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Safe Motorcycle Riding
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Safe Motorcycle Riding

Motorcycle riding can definitely be a fun and rewarding experience if done properly but as everyone likely knows it can also be a very dangerous one.

The more careless the rider is then the higher the risk factor when riding becomes. Many believe that motorcycles are simply too dangerous and people should just stick to driving cars. This isn't entirely true. Yes, motorcycles do provide less protection in the event of an accident but if respected and handled properly then you can seriously lower the risks associated with riding.

Whether you ride an easy going cruiser or a tricked out super bike it is important to follow these safety tips to ensure a safe motorcycle riding experience:

1. Check everything before heading out

  • Just as you would with your car, check your lights, mirrors, chain, tires, etc. to ensure a safe ride.

2. Wear protective gear

  • This should be a given but many people simply choose to ignore this important aspect of riding. Wearing a protective jacket, gloves, and solid shoes will prevent unnecessary road rash in the event of an accident. Most importantly though, always wear a helmet! Many riders feel that this should be optional and while this is true it is definitely recommended to wear a nice fitting helmet to protect from head injuries.

3. Always pay attention/be on high alert

  • Unfortunately motorcycle riders are much harder to see than your average truck or SUV. Because of this, it is important that you always pay attention to your surroundings while riding and to try your best to stay noticed. Stay out of blind spots and always leave distance between yourself and other vehicles.

4. Watch for road hazards

  • As you already know a motorcycle relies on balance from momentum so any small change in that balance can send the rider into a spill. Keep your eyes on the road and always be wary of unforeseen hazards such as loose gravel, oil spills, or even road kill!

5. Keep an eye on the weather

  • It would be nice if you could ride a motorcycle year round but sometimes weather can get in the way. Checking the weather for the day is crucial for riders as it is dangerous to get caught in bad conditions. Look out for potential rain or icy conditions as these make for very risky riding situations.

Again, riding motorcycles can be very fun and safe if proper safety is practiced. By making use of the tips above, learning about proper motorcycle techniques, and staying within the rider's skill limit anyone can go out and enjoy a great day safe motorcycle riding.

Have fun and be safe!


Street Talk

Hi Shannon, great to see your safety coverage. Wish I had seen it earlier as you have already covered some subjects that I covered in my latest article. Regards

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  about 9 years ago

Great info and advice...haven't had a bike in year...old Honda 350...but sure enjoyed riding it on some quiet back country roads..

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  about 9 years ago

I know exactly what you mean! I grew up in the country and loved riding those back roads.

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Shannon Sutherland, I love the article well versed in your knowledge, Some like me keep of these things. I bought a motorbike when younger actually a long time ago. pick it up at lunch time and a person went through a red robot that evening and hit me. Broke my elbow not my head but wipe the bike out. I had not even had time to insure the bike so I lost money fast. An expensive ride for a few hours never to be repeated. I am following you as well now so get the articles out, and please comment on my articles I like to see and hear what people think. I will always comment on yours. Good luck.

Reply
  about 9 years ago

Thank you very much, I will be sure to keep in touch with your articles as well. Much appreciated!

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  about 9 years ago
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