We care about your safety. We want you to return from your hire experience intact and uninjured.. When you leave our driveway if for any reason you do not feel safe, - come back immediately. We will offer you an alternative bike if available or a refund. Notwithstanding this, hire is based on the understanding that hirer is competent, capable, safe and an appropriately licenced rider prior to commencement of hire. Hirer shall inspect bike and accept responsibility for it's condition prior to hire. Damages during hire are hirers responsibility. Safe condition and maintenance of motorcycle remains hirer’s responsibility for the duration of hire. Top of the south Motorcycle Rentals cannot accept responsibility for death or injury . (hirer = person hiring vehicle)
Internet Resources All riders should abide by and be aware of all aspects of New Zealand road rules and conditions in order to survive and remain uninjured. To this end some of the websites we expect hirer to read are as follows: ( if confused by "too much information", nzta rules and guidelines are the final arbiter.) nzta (new zealand transport authority) = the law - www.nzta.govt.nz nzta - general site - www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/motorcycle-road-code nzta, motorcycle specific road code - www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/driving-safely/motorcycling nzta, motorcyle specific tips - www.drivingtests.co.nz/resources/road-signs-video-50-new-zealand-signs-1 nz road signs explained - 3 videos, 50 signs in each. www.drivesafe.org.nz/ tourism industry general site explores what may be expected of rental companies and vehicle. not motorcycle specific but useful nonetheless. Translations to multiple languages. And last but not least this site, whilst not NZ specific ( it is South African ) I found this site an excellent motorcycle specific site written by motorcyclists containing many valuable safety resources, most especially this page: - www.biketalk.co.za/wp/safety ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Safety, owners take: The following are some jaundiced opinions on some New Zealand road hazards, some are personal pet hates and should not be treated as factual. they are only a fraction of factors affecting motorcycle safety.......
- Treat all other road users as psycopathic, myopic and ill mannered, a small but significant percentage are. They have scant or no regard for motorcyclists or their safety. They will drive dangerously, aggressively, discourteously, reflect a total lack of driving competence and knowledge of motorcycle control. - expect the unexpected.
- Chicken ..... New Zealand rural roads have many one lane bridges where vehicles approaching from one side are supposed to give way. All too often this results in a game of who blinks first, don't play this game, even if signpost gives you right of way, don't count on it, - expect psycopaths
- Most New Zealand road users will dip only 2-3 seconds after they are quite convinced it's absolutely necessary - expect to be dazzled.
- Indicating for some is a novel concept -
- Some drivers will fail to switch dipped beam headlights on at times of limited visibility - expect invisibility.
- Another favourite on rural roads is making a left from minor road onto major road without looking left. This has the potential for head on collision if overtaking – expect the potentially fatal.
- Be careful where you park, if possible park where no cars can park next to you. You may park in an empty car park and a car pull up a foot away from you - scratching the bike when opening the door, - expect the inconsiderate. - These are just a few examples, bear them in mind and stay safe.
In the fact category some tips: - We have had 3 injuries, 2 female's following a male, both on Takaka hill and 1 highsided on unmarked gravel on State Highway 6. Conclusions - and these apply at all times. - do not cross Takaka hill unless you are 100% competent to take on 25k's of switchbacks. - Ride at the speed you feel safe - Do not attempt to keep up with rider in front of you. - Do not be fazed by any traffic behind you. - If you have traffic building up behind you pull over when it is safe to do so. - Judge each corner on it's merits. - Be aware of recommended speed signs. - Be aware that some tight bends may lack recommended speed signs. - If you are the lead rider and others in group don't appear, stop, wait, go back , locate. - Expect unmarked hazards including gravel, ice livestock, cyclists riding two abreast - Wear a hi-viz vest. - Do not allow yourself to be distracted by gps or over elaborate and hard to read instrumentation - concentrate on the road ahead. - Do not plug yourself into a walkman. Listen out at all times for engine and running gear sounds such as tyres fraying, items loose which could potentially wrap around a wheel etc. etc.. - Don't forget to cancel indicators - where our bikes do not have self cancelling indicators ensure that indicator is switched off after use. if someone pulls out in front of you due to your failure to cancel indicator the fault is likely to be 100% yours. - Sidestand and centre stand use: one of the greatest hazards is parking, may sound obvious but if you're on the wrong side of a quarter of a tonne of motorcycle, chances are it's going to hurt, aside from damage to the motorcycle and your pride. - Park on level sealed or concrete surface. - Do not park on graveled, soft or or grassed surfaces. - When using side stand place side stand on sealed surface then give the motorcycle a sharp firm tug backward - this will doubly ensure that side stand is engaged in road surface. - Use extreme care when rocking bike off centre stand, remember it is easy for the bike to "get away on you". Cover the front brake and be ready to apply gently. turn steering slightly to left and be ready to gently get you weight "underneath" bike as necessary. - When cornering you have a contact area less than that of a footprint between yourself and extinction. plan your corner, plan your exit - … AND ALWAYS APPLY YOUR BEST SAFETY GEAR - THE GREY MATTER ! Ride safe. David Arnot - Owner operator Top of the South Motorcycle Rentals
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