Two wheeled motorbikes

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when operating two-wheeled farm motorbikes. It is important that all operators follow this procedure and are familiar with the operator’s manual prior to operating the motorbike.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

  • Operator must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by person in charge of the workplace
  • If riding on a public road, operator must hold a Class 6 driver license (motorcycle license)
  • Children are not to operate an adult sized bike
  • Operator must have sufficient weight, limb size, skill and judgement to control the bike

What equipment do you need?

Both motorcycle operator and any pillion are to wear the minimum following Personal Protective Equipment when operating a motorbike:

  • Helmet (NZS 5430 or AS 1698 minimum)
  • Boots

General Procedure

  • Check the bike before operation and ensure it has been correctly maintained.
  • Ride to the conditions and your level of ability
  • Ride actively (shift body position to maintain stability)
  • Scan ahead for obstacles/hazards
  • Do not exceed bike’s carrying capacity
  • Only use attachments (i.e. trailers) that are designed for use with your motorbike
  • If in doubt of route, find another one

What are the risks?

  • Collisions with other motor vehicles or objects
  • Crushing through rolling over or flipping

Find out more

WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Safe use of two-wheeled motorbikes on farms