Learn Safe Motorcycle Riding Techniques

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Using safe motorcycle riding techniques is paramount to staying alive when riding your motorcycle.  Unfortunately so many new motorcycle riders just get their motorcycle license and hop on their bike, not fully knowing all the dangers that they’ll face out there.  We all know that riding a bike is fun, in fact I personally wouldn’t give it up for the world, the problem is you can go from happy to dead in a split second if you make a mistake.  Here are some simple, easy things you can do to learn safe motorcycle riding techniques to possible save your life.

Safe motorcycle riding techniques

Without a doubt sign up for and take a motorcycle safety course.  You will learn important skills like counter balancing, counter steering, swerving, emergency braking and even how to properly turn.  There is simply no better way to learn to ride than taking motorcycle safety training course.  Taking a motorcycle safety course is a great way to learn proper motorcycle riding techniques.

If you can’t take a motorcycle course at the very least purchase some motorcycle riding books.  I’ve linked a few of the absolute best books available below.  Read these from cover to cover.  Make sure you read them again before the start of riding season around springtime.  You can never get enough motorcycle safety training because one mistake doesn’t mean a scratched fender, it could mean your life.  Proficient Motorcycling is a great book that teaches some basic motorcycle riding techniques.

Proper motorcycle safety techniques can save your life!Here are some basic things you should do to vastly improve your motorcycle riding techniques.

  • Find a quite deserted area to practice your emergency maneuvers and low speed turning.  Remember when a critical situation comes up it’s too late to ‘learn’ how to swerve out of the way.  You have a split second to decide if you will swerve or brake, and if you can’t swerve correctly that option is taken away from you, leaving only braking, which may be the wrong thing to do in that particular situation.
  • When you’re out riding you should constantly scan around you, see who’s going to turn in front of you and react accordingly.
  • Always leave a 2 second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.  Scanning is one of the most important motorcycle riding techniques, you should never be surprised.
  • Proper motorcycle safety techniques can save your life!
  • Almost 1/3 of all motorcycle accidents are single vehicle accidents, that means rider error.  You should scan the road for debris, motorcycles can easily go down if you try to turn on sand, wet leaves or even crushed plastic water bottles.
  • Cover the brakes when approaching an intersection or critical situation, this means put your hand over the break lever.  It takes 1/2 a second to start braking, at 50 mph you can travel through the intersection before you even begin stopping, and by then it’s way too late. This is one motorcycle safety technique you must follow.

Hopefully these motorcycle riding techniques will teach you to be a safer rider, take a course, read a book but do something more that just get your license and hop on a bike.

Here’s a top rated book that’ll really help your riding…

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2nd Edition)

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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