing for testing

The world’s first rating system for motorcycle clothing protection, MotoCAP, has been criticised for testing only 10 pairs of riding jeans and 10 leather jackets with no new entries for three months. MotoCAP was launched last week to give riders a guide to the safety standards of their gear, as …

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Motorcycle clothing rating system launched

The world’s first rating system for motorcycle clothing protection has been launched to give riders a guide to the safety standards of their gear. The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) website has launched with a short list of products that will be extended as products are tested at Deakin University. So …

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Barz Optics motorcycle sunglasses review

Barz Optics make a range of quality sunglasses that are windproof, comfortable enough to wear all day and night and feature an optional bifocal lens. That means you only need one pair of sunglasses for all occasions – on and off the bike! I’ve been testing a pair of photochromic …

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Returned rider learns valuable riding lesson

Returned riders are those who had got a motorcycle licence as a teenager or twentysomething, then stopped riding while they had a family, returning to riding in a midlife crisis. They now represent the biggest and fastest growing sector of riders as well as dominating the crash statistics. Rather than …

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Police educate riders in Road Safety Week

Riders can win prizes during Road Safety Week in Queensland when Nerang Police conduct a “North Upright” education campaign on the Gold Coast and hinterland next weekend. Sgt Graeme Reeves says the Queensland Police Service have received funds to promote the event with a free raffle. Prizes are a $500 …

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Riders warned on pothole repair program

A pothole repair program being carried out throughout NSW, and possibly other states, could be a danger to riders, says the NSW Motorcycle Council president Steve Pearce. His warning follows recent reports from riders of crashes in potholes fixed by a new process that leaves ball-bearing-sized gravel on the surface. …

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Motorcycle riders warned of starting bushfires

Riders should be aware of the dangers of riding in bushfire areas and of accidentally starting bushfires in the current tinder-dry drought conditions across Australia and western USA. By all means riders should head out into the country to spend their much-needed dollar in drought-stricken areas, but they should also …

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Motorcycle horn vital for travel in Asia

Most riders don’t use their horn, but is vital for travelling safely in Asia, writes travel writer Maria Visconti. (Click here to check out legalities of horn use.) Maria Visconti While most Australian riders will not automatically check where their rented bike’s horn is before starting to ride abroad — …

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