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Biking 101: Succeed After The Test

31 Mar , 2017  

Riding a motorcycle is an attractive proposition for some, as well as being terrifying for many. It’s a logical conclusion to draw.

In 2014 alone, 339 people were killed as a result of a motorcycle crash in the UK.

It can be dangerous, which is why it is important to know what you are doing before you start. They say you never really start to learn until you are out on your own after you’ve passed the test.

It can be a harrowing experience, you know there is nobody to look to for help and guidance. Yet it happens to all bikers at some point. This article will hopefully be a help before going out onto the road for yourself. You may have considered some of the points, yet they can still help you get into the right frame of mind.


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You must be sure to respect the corners. They are one of those things that can take years to master. Each corner is different, while you may quickly learn the ones around your home, there will be times when you range out somewhere new.

You must always respect them. Don’t go too fast or indeed too slow or you could easily come off and be cast into oncoming traffic. You need to ride with care, you never know there could be a car overtaking in your lane, leaving you in need of an motorcycle accident attorney! 

Be wary, go slow and respect the corner. It can save your life. This is especially the case when you don’t know what’s on the other side on unfamiliar roads. You’ll get better with experience, but for now, take it easy.

The road surface matters far more on a bike than in a car. Always assess the road surface.

Is the road new, giving you a smooth ride or is it old, leaving you needing to dump speed.


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Potholes are more dangerous too, if you hit one badly enough you could end up going over the handlebars. The road surface needs to be judged at all times.

This is also the case when it is wet. Again, it affects a bike more so than a car. Slow down in the wet. A slip could mean you go flying across the road. Don’t speed in the rain on a bike because it can prove fatal.

Try to wear high visibility clothing. In the night the one headlight can dazzle motorists, especially if you are riding just to the side, meaning they could think you are in a car because the other light is obscured.

High visibility clothing means you stay safe from these lapses in judgement. You can be seen with ease.

If you don’t like it consider looking at leathers that have high visibility strips on them. Or you could go for high visibility wrist and ankle straps.

Being visible stops mistakes being made and accidents from happening. They may not look cool, but it’s a good idea wearing them until you are totally comfortable on the road.


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