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Bali motorcycle crash is a lesson for all

A British rider who crashed while riding without a helmet in Bali now faces medical bills estimated to be almost $A100,000.

It’s a good lesson in not doing as the locals do — not wearing a helmet when riding — and in getting relevant travel insurance.

Reuben Armstrong, 27, was riding a motorcycle in Denpasar when he lost control on a corner and ran into a wall.

He was not wearing a helmet, so his travel insurance company has refused to pay for his medical bills.

Reuben in Bali

Reuben suffered a fracture to the left side of his skull which could affect his speech.

Doctors had refused to operate until £12,000 in medical bills were paid.

So his family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay his medical bills which they estimate to be almost $100,000.

Click here to help Reuben.

They have raised more than half already from more than 400 supporters.

Riding in Bali

Bali is a popular place for Brits and Aussies to holiday and a fantastic place to ride a motorcycle as most of the population do.

However, one Aussie tourist dies every nine days in Bali, typically in a drunken scooter crashes. Reuben was not drunk at the time of his crash.

While most locals don’t wear helmets when riding, it is an offence to ride without a helmet in Bali and offenders can cop an on-the-spot fine.

Bali scooter crash
Bali is a beautiful place to ride … but dangerous

If you try to bribe an officer, you could cop an extra fine.

Yet many tourists choose to flout the law and run the risk.

We suggest that all riders heading overseas take extra care to acclimatise to the traffic and learn the roads and the road rules.

Road rules and traffic behaviour can be radically different to what you would be used to.

Riders should also ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover them in case of an unfortunate accident.

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Motorcyclist killed in truck collision

NSW Police are at the scene of a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a truck in McGraths Hill in Sydney’s north-west.

About 12.35pm (Tuesday 22 October 2019), police attended the intersection of Windsor Road and Pitt Town Road following reports of a collision between a motorcyclist and a truck.

“The male rider was thrown from the bike and suffered serious injuries,” NSW Police say.

“The man was treated at the scene, however died.

“The driver of the truck was not injured and has been taken to Hawkesbury Hospital for mandatory testing.

“A crime scene has been established and the circumstances surrounding the collision are being investigated.

Windsor Road is closed in both directions and local diversions are in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

It follows four tragic days for motorcyclists in NSW with four riders killed, and five riders and a pillion injured in six separate motorcycle crashes.

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Car ploughed into four bikes, killing rider

A Kia Rio has ploughed head-on into a group of four motorcyclists in Kyogle, northern NSW, killing one and injuring three riders yesterday (20 October 2019).

It follows three tragic days on NSW roads in which three riders died and five riders and a pillion were injured in five separate motorcycle crashes.

Police say the latest accident happened about 1.45pm on a hill crest opposite the Cemetery on the south side of town. (Image above courtesy NBN News.)

Emergency services attended the crash on Summerland Way, near Runnymede Road, following reports a Kia Rio travelling north and four motorcycles travelling south collided.

One of the motorcycle riders, believed to be a 55-year-old man, suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

Another rider, a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The other two riders, aged 52 and 53, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The driver and sole-occupant of the vehicle, a 52-year-old man, was trapped for a short time before being released and taken to Lismore Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing.

Officers from Richmond Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by the Far North Coast Crash Investigations Unit.

Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. No charges have yet been laid.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all riders killed and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for all those injured in these crashes.

Group crashes

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North American group riding crash (Image: Associated Press)

Riders are vulnerable road users, but when they are riding in a group they present a bigger target and the results can be carnage.

We have reported on several group crashes in recent months in Australia.

But the most tragic was the crash in North America where an unlicensed pick-up truck driver ploughed into 10 bikes, killing seven riders.

The driver returns to court next month where he faces a long jail term.

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Tragic day for motorcycle riders

It was a tragic day on NSW roads yesterday for motorcycle riders with one dead and two injured in two separate incidents.

Tragic crash

A male rider, 45, has died in a motorcycle crash on a gravel road in the far west of NSW about 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday 19 October 2019).

Police say emergency services were called to the Wilcannia-East Road, 10 kilometres outside Menindee, “following reports a motorcycle rider had been ejected from his bike”.

The rider died at the scene despite efforts to revive him.

Officers from Broken Hill Police Station established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Rider and pillion injured

A 59-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after coming off his motorbike in the state’s Northern Region yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Limpinwood Road, Tyalgum, shortly before midday (Saturday 19 October 2019), following reports a motorcycle had crashed into a tree.

“On arrival officers found a 59-year-old rider suffering critical injuries,” police say.

“He was stabilised at the scene before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering critical head injuries.”

He remains in a serious condition.

His female pillion passenger, aged 57, suffered shoulder and ankle injuries and was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for further treatment.

Inquiries are continuing by officers from Tweed/Byron Police District.

Waterfall Way crash

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Waterfall Way is a favourite among riders

It follows the tragic death on Friday of a male rider in his 50s after a collision with a car on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our condolences to the riders’ family and friends and our best wishes for the injured rider and passenger for a full and speedy recovery.

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Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash

A male rider in his 50s has died after a car and his motorcycle collided on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour yesterday (Friday 18 October 2019).

Police say the motorcycle was heading east on Waterfall Way when it collided with a car coming in the opposite direction shortly after 4pm about 13km west of Bellingen.

The rider, who is yet to be formally identified but believed to from Coffs Harbour, died at the scene.

Three people travelling in the car were taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus with minor injuries.

The driver, a 31-year-old woman from Armidale, has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing.

Waterfall Way was closed in both directions for four hours, re-opening at 8pm.

Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash
All images from NSW Transport Why We Ride video

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes for the injured passengers for a full and speedy recopvery.

No charges have been laid.

Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way is one of many “motorcycling roads” featured in the NSW Transport video series Roads We Ride.

It is one of the most popular roads in the region for motorcyclists.

Waterfall Way is both scenic and winding. However, it is also narrow, challenging and dangerous.

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Gloves and jeans fail safety tests

Motorcycle gloves and jeans have once again scored a big fail in the independent Australian MotoCAP safety ratings while the jeans scored well for thermal comfort.

The latest round of testing includes five pair of jeans and four gloves.

Only one set of gloves scored two safety stars, while the rest scored just one.

It follows August results for seven pairs of leather and textile motorcycles gloves which also recorded a fail in the MotoCAP safety ratings.

The MotoCAP website now lists 47 pairs of gloves in its list of 144 products tested and rated.

So far, not one pair of gloves has rated a full five stars.

Click here for the full results.

Comfy jeans

All five pairs of jeans tested have scored either three or four stars out of five for thermal comfort, which is an improvement in this category compared with previous releases.

The highest overall performing pair of jeans is the Draggin Jeans Twista jeans, which scored four out five stars for thermal comfort.

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Draggin Twista jeans

While thermal comfort was good, safety was another fail.

Twista scored two out of five stars for protection, while of the other jeans tested, three scored one star for safety and one scored only half a star.

MotoCAP has now tested 41 pairs of jeans.

Click here for the full jeans results.

No comfort ratings

The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing provides comfort ratings for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, but not gloves.

That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow.

It also comes as the latest Canstar Blue customer satisfaction research found Baby Boomers are more likely to choose comfortable motorcycle gloves while Millennial riders buy for style.

Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained.

“There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say.

However, they do test for waterproofing and three pairs of gloves were tested because they were advertised as having this feature.

The highest performing pair are the DriRider Apex 2 unisex gloves, which received a score of eight out of ten for water resistance.

Transport for NSW says there has been “interest from some manufacturers to have their items rated”.

However, all gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

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Woman faces sentence on negligent bike crash

Sydney woman Perpetual Dzikunu, 29, has been found guilty of negligent driving after a collision with a motorcycle in Sydney on 1 September 2019.

The 63-year-old male rider suffered a severely injured foot.

Dzikunu appeared in Waverely Local Court on Wednesday (16 October 2019) where she was granted continuing conditional bail.

She will return to court on November 12 for sentencing.

Negligent penalty

The driver could face a $2,200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months if it is a first-time offence.

NSW Police say that about 3pm on September 1 a Toyota Aurion was turning right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, when it collided with the motorcycle heading east.

The rider was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital. 

Dzikunu stopped after the crash and spoke with police.

About 7.50pm the following day Dzikunu attended Maroubra Police Station where she was charged with negligent driving.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

Earlier this month a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.

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Teo appears in head-on biker crash

A daughter of renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has appeared in Windsor Local Court today over a head-on crash with a motorcycle ridden by former Comanchero boss William “Jock” Ross last month.

Nicola Annabel Teo, 24, was again granted bail and the matter was adjourned until December 12.

Police are expected to provide the court with CCTV footage, witness statements and physical evidence. They are believed to be seeking a custodial sentence if Teo is found guilty.

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Teo’s Landcruiser at the accident scene

Police will alleged she was driving a Landcruiser on the wrong side of the road when she crashed head-on into a Ross, 76, near Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, on 26 September 2019.

Ross remains in Westmead Hospital in a stable condition with leg and internal injuries.

Teo faces charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, not keeping left of a dividing line and not giving particulars to police.

The head-on crash occurred about 3.30pm on Settlers Road, Lower Macdonald.Head on wrong side crash

Teo was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. She was then taken to Windsor Police Station where she was interviewed by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit and later charged

Ross was a former Commanchero president who instigated the infamous Milperra Massacre on Father’s Day in 1984, in which seven people were killed.

He was shot and jailed for more than five years. He later left the club and is now a Rural Fire Service captain and grandfather of 12.Jock Ross head on crash

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Rider swerved before fatal crash

Police are mystified why a motorcyclist riding with two colleagues suddenly swerved before crashing into a ditch in Far North Queensland yesterday afternoon (14 October 2019).

The 54-year-old man from Kuranda was pronounced deceased at the scene.

He was riding with two other motorcyclists when the incident happened on a dirt road at Mutchilba, near Mareeba, about 12.10pm.

Cairns Police say their preliminary investigations indicate that the three motorcycles were travelling together when the motorcycle involved swerved before leaving the road and crashed into a culvert on Middle Creek Road.

“No other vehicles were involved in the crash,” a Cairns Police spokeswoman says.

However, she confirmed they had interviewed the other two riders.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is still investigating but we are not ruling out a medical condition,” she says.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1902004246

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s friends and family.

So far this year there have been 34 riders and pillions killed on Queensland roads, which is the same number as last year at the same time.

It is down on the previous three years where rider/pillion fatalities were in the 40s.

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Insurance policy tracks motorbikes

A motorcycle insurance scheme where policy holders install a tracking system in their bike in return for cheap premiums as low as $A11 a month has started in Europe.

Vigo Insure is another product from the Slovenian start-up who developed the aftermarket Start Turn System (automatic self-cancelling indicators) and the Smart Brake Module to prevent tailender crashes.

Now they have invented a telematic product called a Vigobox that sits under your seat and tracks your motorcycle.Vigo Insurance policy includes Vigobox tracker

It informs the owner via a phone app if your motorcycle has been moved and even sends an emergency call for help if it senses you have crashed.Vigo Insurance policy includes Vigobox tracker

Vigobox is installed under your bike seat when you buy their Vigo Insurance policy and comes with an online portal to track your riding.

Cheaper policy

Some may say this is the thin edge of the wedge of privacy invasion with insurance companies able to cancel your insurance if you speed or ride at night.

Others may find it a safety device that can track a stolen vehicle and also reduce your insurance premium.

The monthly costs of the insurance (with monitoring) are from €7 (about $A11) a month.Vigo Insurance policy includes Vigobox tracker

As usual, the price depends on the motorcycle brand and type.

Market chief Petra Zagmajster says Vigo Insurance has only been available in Slovenia and Croatia a few months but is valid in all parts of Europe. It has already reached 4.6% of the market share.

“Soon we’ll enter to other EU markets,” Petra says.

C-founder Rok Upelj says the motorcycle they use to test their products was stolen from a locked garage.

“In that moment we activated the police and hoped for the best, but we had no luck,” Rok says.

“Back then the vehicle wasn’t insured, because the insurance premiums were too high. We interviewed many motorcyclists, what the most important thing in owning a motorcycle was. The end result was, that safety and theft prevention come first – and that’s when the idea for VIGO was born.” 

  • Would you install a tracker if you got cheaper motorcycle insurance? Leave your comments below.

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