So you bought a new mo­tor­bike?

Accrington Observer - - CLUB NEWS -

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

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