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Golden Rules II

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Continued from previous post: Golden Rules I.

These rules are translated from article by my good friend and mentor Burak Ercan, you may find the original article here:

  • Focus on the road: You may be distracted by scenery or even someone you may know along side the road, at the same time of an oncoming truck. Focus only on the road.
  • Adjust your speed: Your riding speed must be within your motorcycle and foremost your limits and capabilities.
  • Never block your horizon line: Try to avoid being stuck behind vehicles that block your horizon/skyline such as T.I.R., trucks and busses. Beside blocking your vision, they block the oncoming traffic vision concealing you. If you are not able to pass such vehicles, try to keep a safe distance between them and your bike. Even let some cars pass you filling the safe distance between these large/long vehicles and you.
  • Stop signs are for stopping: A full stop is required at these signs. Put your foot on the ground and observe your right and left at these intersections. Stop means stop.
  • Be very careful when lane filtering: Think twice if the traffic has stopped. When the traffic comes to a momentum of halting, the drivers lose their concentration on the road.
  • Ride a motorcycle that is comfortable to you: Ride a motorcycle that is suitable for your height, weight and within the limits of your experience.
  • When riding in groups: Ride with riders that are compatible with your experience level and riding style. Riding with above and below qualification riders may put you in risk. If you realize this, remove yourself from that group, better late than never.
  • Master your U-turn at low speeds: Practice intensively.
  • Don’t get close to trucks and busses: Those large pieces of torn tire rubbers along side the roads come from punctured or overused blown tires from these vehicles.
  • Riding at low speeds: “Balance” hence stability is a skillful usage of the clutch, throttle, brakes and handle bar. Practice riding your bike at speeds as low as walking. Practises at different speeds will be very handy in the future.
  • If it looks slippery, it is: That suspicious spot you noticed on tarmac very well be oil or coolant liquid residue. Cautiously try to slow down to be safe.
  • In case of tire blowout: Try to stay calm, do not panic, avoid rapid actions. Your motorcycle is not stable, you need to apply force at the handlebars, if necessary, try to keep it on the road. While slowly decelerating, gently apply brake at the good tire and pull your bike to the shoulder or emergency lane. Breathe :)
  • Pay attention to rain drops on your helmet visor: When the rain starts to the road, tarmac can be more slippery than the snow, depending on the condition of the road. Thus, you can never know how well your traction will last. Maximum attention and soft (smooth) riding is required during this time.
  • Consider intensity of your emotions: Before you sit on your bike, make sure you are in a calm state of mind. Being in a state of sadness, worry, tiredness and extreme temperament can be as dangerous as riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Adjust the volume of the music you listen to: If you are able to listen to music via helmet speakers or in-ear headphones at high volumes may obstruct your senses.
  • Learn how to “quick turn”: You should be comfortable at doing consecutive quick turns when riding curvy roads.
  • Ride smoothly at low speeds: Practice using rear break especially when maneuvering at low speeds. Rear breaks are ideal for avioding or controlling weight transfer to the front shocks (suspension).
  • Limited visibility in the dark: Make sure that you have your headlights adjusted and have clear helmet visor and reflective clothing when riding in the dark.
  • Make sure you are prepared for the unexpected: No matter how close the distance nor how hot the weather may be, make sure you are geared up properly for riding. All kind of gear is available for motorcycling in any condition now a days.
  • Condition of tires: Tires are what you skin is to your body. Regularly check your tire wear. Make sure your tires do not have tear, nail or any other material stuck on them. Your tires are the primary factor for traction.

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