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Top safety tips for motorcycle beginners

Easy to park, fuel efficient and exhilarating to ride are just some of the reasons motorcycle aficionados are devoted to this mode of transport.

But whether it’s the wind in their hair or the convenience of travel, all riders need to ensure safety remains top of mind for each and every ride.

Three-time World Superbike Champion, DesmoSport Ducati co-manager and QBE ambassador, Troy Bayliss, is a passionate advocate for safety on the road, especially for beginner riders. Here are his top three tips to stay safe on the roads.

1. Check your motorcycle frequently

“It’s very easy to overlook the importance of ensuring the fundamental parts of your motorcycle are working properly,” says Bayliss.

Before riding, make sure all the mechanical basics are working. Check tyre pressure, nuts and bolts and handlebars and service your motorcycle frequently.

“I’ve seen many new riders taking to the track without properly inspecting their bike and it makes a big difference to performance and safety. Many will eventually run their motorcycle into the ground without the correct maintenance,” Bayliss says.

2. Wear the right gear

Never wear t-shirts, shorts, skirts or open shoes while riding a motorcycle.

Instead, wear gear that protects from wind and flying debris, says Bayliss. Most importantly wear clothing that can give some protection in the case of falling off, or being involved in an accident.

Helmets are non-negotiable, Bayliss says.

“Helmets must be worn by law at all times. And for those motorcyclists going for just short cruises, they should also consider goggles or at least ride with the helmet visor down. Full pants, jacket and protective closed shoes, like work boots are needed for the short journeys too,” he says.

“If you’re doubling with a partner, make sure they’re correctly dressed too. Be prepared by always warning people exactly what they need to wear before picking them up.”

3. Take extra care in numbers

Long motorcycle rides in groups of three or more can be great fun, but also dangerous.

“Riding in packs can often lead to the less experienced riders attempting to keep up with the rest,” he explains.

“This can be risky because it can mean riders speed and become distracted from their surroundings as their focus is only on their friends, rather than the road or other drivers in vehicles.” 

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