From the article: How to be Seen on Motorcycles
There are city, state, and nationally imposed rules... but there are also personal ones, guidelines we decide upon and enact every time we climb aboard a motorcycle. What are your rules for riding? Share them here!
Ride as if they have a contract on you
- I assume they not only hate me, but are out to kill me. I've had enough experience to have seen willful attempts. :-(
Rules for Riding
- 1. Always wear protective gear. No-one plans to fall - but it happens. 2. Don't ride like a plonk. I also own a car and I give way to bikes if I see them. Most motorists do the same when I'm riding - because I don't act like I own the road. 3. Always be AWARE of ALL the other moving items around you. 4. Always make sure you have room to steer clear if you have to. Jumping the brakes sometimes makes matters worse, and the hooter (horn) is just something to listen to while you're making the accident. 5. If you want to show off, go to a track day. Hopefully everybody is going the same direction. Roads are full of surprises like dogs, sand, diesel, potholes, bad drivers, kids etc etc. 6. If you still don't get it - aim for something cheap.
- —Guest Survivor
- I live in an Oil boom city that has grown 25% in 2 years. So I ride from 6 to 10am on weekends only while the cagers are asleep.
- —Guest JC
Know your limits
- Ride safely and enjoy the ride. Ride where you will be seen; stay out off blind spots. On the freeway, I never pass on the right (Autobahn rules). I ride year round but I won't go out when there is wet ice (freezing rain). I tow my boat up to Lake Nipissing (Ontario, Canada) once a year and do some fishing (see picture at link) https://www.facebook.com/#!/murray.hill.311 However, I never tow a boat on icy roads - know your limits.
- —Guest Murray Hill
- Blow the horn at cross streets where I see someone talking on a phone.
- —Guest wi-geographer
Keep Your Head Up
- I think the most important technique that keeps me safe is keeping my vision far ahead in traffic and actively using my peripheral vision for closer traffic and road conditions. I've been riding for a while, and it still takes practice and repetition. Anticipation of trouble is the best way to avoid it. It's amazing how you can enhance your peripheral vision with practice and vigilance.
- —Guest R12R
Some Riding Rules.
- Greetings Friends! Rules for riding. Take your time, especially with a new/unfamiliar bike. We don't impress anyone with a mishap. Expect others not to see you or mess up. Unfortunately, more often than not, they won't let you down. Ride for yourself; become totally familiar with your bike, its quirks, your quirks/habits. Improve as you go along. Everyone needs to become more expert a rider. Don't exceed your physical limitations, remember, we are supposed to be enjoying this first and foremost. That's about it. Ride Safe! GOD Bless!
Motor ycist surival rule
- There is only one rule for surival. Ride like everyone else on the road is out to KILL you.
- —Guest Martin Garside
- I got my current bike in 1-13-13. Is bright yellow. i picked the yellow color so i can be seen better. What a joke. I have had to make 6 panic stops,sliding rear wheel. 4 cars and 2 trucks. they all think I should not be on the road. 2 women, 2 middle age, to old people. My age is 73. Head light is allways on, so I really watch for cars. I stay close to the pavement markings. gives me room to evade if I need to. There is no room, if You ride on the right.I can out ride most cars Then you get tailgaters.Most tailgaters will back off if pushed.
- —Guest hopalong
Ride as if They Hate You
- I don't just ride defensively as though someone might do something stupid. I ride as if they are going to do something for sure, because they hate motorcyclists. I also don't go riding if I am feeling at all tired, weary or just plain stunned. I ride when I'm really up for it and ready.
- I agree with nearly every comment posted. Although I don't subscribe to the "stay paranoid" theory, awareness of my surroundings and maintaining safe spacing are critical rules to ride by. I desperately want to attend an advanced training mutli-day riding course because all riders can learn how to better apply these "rules to ride by". So far though my $$$ always seems to be needed elsewhere. Before I ever put my 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050 in first gear, I whisper this mantra: "I am safe; I am protected because I practice caution, awareness patience and proper riding techniques; inproving my skills, increasing my confidence while thoughly enjoying my motorcycling riding experience." These words stay with me thoughout my rides, whether it's just commuting to work or a 2500 mile tour.
- —Guest alphatwin
- Always strive to improve your riding. Evaluate every turn, stop, shift and seek to improve. Every ride is an opportunity to get better.
- —Guest R12R
- Drive defensively, wear high-visibility protective gear. ALWAYS! You will enjoy falling off more, if you are dressed for the occasion...
- I took my clue from oversized loads in Europe: they must sport a red flag in the back to get attention. I have three flags in back of my bike to increase visibility: beer mug on red ground, a German flag, and a Hessian flag. Why not a US-American flag? It doesn't call for attention because everyone sports one.
- —Guest Reinhold Schlieper
- hi fellow riders, if you have ever been struck by another motorist, and later asked yourself how could I have done anything better to avoid being hit, the answer is most likely nothing, on the rare occasion that your mind wanders while riding, you do have a crisis of responsibilty to yourself, where car drivers have the luxury of not caring, bike riders need 120% of their attention put into the job at hand. That my friends is the only way to avoid being another statistic, keep yourself actively avoiding potential threats, keep yourself in the visability zone that other drivers have to see you in, don't let your mind wander off the task at hand. If you are like me and have a plague of cyclists invading your local roads at the weekend, what is it that makes them stand out enough that you think they are safer than the rest, they wear bright clothes, they stay in single file, they keep away from the traffic lanes as much as practical. It's a very simple formula, but it's kept my skin on.
- —Guest bucky69
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