VIC Govt Talks to Riders

The Victorian Government has engaged with riders to resolve conflict between riders, resident and other forest users.

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Nowhere To Ride

There's hardly anywhere to ride legally in NSW.

Land developers, policy exclusion, clowns and noise has resulted in closure of nearly all available areas.

Now there are Environmental problems as riders push into areas they would not have used previously.

Erosion from new track creation, grooving of water diversion banks (roll-overs), creek bank destruction and spreading of weeds and diseases from unwashed machines are all problems now.

Media Release

23 November 2010


The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC of NSW) calls upon the NSW state government to immediately introduce Recreational Registration for off-road motorcycles along the lines of the Victorian model.

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Ride Plan

Plan for a better ride & know where you can ride?

Preparation will save you in the bush!

  • Bike maintenance and spares
  • Ride route plan (consider doing a pre-ride if not completely familiar with the ride or alternative routes)


  • Fitness ( to “fit” plan of ride)
  • Spares (plugs, chain links, spare tube, puncture kit, etc)
  • Water, Food, Snacks
  • Fuel (see “Plan”)
  • Communications
  • First aid
  • Maps (see “Plan”)
  • GPS

Inconsiderate? IRRESPONSIBLE?
This is about mental self-inspection, not “being told”

Knowing WHAT is seen to be (or IS ) irresponsible/inconsiderate behaviour that brings dirt bikes into disrepute, and like noise results in stereotyped bad image. Results in closures, safety issues and unreasonable treatment of the responsible majority

  • too fast for locale (appreciate that non-riders will misinterpret speed and control-ability)
  • too fast for ability
  • incompetent and unaware of it
  • stupidity – examples, usually immature children with licences

Low Risk Riding

  • willingness to do this and being able to grasp the risks so as to manage them intelligently
  • social (e.g. walkers/picnickers/children)/personal physical
  • (riding risks)/others physical (e.g. horses, other riders)/ societal/ environmental

Compounding fatigue

  • Fatigue is different on bikes than for truck or cars – it’s more “tiredness”
  • Loss of concentration (“don’t care”, loss of attention to detail)
  • Loss of vigilance (simple mistake, complex fracture)

How to do “stuff” in a responsible manner

  • within “boundaries” for locale/enviro/people proximity
  • within skill envelope
  • what is a skill envelope?
  • how does a rider determine that?
    Devolve part of this topic to one of the Riding Tips sections