Keep You and Your Motorcycle in Tip-Top Shape

If you love hitting the road with your motorcycle, you are part of millions of riders nationwide.

With that the case, making sure both you and your motorcycle are in tip-top shape for each ride is important.

When it comes to your motorcycle, stay up to speed on all the necessary maintenance and storage needs. The more time and effort put to keeping your bike in good shape, the safer you will be.

As for you, always be sure that you have the right clothing, helmet etc. on whenever you head out for a spin.

While some riders may love the designs of their helmets or jackets, key is to make sure safety is prime focus.

With that in mind, are you ready to hit the roads running?

Motorcycle Maintenance Can’t Be Taken for Granted

So you stay as safe as possible, have your bike serviced for regular oil changes, tire needs, and brakes.

Though you might think you save money by scaling back visits to your local mechanic, that’s not true. If you have the know-how when it comes to maintenance, do some of the work on your own to save a few dollars.

When noticing more than usual wear-and-tear, don’t risk your safety and the safety of others by delaying repairs.

It is also important you have your bike’s maintenance manual nearby. Check it to see what major work is necessary at determined intervals.

Your Riding Clothing Does Matter

Whether you are out on your motorcycle or in a car or truck, you observe other riders passing by you.

When you do see them, do you notice any safety issues from time to time?

Some riders find it satisfactory to wear flip flops, shorts, no helmets etc. when out riding. Though not breaking the law (at least with the flip flops and shorts), what happens if they’re in a serious accident?

It is always better to have sturdy clothing on you for each ride.

This means donning the best available motorcycle riding jeans among other items.

No matter what motorcycle clothing you opt for, it is important that it not only fits, but is also firm.

In the event you are in an accident, the last things you want are broken bones and abrasions or road rash. By having the right jeans, shirt, shoes, helmet etc. you are less likely to be all cut up.

Practice Safety No Matter How Long You’ve Been Riding

Whether a veteran rider or getting your feet wet, never neglect the safety factor.

This means making sure you observe the following:

  • Be cognizant of the speed limits at all times
  • Avoid darting in and out of traffic, especially on busy freeways
  • Never drink and drive
  • Steer clear of distractions like using a cell phone or turning around to talk to person riding on bike with you
  • If bothered by another rider or vehicle driver, don’t engage in any road rage scenarios.

Being a fit and safe motorcycle rider makes getting on your bike all the more enjoyable.

If you’re planning on heading out for a spin, dress and act the part of a safe rider.

 

Photo credit: Brandon Giesbrecht on Flickr. CC-BY-2.0.

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