NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The weather is getting warmer and that means folks are going to be riding their motorcycles. There are few things you need to keep in mind before you hop on a bike this weekend, and it all starts with the gear.
To me, this is one of the sounds of summer. A bike on an open road, nothing better. But before even getting onto the bike, get your bike serviced at a licensed motorcycle repair shop. Now once it’s good to go, you need to be dressed to ride!
“Regardless of laws you wear a helmet, you shouldn’t wear laced shoes because the laces can get caught on the shifter. Pants, gloves, it’s like any sport where there’s proper equipment,” said David MacQuarrie, Owner of New Haven Powersports.
Also, make sure to wear a motorcycle jacket, they’re equipped with padding in case you fall and some are made with breathable mesh, so you won’t get hot when warmer weather comes.
Speaking of weather, check the forecast before heading out the door to avoid being caught in a storm.
When you do finally head out on the bike, pay attention to your surroundings. Is there sand on the ground that can make you slip? Are you riding in someone’s blind spot?
Make sure to use your head and speaking of head, turn your head in the direction you want to go, especially around a corner.
Next is follow distance. This goes for both drivers and motorcycle riders. The law says two seconds of following distance is required, logic says four seconds is enough to be able to make a safe stop in the event of an emergency.
When you do stop, use your rear or side view mirrors to make sure the car behind you is hitting their brakes too, and even though you might be able to stop by downshifting, pump your brakes to make other drivers aware that you’re slowing down.
“It’s a big responsibility, it’s a privilege not a right and if you think that way, it’s a great hobby,” said MacQuarrie