State Ride 2016 FAQs

We receive a number of frequently asked questions about the ride and have collated them here for your easy reference.

State Ride FAQs

What do I get for my registration?

Registration as a Rider or Pillion for the State Rides 2016 includes the following:

• Your entry to the fully organised ride
• The security of a Support Vehicle with bike trailer behind you
• Rider Kit which includes: Welcome Letter; Mental Health Flyers; Rider Contact Card; Donor Receipt Form; 2 Large State Ride Bumper Stickers; 1 Round State Ride Sticker; 5 BDR Wallet Cards; 1 State Ride Wristband; 1 State Ride Patch

What are the average daily distances travelled on the ride?

The average daily distance on a Black Dog Ride's long distance rides is around 400kms per day. Some days will be slightly longer, some days shorter. Check your ride itinerary here.

Are accomodation and/or meals included in the registration cost?

No. Black Dog Ride will arrange and inform riders of reasonably priced accomodation for every leg, generally discounted for Black Dog Riders. Meals will be as advised on the itinerary and Ride Coordinators work hard to find low cost meal options in regional areas.

Do we get a patch or stickers before the ride?

Yes, see above. Rider's Kits are dispatched in a few weeks before you depart on your ride. Please email the office if yours doesn't arrive.

I can't ride the whole distance, is it ok just to ride a day or two?

For NT, SA, WA and soon QLD, yes you can register as a Night Rider.

Due to safety, logistics, catering and group dynamics, NSW, VIC AND TAS won't be accepting Night Riders.

Due to safety and capacity, no on the day registrations can be accepted at any location.

I need a refund for my registration, what do I do?

Please advise us if you cannot participate. Contact for further information.

Can I follow the Ride in my car to be part of the Support Crew?

Cars are strictly limited to Official Black Dog Ride Support Crew only.

Can I meet my partner en route?

There is nothing to stop your partner meeting you however due to space considerations and catering, functions are strictly reserved for registered Riders only.

Why do you ask so many questions on the registration page?

You will need your bike registration number and next of kin contact number to complete registration. This is for safety purposes whilst on the ride so we can assist you in case of accident or emergency. Please do not use your pillion or visa versa as a next of kin contact. Use the details of a trusted person whom we can contact should you require assistance on the ride. We also need your DOB for emergency services in case of accident or illness on the ride and we need your shipping address so we can send out your Rider's Kit before the ride.

I don't have a credit card, does that mean I can't register?

You will need a credit or debit card to complete the ride registration. If you do not have one, you can purchase a pre pay Visa debit card via any Australia Post outlet here.

When does my Rider's Kit arrive?

All riders will receive a Riders Kit around two weeks before you depart on the ride.. Please ensure your postal address is correct. If it changes at any time, please contact

Can I camp or take my swag?

Generally, yes. Most accomodation includes camping areas. Check your itinerary before contacting your Ride Coordinator.

Are all roads sealed?

Yes, the ride is conducted on sealed roads, however there may be unforeseen roadworks on route. Your Ride Coordinator can advise you.

I want to drive my car, is this ok?

Registrations are reserved for riders only. We appreciate that so many would like to follow our journey, but space, safety and logistical considerations prohibit cars from joining us.

Is there a support vehicle?

Yes, every state leg will have a support vehicle with bike trailer following the riders to assist with bike breakdown, however we strongly advise all riders take out roadside assistance plus travel insurance before departing on the ride.

Will the support vehicle carry some of my gear for me?

No. Riders are expected to carry their own gear.

Will the support vehicle have a trailer and can they tow my bike if I break down?

Yes, support vehicles will have a bike trailer and will assist you should you need it. We do everything we can to organise a safe and trouble free ride for you, however, we strongly encourage riders to have national roadside assistance and comprehensive travel and motorcycle insurance.

If I want to fly home, is there a company who will freight my bike back?

Yes, contact Bikes Only about pricing and mention you are from Black Dog Ride.

I have never joined a group ride before/I don't know what bike preperation is involved, what advice do you have for me?

Road Rider has some good general advice about group rides HERE.

Travel tips has compiled: Before you go on a long distance motorbike ride...

Open Road Journey has blogged: Tips For A Long Distance Motorcycle Trip

Ride Apart has blogged about rainy days: Riding in the Rain

Motorbike Writer Mark Hinchliffe has written some helpful articles:
10 tips to beat dehydration while riding
10 tips for beating rider fatigue
10 tips for riding country roads
Avoiding Aches & Pains on Long Rides

Contact your Ride Coordinator for more specific advice. The above advice is not endorsed by Black Dog Ride but provided here for your convenience.

Who is my Ride Coordinator?

Every state is assigned a Ride Coordinator. They are volunteers, please respect business hours when contacting them. Their contact details can be found by clicking on your state/territory link here.

How do I fundraise for this ride?

You can start your fundraising here:

I have specific dietary requirements, will you cater for this?

Please ensure you state this on the registration form. Black Dog Ride will endeavour to cater for everyone's needs, however due to the locations and costs involved, riders will need to be understanding with the limitations of certain dietary needs within remote parts of Australia.