MRASA The Motorcycle Riders Association of South Australia
Bike at Toy Run 2013
  Welcome to the site of the Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia. Please visit our about page for more information on what the MRASA are about. See latest website updates
Latest Information on Rallies and Rides for 2015
  Feel like a ride - visit the following pages for upcoming rides for 2015. Here are links to the SAMRATS upcoming rides, the Scooters upcoming rides and the rallies page.
First Aid Course for Motorcyclists
  A specialised first aid course for motorcyclists will be held in the Auburn Institute (Clare Valley) on Saturday 5th March 2016. This half day training course has been developed specifically for riders. You will learn vital skills and knowledge needed to provide immediate roadside first aid and effectively manage the accident scene until emergency services arrive. Training is delivered by highly qualified experienced first aid instructors who ride. The course has been purposefully scheduled from 11:00am until 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to get there and back in a day, so why not organise a few other riders and make a group ride out of it. For bookings call 0408 956 435.

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Further details on the presenters website.
First Aid For Motorcyclists 612 ABC Brisbane Radio Interview.
Adelaide Pink Ribbon Ride - 22 November 2015
  A pink ribbon ride will be departing from the Arkaba Shopping Centre on Sunday 22nd November 2015. Assemble from 9.00am, ride departs 10.30am for Mannum. Cost is $20 per rider, $20 per pillion (cash on the day) and entitles you to a sausage sizzle, entry into raffle and Cancer Council Donation. Live Music by Gentle Rain. See the flyer for more details.
Call for Traffic Marshals at the 2015 MRASA Toy Run
  We are now calling for marshals for this years MRASA Toy Run. This is a rewarding and privileged way to enjoy the Toy Run, and will involve just a couple extra hours of your time on the day. Training is free and your lifetime accreditation is issued by SAPOL themselves. For more information on how to be involved, please see the marshals section on the Toy Run Webpage.
Returning Rider Course Announced - 15 September 2015
  The MRASA is pleased to inform you the Minister for Road Safety has announced that the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course will be available from 26 September 2015. The Rider Safe Returning Rider Course is a voluntary course tailored for motorcycle licence holders who wish to refresh their riding skills. The course will be conducted primarily at the St Agnes and Murray Bridge Rider Safe training ranges with country courses operating subject to demand.

The MRASA has been a strong advocate for this course for many years. We have worked to put this on the Government agenda for a long time, years of efforts have finally come to fruition.

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Motorcycle riders may be at greatest risk of being involved in a crash when they resume riding after an extended period of not riding, particularly if they are riding a more powerful or different style motorcycle than the one they used to ride in the past.

Although the number of motorcyclist serious road casualties has shown a downward trend, each year motorcyclists have become a larger part of serious road casualties - up from 11% in 2005 to 17% in 2014. It is likely that some of the people seriously injured were returning riders.

The course covers issues such as safe braking and cornering techniques, hazard perception, protective clothing, vehicle technology such as Antilock Braking Systems and responsibilities regarding carrying a pillion passenger. The course is conducted over half a day at the department's Rider Safe motorcycle training ranges and costs $116.

Here is a link to the Minister's news release.
Here is a link for more information about the about the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course.
ACCC on Consumers' right to choose their Motorcycle Insurer - August 2015
  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is contacting motorcycle publications and associations to inform them of a recent ACCC decision, and to provide advice for purchasers of motorcycle insurance. The ACCC letter is summarised below.

The ACCC wishes to inform and encourage consumers to shop around for finance and insurance when purchasing a motorcycle to ensure that they make an informed decision that best suits their needs. Consumers are under no obligation to purchase insurance from their motorcycle dealer, and are advised that purchasing insurance online or over the phone may be cheaper than what is offered at the point of sale.
Crime Stoppers Phone-in Day - 15 April 2015
  Profit-motivated theft - where a vehicle is stolen and never recovered - affects hundreds of South Australians every year. It's great to see theft numbers slowly declining and new technologies being introduced to make it harder for thieves, but it is also important that we help tackle this important issue.

In 2013/14, there were 8,217 motorcycles stolen across Australia. Just 43% were found and returned to their owners, meaning motorcycles had the lowest recovery rate of any vehicle type.

And in South Australia, it is thought that nearly 300 motorcycles were stolen and converted to profit through re-birthing, sale of parts or scrap metal, because these bikes were never recovered and the thieves never caught.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is partnering with Crime Stoppers SA to put the spotlight on profit-motivated vehicle theft, culminating in a dedicated phone-in day on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

Keep an eye out for further updates about the campaign, but if you do know anything about motorcycles stolen for scrap or parts, then call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the Crime Stoppers Website. Information can be provided anonymously and rewards are available.

Bikers A-Z Survival Bible
  This book offers the rider and the prospective rider an insight into motorcycling as a whole, and includes essential topics such as safety apparel, road awareness, motorcycle maintenance, tyres, pre-ride checks, insurance and gaining knowledge about riding in general. It covers all aspects from the basic commute to the hardened rider doing the big kilometers.

The focus is on safety and awareness as there are too many motorcyclists losing their lives due to basic errors. A lot of this knowledge is never acquired or is gained too late to help riders make calculated decisions which could save their lives.

The book is structured to enable the rider to learn the basics before they ride and get themselves into trouble. Basically, if you know what to look for you can take the appropriate action to prevent an accident.

An important example of this could be developing a 'sixth sense' which will assist you in evaluating and assessing different situations as or before they arise. If you think something is not right then take the necessary steps to address the issue, perceived or real.

If you are interested in finding out more, including buying the book, please visit Steve Lamberts website.
Book by Jeff Fereday - Random Lines
  The book written by Jeff Fereday is a collection of 'Random Lines', columns written for 'Two Wheels' magazine by the late Jeff Fereday. The book contains 56 columns, many are laugh-out-loud funny. Some are philosophic, others melancholic. Most are pretty anarchic and downright cheeky. It is available in hardcopy or digitally (E-book), at the Random Lines website. A sample chapter named 'Rabble Without a Cause' is available to read online.
Ride to Review SA Motorcycle Laws - Facebook and Web Page
  A group of like minded individuals are running a campaign titled 'Ride to Review SA Motorcycle Laws'. The MRA commend this group in their goals, it is why the MRA has lobbied the Governments for over 30 years. The MRA has been successful in attending meetings and being representative at key committees which deliberate over laws, road conditions and safety for all road users.
See the MRASA Presidents' comments on the laws (updated 28 March 2015).
Visit the Website - Ride to Review SA Motorcycle Laws.
Visit the Facebook page - Ride to Review SA Motorcycle Laws.
Here is the petition.
MRASA Tips for Riders - 29 July 2014
  MAC will be promoting a campaign in early September to coincide with the winter lay-off riders returning to the road - the 'seasonal riders' whose skills may be rusty or lacking. The MAC asked our road safety officer Neville Gray to provide '10 top tips' to go on their website and to be possibly promoted through other media.
  • Look for other road users that are not looking for you. Ride conspicuously and never in blind spots. Never assume that the other vehicle will stop.
  • Riders, unlike car drivers with aids such as air bags, collapsible steering columns and the stability of four wheels, only have their hazard perception and avoidance skills and their protective clothing to make them safer.
  • Always wear good quality protective clothing from your head to your feet. Protect your extremities with helmet, gloves and leg and arm protection in all weather conditions.
  • Most cars can stop quicker than most motorcycles especially in emergency situations. Therefore always keep a 3 second gap to the vehicle in front of you.
  • Always perform a head check before changing lanes. Just looking in your mirrors is not good enough.
  • It is vital to ride at a speed to suit the prevailing conditions. In bad weather, this could mean at a speed under the posted speed limit.
  • Riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs is plain suicidal. You need all of your faculties at a high level to successfully ride a motorcycle.
  • Don't forget the safety of your pillion as well as your own. They too need good protective clothing and be informed about the dynamics of a motorcycle and know how to assist by being a good pillion.
  • Never lend your motorcycle to riders who are unlicensed or inexperienced.
  • Intersections are high risk areas. Slow down when approaching an intersection and be ready to avoid a possible collision.
  We welcome all interested people to attend our General Meetings. See the Meetings page for more details. MRASA Committee & General Meetings are held at the Prince Albert Hotel, 254 Wright St, Adelaide.
Interesting Links
  We have posted a few new items on the Links page, including a link to the LAMS approved motorcycle list, and a link to the World Health Organization global road safety report 2013. Use the About menu above or access the Links page here.
Motorcycling Fact Sheet - Roadworthiness
  We are providing a copy of the Motorcycling Fact Sheet as published by the DPTI (formerly DTEI) for the benefit of members and the motorcycling public. Our aim is to publicise a readily available document in the interests of ensuring our members understand the minimum requirements for their bike to be roadworthy. If by following the guidelines a member finds their bike needs work, the potential saving is about $500 ($350 fine for riding an unroadworthy vehicle and at least $150 fee for the inspection to certify the defect has been fixed) and then there is the demerit points and possible time off work to attend the assessment to be considered as well.
Toy Run 2014 Major Partner
  The Motor Accident Commission is the Major Partner of the 2014 Toy Run.


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