So you bought a new motorbike?
AFTER getting a motorcycle licence things can sometimes spiral out of control if you are not careful; from the cost of the bike to the actual kit.
The one thing that remains priceless that you do not want to risk is your life.
This week’s tips give advice to new riders from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.
• Get the right gear. British weather changes very quickly and you can often find yourself wet, cold or hot, which isn’t ideal.
Invest in a four-season kit and keep an eye out for the weather.
Invest in the best rated crash helmet you can afford and don’t be tempted by offers of unknown second hand ‘bargains’
• No headphones. The temptation to listen to music whilst riding will always be there but it is important to hear what is going on around you.
You need to be aware of other traffic and other road users for your safety, and in this day and age – security.
• Sat-nav is becoming commonplace on touring bikes now but be aware that it still poses a distraction threat; the screens tend to be small and in sunshine or rain can be hard to see.
It helps to have an idea where you are heading and if you are unsure, pull over safely to check.
• Keep it safe. We recommend locking your bike on something that is fixed and not moveable.
If your bike is to be kept outside and you have a suitable area consider fitting a ground anchor to lock it to.
Even a really expensive lock is cheaper than replacing your bike
• Remember that maintenance is key.
Whatever your riding plans, commuting in winter or touring the countryside during summer, regularly cleaning and servicing your bike will help keep it in good condition and allow you to spot any potential problems early on.
Richard said: “Choosing the right bike is vital. Do you really need a big tourer or a superfast sports bike for the daily commute?
“Take a little time and advice from a good dealer to make sure you choose the bike that’s right for your level of skill, experience and budget.”
Buying the right bike and gear are essential factors in staying safe on the roads