Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it can also a dangerous activity that could potentially result in an accident, particularly if you do not take the necessary safety precautions. In reality, motorcycle accidents are 30 times more likely to be fatal than a car accident. However, that does not mean that you should not ride a motorcycle. By following the rules and riding safely, you can enjoy a motorcycle ride whenever you want to. Here are a couple of motorcycle riding tips:
Choose a bike that fits you. When you are seated on the bike, both your legs should be able to rest on the ground. The handlebars should be within easy reach, and you should be able to get the bike on and off the center stand without any difficulty. A 200-300 cc engine will be suitable for a commuter bike, but if you are planning to ride on the highway frequently, a 500-750 cc engine will be ideal.
When buying a motorcycle, you want to look for a bike that has antilock brakes. Motorcycles fitted with ABS brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without them. As Bruce Biondo of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Safety Program states, no matter what kind of rider you are, ABS technology can brake better than you can. ABS brakes do not lock up the brakes in a panic stop, one that often results in loss of steering control. In fact, ABS can help a motorcyclist retain steering control during a panic stop and prevents the bike from skidding and crashing.
Work on Your Riding Skills
As Jon Seidel of Honda says, “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.” MSF courses range from free to a few hundred dollars, but it is worth investing the time and money and joining a training course to hone your riding skills.
Daniel Hindman loves taking long rides on his motorcycle.