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# There is no substitute for proper safety training.

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# There is no substitute for proper safety training. As stated in the above disclaimer, that includes this page as well.



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* If someone is relentlessly tailgating you, just pull over and let them pass. Yes, tailgating a motorcyclist is a dick move and they are jeopardizing your life with every second that they ride your ass, but if they can't safely pass you and they want to go faster than you, swallow your pride and pull over. You are ''not'' going to come out on top in the event that you get rear-ended and probably will leave on a gurney, and while you probably want to piss off the jerk behind you and savor their anger, there are plenty of crazy people out there who would gladly slam into you or force you off the road and leave you for dead.


So you just got (or you saw a media depiction of and want to ride) a CoolBike? Unfortunately, the media often won't show the downsides and risks of it or the proper and safer ways to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle, dirt bike, moped, or similar.

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So you just got (or you saw a media depiction of and want to ride) a CoolBike? Unfortunately, the media (and especially not the BikerMedia) often won't show the downsides and risks of it or the proper and safer ways to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle, dirt bike, moped, or similar.


# Do not try any stunts, especially in public roads.

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# Do not try any stunts, especially in on public roads.


* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear. There are organisations that destructively test helmets and give them ratings on their protection - more expensive does not always mean better protection - so do your research before purchasing. A more stringent safety standard is the Snell rating, so if you buy a helmet with both DOT and Snell certification, it will be safer than just DOT rating.

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* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.ride.''' In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear. There are organisations that destructively test helmets and give them ratings on their protection - more expensive does not always mean better protection - so do your research before purchasing. A more stringent safety standard is the Snell rating, so if you buy a helmet with both DOT and Snell certification, it will be safer than just DOT rating.


* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear. There are organisations that destructively test helmets and give them ratings on their protection - more expensive does not always mean better protection - so do your research before purchasing.

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* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear. There are organisations that destructively test helmets and give them ratings on their protection - more expensive does not always mean better protection - so do your research before purchasing. A more stringent safety standard is the Snell rating, so if you buy a helmet with both DOT and Snell certification, it will be safer than just DOT rating.


*** It is important to note that plenty of people will dismiss this advice, and will even advise newbies otherwise, under the idea that a powerful engine can only put you in trouble if you actually let it express its power. According to this rationale, you should get a more powerful bike and just keep it low-powered in the beginning, so as to avoid getting bored of it once you level-up. '''This is bad advice''' for a number of reasons, among which the geometry of powerful bikes being much more aggressive and less forgiving, the ''extreme'' temptation of opening up on the engine when you're not yet capable of handling it, and various other non-obvious pitfalls that can get you when you're not expecting it (just to name one: if you hit a sizable bump on the road the handlebars will slightly rotate in the trasversal sense. If you're not prepared with your hand the throttle handle will stay in the same place. The net result is a rapid power fluctuation; on a very powerful engine, this can cause the bike to wheelie and/or dump your ass on the road).

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*** It is important to note that plenty of people will dismiss this advice, and will even advise newbies otherwise, under the idea that a powerful engine can only put you in trouble if you actually let it express its power. According to this rationale, you should get a more powerful bike and just keep it low-powered in the beginning, so as to avoid getting bored of it once you level-up. '''This is bad advice''' for a number of reasons, among which the geometry of powerful bikes being much more aggressive and less forgiving, the ''extreme'' temptation of opening up on the engine when you're not yet capable of handling it, and various other non-obvious pitfalls that can get you when you're not expecting it (just to name one: if you hit a sizable bump on the road the handlebars will slightly rotate in the trasversal sense. If you're not prepared with your hand the throttle handle will stay in the same place. The net result is a rapid power fluctuation; on a very powerful engine, this can cause the bike to wheelie and/or dump your ass on the road).road, possibly breaking your tailbone at minimum and ''definitely'' crashing the motorcycle).

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*** It is important to note that plenty of people will dismiss this advice, and will even advise newbies otherwise, under the idea that a powerful engine can only put you in trouble if you actually let it express its power. According to this rationale, you should get a more powerful bike and just keep it low-powered in the beginning, so as to avoid getting bored of it once you level-up. '''This is bad advice''' for a number of reasons, among which the geometry of powerful bikes being much more aggressive and less forgiving, the ''extreme'' temptation of opening up on the engine when you're not yet capable of handling it, and various other non-obvious pitfalls that can get you when you're not expecting it (just to name one: if you hit a sizable bump on the road the handlebars will slightly rotate in the trasversal sense. If you're not prepared with your hand the throttle handle will stay in the same place. The net result is a rapid power fluctuation; on a very powerful engine, this can cause the bike to wheelie and/or dump your ass on the road).


* Before you ride again, make sure your bike is in operable condition and any damage to it that could make it less safe is repaired, and buy a new helmet.

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* Before you ride again, make sure your bike is in operable condition and any damage to it that could make it less safe is repaired, and buy a new helmet.helmet.

!!In the event you are first on the scene of an accident involving a motorcyclist.
* Call the emergency services IMMEDIATELY.
* If you are first on the scene of a motorcycle accident, consider stopping your vehicle in a position that protects the rider in the position they have landed in so they don't have to be moved while awaiting rescue.
* DON'T move the motorcyclist unless the risk of being hit by another vehicle exceeds the danger of aggravating existing injuries.
* DO NOT remove their helmet under ANY circumstances unless you are a trained medical professional - it might be the only thing holding their skull together. Current CPR guidelines mandate chest compressions only, so you don't need to remove the helmet to provide rescue breathing.


* '''Be visible'''. Wear bright, reflective clothing, keep your headlights on (most motorcycles won't let you turn them off anyway), turn the high beams on during the day (though there's some debate if this is necessary/a safety hazard), and use your signals to convey what you're doing.

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* '''Be visible'''. Wear bright, reflective clothing, keep your headlights on (most motorcycles won't let you turn them off anyway), turn the high beams on during the day (though there's some debate if this is necessary/a safety hazard), and use your signals to convey what you're doing. Consider purchasing a motorcycle with high contrast daytime running lights (usually purple) as these can enhance your ability to be seen.


* Don't ride if you're tired, drunk, under any medication that impairs your ability to think or make quick decisions. You need to be alert at all times on the road.

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* Don't ride if you're tired, drunk, under any medication medication/suffering any illness that impairs your ability to think or think, make quick decisions.decisions or physically react. You need to be alert at all times on the road.

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** Likewise in very hot weather, overheating or even heatstroke is a distinct possibility, especially in slow stop/start urban traffic. Stay hydrated and try and avoid riding in extreme temperatures. If you feel sick or dizzy, STOP and don't continue your journey until you are sure you are safe to ride.


* '''Wear appropriate clothing''' EVERY time you ride - ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is the rule. This means proper motorcycle leathers (possibly with "armour" inserts) or strong fabrics like Kevlar, proper padded riding gloves, proper motorcycle boots together with your helmet. Even "strong" fabrics like denim will provide very little protection in an accident and shorts, t-shirts, flimsy shoes or anything loose or flowing that might get caught in the moving parts of the motorcycle is a very stupid idea.

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* '''Wear appropriate clothing''' clothing EVERY time you ride ride''' - ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is the rule. This means proper motorcycle leathers (possibly with "armour" inserts) or strong fabrics like Kevlar, proper padded riding gloves, proper motorcycle boots together with your helmet. Even "strong" fabrics like denim will provide very little protection in an accident and shorts, t-shirts, flimsy shoes or anything loose or flowing that might get caught in the moving parts of the motorcycle is a very stupid idea.


* '''Wear appropriate clothing''' any time you ride. Ideally this means real leather or strong fabrics like Kevlar. But at the minimum, you should have long sleeves and pants. Leave the shorts, dresses, and anything else that can get caught up in the bike or its parts at home.
** It's highly recommended to get a pair of riding gloves. This will ensure there's always a good grip to the handlebars.

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* '''Wear appropriate clothing''' any EVERY time you ride. Ideally this ride - ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is the rule. This means real leather proper motorcycle leathers (possibly with "armour" inserts) or strong fabrics like Kevlar. But at the minimum, you should have long sleeves Kevlar, proper padded riding gloves, proper motorcycle boots together with your helmet. Even "strong" fabrics like denim will provide very little protection in an accident and pants. Leave the shorts, dresses, and t-shirts, flimsy shoes or anything else loose or flowing that can might get caught up in the bike or its moving parts at home.
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** Secure your belongs in a zippered pocket, backpack, or a secure side bag. You want to have your wallet and phone, for example, where they cannot fly out of your pockets. The same goes for passengers. The possibility of either of you freaking out over a lost item may cause an accident.

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** Secure your belongs in a zippered pocket, backpack, or a secure side bag.bag or mount proper panniers on your bike (make sure the load is balanced between them). You want to have your wallet and phone, for example, where they cannot fly out of your pockets. The same goes for passengers. The possibility of either of you freaking out over a lost item may cause an accident.



* Before you ride again, make sure your bike is in operable condition and any damage to it that could make it less safe is repaired, and buy a new helmet.

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* Before you ride again, make sure your bike is in operable condition and any damage to it that could make it less safe is repaired, and buy a new helmet.


* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear.

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* '''Buy a new, certified helmet and wear it any time you ride'''.In the US, road legal helmets must have a DOT approved logo somewhere. Old or inadequate helmets (especially those that have been in a crash before) will not protect your head in the event of a crash. If you ever plan to let anyone else ride with you, buy a second helmet that a passenger can wear. There are organisations that destructively test helmets and give them ratings on their protection - more expensive does not always mean better protection - so do your research before purchasing.

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