Stay safe, live fast and die old
There are many hazards for motorbike riders, so we’ve pulled together some useful video guides for everyday motorbike riding. Whether it’s tackling bends or overtaking safely we’ve got some tips and techniques to help you ride safe on a motorbike.
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.