It is not only a traffic rule but also an advisable safety measure to use protection equipment whenever you ride your bike.
Safety equipment protects the rider from many motorcycle accidents to a considerable extent. To enjoy your experience, it is recommended that riders opt for full protective motorcycle gear, especially helmets.
Helmets help in protecting the rider’s head and experience from cuts. Not only should the participant use the headgear but the passenger too must use the same.
There are some ways to mitigate the inherent risks of riding, ranging from riding techniques to safety gear. This is a list of simple ways to significantly improve your safety and the safety of others when riding your motorcycle.
1. Take training courses
One of the most effective things a motorcyclist can do is to get professional riding training in an off-street environment. There are courses for beginners, as well as advanced courses in traffic strategies, effective turning, efficient braking, and evasive maneuvering. Rider course is one of the best nationally recognized motorcycle safety training organizations.
2. Inspect your motorcycle before the road trip
When riding in rural areas, your cell phone is often unable to receive any signals. Thus, it is critical to ensure that your motorcycle is in good working order BEFORE your road trip. Have an expert conduct various routine checks on your motorcycle, before hitting the road.
3. Wear hi-visibility gear
One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists is automobile drivers. Because of the motorcycle’s size and agility, they are more difficult to spot on the road. A hi-visibility, the reflective vest will make it much easier to be seen by motorists and thus reduce the likelihood of drivers running into you.
4. Protect your eyes and ears
Your windshield alone is not enough protection. Specs of dirt or glass can whip around that barrier and enter your eye at high speeds, causing permanent damage. If your helmet does not have a visor, experts recommend wearing shatter-proof riding goggles. Likewise, experts suggest you protect your hearing from loud engines with earplugs or noise reduction headsets.
5. Long sleeved shirt/jacket
Depending on where you are riding and how fast you plan to ride may influence your thoughts on whether to wear a long-sleeved shirt or a long-sleeved leather jacket (or anything in between). For a cruise around the neighborhood, the long-sleeve shirt should be excellent. Anywhere you would be riding faster than you would in a neighborhood you want to wear your long-sleeve jacket. Denim or leather is excellent, preferably leather for greater friction resistance in the case of an accident.
Not much more to add here, just make sure they are comfortable and completely cover your hands. I have worn everything from leather work gloves to leather motorcycle gloves. Obviously, the motorcycle gloves will most likely be the most comfortable, being that is what they are specifically designed for.
7. Long pants
Please, please, please, I beg you, wear LONG pants when you ride. Long sturdy denim pants are usually good enough for casual riding depending on the weather. Of course, you can add leather chaps to that as well for added protection from the elements (in colder weather), and from the road should something happen.
8. Leather boots
Over the ankle leather boots are the best protection for your very vulnerable ankles. Riding boots, work boots, cowboy boots, what have you. Just make sure they do an excellent job of covering your ankles.
Please do not be one of those riders that I see all the time. You know the ones I’m talking about. Zipping around town or on the highway wearing a tank top, shorts, flip-flops, and maybe a helmet that offers about as much protection as a shower cap.
There are a couple of things you can do to improve your visibility on the road. The main point is that you want to make sure you are seen by all the drivers around you. Your eyes should always be moving to make sure you know what is going on around you and that you can make sure others see that you are there.
Wear bright colored gear:
When you wear shiny colored gear, you stand out. You are hard to miss and do not blend into your surroundings. I understand you may not want to go out and buy yourself a full set of bright yellow or neon green motorcycle leathers. This can be accomplished pretty cheaply as a matter of fact. Get and wear a reflective motorcycle vest. You know the ones, they look like the kind road crews wear. Another good thing to do would be to put some reflective tape on and around your helmet. Stand out, don’t blend.
Blind spot riding:
Stay where other drivers can see you. Most likely you also drive a car, so you know what I am talking about here. Cars have blind spots between the side mirrors and the rear view mirror, this is where you want to stay away from when riding near other vehicles. Do your best to stay out of this area, if you can’t see the driver in his or her mirrors they cannot see you.
If you’ve ever been on a bike then you’ll know that it’s a noisy place to be. You feel as though you’re very close to the engine, which can generate quite a roar, particularly on high specification models.
You then have to take into account the noise involved in moving at high speeds, plus the added difficulties caused by weather conditions. Those of us living in the UK know that the weather can be a real pain!
Once you put all of these factors together, it becomes clear that talking to others is not easy.
This is quite a problem, since you may wish to have a conversation with a passenger, someone in a sidecar, or maybe with another motorbike rider.
This is where Bluetooth technology is starting to come to the rescue. A Bluetooth helmet includes a headset, that is primarily made up of a set of headphones, with a microphone attached.
For those who want even more out of their communications kit, the helmet comes into its own when used in conjunction with a Bluetooth compatible mobile phone.
Using the two together, a rider can make and receive telephone calls from anywhere in the world. An amazing use of technology and one that is transforming the way in which motorcycle owners view their machines.
Consider these tips and apply them as much as you can, and you are sure to enhance the quality of your trip. After all, who wants to experience when there is so much of life to be experienced from the returning of a bike!