Rider Safety and Long Ride Tips
Riders must agree and understand and they the rider/ and the passenger are aware that there are dangers and risks involved in riding a motorcycle, and in riding a motorcycle in a group such as The Long Ride. These dangers and risks include damage, injury, serious injury and/or death. Knowing and appreciating fully these dangers and risks, the rider/and or passenger hereby waive, release and forever discharge The Long Ride, the proceed recipient, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, members of the organizing committee, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and all other associates with the event, of and from all manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, claims and demands whatsoever arising from or in connection with The Long Ride and associated events. The rider and or passenger assume full responsibility for injury or damage arising as a result of the participation association with The Long Ride event and their(the riders) passenger/s. All riders must hold a current motorcycle rider's licence in a State or Territory of Australia or a recognised current International rider's licence lawfully recognised in Australia. All riders must have their motorcycle fully registered and hold a current Compulsory Third Party Personal Injury Insurance in a State or Territory of Australia have Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance and Third Party Liability Insurance.
Ensure your motorcycle is mechanically sound at all times. If it needs servicing or is close to needing a service, get it done before you leave. There will be no servicing provisions at many of the smaller towns. If you can't do the return trip on the same tyre you started with, don't assume you will be able to get your favourite tyres along your route. If your tyres will not last the return distance, phone ahead, in advance, and confirm with a local dealer that your favorite tyres a
re in stock, and if not, get them to order them in.
Do not overload your panniers and ensure that there is no metal fatigue or wear present on the carriers or racks mounted on the rear of your bike. Continuous flexing of these items if overloaded will cause them to break.
Vehicles with a long wheel base and multiple trays, Road Trains, caravans, cattle trucks and semi-trailers should all be approached with caution and with good road sense and safe riding practices. To overtake such long vehicles, ensure that you can do so safely and have the distance to do so without endangering yourself or others.
When being approached by a long vehicle, veer to the left side of the road giving yourself a good buffer against the wind shear effect.
Riding along narrow developmental roads and approached by a vehicle, it is best always to stop on the left edge of the road until the vehicle has passed. Normally, a large vehicle will run its left hand wheels off the road creating a dense and dangerous dust cloud.
Please take careful notice of posted speed signs in all areas where you travel. Especially on roads that you have not traveled on previously. Keep a keen watch on the road surfaces for gravel, sand, branches, water or any other detritus that may cause your motorcycle to slip or crash. If raining whilst you are riding, you should only continue if you consider the environment safe to continue. If you encounter weather conditions such as rain, fog or low cloud, do not continue if you consider the situation to be unsafe. Exceeding the speed limit on roads or low speed corners is a dangerous activity and should not be undertaken.
Do not set unrealistic kilometre targets between stops to refresh and to refuel. Enjoy the ride. We encourage riders to ride with others and to let other riders know if you intend to leave early or late and where you may be if intending to take a side trip along the way. This is more about your safety if you should have an accident with a critter along the road whilst on your own.
When riding with others, keep at least 3 car lengths between you and other riders and when travelling at speeds in excess of 60kph, increase that distance to at least 10 car lengths and be aware of what other riders are doing in front of you at all times.
Riders should be aware that at times cattle and other wildlife may be on the roadway and as such constant visual checking should be employed whilst riding. All forms of wildlife are abundant along these roads and riders beware that an animal may unexpectedly venture onto the road way. Keep a keen look-out at all times for animals on the road or the side of the road. If so, slow down or stop until the danger has passed. Make sure that you keep a safe distance from all animals and slow down or stop if not sure of an animal's intentions. Wedge Tailed eagles may also be feeding on the road. When approaching such a large bird that is stationary on the road, slow down and keep a safe distance from them; they have a slow take off and will almost always veer into your pathway.
Carry an adequate supply of water and rehydrate at every stop, whether you think you need water or not, drink. If you wait until you are thirsty it may already be too late - heat exhaustion can set in and it's not nice. Do not underestimate the combined effect of tropical heat and humidity. A "camel-bak" is desirable in these conditions as long as you can operate this device without causing unsafe riding practices.