Oftentimes the limited days of summer fly by in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, you have right to make the most of the longer, warmer days. If you’re a motorcyclist, savoring summer probably means taking your bike out for as many rides as possible.
As you prepare to take long or short rides this summer, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t have the protection the four walls of your vehicle offer. To keep your bike and body in gear for many rides to come, it’s essential to take safety measures before leaving your driveway — from bike upkeep to wardrobe changes.
You might be familiar with the seasonal upkeep required to maintain your car. In a similar way, there are measures you can take to preserve both the life of your bike and your safety.
For example, you shouldn’t ignore the wear and tear of your tires that last year’s riding season caused or how much your tire pressure dropped while you bike was sitting in the garage. This is because although new tire may be costly or keeping your tire pressure at proper levels can take a little time, they can protect you from a fatal tire spin out or blowout.
Some other components you should check when you bring your bike out of hibernation or are simply using it more are: the air filter, brakes, battery and fluid and oil levels.
Being mindful of the dangers of riding in both super rainy or sunny weather can also make for safer rides. Sometimes the day starts out perfectly sunny, but storm clouds will linger in later on. Keeping note of the forecast before heading out for the day can prevent you from having to trek back home in unfavorable conditions.
It’s also worth noting that clear days can be just as risky, because riding in extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or dehydration. The dizzying symptoms of heat-related illnesses can be just as dangerous as impaired driving. Thankfully, thoughtful breaks, proper hydration and breathable attire can help protect you during warmer rides.
As a motorcyclist, you are smaller than just about every other vehicle on the road. Therefore, it’s especially important do all you can to make yourself more visible to motorists. You can do this by wearing florescent and reflective clothing and by adding more reflectors to your bike or helmet.
Unfortunately, no matter how cautious you are, trouble might find you on the road ahead. But putting an effort to be more equipped for your motorcycle adventures can save you from questioning the “what ifs” if you fall victim to a crash.