Riding a motorcycle has an undeniable coolness about it. Some of the most iconic actors in Hollywood history have ridden bikes. They were the poster boys of a rebellious life that so many riders would stare out, just dreaming of the day they could afford two-wheels. But there is a thin line between thrilling and dangerous. That is why it is up to you to know how to make riding that much safer. After all, there is nothing cool about being ten minutes early for the next life.
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Always Wear A Helmet
The laws about helmets change from state to state, country to country. Some make you wear them others don’t have any rules about it whatsoever. As such, you often have nothing more than your own preference to go on. But the facts are there. Last year alone, more than 2,200 motorcyclists were saved by wearing a helmet. That is why it is so imperative that you wear one and, if we had to suggest any type, well, we’d urge you to go full-face. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Riders say it all the time, “eyes off the skies.” They’re right too. If you’ve ever been on a long journey in a car, then you’ll find your eyes looking around at the scenery, at the journey, at it all. But cars have four wheels, and that makes them far more forgiving. So, if you don’t want to be calling for help after a motorcycle wreck, then it is best that you keep your eyes on the road. It could be other traffic, sharp bends, potholes, gravel, or just about anything else, so keep your eye out and your reactions sharp.
Know What To Do In An Emergency
When you’re in a car, you’re almost allowed to panic. It’s a matter of slamming the brakes or turning sharply. But not on a bike. A biker has to be able to twist their body perfectly in order to find a balance between braking and steering. You have to avoid danger and stay up, and that is a real challenge. It requires clarity, understanding, and practice, which is because these skilled techniques don’t come naturally to most riders.
Imagine You Are A Peacock
Most motorists are trained to look out for the profile of certain vehicles, such as cars, jeeps, and trucks. Motorcycles don’t fall into this category, unfortunately. As such, it is your job to be seen. Motorcycles are small and nimble, they slip nicely into blind spots and into the cracks of those that are not paying attention. That means high-vis safety vests, a bright bike, headlights on, reflective strips and anything else you can get your hands on. You could even go as far as getting a modulator, which is essentially a piece of must-have equipment that is similar to a strobe light.
Slow Up A Bit
When you’re on a motorway, and the tarmac is flashing below your boots and you find yourself getting a little caught up in the moment, in the speed, in the adrenaline, it is important you manage to stay in control of your head. Going at the speed of light is not safe. You see, the faster you’re going the less likely you’ll be able to pull off evasive moves or correct any errors you make, or errors that others make for that matter. So just say to yourself every so often, slow up, okay.