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Maintenance, Control and Safety advice for Motorcyclists

Friday, June 01, 2018

Riding a motorcycle requires skill, judgment and knowledge.

Skill- Know how to master your bike

Judgment- Be aware of you surroundings and the hazards around you

Knowledge- Know how to maintain your bike to ensure safety when out riding. If you are not sure or don't have the time, take your bike to be serviced

Ignoring these will not only effect your safety, but also to the safety of others.

The most common motorcycle accidents:

  • Country Roads
  • Collisions at Junctions
  • Collisions while overtaking
  • Loss of control

‘By 2013, 331 motorcyclists dies and 4866 were injured in road collisions in GB’

Safety advice for motorcyclists

Fine brake and clutch control

When you ride you gather momentum, but the likelihood you’ll have a long stretch of road to ride for miles uninterrupted is slim to none. When riding at high speed, do you have the skill to contend with everyday hazards such as traffic, potholes and bends in the road? Encountering these and slamming on your break as a response means your bike is under poor control. Take note to avoid using your front brake at low speeds, but use for rapidly reducing road speed when traveling faster.

Rain and Traction

For a wet road that doesn’t have significant standing water, tyres can up to 0.8g of acceleration. Too much acceleration and your ability to control your motorcycle will decrease by 50%. On a really wet road, drive slowly to ensure traction. Travel too fast for the tread on your tyres, this will disperse the water meaning your tyre is not making contact with the ground and you will aquaplane.

Understand the surface

When approaching a manhole or painted line, simply ride over it and try to avoid accelerating or breaking whilst doing so. This could cause you to skid, particularly if it is raining. When it rains, wet roads can bring ingrained oil to the surface, as well as grit and sand. Brakes are not nearly as responsive in wet weather so take braking distance into consideration as you ride.

Body positioning

Body position is incredibly important, especially in helping with your concentration and sense of balance when turning. Align your body to the centrifugal force of the turn. You do not have to move around your seat like a racer, but instead transfer your seated weight to the inide of the turn. This will then place your body in a more balanced position.

Knowledge- Check that your motorcycle is in a safe condition to ride

Maintain your motorcycle and check all components are operating to their maximum efficiency, and that they are setup to fit you. In terms of the setup of the motorcycle's suspension units, this may mean altering the height and sag measurements to suit you, to ensure that you have firm control over your bike's handling.

We offer servicing and setup of all makes and models of motorcycle suspension. If you are unable to check the suspension parts yourself or you don’t have the time, we can do this for you. With vast experience in servicing Road, Off Road, Track and ATV Bikes, our workshop is stocked with specialists tools from Ohlins, KYB, Showa and WP allowing us to service, remove or refit, and rebuild your bikes suspension units. We also provide a ride-in/ride-out suspension set up for your motorcycle. If necessary we can also check your motorcycle's tyre pressure and chain. Based in Wiltshire, we have accumulated years of experience and knowledge placing us as one of UK’s top suspension workshops.

If you’re tending to your motorcycle yourself and are looking to purchase individual suspension parts, simply click on the make and model to view the suspension products we have in our shop.

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