Who’d swap the adrenalin, fun and freedom of riding a motorcycle with being cooped up in a boring old car? Not many riders, that’s for sure. However, over the last year, more than 3,500 motorcycle riders were injured while riding their bikes on New Zealand’s roads. Whatever the cause, there’s a lot you can do to improve your safety when you’re on the road, without having to swap two wheels for four!

How safe are you?

Motorcycle riders are 22 times more likely than any other road user to be involved in a crash, and they’re far more likely to be seriously injured. While one of the top two causes of those crashes is the motorcyclist losing control, the other cause is a motorist simply not seeing the rider. Riders need to be constantly monitoring their own riding ability and to be super aware of what’s happening around them.

Ride Forever

The Ride Forever website (external link) is full of information for riders. From licensing and maintaining your bike through to news and articles on what’s happening in the motorcycle world.

Below are some quick tips for making yourself safer on the roads:

  • always wear the best protective clothing you can afford
  • always wear a helmet
  • ride defensively
  • make sure you’re seen by other road users
  • maintain your motorbike.

National training programme

The Ride Forever national training programme (external link) provides heavily subsidised training throughout the whole of New Zealand.

The training is a whole day with a maximum of six per course and 70% being on-road. The training is delivered by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) accredited providers.

There are three courses available:

  • Bronze (new riders) – make sure you’re ready for anything the road throws at you – only $20
  • Silver (experienced riders) – get the tips to make the most of your knowledge and take your riding to the next level – only $50
  • Gold (elite riders) – get your skills recognised – and learn a few new tips that are customised to your needs, and riding style – only $50.

Scooter riders

Check out the Scooter Survival Facebook page (external link). It’s all about scooters, including:

  • what to look out for when buying a scooter
  • what laws you need to know
  • easy tips to maintain your scooter
  • training
  • what’s happening in the scooter world.

Last updated: 29 May 2014

Last reviewed: 28 May 2014