Motorcycle Safety and Survival Guide

After over forty years of riding a motorcycle, I have learned a few simple rules to make each riding experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. I am not an instructor but I am a veteran motorcycle rider and enthusiast. I commute and ride leisurely every chance I get.

In this article, I will briefly discuss the motorcycle, the riding gear and highway safety.

If you are new to motorcycling, I strongly recommend that you contact your local Department of Motor Vehicle Office and obtain all study guides and literature available for your state and city in which you reside.

THE MOTORCYCLE

Is your motorcycle safe to ride?

Before swinging your leg over the seat, it’s always a good idea to inspect the following items on your motorcycle. Always use your manufacturer’s owner’s manual to identify measurements, tolerances and specifications to complete the checklist below. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, purchase one, read it and get to know your motorcycle.

1. Tire condition
2. Proper tire pressure
3. Front and rear breaks
4. Fluid levels
5. Forks and shocks
6. Chain or drive belt
7. Head lights, tail light, break light and turn signals.

If you feel that your motorcycle may be unsafe to ride, don’t ride it until you have made the necessary repairs. The above safety precautions may avoid an accident or a crash. Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, odds are in your favor if your bike is at peak performance level.

RIDING GEAR

What are you doing to protect yourself in case of an accident or from road hazards that you may encounter while riding?

1. Properly fitted DOT approved helmet is probably one of the most important riding gear for a rider. Helmets save lives!
2. Leather, mesh or leather armored jacket to protect your upper body.
3. Leather chaps or pants will save you much pain from road rash, should you go down.
4. Leather boots that are, at minimum, ankle high to protect your toes and ankles.
5. Leather gloves, to protect your hands and fingers.
6. UV protection approved riding wraparound sunglasses or goggles in the morning help to protect your eyes from dust and road debris while protecting your eyes from UV rays. Clear riding wraparound glasses or goggles work best for night riding.

If you have met the safety tips above, you are now ready to throw your leg over the seat and get on the road.

HIGHWAY SAFETY

The following tips may be helpful to keep you from harm’s way when riding your motorcycle in traffic and highways:

1. Be aware of your surroundings by keeping your eyes moving.

2. Be intuitive.

3. Always expect the unexpected.

4. Be prepared to act rather than to react.

5. Make certain you are seen.

6. If motorcycle equipped with turn signals, get in the habit of using them. If not use hand signal. Always let drivers know your intentions.

7. Stay away from drivers’ blind spots.

8. Make certain drivers see you by making eye contact via side view mirrors. If not successful give yourself room to get away if need to or make a safe effort to pass the vehicle.

9. When traveling in a group:
• Ride in staggered formation in one lane.
• Don’t horseplay. If you go down, you can be certain you will be taking others down with you.
• If riding in a group makes you uncomfortable, position yourself at the back of the group.

10. Be respectful to all with whom you share the roadways and in return you will be respected.

11. Ride your own ride.

If you are planning a road trip, consider the following tips:

1. Plan your ride in advance.

2. Familiarize yourself with the roads and highways that you will be riding on.

3. Check the weather and road conditions from previous days to the day of the ride. Check for possible flash floods, sand storms, rock slides from days prior. Sand on the road can be just as hazards and dangerous as black ice. In both cases you won’t know it’s there until your front tire rolls over it.

4. Carry the following:
• Tool Kit, equipped with basic tools
• First Aid Kit
• Emergency blanket or emergency sleeping bag. These emergency products are very light weight (approx 2 ounces) and compact (approx the size of a cell phone) and will fit in any jacket or pants pocket or easily stored in the storage compartment of the motorcycle.
• Emergency light weight (approx 1 ounce) high visibility vest or poncho. These come in handy if you ever have to do repairs on your motorcycle on the side of the road or to keep you dry if caught in a downpour of rain (not recommended to use while riding).

Unfortunately, even the best riders are sometimes involved in accidents. The idea is to take all precautions necessary to protect yourself as much as possible from the unavoidable.

All motorcycle riders must know and respect the fact that the odds are stacked against us every time we ride. No matter our age, gender or the kind of motorcycle we ride, it is very important for us to use common sense when operating a motorcycle and to make certain that our motorcycle and our riding gear is always properly maintained.

Be safe! Happy riding! Keep the chrome side up!

Buying Supercross Motorcycle Racing Equipment

Are you looking to participate in supercross motorcycle racing? If you aren’t, what about your child? Regardless of who is interested in supercross motorcycle racing, there will come a time when you need to purchase equipment. Whether you or your child plans on racing at a local indoor supercross track, an outdoor motocross track, or just wants to practice out in the backyard, the right equipment is essential. This equipment is not only essential for performance, but for safety as well. That is why it is important that the right equipment gets purchased.

Purchasing the right equipment, it sounds easy enough doesn’t it? Unfortunately, isn’t as always as it seems. When it comes to getting started in supercross motorcycle racing, not everyone is an expert in the sport. In fact, many children want to idolize and be just like their favorite supercross racers. Many adults choose to participate in supercross motorcycle racing, not only because they want to be like their favorite racer, but because the sport looks fun. Unfortunately, if you are not an avid supercross motorcycle racing fan, especially one who is familiar with the sport, it can be difficult to purchase the needed equipment.

Although it can be difficult for some to purchase supercross motorcycle equipment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t purchase it. Whether you, yourself, want to participate in supercross racing or your child does, everyone deserves the chance to follow their dreams. Essentially, this means that you should take the time to familiarize yourself with supercross motorcycle racing, including the equipment that will be needed. In addition to an off-road motorcycle, you will also find that you needed safety equipment. That safety equipment should include knee pads. If you or your child is just getting started in off-road racing, it may be a good idea to protect yourself even more. Once you get going, you can remove the extra safety gear, with caution of course.

Once you have taken the time to better understand supercross motorcycle racing and the equipment that is needed, you should be better prepared to start shopping. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a local sports store or outdoor recreational store that carries supercross equipment. For off-road bikes, you will find that it is often best to shop at an outdoor recreational sports store. Also, you may be able to find a specific motorcycle store. For instance, Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki sell off-road bikes that are designed for supercross motorcycle racing. If you are able to find one of these stores, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Many even have a fairly large selection of youth motorcycles.

Wherever you purchase an off-road supercross motorcycle, you should be able to purchase the safety equipment too. If you already have an off-road motorcycle or made the decision to purchase one privately, you should still be able to find supercross safety equipment at most sports stores or outdoor recreational stores. However, as previously mentioned, it really all depends on where you live. Not all cites and towns, in the United States, have recreational sports stores and not all of those stores are guaranteed to have what you are looking for. If that is the case, you may want to consider shopping online.

Online shopping is nice because it often gives you a large selection of products to choose from. However, as with just about anything else in life, online shopping does have its disadvantages. One of those disadvantages is that you cannot personally try out off-road bikes or safety equipment. For adults, most of the equipment needed to participate in supercross motorcycle racing can be considered one size fits all, but that isn’t always the case with children. You will find that youth bikes tend to come in a wide variety of different sizes, this is because all youths aren’t the same height or weight. You can still purchase supercross equipment for your child online; however, you are advised to proceed with caution.

By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to successfully go about finding and purchasing supercross motorcycle racing equipment. In the event that you have any questions, whether you are shopping locally or online, you should be able to find a company representative who would be willing to assist you by answer any questions that you may have.

Axo Sportbike Motorcycle Boots Review

Motorcycle riding is one of the coolest sports on the planet. Being an excellent rider takes practice, and when you are fortunate enough to have a great bike to ride, the sport gets even better. But along with these things goes good motorcycle riding boots. Biker shoes are very important.

Axo sport bike motorcycle boots have great prime off road boots at $247, a splendid boot for serious biking. Boots are important for a motorcycle rider. This excellent type or brand of boots has the needed boots for casual wear. Motor cycle boots that slip or expose your feet to injury are dangerous to the rider. Axo has a selection of motorcycle riding boots that enable you to have a positive riding experience.

The Axo builds boots that have a heat blocking unit to protect the rider from accidentally getting burned from motorcycle equipment. These boots are tough and stylish. For the average sportbike motorcycle rider, Axo makes a boot that goes from the motorcycle to the street, which is very convenient for a regular driver just wanting to get from one destination to the next without going through a lot of changes.

If you are into competitive riding, Axo has shoes to fit your professional driving needs. The terrain of a motorcycle rider can get difficult, riding over hilly, or poorly constructed roads can be hard on the shoes and the feet. The feet need all of the protection they can get, no matter what the experience of the rider.

The fly 2010 Maverick ATV Boots for $90 are extra strong for vigorous activity. A motorcycle gives you no physical protection from the elements except the clothing you wear. This clothing especially your helmet and shoes must be of the best quality. When driving a sportbike motorcycle, your feet are a primary part of your maneuvering mechanism. Improper shoes put you at greater risk for sprains, scrapes, perhaps even throwing you into a fall due to bad construction of the ankle support system of the shoe.

Axo sportbike motorcycle boots have these needs in mind when producing their boots. Their reputation for giving attention to detail with the construction of motorcycle boots is widely respected in the motorcycle industry, and their selection reflects it. Motorcycle boots are very fashionable as well as durable. Looking good is as important to a rider as having extremely good equipment. Axo is able to supply both with a wonderful selection of shoes, helmets and jackets.