Tips and General Info

Motorcycle Parking in the ACT

The Canberra Motorbike Parking website provides information on 155 motorbike parking areas (as at 16 October 2016). Each parking area is marked on a google map.

Helmet Care

  • Do keep your helmet clean using approved cleaners specific by the helmet manufacturer.
  • Do ensure the helmet is well maintained and free of defects
  • Do store your helmet carefully to keep it safe from impacts, abrasion, and unnecessary sunlight
  • Do ensure linings remain firm, fit snugly otherwise replace the helmet
  • Don’t rest your helmet on the bike seat as it can fall off. Even small drops can generate micro fractures that can detract from the helmet’s performance when it counts!
  • Don’t hang you helmet on your mirror or carry rack frame as apart from the possible fall, you are reshaping the Styrofoam liner thereby reducing the impact absorbing characteristics
  • Don’t sit your helmet on the fuel tank – apart from the possible fall, the petrol fumes rot and melt the Styrofoam
  • Don’t use caustic or petrochemical cleaners – these degrade the protective quality of the outside shell
  • Don’t leave your spare helmet dangling off the bike as you ride
  • Don’t sit on your helmet – its uncomfortable anyway but most importantly helmet distortion can result

Tyre Pressure

One way, although painstaking, of checking for correct tyre pressures is to do the following:

  • Load your bike with attendant people, luggage etc as you intend to take on a trip.
  • Check your tyre pressure
  • Ride with this load for about 15 minutes
  • Check your tyre pressure again

If your tyre pressure has varied by greater than 4 psi, then you are running under inflated.

If your tyre pressure has varied by less than 4 psi, then you are running over inflated .

The variation around the 4 psi reference gives a rough idea of how much to increase or decrease your pressure.