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Motorcycle safety

Helping you be safe on the road is one of our primary concerns. Check out these motorcycle safety tips for riders of all experience levels, from avoiding surface hazards to motorcycle theft prevention measures.
It’s one of the key features on your motorcycle—the lights. They’re crucial for helping you being seen in the winter months when daylight fades early. That’s why we’ve come up with some suggestions to keep them working.
Being a motorcycle rider often means being a do-it-yourself mechanic. Whether it’s oil changes or something more complex, you’ll want to make sure you protect your hands. We take a look at some of the best ways to do that.

February 20, 2018
Winter can be one of the most beautiful times of year and clear skies and dry roads can be tempting for a ride. But before venturing out in the cold for even a short ride, you need to take a little extra time to make sure your bike is ready—especially the tires.

January 30, 2018
Garage safety isn’t just about security. Doing some off-season maintenance on your motorcycle is a perfect way to pass the time until spring. But you need ensure your workspace passes a safety test. We have some tips to make it happen.

January 24, 2018
The clear skies and dry roads can make for a perfect winter ride. But the cold temperatures and wind chills are also the perfect conditions for frostbite. There are ways you can protect yourself. We have some tips.

January 17, 2018
Less red showing up on the outside thermometer doesn’t scare us off from riding. But we need to be prepared. We offer some tips on how to dress before hitting the road in cooler weather.

December 21, 2017
Every rider understands the benefits of investing in motorcycle maintenance. It performs better, lasts longer, and gives us more riding pleasure. Our riding gear is no different. The small added cost and time spent maintaining it—especially your helmet—can really pay in performance and safety.

December 5, 2017
Every motorcyclist knows the danger of traffic intersections. Adding to the risk is the possibility that a driver could turn right at a red light—and straight into your path. Awareness is your best tool to avoid trouble, but we have some other tips that might help.

November 22, 2017
Autumn is here, and with it comes some of the best motorcycling of the season. But the cold weather and shorter days mean you need to do a little work before heading out into the colorful foliage. We have some tips for you to consider that’ll help make sure you and your bike are ready for a fall ride.

November 7, 2017
Those colorful leaves that have brought you out for a fall ride can also obstruct hidden dangers once they’re on the ground. We’ve got some fall riding tips to help make sure the only thing falling are those pretty leaves.

October 17, 2017
We try and pack light when we hit the road on our motorcycle. However, there are always essential items that travel with us. Make sure one of those essentials is a first aid kit the next time you head out.

June 27, 2017
The route is planned, lodging is selected, and clothing is packed. A long-distance journey awaits, but don’t forget to get you and your motorcycle prepped as well. Follow these tips for before—and during—the journey.

June 27, 2017
With winter in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to ride again. Are you in shape for it? With a few regular exercises, you can ensure a safer and more comfortable ride. You might even get a few more looks than your bike.

April 25, 2017
There’s nothing worse than having a dead battery. It means you’re either left sitting at home, or left somewhere short of your destination. Don’t get left behind. Follow these instructions on how to properly measure your battery’s power.

April 19, 2017
Temperatures are on the rise, the salt is gone, and it’s time to ride. But before heading out, be sure to practice these three critical riding skills to refresh the mind and body and be safe on the road. Here’s a practice roadmap to follow.

April 7, 2017
Road salt helps you stay on the road during winter weather, but its effects on your bike can go beyond a tarnished appearance. Here’s why it’s important to remove salt from your bike as quickly as you can—including the hard-to-reach places!

March 7, 2017
The snow will melt and the temperatures will rise. Really. But before you hop on your motorcycle, there are four things you should do to get ready for riding season. And it’s not just maintenance on your bike.

March 3, 2017
No one wants to go to the spot they parked their motorcycle and find their ride missing. Brand, value, and accessibility are all factors in motorcycle thefts. Follow these simple motorcycle theft prevention tips to avoid being a victim.

February 21, 2017
Riding year-round means riding in winter, too. Keeping warm makes for a more comfortable ride—and a safer one. Follow these tips to avoid cold-weather risks such as hypothermia.

January 10, 2017
For some motorcycle enthusiasts, every season is riding season. For those riding in the winter months, there are unique hazards to watch for. We share them here, while offering tips to keep the ride safe and smooth.

December 28, 2016
With winter upon us, riders either have to store their bikes in northern climes or adjust to vastly cooler temperatures if they continue to ride. We’ve got tips for both instances.

December 2, 2016
Everyone enjoys viewing the fall colors. However, not everyone is paying close attention to the road. You can avoid some headaches by following these motorcycle driving tips during the fall season.

October 25, 2016
Fall is a great motorcycle riding season. But with cooler and wide-ranging temperatures, there are preparations to keep in mind for the motorcycle and yourself. Here are four tips to prep for cooler weather.

October 21, 2016
A sunburn is no badge of honor. And raccoon eyes make you look funny. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays while enjoying those sunny backroad rides.

August 9, 2016
By now, the motorcycle riding season is in full swing all across the country, including areas where it’s not possible to ride during the winter. It’s common for riders who have been off their motorcycles for months to feel a bit rusty with regards to their riding skills.

June 21, 2016
As riders, we all focus on seeing road hazards and trying to be seen by our fellow motorists. The skills involved with seeing hazards can be improved through rider education and experience. Being seen by the increasingly distracted drivers on today’s busy roads, however, remains a growing challenge.

May 4, 2016
Unlike riding memories, which fade gracefully as our mental scrapbook fills with new adventures, road conditions tend to decay more dramatically. Your favorite roads may be much different after winter than you remember them from last season.

April 26, 2016
This time of year the sun travels across the sky following a low southerly path. The effect is that the sun is in your eyes and everyone else’s, too. Combine that with the fact that many drivers have not seen a motorcycle on the road for months and you have the perfect formula for becoming invisible.

March 15, 2016
It might seem that nothing should break while a motorcycle sits parked. The ravages of time, the effects of winter cold and simply sitting still, however, can have a surprising impact on a motorcycle’s roadworthiness.

March 8, 2016
Most riders should be concerned about damaging the electrical system of their motorcycle and possibly voiding their warranty. The biggest danger, however, that exists from incorrectly wiring electrical accessories is fire.

February 23, 2016
Often the best roads trace the path of a canyon or the crest of a mountain ridge. These roads offer thrilling rides and the majestic beauty of nature and occasionally reveal the underlying strata of rock where the mountain was carved to build the road.

November 3, 2015
One of our most precious gifts is vision. We use our eyes continuously from when we wake in the morning until we turn off the lights at bedtime. Healthy eyesight is so much a part of life that we might not give it a thought until something goes wrong.

October 20, 2015
Surface hazards are one of the many hazards motorcycle riders learn to be aware of during a motorcycle safety course. Grooved pavement is one of those hazards, but there are actually several types of pavement grooves that riders will encounter.

October 20, 2015
Experienced riders know to constantly scan for hazards while they enjoy the freedom of the open road. One hazard often overlooked, however, is hearing loss, which can substantially affect your quality of life.

October 20, 2015
Motorcycle riders are prone to heat exhaustion, especially when outfitted with dark-colored riding gear. Learn how to stay cool while still protecting yourself during hot sunny rides.

August 30, 2015
Motorcycle riders experience one of the greatest joys there is: the freedom of the open road and being one with your bike and surroundings. It’s only natural to want to share this experience with friends and loved ones. To that end, let’s explore tips for riding with a passenger.

August 6, 2015
During the Basic RiderCourse, the MSF provides each student with a helmet and small starter bike, such as a Honda Rebel. Students do need to bring their own riding apparel, such as over-the-ankle boots, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt.

July 23, 2015