One of the most exhilarating feelings in the world is riding your motorcycle! The open road ahead, wind in your hair, the roar of your engine as you open that throttle and leave your troubles behind you.
Of course, just as important as heading onto the open road is making it back home safely. With spring just around the corner, I thought it would be a perfect time to review my top 10 Important Motorcycle Safety Tips.
Wear a Helmet!
I can hear you grumbling and muttering under your breath, but seriously, a helmet is your best and most important piece of equipment a biker can own. There are so many styles to choose from with everything from Bluetooth compatibility to amazing airbrush designs. The best part is motorcycle helmets are lighter and way more comfortable than they use to be.
Don’t Drink And Ride
Always Check The Weather
There are several impressive apps available that can help you plan your ride. Just pick one that you like and check the forecast regularly. Inclement weather can be dangerous, wet roads, poor visibility, and storms should be avoided when at all possible.
Obey The Rules Of The Road
Follow all speed limits, posted signs, and lane markings. Make sure you are visible, use your turn signals, headlights and be courteous to other motorists. You are not indestructible, and neither is your motorcycle, so slow down!
Make sure your motorcycle insurance is current, in most states, it’s the law.
Know Your Motorcycle
You need to be confident in your riding and handling skills. Never ride a new bike on the road until you are comfortable with the bike weight, steering, controls, and turns.
Be In The Right Frame Of Mind
Don’t ride if you are angry, distracted, or not feeling well. If your mind is not on the road, you are more susceptible to making mistakes. Never ride if you are tired or drowsy, don’t take the risk of falling asleep on your bike. If you are on a long road trip, take breaks, grab a quick snooze at a rest stop or get a hotel.
Be Diligent About Motorcycle Maintenance
inspect your bike before you ever get on it and before every ride. Check your tires, lights, mirrors and look for any signs of leakage, loose bolts, or unusual wear and tear.
Your passenger should always wear a motorcycle helmet and understand motorcycle safety. Don’t assume that everyone knows how to “be” a passenger. It's important that you feel comfortable with your passenger and your passenger is comfortable with you.
Motorcycle Safety Refresher Class
Take a class, especially if you bought a different type of bike. There is a learning curve going from a dirt bike to a street bike to a touring bike, they all handle different and require a certain skill level.
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