Police are pushing a safety message for motorcyclists following two recent deaths as more riders take to roads and bush tracks.
Wodonga highway patrol Sergeant Cameron Roberts said October through to Anzac Day was generally the busiest period for riders amid warmer weather.
The increased traffic can lead to a spike in serious and fatal crashes, with middle-aged men over-represented in the statistics.
"Many like getting out into the bush and having a fair go," he said.
"I get that for many it's fun but it comes with consequences, which has to be balanced up.
"There are no shortage of collision reports that we take for people who have come off and injured their arms and legs and received all sorts of other injuries.
"There are just so many fixed objects in close proximity to those tracks."
A funeral will be held for 40-year-old Barnawartha father Josh Stephenson on Tuesday following a dirt bike crash on tracks near Chiltern on October 17.
Sergeant Roberts said police would have a greater focus on motorbikes to ensure safety.
"It's not trying to be the fun police but people need to understand the consequences of getting out in the bush," he said.
"People can see in the media what the consequences are.
"Everyone makes mistakes.
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"When you're on two wheels, you've got more to lose and so does your family."
Sergeant Roberts said the North East had many on and off road areas popular with riders.
"There are so many roads here that are attractive to motorcyclists," he said.
"They're attractive as you can actually ride the bike, they require a fair bit of input and the roads are windy and undulated.
"With that typography and environment, along comes more risks.
"It comes down to rider error."
Sergeant Roberts said well managed group rides, where less experienced riders didn't try to keep up with those at the front, could be safe.
"Having a competent and experienced rider towards the back can help," he said.
"We see problems occur when people at the back try to catch up.
"Experienced riders can let people know it's not a race.
"There is a litany of information online about responsible group riding."
A common crash theme is middle-aged men riding large bikes in groups and crashing on a bend.
VicRoads statistics show that for every rider killed, many more are hurt or seriously injured.