Big Bike Touring Co. presents 25 Motorcycle Safety Tips
– Drafted by Sam N’ Dan
Embarking on a thrilling motorcycle journey along the open roads is an unparalleled joy, an experience that comes alive with the hum of the engine and the wind in your hair—until an inattentive driver makes a hazardous mistake. At high speeds, the joyride can swiftly transform into a perilous situation for motorcyclists.
However, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride is within reach with a few essential precautions. Join us, Big Bike Touring Co., in collaboration with the legal expertise of Sam N’ Dan, as we present 25 Motorcycle Safety Tips. As a premier motorcycle tour operator based in Chiang Mai and Pattaya, and proudly partnered with BMW Motorrad in Thailand, we are dedicated to making your motorcycle adventures not only exhilarating but also secure. Let’s dive into these safety tips to ensure your rides are smooth, safe, and filled with the thrill of the open road
Venturing into the realm of motorcycle riding is an exhilarating experience, but it’s crucial to acknowledge the inherent risks that come with it. Unlike conventional vehicles, a motorcycle leaves your body largely exposed, lacking the protective cocoon of steel, safety restraints, and airbags. Every motorcyclist embraces the inherent risks of their chosen ride, fully aware of the vulnerability that accompanies the thrill.
Yet, embracing this risk doesn’t mean forsaking safety altogether. At Big Bike Touring Co., we recognize the importance of responsible motorcycle riding. Our curated 25 Motorcycle Safety Tips serve as a guide to enhance your safety on the road, providing insights to navigate potentially hazardous situations. These tips not only safeguard your bike from irreparable damage but, more importantly, protect you from the potential of severe or fatal injuries. Implementing these safety measures will not only refine your on-road experience but also cultivate a profound respect for the skills integral to responsible motorcycle riding.
Let’s delve into these tips to ensure that your motorcycle journey is both thrilling and secure.
- Search for factors that could increase your risk
- Evaluate potential problems that may arise from these factors
- Execute maneuvers to prevent the hazardous interaction
- Use reflective decals on your clothing and motorcycle
- Check that your headlight is working
- Flash your brake light when stopping or slowing
- Lifting off the throttle or braking mid-corner.
- Accelerating into the corner too aggressively or too early
- Entering the corner too quickly
- Braking into the corner
11. Ride with your head on a swivel
“Keep your head on a swivel” is safety advice bikers hear regularly. It means you must constantly be on the lookout for potential threats to your safety. You may be an excellent driver, but there is no guarantee that everyone else on the road is as well. Being hyperaware of your surroundings can protect you from potential hazards.
You should maintain awareness of other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, animals, and other objects that could interfere with your route. Be aware of where you could evade these hazards if they were to interfere with your passage.
- Emergency motorcycle stop
- Emergency motorcycle swerve
- Emergency motorcycle straighten and stop
- Slow speed turns
- Slow speed U-turns
- Crossing over obstacles
Learning how to enact these techniques will make you more likely to use them during your time of need. Practicing these will also inform you how your bike will react during these procedures.
- Tires and wheels
- Lights and electrics
- Oil and other fluid
Run through your checklist before every ride, and it will help ensure no maintenance issues go unnoticed. If you find something off during your T-CLOCS check, fix it before your ride if possible. Otherwise, postpone your outing until someone else can resolve the issue.
- Traveling in reduced visibility due to poor weather conditions, such as fog
- Riding on winding roads
- Traveling through construction zones
- Driving through a narrow mountain pass
Keeping your lights on can give other drivers a better chance of seeing you.
- Uneven road surfaces
- Blind spots
- Oil, debris, sand, gravel, and slick surfaces
- Side roads
- Dogs, animals, and young children
By picking up on these potential hazards, you can avoid them easier and with increased safety.
- Outride your headlight at night
- Take turns too fast, as you have reduced sight lines
- Drive at your normal speed during low visibility