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Stricter quad bike laws are now in force

1 Feb , 2017,
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FROM today 1/2/2017 all quad bike riders and passengers will need to wear a helmet.

Previously riders could use registered and unregistered quad bikes on private property – such as farms – without one.

The changes that have come into effect also ban children under the age of 8 and kids who can not reach the footrests from riding on any quad bikes or utility off-road vehicles (also known as all-terrain vehicles).
Anyone who breaches the new helmet law will be fined $365 and hit with three demerit points.

This offence will also be subject to existing motorcycle helmet double demerit point penalties.

So if a rider commits two or more motorcycle helmet offences occur within 12 months, the second and subsequent offences will incur double demerit points.

But Bundy farmers are ahead of the safety game.

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers chairman Allan Mahoney said while the farm he manages already does what is now legally required, he was pleased safety was becoming a priority for all quad bike users.

“Everyone is on board with the rules,” Mr Mahoney said.

“The change doesn’t impact registered vehicles which already had these rules, but it’s good to see everything stepping up,” he said.

“Anything we can do to keep safety a priority is great – any death is one too many.

“Hopefully it will keep new riders safe. It’s about respecting the equipment.”

Quad bikes have evolved to become a key aspect of farming.

“They are great for just getting from farm block to block, because there can be a great distance in between,” Mr Mahoney said.

“They are also used when we do spot spraying and carrying equipment.

“They are a great tool – I don’t know where we’d be without them.”

According to the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, the new rules apply to conditionally registered quad bikes and ATVs being used on Queensland roads and road-related areas.

The changes were put in place to make quad bike and ATV rules more consistent with road rule laws.

Queensland Workplace Health and Safety said current exemptions from wearing a helmet would still apply, provided the vehicle had seatbelts and roll-over protection.

They also had advice for quad bike riders not keen on wearing full-face helmets.

“A major quad bike distributor has developed a helmet specifically for quad bike use that will be available in the coming months.

“The Shark brand helmet is made for Australian conditions and is lightweight, cooler and does not impact vision or hearing.”

Mr Mahoney said he used open-faced helmets on the farm and, while they are uncomfortable and hot, he’d rather be safer.

He hasn’t tried the new Shark helmet yet.

“But it’s supposed to be lightweight so I’m sure it will be welcomed on farms,” Mr Mahoney said.


Proper Motorcycle Lane Positioning

28 Jan , 2017,
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More than just riding between the lines

Being smaller than the majority of road users is both an advantage and disadvantage of riding a motorcycle. However, many riders don’t give much active consideration to how they can apply a motorcycle’s advantages to help mitigate its disadvantages. Thanks to lane positioning options afforded by a bike’s small size, we can take proactive steps to keep those big, lumbering cars from becoming overly intimate with us.

The width of cars pretty much limits them to one place within a lane. If their driver can just keep it between the lines, they’re golden. Motorcycles, thanks to their being narrow, single-track vehicles, have a seemingly infinite number of slices within a lane that they can occupy. However, for the sake of simplicity, we’ll divide the lane into thirds: left, right and center. Think of these as lanes within the lane. Your choice of position within the lane can do two important things.

First, by creating a protective bubble of space around you (a “space cushion” in MSF parlance), you can give yourself more time to react should an inattentive car driver start claiming more than his fair share of the road. If you are traveling in the left lane overtaking a car on your right, you will be less vulnerable if you ride in the left third of the lane when passing through the car’s blind spot. Similarly, if a car is overtaking you, move to the third of the lane opposite that vehicle.

Motorcycle Lane Positons: Beside Pickup

Riding this close to an inattentive driver gives you no time to react. Make sure you have a space cushion.

The second benefit of lane positioning is that you can make yourself more visible to other traffic. If you’re following a car, stay in the center third so that your headlight can’t be missed in a car’s rear view mirror. Do the same when traveling in front of a car, too – but remember that a tail light doesn’t capture a driver’s attention as well as your high beam. When overtaking a car on its left, you can combine space cushioning with lane placement for better visibility.

As you approach the car, make sure you are in the right third of your lane, keeping your headlight in the car’s side mirror. Just before you enter the car’s blind spot, move to the left third of the lane and immediately move back to the right third once you are safely past the car. This keeps you as far as possible from the car when the driver can’t see you, but inserts your motorcycle back into their field of vision as you move in front of them. Your movement from the left to the right third of the lane should also attract the driver’s attention, pointing out that there’s someone new in front of them. As you navigate through traffic, you will constantly need to adjust your lane position to maximize your space cushion and visibility.

Unfortunately, traffic situations don’t always occur in ways that allow you to deal with them individually, as you could in the previous examples. Sometimes, if you pause for a moment, they will naturally separate in the flow of traffic, but in most cases, you’ll have to take what you’re given. In these instances, address the issues simultaneously.

Motorcycle Lane Positons: City Street

Maintain your cushion until you are past the vehicle and can place your bike into the driver’s line of sight.

If cars are both on the left and the right of your intended path of travel, choosing either side of the lane would compromise your space cushion with one of the vehicles. So, you’ll need to split the difference to get the most separation possible from both by passing them in the middle third of the lane. While this is not an ideal situation with either car, it does give you the best option for this scenario.

Make a game out of plotting the route you’d take while observing traffic – even if you’re not riding at the time. After all, isn’t having to constantly interact with your surroundings in an intellectually active way one of the attractions of riding? If you just wanted to sit on your ass traveling from point A to B, you’d be in a car…talking on a cell phone.

Finally, many riders neglect to consider the message they are sending to drivers with their lane position. The sad truth is that, as fewer people use their turn signals, drivers are being forced to make assumptions based on limited information about what the other road users are going to do.

Motorcycle Lane Positons: Wet Road

This rider has placed himself in a position to be more visible to the driver. If the car is overtaking the motorcycle, moving to the right would increase the space cushion as the car passed.

So, consider the signals you send to other road users through your actions within your lane. For example, how you would appear to an oncoming car when you ride in the left third of the left lane as you both approach an intersection? Your lane position could be misinterpreted as preparing to turn left, which could prompt the other driver to initiate his turn right in front of you. Instead, shift to the right third of your lane as you approach the intersection.

Could your shift to the right third of the lane be sending a different message when it occurs on a two-lane road rather than a four-lane one? Moving to the center of your lane on a two lane road would not give you as much of a space cushion, but there is less of a chance that your move will be interpreted as preparing to turn right than if you’d moved all the way over to the right third.

Either way, by moving away from the other car, you’ve increased your space cushion and clearly stated that you have no intention of turning left. Another benefit is that by switching positions, you’ve caused your headlight to waver, drawing the distracted driver’s attention to you.

Lane Positions: Three Motorcycles

As with any other riding skill, the more you use it, the more natural it becomes, so practice on every ride. Gradually, your choices of lane positioning will become intuitive, leaving you to use more of your concentration analyzing the traffic ahead of you – or just having fun with the wind in your face.


Ride To Survive – Ten Tips by motoDNA

13 Jan , 2017,
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Unfortunately for riders, its more perilous than ever riding a motorcycle these days.

Congestion, drivers using mobile phones, tailgating, poor road surface and just a general disregard for fellow human beings by aggressive drivers is making riding a motorcycle around Australian cities just not that much fun.

Here are ten tips to help you Ride To Survive.

1.  Wear Good Gear

Good riding gear is a must and can help hugely in reducing injury should the worst happen. There is a lot of cheap rubbish out there so always buy the best protective clothing and helmet you can afford.

Road Rider Kawasaki Bridge

2.  Attitude Shift

Its not fair that drivers use their mobile phone or tailgate but its important for riders to take responsibility for spotting these hazards as we are the ones that get hurt if it all goes wrong.

3.  Cover Brakes

Sometimes you need to react quickly and having your fingers on your brake lever reduces time trying to find it in an emergency.

4.  Scan

Riders should always be scanning for hazards, whether it is the road condition, mirrors, blind spots, texting drivers, etc . Make sure you are looking far enough ahead too.

5.  Training

As a trainer I see huge student skill gains even after one day of advanced training. Motorcycles are a lifelong journey and you should get regular training to keep your skills sharp. It’s a lot of fun too.


6.  Emergency braking

Emergency braking should be intuitive and practiced regularly. Start with using only the front brake and practice your way to including the rear plus changing down into first gear – just in case you have to make a hasty getaway from the tailgating cagers.

Start off by finding a quiet area with a slight uphill and make sure no one is behind you.

Think of braking in two stages. First setup; with light pressure, this will make the bike pitch forward, transferring vertical load onto the front tyre which increases grip.

Then squeeze the brake lever progressively, until you come to a complete stop. Never snatch at the brakes as this can cause the tyre to skid.

If the tyre begins to skid quickly release the brake and reapply.

15% of motoDNA students have the throttle on when they first practice emergency braking. We recommend you also pull the clutch in when you apply the brake, which negates this common issue.

7.  Road position

Your road position is dynamic which means it should change depending on the risk around you.

Imagine you are at the center of a safety bubble, the dimensions of which change in relation to the proximity of other road users, junctions and the condition and width of the road.

Safety Bubble

This creates a buffer zone between you and hazards, giving you more time to see, be seen and react.

Resist pressure to get pushed along by cars following too closely behind you.

It’s important that you keep that 3-second gap to the car in front so you can react in time to any hazards.

This also makes you more visible to other traffic users and you can also see more clearly around the car in front.

8.  Get To The Front

Bikes are lighter, narrower and more manoeuvrable than other vehicles, which is great for lane filtering. Getting to the front of the traffic at the lights means you can zoom away from the cars and get some space.

9.  Never Trust A Green Light

When you approach any junction you should be scanning for hazards. Never accelerate through the junction, cover your brakes, adjust your road position and scan that a car is not going to run their red light or stop sign and come out in front of you.

10.  Watch Your Speed

If you are fanging around the city in a rush it’s not going to end well for you. Chill out and and reduce your risk by watching your speed.

Practise Makes Perfect

There’s so many ‘experts’ online these days, so its super important to learn the correct techniques and then do lots of practise.

Make a plan, get training and improve your riding.




10 Jan , 2017,
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Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service Ian Stewart gives his personal road safety message to motorcyclists, and what Ridesafely4me means to him.


Who gives way at a roundabout?

5 Jan , 2017,
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Who gives way at a roundabout?

When approaching a roundabout you must give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.

In some cases on a multi-lane roundabout, it may be necessary to change lanes before exiting. If you are changing lanes you must give way to vehicles in the lane you are moving to.

Video of giving way at roundabouts



Rising road toll drives campaign push

1 Jan , 2017,
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The New Year has heralded a renewed push for greater safety on Queensland roads following a rise in road deaths for 2016 compared to the previous year.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the rising road toll, and in particular motorcycle fatalities, was alarming.

“As we start a new year, sadly we are reflecting on the terrible carnage on our roads in 2016,” Mr Bailey said.

“The 2016 road toll stands at 250 – which is seven deaths more than for the previous year and 27 deaths more than our lowest figure of 223 lives lost in 2014.

“For the victims and their families, life will never be the same and this is absolutely heartbreaking.”

Mr Bailey said the government was committed to lowering road trauma and distractions like mobile phones and drink driving would be priorities in 2017.

“Taking your eyes of the off the road to look at your phone, even for a moment, means you could miss something critical happening ahead of you.

“Updating your status or checking your snaps isn’t worth risking your life or those of other road users.

“Drink driving continues to contribute to around one in every five people killed and one in every 12 people seriously injured on our roads.

“Next month we will ask the community what they think about tougher responses to drink driving through a discussion paper.”

Mr Bailey said a new Road Safety Action Plan would be released in July.

“This will show Queenslanders exactly what we will be doing over the next two years to make our roads safer,” he said.

“Our goal remains to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our roads, but as we have repeatedly warned that cannot be achieved by government alone.

“Our roads, our vehicles and our drivers have never been safer – the big challenge now is to reach out to individual Queenslanders who continue to take risks or fail to heed road rules.

“I urge drivers, riders, pedestrians, passengers and cyclists to all take ownership of their behaviour and travel safely and considerately.

“I especially plead with every motorcycle rider in Queensland to do the right thing on the road – ride to the speed limit, slow down in wet weather, wear a helmet and protective clothing, obey the road rules and don’t ride under the influence.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If we all make a little effort, together we can have a huge impact.”

Mr Bailey said although Christmas and New Year was now over, the Palaszczuk Government would continue to urge motorists to keep safety top of mind when driving over the holiday period and into the future.

“Over the holiday season our “Memories” road safety campaign featured vintage holiday memories and experiences in a powerful message about the enduring impact of road trauma,” he said. “The campaign also encouraged people to get involved through social media by sharing their holiday memories on the Join the Drive website, and encouraging their family and friends to drive safely this holiday season.

“A new version similar in tone will also appear in the lead-up to Australia Day and other long weekends in 2017.

“People continue to enjoy holidays into the New Year and often travel to and from holiday destinations and I want people to remember to drive safely this holiday season.

“There will also be road safety reminders at the Brisbane Heat Big Bash games throughout January at the Gabba.

“Please drive safely and ensure your holiday memories are happy ones, as we all want a great, safe start to 2017.”

Road safety initiatives 2016-17

In February announced $5 million in funding for Round 5 of Community Road Safety Grants.
Held the fourth Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum, initiated by the Premier after the horrific Easter road toll in 2015
Road safety campaigns throughout the previous year will continue over the remainder of the school holiday period.
Delivery of road safety programs included:
Improved road infrastructure targeting highest risk locations
Rolling out the ‘Wide Centreline’ highway project
Motorcycle licencing reforms to ensure that testing and licensing requirements adequately prepare novice riders and encourage skill development. The changes include an off-road practical pre-learner training and assessment course, a minimum learner licence period of three months for all learner riders, an extension of the minimum RE (restricted) licence period to two years and stronger emphasis on riding behaviour and higher order skills in Q-Ride courses.
The installation of four new point-to-point speed cameras and 10 red light/speed cameras over the next two years to enhance the current program. (These cameras will be installed at locations that have a history of speed-related crashes or crashes involving motorists disobeying traffic lights.)
The Government is also continuing to address speeding in school zones and will install flashing school zone signs at a further 200 school zones in the next two years.

Editorial Cartoon -- Grand Rapids Press

3 Motorcycle Myths That Won’t Die

29 Dec , 2016,
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I used to write for a Harley-Davidson magazine whose editor secured me the long-term loan of a Heritage Softail from H-D’s press fleet. I rode the wheels off of that old barge, and enjoyed every mile, but I never subscribed to the unwavering dress code of the local Harley riders––a cat-bowl helmet over a do-rag, fingerless gloves: a denim or leather vest studded with ride pins, and leather chaps over jeans so greasy you could wring them out and use the drippings to lube your chain.

One day while out on the Heritage I pulled up to a gas pump behind a guy on a hardtail Shovelhead, costumed appropriately for his subculture. I was wearing my usual gear, an Aerostich Darien jacket and pants, gauntlet gloves, and a full-coverage helmet that cost more than some of the bikes I’d owned. The biker looked me up and down as if he suspected I’d stolen the Heritage, but curiosity won out and we struck up a conversation.

You now how sometimes you get talking to a total stranger and discover you both have a lot in common? This was the opposite of that. Although we were both motorcyclists, we had wildly differing views on riding gear (he thought my helmet––any helmet––was useless at best, dangerous at worst), accessories (he told me to get some loud pipes so people in cars would hear me coming), and riding techniques (he told me never to use the front brake because it’ll flip the bike and kill me––I’m sure he meant it, because his own bike didn’t have a front brake).

Over the years, thanks to encounters like this, I’ve developed the skill of simultaneously smiling, nodding, and grinding my teeth, mostly because the same old horsecrap myths about motorcycling keep popping up like meth-addicted prairie dogs. The damn things just won’t die, and even though I really should chill out and let people be as stupid as they want, I just can’t, because stupidity is contagious, and there’s always a chance that someone who doesn’t know any better will catch a lethal dose of it from some grizzled old fathead in a filthy Sturgis T-shirt who thinks “I had to lay ‘er down” is a legitimate excuse for crashing instead of an admission that he’s a terrible rider.

Bear with me, then, as I stick a pin in some of the most odious and persistent moto-myths in the sport.

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Motorcycle tire mold release


Are new tires really coated with a mold release during the manufacturing process?

Tire Mold Release

This mythical substance is often blamed for the crashes suffered by riders who have just had new tires installed, ride out of the dealership, and promptly land on their asses in the first corner they come to. It’s supposed to be a slippery solution applied to the mold before the tire goes in for the final cure to keep it from sticking to the mold when it’s opened.

The problem with this myth is that tires don’t stick to the molds in the first place. Mike Manning, Director of Marketing for Dunlop says, “We don’t spray the molds with anything. The tires come out of the mold just fine on their own.” Kevin Hunley, who is the Senior Manager of Motorcycle and Kart products of Bridgestone Americas, echoed that, saying, “There is no need for any type of mold release.”

But something must be causing all those new-tire crashes, right? In fact, there is a reason so many riders biff it on fresh rubber, but it has little to do with the rubber itself.

A new tire needs to be broken in gently, but not because you need to scuff off any slippery stuff on the tread surface. “The reason they need to be broken in is due to a chemical product,” said Manning. “All the different chemicals in it cure in the mold, but once they go on the bike the first few heat cycles finish that curing process.”

And that’s not all that needs to be broken in. As tires wear, their profiles change—typically the rear flattens in the middle and the front wears on the sides––and your reflexes adjust to those changes over the course of the tire’s life. When you get new tires with their nice round profiles, your bike’s handling changes instantly, but your reflexes don’t. You roll out of the service department on your new rubber, flick the bike into the first corner just the way you’ve been doing it for the last several thousand miles, and boom––you’re on your head.

As Manning said, “You were used to riding on your old tires they way they were, but when you get new tires the profile’s different. You have to get used to it. It’s more breaking you in than the tire.”

Hunley agreed, and cited Bridgestone’s website: In order for your new tire(s) to provide optimum performance, tires should be ridden very cautiously for the first 100 miles in order for the tread surface to be “Scuffed-In” and work properly. Directly after new tires are mounted, sudden acceleration, maximum braking and hard cornering must be avoided. This will allow the rider to adjust to the “Feel” and handling characteristics of the new tire and for the new tire to be “Scuffed-In” correctly in order to achieve optimum grip level.

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Motorcycle helmet laws


Since the vertical speed at which your head hits the pavement matters far more than the horizontal speed you’re moving when it happens, wearing a helmet seems to be a smart thing to do.


Oh sweet Jeebus, where do I even begin with this? Look, if you don’t want to wear a helmet, don’t, I guess, although in some states it’s not really up to you. But if you insist on exercising your right as an American to do demonstrably stupid things out of sheer stubbornness (aka “Because I can, that’s why”) at least have the guts to admit it instead of telling people the reason you’re doing it is because helmets don’t work, like the guy who once told me helmets are tested to a maximum speed of 13 mph, so how can you expect them to protect you at highway speeds?

The best way to tell a lie is to season it with a dash of truth. There’s some truth to that 13 mph figure, but it’s not the whole story. For that I turned to Dave Thom, who worked with the late, great Harry Hurt on the first comprehensive study of motorcycle safety ever conducted in the U.S., Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, often appropriately called the Hurt Report.

Thom’s CV is impressive: motorcycle-accident research assistant and associate (1977-1981); research associate and later the laboratory director of the University of Southern California’s Head Protection Research Laboratory (1981-1998); general and senior program manager of the Head Protection Research Laboratory of Southern California (1998-2003); and currently a senior consultant specializing in protective headgear, safety, and research at Collision and Injury Dynamics, Inc. So, yeah, he knows something about helmets.

I once asked Thom about that 13 mph figure. “It’s an important and often misunderstood point,” he said. It turns out that 13 mph—13.4 mph, if you want to get picky about it––is the terminal velocity of an object dropped from six feet, or about the maximum height of the head of a rider seated on a motorcycle. “If you pick something up and drop it from six feet, it’ll hit the ground going 13.4 mph.”

OK, but what if I’m going 60 mph when I crash?

“The speed on your speedometer is very seldom any indication of how hard you’re going to hit your head,” Thom said. “The only situation where it is an indication is if you hit a vertical object, like a bridge abutment. Then your speedometer speed is very important.” But in most motorcycle accidents, the rider’s head falls more or less straight down and hits the ground at 13.4 mph or less. “We found way back in the Hurt studies that the typical impact on a head at the 90th percentile was less than the DOT impact speed of 13.4 mph.”

In other words, the vertical speed at which your head hits the pavement matters far more than the horizontal speed you’re moving when it happens. If you want a demonstration of this, Thom said, just turn on your TV and watch a motorcycle road race. “If you’ve ever seen a guy fall off at 120, they almost always get up even though their forward speed was huge. They fall off, and they very likely hit their head at least once, but they have that six-foot fall––“ much less in the case of many road racers whose elbows are practically skimming the track when they bail “––which is what we test helmets at.”

No safety device works 100 percent of the time––not helmets, air bags, seat belts, parachutes, or condoms––but using them increases the odds in your favor. If you disagree, fine. It’s that sort of keen analytical thinking that keep Las Vegas casinos open, and EMTs working double shifts on sunny weekends. Just don’t try to convince me or anyone else that head-butting the highway without a helmet is safer than with one.

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Loud pipes save lives


Unbaffled straight pipes like these can be annoyingly loud in traffic. Are they really making the rider more noticeable to drivers who aren’t paying attention?

Loud Pipes Save Lives

This one has even other motorcyclists shaking their heads in disbelief. The idea is that despite the uncontested fact that many car drivers are morons––so busy texting, yelling at the kids in the backseat, and yacking on their cell phones that they run over motorcycles and don’t even slow down to see what that thud was––they will respond to a low rumbling sound coming from somewhere outside the car and immediately think, “Ooh, there must be a motorcycle nearby. I must set aside all distractions and watch out for the rider’s welfare.”

That’s a nice theory, but it crumbles in the face of reality. Most of the threats to motorcycles, such as left-turning cars, oncoming traffic wandering over the double yellow lines, and sudden lane changes, first appear in front of the bike or just to the side, well within the rider’s immediate field of vision. Loud pipes, I’ll thank you to note, are pointed 180 degrees away from these potential accident causes. It’s like taking all the STOP signs in town and turning them around so you only see them in your mirrors after you zoom through the intersection.

Noise isn’t actually all that good at alerting people to your presence, anyway. Ask firefighters, EMTs, and ambulance drivers how many times other vehicles fail to yield to a blaring siren in traffic. Some of that is due to sheer stupidity, but it’s also because when you first hear a faint siren in the distance, it’s damned hard to tell where it’s coming from, and damned near impossible to hear at all if the car radio is playing loudly. You usually get a clear idea of where the emergency vehicle is only when you see the flashing lights.

I almost broke Google looking for a large-scale, objective, scientifically conducted, peer-reviewed study showing that users of loud pipes have a lower mortality rate compared to other motorcyclists. I found a lot of studies on the effectiveness of helmets, and bright clothing, but most of what I found regarding loud pipes consisted of anecdotal evidence that wouldn’t stand up in food court. “He was going to turn left in front of me, but I revved the engine and he stopped.” How can you be sure that’s what prevented an accident? Maybe the driver saw your headlight, or a glint of sunlight bouncing off chrome, or just decided there wasn’t time to turn before you got to the intersection.

Relying on loud pipes to alert car drivers to your presence is a passive strategy that hands responsibility for your safety and well-being to the very people you fervently believe are too stupid and inattentive to share the road with you. You might as well set your hair on fire, close your eyes, and step off the curb into traffic yelling, “Please don’t hit me!” Actually, that might work better than loud pipes, because at least the fire would attract attention; there’s plenty of credible data showing that visual stimuli like auxiliary lights and high-visibility riding gear are effective at getting drivers to notice you.

Defensive riding is every rider’s best shot at getting home in one piece. Stay out of other drivers’ blind spots. Slow down approaching intersections. Create and maintain a safety buffer in traffic by following at a safe distance and waving tailgaters by. Leave yourself room to escape if the sh*t comes down. Put a plug in those pipes and learn to ride defensively.


Focus on holiday memories continues the road safety message

26 Dec , 2016,
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With Christmas over for another year and New Year approaching, it’s time to keep safety top of mind when driving over the holiday period.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the “Memories” road safety campaign will now shift to feature vintage holiday memories and experiences.

“I urge Queenslanders to drive safely over the school holidays and the Australia Day long weekend,” Mr Bailey said.

“We’ve already had a shocking start to the Christmas holiday period with 246 fatalities, nine up from the same time last year.

“We don’t want to see any more deaths on our roads.”

Mr Bailey said the holiday commercial will feature in cinemas, outdoor billboards, press and online from December 26 with the new television commercial airing from January 22 in the lead-up to Australia Day.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, every fatal crash or serious injury has a long-lasting effect on the family and friends left behind,” he said.

“Plan your journey and, if you are travelling a long way, prepare to have regular rest stops to avoid fatigue.

“Stick to the speed limit and never overtake in an unsafe manner. If it’s wet, drive with extra caution and if it’s flooded, forget it.

“Please drive safely and ensure your holiday memories are happy ones, as we all want a great, safe start to 2017.”

The road safety reminders will also be court-side at the Brisbane Bullets vs Cairns Taipans New Year’s Eve game, as well as at the Brisbane Heat Big Bash games throughout January at the Gabba.

The campaign also encourages people to get involved through social media by sharing their holiday memories on the Join the Drive website, and encouraging their family and friends to drive safely this holiday season.


  • 246 people lost their lives on Queensland roads this year (up 9 on last year)
  • 1 in 4 road fatalities involved a speeding driver (2015)
  • 1 in 5 road fatalities involved a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol (2015)
  • 33 fatalities and 2,068 people injured from traffic crashes during last year’s 50-day campaign
  • 624,798 RBTs and 9,287 drug tests were conducted during last year’s campaign
  • $365 and three demerit points is the current first offence fine for using your mobile phone while operating a vehicle.


Five common riding mistakes, and how to avoid them

24 Dec , 2016,
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Riding mistakes

NONE of us are perfect riders and there’s never a point where you’ve learnt all there is to know about riding; that’s one of the things that’s so great about motorcycling. What’s not so great is getting it wrong, which is why we’ve put together this list o five mistakes most of us make and how to avoid them.

Riding beyond your limits

It’s so easy to travel faster than you’re really comfortable with but you often won’t discover you’re going too quickly until you’re panicking your way into an oncoming bend or finding that you’re closing in on traffic in front far too fast.

We’re not just taking about riding fast here, we mean riding too quick for comfort: beyond your confidence and skill levels, which can make a gentle bend feel like a sharp corner. When this happens, you’re left with little room for error and this is a common mistake that results in a lot of crashes where there’s no other vehicle involved because if you don’t have the skill or confidence to make it through a bend, you could end up off the road or in the opposite lane.

How to avoid it

Be honest with yourself when it comes to your skill. If you’re riding with mates and they’re going a little quicker than you’re happy with, don’t be worried about backing off your pace – if your mates aren’t dicks, they won’t leave you and you won’t be at increased risk of parking yourself and your bike in a hedge. Just ride for yourself, at a speed you’re comfortable with.


Misjudging corners

Anyone who tells you they’ve never completely misjudged a corner is telling porkies. It’s a mistake even the most season rider can still make and is a common riding error because there’s so much to consider when it comes to getting through a corner – line, speed, turn in, approach, radius of turn – we could go on.

Misjudging a corner doesn’t necessarily mean crashing, it could mean running in too deep and having to brake mid-corner, crossing into the opposite lane or not being able to follow your chosen line through the turn.

How to avoid it

Get your gear selection and braking done before you get to the bend, so you’re approaching it at a speed you’re comfortable with, which’ll mean you can turn when you want to and have enough time to think about and react to the road condition, debris, size of your lane and type of bend.

Make sure you’re positioned correctly to get the best view through the corner – out to the left for a right-hand bend and a bit to the right of centre for a left-hander. Doing this will means you can see the true vanishing point of the corner, which’ll let you gauge whether it’s becoming tighter or opening up – that means you’ll know for sure when to apply the gas again.

Motorcycle accident

Not reading the road

Reading the road is a crucial part of riding, and is doubly important when riding in towns and cities, where there may be a lot of vehicles around you and lot happening. Failing to read the road can mean the difference between negotiating a busy main road with ease, or running in to the side of another vehicle when you get between it and a turn – which you want to avoid.

How to avoid it

Slow things down and look at what’s happening ahead of you. Most road users give good clues to what they’re about to do. Indicating is the most obvious, but a change in road positong can indicate that a car is about to make a turn.

When filtering past slow moving traffic, you might be able to see car wheels turning before a signal is given. Even being able to see what a driver is looking at – how they’re positioned in the car may tell you something about what they may do.

You can get a good idea of what kind of driver you’re behind based on how they’re driving, which’ll tell you the best course of action to take. For example – drivers that repeatedly signal to manoeuvre and then cancel their signal could be lost and may do something erratic, like make a last minute turn or brake suddenly, which means hang back and wait for a clear and safe passing opportunity.

If you’re approaching a busy junction and the traffic is moving slowly, there’s probably a good reason, so assess what the surrounding vehicles are doing, how they’re positioned, where they could be going, look at the road layout to give you clues as to what might be happening and how best to negotiate it.

Motorcycle visibility

Assuming you’ve been seen

If you go around assuming that everyone knows you’re there, you’re asking for trouble. Assuming that other road users have seen you and know where you are puts you at risk of getting knocked off. Other road users may be so engrossed by their phones, screaming kids or banging tunes that they’ve got no hope of knowing you’re near them, regardless of your fetching head-to-toe kit and loud exhaust.

How to avoid it

Don’t assume you’ve been seen and proceed with caution. Treat every road user like a blind idiot that’s likely to do something unpredictable and stupid at any moment. Do this and you’ll inevitably see situations unfold in front of you that you’ll be glad not to be near.

Being self righteous

We can be a bit self righteous at times, can’t we? Our sense of entitlement on the road comes from being vulnerable and the consequences we face when things go wrong for us. But that’s not going to save you from an accident, or from coming off like a dick when another road user makes a mistake.

How to avoid it

Accept that people make mistakes. If someone strays into your lane at a junction or on a big roundabout, it’s usually best to accept it and make sure you can move to a safer position. A sense of entitlement won’t protect you fron a 1.5-tonne high-velocity metal cage.


Motorcycle riders urged to take care as road toll continues to rise

21 Dec , 2016,
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Minister for Road Safety Mark Bailey has rallied five-time world MotoGP champion Mick Doohan to help plead with riders and drivers to make safety a priority these Christmas holidays.

Mr Bailey said he was so shocked by the rising road toll, and in particular the recent spate of motorcycle fatalities, that he called Mr Doohan to help get the message through.

“The statistics are alarming – 10 motorcycle riders (as of 20/12) have been killed on the road this month alone in Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“That’s 62 (as at 20 Dec) motorcycle riders that have lost their lives this year – a quarter of the overall road toll.

“We’re four days out from Christmas and our road toll is already at 244 (20/12) – seven more than last year.

“This is a tragic loss of life and it is unacceptable.

“I urge drivers, riders, pedestrians, passengers and cyclists to all take ownership of their behaviour and travel safely and considerately.

“I especially plead with every motorcycle rider in Queensland to do the right thing on the road – ride to the speed limit, slow down in wet weather, wear a helmet and protective clothing, obey the road rules and don’t ride under the influence.

“I want to thank Mick Doohan for helping to spread the important road safety message, especially during the holiday season.”

Mr Doohan, who helped launch the Palaszczuk Government’s Sixth Sense motorcycle campaign earlier this year, again urged riders to use their sixth sense on the road to reduce their chances of a crash.

“Sixth sense is the high level of awareness required to ride a motorcycle safely,” Mr Doohan said.

“It’s that unique instinct that helps us read the road, the conditions, the potential hazards and to stay focussed and in control.

“It doesn’t matter if riders are experienced, or just starting out, it is essential they keep their wits about them, trust their instincts on the road and anticipate mistakes by others.”

Chris Mearns, President of the Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Queensland said he’s concerned with the increase in fatalities and that all road users need to be more vigilant.

“We have seen an increase in the number of multi vehicle crashes involving motorcycles resulting in fatalities this year,” Mr Mearns said.

“When it is a motor vehicle driver at fault, the usual response is that they did not see the motorcycle.

“We are supportive of educating motorcyclists about road safety but other drivers need to be wary too.”

Mr Bailey said that with Christmas just a few days away, it was timely to drive or ride safely.

“Don’t remember this Christmas for all the wrong reasons. Please be safe on the road,” Mr Bailey said.