Arrive Alive

101 Steps to Motorcycle Safety - Useful Advice and Information

Traffic Strategies | Equipment Tips | Fitness | Useful Advice And Information | Skills You Should Practice
 

101 STEPS TO MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

-::- USEFUL ADVICE AND INFORMATION -::-

There's a deep pool of knowledge where common sense and experience converge. Some of the wise words passed along to me:

49. Motorcycle Rider Courses - The way to improve complex skills is to perfect basic ones.
50. Experienced Rider Courses - Find out where the best instructors teach and make sure you get the supplemental course hand-outs.
51. Advanced Classes - There may be an academy that is run on a racetrack. What better way to explore your limits and those of your bike?
52. "You've Got to Go Slow to Go Fast" - I think it was Reg Pridmore who said that. Never ride in a hurry.
53. Buy a Dirt Bike - This is the very best way to unlock the mysteries of traction control. If you've never ridden off road, consider an organized dual sport tour and take off-road courses.
54. Warm Your Bike's Engine - A stalled engine in the wrong place can be a disaster.
55. Pack Lightly - It's hard to be smooth on an overloaded bike. Stay warm. Stay dry. Compromise on everything else.
56. Limit Group Size to Four Riders - Fewer delays, fewer bad habits and less chance of a serious accident.
57. Develop Simple Rules and Signals for Group Riding.
58. Find a Good Passenger - Passengers are the most perfectly balanced form of cargo. They also force you to shift smoothly, remind you to ride sensibly, keep you from making wrong turns and may reward you with a soothing massage after a nice ride.
59. Imagine Yourself "Down In" Rather Than "Atop" Your Bike - Total relaxation can actually lower your center of gravity, and that makes your bike handle better.
60. Organize Emergency Information - Phone numbers, insurance, medical information, etc.
61. Respect Unfamiliar Bikes - No matter how experienced you are, your risk is greater when you switch bikes. Give yourself more time and space to compensate for unfamiliar equipment.
62. Avoid the Causes of Speed Wobbles - Worn tires, loose bearings, accessories -- especially handlebar mounted fairings and windshields. These and other things can cause your bike to go out of control at high speeds. Got that? High speeds.
63. Be a Voracious Reader - Information is power –Try to find out more!.
64. Question What You Read - Motojournalists get theirs for free. Owners club news editors think there's only one brand of bike. Academics have to publish or perish. Safety instructors are, you know....
65. Read Road Surfaces - Look for composition, texture, camber, contaminates.
66. Go Sport Touring - Lots of great athletes train in the mountains, and these days there are numerous possibilities for organized tours and rentals.
67. Devise a Test Course - Take a loop you travel regularly and evaluate your braking, shifting, turning... especially tricky situations which require combination maneuvers.
68. Limit Night Riding - Bouncing, tilting motorcycle headlights can't equal the uniform illumination that car lights provide. Ride your challenging roads by daylight.
69. Choose Good Riding Partners - Avoid whiners, drunks and people who don't read motorcycle magazines.
70. Know Your Insurance Coverage Health, life and motorcycle; don't wait until you've had an accident.
71. Learn From Good Riders - Observe their actions and ask questions.
72. ...But Ride Your Own Ride - No matter how much you respect another rider, devise your own strategies and allow time to execute at your rate.
73. ...And Let Your Buddy Ride His or Hers - Be patient and don't wave him or her through anything he can't see for him- or herself.
[These tips are the brainchild of Mr Lawrence Grodosky and was originally published in the Feb 1996 issue of Rider Magazine]
Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

MVA Fund Partners with the Arrive Alive Online Initiative

MVA Fund Partners with the Arrive Alive Online Initiative

The MVA Fund and the Arrive Alive Online Initiative are thrilled to announce their partnership dedicated to safer South African roads and empowered recovery for accident victims. MVA Fund Providing essential financial relief to those impacted by motor vehicle accidents, ensuring you continue to

Read More

Motor Glass Solutions with Glasfit

Motor Glass Solutions with Glasfit

Change Your View, Change Your Daily Commute In the hustle and bustle of daily life, a cracked or damaged motor glass can quickly become a nuisance, hindering both your safety and driving experience. At Glasfit, we understand the importance of maintaining clear visibility and structural integrity

Read More

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

Behind the convenience of lithium-ion batteries lies a potentially hazardous science. SafeQuip, a leading distributor of fire-related equipment, delve into the construction of lithium-ion batteries, the phenomenon of thermal runaway, and potential hazards associated with these power sources. Understanding

Read More

Crime as a Threat to Windscreen and Vehicle Occupant Safety

Crime as a Threat to Windscreen and Vehicle Occupant Safety

On the Arrive Alive website, we find several pages dedicated to the importance of windscreen safety. It is important to recognize that windscreens are specifically designed to add strength to your vehicle - your windscreen contributes up to 30% of the total strength of your vehicle. Should your vehicle

Read More

Traffic Colleges / Academies as approved by the Minister

Traffic Colleges / Academies as approved by the Minister

Address Head of the College Contact Details Name of Training Institution Provincial Colleges Postal Address: Private Bag X4000 Mutale 0956 Physical Address: Thengwe Road (Next to Mutale Driving

Read More

Response to Witnessing Unsafe and Reckless Driving

Response to Witnessing Unsafe and Reckless Driving

In the development of the Arrive Alive website, we strive to provide information that could assist with road safety awareness and make our roads safer. Our road users often participate and share information as to what they observe on our roads. This includes video footage from dashcams and cellular

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All