There is something about a motorcyclist that’s just manly.
Between the dark leather jackets, thunderous roar of the throttle and daring undertone—a man on a motorcycle is a beautifully masculine sight to behold.
However, there lies a cold reality about riding motorcycles we mustn’t ignore—it is dangerous. Sure, some biker-enthusiast revel the idea of risk, but that shouldn’t identify them as perilous beasts looking to cross to the other side. Biker safety is an imperative process of being motorcycle-savvy. And whether or not you’ve been riding for decades or yet to ride at all, it’s never too late to learn about motor safety.
The suggestions below will give you a general understanding of the basic safety guidelines every motorcyclist should be aware of:
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew
All motorcycles are manufactured to fit a certain level of skill. And if you can’t remember how long you’ve been riding motorcycles, you’d be surprised to learn just how diverse bike models are these days. So, if you are shopping for a motorcycle or having trouble honing your current hog—make sure to purchase one that precisely fits your expertise.
- Never undervalue your biker gear and clothing
Shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops are a sure-fire way of getting hurt. When you’re on a motorcycle, the first thing you should be wearing is your head—everything else should come after.
A leather or reinforced jacket with weathered mesh material, moto jeans, full-face helmet (approved by the Department of Transportation), over-the-ankle footwear, and gloves should be worn and purchased from viable moto-outlets. Additionally, many drivers who have hit motorcyclists blame vision and not being able to see them as the reason for their accident. With this in mind, it’s also a good idea to wear reflective or vibrant clothing.
- Pay close attention to weather conditions
If the roads you’re driving on haven’t experienced rainfall in some time, you can expect the roads to be extra slippery due to stagnated oil and other debris. Driving in rainfall, in general, is a poor decision. It cuts off your visibility (to you AND other drivers) and makes turning a hazardous endeavor due to your tire’s losing traction on the road. It’s also important to (to the best of your ability) not make sudden maneuvers, hit the brakes too hard, or throttle too rapidly.
- Be on the defensive
No matter how experienced you are at riding motorcycles will never change the fact that you can’t control how others operate their vehicles. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accidents for obvious reasons, with one of the most recent being the explosion of people texting while driving, which is why you should always be thinking three steps ahead of any impending vehicles.
- Never tailgate, as this makes your reaction time slow, and makes drivers either nervous or angry.
- Check brakes, lights, horn, directional signals, shaft, belt, and tires BEFORE getting on the bike.
- Keep a close eye on drivers changing lanes, as motorcycles are much smaller.