September 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, 32 riders have died on the roads.
See the most popular motorcycle routes, and crash locations here.
MSAC takes motorcycle awareness and safety very seriously. That's why we are promoting Motorcycle Awareness Month, supported by ACC, local councils and our safer journeys partners. Motorcycle safety is also a priority for the Government. Learn more about their road safety strategy 'Road to Zero' 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 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.
From a small town in Marlborough, Graeme Crosby worked his way up the ranks to become a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Being equally capable on either a four stroke Superbike or two stroke Grand Prix racers. Graeme still holds the distinction of being the only person to have won the Dayton 200, the Imola 200, the Suzuki 8 Hours endurance race, and the Isle of Man TT.
The list of Graeme's achievements are longer than your arm, and in 1995 and 2006 Graeme was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Graeme has always had a passion for things that move fast which saw Graeme begin a career in auto racing and driving in the Tour car racing in New Zealand and Australia. He went on to win the 1992 New Zealand Touring Car Championship.
When Graeme retired from racing, he became a commercial airline pilot - as you do! Today Graeme continues his passion for motorcycles and has built a business restoring classic Japanese motorcycles from the 1970s & 1980s. Graeme supports Motorcycle Awareness Month and wants the roads to be a safer place for all motorcyclists so they can keep enjoying what they love to do - ride. So, he'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.
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 lead 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. The test Chris conducts in the laboratory are tests for abrasion resistance. These tests see how long it takes to form a hole through a garment on a 60grit belt sander at 28km/hr.
The tests Chris will conduct in New Zealand will occur on road surfaces using a new test rig that has been designed and built for this purpose. Chris is looking to confirm that the tests that are conducted in the laboratory are a reliable indicator for all road surfaces to ensure that MotoCAP testing replicates real world conditions. Each piece of clothing is assessed on a range of factors: protective tests of impact abrasion, seam burst, impact energy absorption, water resistance and thermal comfort relevant to motorcycle apparel. 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 real bad."
Chris is supporting Motorcycle Awareness Month and travelling around the country showing New Zealand motorcyclist just how he tests the gear. Chris will be in Whangarei on the 7th & 9th September Auckland on 10th September and Christchurch on the 11th September.
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 has come on board to support Motorcycle Awareness Month 2019 to highlight the role that drivers play in preventing crashes on the road. He also want to raise awareness and to encourage drivers to 'look twice for motorcyclists'