You earned your motorcycle license, chose an insurance plan, found the perfect bike, and registered it too. You couldn’t be more ready to hit the road – or could you? As a new rider, there can be a lot of information to take in to help keep you, and everyone else on the road, safe. We’ve boiled it down to a few essential tips for new riders:
Rain or shine, long ride or short – if you’ve got these layers, you’re ready to rumble.
- Helmet with Eye Protection. According to NHTSA, riders with helmets are 37% more likely to survive a crash than those without. These days, helmets are lighter and stronger, and wearing a visor or goggles is a must to keep wind, bugs, and UV radiation away.
- Gloves and Boots. These two necessary items will keep you protected from road debris, wind chill, and road rash.
- Full-Leg Pants. Shorts, dress pants, and jeans won’t hold up against pavement if you skid out. Wear riding pants or leather covers over your regular clothes to prevent road rash.
- Protective Jacket. Like full-leg pants, think about how well your jacket will stand up to a slide on the pavement. Choose bright colors to increase your visibility to everyone on the road.
Tame the Beast
Motorcycles differ in how they’re handled and how responsive they are, so make sure to find a safe area to take yours for a practice spin and get used to how it feels. Experiment with different weather conditions and obstacles, like debris or potholes. It’s worth making sure you’re comfortable on your bike before taking off into traffic. Like anything else, practice makes perfect.
It’s an unfortunate reality that many people drive distracted. Even though they should be aware, drivers often say they don’t see or expect motorcycles on the road, and loud pipes don’t save lives either. The key to riding safely is remembering that vehicles around you are unpredictable; and while you can’t control the conditions of the road, you can control how you ride by mastering the art of defensive riding.
It’s A Fine Line is an inclusive community of motorcycle riders advocating one common mission: zero motorcycle deaths by 2030. We want to share videos and stories about motorcycle events, rides, clubs, gear, safety, and training because we believe that together we can save the lives of our friends, our families and our communities.
Since you have chosen to ride, you must also choose to ride sober. Eight hours bottle to throttle!
Dont know how you arrive at your data on helmets…most motorcyle fatalities are from internal organs being torn loose, resulting in massive internal bleeding…if you escape being run over by people behind you.
Helmets dont even protect you from concussions…ask the NFL.
Most helmets wont gaurantee any protection in speeds above 13 mph..some even state this on the label
If you feel safe wearing a helmet, go for it ..but youre fooling yourself if you think theyll save your life at highway speeds. At best, they might make you more identifiable by relatives at the morgue.
Most helmets now are made in China. In a recent test of random selected helmets for testing, sixty percent failed DOT standards, part of which consist of a helmet being dropped from a height of six feet without fracturing the outer shell. Yep, theres a vote of confidence!
Maybe instead of trying to protect ourselves when we crash, we could emphasize training, and defensive driving techniques instead…( riding since high school…1964)