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Bris MC Parking

MORE CBD PARKING SPACES ADDED

22 Jul , 2017,
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The Brisbane City Council in conjunction with the CBD parking working group which the MRAQ is a member of has now added an addition 17 motorcycle parking bays and continues to work to find and implement options to replace those lost to the Queens Wharf development plus add more to increase the total amount of spaces.
The latest spaces have been achieved in the Ann Street parking zone and now brings the total replaced in the last two months to 82.
There are two other areas currently being investigated to provide even more free spaces as well as consideration of an MRAQ proposal to implement reduced cost paid spaces in some existing facilities.
The MRAQ continues to work collaboratively with all parties for the interests of motorcyclists.
Information on the available free motorcycle parking spaces in the Brisbane CBD is attached.

Brisbane Motorcycle Parking Click Here

“The MRAQ is always working in the interests of motorcyclists.”

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Steering Geometry Debunked

20 Jul , 2017,
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The knowledge of how a bike steers and balances are one of the same skill. Since 1985 I have always started my training of a learner or, an advanced rider around this theorem; which delivers results!

With these essential motorcycle skills, you will be able to perform the following:

1)      Know how to stop a bike and make it lean to left or right (essential for a learner with short legs)

2)      Steer motorcycle at all speeds

3)      Apply three different body English

4)      Understand braking, balance and grip

5)      Balance and slow ride a motorcycle

6)      Control rea wheel slides

7)      Control front wheel slides

A rider that has not been trained with the correct steering geometry methods, will experience the following

1)      Poor steering into turns

2)      Run wide on turns

3)      Struggle doing u turns

4)      Struggle in slow manoeuvres

5)      Have trouble balancing motorcycle when stopping

6)      Struggle to balance motorcycle in slow turns

Any truly experienced and knowledgeable motorcyclist

Would think steering geometry is a standard in teaching and education, yet it isn’t. Scary! Some say it’s an advance skill, which it is most certainly not! In fact, there are states in Australia where the learners are not taught how to steer a motorcycle; basic instruction is to just look through the turn. Which is even more scary!

Over my 33 years of training learners and experienced riders, I would say that most riders have just hopped on a motorcycle and winged it!

Some comments made included:

1)       I have never had an accident, so I must be doing something right

2)      I have never used the handlebars that way

3)      I just lean the motorcycle

4)      My mate has ridden all is life and he says steering geometry is a load of crap

5)      Motorcycle turning changes at speed

6)      You steer a motorcycle under 25 kilometres

7)      Shit I didn’t know that

8)      Wow that’s how you turn a motorcycle

 

The photo below demonstrates steering geometry. Watch the video below (steering geometry in action) to really get an understanding of how a bike steers. 

FACT

All motorcyclists and bicycle riders, ride a single wheel track vehicle which requires the use of steering geometry to function.

History highlights what I am talking about. Consider how we have grown from the penny farthing (where lessons were learnt painfully), which had no trail or rake and suffered horrendous handling issues to our modern bicycle. I would suggest that the modern bicycle has trail and rake in the front forks.

Our first motorcycle was nothing more than a bicycle with a small engine; heck imagine an engine on a penny farthing, no thanks!

The problem with most experienced motorcycle riders

is that they have just jumped on a motorcycle and had a crack at learning to ride; self-taught. They learn organically, which means they have learnt by the seat of the pants; they are not sure what they do, they just do it! They do not have the technical understanding, it just happens. Often, they have googled it or received poor information in their early years.

Motorcycle riders are a passionate mob. They love their recreational activities and love to help others get involved and enjoy the same passion. They have good intentions and they don’t mean to give the wrong advice, but unfortunately more times than not, they just do.

Riders lack exposure to a range of variables in the style of a motorcycles mechanical knowledge, the genre of the motorcycle sport and activities, a vast range of weather conditions, road surfaces, low and high-speed activities, understanding learning phases and training program structure; which is what creates the poor knowledge.

The best riders I have met have had a solid grounding and have had a gradual exposure to all of the above.

The videos below show

Steering geometry in action, steering geometry stop/balance and steering geometry stimulation. All vital skills to understand and have, and one of the first things that Top Rider students are taught.

As a mechanic, race engineer and rider on dirt and road, I have had to understand steering geometry and chassis set up. I know how to make a motorcycle chassis into a cruiser or a sports bike by changing the steering geometry and chassis set up. I also understand all the trade-offs in regard to changes that affect the steering geometry, steering efficiency, grip and the effects on braking biases.

At Top Rider, we offer 39 training products and have always trained and showed our customers the whole package. Over the last 33 years I have been a: learner trainer, sports trainer, coach and mentor, so I have a great understanding of what motivates riders. I also understand the effects when a rider lacks required knowledge and skills. These riders, learners and elite, are all humans. When confronted with difficulties or worse, a life-threatening situation, they will simply close down mentally; leading to panic, irrational thoughts and/or even tunnel vision.

I can assure you that if you let your partner, family or friend, ride without receiving all the information you are placing their life at risk of serious injury or even worse. If you are learning, make sure you are taught steering in your first phase of learning as it is extremely vital!

A tip for you!

There are three handlebar directions used, with three different body English inputs, that create five different systems of control; that are applied for different shaped corners and wet and dry conditions. Please learn to use your bars as it is lifesaving!

Steering Geometry Debunked

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UPDATE OF THE DIESEL SPILL ON MT TAMBOURINE

10 Jul , 2017,
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UPDATE OF THE DIESEL SPILL ON MT TAMBOURINE from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)
Thanks to the MRAQ for providing further details about the location of the diesel spill. As a result of your message of 7 July 2017, TMR investigations have identified that the spill had occurred on Tuesday 4 July 2017 on Tamborine Mountain Road, near Thunderbird Park, and was inspected and cleared the same day by Emergency Services and Scenic Rim Regional Council.
In order to promptly attend to incidents, I encourage you to call the department’s traffic management centre hotline on 131940 which is available 24/7 to report hazards, pot holes, signal faults and seek assistance should you become involved in a minor incident or breakdown on Queensland roads. Once incidents are reported, they will be posted on the department’s traffic and traveller information website www.QLDTraffic.qld.gov.au to alert road users.
Thanks.

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Vision – Improve Your Motorcycle Riding Out Of Sight

4 Jul , 2017,
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Steer the bike with your eyes!    You go where you look!

How often have we motorcyclists heard these phrases?

Looking where you want to go obviously relates to vision, an important sense for everyday life, however when we introduce motorcycles, the importance of vision increases dramatically, not just as an essential tool for high performance riding and racing but also for survival on the road.

The fact is most of us are damaging our vision, namely our peripheral vision with our modern lifestyle of sitting in front of TV and computer screens. Compared to our ancestors, our visual field has narrowed dramatically.

 Use It Or Loose It

If we get into the habit of looking directly at objects while restricting the awareness of our surrounding field of view, it’s comparable to not fully using other areas of our body. For example if we routinely only bend our knee ten degrees, you could imagine this bad habit of restricted movement would ultimately lead to poor function, soreness and long term damage.

It’s safe to assume that our vision also follows the familiar “use it or lose it” rule that is evident in other areas of our body.In other words, if we only use one part of our visual field, the rest of our visual circuitry will begin to go inactive.

So how important is peripheral vision to our riding and what can we do to increase our visual performance?

 Peripheral Awareness  – Essential For Survival

Peripheral vision is the part of vision that occurs outside the main focus of gaze or the means to know what’s happening around you without turning your head. The loss of peripheral vision is commonly referred to as ‘tunnel vision’.

The role of peripheral vision is to spot the predators that lurk around us, originally tigers and nowadays more like cars and trucks or other riders and hazards that can do us harm. On the track, peripheral vision is a mega important skill essential to cutting fast laps, on the road its essential for survival.

Peripheral awareness is also linked to balance, movement, reaction speed, reduced mental fatigue and believe it or not intelligence. Its powerful stuff and improving our vision and, with training, our riding is there for the taking.

Information from the peripheral retina goes directly to the centre of the brain rather than to the brains visual centres. This means that your reaction speed is increased by using your peripheral vision. Boxers and martial artists know this. They don’t look directly at their opponent’s fists or feet, and can react quicker as a result.

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 Target Fixation

Good peripheral vision increases optimum awareness of your overall visual environment. The more aware we are of our surroundings the easier it is to move around.

As a motorcycle trainer, I see limited peripheral vision linked to a load of riding errors on motoDNAs advanced motorcycle training courses like target fixation, getting lost in turns, inconsistency, running wide, disorientation, mental fatigue, etc

Most riders also don’t look far enough ahead; however you can also look too far ahead; getting lost in the turn, hence peripheral vision is only part of the equation. You also need to understand how to apply it to your riding.

 Your Minds Eye

Fortunately, we can improve our peripheral vision by practising certain exercises, however, how many of us actually practise or exercise appropriate vision techniques to develop this much overlooked skill?

Next time you are riding down the highway, use your peripheral vision or your minds eye to look at the vehicles around you whilst keeping your eyes looking ahead.

You will be surprised by what you are able to see with your minds eye, different colours, and different types of vehicles and also look out for an important benefit – a slower sense of speed. If you are on the track, you may want to use more advanced vision enhancement techniques such as light reaction training to improve reaction times and enhance peripheral fields of vision.

 Practise Makes Perfect

Vision, is a dynamic process that involves combining skills of aiming, tracking and focusing, along with a bunch of other mental and neurological processes. So how does peripheral vision help us on the track or road?

To figure this out, let’s consider the elements needed to negotiate a corner, elements known as reference points (RP), these guide us and are vital to help prevent getting lost in the corner. Typical reference points include, braking point, turn in point, apex point and exit point.

The trick is to look ahead, but not too far, and lock in these reference points with your eyes then use your peripheral vision to judge distance and track your motorcycle between those points. On the road you will be scanning too, looking for potholes, oil spills, gravel, etc

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There’s so many ‘experts’ online these days, so its super important to learn the correct techniques and then do lots of practise, ideally in a controlled environment to reduce the risk from small mistakes.

So make a plan, get training and improve your riding out of sight.

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The National Transport Commission is asking for submissions

Jul , 2017,
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The National Transport Commission is asking for submissions rest assured your MRAQ will be making a submission. You as riders can also make your submissions by reading below for details thanks for taking the time. They want to change our filtering road rules and control of vehicle road rules, Please take the time to look into this by reading their information and make your voice heard by writing a submission just follow the links.

Thank You….

Australian Road Rules 12th
the Amendment Package Type of report
Information Report

Public Consultation
Purpose To support the public consultation process for the Australian Road Rules 12th
Amendment Package
Abstract
This report explains the proposed amendments to the Australian
Road Rules and attaches the draft legislative changes. We
are seeking feedback on the draft changes that will be considered by Ministers for approval in November 2017.
Submission details

Your feedback is sought about what proposed legislative changes
should proceed or not. If you have concerns about progression of any proposed changes please outline the reasons for them.
Your feedback on the amendment package will inform the
recommendations we present to ministers at the Transport and
Infrastructure Council meeting in November 2017. Any individual or organisation can make a submission to the NTC. To make an online submission, please visit www.ntc.gov.au and select

‘Submissions’ from the top navigation menu.
Alternatively you can post your comments to:
Att: Legislative maintenance team
National Transport Commission
Level 3/600 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Where possible, you should provide evidence, such as data and
documents, to support your views.
If you have any questions about the submission process, please
email
enquiries@ntc.gov.au
.
The public consultation period is open until
11 August 2017.
Feedback may be submitted
online at www.ntc.gov.au

Below direct link to Submissions page

Submissions
By considering your views we can deliver the most effective reforms possible. We welcome submissions from any individual or organisation to help us improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia’s transport systems. https://www.ntc.gov.au/submissions/

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MRAQ Progress on “Parking spaces being replaced.

Jul , 2017,
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MRAQ Progress on “Parking spaces being replaced

Since the loss of multiple motorcycle parking places due to the commencement of the Queens Wharf redevelopment in the Brisbane CBD the MRAQ has taken the lead in engaging with the Brisbane City Council and some other parties to find replacements for as many of the lost places as possible and to attempt to add even more.

The latest addition has been 70 new spaces added at North Quay which is 38 more that was originally planned is an example of what is underway.

Further places and alternatives are currently being worked through with the hope that all that were lost can be replaced plus additional alternatives can be implemented.

The MRAQ is always working in the interests of motorcyclists.”

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