One interesting fact about riding bikes is that learning never ends. Whether you have been riding for many years or a beginner, there is always something new to learn. For instance, take a look at our motorcycle police. They receive specialised riding training every year. The goal is to maintain their riding skills at high levels and to get rid of all shortcomings.
Below is a description of motorcycle riding techniques essential for every rider.
1) BRAKING AND SETTING UP
This involves light braking as you ride towards possible hazards. It allows you to react appropriately to events.
The advantages of setting up include:
• It prepares a rider. More control is developed by noticing hazards and preparing in advance.
• It prepares the motorcycle for a safe stop without losing control and looking the brakes.
• It signals the traffic behind you that you might stop suddenly.
2) GEARS AND BREAKING
While approaching a corner, try to adjust your speed. Release the brakes slowly while entering a corner. Change to the recommended gear while taking a corner.
3) RIDING IN DIFFICULT SURFACES
Many riders face it rough in handling slippery surfaces, manhole covers, and steel surfaces
To ride safely in such area a rider should:
• Reduce the speed so that you can quickly stop
• Avoid too much learning while riding slippery corners. This can be achieved by slowing down.
• On wet grounds, you can ride in tracks made by the traffic ahead.
4) PUNCTURES AND BLOWOUTS
If a leak or a rapid blowout occurs while you ride:
Don’t brake- strive to ride straight and slowly close the throttle. Your weight should be moved towards the inflated tire.
5) HANDLING WOBBLES AND SHAKES
Shakes while steering, may be caused by improper tire pressure or uneven weight on the motorcycle.
If this happens, strive to hold your handlebars firmly. Do no try to adjust the steering. Slowly, reduce the speed and once you stabilise, stop at a safe point.
All these techniques are essential for the rider and the rest of the traffic within range. They should be adhered to for safe riding.