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How To Prevent A Crashed Motorcycle

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Auto | Comments Off on How To Prevent A Crashed Motorcycle

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Do you or someone you live own a motorcycle? Driving a motorcycle can mean a greater possibility of an accident. Contrary to what you may think, most motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider and are single vehicle crashes. Even though most motorcycle crashes are caused by the motorcycle or the driver, these types of accidents comprise a very small part of the total vehicle crashes which occur annually. However, motorcycle crashes also result in almost ten percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. There are several things you can do to prevent a motorcycle crash.

The single most important thing a motorcyclist can do to protect themselves from injury is to wear a helmet. Most states require this, but in those that do not, it is still a good idea. The next thing a motorcyclist can do to prevent accidents is to travel at a safe speed. Many motorcyclists travel too fast on their bikes and this often contributes to motorcycle crashes. Speed can also contribute to other types of motorcycle crashes.

A motorcycle will often hit a spot of gravel, sand, or even leaves along the road. If the driver is going too fast, they can spin out and crash. This often happens along a blind curve where it is difficult for the driver to see ahead. The best option in this situation is to enter the curve slowly and widely. This increases your field of vision and then you can slowly pick up speed as you leave the curve. Speaking of corners, they can also prove to be risky.

If you enter a corner too fast, you may not be able to stay upright and successfully navigate the corner. Never ride faster than you can see and use certain visual cues such as signs and telephone poles to gauge the direction the road is taking. This can prove helpful even if you are headed over a blind hill. Sometimes other drivers can cause a tricky situation.

If another driver changes lanes right in front of you, it can be difficult to prevent an accident. Many car drivers have trouble seeing a motorcyclist and may unknowingly enter your path. The best way to prevent this is to be constantly vigilant so you can react quickly in case another driver does not see you.

Motorcycle crashes can be prevented with safe drivers and some common sense. It is also important to wear the correct safety gear to help prevent injuries.

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The Facts About Motorcycle Helmet Safety Certifications

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Auto | Comments Off on The Facts About Motorcycle Helmet Safety Certifications

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Riding a motorcycle hasn’t always been as safe as it is now, originally no helmets were required at all, and the helmets available weren’t even close to being as well built. Back in 1957, a guy by the name of Peter Snell had a very serious accident while racing a car, he suffered serious head injuries and died. Afterward, a foundation in his name started by his colleagues and doctors vowed to create standards by which all helmets could be compared. In 1959, the first standards for automobile racer were published, then shortly after the standards were expanded to motorcycles, skiing, bicycles, skating, and horse riding helmets.

Snell Standards Are The Most Rigid

The standards developed by Snell for motorcycle helmets are rigorous and kept up to date consistently each year. If a motorcycle helmet has a Snell Certification rating that means that it has been thoroughly tested and passed a number of different qualifications.

The helmet has to have the ability to stay on the head in the event of an accident and protect the wearer in a variety of conditions including wet, hot, cold and icy weather. These ratings are completely separate from any government agencies, or helmet manufacturers, in order to keep outside influences to a minimum.

However, they are totally voluntary and the manufacturer of the helmet must submit it to be tested and pay a fee to the testing labs for the certification. After the helmet is certified,  only then can the company place a label on the inside showing that it has passed. A complete list of helmets that have passed is also maintained as well.

The Tests Performed Are Rigorous And Many

Helmets are tested to verify how many g-forces of impact they’ll withstand and still protect the wearer. This is done while making sure that the helmet won’t re-position or roll off the head during the impact which would render the helmet useless.

Chin straps are also tested to make sure they won’t stretch during an accident and allow the helmet to slip off the head. The chin bar itself is also rated on how far it will move on impact from side to side. Even the clear face shields are tested to see how high of velocity a pebble can be deflected without penetrating.

The entire helmet is also rated on how resistant the shell is to penetration by a pointed object when dropped from a certain height. All of these tests are designed to imitate real world possibilities that can happen to a motorcycle rider in an accident.

Random Continued Follow-up Testing Is Also Part Of The Deal

Even after a certification is earned, the Snell Foundation will continue to do follow-up tests by purchasing helmets at retailers and retesting to assure continued compliance with the standards. This is to protect the consumer from being misled by manufacturers that change their helmets after certification in order to save on the cost of materials.

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous when an accident occurs because, unlike a car, the driver isn’t protected by a body of sheet metal. But by wearing a good helmet and driving cautiously many lives can be saved each year.

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How I Was Able to Improve My Motorcycle Riding Skills

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Auto | Comments Off on How I Was Able to Improve My Motorcycle Riding Skills

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Motorcycle riding has been a passion of mine for the past few years. Ever since I decided to make the switch from a car to a motorcycle, I haven’t looked back at all. There’s something that’s so much more enjoyable about riding a motorcycle than driving a car. Indeed, I am so glad that I have got an amazing motorcycle today that I ride around the city on a daily basis. With that being said, there was quite a learning barrier when it came to understanding how to ride around the city and the country in a proper and effective fashion. Thus, this article will present how I was able to improve my motorcycle riding skills.

 

As soon as I got my license for my motorcycle, I was very excited. However, at the same time, I was very scared. This is because I knew that when it came to mistakes on the road while riding a motorcycle, the consequences can be devastating. Indeed, you are immensely fragile when riding a motorcycle. One crash could end your life while only mildly injuring a person in a car. Thus, I knew that when it came to riding my motorcycle, it would be absolutely vital for me to ensure that I had all the skills necessary to be able to ride safely and effectively, in any road condition. To do this, I practiced and practiced and practiced.

 

The fact of the matter when it comes to improving motorcycle riding skills is to practice as much as possible. This skill is only learned through physical activity, which means riding a motorcycle. You can read as much as you want about great motorcycle riding techniques. However, it will serve you no good if you don’t go out and practice riding utilizing these techniques. Hence, I was quick to go out and get as much practice as possible.

 

I started off riding around my local area, areas that I was familiar with. I spent a large amount of time riding until I was quite sure that I was able to ride around these areas as safe and effectively as possible. I made sure to ride in these areas during the night, during the day and on days of rain or thunder. By practicing in a whole wide range of different conditions, I was able to learn how to adjust my riding to suit each of these conditions. Once I was confident riding around these areas, I went ahead and rode around new areas and quickly learned the ropes when it comes to safe and effective motorcycle riding.

 

Hence, thanks to practicing and being smart about where and how I practiced, I was able to improve my motorcycle riding skills. Motorcycle riding can be very fun, but also very dangerous. Thus, as much care as possible should be taken when learning how to ride a motorcycle. Hopefully, the information in this article will help more people learn to ride a motorcycle safely.

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Common Mistakes New Bikers Make

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Auto | Comments Off on Common Mistakes New Bikers Make

Motorcycle rider has wrecked and is laying in the road as his motorcycle goes sliding into the busy intersection.

The initial couple of hundred miles any new rider puts down are bound with fear and foresight as they find a different universe of encounters and adventure. Likewise with any diversion, there’s an expectation to absorb information, so the staff of Clutch and Chrome have united the most well-known mistakes made by our freshest individuals from the biker fraternity. There truly are no different exercises that contrast with riding. Nothing catches that sentiment being in complete control of a two-wheeled beast as you race down a thruway or back route with nothing between the rider, the street or the twist, any mistakes can be humiliating, best case scenario and generally effectively avoidable.

 

Riding Beyond Limits

 

This new biker screw up is normally established in riding too quick to control their cruisersecurely. The rush of velocity can rapidly outpace learning ability sets required in unforeseen circumstances or crises. Whether done by decision or energized through companion weight, this mistake can be maintained a strategic distance from with a steady gut-check and legitimate appraisal of current aptitude levels. Reliably doing both of these can help the new biker around sufficiently long to turn into a prepared one.

 

Peer Pressure

 

We know it’s an oversimplified approach to encourage new bikers just to make the best decision, or in any event what appears to be agreeable to them. Whether it’s as critical as caps and defensive apparatus, or as trifling as what sort of garments to wear, new bikers can rapidly lose the flexibility and singularity riding should be about. Riding is an exceptionally singular interest; and strangely, more charming insubstantial groups. It’s likewise a distraction that develops certainty the more it’s appreciated, giving riders the chance to locate their particular road in the long run.

 

Lack of Reading Road Signs

 

Nobody has ever said riding is simple, and there’s unquestionably a lot more to it than basically knowing how to ridea bike. No other vehicle is more influenced by its encompassing surroundings than our two-wheeled companion.

 

Rock makes the bicycle lose greatly required footing on corners and steel plates (ordinarily utilized as a part of road repair) can have a craving for riding on ice.

 

Albeit every circumstance has its particular taking care of answer, the general standards are;

  • Keep away from the Hazards if at all conceivable
  • Unfaltering, controlled throttle control while the motorbike is negotiating the issue surface.

 

Misjudging Corners

 

Most likely the main purpose behind a larger part of right on time riding mishaps. This classification would incorporate riding wide, going into the bend too rapidly or at too high of an apparatus. Out of all the bike casualty statistics, single vehicle mishaps are developing the fastest. For those that can’t exactly comprehend ‘detail talk’ single vehicle terminology means there were no different vehicles included, implying the rider drove off the road or hit a stationary object.

 

This is brought about by an absence of riding background, as well as the obvious mistakes.

 

Running out of Gas

 

Possibly it’s the freshly discovered thrill of riding or essentially not having the gas gage on display. Whichever way being stuck in favor of the street with a dead cruiser is by all accounts a humiliating story shared among the more up to date riders. It’s reasonable that bikes get awesome mileage. However a normal tank just holds four to six gallons of gas. For reasons unknown, it appears that last quarter of a tank strangely goes much speedier, leaving the ignorant biker riding on theexhaust. The ideal arrangement is never to let your tank fall beneath the quarter tank mark.

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4 Truths About Riding a Motorcycle

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Auto | Comments Off on 4 Truths About Riding a Motorcycle

There are a few things you know to expect when you decide to ride a motorcycle. But no matter how prepared you think you are you still don’t know quite how things work out until you start riding. So here are a few truths you should know beforehand.

#4 Riding Way Too Fast

After seeing these words, you might think like that’s a good thing and that it confirms your freedom. But this isn’t about reckless driving, it’s about the fact that motorcyclists ride way too fast. The fact is that we’ve adapted to driving in cars, which are aerodynamic, shock absorbing and shelter you from outside stimuli. But nevertheless, the speed we are travelling, either in a car or a motorcycle, it is too fast for us. It is only easier to get over this fact in a car, but with a motorcycle is a bit different. You are exposed and riding on an engine and just two wheels, with no real shelter. Once you’ve mounted a motorcycle, it is easier to comprehend just how fast everyone is going and how dangerous it really is.

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#3 Other Drivers Hate You

If you are riding a bike in traffic, it doesn’t matter if you are being really careful and considerate, or driving recklessly, chances are other participants don’t like you. It doesn’t just stop at that, often drivers will tailgate you, and honk at you. Not only is it annoying, but it’s a problem because it is distracting for both you and the other drivers, putting your lives potentially in danger. Also, they will tend to pass you in-lane. Even though there is enough space for them to do so, it’s not recommendable and is still very dangerous, but because of perceiving you as an obstacle that only slows them down, they won’t hesitate to act if there appears to be enough room.

#2 Protective Gear

motorcycle_gearIf you ever glanced at an average motorcycle rider, you might have seen them in plain clothes, or somewhat layered set of clothing. It is generally thought that the gear consists of a leather jacket, jeans and a helmet, and most riders feel comfortable in just that. However, it is not just that simple. The gear is actually made out of very resistant materials such as Kevlar and Corduna, and is an obligation for every driver to own and wear them. Even though it is not the most comfortable clothing, it does look awesome. It is sort of a modern day suit of armour. Its purpose is to protect you if you fall, so it’s sort of indestructible, which is amazing.

#1 It’s Like Riding a Bicycle… Not.

You might have heard this before, and it’s not uncommon amongst experienced drivers to say these words. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The basics of driving are similar, you steer, and stop and move using the same manoeuvres, but that’s about it. There is so much more to riding a motorcycle that has nothing with riding a bike – such as shifting gears, throttle, clutch, etc.

If done right, motorcycling is an amazing experience, so be sure to be careful, patient and wear protective gear!

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