October marks the start of the motorcycle riding season, with more than half of all riders getting back on the road. Motorcycles have become more popular, with a 60% increase in motorcycle travel on the road in the last 10 years.
They’re also involved in more crashes. In 2017, motorcycles were involved in 10% of crashes and 16% of road deaths despite making up only 3% of road users. So far this calendar year, 36 riders have died on New Zealand roads.
See the most popular motorcycle routes, and crash locations here.
MSAC and ACC takes motorcycle awareness and safety very seriously. That's why we are promoting Motorcycle Awareness Month, supported by ACC, local councils and our road to zero partners. Motorcycle safety is also a priority for the Government. Learn more about their road safety strategy 'Road to Zero' and what it means for motorcyclists HERE.
Mike Pero trained and qualified as a motorcycle mechanic back in the early 1980s' in Christchurch. His love of motorcycles lead him into racing motorcycles in a number of categories. Mike went on to win six New Zealand National Championships and set a New Zealand land-speed record for 350cc motorcycles, which still stands. Today, Mike still competes but now in classic racing and rides his former Grand Prix machines at events in New Zealand and Australia.
Mike's first business was a Yamaha motorcycle dealership in 1981. Mike is Patron for Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ). He opened Mike Pero's Motorcycle Gallery in 2017 to pay tribute to the Japanese classic bikes from the 1970s, 80s & 90s. Mike was the founder of Mike Pero Mortgages and Real Estate and still holds the role of Chief Executive of the real estate company.
Mike has made it through his motorcycling career unscathed, to date, and without any major injuries and would like to see more Kiwi riders live to a 'ripe old' age. Mike supports Motorcycle Awareness Month and wants the road to be a safer place for all motorcyclists so they can keep enjoying what they love to do - ride. So, Mike's asking all drivers to take the extra time and look twice for motorcyclists, and for riders to make sure their skills, gear and bike are ready for the riding season ahead.
Avalon's love of racing was nurtured by her Dad's huge passion for motorsport. From the age of five Avalon and her brother would spend the weekends racing mini motocross. When she turned 13, Avalon moved on to Junior Road Racing competitions and never looked back. She then went on to compete in Australia, Japan and Europe, winning the European Women's Championship twice!
These days Avalon's happy to race closer to home and splits her time between New Zealand and Australia. Avalon's currently the New Zealand Supersport 600cc Champion and holds 4 x race wins in the NZSBK Supersport 600 cc class not to mention several other titles over the years. It's the competition, speed, adrenaline and tactics that keeps bringing Avalon back to the track. Avalon knows that to be the best requires preparation and commitment long before race day - "...you can't just turn up and expect to be the best..." Avalon embraces the attitude that no matter how good you are, you can always get better and learning the right techniques is key. In a sport that's dominated by males, Avalon's showing the boys how it's done.
Outside the track, Avalon is passionate about raising awareness about motorcycles, getting more females into riding and improving rider safety. Avalon supports Motorcycle Awareness Month and wants the road to be a safer place for all motorcyclists so they can keep enjoying what they love to do - ride. So, she's asking all riders to take the time to refresh their skills before getting back on the road this summer.
Senior Research Fellow (Fibre Science and Technology), Deakin University, Australia.
One of Chris's ambitions in life is to help give motorcyclists the tools they need to make good decisions when it comes to buying motorcycle gear. Chris's life-long passion for bikes has led him to become an expert in what good gear is and isn't. At Deakin University Chris has developed a scientific method for assessing how much protection the gear you wear will give you when you come off your bike.
His Deakin University laboratory is set up to test both protection and breathability of motorcycle clothing. Tests performed include how long it will take to wear a hole in clothing when it is sliding along a road, how strong fabric and seams are to avoid holes forming from bursting open and impact testing to determine how much energy is absorbed by armour during impact. A thermal sweating hot plate is used to assess breathability which tells how suitable clothing is to wear on a hot day. Water resistant clothing is tested to determine if it lets in water and where this occurs. A star rating is given from one star to five stars - the more stars the better. Watch this video for a quick overview of how some of the tests are performed.
All of the gear that Chris tests is on motocap.co.nz. Chris is constantly testing new gear and adding the safety ratings to the website. Chris's hope is that he can influence the decisions riders make when buying gear "...When you come off your bike, the only thing between you and the road is your gear. If your gear isn't up to scratch, then you're going to get hurt."
Chris is always looking into new ways to understand what happens in a crash and if clothing is designed correctly to protect us. He is currently doing work to determine the temperatures that occur in sliding and which parts of a glove are critical to providing protection in a crash.
Chris is supporting Motorcycle Awareness Month from Australia, providing tips for riders on selecting good motorcycle gear and why it is so crucial that riders make sure their gear is ready for the big summer riding season ahead.
Greg Murphy started racing karts at the age of 8. Winning the inaugural Shell Formula Ford Scholarship in 1990 was his ticket to experiencing a real racing car for the first time and the beginning of a successful career in the sport. A seasoned driver in Australian V8 Supercars, Greg Murphy's mark on the sport is indisputable. With over 400 V8 Supercar race starts, multiple Bathurst 1000 wins and appointments with some the highest profile race teams in Australasia, Greg is rightfully considered one of the greats by fellow competitors and fans alike. Greg's flagrant disregard for detractors and adversity has resulted in some of his most memorable performances despite the odds.
Murph finished up his professional career at the end of 2014 as a co-driver with the team that gave him his first opportunity in a V8 SuperCar - the Holden Racing Team and has since been working on the other side of the camera within the SuperCars Media TV Commentary Team.
Murph is also very passionate about motorbikes, offroad and on and is back to support Motorcycle Awareness Month in 2020, to highlight the role that riders play in preventing crashes on the road. By raising the role that rider attitude and behaviour plays on how we ride, Murph hopes riders will get the most out of the summer riding season while staying safe.