Riding a motorcycle has several advantages, ranging from compact size, to cost and fuel economy. However, riding a motorcycle is much different from driving a car; it’s more dangerous. You need to employ rider safety whenever you are operating a motorcycle of any type, not only for yourself, but for the pedestrians and drivers you share the road with.
1. Always park your motorcycle in a safe place. Park away from other cars or places where property may damage your bike. While it is acceptable to park your motorcycle in a space meant for a car, you should park on one side of the space to accommodate another motorcycle rider.
2. Wear protective gear when riding. You should ALWAYS wear a helmet (with full-face helmets offering the best protection) and gloves while riding. Ideally, you should also wear goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from bugs, sand or other debris that may get in them; the motorcycle dashboard is not enough to protect them.
3. Purchase a crash suit. This is basically a suit that’s made of interlocking metal designed to absorb any impact you may incur from an accident.
4. Let people know where you’re going and when you intend to be back, especially if you’re riding alone.
5. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling on the freeway or on heavily trafficked roads. Be sure to scan at least 15 seconds ahead of you when traveling.
6. Always keep one foot on the ground while stopped, unless your kickstand is down. This helps to prevent any falls that may occur.
7. Check your motorcycles fluids regularly. Learn to look at your fluids such as oil and transmission, and see when they need to be changed.
8. Take your cycle in to a mechanic or dealer for preventative care as soon as it is required. The longer you wait, the more you risk major damage to your motorcycle’s internal system. If you want, you may be able to perform some tasks such as oil changes yourself.
9. If riding with a partner, they should be strapped into the cycle. If you do not have a belt for passengers, they will need to hold on to you for the duration of the ride. They should also be wearing a helmet at the very least.
10 Lastly, review your motorcycle insurance policy. If you don’t have one, get one. A good policy will help you foot any medical bills from an accident, as well as repair any damage to your motorcycle, regardless of whether it was factory or custom-made.
This guest post is from MotorcycleInsurance.com, where you can go to read about purchsing the best motorcycle insurance plan for your riding needs.