The latest motorcycle helmet crash test results are now available giving riders a guide to the safest and best helmets available.
The Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) - a consortium of government agencies, has recently tested 30 helmets against a range of criteria including protection and comfort.
Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey said the Fox V3 helmet came out on top this year, achieving five out of five stars for protection and three out of five for comfort.
“Four other helmets tied for second place with a score of four out of five for protection and between three and four stars for comfort. While two helmets came in last with three stars for comfort but only one star for protection,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Motorcycle riders are more exposed than motorists and risk serious injuries if they are in a crash.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and motorcyclists also need to ensure their behaviour is safe – part of that includes choosing the right helmet and protective gear.”
These latest CRASH results give riders access to important information about the levels of protection a helmet provides.
“Your helmet is the most important piece of safety protection you’ll need when you’re riding – you never know when it may be called upon, so take advantage of the latest CRASH results and choose the one that’s best suited to your needs.”
Last year 18 per cent of all road fatalities and 13 per cent of all road injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, this continues to be a concerning statistic when you realise motorcycles account for only four per cent of motor vehicle registrations.
The Council has recently developed and released a trio of short videos on helmet safety from funding received from a 2016-17 Community Road Safety Grant.
Link to Motorcycle Council of Australia where helmet videos can be accessed http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/401.html
In a first for the Australian motorcycle industry, all the major motorcycle brands have joined forces to encourage riders across the country to get their motorcycle out of the garage and ride it to work.
The “National Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week” will run from October 8 to 15 under a dealer-focussed initiative designed to offer riders every opportunity to “get back on the bike” after the winter sabbatical.
It’s seen as a way of celebrating Australia’s motorcycling fraternity and also gathering rider numbers together as a signal to policymakers at all levels of government that the needs of riders should not be ignored.
A dedicated website (www.ridetoworkweek.com.au) will launch this week.
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A company which runs 27 motorcycle dealerships on the eastern seaboard of Australia has proved that two wheels are better than four when it comes to investment returns in the past year on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Shares in MotorCycle Holdings are up more than 85 per cent on the company's $2 issue price in last year's float.
With consumer spending particularly sluggish as soaring house prices and the big mortgage repayments required to service them, rising power bills and fears of unemployment as digital disruption sweeps through most industries, Mr Ahmet's firm is travelling against the trend.
"It's an easy purchase to justify. It's become more mainstream because it's transport as well and they're not heavy on fuel," Mr Ahmet said.
The average price tag for a new motorcycle is around $10,000, but the firm also has more expensive versions for more cashed-up buyers buoyed by the "wealth effect" from the escalating value of properties. A full-spec Harley Davidson tourer bike costs around $55,000, while a more exotic Italian MV Augusta will set the new owner back $60,000.
...Mr Ahmet said an increasing number of female riders are among buyers.