If you’re thinking that riding a bicycle is the same as a motorbike, you’re right as far as the concept is concerned.
But what sets them apart is the speed at which they able to travel. Unlike cars, bikes are not protected in a cocoon, and reality is that riding involves an inherent degree of risk. The whole point of motorcycle training is to improve your skills and lessen the risk.
The tips presented below are geared towards both the rider and the passenger and will help you live life safely on the edge!
1. Cars are appointed with all types of safety gears from seatbelts, high end frames, to innovative braking systems to scratch proof windshields. Unfortunately, motorcycles offer you none of the above, so it would only make sense to wear appropriate clothing when riding. Wearing shorts and flip flops is not being safe, and consider laying the bike down and sliding against asphalt! Is that something you’d like to get experience in shorts? This is the reason why bikers choose leather as their clothing of choice as it tough, harsh and is sustain a high degree of road rashes. So make sure you wear the right gear to your motorcycle training (we provide helmets, jackets and gloves).
2. Whether you’re driving or riding, best practice is to look far down the road as possible. This will help you avoid any surprises and simultaneously prevent you from tailgating. With regards to passengers, most bikes allow them to sit in a position that is more upright than the driver giving them panoramic views of the road ahead. As a passenger, you can always inform the driver of any significant hazards, but avoid any unnecessary distractions.
3. Before carrying passengers on your bike, ensure that you’re well aware of the handling capacity and the laws that govern riders in your city. Pay close attention to the laws as they do tend to differ from city to city.
4. Wear a helmet that best fits your head and not something that is destined to vanish in the air. Ensure that the helmet you choose is certified and you have one handy for yourself and the passenger at all times. We provide these during your motorcycle training with AMA QRide and we’ll have some tips coming soon on what to look for when buying your own.