Well, nice to know that the media considers us all law breaking speed mongers! http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22214806-2,00.html Speeding is essential, say bikersBy Mark Schliebs August 09, 2007 12:45pm RIDING at double the speed limit, "bending" road rules and "pushing the limits" are just part of riding safely, according to many Australian motorcyclists. An investigation into the behaviour of riders has revealed a belief among many motorcyclists that breaking the law was actually safer than abiding by road rules. According to the study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATS, â€œsome riders considered (bending the road rules was) an essential part of maintaining their safetyâ€. â€œThe concept of pushing oneâ€™s limits on the motorcycle was a common theme in the discussions and appeared to be considered a normal part of riding behaviour,â€ the ATSB report said. Stunts not uncommon The report said that while young men were more likely to admit to performing â€œstuntsâ€, there was no clear demographic for riding at high speeds. â€œBoth males and females, older and younger, appeared to enjoy riding fast,â€ it said. â€œMost riders interviewed did not appear to regard riding at very high speeds - (for example) more than double the speed limit - as intrinsically unsafe. â€œThe general consensus seemed to be that safe high-speed riding involved planning the time and place so as to minimise risk.â€ Skilled riders "overconfident" The ATSB said a better rider training program was needed to reduce â€œriskyâ€ riding behaviours, but it admitted that there could be some consequences to providing more skills to riders. â€œIt is possible that rider training may cause some riders to become overconfident in their abilities, resulting in a discrepancy between their perceived and actual limits. â€œTherefore, rider training initiatives which improve a riderâ€™s skill may benefit from the addition of a personal education component which provides riders with higher-order planning, cognitive, and self monitoring skills.â€ The Psychological and Social Factors Influencing Motorcycle Rider Intentions and Behaviour report also recommended that more be done to change the attitudes of motorcyclists.