As much as we love it, we can’t deny that riding a motorcycle brings with it some risks.
Riding a motorcycle on the Gold Coast is a physically demanding task and mistakes do happen, whether by you or another road user.
That’s why it’s so important to put your QRide motorcycle training to good use and use some precautions to become a safer rider.
That said, listed below are our Top 3 tips for safe riding that will drastically reduce the chances of a mishap.
# 1: Safety before you Ride
Like the saying goes “Safety begins at Home”, motorcycles must be thoroughly inspected before you get started.
For obvious reasons, tyres are the most important part of your bike so it is recommended that you inspect the surfaces for any strange cuts or foreign objects.
While you’re at it, check the air pressure and ensure it is consistent and maintained in both the wheels.
Regardless of whether you’re riding at night or day, ensure these are all in good working order:
- lights and mirrors
Lastly before you depart, make sure to check your chain, coolant, fuel, oil levels, and put your brakes to the test while you roll off.
Simple stuff that only takes a minute.
# 2: Safety on the Road
Motorcycles don’t have the same protective shell as cars so it is vital that you’re very, very aware of your surroundings.
Ride defensively and avoid the centre lane or roads where heavy debris accumulation.
Don’t be shy to wear bright clothing, never get in vehicles blind spot, and avoid positioning yourself behind a trailer or large truck (if a truck runs over a tyre, it’ll kick it out the back where you are).
Keep safe distances between you and the vehicles ahead, and always perform a blind spot check before passing.
# 3: Riding with Passengers
First, ensure your bike is designed to facilitate passengers, and if so the recommended requirements (weight, etc) and precautionary measures.
Remember that you are in the riders seat so don’t feel intimidated to ask your passenger to refrain from talking, movements and positioning their legs where it’s not suitable for you.
Keep in mind that braking distances in particular are very different with the additional weight onboard.
Also keep in mind that the requirements for carrying passengers may vary from state to state so ensure you know what you can and can’t do in the area.
So have fun and, most importantly, ride safe!