Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

It is undeniable that a good number of road accidents today are due to motorcycles. Some riders and their passengers are fortunate to be spared, yet some are injured, but worst, there are those who died. It is a sad reality on road accidents. Actually, every motorcycle accident can be prevented and avoided. People just have to follow the following motorcycle safety tips.

Motorcycle safety tip #1: Check bike before the ride. Before riding a motorcycle, always check its tires, wheels, the pressure, and possible damages and debris. Ensure also that the levers, lights, and turn signals are all properly functioning.

Motorcycle safety tip #2: Wear a good helmet: Through helmets, head injuries are prevented in 67% of the crashes and 29% in deaths. A helmet must meet the safety standards. It should also be a full-face helmet with face shield to fully protect the eyes and face of a person. Do not buy just any helmet, even used helmets that meet the standards. It may be brittle already, and it will not be a good protective gear anymore.

Motorcycle safety tip #3: Wear protective clothing intended for motorcycle riders. It can provide protection in cases of crashes. It may also serve as a shield from changing weather conditions and flying debris. Wear the clothing in layers. Never ride a bike wearing lightweight pants or shorts.

Motorcycle safety tip #4: Avoid drinking when riding. As with any other vehicles, it is actually a universal rule not to drink when driving, or vice versa. Alcohol impedes a person’s judgment, making him unable to drive safely.

Motorcycle safety tip #5: Stay alert. Look ahead on the road but check each mirror as well for cars behind. Anticipate car movements when crossing the road.

Motorcycle safety tip #6: Be visible. As much as possible, always wear bright and reflective clothing. Wear a reflective vest or add a reflective material to the clothing and helmet. Keep headlight on especially at night. Riders should go to lanes where other drivers can see them.

Motorcycle safety tip #7: Follow rules on the road. Before anyone obtains a driver’s license, he should know first the rules on the road. If they follow the rules, accidents can be avoided.

Motorcycle safety tip #8: Watch out for hazardous road and weather conditions. Not every road has the same surface texture. There can be railroad tracks, bridge grates, and potholes. There are also unexpected events that may affect the road surfaces such as fluid or oil spills, poured out gravels and sands, rains, and wind storms. Drive at the right speed and never hurry when passing on roads like those mentioned.

Motorcycle safety tip #9:
Ride on proper positions on the road. Do not ride between the lanes. It may be wide enough but it can lead to accidents. Do not also share lane spaces with another vehicle. Avoid tailgating as well. Always keep distant from the vehicle in front.

Motorcycle safety tip #10: Take it easy on the curves. Several crashes happen on road curves. Always watch the road ahead and slow down when passing on these roads so as to avoid overshooting and crashes on the road.

Motorcycle safety tip #11:
Take care of fuel. Do not ride on the motorcycle gassing up when gasoline is being filled in the gas tank. Be careful and avoid spillage and overfill. Also, avoid placement and spillage of hot exhaust on the gasoline because the gasoline can ignite.

Motorcycle safety tip #12:
Brake properly. Equally apply brakes both on the front and the rear. Additional braking time is needed when a rider is fully loaded with gear. Sudden braking can also cause leg stiffening on the pegs.

Observing the tips above does not guarantee 100% prevention of motorcycle accidents. Just follow the above tips on motorcycle safety and everyone will be less likely at risk of any road accidents. Basically, riders should drive defensively but with caution.

Orance County Choppers

Established as a business in 1999, the shop grew out of Orange County Ironworks, a steel fabrication enterprise founded nearly 30 years ago by custom-chopper builder and rider Paul Teutul Sr. OCC jumped on the custom-bike scene at Daytona Biketoberfest 1999 with “True Blue,” a classic chopper built in the basement of Paul Sr.’s house.

Orange County Choppers

Other signature bikes soon followed, including the Spider Bike, purchased by musician Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, and the Jet Bike. Built to honor U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, the Jet Bike was featured in the original American Chopper that aired on Discovery Channel in September 2002. Their popularity has led them to build custom theme bikes for some of the biggest names in corporate America such as Microsoft, Lincoln and Coca-Cola. Today, Orange County Choppers is regarded as one of the world’s premier builders of custom motorcycles.

Today, Orange County Choppers has garnered worldwide praise and recognition for their custom motorcycles. In 2002, for example, OCC was recognized by American Iron as one of the world’s top 12 builders; likewise, OCC will be among 19 other top builders profiled in the forthcoming book Haute Motor: The Art of the Chopper (November 2003). OCC bikes have also been featured on numerous magazine covers including American Iron, Freeway (France), Norsk Biker Journal (Norway) and Street Chopper. And the Spider Bike was one of three bikes chosen in the world-class competition at the Rats Hole Custom Show in Daytona, Fla., to receive an “all expenses paid” trip to Germany, the site of one of the biggest auto/bike shows in the world.

It’s a garage that’s come far in only four short years. Just wait to see what comes next.

Orange County Choppers at a Glance
Founder: Paul Teutul Sr.
Chief Designer/Fabricator: Paul Teutul Jr.
Established: 1999
Location: Rock Tavern, N.Y.
Employees: 20
Bikes Produced Annually: 150

Paul Sr.
The boss, and don’t you forget it.
Paul Jr.
OCC’s chief designer and fabricator of the custom bikes (as if you didn’t know).
Mikey
Phone-answerer and trash taker-outer and so much more.
Vinnie
OCC custom-bike fabricator alongside childhood friend Paul Jr.
Christian
Partner-in-crime with friend Nick on customer bikes, and pinch-hitter on theme bikes as well.

Chopper Gallery

Now that you’ve read up on a few articles, here’s a few pictures of some of the most epic choppers around. Go ahead, look at them, and have fun 😉