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 and good general motorbiking tips

Here, Nicola Ross from Police Scotland’s Driver and Rider Training shares some great advice on safe riding in summer – but also other times – 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.

Whatever route you're on, always ride your motorcycle within your capabilities and at a speed that’s appropriate for the road, weather and traffic conditions.