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Staying Safe On Your Motorbike

Author: mpressman  |  Category: Motorcycles
Published: July 24, 2008

Any motorcyclist will know that there is nothing quite like biking down an open road in dry weather on a bike that feels as though it’s made just for you. Many motorcyclists think it beats a car hands down every day of the week.

But responsible bikers will also take every precaution they can to ensure that every journey they make is a safe one. By making sure you have taken all potential dangers into account you can enjoy the journey, with your full concentration on the road ahead of you.

A crash helmet and protective clothing is, of course, a necessity, and it’s always worth getting safety equipment from a reputable bike shop to ensure you get exactly the right items you need and that they are of a high quality. Thick leather gloves will protect your hands from the elements and many bikers also wear leather trousers and jackets to provide further protection should they take a tumble.

If you are new to motorcycling you might think that this all seems a little too much, but even in hot weather you need to make sure you are comfortable – and wearing a t-shirt and shorts isn’t the best outfit for any serious motorcyclist! Travelling at speed you will notice how severe the effects of the wind resistance can be.

If you have passed your motorbike test but it’s been a while since you have ridden a bike, consider getting a refresher course, just as you might if you were driving a car. It’s tempting to get straight on the bike and get back out into the traffic at once, but even just one or two refresher lessons can help you to ease yourself back in more comfortably – not to mention more safely as well. The small cost is well worth the peace of mind.

Of course it’s not just you that needs to be protected – you should make sure your bike is safe as well. Buy a good quality heavy duty bike chain to keep it secured when you leave it anywhere, and make sure you have good motorcycle insurance to cover you in the event of theft or an accident.

Finally, you should also get into the habit of making regular checks of your bike to confirm that it is in roadworthy condition. This is especially important if you are intending to travel a long distance on it. Simple tasks such as checking for wear on the tyres, making sure they are at the correct pressure and checking the oil will make for a much safer journey. If you do this regularly you will be able to spot any potential problems much sooner and get them fixed before they cause any serious problems.

Disclaimer: Matthew Pressman writes for a wide variety of commercial clients. This article is intended for information purposes only and readers should seek additional information before taking any actions based on its content.

Author: mpressman

Matthew Pressman writes for a wide variety of commercial clients. This article is intended for information purposes only and readers should seek additional information before taking any actions based on its content.

This author has published 47 articles so far.

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