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Summer Motorcycle Safety

The reason some people are too fearful that they are too inexperienced and they might get injured and crash.

However, many seasoned riders will tell you that it’s (mostly) not you that you have to be concerned about – it’s the other motorists on the road.

Here is how you can stay safe while feeling the freedom of the open road:

Be Seen

Since safety is the top priority of each rider, you need to be seen. Ditch the dark brown and black clothing when riding because that blends in with the road. Make sure that you wear bright colors so that matter where you are, people can see you coming.

On another note about clothing, dress for the slide and not the ride. That means you should take the safety precautions in clothing that would be ideal if you were to find yourself in an accident and end up sliding on the asphalt.

Buy the Right Bike

This should seem pretty obvious, but it’s very easy to get distracted by the variety of bikes you’re looking at. The bottom-line: don’t buy more bike power than you can handle.

Make sure you get the ride motorcycle that fits your needs, style and skill level. If you see one that you want, but it’s simply too much, go for a lower performance bike and work your way up.

Be Defensive

Again, we should always be always be focused on what’s happening with other motorists on the road – especially in this age of epidemic phone use and texting behind the wheel.

Keep your eyes peeled for vehicles that suddenly change lanes or pull out from side streets. Under no circumstances should you tailgate any one and make sure that you keep a safe distance. Preferably a larger gap than what you’re used to. A good rule of thumb is to ensure you have enough stopping distance and so you have time to react to obstacles in the road.

Avoid bad Weather

Even expert riders should know their limits. Bad and wet weather should be the line for every rider. That is because rain not only cuts your visibility but reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky.
If for whatever reason you have to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins. This is because the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top.

Inspect your Bike

Before you saddle up each time, make sure that everything looks good on your bike. Walk around, make sure that your bike’s lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly. Check the chain, belt, or shaft and the brakes. Always look at the tires for wear and make sure they’re set at the proper pressure.

Getting a motorcycle is a great experience that everyone should enjoy at some stage in your life. However, safety is what makes motorcycle-riding fun!

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