Your expert guide to enjoying Scotland's motorcycling routes
We’ve pulled together some expert video guides for motorcycle riding. Whether it’s tackling bends, overtaking or just general tips to ease you back into the saddle after a long spell where we couldn't get out due to COVID-19. So, enjoy, ride well and keep Scotland's motorcycling routes safe.
Summer motorbiking tips
Scotland’s roads are truly breathtaking so it’s no wonder they are particularly busy this summer with bikers and drivers looking to explore our beautiful country. Here, Nicola Ross from Police Scotland’s Driver and Rider Training shares some great advice on safe summer riding and a reminder of some of the most important manoeuvres and considerations to bear in mind before heading out.
Anticipating other road users
Hazards on the road surface
Loss of control
Right and left hand bends
Wearing the right protective gear can help save your life
Here are some basic precautions you can take so that you live fast and die old.
1. Always wear a helmet
It goes without saying that wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of a serious injury or fatality during a fall or collision. Make sure it fits properly and look for the Government’s SHARP rating system.
2. Gloves are an essential
You’ll need either summer or winter gloves. Make sure your summer pair still offer good abrasion resistance and your winter pair offer good protection from all of the elements.
3. Thick boots are important
Good leather boots will help protect your ankles and feet in an accident. Make sure they are at least 2.5mm thick, have a strong sole, and are waterproof too.
4. Wear protective outwear
You must wear a good quality jacket and trousers – whether that’s leathers, Cordura (body armour and thermal lined), or reinforced ‘casual wear’ (a mix of denim and Kevlar).
With different weights available for summer and winter – it’s important you pack for the weather. Saying that, Scotland’s weather isn’t the most predictable so if you’re travelling decent distances at any time of the year, we recommend layering up.