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 2016
Visit the following pages for upcoming rides for this year.|
Here are links to the SAMRATS upcoming rides,
the Scooters upcoming rides and the
ACC Motorcycle Footpath Parking Trial - Feb 2016
From Monday 15 February 2016, the Adelaide City Council is trialling motorcycle and scooter parking on
designated footpath areas to cater for existing parking demand, and to also encourage more people to
come into the city by motorcycles and scooters. The two locations selected (pictures in linked article) are:|
- Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga (north-west corner)
- Light Square / Wauwi (western side, just south of Currie Street)
Q. How will motorcycle and scooter riders access the designated trial parking areas?
A driveway access point is located adjacent to the designated motorcycle trial parking area in Light
Square to assist with safe access, and will not impact on pedestrian movements. The Victoria Square trial
location has a service road, which will be used by motorcyclists to access the parking area. Motorcyclists
are not under any circumstances permitted to ride along the footpaths.
Q. How will the motorcycle and scooter areas be designated?
Motorcycle and scooter riders can only park in the designated footpath areas. Signs will delineate
the area where you can park your motorcycle. During the trial period any motorcycle or scooter found parked
outside of the designated footpath area may be issued with a fine of $91 in accordance with Australian
Road Rule 197. Fines may also be issued by SAPOL, which would attract an additional $60 victims of crime levy.
Q. Will there be interactions between people riding motorcycles or scooters and pedestrians?
The locations selected for the trial do not require motorcycles or scooters to cross footpath areas or
pedestrian desire lines. Unlike the recently changed laws regarding riding bicycles along footpaths, riding
a motorcycle or scooter on a footpath is an offence.
Q. Will the parking be free, and will there be time limits imposed on the parking?
During the trial, the motorcycle and scooter parking will be free, consistent with all other on-street
motorcycle and scooter parking in the City of Adelaide. There will be no time limits during the trial, but
this may be reviewed in the future as part of a broader on-street motorcycle parking review.
Here is the complete and official ACC motorcycle parking publication
provided to MRASA. For more information contact the Adelaide City Council Customer Centre
on (08) 8203 7203.
Notification of MRASA Inc. Annual General Meeting for 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the MRASA Inc. will be held at 7pm on Monday 29th February 2016 at the
Prince Albert Hotel, 254 Wright St, Adelaide. A General Meeting will be held before the AGM.|
All positions of the Association listed below will be declared vacant and the following positions on the
2016-2017 committee will be filled through election.
At this meeting the Auditor for the 2016-2017 year will be appointed. All current financial members
of the MRASA Inc are eligible to stand for election to one or more of the positions. Nominations should
be in writing to the Secretary of the Association prior to the beginning of the AGM and evidence of
current membership must be provided. All members are invited to attend the meeting.
- President (Executive committee member)
- Vice President (Executive committee member)
- Secretary (Executive committee member)
- Treasurer (Executive committee member)
- Road Safety Officer
- Minutes Secretary
- Membership Secretary
- Publicity Officer
- Register Liaison Officer
- Stock Control Officer
- General Committee Representatives (number unspecified until the AGM)
- Magazine Editor
Sub Committee representatives to the MRASA committee include
and will be elected by the sub-committee at meetings held within 4 weeks of the AGM.
- Toy Run
- Scooter Club
Motochat on Coast FM 88.7 - Feb 2016
The MRASA would like to thank Adelaide's Coast FM 88.7 for the opportunities to be a guest
speaker on the weekly 1 hour radio show. Motochat is hosted by Geoff Groth and Dave Gabel and airs from
9am Sunday mornings. The MRA has been represented by a number of our committee over the last few months and
is pleased to be associated with other clubs and guests on the show. We thank Dave and
Geoff for their enthusiasm and energy to bring this to the motorcycling community. You can
tune in or stream it to your computer by clicking on the link on the
Coast FM home page.|
Motorcycle Parking on Footpaths Trial - Dec 2015
The Adelaide City Council has requested staff to investigate and trial motorcycle and
scooter parking on designated footpaths areas to cater for existing parking demand,
and to also encourage more people to come into the city by motorcycles and scooters.
Riders should take note that the consultation period concluded on 30 November 2015.|
The Council has been working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
and SA Police (SAPOL) to setup the trial, given it is not currently practiced in South Australia.
More information is available from the Adelaide City Council webpage.
Melbourne City Council Transport Strategy
The Melbournce city Council has released a document outlining their strategy that sets new
key directions and policy targets to address the anticipates city growth of Melbourne to 2030.
It takes into account the significant changes in transport policy and strong growth in public
transport use, cycling and walking since the 2006 transport strategy as well as moving
people and freight. Here is a link to the complete document.
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.|
Further details on the presenters website.
First Aid For Motorcyclists 612 ABC Brisbane Radio Interview.
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.
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.|
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
Motor Accident Commission is the Major Partner of the 2014 Toy Run.|