As much as we all love the thrill and satisfaction of cruising past heavy traffic, trust me I know the feeling never gets old, safety must come first. Motorcycles are dangerous and more often than not, we only concentrate on the rider’s safety equipment, ignoring the dos and don’ts of the highways and the condition of your motorbike.
But first things first, before taking to the road, there are essential things you should check out. I cannot stress this enough but ensure you do this, particularly because the condition of your machine is one factor that determines your safety on the road. These are:
- Check the brake and clutch levers, as well as the throttle in a free play. The brake pedal should activate the brake lights before engaging the cable to give enough warning to the people behind you. Also, ensure the throttle moves a little bit to avoid revving the engine when turning the handlebars.
- Ensure there are no oil, water, and fluid leaks on your motorbike. Taking a walk around your bike will help you inspect this. The clutch and radiator coolant are fluids you should also have a peek at, using your manual.
- Last but not least, shake various parts of your bike to ensure they are not vibrating or haven’t loosened. These parts are such as the chain guard, rear racks, windscreen, etc. For malfunctioning or broken parts, be sure to replace them with OEM motorcycle parts.
Now that we are ready to hit the road and you are in the right protective gear, here some safe and responsible riding tips to practice:
Communicate with other road users
When riding in traffic, scan the traffic ahead of you, behind you, and besides you (if necessary) from time to time to help you predict what other road users are likely to do and help you prepare in advance.
In retaliation, use signals to tell them when you’re stopping, changing direction, or moving off.
Respond to road safety hazards and road signs
Any road user should be alert. You are no exception. You should be quick to spot hazards and take action in good time to ensure the safety of all. Avoid distractions such as mobile phones, listening to music, or just simply taking your eyes off the road. It can cost you a life!