Travelling by motorcycle or scooter is an enjoyable way to get around - so it's no wonder it's growing in popularity.
It's important to get as much information as you can about riding before you hit the road. Information including protecting your body, riding safely and your responsibilities when carrying pillion passengers can all be found on the VicRoads and Spokes websites.
Motorcycles with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) technology have the potential to significantly reduce serious motorcycle crashes, particularly at intersections. During an emergency braking situation the wheels can lock up, causing the motorcycle to skid or slide out from under you. A bike with ABS has electronic sensors to detect lock-up before it occurs, applying just the right amount of pressure to maximise braking performance. ABS offers significant safety benefits to riders and can reduce braking distance and increase stability.
Wearing the right clothing while riding is just as important, with a recent study showing that motorcyclists were 21% less likely to be admitted to hospital if they crashed while wearing motorcycle jackets. The risk reduced even further when wearing motorcycle pants or gloves.
Whether you're just starting out, getting back into riding or thinking of buying a new motorcycle, make sure Spokes is the first place you head for riding resources. You can also find out about the graduated licensing system we've introduced to keep novice riders safe.
Even if you don't ride yourself, it's important for all road users to understand the risks motorcyclists face by putting yourself in their shoes.