10 tips to start the motorcycle season safely – part two

10 tips to start the motorcycle season safely - part two

Whoever said that “You haven’t truly lived until you have ridden a motorcycle” couldn’t have been truer. However, there is no denying the fact that motorcycling has this stigma attached to it, quite incorrectly, that it is an extremely dangerous way to utilise your time. Most of this stems from the higher than the normal number of accidents people tend to have on motorcycles. The truth of the matter though is that lot of these accidents can be chalked down to poor preparation and overlooking basic riding etiquette. As the motorcycle season is about to step into high-gear, here are 5¬†tips to keep you safe so you can enjoy the motorcycling to the fullest without putting your health and life at risk.

Pack first-aid kits for emergencies

You could ride in the safest manner possible and still end up in an unfortunate situation due to someone else’s fault. Even if you yourself might never have to use it, a first-aid kit can come in handy and even be life-saving for a fellow rider. Most motorcycle kits will have a first-aid kit. Just check and ensure that all the components of the first-aid kit are still there and can still be used throughout the entirety of the motorcycle season.

Take a class to learn new riding techniques

While the fundamentals of motorcycle riding are quite intuitive and consists of things you can pick-up just through experience, there are some skills that you have to actively learn. These can include off-roading techniques, mountain-riding, riding on different surfaces, better ways of cornering and so on. Get in touch with your local riding club or institute and enrol for classes that would instruct you on new, fun and safe ways of riding your motorcycle during this riding season.

Start off easy

It is understandable that you would be excited to enjoy the freedom of motorcycling this riding season. However, it is important to note that you will be slightly out of practice and your senses wouldn’t be as keenly tuned to your motorcycle as you want them to be. Start off at a gradual pace and keep the rides short so you can get up to speed and get in tune with your motorcycle first. True enjoyment of motorcycle riding can only be achieved when your motorcycle acts as an extension of your body and it takes a little bit of time to get there.

Check weather and road conditions

The starting of this season will still be witness to some changing weather conditions and poor road conditions. Check the local weather before setting off and account for lower traction that will be encountered at the beginning of the motorcycle season. Do not push the motorcycle to its limits right away and do not ride if the conditions are too bad.

Know your limits and stay within it

Many feel that you have to be constantly on the edge to enjoy the motorcycle season. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even riding along at a gentle pace can be quite fun as you get to lap in the beauty of nature in all its glory and the general sense of freedom that comes with motorcycle riding. Manage your expectations accordingly and do not push yourself and the motorcycle too far. Never ride when you are very tired or the conditions are too bad. Minimise the amount of night-time riding as well. When you are faced with a tough decision, always think with your head rather than your heart. There will always be another motorcycle season to try out new things.

Enjoy your ride and stay safe!

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