Saturday, July 7, 2012

Motorcycle Safety

I saw a post on Motoress recently touting an online motorcycle safety training course. It's a cool idea, but I wonder how many folks will actually pay the CAD$34.95 to partake?

As is often the case with Web sites, Motoress sucked me in. They really have lots of good stuff. Like this article on push steering. Which, by the way, I think is a much better and more descriptive phrase than counter steering. Don't understand what I am talking about? Follow that link!

Actually, the article that led me to the one on push steering was Five Motorcycle Riding Skills Best Kept At Hand. It may seem a bit rudimentary. But those really are five things every rider should master. It's worth a read, even for those who have been riding for a while, because it's a great reminder as to the importance of certain techniques.

I really should read Motoress more. It's a great resource.

One can never read enough about motorcycle safety.

Which reminds me... the guys at NWXplore shared a video the other day in a post aptly titled, "Scary U-turn Almost Kills Motorcyclist."

It was shot with a helmet cam. A non-rider might think, "Why's the picture going from side-to-side so much?" While a rider like me thinks, "That guy does a great job of scanning."

What's scanning? Always being aware of what's around you and/or coming at you from not just in front of you, but from behind you and on both sides.

It's no secret that people don't always see motorcyclists. But some drivers are just plain careless. Like the bimbo in the video who tried to explain her way out of the situation by saying, "There was a blind spot..."

If she couldn't see the whole road, she should have taken the time to maneuver into a position that would have allowed her to see. Her laziness and lack of foresight could easily have killed this guy. A guy you just have to admire not just for his alertness, but also for not cussing the douchebag out and/or kicking a huge dent into the side of her car to serve as a reminder.

"Ride like you're invisible." A great piece of advice to end a post featuring that valuable learning video.


SonjaM said...

Thanks for the links. Motoress is a great source for riders.

Trobairitz said...

A great reminder to always be on the lookout.

A motorcyclist died in Southern Oregon yesterday morning because he didn't see/stop for a deer on the side of the road. Deer jumped into road and that was it. Luckily the rider behind him was able to stop in time.

Always scan and anticipate. I agree we need to ride like we are invisible and always assume that deer will run into the road or that car will turn left in front of us.

Dar said...

I love motoress & visit her site quite a bit. The NWexplore video is scary stuff & he handled the situation perfectly. Today I had the privilege taking a learner driver out in her car, & had her shoulder checking and looking for motorcycles & bicycles.