Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why ride a motorcycle?

Why ride? That’s a good question considering the dangerous reputation. You must deal with drivers flaky moods, bad weather, poorly maintained roads, vehicles leaking oil  everywhere and having to be on guard for any unexpected situation. Even with all this I believe a motorcycle can usually be piloted safely.

The positives…

Motorcycles reduce energy consumption and pollution. Most get better fuel mileage than cars and definitely trucks. Motorcycles produce less waste. You’re discarding two tires instead of four. You’re discarding smaller parts and you sometimes use less oil. They’re gentler to our roads and highways which saves taxpayer dollars. They’re also space savers because you can fit more than one into a parking space. You have many maneuvering options because you’re smaller.

The negatives…

The list is very short. There’s really only one that matters, and it’s huge. A motorcycle rider has little protection in an accident.

Survival…

How to survive on a motorcycle is a topic with many sub-layers.  What an experienced person does is a bit different from a rider with much less experience. You could create an endless list of tips. You could talk on the topic for hours. I’m going to give you my theorization condensed. If your a new rider, my thoughts and reasoning's shouldn’t be the only ones you explore. Different perspectives develop from experiences.
  • Keep moving, but of course respect stop signs. A moving target is harder to hit, if not sometimes impossible. Keeping pace with the flow of traffic is a good safeguard from getting struck, bumped or clipped.
  • If it’s a street bike, start saving money for new tires when they get five years old. “Oh but there’s plenty of tread” you think. That means nothing! Old rubber turns hard and loses it’s grip. Riding on old tires is a good way to one day meet Mr. asphalt.
  • New riders should focus on as much as their distracted and overwhelmed little brains can handle. However they should lazar focus on two things; that being turning (cornering) and braking. If you’re fair to good at those two things, you can do a lot of safe riding.
  • Learn to corner (turn) confidently. Read about it, study it, watch others do it, obsess over it, etc. I preset it this way because if you are going to get into a newbie accident, there’s a good percentage a corner could be where it happens.
Oh…and before I sign off, riding a motorcycle is fun!

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