Riding Right

Motorcycle safety tips and advice on how to ride your motorcycle more safely, and how to become a better motorcycle rider.

Riding Right: Avoiding Hazards

Why did the chicken cross the road? To see if you could swerve. Pot holes, road kill, an inattentive motorist who decides to make a left turn in that intersection right in front of you. If you ride a street motorcycle, the odds are extremely high that someday soon something will jump directly into your path of travel, and youll need to execute a swerve to avoid a collision.

Riding Right: Avoiding Hazards

Riding Right: Stop!

In the Basic RiderCourse, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) describes total stopping distance as three separate components. The first, Perception Distance, is the distance the bike travels from the time something is present until you perceive the need to brake.

Riding Right: Stop!

Riding Right: Press, Lean, Repeat

Most riders say cornering is the one aspect of motorcycling that is different than driving a car. This is at the core of what differentiates motorcyclists from four-wheeled motorists. Going around a curve on a motorcycle is unique. As a single-track vehicle, it turns by leaning. A skilled rider on a late model sportbike might tell you that riding through curves on a twisty road is more like banking an airplane than driving a car.

Riding Right: Press, Lean, Repeat

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