Advice for new riders: Don't be a squid!Posted by Nick Urso on
Hey there new rider, congratulations on joining the two-wheeled community!
Riding a motorcycle is one of the most exhilarating experiences you'll ever have, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows. There are some common mistakes, or as we like to call them, squid moves, that you'll want to avoid to stay safe on the road. And trust me, I've made my fair share of squid moves in my time.
How "Squid" Made It's Way Into The Moto World
The term "squid" originated in the surfing community in the 1990s, where it was used to refer to inexperienced surfers who would dress in flashy, colorful wetsuits and behave recklessly in the water. The term was later adopted by the motorcycle community, specifically within the sportbike subculture, to refer to inexperienced or reckless riders who don't wear gear and ride in a dangerous or irresponsible manner.
When someone uses the term "squid" to describe a reckless rider, it's intended to be an insult.
Riding Without Protective Gear
Let's start with the biggest squid move of them all – riding without protective gear. Look, I get it, you want to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. But let me tell you, road rash is not a good look on anyone. Plus, have you seen the sick gear we make? The Free Ridin' Flannel, Bodyguard Pullover Hoodie, and License to Ride Aramid Pants by NBT Clothing belongs in a Bond movie. The gear will not only protect you, but you'll look like a badass.
We use top of the line aramid fibre (you may have heard of it as Kevlar) that is the same material that stops bullets, tethers space shuttles, and armors helicopters. Although I hope you never have to find out, it's what you want protecting you in the event of an accident. Did I mention it's 5x stronger than steel!
Need for Speed
“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.”
Another squid move is riding too fast. Look, we all love to go fast, but you need to know your limits. Adjust your speed for road conditions such as turns and wet pavement. Speeding reduces your reaction time and makes it harder to navigate obstacles on the road. Have you ever tried to eat a sandwich while riding at 100mph? It's not easy.
Not Knowing Your Limits
It's important to understand your riding skills. Don't try to push yourself beyond your ability level or take unnecessary risks. Take time to practice and improve your skills gradually.
It can be tempting to weave between cars and trucks to get ahead, but it's not worth it. Stick to your lane and enjoy the ride. It's a common cause of motorcycle incidents. As a motorcyclist, you're at a disadvantage when it comes to visibility on the road.
Not Being Aware of Your Surroundings
When riding a motorcycle, it's important to always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for other vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards.
Being overconfident can be just as dangerous as being inexperienced. Don't assume that you know everything about riding a motorcycle, and never let your guard down while on the road.
Riding Under the Influence
Last but not least, don't even think about riding under the influence. I don't care if it's a beer or a joint, you're not just putting yourself in danger, but also everyone else on the road. And let's be real, riding a motorcycle requires all your focus and attention, so if you go out and have a couple of drinks, grab a ride home.
Did I Mention Gear?
Now, let's talk gear again because it's that important. Wearing protective gear lined with aramid and armor is a must. It's like a suit of armor, but way more practical. Plus, it'll protect you from road rash, broken bones, and other injuries. NBT Clothing has high-quality and stylish protective gear that's made to be comfortable to ride in.
So there you have it, new rider. Avoid these common squid moves, wear protective gear, and have fun out there on the road. We've all made mistakes, but learning from them is what makes us better riders. There is a sweet spot of enjoying the freedom and excitement of motorcycle riding while staying safe on the road.
“Motorcycling is not, of itself, dangerous. It’s however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence, or stupidity.”- Anonymous
“When I’m riding my motorcycle, I’m glad to be alive. When I stop riding my motorcycle, I’m glad to be alive.”- Neil Peart
“Riding a motorcycle on today’s highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times.”- Evel Knievel