Riding a motorcycle is fun, that is for sure. But we all know, riding a bike is way more dangerous than driving a car for example. You are not surrounded by protecting materials, you are easily overseen and handling a bike in dangerous situations needs more experience than with a car. All these facts cannot stop a motorcyclist from riding his bike, but there are things which can be done to increase the probability to return safely. Here is our top 10 safety tip list for your motorcycle rides.
10. Can you handle it?
Can you handle your own bike? This may sound stupid, but a lot of riders overestimate their skills and try to ride the wrong bike. Keep in mind, that you should be able reach the ground with your feet. Speaking of ground, tyres are your only connection to the road, so choosing the right type of tyres for you bike can be essential too, especially when you go around the corner you can lose your grip easier with wrong tires.
9. Improve yourself
Try to improve your skills with your bike. For sure, the best practice is just driving, but there are situations and critical moves which can be trained on special courses and with the help of experienced drivers and instructors. It is recommendable to visit a driving course every year. If you are experienced enough you can also try to improve yourself on a private area with enough room.
8. Watch your bike
You want to ride your bike, then keep an eye on it! A visual inspection before you start your next ride should be a routine for you. A check of your tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis and stands can be done quickly. You don’t want to ride with worn tires, frayed wires or even an oil leak.
7. Let others see you
When you ride with your motorcycle you are easily overseen by other road users. One thing you can do is to wear clothes with a showy colour. The more important tip in our opinion is, to drive in a way, that the others can see you. If you want to overtake you can often see if the driver checks his rearview mirror and noticed you. If you are not sure, activate the indicators and pass the other vehicle with enough space in case you have to react.
6. Avoid bad weather
Riding your bike, while the sun shines on the road, this might be the best scenario. But we all know it is not always the case. If you are going on a longer trip, the weather can change and sometimes it is unavoidable to drive through the rain. But if you can, try to avoid these weather conditions. Take a break and drink a coffee instead of rushing through the rain to get pass it.
5. Use your head
You can avoid a lot of dangerous situations by just using your head and think about what could happen. Assume, that every road user could potentially oversee you or react in a bad way.
4. Eyes on the road
When you pass beautiful landscapes, stop for a while and enjoy them, but avoid being distracted while you pass them. Keep your eyes on the road during your rides. Ignore possible distractions like radio through earphones, phone calls or the beautiful girl / man next to the road who stares at your bike.
3. Choose the right gear
Wearing full proper gear can also improve your confidence.This can be good in dangerous situations, because you don’t have to be concerned, if you are well protected. As mentioned above, the color can be crucial as well. If you choose gear in non typical colors, you are more likely seen during your trips. Wear proper boots on your motorcycle and leave your flip-flops at home!
2. Defense is best
You will avoid many dangerous situations on the road by simply adjusting your driving behaviour to a more defensive one. During your ride you should watch out for road hazards, trash, pedestrians and bad drivers. Driving on you limit right from the start will give you less time to get the confident. And if you want to find your limits, you should get on a racetrack or training course first.
1. You only have one head
Your helmet is your best friend. Driving without a helmet is forbidden in most countries, but you can see some motorcyclists without one from time to time. Keep in mind, that your head is very vulnerable and any damage can be fatal! A broken leg or arm can be fixed, but a damaged head very unlikely. Avoid damaging your helmet and keep it in a safe place where it cannot fall on the ground. If you fall on your helmet after an accident you have to replace it, even if you cannot see any damage on the outside. It might be damaged inside and wont last another crash!
Regardless if you drive out for a week or just one day. Following these tips will make your next ride more safe.
Which tips do you have? Leave us a comment!