About riding

Towing

You must take extra care when towing a trailer or another motorcycle (which must be mechanically disabled). This is because, with the extra weight behind it, your motorcycle will feel different to ride.

Follow the safe towing guidelines on these pages whenever you tow a trailer or another motorcycle.

Safe towing guidelines

  • You must not tow more than one trailer or motorcycle at a time.
  • You must be able to see behind the towed trailer or vehicle in your mirrors.
  • There must be no more than four metres between your vehicle and the trailer or motorcycle it is towing.
  • The towing connection and safety chain or cable that holds the trailer/motorcycle must be safe and strong.
  • If the trailer, including its load, is up to half the weight of your motorcycle, the maximum speed you can ride is 90km/h.
  • If the trailer, including its load, is more than half the weight of your motorcycle, the maximum speed you can ride is 40km/h.
  • The maximum speed when towing a motorcycle is 30km/h.
  • You must not tow a motorcycle unless it is mechanically disabled.
  • At night, the back of the trailer/towed motorcycle must show a red light.
  • If you're towing a disabled motorcycle at night, its headlights must light up the towing connection.
  • Remember, you will be slower and less stable than other traffic when towing. Check behind often to see if other vehicles are held up behind you.
  • Keep left so that other vehicles have plenty of room to pass you.
  • If the road is winding or narrow and vehicles can't pass you, stop at a safe place and let them pass.
  • Leave more space than usual between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, so that others can pass you.
  • Remember that the added weight behind you means you will need more space to stop. Increase your following distance from two seconds to four seconds.

Important

If you are towing a trailer or another motorcycle, check your mirrors often to make sure you aren't holding up vehicles behind you.

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Last updated: 11 June 2010