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How Motorcycle Roadcraft can help you become a better rider

30 Apr , 2016,
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  • Understand the four-phase system of motorcycle control and how you can apply it to all riding situations, including reducing the risks that riders face from the actions of other road users.
  • Find out how your confidence and state of mind can increase or reduce your safety, and how to manage these influences.
  • Learn about the core riding competencies and how to develop self-assessment skills to continuously improve your riding abilities.
  • Learn through high quality illustrations how to achieve a higher level of personal risk awareness and competence in handling your motorcycle so that you can tackle most riding situations safely and effectively.

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But I didn’t see him!

29 Apr , 2016,
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How many times have you heard this after a car pulls out in front of a motorcycle? Or a motorcycle rider asks, “How could he not see me when it’s a bright, sunny day?” The truth is, he probably didn’t see you.

On a clear day, my motorcycle shows up well from 288 feet away, which is a little shorter than a football field at 96 yards. From the same distance with a No. 2 yellow pencil held up at arm’s length, the motorcycle is completely hidden behind the pencil.

Now think of how wide a car’s windshield pillar / post is and you can see how it would be easy to not see a motorcycle. Also, remember that this is a full-dressed motorcycle, unlike the cafe racers (aka, crotch rockets) or even the smaller Harleys, Hondas, etc. Now you can understand how easy it would be to “not see him.” I crunched some numbers and found that a motorcycle can travel 288 feet in a very short amount of time.

30 mph – 6.5 seconds
50 mph – 3.9 seconds
60 mph – 3.2 seconds
70 mph – 2.8 seconds

So even if a car stops and the driver looks left, then right, then left again, depending on the angle of the car, you could be out of view for a critical amount of time. That’s assuming the driver is not in a hurry and pulls out after only looking left, then right. Never assume a car driver sees you. This example may help you understand why. I have looked at this from both sides. As a motorcycle rider, I can see how a driver might “not see me” and continue to use caution when meeting a car ready to pull out into traffic. As a motorcyclist who drives a car, when pulling out into traffic, I have gotten into the habit of leaning forward while looking left the second time. It changes the perspective of my view around the windshield pillar or post that ensures there’s no one in that blind spot. I don’t ever want to say the words, “But I didn’t see him,” particularly about a fellow rider.

http://wingworldmag.com/road-trips/but-i-didnt-see-him/

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Sex Party candidate supports motorcycle riders

26 Apr , 2016,
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Consistent national road rules across state borders, scrapping anti-association laws, and introducing a motorcycle safety month are among the election initiatives of Australian Sex Party (ASXPSenate candidate Dr Meredith Doig.

Meredith is a long-time rider, former Secretary of the Federation of Australian Motorcyclists (FAM) and one of several motorcyclists contesting the coming election.

The candidate with a doctorate in corporate social responsibility admits the Australian Sex Party doesn’t have any formal motorcycle policies.

“The closest motorcycle-oriented policies that I would reference would be the general philosophy of ‘Stop the Nanny State’,” she says.
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“This philosophy would include opposition to the discrimination against motorcyclists that’s part of anti-association laws.

“Control orders in this sort of legislation empower the courts to impose curfews, prevent meetings, and limit communication, supposedly to prevent future criminal activity.

“It means people (often bikers) can have their freedom curtailed even if there’s no finding of legal wrongdoing against them – part of the slow but relentless erosion of civil liberties in this country.

“Since 9/11, Australia has enacted more than 60 laws dealing with terrorism and many of them involve narrowing of traditional personal liberties. And one of the more worrying aspects of this trend is that there has been increasing reliance on secrecy, as governments kowtow to the intelligence agencies.”Australian Sex Party Senate candidate Dr Meredith Doig

Meredith says many motorcycle related policies are state-based, but the following would be the sort of things she would advocate as a Sex Party Senator:

  • national consistency of road rules that affect motorcycles – and in particular, legitimising lane-filtering (now legal in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and under trial in the ACT);
  • supporting the rights of motorcyclists on the roads and, in particular, a national month to highlight motorcycling safety;
  • urging other states to adopt Victoria’s model of motorcycle parking on footpaths; and
  • recognition and support for the charity work that motorcycling associations do every year.

“As for the major issues facing motorcyclists today, many probably haven’t changed much since I started riding in the 1960s: “road safety, road safety, road safety.”

“I must say the number of middle-aged men involved in accidents over the last 12 months is a worry, but rather than any knee-jerk reaction, I’d like to see proper research into the possible causes,” she says.

“It’s too easy to jump to conclusions about this, and politicians can too often advocate more restrictive laws just so they can be seen to be doing something. My preference is to defend individual freedoms, while advocating individual responsibility.” 

Meredith was among the first six to be trained as a riding instructor in Victoria, the first to become Australia’s first Chief Motorcycle Instructor, training the second generation and was on the Federal Government’s Motorcycle Safety Committee, part of the Federal Department of Transport, in the ‘90s. 

Australian Sex Party Senate candidate Dr Meredith Doig

Meredith on her BMW R 100

“I got my first bike the day after my 18th birthday, and have been riding ever since,” she says.

“In the 2000s I started doing overseas bike trips – Turkey, Southern Spain, Eastern Europe, northern India and Bhutan and around Croatia. I spent my 60th birthday riding the mountains of Montenegro.”

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  • Motorbike Writer does not endorse any one party or candidate.
  • We have contacted all the major and many of the minor parties asking them for their polices that affect the more than one million motorcycle riders in Australia.
  • We have asked for policies that reference motorcycles, riders, road safety, road rules and road infrastructure?
  • We have also asked whether any of their members or candidates are riders?
  • If or when we receive responses, we will publish them for our readers’ information.

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Do we need lemon laws for motorcycles?

21 Apr , 2016,
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Australia is considering stronger consumer laws covering seriously defective vehicles that could go as far as US Lemon Laws but may not include motorcycles.

Lemon Laws are consumer protection laws that provide a satisfactory repair, full refund or replacement product for a major consumer expense item such as a car, SUV or motorcycle deemed to repeatedly fail to meet acceptable standards. They extend beyond normal warranties and consumer laws.

Australia currently does not have Lemon Laws, but has the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) which is designed to protect the rights of new car buyers only. Yet not one owner has been granted a replacement vehicle or a refund since the ACL came into effect in 2011!

It also doesn’t mention used vehicle warranties or motorcycles.

They are hardly Lemon Laws.

The ACL is currently being reviewed by the Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) which has released an Issues Paper calling for submissions on the Australian Consumer Law Review by May 27, 2016.

With a federal election imminent, it is vital that motorcycle consumers and representative groups have their say on the ACL review. Click here to make a submission.

Meanwhile, it would be helpful if riders contacted their local member and told them we need Lemon Laws.

Several countries such as the US (since 1975) have varying Lemon Laws that set limits on the number of:

  • faults a new or warrantied vehicle can suffer; 
  • unsuccessful repair attempts on the same problem; 
  • days a new or warrantied vehicle can be off the road for repairs.mechanic tools maintenance servicing lemon laws

Where these limits are exceeded, the Lemon Law requires the manufacturer or supplier to give the consumer a replacement or refund.

The Consumer Action Law Centre is proposing a term that defines lemons as “vehicles which have been repaired at least three times by the manufacturer or importer that are still defective – or if the vehicle is out of service for 20 or more days in total due to a defect”.

Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir says he is willing to consider laws that offered “greater consumer protection for new car purchases and mechanical repairs”.

He has made no mention of motorcycles.

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Senator Ricky Muir

Meanwhile, if you have a vehicle you believe is a lemon that may be covered by the current ACL, these are your contacts for complaint:

Have you got a motorcycle that is a lemon? Tell us all about it in the “Leave a reply” section below or send us an email.

Do we need lemon laws for motorcycles?

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INVITATION: First Aid for Motorcyclists – QLD 2016 – Motorcycle Accident Management Training

20 Apr , 2016,
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Accident Management Training developed specifically for riders; this half day session is informative, practical and relevant if you ride.

** For all those 1,368 people we have already trained please share this email with other riders so they can get the skills**

Our community based “Motorcycle Accident Management Training” program is all about empowering riders, raising awareness and making a difference. In the event you round a corner and come across a rider down you’ll be glad you have the knowledge and skills to know what to do and so will they!

Watch the recent Temporary Australians interview

Supported by every National and State Motorcycle Council along with Ulysses Inc, Harley-Davidson Aust H.O.G. Chapters, leading industry bodies and the media as it travels the country educating riders and making a difference.
Check out the ABC interview

CAIRNS

Date: Saturday 10th July 2016
Venue: Brothers Leagues Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: *$78
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

CABOOLTURE

Date: Saturday 6th Aug 2016
Venue: Caboolture Golf Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: *$78
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

TOWNSVILLE

Date: Saturday 16th July 2016
Venue: Townsville Yacht Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: *$78 
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

BRISBANE Grange

Date: Sunday 7th Aug 2016
Venue: Brothers Grange Sports Club
   Morning Session: 8:30am-2:30pm
   Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-5:30pm
Price: *$78
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

ROCKHAMPTON

Date: Saturday 23rd July 2016
Venue: Rockhampton Bowls Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: *$78
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Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

IPSWICH

Date: Saturday 13th Aug 2016
Venue: Ipswich Golf Club
   Morning Session: 8:30am-12:30pm
   Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-5:30pm
Price: *$78 
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Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

SUNSHINE COAST

Date: Saturday 30th July 2016
Venue: Kawana Surf Club, Buddina
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: $78
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Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

BRISBANE Birkdale

Date: Saturday 20th Aug 2016
Venue: Redlands Multi Sports Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: $78
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

* Endorsed by Ulysses for

50% rebate refund
Pay full amount when booking your course then claim rebate directly with Ulysses after course completion
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GOLD COAST

Date: Saturday 27th Aug 2016
Venue: Palm Beach Currumbin Sports Club
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Price: $78
Book Online: BOOK NOW
Contact: Roger 0427 464 266

Why is this course different to a standard first aid course?

This is Motorcycle Accident Management Training.
Topics include such things as emergency helmet removal, moving a casualty away from danger, picking up a motorbike, emergency communications in remote areas, legal aspects of providing first aid, accident prevention and techniques such as fatigue management and group riding guidelines.

The course includes elements of basic and advanced first aid that are directly relevant for motorbike riders involved in an accident. As such we do not cover subjects in the standard first aid curriculum such as drowning, childhood illness, stroke, poisoning etc….

This fast paced, action packed session includes a range of videos, demonstrations, practice, and group scenario discussions guided by two highly qualified, experienced first aid instructors who ride…. read more

  • Emergency Action Plan – D.R.S.A.B.C.
  • CPR – Manikin Practice
  • Accident Scene Management
  • Emergency Helmet Removal
  • Moving a Casualty In Danger
  • Multiple Injury Priority of Treatment
  • Shock, Fractures & Crush Injuries
  • Wounds, Burns, Bleeds & Bandaging
  • Head Neck & Spinal Injuries
  • Fatigue Management
  • Group Riding & Accident Prevention
  • Legal Aspects & Principles of First Aid

Recommended by:

• Australian Motorcycle Council
• Motorcycle Council of NSW
• Victorian Motorcycle Council
• Motorcycle Riders Association QLD, WA and SA
• MotorbikeWriter.com
• Stop SMIDSY Campaign – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
• M.A.R.I. – Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative
• Ulysses Club Inc. Australia
• Harley-Davidson Australia H.O.G.Chapters
• Tex & Bundy  “the dog on the bike” – Australian Charity & Fundraising Duo
• Royal Rehab Centre – Spinal and Brain Injury Units
• Stay Upright – Rider Training
• H.A.R.T. – Rider Training
• DECA – Driver Education Centre Australia

This valuable training is held regularly across Australia in major capital cities and regional centres. Check dates and locations nearest you  and read more about our National Training tour on Motorbike Writer.

First Aid for Motorcyclists proudly donate a percentage of course fees to help keep Tex & Bundy on the road and support the great work the Royal Rehab provide for injured riders in the Brain and Spinal Injury Units.

We look forward to seeing you there, please BOOK ONLINE today.

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The Invisibles

14 Apr , 2016,
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Half of all cycle crashes and a third of all motorcycle crashes in Gloucestershire involved another vehicle where the driver “failed to look”. That’s over 700 riders who have been hurt on our roads since 2008 in preventable and avoidable collisions. Most of these were at urban junctions in the County, where male drivers collided with male cyclists and motorcyclists. And surprisingly, the majority of these crashes were not in darkness – they were in daylight hours.

So why do these types of crashes happen? Professor David Crudnall* of Nottingham Trent University explains the top 3 reasons:…………….

1. Drivers may fail to even look.

Some drivers may be so preoccupied with reaching their destination on time, they may rely on their peripheral vision to identify oncoming vehicles when approaching a junction. In the worst cases, drivers may not pay any attention to the main carriageway when exiting from a side road.

2. Drivers may look down the main carriageway and actually spot the approaching rider, but for whatever reason they decide to pull out anyway.

Perhaps they think the rider is very far away? Perhaps they misjudge the rider’s approach speed? Or perhaps they are content to use their greater size to force themselves into the road at the expense of other road users?

3. Finally some drivers may look, but never perceive the oncoming rider (failing to see) and   therefore make a decision to pull out on the basis of what seems to be an empty road.

The driver performed all the correct actions but, for some reason, (i.e. not the driver’s fault) the perceptual process failed. Does this really happen?

Studies have demonstrated it does. We assume that whatever the eye is looking at reflects what is being thought about, but this has repeatedly been shown to be false. Just think about a time when you’ve been trying to read a book but something else is on your mind. Your eyes move along the line but you may have to read the sentence several times in order to process what it means. In essence this is a ‘Look But Fail To See’ error when reading a book

What are we doing about it?

We are launching our latest campaign, The Invisibles, which calls for drivers to take time at junctions to look for motorcyclists and cyclists. We are also calling for riders to take steps to make themselves seen by drivers. We need drivers to look, look and look again.

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What you need to know as a driver

FTL1. Motorcyclists and cyclists can be invisible to you if you do not make a conscious decision to look for them 2. A glance is never enough – always look right and left at least twice. This doubles your chance…

Read more about ‘What you need to know as a driver’

What you need to know as a motorcyclist

A2 POSTER FAW HIGH RES21.Position yourself in the best place to maximize your visibility of potential hazards 2. Avoid lingering in the blind spots created by the A-pillars and C-pillars of cars; those are the front 3/4 and rear 3/4 angle views out of…

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What you need to know as a cyclist

A2 POSTER FAW HIGH RES11. Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximize your visibility and your view of potential hazards 2. If you ride in a vehicles blind spot, you will be invisible to the driver. This is particularly true of…

Read more about ‘What you need to know as a cyclist’

What else can you do?

Whatelse_2The Road Safety Partnership have developed a training package for businesses which looks specifically at the issues surrounding “failing to look, failing to see”. The “Coming to a Junction Near You” package is targeted at drivers, riders and cyclists and…

Read more about ‘What else can you do?’
http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/invisibles/

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Lane filtering in Queensland

13 Apr , 2016,
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When from today 1st February  2015, some ROAD RULES have changed and QLD riders can now legally Lane Filter. Find out about lane filtering rules that apply to motorcycle riders in Queensland and how to keep safe while doing it. Visit this Website  for a transcript of this video and more information on motorcycle rule changes. Watch this lane filtering video it expalains how filtering should be done. View Here.

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Queensland compulsory third party insurance hike of at least $60

Apr , 2016,
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Queensland motorists are about to take another financial hit, with at least $60 to be added annually to the cost of compulsory third party insurance, as the government works to bring the state in line with a national scheme in place in every other state. The state was signed up to the National Injury Insurance Scheme under the Newman government in 2013, when it signed up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

While it didn’t get as much publicity as the NDIS, the NIIS aims to cover motorists, passengers and pedestrians injured in vehicle crashes where no one is deemed to be at fault.

The CTP insurance scheme is fault-based, meaning if nobody is deemed to be at fault – such as a single-vehicle motorcycle crash where the driver hits a road slick – they are not eligible for a payout.

A parliamentary committee has reviewed the scheme and recommended Queensland implement a hybrid model, which combines the no-fault statutory scheme with the ability for people to sue under common law.

That will add about $76 to the cost of CTP insurance each year.  A second option, the straight no-fault statutory scheme, would add about $60 to the insurance component of registration.

With the scheme needing to be in place by July 1, it’s understood the legislation to make the change will be introduced into Parliament next week.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said he was in discussions with the crossbenchers, who hold the balance of power in the state’s Parliament, but hoped to get bipartisan support.

“Each week about three people suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of trauma on our roads,” he said.

“Around half of those people who sustain injuries are not covered by compulsory third party insurance.

“CTP is a fault-based scheme where a motorist is deemed to be at fault and if nobody is at fault, they are not covered.

“That’s why we’ve got a very important piece of legislation that will be coming to the Queensland Parliament to help implement and enact the national injury insurance scheme.

“… Both options will come at a cost to Queensland motorists but both options will cover motorists for lifetime care and support for themselves and for their loved ones.”

The Queensland Law Society supports the option which includes the ability to sue under common law.

Last year, registration increased by twice the rate of inflation, with the cost of registering a four-cylinder car rising by $12, taking the cost to $340, while registering an eight-cylinder car rose by $23 to $693 annually.

The government said the rise was pegged to the government indexation policy and paid for “vital” road infrastructure.

The RACQ rated Queensland as the most expensive place in Australia to own a car last year.

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