Motorcycle Safety Tips

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1. Riding With a Passenger

When riding with a passenger, make sure your rider stays relaxed and mimics the driver's movements. For example, if the driver looks left through a curve, the passenger should look left through the curve. If the driver is leaning into the curve, the passenger should lean into the curve with the driver. The passengers body should always work with the driver and not against the driver.

Passengers that squeeze their knees against the driver tend to offer support without encumbering the driver's movements. When possible, your passenger should attend training with the driver.

2. Pre-ride Safety Check

If you bike has sat unused for an extended period of time, be sure that you perform a detailed check for each of the following.

  • * Tire integrity (look for cracks, gouges, dry rot, etc)
  • * Air pressure
  • * Throttle, brake and clutch levers are responsive
  • * All lights are working properly (including: head light, tail light, signal lights)
  • * Check oil and other fluids (including: brake fluid, cooling fluid, gas)
  • * Check the chain or belt to make sure it is adjusted to the correct tolerance and is in good working order
  • * Shocks should be responsive (flowing up and down, not sticky or leaking)
Be sure to correct any issues before riding your motorcycle .

3. Recommended Safety Gear

3. What clothing should I wear for BikeSafe training?

Category: Classes

You should wear normal protective clothes for motorcycling including the following personal protective equipment:

Legal helmet that meets the D.O.T. safety standard
Long sleeve shirt
Long pants
Full fingered gloves
Over the ankle foot protection
Eye Protection
Rain gear (if needed)
Be prepared to ride in any weather

4. Reread Your Owner's Manual

Your motorcycle owner's manual has important and useful information. It is easy to forget some of the recommendations for your motorcycle. Periodically rereading your manual does not take long but assures that you are aware of your motorcycle's operation.

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