During the last weeks we have addressed in this space the great responsibility that comes with manning a motorcycle, from wearing the correct helmet to choosing the right clothing. Once we’ve covered that important aspect, it’s our turn to talk about the preparations before we settle into the seat.
And there are many factors on the road that can cause us problems, so we must avoid that our own motorcycle is one of them. To be sure that this does not happen or to minimize the risks, we must first start with a suitable motorcycle, especially if we are first timers.
Step by Step
The ideal motorcycle for you should fit you; When choosing it, make sure your feet touch the ground when you sit down and that you can easily manipulate the controls. Small motorcycles are generally the easiest for beginners to use for two reasons: their low weight and easy maneuverability and the low cost of investment, well in case you’re not convinced once we get a taste of the world of both wheels, the cost will not be greater and we can easily resell it.
Another important aspect is to read the user manual of the motorcycle, since it contains each and every one of the motorcycle’s specifications, operation, capacities and other necessary data to make driving safer.
Before starting a tour, check that the basic components are working and in good condition, such as the main and brake lights, turn signals, horn, rear view mirrors, engine oil level, coolant fluid and tires (air pressure, wear and general condition of the sidewalls and the tread surface) and tries to keep them functional; Avoid adding accessories and modifications that interfere with the handling of the motorcycle.
Once this is done, the next thing is to familiarize ourselves with the rest of the motorcycle’s controls, such as the pressure required on the lever to activate the clutch and brakes, as well as the gear lever, located on the left foot. It is also important to check the front suspension, making sure nothing binds, and that the rear shocks and springs move freely. In addition, we must be sure that the rear wheel drive belt or chain is adjusted according to the manufacturer’s specifications, as well as that the spokes of the wheels, in case the motorcycle equips them, are not worn or damaged. .
Check that the lateral support movement works well and that the support spring is holding it in the raised position. If the motorcycle has a center stand, check that it stays firmly next to the frame when the motorcycle is running.
Before starting, clean and adjust the rear view mirrors as driving with one hand to try and adjust them is dangerous. Move them so that you can see back in your lane and as much as possible in the lane that is next to you. When a mirror is properly adjusted, you can see the edge of your arm or shoulder, but more importantly, look to the back of the rail and as far to the side as possible.
Finally, as motorcyclists we cannot ignore our responsibilities. The ability to always drive alert, to make critical decisions and to carry them out is the difference between a responsible driver and the rest, remember that it is up to you not to be the cause of a traffic accident.
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