There is no doubt that motorcycles are fun, fast, and fuel-efficient. From daily commute to long rides, bikes are by far one of the most convenient means of transport.
Still, many enthusiasts enjoy a lifetime of riding without injury. The key to optimizing your odds is to be prepared and avoid risks. Here are 5 tips to ride safe!
1. Wear a Helmet
The most important thing you can do to stay safe on a motorcycle is wearing a helmet. Helmets protect your head, and head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle riders. Your brain just wasn't meant to be exposed.
Of course, wearing a helmet isn't enough. You need to wear the right helmet. Lots of places sell novelty helmets that look good but don't protect you. Look for a helmet approved by the department of transportation.
Make sure your helmet fits properly. It shouldn't be too tight or too loose. It shouldn't obstruct your vision, but it should cover most of your head. For more protection, opt for a full-face helmet with protection all the way around. A simple windshield can at least protect your face from bugs, rocks, and rain, but a full-face helmet will have a piece that goes around your chin, so your face won't make contact with the road.
2. Get the Right Gear
Since a motorcycle offers little protection in a crash, what riders wear is part of the crash protection system. Even if you aren't in a crash with another vehicle on your bike, you could simply lose control and lay the bike down. In that situation, you'll be sliding along on asphalt.
There's a reason a lot of bikers wear leather: it's strong enough to protect their skin if they slide along the road surface. Plus, motorcycle riders are exposed to other road hazards, like small rocks, bugs, and cigarette butts, that people in cars are protected from. Ensure you have knee pads, jackets, and the correct footwear.
3. Thigh Pads
These can prove to be a blessing, especially during summers, they are not only stylish but also protect you from the increasing heat that comes from the engine. They are textured and can easily be applied.
4. Respect Traffic Rules
Though they might seem boring and ordinary for those adrenaline junkies, it is planned with every riders safety in mind. Always ensure you obey the traffic rules to avoid unwanted mishaps.
5. Check your bike before heading out
From engine oil, to your tyres, ensure your bike is all to set to navigate through bustling streets or an open road.