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May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month, and while we should do whatever we can to make sure other motorists don’t run us over, ultimately it’s our responsibility as motorcyclists to make sure we do everything we can to stay safe. With that, we present 10 safety tips that we often overlook or take for granted.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    And how the heck are you supposed to stay focused when you suddenly realize that this picture becomes real and is surrounding you?

  • Stephenhj

    Just have to say that I HATE these 10 page flip through type articles. At least give me the OPTION to view it all at once, rather than this BS for getting additional page hits by placing each item on a “new” page that has 2 lines of info on it…

    • talonz51

      Yup. Not reading it for that very reason.

  • Glenn Willis

    “it’s not a good idea to wear crashed gear over and over again”
    If you’re crashing over and over, I’d give up, if I were you! As for the rest of it, common sense unless you’re a wannabe biker with more money than lifestyle!

  • fastfreddie

    @10:Who paid you?
    @9:How better to emulate Mamola?
    @8:That’s just…wait,that’s good advice actually
    @7:I was told chicks dig scars,and what facilitates that better?
    @6:If that time saves your life,you may not want to survive that crash…
    @5:Kind of obvious,but go ahead…
    @4:See 5
    @3:Knew those hours at the gym would mess something up
    @2:Spot on!
    @1:Really?!Think the decline in adventure journalism can be attributed here…

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    I always install those little convex mirrors and stick them onto my regular mirrors. That way, no blind spots at all. They are inexpensive and are available in auto parts stores. I use them on my car and truck as well.

  • Peter Frampton

    All good advice, however I would change #6 a little. All the best track racers us 1 or 2 fingers when braking, however on the street 90% of the riders out there don’t have their skill and braking knowledge to get away with using 2 fingers or less. For the best usage of your brakes, in all situations, is to use all four fingers. This method will will allow you to use a more progressive squeeze and controlled pressure for all braking situations, both emergency and regular stops. Even in an emergency situations grabbing a handful of brakes will cause you more harm than good. Yes I know that’s easier said than done when suddenly you have a car or truck turn left in front of you, but by progressively squeezing your brakes and in conjunction applying your foot brake and gearing down you will come to a stop faster and with more control than slamming on you front brakes only. Better yet swerve around that car or truck. As the Hurt Study said in 90% of all motorcycle accidents the skills lacking were braking, swerving and cornering. What is progressive squeezing of your brakes you ask, well think of it as this, say you have an orange and you want the juice of that orange in a glass. If you squeeze that orange suddenly and all a once you will have orange juice all over the place, but if you progressively and control that squeeze you can have all that juice be in your glass. The same can apply to braking in all situations. Remember progressively and controlled braking will stop you faster, or as the saying goes, “All in, all down”. That’s hand brake, foot brake and clutch. Better yet take an advance motorcycle course and than practise, practise, practise the skills that course will teach you. Ride safe everyone.

  • Kamohelo Mohudi

    I agree fully with all the statements above, there is one specific that I would like to really emphasize on as I had recently experienced, when I first got my bike I wasn’t really prepared for it and went down often during my first few months, be it stopping and not compensating for the bikes weight to grabbing too much brake and seeing life flash before my eyes but a year and 4000+ miles later I honestly didn’t have mirrors as I had thought looking behind me might have been one of the reasons I grabbed too much brake (fearing what’s behind me). I always ride alone and have never really met up with more experienced riders before as I never go to these big group rides they organize so I the only time I am learning something new is if I am reading something on this site.
    Anyway on Saturday I decided to get myself mirrors and I must say having mirrors is greatest thing on earth ( I know I sound foolish, but I know a lot f guys who actually fold their mirrors in and never use half the time) yesterday I took a good 3 hour ride and it was bliss, all in all for track yeah mirrors aren’t important cause who cares about who is eating my exhaust fumes but in the streets I must say I had a more relaxed day pretty much cruising instead of my usual roaring past cars at 100mph. the bike doesn’t look as cool anymore but I did enjoy the ride much more with the mirrors on.

  • Allison Sullivan

    I bought a $20 floor pump for my mountain bikes, but discovered that the Schrader valve fitting on it is perfect for both the motorcycles and the car. Bonus! No more going to the gas station and paying for air!

  • Scott Diamond

    Safety Wire your Motorcycle Drain Bolt and Oil Cap to prevent it from rattling loose and spilling oil all over, MOTO-D makes pre-drilled for safety wire bolts for popular Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha Sportbikes http://www.motodracing.com/motorcycle-oil-fill-cap

  • EdinMiami

    The helmet “five year rule” is totally ridiculous. Completely without scientific basis. The EPS liner used in all helmets does not deteriorate over centuries, even if it is thrown in a landfill.

    • Paul Hart

      just curious as to how you came to this conclusion on the life span of the liner and the helmet itself?

  • http://www.petescycle.com John Petes

    Drive safely bikers follow all the tips.

  • Jim Jaudon

    Even unasked, I am going to add an eleventh safety tip.
    Be extra careful on (or avoid) group rides. You never know if the moron next to you has five minutes or 50 years riding experience.