Motorcycle riding can be dangerous even for the most experienced rider. Assertive riding takes training and practice. As riders spend more time on the road and experience different riding conditions, they gain a stronger skill set and feel more comfortable on the road. From seasoned pros to first-time riders, these motorcycle safety tips are some of the things all confident riders should know!
Stick to your Comfort Zone
As a motorcycle rider, only you know what you are comfortable with. When it comes to particular routes, speeds, or riding conditions, know your limits. Only ride in areas where you feel comfortable and most confident. If you’re riding with a group, don’t feel pressured to keep up with a pace you don’t feel safe going. Always trust your own judgment when it comes to riding.
To be a confident rider, you need to stand out on the road. Never assume other riders or drivers can see you. Avoid riding next to large trucks and place yourself in the driver’s mirrors if you are trying to pass. When possible, avoid splitting lanes as drivers trying to change lanes may not see you, making this a dangerous maneuver. When purchasing gear, pick something that will stand out! Brown and black gear are difficult for other drivers to see. Choose clothing in bright colors and reflective material to stand out to other drivers so they can see you on the road.
Know Your Ride
Part of being a confident rider is being comfortable with your bike. Before you head out on the road, make sure you know everything you can about your ride. Have you inspected your motorcycle’s tire pressure and lights recently? If this is your first time riding a new or different bike, do you feel confident in your ability to control the new bike? Take care of your motorcycle with routine maintenance checks and never ride a bike you don’t feel comfortable on.
Never Ride Tired
If you are struggling to stay awake on the road, you are not riding confidently and to your best ability. This is dangerous for you, and everyone else on the road. You know your own tolerance when it comes to long rides. Don’t be tempted to push it. Stop for frequent breaks to stretch, relax, and refresh before heading back out on the road.
A confident rider knows their abilities and only rides when they feel 100% comfortable. Being confident on the road is a skill that all riders need if they are going to be riding safely and taking the dangers of motorcycle riding seriously.
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