Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience. For many people, it’s so cool and for others, it is simply another way to travel. But regardless of whether you ride a motorcycle for adventure or because you have to, there is no denying that traveling by motorcycle is risky. A motorcycle traveler is vulnerable for many reasons, but top among them are exposure and reduced stability. Thus, it is imperative that riders take precautions to avoid fatal accidents, or cut the impact of those accidents if they do occur. Here are a few tips that will save your life as a motorcycle traveler:
Considering that exposure contributes substantially to the risk of traveling by motorcycle, it only makes sense to start by wearing correct motorcycle gear every time you go out on the motorbike. Ordinary clothes simply won’t do the job. You need extra gear to protect yourself fully from any adversities you may face as you travel. Some of the critical protection gears that you simply must wear include the following:
A snowmobile helmet is of absolute importance every time you are riding a motorcycle. But it is not enough to simply wear any helmet—you need to make sure that your helmet is of high quality. In order words, ensure it is approved by the relevant authorities. Also, be sure to pick a helmet that fits comfortably as it will save you plenty of irritation on your ride. If your helmet is open-faced, be sure to wear goggles or glasses so that your vision is at its best.
Hands are delicate. This is especially true when you are riding a motorcycle. The mere exposure of hands to adverse temperatures is enough to cause them untold discomfort and pain, so gloves are a must every time you are riding. Ideally, you should wear gloves that fit snugly. However, an important traveling tip is to wear gloves that are bit bigger when you are going for long distances on a motorcycle. They will be much more comfortable over the long distance.
Although ordinary boots will protect your feet well enough when you are riding, motorcycle boots are a bit better as they are padded more heavily, which in turn means more protection for your feet. The soft foam in the boots boosts their protecting power, and when you are riding, you need as much protection as you can possibly get.
Another important tip for motorcycle travelers is that they need to learn how to trust their instincts. As a rider, you will have to make plenty of split-second decisions, and you will have to trust your intuition during those moments. Any experienced rider will tell you that the easiest and safest way to change lanes and round corners is to look around. Stay observant, and you will have an easy time making such decisions. Not only will you be able to tell whether there are other incoming vehicles, but you will also be able to discern whether other motorists are aware of your presence on the road. Your intuition can go a long way in keeping you safe as you travel.
In as much as riding a motorcycle (or scooter) is an adventure, there are lines that you simply must not cross. For one thing, you must determine that the bike you intend to ride is not too heavy for you; else that extra weight might just cost you your life. You should also confirm that your feet can comfortably reach the ground when you are seated on the bike as a safety measure. Also, it is advisable that you stick to routes that you are familiar with. This is because on familiar roads, all your attention will be completely focused on the road. Although exploring new places has its advantages, the flip side of it is that your attention will be divided between the riding and staying on the right path. Divided attention when you are riding is anything but advisable.
It is an undeniable fact that riding a motorbike is a dangerous, especially if you are riding on busy roads. The huge number of accidents involving motorcycles is proof enough of this fact. But this does not necessarily have to be the case for you. So long as you wear protective gear, abide by the rules and use your intuition wisely, you should have a great time riding your bike.
What do you think? Are you ready to get on those two wheels and travel by motorcycle? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below:)