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International report cites bike crash reasons

The motorcycle road toll can be reduced by better speed and alcohol/drug use enforcement, safer motorbikes, mandatory helmet laws and improved roads, according to an international report. These are key points in the latest World Health Organization Global status report on road safety 2018 report released this month. The report …

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Rider leggings get poor safety ratings

The world’s first motorcycle clothing safety ratings program, MotoCAP, has given just half a star each to three sets of rider leggings and mixed reviews on gloves. MotoCAP launched in September with ratings for 10 leather jackets and 10 pairs of rider jeans. Last month they added ratings for 10 textile …

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Are advertising standards killing motorcycles?

Remember advertising with motorcycles doing wheelies and burnouts and bikes draped in near-naked women? Changing attitudes and the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) have virtually wiped out this sort of advertising. Has this taken some of the thrill and sex out of motorbikes? Could this be contributing to the downturn in …

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Police warn of flooded roads and crocs

Police have issued a warning to motorists not to cross flooded roads and even to be on the lookout for crocs. And they don’t mean those Crocs shoes or crocodile-skin motorcycle seats! Heavy rain and flash flooding are expected on the Queensland and northern NSW coasts in the next couple …

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Police renew call to identify riders

ACT police have renewed their call for help to identify two riders who were videoed in separate incidents where a car swerved toward them while they were legally lane-filtering. The incidents occurred on Majura Parkway on Tuesday, October 30. One incident is shown in this video which we published on November 2. …

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Uni hints at more LAMS bikes limits

The learner-approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) should not only consider limits on power-to-weight (PTW) ratio and engine capacity, but also motorcycle type. The suggestion is included in a new Monash University’s Accident Research Centre report that assesses factors affecting crash risk related to PTW ratio, engine capacity and motorcycle type. It found that …

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Police launch pilot training course

A police senior sergeant and returned rider, has started a training course for returned riders in his district which he hopes will become a pilot for further courses throughout Queensland. Snr Sgt Peter Waugh of Jimboomba secured a grant from the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants scheme for the …

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Unlicensed riders a growing concern

Unlicensed riders represent a growing concern for the motorcycle community as licensing has become tougher and more expensive in most states in the past decade. While most riders would agree that tougher licensing and more training is vital, there have been some unexpected and adverse consequences for all riders. In …

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