Many drivers have discovered the perks of riding a bike as opposed to driving a car. Traffic is a big headache for most commuters and has forced them to seek alternative modes of transport. Some with deeper pockets opted for helicopters and being chauffeured, but the rest of us found comfort in motorbikes.
The two-wheeled machines enabled us to circumvent the traffic and push the bike to blistering speeds on an open road. The other perk that motorbikes allowed riders was good fuel efficiency. Many drivers who switched to motorbikes stayed on the two-wheelers after experiencing a joyful ride while avoiding traffic.
Although motorbikes provide numerous benefits, the inherent danger in riding has resulted in motorbikes garnering a bad reputation. Careless and inexperienced riders have exacerbated that reputation. Riders who have years of riding experience take unnecessary risks on the road, sometimes resulting in accidents. When novice riders feel that they got the hang of riding bikes, they do foolish things on the bike that put them in harm's way. To ensure that riders remain safe, we have compiled a list of the biggest mistakes that riders make that increase the risk of accidents. Riders who do not practice the mistakes listed have a higher chance of avoiding collisions. Enjoy the article and like always be sure to share it with a friend.
20 Removing The Kickstand Switch
This is one of the most dangerous modifications that riders can perform. The switch is set up so that the rider doesn't leave the kickstand down during the ride. Many riders don't seem to think that is an issue but would be surprised to discover how many accidents happened due to that modification. Riders who attempt to lean during the ride with the kickstand down can lose control of their bike.
The switch can help riders to avoid many problems, so they shouldn't try to remove it. Motorbike manufacturers fitted the switch to keep riders safe.
19 Not Using Footpegs
Racers dangling their legs and riders doing it on street roads are two different concepts. Racers dangle their legs, otherwise known as a leg wave, as a maneuver while turning corners on a track. Even Valentino Rossi can't explain why he does it. He said that it feels like the right thing to do. When riders don't put their feet on pegs while riding on the road, they aren't practicing leg waves; they are putting themselves in danger. Their foot could scrape the ground and pull them off the bike.
Riders who don't have their feet on footpegs also lose a certain amount of control of the bike by not being able to stabilize it, especially during high speeds.
18 Using Worn Tires
Riding with worn tires is a recipe for disaster. Although most riders know they shouldn't do it, some still take the risk. Riding with bald tires exposes the rider to high a risk of incidents, not only in bad weather conditions. Riders wear out their tires sooner than expected due to careless riding and fail to replace them.
Losing control of the motorbike happens to many riders who don't replace their tires when the tread wears off. Motorbike tires aren't cheap, but the consequences of a damaged bike due to unreplaced bald tires will cost more.
17 Adding A Power Commander
One of the main reasons that people choose to buy bikes is the speed that the rider can experience. Most motorbike manufacturers had designed the bike to produce high speeds, but it seems that some riders aren't satisfied with the inherent power. Some riders want to experience blistering speeds, so they modify their bikes to function faster. One of the modifications that riders do to make the bike faster is the installation of a power commander.
A power commander adjusts the bike's fuel to air ratio to make it run at an optimal level. The bike goes faster, thereby increasing the risk of a collision.
16 Rushing The Corners
Countersteering is important for riders to master when taking corners. Another concept that riders need to practice when taking corners is patience. Many riders get into heaps of trouble due to rushing into the corners. Some riders turn the corner too sharp or too fast, and others turn at the wrong time.
Besides ensuring that their speed is appropriate for the angle of the corner, riders should ensure that no oncoming vehicles will get in the way of their turn. The best strategy for riders to adopt when turning corners is to be cognizant of their surroundings and to ride slow.
15 Using Shaded Visors At Night
The car version of tinted windows is shaded visors. Some riders use shaded visors during the day to prevent the sun from distracting them. Other riders use shaded visors to protect their identity or to look cool. Riders should avoid using shaded visors during night rides due to reduced visibility.
Some riders feel that shaded visors help to minimize the light from other vehicles, which distracts them. That's a valid point. The problem with shaded visors is that riders have reduced the visibility of pedestrians and debris on the road, which can cause them to fall off the bike.
Even experienced riders stall motorbikes. Stalling a motorbike is mostly associated with novice riders, but experienced riders should be careful not to stall. The problem with excessive stalling is that it damages peripherals such as the sprockets and chain but may also damage the valves. Riders also make themselves susceptible to accidents if they stall the bike in traffic.
Drivers assume that the rider will pull off on the green light, so when the rider stalls the bike, he or she becomes vulnerable to a driver hitting them due to the assumption they made about the rider moving.
13 Assuming That Drivers Can See You
A good rule of thumb to follow when riding is to believe that you are invisible. Not only do riders get in between cars, but they also ride on a driver's blind spot. The best way to avoid a collision with a car is for the rider to stay as far from it as possible. Drivers talk on their phones, focus on other drivers and forget that a rider could sneak up on them in the blink of an eye.
The worst thing that a rider can do is to assume that a driver can see them, regardless of how close or visible they are. Keep your distance from drivers to increase your safety.
12 Doing Tricks
Once riders become skillful at maneuvering motorbikes, they seek a new challenge. Riding at higher speeds isn't the only way that riders seek bigger challenges; they start performing tricks on the road. Riders who want to perform tricks should do it in a safe environment and ensure that they do not hurt themselves, not only others. Other road users might get hurt when riders perform tricks on public roads.
Although seeing a rider perform tricks with the bike is intriguing, the fun is over when the rider gets hurt. Avoid doing tricks, but if you have to, do it at a secluded spot.
11 Forgetting To Countersteer
Most experienced riders have gotten the hang of countersteering. The biggest culprits of forgetting to countersteer are newbs. Countersteering involves initiating a turn to the desired direction by steering counter to the desired direction. Countersteering occurs when the combined center of the rider's mass and the bike lean in the direction of the turn and handlebars turn in the opposing direction.
Beginner riders think that they need to turn the handlebars left when turning left. Riders need to practice countersteering in a safe environment before going out onto the road.
10 Having A Passenger As A Beginner Rider
Learning to ride a bike is an intricate process that requires a lot of practice. When beginner riders improve their riding skills, they believe that they can ride with a passenger. Passengers add weight to the bike, prompting the rider to increase the speed and braking distance.
Most passengers also don't know how to turn with the bike and fidget during the ride, which distracts the novice rider. New riders should practice on the bike alone for months, in some case years, before they welcome a passenger along for the ride.
9 Riding An Unsuitable Bike
It doesn't always mean riding a bike that has an eccentric design, which can place the rider at risk of an accident. One of the biggest problems that most riders make when they start learning to ride is buying their dream bike. Riders who don't have adequate experience shouldn't be on fast bikes.
They need a lot of practice with average speed bikes to learn everything about riding before exposing themselves to dangerous situations on a fast bike. Most motorbike pundits recommend that novice riders buy a 500cc bike or slower.
8 Standing Up
Standing on the pegs of the bike during the ride might be acceptable off-road, but riders who do it on the road place themselves in a dangerous situation. Some riders stand when they ride over a speed bump to avoid feeling the bump. When riders stand on the pegs during the ride, they have less control of the bike. If they hit an object on the road, riders have less time and control over the bike to respond.
As for bikers who want to avoid the bump while riding over a speed bump, they should slowly ride over it while keeping their backside on the seat.
7 Riding In Between Cars
A key perk about riding a motorbike is avoiding traffic. Circumventing cars allows the rider to reach the destination faster but also places him or her in bigger danger. The problem with circumventing cars is that riders get in between vehicles. That is dangerous due to drivers not being aware of riders in their proximity.
This rule goes hand in hand with riders assuming that drivers can see them. Riders should be in front or behind cars, not to the side unless overtaking in the parallel lane. Riders shouldn't be on the lane markings.
6 Tailgating Cars
Riding in between cars is dangerous but so is riding close behind them. Riders should ensure that they keep a safe following distance. That is important since most drivers are unaware of the rider's presence. Riders aren't safe by tailgating if drivers know they're behind. The driver might abruptly brake, forcing the rider to brake quickly to avoid bumping the car from behind.
By tailgating cars, the rider limits his or her road visibility and also distracts the driver. Some drivers will get annoyed with tailgating riders and slam the brakes to prove a point.
5 Riding On The Street Like The Track
One of the major benefits of riding a bike is the speed that the motorbikes provide. That is one of the biggest reasons that many drivers switch to bikes. The problem with riders trying to reach high speeds is that they ride like they're on the track. Many riders forget that they increase the risk of being involved in an accident when they ride beyond the speed limit.
Some riders not only ride fast, but they take corners like a racing rider would on the track. Riders who want to push the bike to its limits should save the occasion for the track.
4 Turning Without Indicating
Drivers indicate to inform other road users that they are overtaking or turning. Riders not indicating has become the norm on the roads. Most drivers are used to riders not indicating that they don't complain when it doesn't happen. The problem with riders not indicating when switching lanes or turning is that other road users aren't aware of the rider's intentions.
Accidents happen when commuters are unaware of the actions that other vehicles will take. Using an indicator is easy to do and a practice that should be standard to all riders.
3 Not Wearing Proper Gear
Riders who don't wear helmets are putting themselves in the line of danger but so are riders who don't wear protective clothing. Many riders embraced the biker's lifestyle of wearing leather jackets, pants and boots years ago, but it seems that fad has diminished. Some riders feel so confident on a motorbike that they wear t-shirts and shorts, not to mention slops.
It seems that some riders feel that wearing protective gear lowers their status as a rider. They'll change their minds about protective gear when it's too late.
2 Unaware Of The Fuel Range
Most motorbikes don't have a fuel gauge. One of the main reasons that motorbike manufacturers don't install fuel gauges is due to the limited space on the bike. Another reason that a fuel gauge isn't standard is due to the simplicity. A fuel gauge relies on a level sensor for liquids, according to Agents of Drive.
That is impractical since keeping the bike leveled while riding is difficult. Riders should know the bike's fuel range to avoid being stranded. The bike's reserve allows the rider to use the last gallon, but that won't help if riders aren't close to a gas station.
1 Carrying Heavy Cargo
Adding a passenger to a motorbike is dangerous but using it as a vehicle to transport cargo increases the risk of being involved in a collision. Some experienced riders feel that they possess the necessary skills to transport cargo. The added weight makes the riding dynamic more challenging, as riders have to consider the load when turning and braking.
The practice is dangerous to novice riders, but experienced ones shouldn't think that they are invincible to accidents. The load on the bike also reduces the rider's visibility and distracts other road users who gawk at the anomaly.
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