Excited about getting your first motorcycle? Before you dive in, consider these safety tips for new riders.
- Don’t buy more bike than you can handle – Find a bike that fits you, both in size and power. No one wants to end up flying off the bad of their bike the first time they hit the throttle.
- Invest in antilock brakes – This simple upgrade can keep you 37% safer.
- Hone your skills – As Honda’s Jon Seidel puts it, “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.”
- Use your head – Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies.
- Wear the right gear – It may be toasty out during the summer but flip flops and board shorts won’t keep you protected if you slip.
- Be defensive – Car drivers are at fault in approximately 60% of motorcycle involved crashes, which means you need to be even more vigilant while sharing the road.
- Avoid bad weather – Not only is it unpleasant to ride around in a torrential downpour with no roof but it’s also not safe.
- Watch for road hazards – Motorcycles have significantly less contact with pavement than cars and, therefore, small things, like leaves, debris, small potholes, have a much greater impact to the bike and rider.
- Be ready to roll
For more details, see the full article at Consumer Reports.