Motorcycling to many is more than a way of getting from A to B. For passionate riders it's a way of life, representing a rich subculture that’s forever growing. However safety is paramount.
With the winter rain easing and New Zealand roads starting to dry, motorcyclists will be rejoicing as they abandon the heated grips, leave the wet weathers in the garage, and head to the open road. No doubt enjoyable and for some a way of life plus with increased traffic congestion and petrol prices soaring, we could see more and more bike enthusiasts as people ditch four wheels for two.
So let's talk motorcycle safety and while this page has an emphasis on motorcyclists, everyone has a part to play in keeping our whānau as safe as possible on our roads.
We don't need to tell you, but a well-maintained motorcycle (or vehicle) will be more reliable and safer. Ensure you check your bike and your gear regularly, especially if you haven't taken your bike out in a while. Let's have a look at key essentials before you feel the freedom of the open road.
The stats are a tough read, and no matter how good a rider you are or think you are, you are vulnerable every time you start that engine.
Did you know that open road riders:
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We hear you saying 'of course I do', but motorcyclists sometimes do things a little different to motorists - especially in heavy traffic. So if you're flltering or lane-splitting, two words - be careful. If you’re going to filter or lane split, keep your speed below 15km/h faster than the traffic and take extreme care. Check out information on road rules and licences >>
Motorists sometimes don't see bikes or may misjudge the speed of an oncoming cyclist, so adopt the habit of ‘have another look’ before you shoot for the gap in traffic or suddenly change lanes.
Have fun and enjoy the ride, now and the future.
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