A future where every journey is a safe one

Motorcycle Safety

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[Three motorbike riders in leathers and helmets speed past farmland. One draws in front and peers at the RV ahead. He checks the right lane, then veers across to overtake. As he draws alongside the RV, it suddenly turns into his path, but then dissolves, and he rides straight through it.

      The riders speed down a road curving through thick bushland. As one zooms around a corner, a tractor pulls out into his path, then dissolves. The rider speeds straight through.

      Dirt and rocks scattered on the road ahead dissolve as the riders zoom over them.

      As they speed along a winding seaside road, an oncoming car dissolves just before the leader hits it.

VOICEOVER: Wouldn't it be perfect if every ride was like this? But it's not, and you know what? When the unexpected does happen, we come off second-best.

[The grinning riders remove their helmets. They chat at an outdoor table.]

VOICEOVER: So, to brush up on your skills, cruise into Spokes.

[The riders speed down a road.

Text onscreen: There's a lot riding on how you ride. Spokes.com.au.

The logos for TAC and State Government Victoria appear.]

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The Perfect Ride

The Perfect Ride, October 2013

In Victoria, on-road riding is the most popular type of motorcycling, with the majority of riders spending at least some of their riding time for recreational purposes. Over 80% of riders claim to ride for recreation on a Saturday or Sunday (TAC Motorcycle Monitor, 2012).

The TAC's claims data highlights that the peak times for motorcycle crashes requiring hospitalisation is on weekend days between noon and 4pm.

With this knowledge, the TAC developed a campaign to encourage Victorian recreational motorcyclists to manage their personal risk, providing them with strategies and positive behaviour demonstrations to assist in reducing their level of risk and ultimately, personal harm.

The campaign address five key safety issues that recreational riders encounter and can contribute to a crash:

  1. Speed
  2. Cornering
  3. Road position
  4. Road surfaces and foreign objects
  5. Other road users/objects

Campaign objectives:

  • Reduce the number of motorcycle rider and pillion passengers killed or injured on Victorian roads.
  • To educate riders on the risks they face riding recreationally and provide them with risk management strategies they can adopt to improve their personal safety when riding recreationally and,
  • Contribute to a sustained and long term objective of reducing fatal and serious injury road trauma among the Victorian riding community.


The Perfect Ride Tutorials  were developed to provide riders with more detailed information on the above hazards that a 60 second television commercial can not. These four short videos show a group of mates going for a recreational ride as Rick Williams, a motorcycle riding instructor with seven years experience, leads the group as they discuss their plans for the ride and what they see and do on their ride. 

Before the Ride


Country Riding


To view the other tutorials please visit the Perfect Ride Tutorials page on Spokes


As at June 2016, more than 410 thousand Victorians held a current Victorian motorcycle licence or permit. Of these licence holders:

  • 88% were male
  • 6% were aged 25 or less
  • 70% were aged over 40
  • 20% were aged over 60 (with 4% over 70)
  • Just over half (53%) of motorcycle licence holders were active riders[1]

Within the motorcycle crash data pages you will find statistics for motorcyclist deaths in 2016 and claims involving hospital admissions for the year 2015/2016.

291 people lost their lives on Victoria's roads in 2016, of these, 56 were riders and passengers of motorcycles, representing 19% of the 2016 lives lost. This is the highest number of motorcyclist lives lost since 2002.

For more motorcycle related stats check out the motorcycle statistics page showing crash location, demographics, acute hospitalisation claims data