As the sun is up, and the riding season begins, I hope all of you are putting your miles in! May marks Motorcycle Awareness Month, so I thought it would be a perfect time to review the top 10 important motorcycle safety tips.
Wear a Helmet!
I can hear you grumbling and muttering under your breath, but seriously, a helmet is the 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.
Be Visible, Yet Pretend You Are Not
It is always recommended to wear some bright clothing, have your headlight on, and avoid riding in blind spots of cars and trucks.
While you can take these precautions, it is always important to assume that people can’t see you. Riding with this mindset will give you the ability to have a hyper-aware mindset, notice every detail, and ride defensively.
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, and 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, and that you have it. It’s the law to have motorcycle insurance, and thankfully you have a couple of options. If you feel or know that you don’t ride more than 2,000 miles per bike per year, I would recommend using a Pay Per Mile motorcycle insurance.
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.
Take A Motorcycle Safety Course
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. Typically, a motorcycle safety course costs an average of $280, but it really depends on the course.
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