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Cold and Wet Motorcycle Gear Failure

Failed! Cold and Wet   We don’t always put a lot of thought into the motorcycle gear or accessories we buy… often we just see something spunky and cool looking and think, I gotta have me one of those! But… when you shop for a particular product for a specific purpose, that’s when you’re going to become despondent if that …

Lane Filtering vs Lane Splitting

Let us clear up any confusion over Lane Filtering and Lane Splitting…   Lane Filtering:   In Australia, this is where a motorcycle rider moves past slow-moving or stagnant vehicles, no faster than 30km/h. Each State may differ, but it is generally permissible when a rider is travelling between adjacent lanes of traffic, heading in the same direction.   It …

Tailgating

Tailgating:   Having insufficient reaction time and distance between vehicles, to avoid an impact.   After a recent scare with some tailgating truck drivers, both on my bike and in my car, I needed to write this article, to bring awareness to the dangers of this practice. In both instances, I was doing the posted speed limit, but that is …

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Look and React

Conquering correct head and eye positioning is one of the first obstacles to overcome if you want to become a competent rider. Keep your head and eyes up and turn your head so your nose is pointing in the direction where you want to go; that will naturally put your eyes perfectly ready for you to look where you want …

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Relax to Ride

Relax to Ride   Hey… did you realise that a motorcycle, at road speed, stays upright, with or without the rider?   Balance for a motorcycle is not provided by a rider, but instead by those two rubber-clad round things underneath. It’s likely, at some stage you’ve felt your motorcycle swerve, wiggle, slip and slide… due to surface changes, like …

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Fear

Fear… Flicking back the throttle, Percy’s front wheel lifts slightly, as the red light vanishes for green. Pure exhilaration from speedy acceleration fills my body with tingling delight as I race along Plenty Road, through the ever-expanding industrial area of NE Melbourne. Free from thought and obligation as I roar past countless mechanics and panel beaters, the ropes of my …

Hit the Road

When is the right time… how do you know when you’re ready?   You’ve got yourself a road bike and you’re learning to ride. Let’s assume that you are car licensed and are aware of the road rules. You have had some riding lessons, with an accredited instructor.    You’re wearing the correct protective gear and you’ve been having extra …

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Moto Women Tips

  Tips, skills and techniques shared, for the woman moto ♥ Unleash your inner moto woman with these tips and techniques. Stay comfortable, safe, and in control on your motorcycle with these practical strategies.           Failed! Cold and Wet When in the middle of whoop-whoop, the last thing you want failing, is your clothing…     …

The beats go on

The Beats go on…  We wear helmets, gloves, boots, Kevlar, goggles, leather, armour, goggles, but hey… what about our ears? How do you go about protecting them? At high speeds, the ambient wind noise-level reaches over 100dB. It can sound high-pitched, be annoying, distracting and over time… damaging. Do you use protective earplugs, noise-cancelling plugs or add to the noise …

How to Crash

How to Crash… safely No one wants to crash, but there’s no guarantee we won’t… so being aware of the main mistakes we make as motorcyclists and if we’re going down, knowing what to do… will hopefully lessen the pain and keep you alive.   The three big no-no’s of common mistakes:   1. Following distance…   Do not tailgate …

Fifty Dollar Head

Fifty-dollar Head… Fifty-dollar Helmet…  A guide to buying a motorcycle helmet. The Safety and performance of a helmet is foremost. Helmet law, riders should look for a label saying the helmet is compliant with either AS 1698:1988 or AS/NZS 1698:2006 Australian/New Zealand Safety Standards or NZS 5430 and UNECE 22.05 the European equivalent, which is allowed in Australia. It is also …