16 Riders Explain How They Return Home Safely

What can motorcyclists do to make sure they come home safely from a ride?

 

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Photo courtesy Motorcycle Mojo Magazine

16 riders explain how they return home safely

 

  1. Darlene D.  Always have your head in the game, practice good road skills and never ever let your guard down.

 

  1. Roni C.  ride with a clear and clean mind…. don’t slow your reaction time with a beer at lunch… save that for the end of the day when the riding is done!

 

  1. Kevin G.  Reduce the risks as much as you can and then just enjoy the ride. “A ship is safe in harbour. But that’s not what ships are for”. – William Shedd

 

  1. Pam B.  Make sure you are alert, well-rested and not physically compromised in any way. Drive as if no one can see you.

 

  1. Don E.  If you make a mistake, at least admit it to yourself and then figure out how to correct it for next time.

 

  1. Don S.  Ride within your ability at all times

 

  1. Suhaymath N. Aside from machine and personal preparation, MINDSET preparation. I find that this is the one thing that most motorists, two wheels or four, completely ignore on a regular basis. Challenge yourself to care more than you already do about the dangers involved in being a motorist. Roll out with a mind towards staying safe for your sake and for the sake of others. I can’t stress this enough.

 

  1. Mark-John H.  I’m totally with you on this point, especially for me as a rider. I do a bunch of mental prep before any long ride but often catch myself with a wondering mind when I’m riding to the corner store or to work close by… it’s tough to remember to get in the “Mind-set” for riding even when just going around the corner.

 

  1. Chris T.  That’s assuming that the average motorist brings their brain with them, when they put the car in gear…

 

  1. Tim M.  Ride within your abilities, believe that others aren’t paying any attention and you take corrective actions to avoid the blind.

 

  1. Steve G.  Shoulder check, shoulder check and don’t be a jackass that just angers other motorists and riders!

 

  1. Across and Abroad “assume” the motorist sees you.

 

  1. Mike W. Planning isn’t always the answer since most often going out for a ride involves uncertainty and following your nose and front wheel. The best action to take is anticipate every scenario. Expect a deer to pop out or a left hand turn or loose gravel up ahead. Go too far expect to rest whether it be overnight or a couple of hours.

 

  1. Garth W.  Be prepared and plan your ride.

 

  1. Noel H.  PAY ATTENTION!

 

  1. Ted W.  Keep the front wheel on the ground.

 

What steps do you take to ensure your safety while out riding?

 

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2 comments on “16 Riders Explain How They Return Home Safely
  1. Michele says:

    I utilize many techniques while riding my bike that I learned in a defensive driving course for a 6 wheeled vehicle. It doesn’t matter how many wheels you’re riding on, defensive driving can make the journey a safer one!

    • lizjansen says:

      Good point Michele – thanks. In fact, we can take that even further – those skills help us on all parts of our journey.

      Safe travels!

      Liz

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