Motorcycle riding is like dancing with the devil, exhilarating and dangerous all at once. At NBT Clothing, we understand the importance of protective gear for riders, which is why we offer motowear that’s both lined with aramid and has removable armor including our Aramid License to Ride Pants, Free Ridin’ Flannels, and Bodyguard Pullover Hoodies. If you've never heard of aramid, it is a heat-resistant synthetic fiber that is highly resistant to abrasion and tearing. It is often used in bulletproof vests, aerospace materials, and racing suits, so you know you're getting top-of-the-line protection when you wear our gear. But protective gear alone is not enough to keep you safe. Here are some less obvious riding tips that every motorcycle rider should know to stay safe on the road.
Both Hands on the Brake!
If you're anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with your bike. You love the feeling of the wind in your hair and the adrenaline rush of weaving through traffic, but you hate the thought of crashing and burning. That's where this first tip comes in: always keep both hands on the brake!
I know, I know, you're probably thinking "duh, of course I use my brakes." But have you ever found yourself in a tight spot with only one hand on the brake? Maybe you were waving at a friend, changing the music on your phone, or adjusting your sunglasses. It happens to the best of us. But if you want to stay safe, always keep both hands on the brake. You never know when you'll need to stop suddenly.
Check Your Six
No, I'm not talking about doing a 360-degree spin like a ninja. I'm talking about checking behind you when you're stopped at a light or intersection. You never know when some cager (that's biker slang for a driver) will come barreling towards you from behind. So, before you take off, take a quick glance over your shoulder to make sure it's safe.
And while we're on the subject of checking your six, be aware of blind spots. If you're riding alongside a car or truck, assume that the driver can't see you. That means either pass them quickly or fall back and give them plenty of room.
Look Where You Want to Go
This one might sound obvious, but it's easy to forget when you're in the heat of the moment. When you're riding, look where you want to go. If you're staring at the pothole in front of you, that's where you'll end up. Instead, focus on the road ahead and the path you want to take. Your bike will follow your gaze, and you'll be less likely to make sudden movements that could throw you off balance.
Don't Be a Showoff (Unless you’re a professional rider and have the right training and protective gear)
I know, I know, you want to show off your sick riding skills to all the babes (or dudes) on the street. But trust me, it's not worth it. Wheelies, burnouts, and other stunts might look cool, but they're also dangerous if you don’t know proper techniques. Plus, they may make you look like a tool. So, unless you want to end up in a YouTube fail video, evaluate risk vs reward and stick to riding techniques you know.
When you're out on the road, it's easy to forget about basic needs like food and water. But staying hydrated is essential to staying alert and focused. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms that can impair your ability to ride safely. So, make sure you bring plenty of water with you on your rides, and take breaks to hydrate and refuel.
Keep Your Bike Maintained (No, Really)
Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your bike running smoothly and safely. This includes things like checking the oil, brakes, and tires, as well as tightening bolts and chains. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, take your bike to a mechanic who can do it for you. Regular maintenance can help prevent accidents and keep your bike in good condition.
Have fun & ride safe!
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