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Riding tips for beginners

December 24, 2019
WATCH FOR ROAD HAZARDS



When you're driving a full-sized car or truck, you can usually go over pot holes, small rocks and other debris without causing any harm to your vehicle. In a motorcycle, however, these small and otherwise harmless obstructions pose a serious risk to your safety, as well as the safety of motorists around you. Keep an eye on the road, constantly scanning for potential hazards. If you notice a hazard in the road, make evasive maneuvers to avoid it.

CHECK YOUR TIRES


Because motorcycles have only two tires instead of four, it's paramount that riders get into the habit of checking them for signs of wear on a regular basis. You can refer to the tire manufacturer's specifications for more information on when to change them. Alternatively, you can use the penny test. To perform the penny test, place a penny head-first down into the tread of your tire. If you can see any of Abe's head sticking out, the tires are worn and need to be replaced. If the head is covered, the tires are still good.

MAINTAIN YOUR MOTORCYCLE

 
Whether it's a street/sport motorcycle or a chopper-style, all motorcycles require some basic maintenance to function safely and efficiently. This includes routine oil changes, replacing the spark plugs, checking fluid levels (and adding more fluid when needed), etc.

 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANTILOCK BRAKES

 
According to data from the International Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycles with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in fatal crashes when compared to motorcycles without them. Normally, when the brakes lock up, it prevents the rider from changing course and avoiding collision. With antilock brakes, however, the rider will retain full control over his or her motorcycle; thus, reducing the risk of a collision.

RIDE DEFENSIVELY

 
This may go against some riders' personal style, but it's important to ride defensively when on a motorcycle. It's usually not your own mistakes and mishaps that you need to look out for. Instead, it's other motorists on the road, many of whom will veer into your lane unannounced. You can reduce the risk of a collision by taking a defensive approach to your motorcycle riding, giving yourself plenty of space between the car in front of you, and avoiding the blind spots of other motorists.
 

CBT Test

December 8, 2019
What is the CBT?

Contrary to popular opinion the CBT is not a test. The ‘T’ in the acronym definitely stands for ‘training’ and the entire session usually lasts for around 1 working day.



The purpose of the CBT is to provide all riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles the basic skills and knowledge required to ride on the roads safely. In fact, it’s a requirement of anyone who is wanting to ride a motorcycle or scooter in the UK, so everyone you see riding on the roads today with an L p...

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Motorcycle MOT

November 10, 2019
An MOT test is given to every vehicle in Britain that’s more than three years old, to make sure they’re fit for use on our roads. You’ll need to take your vehicle to an approved MOT centre, which will test the major functions of your bike and award you an MOT certificate if it passes.



Does my motorcycle need an MOT?

As with every car and light goods vehicle in the country, any motorcycle  over three years old must have a valid MOT certificate. Driving on UK roads without a valid certifica...

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