MRASA The Motorcycle Riders Association of South Australia
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  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.
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 that what is offered at the point of sale.
Motorcycle Security Survey - Launched 13 April 2015
  MRASA members have been invited to take part in a survey conducted by the South Australian Vehicle Theft Reduction Committee (SAVTRC) and CARS (comprehensive auto-theft research system). SAVTRC is a joint government and industry committee undertaking research into the topic of motorcycle theft and involves:
  • SA Police
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Attorney General's Department (represented by CARS)
  • RAA of South Australia
  • Motor Trade Association of SA
  • Insurance Industry

In 2014 the SAVTRC conducted stage one of the study by surveying individuals who had reported a motorcycle theft to SAPOL over the previous 18 months. Stage two involves broadening the survey to all motorcycle riders in general. This will not only increase our sample size and add more statistical reliability to the results, but may also enable comparison of the results from the recent victims of motorcycle theft with non-victims.

The Survey is an online survey and involves respondents answering between 22 and 46 questions. The exact number of questions depends on whether or not they have been a victim of theft in the past. The survey should take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.

The survey is available now, MRASA members can go online and complete it at any time. The survey will remain open until the 31st August 2015. In early August one respondent will be randomly selected (from those who have included an email or mailing address) and will receive a prize in the form of a $200 Yamaha World gift voucher. This is offered to encourage members to complete the survey and encourage other riders to do the same.

Please read the letter from CARS for more information on the survey.
Here is a link to the survey. Questions can be directed to Mr Paul Thomas, Manager, National CARS Project of the Attorney General's Department on (08) 8207 1669.
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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