There is no doubt that motorcycles are fun, cool and fuel-efficient, yet what is also true is that they are inherently more risky than driving cars. All this notwithstanding, a number of riders are able to ride incident-free for long and steer clear of accidents. Their success hinges on following certain safe practices which greatly reduce chances of something going wrong. We have compiled a list to help keep your rides incident-free and ensure you can clock in the miles without any trouble. So here we go:
1. Right riding gear: Proper riding gear is a must for every avid biker. Shorts and sandals are a no-no, regardless of how hot it is outside. Pants and boots are a must when it comes to providing protection in case of slides etc. Goggles are required in case of open-faced helmets. I am not even talking about the importance of a good helmet, it is an absolute must, it is a life-saver! In short, protecting oneself gains priority over looking cool.
2. Pre-ride inspection: Things you should check out every time you get on your motorcycle include tyre pressure, mirrors and lights. Taking a quick walk around your bike will give you an idea if there are any loose bolts, leaks or other potential mechanical hazards. You also need to be diligent about regular care and maintenance of your bike.
3. Staying in your comfort zone: Each one of us have our own comfort zone and deep down, we know that. It is very important that we don’t cross that threshold. Your bike should fit you; that means that your feet should be able to rest flat on the ground when seated – no tiptoes. And if the bike feels too heavy for you, it probably is. You want to be able to easily get on and off your motorcycle and the handlebars and controls should be easy for you to reach.
4. Watching the road: One of the most straightforward yet overlooked advice is watching the mirrors and keeping track of the road ahead as well as behind. Err on the side of caution when going into curves; be vigilant for potential gravel or other unstable road conditions.
5. Plan for the forecast: Weather is a regular spoilsport for perfect driving conditions and the perils of wet or icy roads multiply when you’re on two wheels. Not only do you have half the stability of a car, but the lack of a windshield and your body’s exposure to driving rain add to the risk. Hence, it is always a good idea to plan your trip after going through the weather advisory for the days when you wish to ride.
We believe that following these basic tips would greatly help you in minimizing chances of any incident and allow you to happily crunch the miles on your favourite ride. Happy riding!