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``Ride Forever’’ When Riding This Summer

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4 December 2008

``Ride Forever’’ When Riding This Summer

The warmer weather and holiday season is the perfect combination to see more of New Zealand’s motorbike enthusiasts back on their bikes.

ACC injury prevention programme manager Anna Long is encouraging riders to take the time to refresh their skills and check over their bike and riding gear before getting out on the road.

``Although some riders indulge their passion all year round, many others keep the motorcycle just for summer. Those months off the bike can leave them more at risk of injury because their riding skills could be rusty.’’

Over the 2007/08 year, more than 1300 motorcycle riders were injured while riding their bikes on New Zealand’s roads.

``While one of the top two causes of those crashes is the motorcyclist losing control, the other top cause is a motorist simply not seeing the rider. Riders to be constantly monitoring their own riding ability and be super aware of what’s happening around them,’’ Ms Long said.

ACC’s top tips for riders this summer are:

• Start slow. Take it easy on the first few rides and give yourself time to get used to the bike again, and used to riding with others if on group rides.
• Wear the Gear. Even though it’s hot, wear full riding gear. That’s helmet and appropriate jacket, trousers, gloves and boots. Wear light clothes underneath and you can always strip off when you stop. If you need to update your kit from last year, do it. It could be the best money you’ll ever spend.
• Ride like you’re invisible. Never assume a motorist has seen you – they may not have.
• Ride to the conditions. Summer showers can make the roads greasy, especially the paint strips, so slow down. Watch out for oil patches and loose gravel. Also be aware that sunstrike could affect a driver’s ability to see you.
• Take it easy in summer traffic. Ride responsibly and be patient.

``Motorbike injuries are increasing every year. No rider wants to be injured but it happens far more than it should. If riders keep their speed down, stay within their skill level, stay alert and wear the right riding gear, this should be a great summer for getting out on the bike,’’ Anna Long said.

For more motorcycle safety information, please go to www.rideforever.co.nz

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