When it comes to owning a motorcycle, the question that many new bike owners consistently ask is ‘’Is it honestly safe?’’ Considering bikes have so many small pieces that play huge parts, you have consider every element when it comes to purchasing and maintaining a motorcycles. Keeping up with a motorcycle in terms of maintenance is different than a regular car. With so many intricate pieces, every detail matters.
However, whenever one of the main pieces fail, you have to be careful because the danger is not in the same realm. In a car, if something fails you still have a car frame and air bags to protect you in an accident. On a motorcycle, you have nothing but a helmet and maybe knee pads to help protect you while going down.
In some states, motorcycle helmets are an option. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) statistical studies have seen a dramatic decline in fatal accidents because riders used helmets. Be sure to check out your local bike shop for the right motorcycle helmet for you and your riding habits.
When you are riding a motorcycle on the highway or even on a city street, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. You should always be on the lookout for the vehicle to the left, right, in front and behind you. In other words, look in all directions. Riding motorcycles requires 100% of your full attention and nothing less.
How to Ride a Motorcycle at Night
Night rides can be very relaxing and rejuvenating, but also one of the most dangerous circumstances. There are instances when I’ve ridden my Harley late at night with absolutely no cars around. It makes you frustrated to wait on traffic lights with no cars. There’s a little voice in the back of your head saying, “just go.” That voice, is suicidal. I know it seems obvious to never violate traffic rules on a bike, but it’s extremely stressed more than cars.
Almost all of us have made a left turn on a red light when we’re in a hurry and there’s no traffic, but bikes are almost impossible to see at night. There’s no time for a driver to notice you before colliding and causing serious injuries. Because visibility is limited at night to what your headlights are focused on it is the time when most motorcycle fatalities occur. So take the extra second or two to look in multiple directions whether you are at a stop on the open road.
Our 8 Safety Tips for Riding a Motorcycle
With that being said, it is important for a biker to ride defensively no matter the time of day. It simply means to never assume a driver can see you. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle crashes are because a driver is violating the bikers space and right of way.
We have compiled a list of motorcycle riding safety tips. The following is our most important safety tips to keep every ride safe:
1. Ride With Headlights On – This allows anyone and everyone to see you at all times and to be alerted when you are approaching. Vital for safety reasons.
2 .Always Use Your Turning Signals – The turning signals on a motorcycle are small enough already, usually only a couple of inches in circumference. That is why it is extra important to make sure you’re utilizing them as much as possible to avoid accidents during lane changes.
3. Stay Out of Blind Spots – If your plan is to ride right beside a vehicle that is sizeably bigger than yours, please then hurry by and get ahead. Staying in the blind spots is dangerous on both ends. Speed up or ride behind, but never stay beside.
4. Ride Sober & Rested – Driving under the influence or tired is not a game that you can win. Trying to under the influence or extremely tired is magnified 10X or more on a motorcycle and it will threaten your life every mile. Let’s face it, the first thing that goes when you start drinking is your balance, and that means everything on a bike.
5. Follow Traffic Laws
6. Wear Appropriate Gear – If there is one thing that irritates me, its when riders try to be ‘’cool’’ and start riding in shorts and tank tops. Everything is great until that first introduction to pavement and concrete. Leave the cool guy mentality at home and protect yourself at all times. At least wear your motorcycle helmet, kneepads, and jacket. With at least those three, you can prevent falls, impacts, injuries from being worse. Never ride without long pants; you may risk being burned by the exhaust one too many times than you would like.
7. Keep Your Distance – It is key for any rider to keep their distance regardless of the vehicle ahead. Any vehicle at any time can break check you. If you aren’t paying attention, you can end up more than likely 20ft elsewhere with a serious injury and paying damages for their vehicle.
8. Maintain Your Bike – A well-maintained motorcycle will provide you years of enjoyment and the thrill of riding the open road more so than a badly maintained bike. Keep with manufacturer scheduled maintenance and if you modify your ride in any way, be sure the modifications meet your state’s regulations.
Learning to Ride A Motorcycle Accident-Free
Having and using a motorcycle is a very cool thing. Yes, you have to be prepared and 100% focused at all times, but the feeling is unlike any other. We hope you use these motorcycle riding safety tips to your advantage. Take control of the open road but always ride safe! Are you a long time biker and need to upgrade your two wheels? Sell your old bike for cash fast by filling out our offer form or giving us a call today!