5 road tips for riding a motorcycle safely and comfortably

TRAVEL & LEISURE – Whether you’re new to the road or a seasoned veteran, remember to follow best practices for safe driving and always consider safety, the environment and driving etiquette from the highways to the streets of the city and everywhere in between. As a biker, you are part of a global community and are the guardian of the road.

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To keep your ride safe and comfortable, consider these additional tips:

Wear the right gear

While your fashion statement is largely a matter of personal preference, there are certain safety items designed to protect your health and well-being that should be worn. Protective riding gear helps keep you safe while enjoying the open road.

Full-hand gloves, riding boots that cover the ankles, pants, and jackets help protect against wind, sun, cold, heat, and flying objects such as insects or rocks. Drivers and passengers should also wear approved helmets and eye protection to prevent head, brain and eye injuries.

Choose a good helmet

Image of the Ministry of Transport logo. Every cyclist should wear a helmet, and the abundance of options available can make it difficult to choose the best one. Start by looking for a DOT certification sticker, which means the helmet meets the strict safety standards of the transport department.

Full Face: This style of helmet provides head and neck protection with a fixed chin that helps absorb impact. Just put it on and adjust the visor.

Face uncovered: Helmets like these are usually worn with goggles or a small built-in visor. This option provides ultimate freedom on the road.

Crossing: These helmets are easy to customize to suit riding intensity and weather conditions. Crossover helmets can be configured in many ways changing from a full face helmet to a jet, keeping it ventilated with a full field of vision.

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Maintain your hairstyle

Keep hair out of your face. If you have longer hair, choose a hairstyle that is high and away from your eyes, such as a low bun, single braid, or ponytail. Secure the hair at the nape of the neck and, if possible, wear a neck warmer around the back of the head and over the nose to keep loose hair in place.

Bonus Tip: Keep a compact brush on your ride so you can brush your hair when you arrive at your destination.

Prepare appropriately for the driving conditions

The weather is unpredictable and you should be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Whatever the forecast, always prepare a plan for unforeseen conditions like wind and rain. An easy way to stay prepared is to keep a small packable jacket on your ride so you never find yourself without an extra layer.

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Cooler conditions require warm but lightweight gear, such as a base layer with additional lightweight layers on top, such as a thin jacket or vest. Hotter days call for ventilated clothing that allows air circulation to keep you cool and dry.

Think about the safety of your passenger

The most important rule for packing a passenger is to make sure your bike has a specific seat intended for a second rider. Be aware of how the extra weight can affect vehicle handling and handling.

Generally, riding with a passenger requires a more progressive ride from acceleration and braking to steering. Let your passenger know how you prefer them to travel with you to ensure the most enjoyment possible.

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“When I’m riding my motorcycle, I’m happy to be alive. When I stop riding my motorcycle, I’m happy to be alive. —Neil Peart

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