There is nothing a motorcyclist loves more than going on a leisurely ride during pleasant weather. Summertime is perfect for motorcycles, but fall has perks of its own. Motorcyclists enjoy the colorful scenery as they breathe in the cool, crisp air. Whether it is the summertime or fall, motorcyclists must keep one thing in mind. Safety is the top priority and they must follow certain precautions to remain safe on the road.
Wear the Right Helmet
Fall weather means long rides on the highway, touring the city, and viewing local scenery. Motorcyclists may be tempted to leave their helmets at home while they view the landscape firsthand, but helmets are essential for safe riding. Motorcycle helmets come in five basic styles:
- Full-face: This helmet protects the entire face and head. A clear window screen is built in for visibility.
- Modular: Modular helmets are made for adventurous riders. They are great for touring. These helmets have an open-face design complete with a movable visor.
- Advanced dual-sport: Dual sport helmets can be used by motorcyclists and dirt bike riders. They have features such as a removable visor and extended chin guard for extra protection.
- Open-face: Open face helmets have a protective shell that shields the head, but does not contain a visor or windscreen for the face.
- Half-shell: Half-shell helmets combine features of half and three-quarter helmets. They protect the lower region of the face with a mouth/chin guard.
Most helmets are made from polycarbonate, fiberglass composite, EPS (compressed foam), or carbon fiber. Motorcyclists should measure their head circumference before shopping for a helmet. Proper measurements will ensure the right size and fit. Riders should choose a style that fits their needs and comfort level.
Buy Additional Riding Gear
A leather jacket and a helmet are not the only items a motorcyclist needs to stay safe. Gloves and riding boots are also essential. Gloves protect hands from callouses and sores. Waterproof gloves are ideal for everyday riding. Riding boots protect feet and ankles from the different weather elements. Leather riding boots work best during the fall. They range from knee to ankle-length with other protective features, such as thick soles and extra padding.
Obeying the Rules of the Road
Check the forecast prior to going on a ride. Inclement weather may mean it is best to schedule a trip for another day. Motorcyclists that want to sightsee should travel on backcountry roads and pull over to view the scenery. Gazing at the sights while riding is dangerous and leads to accidents. Pulling over to the side of the road will prevent collisions.
Motorcyclists should always obey traffic safety rules. That means stopping at stop signs, signaling to switch lanes, and riding at the same speed as moving traffic. Motorcyclists that travel in groups should plan accordingly. Slower bikers should ride in the front or middle of the pack to keep the group at the same speed and pace. Certain helmets have Bluetooth capabilities that allow bikers to communicate with each other. A pack of riders should invest in specialty Bluetooth helmets to stay connected.
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