The Top 4 Motorcycling MistakesOctober 10, 2015
We’re all capable of making mistakes, and whether you’re brand new to motorcycling and lacking experience, or an old hand and maybe a little complacent, a mistake on the road can have serious, or even deadly, consequences.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common motorcycling mistakes we’ve come across during our years in the industry. Have a read through and see if you’re guilty of some of these!
1. Assuming everyone knows you’re there
You’re on your bike riding through traffic and you can see every car on the road – so they can see you, right? If only it were that easy! One of the most important rules of motorcycling is that you should assume you are invisible to all other road users, all the time (yes, other bikers too).
This is especially important in scenarios where you have right of way. Unless you see a road user explicitly acknowledge your presence, assuming they don’t know you’re there will mean you are prepared for them to pull out on you, corner with no warning or try to run you off the road. Even if you think a car driver has perhaps pulled in slightly for you to pass, it doesn’t mean they have. They could just as easily be distracted, and could drift back at any time.
It might seem like a lot of hard work to anticipate the behaviour of all other road users, but you will quickly get used to it and experience will teach you how important it is.
2. Overlooking essential safety checks
As a new rider, you’ll be taught to carry out basic checks on your bike before each journey. These checks will include things like checking the pressure of your tyres, the condition of your chain, cables and brakes, fluid levels and the function of your lights.
The problem is, once you’ve passed your test this habit can be a hard one to keep. Whether you’re a new rider and excited to get out on the road and you simply forget, or you’re a more experienced rider and you’ve become so accustomed to your bike that you simply don’t bother, you could be setting yourself up for a breakdown, or a dangerous accident.
Basic safety checks may be tedious, but they can save you the stress and cost of an unexpected breakdown and recovery, and could even save your life if you identify a problem that could cause an accident!
3. Joining a group ride too soon
New riders are often attracted to the world of motorcycling because of the sense of community it offers. However, this might mean that brand new riders can be easily tempted into joining a group ride, before they are really ready.
Riding as part of a group is great fun, but it can also be very dangerous. More experienced riders are usually happy to show you the ropes too, so it’s a great learning experience, but it’s also very easy to get sucked into riding faster or closer than you’re really comfortable with.
It’s essential you spend time riding solo while you become accustomed to your bike and its handling, and develop your spatial awareness and style of riding. An advanced rider course can help you with this if you’re struggling, to make sure you’re ready and safe on the road when you do join a group ride.
4. Forgetting that learning is never over
The more experience you gain on the road, the more comfortable you will become. But becoming too comfortable can lead to dangerous mistakes.
Lots of experienced riders think they’ve seen it all, and that nothing can surprise them, but the secret to enjoying riding and staying safe lies in being prepared for the unexpected. Whether you ride out to new places every weekend, or do the same commute everyday, it’s easy to become complacent.
A good way to keep your mind in the game is to refresh your skills and your thinking with an advanced rider training course. An instructor will instantly see any bad habits you’ve slipped into and help you correct them, and can teach you new techniques and skills for everything from long distance riding to riding in heavy traffic.
To find out more simply get in touch with the team at Vision Motorcycle Training. Our instructors have years of experience and will be happy to tailor an advanced rider course to suit any specific requirements.This entry was posted in Top Tips. Bookmark the permalink. ← 5 Reasons to Take a Motorcycle Training Course The One-Piece Oversuit →