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Getting your motorbike out for summer? Check the following

Is your motorbike ready for the summer road?

As summer approaches many of us are looking forward to getting out and about on our roads. If you’re a motorcyclist you might not have driven in a while and it’s important to check that your motorbike is still in good shape before heading out.

The Automobile Association (AA) said it is important for all motorbike riders to check their machines properly, and to follow all road rules, to ensure a safer journey.

“Motorbike riding is an excellent activity, and brings friends and families together. But just as with your car, it is important to ensure that if you haven’t ridden it in a while, it is still in good mechanical condition, and that all the components are working as they should,” the AA said.

Also read: What type of motorcycle suits your personality?

The Association also noted that it is critical for all motorbike owners to ensure their tyres and wheels are in good condition as these were amongst the most important safety features on the bike.

It is important to inflate the tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure, making sure there is enough tread left for future journeys. If your motorbike has been standing on its tyres for a while, make sure there are no flat spots on them.

“Remember to also check your wheels, making sure that if your bike has spokes, they are not bent or loose. Lift each wheel off the ground and spin it, this should give you an indication if there are problems,” the AA said.

Other aspects of your motorbike you can check before heading off include:

  • Controls: All pedals and levers should move easily. Check that your brake control cables move freely and aren’t frayed. Check that the handlebars move easily from side to side, and that the throttle snaps closed when released.
  • Lights: Make sure that your headlights and indicators all work properly, and don’t forget about your brake lights.
  • Oils and Fluids: Check the fuel and oil levels carefully, ensuring that all are in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Mechanic: If you are not mechanically inclined, take your bike to a workshop to have a mechanic give it a once over, before you head out.

“Apart from these tips, we also recommend that if you haven’t ridden your bike in a while, you take it out to a quiet spot for a test ride to regain some “riding” memory. By doing this you will get used driving with your head up, looking ahead, and checking for blind spots,” the AA suggested.

In addition to all of this, the Association urged all motorbike riders who have not ridden in a while to re-check their equipment – such as helmets and leathers – to ensure they are still in good condition.

“Even helmets without damage should be checked and replaced every couple of years as new developments in helmet safety technology make them more protective. Check to see if your helmet is still in good nick, and if you have any doubts, get a new one,” the AA concluded.

Source: AA


10 interesting facts about road accidents

There’s a lot that can cause a road accident: distracted driving, drunken driving, vehicles that aren’t roadworthy, to name a few. A lot of the time it’s a simple mistake which could’ve been easily avoided that causes a major accident.

By taking note of the following 10 facts, you might be encouraged to pay more attention the next time you’re behind the wheel and to take the necessary precautions:

  1. Worldwide, male drivers have a higher risk of dying in a car accident than women due to their inclination to speed more, drink more and take more risks
  2. In South Africa, the major contributory factors to festive season fatal crashes are drunk driving, speeding, overtaking when unsafe to do so, fatigue, overloading of vehicles and a tyre bursting.
  3. Deaths from road accidents are at least twice as high in South Africa as the global average.
  4. The most dangerous drivers are young men.
  5. While women are statistically safer on the road, they have just as many accidents as men; however, they tend to be minor fender-benders, while men are usually involved in more serious collisions.
  6. Cautious old ladies are more inclined to die behind the wheel than speeding teenage boys – not because they’re reckless, but because they’re frail and less likely to survive injury.
  7. In SA, according to stats released in 1998, your likelihood of being in a fatal crash between midnight and 4am is four times higher than during daytime.
  8. Motorbikes are especially vulnerable on the road as motorists regularly fail to see them, and intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur.
  9. In the US, of all road users, 4-year-olds have the lowest death risk – probably because they’re in child car seats, and their parents drive more carefully.
  10. In the UK and the US, the drivers of station wagons have a death rate of less than half the national average for cars due to the fact that they’re safer on the roads and their drivers tend not to take risks.

A guide to motorcycle safety

Did you know that wearing the right motorcycle gear reduces your chances of head injury by 69%?

Also read: First woman to take a solo motorcycle trip around Africa

There are many simple precautions one can take in order to ensure safety on a motorcycle. Check out the infographic below and be sure to insist that you, your friends and loved ones take the necessary steps to ensure motorcycle safety:


Infographic supplied by Injury Solicitors

Africa Bike Week 6

The Harley-Davidson – Africa Bike Week makes its eighth return!

In its eighth consecutive year the Africa Bike Week (ABW) will be taking place from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May 2016 in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal.

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel.

This years’ highlights include:

  • “Kings of Custom” display featuring 9 different customized Harley-Davidson bikes
  • The entertainment line-up which includes performances by Parlotones and Loki Rothman
  • The traditional Mass Ride will be held on Sunday 1st May, when hundreds of Harley-Davidson and other motorcycles ride together from Shelly Centre to Port Shepstone and back to Margate.


All visitors with a full bike license and over 21 years of age can test ride the latest Harley-Davidson models for free. Riders must have their own riding gear.

For this year’s event, Harley-Davidson has introduced an online event registration, which is open until 20 April, giving access to the event site for free. Click here to register.

An entrance fee of R300 will be charged to enter the main stage entertainment area for visitors who have not registered online. While access to the event site is free of charge for all motorcycles and pedestrians, visitor numbers on the event site will be strictly controlled and is subject to space available.

Africa Bike Week

Harley-Davidson has again partnered with Hibiscus Coast Municipality, UGU District Municipality and UGU South Coast Tourism and key event sponsors to make Africa Bike Week™ 2016 another great event.












Support the fight against cancer with Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson is inviting all South African riders to come together and ride united in support of men’s health on Saturday the 1st of November 2014 for a parade at a Harley-Davidson dealership nationwide.

The Snors for a Cause Motorcade 2014 is set to be a first with parades taking place on the same day at the same time at all 10 Harley-Davidson dealerships. Participating dealerships include Tyger Valley, Cape Town, Clearwater, Gold Rand, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Big Five, Zambezi and Bloemfontein. Parade riders will be able to view the new 2015 Harley-Davidson models at each dealership after the parade. The new models include the Road Glide Special, Ultra Limited Low, Street Glide Special, CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra.

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Anyone can join the Snors for a Cause Motorcade and there is no registration fee. Participants who want to make a donation towards the cause can purchase a limited edition Snors for a Cause buff for R130 on Harley-Davidson Africa’s Facebook page. A limited number of Snors for a Cause pins will be made available to participating riders. Added to this – Harley Davidson Africa will be putting their muscle where their mouth is and donate a minimum of R50 000 for the fight against cancer in men.

“Changing the face of men’s health is the stuff legends are made of and Harley-Davidson is all about uniting to make a difference,” comments, Paul De Jongh, Harley-Davidson Africa Country Manager.