Riding can be overwhelming at times. There are many factors to consider while trying to remember the daily task involved in operating a motorcycle and especially if you're a beginner. Sometimes taking things back to the basic is just the reset button we need to keep our minds clear and motorcycling seamless and fun again.
Below are seven motorcycle safety tips for anyone wanting to get out on the open road. Whether you’re a new or experienced rider, you will find these quick and easy reminders crucial toward keeping you safe on your bike.
#1 Always wear a helmet. Look for a DOT, SNELL or ECE sticker and know the difference between them. You can read about the differences and regulations for your country here. Also, make sure your helmet fits properly. Every helmet manufacture is different so check the sizing guides on their site. A general rule of thumb is for the helmet to fit a bit snug (even feel a bit too tight) and sit squarely on the head.
#2 Buy a bike you can handle, but not one that has too little power. Try out different motorcycles before you make a purchase. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable on a bike that is too tall, heavy or a higher displacement. At the same time, you want to have enough power to compliment the type of riding you will be doing. If you are going long distance on a lower cc motorcycle, then you will not have an experience as enjoyable as on a bike with an engine built to go on longer runs.
#3 Get educated and certified. Education empowers you. The more you know, the more control you have. Taking the MSF Basic Rider’s Course is a great place to start, but don’t stop there. There are many advanced and specialized courses available, as well as multiple informative websites with tips to help you advance as a rider.
#4 Suit up with the proper attire. Leather, D30 and Kevlar are king, but don’t forget to have proper eyewear, boots and gloves. Gear is a personal preference but should always be worn at all times for extra protection.
#5 Drive defensively. Other motorcyclists may not see you coming, so always be prepared for another’s lack of awareness and handle your bike accordingly.
#6 Know your limits and listen to your instincts. If the weather is bad and you don’t feel safe, then don’t do it. At the same time, if you are in a situation while riding that you are not comfortable with, stay calm and pull off when it’s safe. Gather yourself and head back out when you feel confident to ride again.
#7 Check your ride before you ride. Do a pre-ride check list of your bike before you leave to detect any potential issues. You can read our pre-ride check list here. Also, be sure and check your route for adequate gas and resting stops. It’s a good idea to know where you’re going in case your GPS or phone loses signal or battery.