Riding for the conditions
Set your speed according to your surroundings. Damp sections can pose particular problems for motorcyclists, as do loose surfaces like gravel and dirt. Often there is a build up of loose stones on winding or steep roads, moss in the centre of road between car tyre marks, so extra caution needs to be applied in these conditions.
Motorcycling to many people is a new experience. Often overrepresented in accidents are first-timers - or those not used to the conditions. Consider this when asking friends to ride in a group. Your friends may be not as good as they think - if you have a concern on a particular aspect of their ability, then make sure you communicate with them. Read tips from fellow riders.
Consider rider-training courses for yourself, club or group. If you are a 'born again biker' your riding skills may not be what they used to be. There are great courses available to update your skills, and by doing one of these you may even be able to get a rebate on your insurance, or from your club.
Also beware if you or your friends are on an unfamiliar bike, as its dynamics may be very different to those you're used to.
Before you ride, dress appropriately for the weather conditions as much as you can. We all know that Victoria is notorious for four seasons in one day, however it is important to dress appropriately for your ride, whether it's 30 degrees or pelting with rain. If it's too hot for protective clothing, then it's too hot to ride - full stop.
Spokes helps motorcycle riders to stay safe in all conditions including on wet and damp roads, travelling at the right speed and most important of all wearing the right motorbike safety protective gear.