Born a perfectionist, might be a reason I am way obsessed about motorcycle road safety. The things I tried highlighting in this post should help you have a safe motorcycle trip. Though they might seem like clichés for experienced riders, but I bet they would agree with them wholeheartedly.
There are drunk riders, there are old riders, but there are no old drunk riders. There is never enough experience when you’re riding drunk. Ever heard of the dumbest thing, well, this must be it. Riding under the influence? Never! No matter how well you think you know the road.
Even if you have all of your gear in check, your motorcycle ready and one of our maps at your disposal. You’re never going to be ready enough for the trip, if you’re drunk. Sorry about being a bit harsh about it, but the truth is that your life depends directly on the choice that you’ll make, when you had a couple of drinks and are about to start your bike. Stop right there. There are no excuses for a drunk rider.
Riding on Slippery Roads
Yes, the roads are slippery when wet. Duh. Avoid any speeding as much as possible on such roads. If you’re not controlling your acceleration, you might as well be opening a Pandora ’s Box.
I know riding without the wind rushing by sucks. But slipping off the edge, or breaking a couple bones just because you could not slow down sounds very unfortunate and avoidable. The destination might be far, but having a good experience on motorcycle roads is much more important. Always be cautious about surprise patches of water, snow or ice.
Newbies: No Solo Trips
How can the pot call the kettle black? That’s the most likely situation when newbies get into a long motorcycle road trip without an experienced rider. They might have bought the Butler road map, but they still need an extra eye. No disrespect to any newbie riders trying to plan a trip, but I still insist that you need an experienced rider coming with you. The roads on the map might look easy but wait until you are physically on the road by yourself.
Also having an experienced rider will boost your confidence around the curves and blind corners while you might learn a trick or two. Some other tips, like keeping off the front brake might be useful. Unless you intend to start flying ahead of your bike. You would be surprised to find out that many people make this mistake.
Any other riding tips we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.