Whether you are new rider or a seasoned one, these safety tips are an important read.
1) Don’t buy something you can handle. The technology of motorcycles are more advanced and defined then they were 1-20 years ago. A lot has changed. If you haven’t been on one in a while, you need to be careful. Test them out. The handlebars should be within reach. Your feet should rest comfortably on the pedals and on the floor. When you put your feet on the floor, you should not be on your toes.
If the bike feels really heavy, that’s because it is. The bike needs to fit you, not the other way around.
2) It’s a good idea to invest some money in some anti-lock brakes. Studies have shown that bikes which have the anti-lock brakes, are less likely to be in an accident. That means no towing. When you ride and you begin to panic, your brakes could lock up. This means you don’t have any control over the steering. This is bad. Anti-lock brakes are a lifesaver in so many ways.
3)Develop your skills. The more you develop your skills, the safer you will be on the road. If you know someone who is an expert in bike riding, spend some time with them. Take a few classes. The more educated you are, the less you will be seen as a “weekend warrior.”
4) This might sound like common sense, but use your head. Wear your helmet. It constantly surprises me how many bikers don’t wear their helmet. I have seen members of bikers clubs not wearing helmets, even weekend warriors. This is not safe and just plain insane. If you are not sure of what kind of helmet to buy, check with the department of transportation.
5) Pay attention on the road, plain and simple. This will reduce your chances of needing a locksmith or a tow job. Pay attention to sticky road conditions. If the weather is not good, then don’t go out. This is your life we are talking about, don’t play the stud. Don’t just assume you can handle it.
6) Before you ride, do a quick inspection. This means every time you ride. Check your lights, brakes, transmission and everything else in between. Just do a quick look over, no need to spend an hour or so.
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