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Posted by Chris Foster on Thursday, September 20, 2018 Under: Guest Motorcycle Articles
Motorcycles have always been a thrilling and efficient way to get around. Since its invention in 1867, the two-wheeled machine has memorized thousands upon thousands of people. It has been used by some for daily transportation and others as a weekend hobby.



Motorcycle Development

In 1867, Sylvester Howard Roper's invention called the motorcycle featured a two-cylinder steam-engine that was powered by coal. By 1885 Gottlieb Daimler used a wooden bike frame to produced the first ever gas powered motorcycle. As the years passed a number of start-up motorcycle manufacturers developed the motorcycle. One of these companies was formed by the inventors William Harley and the Davidsons brothers who later launched the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Although there have been many improvements since the introduction of the motorcycle in 1867, there are still a number of safety concerns for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders suffer from catastrophic injuries and even death with colliding with a car or truck. Unlike other vehicles a motorcycle does not protect the rider from the road in a crash. There are no airbags, no seat-belts and no barrios between you and the asphalt.

Motorcycle Safety

There are a number of dangers that could harm you when operating a motorcycle. A mechanical malfunction while riding at freeway speeds, right of way accidents at an intersection and other vehicles colliding with a motorcycles due to blind spots are all common reasons why you could become injured in a motorcycle accident.

To keep you safe when you are on the road there are a number of important factors that you should consider. Some of these motorcycle safety tips could save your life. Others you may already be aware of. Because safety should be a top priority, I have included seven important motorcycle safety tips that every rider should read and share with friends and loved ones.

The Seven Motorcycle Safety Tips

  • Always Wear A Helmet. A good helmet is priceless. Choose a helmet that displays the DOT label, which indicates that it meets the federal safety standards.

  • Use Both Brakes. When braking apply both breaks at the same time. Using only your front or back breaks individually could throw you off balance.

  • Watch Your Seed. As a motorcyclist, it is easy to pick up speed. With more speed also comes less time to react and a longer breaking distance. Follow posted speed limits at all times.

  • Know Your Limits. Your motorcycle has limits and so do you.

  • Keep Your Distance. No one likes a tailgater. Keep a safe distance between your bike and other vehicles.

  • Signal. Use your turn signals to allow other vehicles time to react and anticipate your maneuvers.

  • Be Seen by Other Vehicles. Avoid blind spots and always use your headlights day or night.

What to Do If You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If another party is negligent for the accident, you may have a claim for compensation. In this case, it would be a good idea to consult with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney who can help you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and any other damages you may have.

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