When you are out on the open road riding your motorcycle it can be very gratifying. When it comes to safety do you play by the rules?
Motorcycle safety courses can be great to learn a thing here and there, but when it comes to safety it's best to listen to experienced riders and watch different things that keep them safe. Every motorcyclist should follow 15 rules to keep safety at the forefront of every ride.
Make sure that when you are on your bike you have a good helmet, leather jacket or jacket with some sort of body armor, good footwear and good gloves. Gloves are important. Make sure they are they fit properly so you can maneuver the clutch. Remember leather can help save some skin if you go down.
3). Be Seen
Wear something that stands out. Brown and black may look cool when you get on or off your bike, but during your ride, you want to be a visible as possible.
4). Ride with people you trust
When you ride with others, often times you are sharing a lane with that person. Make sure you trust them to not do things like pop wheelies or drive intoxicated. If they go down, you have a good chance of going down with them.
5). Keep 20 feet between you and other riders
It's a good habit to get into. This will allow you to have a reaction time in case something happens while you are on the road.
6). Never ride when you are sleepy.
If you are tired while you are riding stop here and there to give your brain a refresher. Every rider knows what their body can take while on their bike, but give yourself a break here and there and keep yourself energized.
7). Leave yourself an out.
When you come to a stop sign or red light, stay in gear and watch traffic coming up from behind you. This will allow you to leave yourself an out and get started a little quicker if they don't slow down.
8). Outside, inside, outside when coming to a curve.
When you come up on a curve, the best thing is to start on the outside part of your lane, then move to the inside part during the curve, and then back to the outside as the road straightens.
9). Be very cautious of Semi-Trucks
If you come up to a semi-truck make sure to get in the drivers mirror before passing. Make sure they see you. When you go to pass, do it quickly and safely. This is important to do because the wind can cause a truck to shift in their lane.
10). Look where you are wanting to go.
If you are riding the pig trail in Arkansas keep looking where you want to go instead of looking off the side of the road. If you look there you can become there. Keep your focus on a clear spot, look through the turns and you will end up where you are focusing.
11). Feather your clutch going into tight turns
If you're all over your clutch or not using it all this could lead to tipping your bike on tight turns. If you feather your clutch it allows you to have the perfect amount of speed and momentum heading into the turn.
12). Go your speed
If you are in a group of riders and they are riding faster than you feel comfortable at, hang back and ride at your pace.
13). Know the weather
Before heading out make sure you check the conditions on the road. It can sting a bit when you get hit by rain, sleet or hail. Make sure you are wearing the best gear possible and that you are wearing something highly visible.
14). Use your head
Mirrors are great to see what behind you, but it's also important to make sure you know what is in your blind spot or next to you.
15). Stay in your safe zone.
No one knows your abilities on a bike better than you. You know your bike and what you are capable of doing while you are on the road. Stay in your pocket with turns and around traffic.
Remember these 15 riding tips to make sure you arrive safe and ready for your next ride.