Riding a motorcycle is fun, saves you money on gas, and gets you instant access to the “brotherhood.” Did you notice how often bikers and sportbike riders of all kinds wave or show love to other riders passing by before you got your bike? I didn’t until I got my first Yamaha FZR-600 12 years ago. Now I find myself feeling bad if a rider passes on the other side of the lane or highway without me noticing him or her in time to give a fist, a nod, a rock on sign, or throwing up the deuce.
Where am I going with this? Whether you’re riding an R1 or cruiser, have 2 days or 12+ years of experience (and no, dirt biking as a kid doesn’t count), riding a motorcycle on the street is extremely dangerous! And I want all our fans from around the world – – all riders for that matter – – around for years to come to keep on riding and loving it out there on the open road or track. That said, soon we will start a series of videos showing street riding tips for all levels and ages. You will see the techniques we’ve used to get safely to and from work every single day in all kinds of weather, so you too can beat the odds of becoming road kill. Trust me, I’ve been side swiped, stopped on, cut off, crisscrossed (uhh, whatever that could mean), he-hawed, jack-knifed, flip flopped, ok, you get the picture. Trust me, no matter how bad ass you think you are, there is an idiot out there just waiting to kill you.
Everyone knows, and if you don’t listen up – – “It’s not IF you are going to go down, it’s WHEN!!” And the minute you think you are the race god super king of bad assedness and don’t continue to respect the road or track, that is when you wipe out or get run over like in the game Frogger.
So here is a set of things I will leave you with to start off the new section of Street Safety and proper riding tips.
Did you know: 60% of deaths on motorcycles occur within the first 600 miles due to the rider not knowing the limitations and handling variances of his or her motorcycle? Ride YOUR ride, and KNOW YOUR BIKE!!
- Always wear your helmet and proper safety gear. No matter what. You look like a jackass on an R1 in flip-flops and sunglasses and it says, “I can’t ride worth nothin’ and have no idea what I’m doing on this bike but being a squid.” If we can wear a full padded jacket and gear in the 105 degree Texas heat all summer long, so can you! Read more Riding Tips for All Street Riders