Riding Facts and Tips
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides riders with tips which can help keep your riding experience safe and fun. Some safety tips include:
- To be a safe rider, get to know your motorcycle and its owner’s manual well
- Always use both brakes at the same time to slow down
- When turning:
- Slow down before you enter the turn; look as far ahead as possible through the turn
- Keep your feet on the pegs, and grip the gas tank with your knees
- Lean with the motorcycle; don’t try to sit perpendicular to the road while the motorcycle is leaning over
- Keep an even throttle through the turn, or even accelerate a little bit.
- Use the SEE system
- Search around you for potential hazards
- Evaluate any possible hazards, such as turning cars, railroad tracks, etc.
- Execute the proper action to avoid the hazard
- Position your motorcycle where it can be seen. Don’t put yourself behind a large truck or ride in the blind spot of a vehicle near you. Get out there, take up a whole lane, make yourself seen.
- Out on the open road, with higher speeds, you should adjust your gap to three or four seconds or more, depending on your speed
- At intersections always check for traffic coming from the left and right and behind you
For complete motorcycle riding tips, visit www.msf-usa.org for more information.
Information sourced from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® with permission