Given the high rate of accidents at this time of year, I’ve gathered articles with content on spring motorcycle riding tips. I think you’ll find them informative and at least, a valuable reminder. Have a read and let me know your thoughts and other tips below in the comments.
Wes Siler on RideApart
“As we hope to emerge soon from the Polar Vortex, it’s nearing the time to put your bike back on the road. But, when you do, that first ride of the year can be one of the most dangerous. This is what to watch out for on your first spring motorcycle ride.”
“Save for a few hardy souls, motorcycling in the UK and the United States is a largely seasonal activity. As the nights draw in and the days get colder, so it is that many bikes get laid up for the winter months. But before you hit the road, here are a few recommendations from UK bike insurance providers Bennetts to make sure the wheels keep turning on your awakened steed.”
“Before you take your Victory out of winter hibernation, make sure your bike and all your protective gear are street-ready. We’ve put together a list of things you’ll want to do to make your first spring ride a successful and safe one.”
“Spring weather is bringing motorcycles out of hibernation. That doesn’t mean people will notice you, or that you’re ready to ride. Be alert to these unique hazards, especially during those first rides of the season.”
Nick Lenatsch on Cycle World
“Each street-riding priority moves to the front of the list as your circumstances change, but this single priority should always be first: mastering your bike-control skills. When the worst happens and you need to get your bike stopped, or change your line, or hit that narrow gap, what you do behind the handlebar must be correct. And correct action depends upon correct practice. You must train your mind, eyes, and muscles to do the right thing at the limit of whatever traction you have. So let’s talk about what you should practice on every ride and bike you own.”
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