3 Tips For Motorcyclists This Summer
Now that the nicer weather is arriving, you might be tempted to go out on your motorcycle a lot more. Perhaps you kept it in storage over the winter, and now you want to dust it down and take it out for a spin. Or maybe you only used it when you had to for necessary journeys, and with the sun shining, you like the idea of enjoying the ride rather than having to do it. Whatever the reason, if you’re intending to start using your bike more, here are some useful tips to stay safe and comfortable this summer.
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Pay Attention To The Road
Of course, as a motorcyclist, you’re always going to be watching the road; it’s part of your everyday routine. However, most of the time, this alertness will revolve around other road users and not necessarily around the road itself.
The problem is that, over the winter, many potholes and other hazards could have appeared that weren’t there last summer and that you hadn’t noticed. These can be dangerous, and potholes are especially problematic for motorcyclists. Therefore, when you start going out on your bike in the summer, pay attention to the road itself, and watch out for any potholes or similar issues that could cause damage to your motorcycle or result in an accident.
Get A New Wardrobe
Maybe now is the time to smarten up your riding wardrobe and look for some new items to add to it. It’s so important to be safe and comfortable when riding your motorcycle, and the clothes you choose will ensure that this can happen. If the clothes you were wearing last year no longer fit or you found they weren’t that comfortable once you wore them, shop around for something new before you start riding your bike more regularly.
There are some fantastic styles available that will suit your personality and tastes and still conform to all the safety standards you need to abide by. Just looking at urban motorcycle clothing for women will give you a great idea of what’s out there. Start your search early so you’re fully fitted out when the time comes to ride.
Know How To Ride With Passengers
Not everyone will like the idea of riding on a motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be asked to give someone a lift either because they need to get somewhere or just for fun. In the summer, with the warm wind blowing and the open roads ahead, it can be tempting for non-cyclists to want to try the bike out and see how it feels. Because of this, it’s crucial you know how to ride with a passenger on the back of your bike. If you’ve never had passengers before, you’ll need to think about the difference it can make; your balance may need to be adjusted, and you’ll have to be aware of them as you drive along.
It’s also a good idea to have a spare helmet just in case it is needed. In this way, you can ensure any passenger you have with you is kept safe, and you won’t have to worry about them and can concentrate on driving instead.
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