Here we are at the end of September already and as Motorcycle Awareness Month draws to a close, so too does our “Ride Ready” blog series.
1. Never forget your head checks
Know how to spot a blind spot.
2. All the gear, all the time
Cover up on every ride with a helmet, boots, gloves, armour, leathers and visor. ATGATT!
3. Ride like you’re invisible
Position yourself in traffic so you can always be seen. We’re not entering the visibility debate, but if you’re into high-vis details, these can also help you be seen.
4. Have a pre-ride chat
Get your riding buddies together and make a plan so everyone’s on the same page.
If you’d like to enhance your ride by staying in touch with your friends or your pillion once you’ve set off, try a Bluetooth intercom set-up. If you’re a soul rider who rides solo a lot of the time, you can use one for music or phone calls.
5. Plan your route
Take a look to see where the best place to stop is. Really intrepid riders go beyond tracking their ride with their phones and invest in satellite navigation devices. Sat navs have come a long way and motorcycle-specific models like the Garmin Zumo XT2 offer a large, six-inch sunlight-readable display and IPX7 water rating.
6. Don’t chase your mates.
Catch up with your mates at the next stop.
7. Raise your sights
The further you look ahead, the more time you’ll have to react.
8. Book a Ride Forever course
Bike and gear sorted? Don’t forget your skills.
We hope our MAM blog series has helped motivate you to get Ride Ready and out on your bike this summer.