The BikerTek range of parts carries a serious message.
Each one is precision-engineered and made to last. But on closer inspection all is not what it might seem. Come and find out for yourself as we tour motorcycle events and venues this summer.
Meet the experienced bikers on our stand. We‘d love to chat about the enjoyment,
the thrill and riding safely too.
The statistics show that cornering, overtaking, speeding and fatigue are the four most common causes of serious motorcycling accidents.
So, we’ve put together a few safe riding tips to keep you and your bike safely on the road.
Read the road ahead. Ride at a speed that leaves you enough time to react round a corner.
- Get into the right position to see and be seen, as early as it’s safe to do so.
- Get the speed right. Slow down if you need to by easing off the throttle and/or braking. Use both brakes as it keeps the bike more stable. Select the correct gear for your speed.
- Look through the bend. Keep an eye out for hazards such as nearside debris or emerging vehicles.
- Then as you exit the corner, open up the right amount of acceleration to leave the bend safely.
Unless it’s 100% safe to overtake, and without speeding, don’t do it.
- Be aware of the road markings – don’t cross solid white lines.
- Look ahead and make sure you can pass with consideration for other road users.
- Before overtaking, make sure you can get back to your side of the road in plenty of time, taking into account your speed, the speed of the vehicle you want to overtake and the speed of any oncoming vehicles.
Most accidents involve speeding. Manage your speed according to the road, weather conditions and traffic.
- It’s easy to go over the speed limit when you’re riding. Keep an eye on your speed and ease off when you need to.
- Remember, there’s always a reason for the speed limit. And it shows the maximum you should ride at.
- Sometimes you need to go slower, taking into account things like the weather, congestion, the type of road and the angles of corners.
Take regular breaks to avoid riding tired.
- Motorcycling can be tiring. Not only physically tiring, but with the concentration needed to ride safe, mentally too.
- Fatigue doesn’t just happen. It often starts with a lack of attention and feeling fidgety. This can then lead to long periods of poor concentration and poor decision making – all pretty dangerous when you’re riding at speed.
- Just getting off the bike, stretching your legs or having a drink now and again helps regain concentration levels. It allows the blood to recirculate (which may have slowed during longer periods of riding) and gives you a chance to re-hydrate and prevents muscle fatigue.
Advanced rider training
If you would like to find out how you could be a better biker there are a range of advanced riding courses run by the emergency services, Institute of Advanced Motorists and safety organisation RoSPA. Check out the details below for an opportunity near you.
As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it’s usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.
Many clubs and groups discuss the need for training riders to deal with a crashed biker. Injured motorcyclists need to be dealt with in a specific manner by a first aider due to the type of injuries they may have suffered and issues around removing their helmet.
Advanced Rider Course
Master the open road with an Advanced Rider Course and take your love for riding to another level.
Appreciate your motorcycle’s full capacity and learn new skills and techniques with IAM RoadSmart’s DVSA Quality Assured course. Its qualified riding experts will get you to an advanced level and will help you reach your personal goal.