Protecting Your Passion: Motorcycle Safety Tips for Every Rider

Every avid motorcycle rider will tell you that these sorts of rides can be very thrilling, causing a massive adrenaline rush, however, no matter how exciting they may be, unfortunately, they can be risky too.

In fact, it’s safe to say, that they are way riskier than driving a car, or any other type of vehicle, oftentimes, leading to serious road crashes. That’s why it’s of huge importance to take various preventative measures to stay safe while driving.

Today, we will generally focus on the steps that every motorcycle driver should take before they turn on their motorcycle engine.

If you would like to know what you’re supposed to do, then check out these tips that we put together.

Nowhere Without A Helmet

This is by far one of the most crucial things that you can do as far as this is concerned. Not only is it the law, but it's also an item that's going to keep you safe while driving. According to the statistics, the biggest cause of death (when it comes to motorcycle riders) is head injuries.

And that's all because most of these people didn't wear a helmet. Another thing that you must keep in mind as far as this is concerned, is that you must have the right helmet. Do not resort to the cheap ones, due to the fact that they do not offer the quality that's necessary.

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At the end of the day, it's your life, and you do not want to risk anything and do things that might put it in danger. Therefore, it would be advisable to opt for the ones that were approved by the Department of Transportation.

Why does this matter? Well, that’s because these helmets have been properly tested and provide the best protection. Apart from all of this, you must have a helmet that fits you well, meaning, that it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight, otherwise, you won’t feel comfortable and it’s going to negatively influence your vision during the ride.

Additionally, choose a full-face helmet with solid protection, because this one was designed to safeguard your face from the rain, snow, bugs, and many other factors that may disrupt you during the ride and help you avoid any road accidents.

Speaking of accidents, as previously concluded, they are more frequent in comparison to any other vehicle. If God forbid, it happens to you, legal connoisseurs at Thomas Law Offices suggest hiring a lawyer who is going to fight for your rights and ensure you receive the right compensation. Of course, this refers to people who didn’t cause the incident and want to pursue a claim.

Having The Right Bike Matters Too!

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There are so many spectacular bikes on the market, however, as a motorcycle rider, you should know that not every single one of them is intended for every rider. That’s why, it’s essential to pick the one that is perfect for you.

That’s something that must be done before you begin your ride. We know that this decision might be a bit overwhelming for any person who is relatively new to this vehicle, however, if you are not one hundred percent sure which one suits you the best, yet you do not want to waste any money, then for starters, it would be a good idea to rent it.

So what factors should be taken into account during this process? A lot of bike riders focus solely on the looks in these instances.

Although that’s completely understandable, there are elements that must be put before the appearance, if you want to make sure you are properly safeguarded, and they include the following:

  • Overall power – this one can be a bit confusing, especially to the newbies. Bear in mind that just because this vehicle has high displacement, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's very fast. In fact, a motorcycle that's 700cc can be as fast as the one that's 1400cc. In these types of situations, you should focus on its weight.
  • Power-to-weight ratio – the bigger the number, the faster your motorcycle is going to be. It’s worth mentioning that bikes that have higher ratios usually have faster acceleration, short braking distances, and high top speeds.
  • Wet weight – this refers to the weight of this vehicle with fluids. Sometimes, the manufacturers may not be crystal clear when it comes to this. We would like to remind you that at times, it's the equivalent of the car's curb weight with all fluids, and gas as well.
  • Your impression – even if you're not too experienced when it comes to motorcycles, at times, you should listen to your intuition. If you do not have a good feeling about this vehicle, for whatever reason (maybe you find it too big, small, or too fast), just don't purchase it, and take another one into consideration.

Focus On The Defensive Riding Skills 

This is something that every motorcycle rider must possess if they want to make sure nothing bad happens to them while they are on the road. Why is this so pivotal? Namely, precisely these skills are going to help them become a lot more present and careful while driving, and simultaneously, prevent any hazards on the road.

This doesn't only positively influence your safety but also decreases maintenance, which means that you won't be forced to spend a bunch of cash on various expenses that were caused by an accident. 

Therefore, if you are willing to hone your defensive skills and be extra careful while driving, then you should take a look at these tips below:

  1. Stay very focused while riding. Even if something tries to disrupt your ride, do whatever you can to ignore it.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings as much as you can.
  3. Be sure not to harm any pedestrian on the road
  4. Do not be too close to other vehicles
  5. Employ turn signals to warn other drivers of all your movements

It doesn’t matter what vehicle you utilize the point is to be cautious at any given moment. This article today was dedicated to motorcycle drivers, and we honestly hope that they will implement at least one of these tips.

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering motorcycle adventures, biker tips and tricks and general exploring on two wheels. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the biking and adventure, getting out on the open road, year after year across the planet helps her continue to be a top expert at RMJ.


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