SAFETY COMES FIRST
Always check your mirrors before braking. If you only see their grill, stay off the brakes.
OPEN DOOR CRASHES:
Assume every parked car is going to open a door in front of you just as you approach them.
HITTING THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU:
Keep more distance from the vehicle in front of you than you think you need. Time to notice them stopping, and time to brake to a stop without getting hit from behind.
EDGE OF ROAD / DROP OFF WRECK:
Stay alert. Stay awake. Keep a safe distance from the edge of the curbs and road drop offs. Allow more distance on windy days. If you go off an edge, stay off, till you are nearly stopped, even if it means riding into a muddy ditch.
RAIL ROAD ACCIDENTS:
Approach tracks at right angles, never at a slant. Respect crossings and always expect a train, even an engine by itself, especially with multiple tracks.
Maintain you ride in top condition, especially tires.
Avoid riding at dusk (deer) and always be looking well ahead, and to both sides. Put deer whistlers on your bike.
The toughest of all. Be patient, see what others are doing first. Imagine all the possibilities. Approach intersections as if you are completely invisible and that the other vehicles have no rules. You really have to slow way down to be safe, because you can't avoid a pull-out-in-front-of-you at the last minute. Do you go behind them, or will they only move a few feet and stop? Make sure they make eye contact. If you are not sure, use the horn or flash your lights. Even then, be careful.
READ THE ROAD:
Gravel, man-hole covers, and fresh TAR are SLICK. Avoid this if possible and make only wide turns on a slick surface.
Even a hundred or more feet after a water puddle, water can drip from the inside of the fender, onto the tire, and make it slick.
We are all itching to ride and non-bikers have forgotten over the winter to watch for us. Be extra careful.
HELP YOUR FELLOW BIKERS:
If another biker is following you, never go through a yellow light and leave them to get hit with the red.
Hit the horn if you see trouble. Point if you are leading and see danger.
PRACTICE hitting your horn button, so you can hit it when you really need it.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET - I DON'T CARE IF SOME STATES DON'T HAVE HELMET LAWS - WEAR IT ANYWAY !
THIRTY SIX THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I STARTED RIDING:
1. Never park your bike downhill into a parking space.
2. Never park your bike downhill without being in gear.
3. Never leave your bike running and unattended downhill.
4. Never stop your bike with the front wheel turned.
5. Use your rear brake as the control brake at slow speeds.
6. Turn your head and look over your shoulder during U-turns.
7. Look where you want to go.
8. Don’t always believe the neutral light.
9. Always downshift to first gear before coming to stop.
10. Check your tire pressure regularly.
11. Keep your eyes level with the horizon when coming to a stop.
12. Practice your starts and stops on different inclines.
13. Practice stopping with only your left foot down.
14. Change your tires when the minimum tread depth is 1.5mm f & 2.0mm r.
15. Be prepared for wet weather; invest in top quality raingear.
16. You will drop your bike no matter how new or old it may be.
17. Unless your leather is lined, the black dye will run when it is wet.
18. You can be cold at speed on a 70 degree day.
19. Dress in layers with adequate air space in between.
20. Two full seasons on an “un-Tendered battery” is reasonable, any more will tempt fate.
21. Take the time to winterize your bike properly for storage.
22. Buy the best helmet you can afford and one that fits. It’s your brain.
23. There is only one thing worse than wet…..its cold and wet.
24. Cornering is the reason we ride in the first place. Become a master of the turns.
25. Countersteering is the #1 way to turn your bike quickly!
26. Pretend you are invisible to other drivers.
27. Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal limits.
28. Make SURE your kickstand is all the way down.
29. MAKE SURE your kickstand is all the way up
30 Never leave your petcock on reserve after fueling
31. Your helmet will fall off that seat!
32. Always leave yourself an "out" whenever you're riding!
33. Don't linger in anyone's blind spot.
34. You NEVER have the right of way on a motorcycle.
35. Always do a shoulder check when changing lanes.
36. Eye contact with the left-turner in front of you don't mean squat.
This is a very unforgiving sport, if you or someone else makes a mistake, you can pay for it dearly. You need to be an eternal student and minimize your risks. This is especially important as we get older.
RIDE SAFE and remember the basics......