The Rider's Handbook
Statistics indicate that serious casualty crashes involving motorcyclists in South Australia:
- are more likely to occur in metropolitan Adelaide
- are mostly single vehicle crashes
- occur more frequently on Saturdays & Sundays
- are more likely to occur if the rider is under the influence of alcohol or
- are more likely to occur if the rider does not have a motorcycle
Research also shows:
- Riders using sports motorcycles are more likely to be involved in serious injury crashes than riders on other types of motorcycle.
- Sports motorcycles are typically ridden at higher than average speeds, which reduces the time available to spot, interpret and react to a hazard, and increases the potential number and severity of
- A large number of fatal motorcycle crashes occur on motorcycles that have been borrowed. Every motorcycle handles differently and it is easy to make mistakes on an unfamiliar motorcycle.
- Riding at night, particularly on country roads, is considerably more dangerous for motorcyclists than other road users. The risks of hitting an animal, misjudging a curve or not seeing a change in road surface are all increased at night.
The incidence of motorcycle death and serious injury in South Australia has increased in recent years as a proportion of all road serious casualties, while all road user trauma has generally decreased, motorcyclist casualties are reducing at a slower rate.
If you would like to start riding a motorcycle you must first attend a Rider Safe course.
Rider Safe is a compulsory motorcycle rider training course for all novice motorcyclists. The course teaches the basic and advanced skills necessary for safe riding on roads.
You are advised to complete the basic training course before you purchase a motorcycle. Both helmets and motorcycles of different sizes are available for loan during the basic course to afford an opportunity to determine your riding ability before you decide to purchase your own motorcycle.
The basic course covers classroom and practical (off-road) sessions, which includes straight riding, turning, gear changing and braking, and is accompanied by a competency-based form of assessment, entitling the learner to apply for a learner’s permit (R date).
The advanced course includes a training session (off-road) and a practical assessment, which focuses on competent control of a motorcycle.
When learning to ride a motorcycle, start on very quiet streets that you know well.
Start off riding in daylight. Only ride at night once you have riding experience and feel confident about controlling the motorcycle. (If you hold a learner’s permit for a motorcycle and do not hold a P2 or full licence for another class of vehicle, you must not ride between midnight and 5am unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is present or you have an exemption.)
Talk to other riders to tap into their knowledge and experience.
Remember that learner and provisional licence holders are restricted to zero Blood Alcohol Concentration. This means no alcohol at all.
Rider Safe training courses cover the skills needed for safe on road riding.
For an overview on licences and road rules please refer to “The Driver’s Handbook” or www.mylicence.sa.gov.au
Please contact a Service SA customer service centre, or telephone 13 10 84, if you have any further questions.
OTHER DPTI PUBLICATIONS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS
- Motorcycling Road Safety Strategy 2005-2010
- The Driver's Handbook - Copies can be purchased from Service SA Customer Service Centres and many newsagents, or go to www.mylicence.sa.gov.au
- Rider Safe motorcycle licence training (MR230 pamphlet) available from Customer Service Centres
- Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme www.sa.gov.au/motoring
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) wishes to thank the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority for their permission to reprint material from the NSW Motorcycle Rider's Handbook.