Motorcyclists in New Zealand are being reminded how they can keep themselves safe during September’s Motorcycle Awareness Month.

The campaign, which coincides with the start of the riding season, is led by the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee (MSAC). Riders are encouraged to take a refresher course and have their motorbikes professionally serviced.

“We strongly advise riders to check that they and their motorcycles are ‘ride ready’ before they get back on their bikes,” said Janice Millman, MSAC Deputy Chair.

“More than a half of motorcyclists get their bikes out of the garage and on to the road after the winter break, so it’s important to remind drivers that more of us are about and to look out for us.”

MAM19 officially gets underway in Auckland on Saturday 31 August and kicks off a number of Motorcycle Awareness Month events taking place around the country.