Tips for motorcyclists
The first warm sunrays attract many bikers back to the road, but after several months off the machine the driver can be a bit rusty.
The first step is to check the electrical system. Test the lights, the brake light, the turn signal and the horn. Does the kill switch work properly? Then check the fluid levels and tire pressure. In addition, all levers and switches should work smoothly. Does the chain still have enough tension? Also check your protective clothing!
Many bikers underestimate the acclimatization time needed after a long break. It is recommended to do some driving in advance in an empty parking lot to slowly get used to the machine again. Practice stepping and slowly brake to a full stop. Even special driving safety training can be a good start, especially at the beginning of the season. This is especially true for motorcyclists who have bought a new machine. Before the first big ride, take a close look at the new bike and do not forget - even on well-known terrain, frost damage can cause new potholes to appear.
Attention drivers! Please take care of bikers!
In recent years, the number of accidents with motorcyclists has steadily increased, although the market has been declining. Motorists should therefore be particularly attentive. The narrow silhouette of motorcycles means that they are perceived less and their speed is often misjudged. They should especially be anticipated on winding country roads with oncoming motorcycles in an inclined position, in which the driver protrudes into the middle of the road and beyond. When overtaking, motorists should pay attention to sufficient distance.
If a motorcyclist drives behind you, do not use the windshield wiper system. The spray can land on the visor of the helmet and suddenly take the driver’s sight. Even a carelessly thrown out of the window cigarette can be life-threatening for a biker.