Loud Pipes Not Allowed: The War On Exhaust Noise

Most motorcycle riders love the sound of a good exhaust. Many go out of their way, investing time and money on modifying their exhausts or buying aftermarket systems. Some just want to make their exhausts sound better. Many do it because of the common belief that “loud pipes save lives”....
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Loud Pipes Not Allowed: The War On Exhaust Noise

Exciting Tyre News From Michelin, Metzeler, and Pirelli

The three tyre manufacturers launched new road and track tyres. Michelin introduced 4 new tyres to their Power series, Metzeler launched new Racetec™ Slick racing tyres and Pirelli developed new tyres for the Ducati Superleggera V4. Michelin Power Series Michelin have completely revamped their Power range of tyres with 4...
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Exciting Tyre News From Michelin, Metzeler, and Pirelli

Review: Lego Ducati Panigale V4 R

The Good:* Authentic realistic details* Enjoyable build* Looks awesome! The Not So Good (all very minor!)* Rear of bike looks unfinished* No seat* Flimsy windscreen Lego and Ducati. Two brand names everyone knows, although I do not believe many people associate one with the other. Well, that's going to change...
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Review: Lego Ducati Panigale V4 R

Should We Wave The Nod Goodbye?

Photo: Ronen Topelberg About a year after getting my motorcycle license I went travelling in Europe with close friends. This was in the 80’s and at the time there were not that many motorcycles on our roads where we grew up. There was definitely no motorcycle culture that we knew...
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Should We Wave The Nod Goodbye?

The New Yamaha MT-07 Tracer Is Not Coming To Australia

Disappointing news for the Yamaha Tracer fans: the new, 2nd generation MT-07 Tracer (also known as Tracer 700) will not be available in Australia in the near future. Yamaha Motors Australia have confirmed this in response to an OzRider query. More Than Just an Entry Level Sport-Tourer The MT-07 Tracer...
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The New Yamaha MT-07 Tracer Is Not Coming To Australia

Faster, But Not Fast

Disclaimer: OzRider does not condone or encourage speeding! We believe all road users must always obey the road rules. When we ride our motorcycles we have no physical protection, except for our riding gear. We do not have a metal cage around us, no front/rear bumper bars and no airbags....
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Faster, But Not Fast

Sorry Mate, This Is Why I Didn’t See You

One of the most common causes of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents is the SMIDSY. Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You. A lot has been written about the SMIDSY and many studies regarding this subject have been conducted. So do drivers really not see us? We are not invisible, we use the...
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Sorry Mate, This Is Why I Didn’t See You

So, What’s the Deal with Reflectors?

There’s been a fair amount of discussion in forums and social media lately regarding the legal requirements for motorcycle reflectors. This came after reports of riders being fined for not having side reflectors fitted to the front fork of their bikes. The purpose of this article is to clear up...
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So, What’s the Deal with Reflectors?



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The Ability to Take Responsibility
Bike Accidents

What is the first question most of us ask when we hear of a motorbike accident? I would say it’s most definitely “is the rider ok?”. The next questions tend to be along the line of “what has happened?” and “how did it happen?”. Because in our minds we try to establish whose fault it was and who is to blame.

I believe that the blame is of no interest to anyone except the police, the courts and the insurance companies. We as riders, have a completely different concept to focus on – responsibility!

Hayabusa Hits Insane 436 km/h
Guy Martin Suzuki Hayabusa

Ex TT racer Guy Martin recently set an incredible speed record on the heavily improved Suzuki Hayabusa at a Straightliners event in Elvington runway, UK. The Brit set a speed of 436 kmph !

Anyone who has the courage (or insanity…) to ride a motorcycle that reaches one-third of the speed of sound deserves our respect. But Martin, a racer, mechanic and TV presenter, has attempted and succeeded in breaking all kinds of weird speed records, ranging from sleds (134.3 km/h) to …

Look Out For Motorcycles
Look Out For Motorcycles

Look out for motorcycles. They are on the road with you. Next to you, in front of you, behind you and on the road you are turning into. 

We, the riders, want to get to our destination safely. Just like you do. We are someone’s partner, husband or wife. We are brothers, sisters, parents and friends. We want to be safe on the road. The fact that we have fewer wheels on our vehicles should not make us invisible.

ATGATT: All The Gear All The Time
ATGATT

ATGATT, All The Gear All The Time, the issue every motorcycle rider has had on their mind at some point in their riding career. The issue that has destroyed friendships, broken families and split riding groups. Some random bloke at a pub even told me he read on the internet (must be true then) that the American Civil War started when the Harley riders of the South refused to wear full face helmets!

The Dangers of Tunnel Vision
Tunnel Vision

The human eye is an amazing organ! and together with another amazing organ – the brain, it provides us with our vision. (and could we ride our bikes without our vision?…)

Just like any other organ in our body the eye can also suffer from imperfections, diseases and medical conditions. One of these conditions is called tunnel vision, and is defined as the tendency to focus …

Lane Filtering – the Safe(ty) Side
Lane Filtering

Lane filtering… lane splitting… lane sharing… different people call it a different name. It is the act of riding a motorcycle in a slow speed between two rows of slow moving or stationary vehicles heading in the same direction. All of us riders have done it, all of us drivers have seen riders doing it. In fact, for many years I was stuck daily in Sydney’s peak hour traffic and was jealous of the riders splitting lanes around me.