The Rider's Handbook
A roadworthy motorcycle meets the standards required by law. If you have any questions about the standards that apply to your motorcycle, contact the department's vehicle standards area on 1300 882 248.
Checking your motorcycle
Check your motorcycle’s roadworthiness before you ride and at regular intervals.
Adjust the controls of the motorcycle so they are right for you. You should be able to reach all the controls easily without being cramped.
Make sure that your lights - including headlights, brake lights and flashing turn indicators all work, are clean and can be clearly seen. (Motorcycles manufactured before September 1981 are not required to have indicators.)
Do not ride a motorcycle at night if the lights are not working.
Adjust the mirrors so that you have a good view to the rear and sides.
Make sure that your mirrors are clean.
All motorcycles made after June 1975 must have a rear vision mirror fitted to each side; all other motorcycles must have a right side mirror.
Mirrors must not project more than 150mm beyond the widest part of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle’s tyres must be in good condition and have a tread at least 1.5 mm deep. The tyres must not be re-grooved, unless they were manufactured to be re-grooved.
The sidewalls of the tyres should not have any cracks or bumps. If your tyres wear unevenly there may be a problem with the steering or suspension.
Tyre pressures are critical to a motorcycle’s handling. Keep the tyres inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer or they may overheat and fail.
Under-inflated tyres significantly increase the risk of crashing.