Queenslanders urged to get back on their motorbikes

Could motorcycles provide a travel solution with easing coronavirus restrictions?

The Australian motorcycle industry and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) have urged Queenslanders to get back on their motorcycles when returning to daily travel arrangements. 

The suggestion comes as COVID-19 travel restrictions have been eased across the state – allowing unlimited travel and overnight stays – and travel to workplaces is increasing. 

The motorcycle industry and FCAI are also trying to fix a reported disparity between the number of registered motorcycles and licensed riders. 
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there are 2.1 million licensed riders across Australia, but only 870,000 registered motorcycles. 

The ABS figures mean there are 1.2 million licensed riders across the country who aren’t riding a motorcycle. 

FCAI Motorcycle Manager Rhys Griffiths said he hoped lapsed riders would return to their bikes as commuting rates increased.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we go about our lives,” Mr Griffiths said. 

“So, the message is, get them out of the shed, get them serviced and get riding. If you haven’t got a bike, your local dealer is open for business.”

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Mr Griffiths said as the volume of vehicles on the roads increased to potentially beyond pre-pandemic levels, riders could also negotiate traffic and park conveniently, cutting commute times.

“Motorcycles and scooters present a clever solution to the challenges the pandemic presents,” he said. 

“A motorbike might well be the best way to maintain social distance without creating congestion. 

“Riders can avoid the contagion risks presented by public transport while cutting commute times by lane filtering through increased traffic.”

Mr Griffiths said riders were reminded to observe all social distancing and contagion control requirements and to regularly disinfect their helmets, gloves and any high-touch vehicle control surfaces.

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Ride to work week’s pre-ride check 

  • Be seen and heard: Test the headlight, indicators and horn.
  • Reflect: Adjust mirrors and make sure they won’t move in motion. 
  • Sprung out: Check the suspension for weeping oil and perished seals. 
  • Slow that roll: Do the brake pads have enough on them to perform an emergency stop? 
  • Taut and slippery: Check your chains for stretching and sprockets for teeth wear. The chain needs to be cleaned, lubricated and tensioned correctly. 
  • After the rider: Repeat all checks and make sure everything is where it was before you left.