In motorcycle circles, the rise of the three-wheeled bike has been a bit contentious. Some riders don't like to think of things like the Polaris Slingshot or the Can-Am Spyder as motorcycles at all. For others, there is no other vehicle they would rather ride.
If you're not a motorcycle enthusiast, you may be unaware of the danger that arises when freshly-cut grass clippings are blown into the highway. After all, it's just plant material. How dangerous can it really be?
You know that the key to avoiding motorcycle accidents is to become as proficient of a rider as possible. You can't control what other drivers do, so there is always some risk, but you can make sure that you don't commit dangerous errors. You're looking to get into riding and wondering what type of bike to get.
One of the truisms in life is that one event leads to another. Unfortunately, that holds true of motor vehicle accidents as well, including motorcycle accidents. A recent example involved a California woman, 51, who died when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger was hit at the scene of a prior accident.
It's no secret that one way to increase the visibility of your motorcycle, especially during low-light hours or during the night, is to make extensive use of your lighting options. However, it is important to dig into that a bit to see how and why certain lights work better than others.
A driver pulls up to a stop sign and looks both ways. He does not see any traffic on the cross street, so he pulls out into the road.
Drivers and motorcyclists do not always see eye-to-eye, but they do need to share the roads in California. It's important for drivers to understand the differences when driving around bikes instead of other cars and trucks.
It is easy for some new motorcycle riders to assume that riding is not all that different from driving a car. Sure, you have to learn some special skills and get the proper license, but you still follow the basic rules of the road. If you learned how to ride a bike when you were a kid, surely you can ride a motorcycle now, right?
Your ability to control a motorcycle depends a lot on your riding experience. Motorcycle riders who have spent more time on the road have encountered more situations and learned how to navigate them. You can also build your motorcycle control abilities by taking riding lessons where they teach important safety tips about braking, maneuvering and navigating your way through traffic. That brings us to the 70/30 braking rule, which motorcycle courses commonly teach.
There are millions of licensed motorcycle riders in California who enjoy riding throughout the year. The weather in California allows for this, which also means that there are more accidents involving motorcycles than in most other states. Here are some tips for creating a buffer zone when you are on your motorcycle.