Gift: Motorcycle Safety Tips

 

ARE YOU TOMORROW'S DEAD BIKER?

(Oblivious To Your Fate?)

 

On Your Next Ride

Will You Be Gored And Mutilated

By Some Inattentive SUV Driver ??

 

  • THE STATISTICS ARE AS DEADLY AS THE REALITY:
  • BIKERS ARE SLAUGHTERED EVERY DAY
    (That's EVERY day. That's EVERY SINGLE day.)

  • ARE YOU A DEAD BIKER WHO IS ABOUT TO TAKE YOUR LAST RIDE?

 

To improve your long-term motorbike enjoyment, read this page ENTIRELY. And ESPECIALLY answer the FOUR SIMPLE QUESTIONS below that will determine how likely you are, or are not, to be a "long-time" rider.

 

Listen, no one needs to tell you that riding is tons of fun.

And yeah, yeah…we all know there’s some risk to being a biker.

HOWEVER, riding can be so enjoyable that it can easily overshadow the risks. In fact, after racking up a certain amount of miles under our belts, any of us can be lulled into the complacency of the pleasure of heading out on our bike to meet up with some friends, or enjoy a ride by ourselves (after all, we ain’t dead yet….)

In this regard, riding can be somewhat like an addictive drug, where pleasure is realized, for some, at the expense of slowly (or not so slowly) hastening our demise.

On the other hand, unlike addictive drugs, riding "can" be enjoyable for the rest of our lives. And riding can very much IMPROVE the enjoyment and quality of our lives.

Certainly, there ARE plenty of riders who DO continue to enjoy riding through their entire lives and become VERY experienced. And all of them share a few "COMMON TRAITS."

But before we get to those "COMMON TRAITS," let's check your mental pulse in regards to reading this any further....

Four SIMPLE Questions:

Following are four very simple, but very telling questions. These will help uncover whether you're a dead rider waiting for the inevitable ... or not.

(Answer these four questions TRUTHFULLY!)

  1. CAN YOUR RIDING SKILLS IMPROVE?

  2. IN FACT, DO YOU BELIEVE ANY RIDER'S SKILLS CAN BE IMPROVED?

  3. DO YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ALREADY THE ABSOLUTE "BEST" RIDER THAT YOU CAN EVER BE?

  4. OR DO YOU CONSIDER THAT YOU, OR ANY RIDERS, ARE BEYOND HELP; AND THAT GETTING CRUSHED UNDER AN SUV IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MATTER OF CHANCE?

 

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REVIEW OF YOUR FOUR ANSWERS:

Listen, you're a grown up biker. You’re not likely to change your belief system by reading this page, so if you consider that YOU (or ANY riders) are beyond the capacity to improve rider safety skills, then I thank you for your kind attention thus far, but please do not waste any more of your time on this page because the "COMMON TRAITS" will NOT be something you can benefit from.

All right, if you're still with me so far, AND, you answered "YES" to questions 1 and 2 above, then you and I probably share a few similarities.

Motorcycle "Control"

A) We want to be in control of our bikes and our riding as best as possible. In fact, we'd probably like to be in control of our whole lives as much as possible.

B) AND, more importantly, we not only believe we CAN improve our motorcycle control and safety skills, but we are willing to do something to bring that about.

Now, to state the obvious, there are some limits to that control. We may have bosses and/or husbands/wives that exert some influence and control (however large or small) in our lives.

And when we get caught riding too fast, and that police officer with his flashing lights wants to pull us over to give us a love note, well, that's a level of control that is best not to be resisted.

OK, so we can't control EVERYTHING in our lives. But to the degree that we DO exert constructive control over the things that we CAN control, is to the same degree how much we will be able to enjoy riding for a much longer time.

Here's a mundane example. Suppose you and I are out for a long and relaxing Saturday ride (or perhaps “exhilarating” ride, depending upon your riding style). And suppose the weather quickly and unexpectedly turns to rain. If you had already packed some rain gear, and I didn’t, then you would simply pull over and put your wet-weather gear on and enjoy the ride home more so than I will. The point is that, by virtue of you carrying rain gear, you simply exerted more control over your riding experience. I, however, became a victim to the whims of Mother Nature.

By the way, if we're going to talk about improving control of a motorcycle and our riding experience, then let's define what the heck we're talking about.

Here are two definitions of "control" from the American Heritage Dictionary:

Definition of "Control"

1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct.

2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate

So, back to our last example: If you have rain gear stowed on your bike, you are influencing (controlling) your future and certainly are readily able to "adjust to a requirement" of unexpected rain.

Here's another simple thought: How about making sure you get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast before you hit the road for your next early ride? As overly simple an example as this may be, if you are well fed and rested, you are more likely to be MORE IN CONTROL of your bike than someone who is bleary eyed, hungry and maybe nursing a hangover.

WHO is more likely to react with BETTER CONTROL if some SUV driver inadvertently (or otherwise) violates your right-of-way and and cuts you and your bleary-eyed buddy off at an intersection?

Control and Avoiding Catastrophe

The difference in present-time alertness could be all that separates a dead rider from one who merely had his/her heart rate accelerated after an instantaneous, controlled swerve, that resulted in a one inch separation from catastrophe.

Listen, you don't need me to list all the various examples of how you can, or should, be more in control of your bike.

The notion is simple: the more in control you are of your motorcycle, the better a rider you are, and the longer you will likely enjoy riding.

Confession

MCg

I'm a rider like you. I'm known in the motorcycle community as MCg.

I've ridden many hundreds of thousands of miles, up and down, and all around North America, top to bottom, and coast to coast, a number of times (with many more riding adventures ahead of me).

Some might characterize me as an experienced and mature rider.

When I was 10 years old, I bought a minibike with money earned from my first paper route.

When I was 15, I bought my first motorcycle and did a LOT of dirt bike riding on that dual-purpose machine.

By the time I was 18, I thought I was an "expert" motorcycle rider, since I was able to successfully get myself out of an amazing number of near-disasterous motorcycle incidents on the street with split-second, rider decisions and reactions. (The truth is, my spirited and adventurous nature was also getting myself "into" those near-death incidents).

(And by the way, I sure wasn't wondering about the "COMMON TRAITS" among better riders at that age.)

But one of those times when I was about 18-1/2, I DID NOT get myself out of it. And the result was a spectacular crash. By all accounts, I should have earned my roadside cross as a dead biker.

My motorcycle was "totaled" by the insurance company, and I survived through some of the most painful days in my life while recovering. (Note: regardless of my extreme and youthful confidence even before the crash, I would have answered "YES" to questions 1 and 2, and "NO" to Questions 3 and 4 above, anyway).

By the time I was in my mid-40's, I was long confident about my skills. But I CRASHED AGAIN. Once more, my motorcycle was totaled by the insurance company and my bike was carted away to the salvage yard. (However, my much better riding gear resulted in no personal injury).

The "confession" is this: As confident a rider I was prior to each crash, and regardless of the reasons that "appeared" to make me a victim of circumstances, in both incidents, had I been MORE in control of my riding, I could have avoided each crash.

Motorcycle "Competence" is NOT Enough....

The good news is that I survived in each case and was back on the road very quickly, in spite of the insurance merry-go-rounds.

The bad news is that it took me TWO near-death circumstances to really look at my level of control and my level of responsibility as a rider SUPPOSEDLY desiring to enjoy many more years of safe riding.

Although at the time of each incident I would have been able to demonstrate a greater degree of rider skill, proficiency, and motorcycle control than most of the riders I personally knew, the reality was much more clear: my apparent competence as a rider WAS NOT ENOUGH to keep me from the brink of disaster.

In short, I needed to exert MORE CONTROL and more competence to survive even longer.

Or, conversely, I could have just given up motorcycle riding. However, riding is one of my FAVORITE things in the world.

The result of my INNUMERABLE occasions of dawdling with motorcycle death and destruction over the decades, and two unbelievably near-certain obliterations, was an earnest study of the subject of motorcycle safety, which finally brings us to the "COMMON TRAITS."

The "Common Traits"

And HERE IS WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ARE THE "COMMON TRAITS" AMONG TRULY "EXPERIENCED" RIDERS:

If you’ve been riding a LONG time, I’m sure you can say you are better rider today than you were when you started out.

I’m sure you get the picture.

If you have gained a number of years of enjoyable riding experience without incident, then the reality of the risks of motorcycle riding may have moved off your radar screen as a matter of continued vigilance.

Remember, sometimes all that's needed to avoid an inattentive SUV driver, is to be dutifully ALERT to what’s happening RIGHT NOW ... (and other times you'll need MORE than that).

31 Motorcycle Safety Tips

The Following 31 "BASIC" and "VITAL" points on MOTORCYCLE SAFETY have been distilled from hundreds of thousands of biker miles over many years.

This MOTORCYCLE SAFETY REFERENCE is carefully crafted so only the most "ESSENTIAL" and "CONCISE" tips can be EASILY and QUICKLY reviewed - over and over again - by riders who would rather be riding.

"RIDING ALERTLY" is only ONE of the THIRTY-ONE basic and rudimentary safe-riding skills and practices. (And that's pretty BASIC. No big news there. But if you were to review that point every time you ride, it could be the one point to keep you from getting decimated by an SUV.)

Here's a little more insight about the THIRTY-ONE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS that I have distilled from multiple cross-country trips, LOTS of commuter rides, plenty of urban traffic riding, as well as off-road riding and motorcycle camping:

  • POINT #2 in the section about "YOU" is controversial and is presented without comment or judgment (like every other point). You are free to accept or discard this point – as any of the others. There is no preaching in this reference. Once again, it is simply a distillation of what I have found to be the most important skills, tips and practices. Less vital items were left out of this compilation for the express purpose of keeping it BRIEF enough that it can be QUICKLY and EASILY reviewed over and over again. Preferably, before you go for a ride, or even while you are taking a break during a ride.

  • POINT #14 in the section about "YOU" is the most well know, and MOST IGNORED. It’s not controversial, it’s just generally dismissed, or diminished in importance. NOTE: I have never met a biker who considered this point was not important. But few riders truly incorporate it into their riding lives. (You MAY be an exception, but most bikers who read this point will modify it in some way so that it means something a little different). This one point is responsible for a tremendous amount of dead motorcyclists every year. And it’s likely every one of them agreed with this point #14 in the section about "YOU."

  • Look, REGARDLESS of which points you adopt, or polish up on, or which ones you simply ignore, if you are going to FULLY take advantage of this highly concise repository of distilled riding experience, then you will review it over and over and over and over again. (And even any points that you elect to ignore may eventually cause you to give pause for a second thought at some point in the future….)

  • In the section about "YOUR BIKE," POINT #1 is probably the MOST WIDELY KNOWN AND MOST WIDELY NEGLECTED professional riding and safety tip regarding your machine – no matter what kind of motorbike you have. And yet any rider who ignores this vital point, out of laziness or some idea of being "so experienced" that they can lessen its impact, is at risk of becoming a DEAD BIKER on his/her next ride.

  • The last section is about "RIDING." POINT #11 in this section is also POINT #31 on the entire list. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Oddly enough, it’s not controversial. It’s not one that most riders want to modify. But for whatever reason, it’s not something that most new or experienced riders seem to grant its due respect. And yet, if you are like many other riders, this one point may very well set a light bulb off in your head and inspire you to incorporate this into your VERY NEXT RIDE.

These are simply the most important points I have learned - the hard way - in my many years of riding. These are riding BASICS. They will NOT be earth shattering to most riders. The heavens will not open and angels will not come down and bless you for eternity. You will NOT be magically transformed into the best rider you can ever be.

These are very REAL, very practical and once again, very BASIC rider safety skills. Although there are lots of stories I could relate as examples to expand upon all 31 points, each has been PURPOSEFULLY codified to be as BRIEF as possible, so that it can be readily and RAPIDLY reviewed each time you go for a ride.

The difference between a rider who is more likely NOT to become a motorcycle statistic and one who will, isn't even knowing these vital safety points: IT'S APPLYING THEM AS A HABIT IN YOUR DAILY RIDING.

And although ALL of these points are EASY to apply, if you are not in the habit of incorporating them into your riding, then you will not have benefited from knowing them. They need to be reviewed over and over and over again while integrating each of them into each and every one of your riding experiences - even if it may only be one at a time.

HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE:

IF YOU READ THESE REMARKABLY SIMPLE BIKER SAFETY TIPS, OVER AND OVER, AND "APPLY" THEM IN YOUR RIDING, THEY "WILL" SAVE YOUR LIFE !!

In fact, I am so convinced that you need to take a moment out of your riding to review these, that I'll even buy your favorite coffee at Starbucks, so that you can put some undistracted attention on reviewing these points.

That’s right, I'll send you a $5.00 Starbucks gift card that will be redeemable in any of 6500 Starbucks locations in the United States. HOWEVER, you need to PROMISE that you’ll sit down and give each of these 31 points some SINCERE ATTENTION, while you are drinking your favorite coffee.

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There is no substitute for rider education and experience. But whether a long-time rider or a newbie, regularly reviewing these 31 MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS will keep a higher awareness of "rider safety" at the forefront of your awareness.

This 5 x 7 inch "Motorcycles Only" tankbag reference card of MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS can be easily stored in your tankbag, saddlebag, under the seat, or inside your motorcycle jacket.

Most motorcycle safety information is available in books, which are not practical to bring along on a bike. This compact, life-saving reference is specifically designed to include only the most basic, necessary, and vital points so that it can be stored either on a bike, or with a rider, who may then QUICKLY and EASILY refer to these riding pointers over and over and over again.

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Practice Motorcycle Safety

QUESTION: How many times should a rider review the vital fundamentals of motorcycle riding safety?

ANSWER: You cannot possibly read these tips too many times!!! The more a rider reminds him or herself of these essential elements of riding safety, the more these tips will contribute to a biker's overall practice of professional motorcycle riding safety.

This reference can be stowed in your helmet at the end of the day, to be available for a quick glance over before the next ride. Stash this in your jacket to read at lunch or as part of any break while on the road.

THIS IS SPECIFICALLY WRITTEN FOR RIDERS WHO WOULD RATHER BE RIDING. SO IT IS PRESENTED AS BRIEFLY AND CONCISELY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT IT CAN BE RE-READ, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, VERY QUICKLY.

For ALL Motorcycle Riders

ANY and ALL motorcycle riders can benefit from continued exposure to riding safety. In fact, a "COMMON TRAIT" among long-time, experienced riders is to actively engage in additional rider safety training and/or education. These are some of the types of motorcyclists that can benefit from these motorcycle safety tips:

Whether you are a new rider, experienced biker, or regardless of whether you ride small or big bikes, cruisers, sport bike, sport tourers, adventure bikes, dual-purpose machines, touring bikes or even dirt bikes, you WILL benefit from this reference.

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