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I have also learned from the experiences of other bikers.
1. If your bike has side bags, take those into consideration when attempting to maneuver your bike through tight spots (like between gas pumps) Side bags make the bike wider. (yes, I learned this through experience).
2. When riding on loose gravel, riding exceedingly slow is more dangerous (in terms of going down) than riding at a fairly normal speed.
3. When riding in mud, accelerate cautiously, and never, never do a hard brake. In fact, avoid the back brake completely. This tip also applies to riding in gravel)
4. Don't attempt to turn the bike around on the shoulder of a highway in order to make an exit.
5. Don't wear black leather, black jeans and ride a black bike at night. If you do, make sure that you take other steps to make sure that you are visible to the other vehicles on the road.
6. Make sure that your tires have sufficient tread, especially before a trip where you may not have motorcycle or tire shops near.
7. Don't travel alone without a cell phone.
8. Always carry a tire repair kit with you, especially if you don't pay attention to #6, above.
9. Either wear a helmet, or invest in some really comprehensive long-term care insurance and disability insurance. (Yes, I understand this is a personal choice; this is just my opinion formed after watching my husband - a motorcycle safety freak - leave the bike at a high speed going around a turn-around in gravel.)
10. Use your turn signals.
11. Never, never, never pass another motorcyclist on the right. Just don't do it.
12. Don't ride someone on the back of the motorcycle unless you feel confident doing so.
13. The kickstand is there for a reason. Put it down before dismounting from your motorcycle. (I've seen men do this, too)
14. The center of the road approaching and leaving a toll booth is slippery; use caution.
15. The road is most slippery during the first five minutes of a rainstorm, especially in hot weather.
16. If you are entering a tunnel, in hot, rainy weather, and you're wearing sunglasses, be prepared to be blinded by the humidity. Take off the shades before entering the tunnel. Another motorcycle safety tip - as you see a tunnel approaching, shut one eye and count to 10 - your eyes will acclimate faster to the change in light)
Also - wearing Motorcycle Eyewear is one of the most important safety precautions you can take.
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17. If you are parking in a gravel lot, or on hot asphalt, or any other surface that just might "give" - even a bit - use some type of reinforcement under the kickstand. Nature will usually provide you with something, although there are also commercial products that do the same thing.
You'll need help to get the reinforcement under the stand, but it's better than finding your bike down after lunch.
Whether you're a daily rider or not, affordable health insurance is well advised and never a bad idea.
If you are involved in an accident, involving you and your motorcycle - either as a rider or a passenger - and are injured as a result, I strongly recommend that you seek the assistance of a lawyer. An attorney who is a specialist in personal injury cases, and in particular, accidents involving motorcycles would be your best choice.
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