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Ride MindRefresh your riding skills at the beginning of motorcycle season. Use an empty parking lot to get a slow-speed feel for the motorcycle.

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Gear up for Motorcycling Season

The new riding season is just around the corner, are you ready for the road?

It is possible to lose a sense for riding in traffic when you've been driving in a cage all winter.

Before hopping on your motorcycle and taking to the street remember to maintain your presence.

Stay visible

  • Wear bright colors
  • Use turn/hand signals
  • Flash brake lights to alert those behind
  • Watch for potential hazards

Dress in bright colors and wear proper motorcycle helmets and gear before riding on the street. - Click to Enlarge

Remember that traffic is unpredictable.
Stay smart and assume the worst so you're prepared and not caught by surprise.

Take a few moments to get reacquainted with your motorcycle.
Gain your balance with BCrider's low speed exercises.


Follow your quest to become a better rider

Read these scenarios to get into the ride mind

The Classic Tailgate Scenario:
The driver behind is tailgating you. What do you do?

Slow down, providing a cushion of space between you and the vehicle ahead, enabling room to maneuver if necessary.
Use your brakes slightly to alert the tailgating driver.
Change lanes if possible. Don't challenge a cage, you won't win.

Avoiding a Rear Ender:
Waiting at an intersection you are at your most vulnerable. What to do to avoid being rear ended?

Be alert, always check mirrors and have space in front for evasive action. Being small a motorcycle can blend in with the scenery, especially from behind. Flash your brake lights in warning before coming to a complete stop. Then keep brakes on for further visibility.

Avoiding accident with a Left Turning Vehicle:
A vehicle approaching from the other direction turns left in front of you. How to avoid a collision?

Be cautious of the other drivers, they are unpredictable and may not see you. Always cover your brakes and slow down when approaching an intersection, even if you have the right-of-way. Maintain a space of safety in case you have to swerve out of the way.

It is difficult to predict all the possible scenerios while riding. The key is to maintain a cushion of space to provide more reaction time, whatever the situation may be.

Cover the brakes during uncertainty and also use the horn to convey your presence if necessary.

Just learning to ride?

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Great beginner motorcycling tips
Practice exercises for Gaining Confidence
Photos to get you into the Ride Attitude

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Disclaimer: The information provided is meant to compliment proper motorcycle safety training, not replace it.