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This article is really aimed at car drivers so forward it onto drivers that you know.   When I tell people that I ride motorcycles I get a range of reactions.  Anything from a blank stare to “that sounds great” to “you must be crazy” to “another temporary Australian” (that’s what my father used to say!).  Often people find it necessary to tell me about their friend or someone they know who knows someone who has had a bad accident or even died (even if it happened 25 years ago).  Then of course, there are the people that tell me...

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7 motorcycle fatalities this year in SA where I live and looks like 10 in NSW and 15 in Victoria (I got these stats from various sources on the net so I assume they’re correct).  A rider died yesterday afternoon at Kersbrook in the Adelaide hills, a well-known motorcycling area.  It seems this 24-year-old rider lost control and hit a guard rail when he came off.  He died instantly.  Here’s some sobering facts but does it have to be like this?  4.5 per cent of all Australian passenger vehicle registrations are motorcycles and about 0.9 per cent of vehicle-kilometres travelled. However,...

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Like it or not, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been riding, you probably have (at least) a few bad riding habits!  Any of these sound familiar?  Bad habit 1     Not looking far enough down the road Did you know that at 110 k’s per hour you travel about 33 metres per second?  This means that if you’re only looking at the vehicle close in front of you, you only have one or two seconds to react if they do something unexpected.  It simply isn’t long enough to react to many things that can and do happen.   The fix...

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  Like many people, at this time of year I reflect on life, the universe and everything – including motorcycling.   An immediate realisation is that there’s no place I’d rather be than on a motorbike.   For me, it’s heaps better than a car.   As I write this, I am away with my wife and younger kids.  They came in the car.  I rode my Beemer.   When you’re riding a motorbike, you are part of the environment.  If it’s cold, you’re cold.  If it’s wet, you’re wet.  If it’s hot, you’re hot.  You smell the breeze –...

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Special E-report on Motorcycle Safety - 3 minute read  Ride Smart - Ride Safe  Just the other day as I set out for ride a friend said to me “ride safe”.   It got me thinking.  “Safe motorcycling” is almost an oxymoron - a combination of two contradictory or opposite words.  The word “safety” means “the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss”.  Using this dictionary definition, there really is no way to make motorcycling totally safe.  In fact, for many of us the element of risk and “danger” is part of the...

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