Archive for Motorcycle Safety

4 Essentials For Motorcycle Safety

American roads can be quite dangerous as it is-but never more dangerous than when you hop onto a motorcycle. As a lover of motorcycles who uses one for daily transportation, I don’t say this to discourage you from riding by any means. But what I do discourage is someone hopping onto a bike without knowing the risks.

It’s important to be aware, be prepared, and drive safely-here are 4 essentials for motorcycle safety that every rider should keep in mind, regardless of the laws in their particular state.

1. A Helmet

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New To Motorcycles? Learn The Basics

Article by Daniel Levy

Interested in motorcycles? Who can blame you! Motorcycles reek of coolness, but before you jump into the motorcycle riding scene, you need to learn the basics of the bike!

Stand Up Straight Please

It’s mind boggling how they do it, but motorcycles stay upright while they are moving due to some pretty advanced physics. A still motorcycle will lean over without some sort of support. But a moving motorcycle will stay upright without much effort thanks to a couple of little things called angular momentum and torque.

To see these physics at work, imagine that you’re holding a bat in your palm with the heavy end up. It’s going to tip over, right? It’s too unsteady. Now imagine that you’re wiggling your palm in an effort to always keep it directly under the heavy end of the bat. Suddenly the bat is steady. That’s how motorcycles stay upright.

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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2nd Edition)

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