Motorcycle Safety Tips

1. Riding With a Passenger

When riding with a passenger, make sure they stay relaxed and mimic the driver's movements. For example, if the driver looks left through a curve, the passenger should look left through the curve. If the driver is leaning into the curve, the passenger should lean into the curve with the driver. The passenger's body should always work with the driver and not against.

Passengers that squeeze their knees against the driver tend to offer support without encumbering the driver's movements. When possible, passengers should also attend training with the driver.

2. Pre-ride Safety Check

Always be sure to perform a detailed safety check before riding for each of the following:

  • Tire integrity (look for cracks, gouges, dry rot, etc.)
  • Air pressure
  • Throttle, brake, and clutch levers are responsive
  • All lights are working properly (including: head light, tail light, signal lights)
  • Check oil and other fluids (including: brake fluid, coolant, gas)
  • Check the chain or belt to make sure it is adjusted to the correct tolerance and is in good working order
  • Shocks should be responsive (flowing up and down, not sticky or leaking)
**Be sure to correct any issues before riding your motorcycle.

3. Recommended Safety Gear

You should wear normal protective clothes for motorcycling including the following personal protective equipment:

  • Legal helmet that meets the D.O.T. safety standard
  • Long sleeve shirt at minimum (Motorcycle specific riding jacket highly recommended)
  • Long pants at minimum (Motorcycle specific riding pants highly recommended)
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Over the ankle foot protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Rain gear (if needed)
  • Be prepared to ride in any weather

4. Reread Your Owner's Manual

Your motorcycle owner's manual has important and useful information. It is easy to forget some of the recommendations for your motorcycle. Periodically rereading your manual does not take long but assures that you are aware of your motorcycle's operation.

5. Get Advanced Training!

The best riders train regularly. Try to take at least one course per year to advance your skill level. Courses are available for on-road and off-road training. (BikeSafe NC is on-road only.)

Everyone benefits from regular training. The single best improvement you can make to your motorcycle is to improve the skill of its rider.

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