Getting your first motorcycle is an exciting time. Before you hop on your bike and hit the road, we wanted to give you some tips to help make your rides safe and enjoyable.
Wear a Helmet
…and make sure it fits. Even though some states do not require riders to wear a helmet, it is proven that not wearing a helmet increases your risk for injury and even death. There are several different safety standards used to rate and certify helmets. Educate yourself on them and choose a helmet not only because it looks cool, but also for how safe it is. You can learn more about the different helmet standards on our post Helmet Ratings: What Do They Mean?.
Invest in Proper Gear
While we are on the topic of what you should wear, we should mention appropriate riding gear. Although jeans and a t-shirt may seem like the most comfortable thing, they will not offer you much protection in the case of a crash. There’s a reason why bikers always wear leather in movies: because it is protective! We recommend a jacket like the Spidi Sport Road Runner Armored Leather Jacket. The same goes for pants. Look for materials that will keep you safe. To learn more about different riding gear materials, read Kangaroo vs. Cowhide Leather and The Great Debate: Leather vs. Textile Jackets.
Assume You’re Invisible
The common response from other drives in an accident with a motorcycle is “I didn’t see them.” Regardless of whether or not they really did see you, you are best off assuming that you are invisible. Taking precautions such as wearing bright gear (such as the Nolan N40 Hi-Visibility Helmet), leaving enough stopping distance, and using your lights/breaks properly will help other drivers see you. Read more about how to make yourself visible to other drives on The Invisible Rider.
Conduct a Pre-Ride Check
…and do it before every time you get on your bike. Check things like how much fuel you have, oil, breaks, tires, lights, etc. Conducting checks will not only help you be safe on your ride, but will also help ensure that you are inspecting your bike on a regular basis.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but the last study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that 27% of motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes had BAC’s of 0.08% or greater. Don’t put yourself or other motorists more at risk.
Riders Discount provides a vast variety of gear to suit your riding needs. As always, Riders Discount is here to help you make every ride the perfect (and safest) ride. Visit our website to find the right gear for you. Our expert sales team is here for you by phone 10AM-6PM ET M-F 1-866-931-6644 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.