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Motorcycle safety checks

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
MOTORCYCLE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR A SAFE RIDE



Brakes 

Make sure you test your brakes before heading out. Get on the bike and test both front and rear brakes. It is important to check the break pads in case you have of a disc break (hydraulic breal), or adjust the break in case you have a drum break. Also, drum brakes might simply require a new set of shoes. Finally , if you have disk breaks, it is also important to check the brake fluids or the actual disk.

Engine Oil

Check the engine oil according t...

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How to transport your motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, August 26, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Whether you’re loading onto the back of a pick-up or into a van, going up ramps and into small enclosed spaces isn’t easy and can result in dumped bikes and damage. And if you damage your bike, you might have to claim on your motorbike insurance, so it’s best to be avoided.



Why transport a motorbike?

Track-day riders will often transport their bike in a van or trailer because a full day at a circuit can be tiring and the prospect of a long ride home is not appealing. Others transport thei...

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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Four)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Avoid Distraction



We all know distracted driving is a bad idea, but it's worse when you're riding a motorbike. One of the keys to staying safe on a motorcycle is staying hyper-aware of everything that's going on around you. Remember, motorcycles are tough for drivers to see –especially drivers in large cars or vans. You need to see and avoid them, rather than bet on them seeing you. If you're fiddling with your phone or iPod, you're reaction time is cut by several precious seconds, putting y...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Three)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Educate Your Passengers

Part of the fun of having a motorbike is having someone on the back. Having a passenger with their arms around you as you cruise the open road can be quite romantic. But your passenger has a part to play in keeping both of you safe.



Make sure anyone you carry on your motorbike has the right gear. Like you, they should wear sturdy shoes and protective clothes. You should also practice having a passenger, especially if they're bigger than you, in a safe place, like a car p...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Two)

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, March 19, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Look Twice

This tip is more for drivers than bikers, but it's so important that it's worth mentioning here: Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are small and tough to see. That means many drivers miss them, causing collisions that are often fatal to the motorcycle rider.



Keep your eyes and ears open for motorcycles. Lots of bikes have loud exhaust systems specifically to draw drivers' attention. Use that to your advantage. But you still need to look out for quiet bikes. Look twice before changing...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part One)

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, March 19, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Wear a Helmet



The most important thing you can do to stay safe on a motorcycle is wear a helmet. Helmets protect your head, and head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle riders. Your brain just wasn't meant to be exposed.

Of course, wearing a helmet isn't enough. You need to wear the right helmet. Lots of places sell novelty helmets that look good but don't protect you. Look for a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Those helmets have been tested and provide a minimu...
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