Safe motorcycle riding

How to be Safe When Riding a Motorcycle

Guide and tips

Riding a motorcycle is a great recreational activity. If you enjoy the great outdoors and extreme sports, taking risks and racing through difficult tracks, a race bike might be all you need. It will bring you great exhilaration and give you quite the adrenaline rush. Alternatively, if a more relaxed time outdoors is what you seek, a motorcycle ride down the countryside might be all you need.

Without the right safety measures, however, a motorcycle ride can turn fatally dangerous in an instant. Following the recognized safety rules, and having the right gear with every motorcycle ride is necessary to protect you from harm. That’s why you need to know the measures to take to ensure you are safe while riding. These are the seven essential measures to keep you safe while on a motorbike.

1. Get the Right Experience and Training

It will not help your case being a novice motorcyclist. Unfortunately, this is the case with most people on the road today – the ones caught up in accidents anyway. For such riders, they become extra vulnerable because they are not fully proficient. They cannot handle the bike well enough and neither can they ride their way in high traffic roads.

It will serve you well to know the basics. For this reason, ensure you have the right training and that you take short proficiency courses frequently. It might be the difference between you and the next motorbike accident victim.

2. Ensure you are Properly DressedEnsure you are Properly Dressed

In the event of an accident, there is very little to shield you from impact with any hard surface. It is for this reason that many wearables have been developed to protect you should an accident occur. There are specialized boots, jackets, shin guards and helmets made for riders. Also, caps exist to protect your shoulders, knees and even kidneys.

Obviously, you might not need to put on all these protective clothing for a simple ride. You should, nevertheless, always wear a heavy jacket, boots, and a helmet every time you take the bike out for a spin. This will ensure you protect yourself from falls, road rash, and other injuries.

3. Have a Roadworthy Bike

An un-roadworthy bike might be a fast ticket out of this earth. If you are not ready to leave us just yet, be always advised to maintain your vehicle properly. For owners, carry out regular checks on your motorcycle to ensure it is functioning properly.

When hiring a bike too, please note that the bikes on offer by most rental companies leave plenty to be desired. More often than not, they are poorly maintained. You should, thus, always be extra observant before hiring a motorcycle. Check the tire threads, oiling, and every other aspect of the bike carefully. Safety will always begin with you. These rental companies charge inflated rates for any repairs on the bike that may arise from damages. Scrutiny of the motorcycle will ensure you do not accept any unnecessary liability later.

4. Have the Right HelmetHave the Right Helmet

Protective gear is key during motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, most people ignore this fact and realize it too late. The helmet is an essential protective gear. Always carefully consider one before jumping on a motorcycle.

Most rental companies do not give perfectly safe helmets for use. These helmets are often of a low quality and from light and thin material. In the event of an accident, such a helmet may not help prevent serious injuries. If you are a regular motorcyclist, it is advisable to invest in your helmet. Its strength and quality are assured.

On the road, the helmet should be tied up tightly to ensure it does not slip off. This will reduce the likelihood of head injuries severe traumas in case an accident occurs. Additionally, always make sure your helmet is in perfect condition and wear it at all times when riding a motorcycle.

5. Get the Right Insurance Cover

Many motorcyclists have no clue what insurance cover to get their bikes. On the occurrence of an accident, they are forced to meet extra unnecessary costs. This due to the insufficient protection their insurance policy provides.

To avoid this, you should have adequate information on the various covers available. Unfortunately, there are only a few insurance providers offering motorcycle insurance. Despite this, you need to have a plan to get covered. Doing so will shield you from huge and burdensome hospital bills you might incur after an accident. Also, remember to be careful on the road and be covered by the right insurance policy in case of anything.

6. Familiarize yourself With the Local RoadsFamiliarize yourself With the Local Roads

A lot of riders suffer accidents for not being familiar with the roads they use. Uneven surfaces and pothole have been the cause of many an accident before. Encountering manhole covers, oil and petrol leaks plus loose road surfaces have, also, contributed to this.

With a few precautions though, you can significantly reduce accident risks from unfamiliar roads and uneven road surfaces. Firstly, ensure you remain within indicated speed limits when riding on unfamiliar roads. You will allow yourself more time to react and maneuver around road hazards along the way. Check the tires, also, to ensure they are inflated to the pressure recommended. The depth of the tire tread should, as well, be within the legal limits. It would be better to replace worn out tires than to meet the repair and hospital costs after an accident.

7. Be mindful of Other Road Users

In a considerable number of accidents involving motorcycles, the bikers themselves were not at fault. To avoid not getting caught up in such an accident, don’t drive too close to another vehicle on the road. Leaving enough space between you and the next car allows you time to react in the event of anything unordinary happens. If the car behind is, also, driving too close to you, create more room for yourself in front, to allow you to compensate.

With the safety measures above you will certainly be assured a better riding experience with fewer risks. As such, your experience outdoors will remain fruitful and fun. Happy days for you and friends all around.

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The Essential Tools a Sports Motorcycle Repair Kit Must Have

Motorcycle Products and tools

Today, motorbikes are more reliable with some even coming with state of the art electronics. The need for a basic repair kit, however, remains great for anyone who owns and frequently uses a motorbike. It will save you the pain that comes with an unplanned roadside repair. With such a kit, you will rest easy on every ride knowing that should the bike break down, you can fix it and get on your way.

As with any other job though, the saying, “proper tools for a proper job” holds. There are some tools that your kit should not lack. Well, that’s at least if you want to have a hassle-free ride more often. The cost outlay needed to assemble such a toolkit is not that steep. Unlike a professional mechanic’s kit that will cost upwards of $5,000, you can buy or put together a basic toolkit with less than $100.

Although you do not need a large toolkit for your personal repair works, there are some guidelines to follow to ensure you get the right set of tools. Doing so will ensure you get only the tools you require. The fancier, more complicated and advanced should be left to people better trained on their use.

For your repairs, these are the toolkit essentials.

1. PliersPliers

Your toolkit should have a pair of pliers. There are two broad choices here; needle nose or standard. Each has its unique advantages, but either would work just fine as a clamp or holding broken components together as you bond them back together.

Although space on your kit is limited, finding room for a pair will be worth it down the road (pun intended). If you can, consider having both the standard pair and the needle nose.

2. A Puncture Repair Kit

Two options are available for you here. You can either go with a complete puncture repair kit or opt for a quicker but messier option: cans of puncture sealant. Most bikers that hit the road often prefer the more organized repair kit. Regardless of what option you choose, however, getting the work done is what is most important.

With either option too, you will need to get back some air into the tire/tube after a repair. It’s the only way a puncture repair job will be considered complete and have you ready for the road again. For this, you can use a small pump. Alternatively, CO2 canisters are an option, but they will come at a greater cost as they are disposed of after each use.

3. A Knife

A knife has multiple uses. A need for it will arise in the middle of a repair more often than you think. It would thus make perfect sense to have one in your repair kit. One of the best options available for your bike is a “Leatherman.” It will help save some extra space as it’s a multi-tool that has a great range of functionalities.

4. ScrewdriversScrewdrivers

A good knife might act as a multi-tool here, but it is no substitute for having a set of screwdrivers. Such drivers make easy work dealing with the most fasteners on your bike. There is, also, less risk of damaging bike screws compared to the risk when using a knife.

As a set of screwdrivers is probably the essential tool in a toolkit, it will be found in many a laughable ‘kit’ present with many bikes. Be advised to carefully check such screws. Often, they are of ridiculously low quality.

5. Allen Keys

If you are using a modern bike, this is a must-have for your bike. Such bikes nowadays use Allen screws as fasteners in place of traditional screws. That all-purpose knife we talked of earlier can, thus, not help you here. Lucky for you, a full set of Allen keys will not take up much space in your kit. Should you need to save even more space for extra tools, you can do so by retaining only the keys you will use on the bike parts you are most likely to remove during a roadside repair.

6. Adjustable WrenchAdjustable Wrench

They are only good for one thing, rounding-off nuts. Given the need to save as much space on your bike’s toolkit, it can often come in handy. It would be an excellent alternative to having a full spanner set occupying your toolbox.

7. Wire

A length of electrical wire can serve you well during roadside repairs for many reasons. It takes up very little space, and it is useful for multiple repair jobs. If there is a break in the bike’s wiring, such a wire will come in handy. Additionally, in case of a blown fuse, you can use a length of wire to temporarily bypass the said fuse – provided you’re sure the fuse did not blow to prevent damage of a more critical bike part.

As well, a length of wire can be useful to pinch thing together. With such jobs though, ensure you have means to cut – Hello Knife – the cables involved and tape to seal new connections. Should you have additional space, a few spare fuses and spare bulbs are worth having as well.

8. Duct Tape

Speaking of tape, you should absolutely, 100% have some in your kit.  Show me a bike repair that’s ever complete without tape being used. As its indispensable, lack of space should not be an excuse to not having it. You actually, don’t need to look for space for the whole roll. Be a bit innovative; find a round or hexagonal prism shape and roll a few feet on the tape onto it. One Allen key would be perfect for this.

With the above tools, you will live life on the open road with a little less stress. You will also be better prepared for a sudden breakdown anywhere and be less prone to hitching a ride or seeking tow services. The only outstanding headache remaining will be to find space for the toolkit on the bike. The options here are a bit limited but am sure you can figure it out. As you do so too, consider two possibilities;

  • To fasten the complete kit onto a bike part.
  • Finding pockets of space for different tools on the bike.
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