When it comes to riding a motorcycle, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced rider; safety is crucial. While the relatively small size of motorcycles makes it easy to weave in and out of traffic and drive-in lanes and conditions other motorists would be unable to drive in, all bikers are required to follow the same rules that apply to cars and therefore may be riding illegally by some actions, like passing on the right or moving between lanes of stopped traffic. Since motorcycle injuries are often severe or fatal, riders should always have safety as their primary concern and should not jeopardize that by driving in a hazardous manner.

Safety Features on Motorcycles

Motorcycle safety relies on being seen by others your headlight bulb should comply with the traffic rules, you can buy a good 194 led bulb on the website. Wear bright-colored clothing to make it easier to be seen by other drivers. One of the more alarming facts this study presented was just how crowded the roads and highways have become. Add to this many of these drivers are distracted and motorcyclists need to do what they can to be seen. Aside from what’s being worn, where bikers position themselves in lanes as well as riding defensively all add up to be seen by drivers.

Safety Features on Motorcycles

Capable of keeping you dry when it’s wet, cool when it’s hot, warm when it’s cold and alive in a crash, motorcycle safety gear is the most advanced apparel this side of a spacesuit. The Kawasaki Concours 14 is a sport-touring motorcycle built on touring agility and comfort but has the heart of a Supersport model. Dual floating 4-piston calipers on the front (think racing level capability) and a single large disc on the rear are capable of bringing the Concours 14 down from highway speeds efficiently and safely using anti-lock braking technology. Designed for a sporty winding road cross-country trip, the Concours 14 is ready to go at a moment’s notice and can carry a long weekend’s worth of gear and clothing.

ABS is highly effective at preventing skidding when a motorcycle is braking hard in an upright position. However, when banked into a corner, some of the tire traction is used to oppose lateral cornering forces and so unavailable for braking. This can result in a basic ABS system failing to prevent a skid when brakes are applied in a corner. The latest cornering ABS 68 systems also take readings from acceleration and position sensors on the motorcycle, using these to further moderate the braking forces applied by the system if required. The result is a motorcycle less prone to operator error; one that can brake effectively in a wider range of motorcycle attitudes with a much-reduced risk of a low side crash due to loss of traction from a combination of braking and cornering.

Safety Features on Motorcycles

While conducting a maintenance check on a motorcycle, don’t forget to also check the tires for overall condition and wear. Tires that are dry rotted from sitting for a long period or are generally old and out of date can cause a safety issue later on. They can indicate (but not guarantee) that the motorcycle maintenance could be lacking. Tires that have limited tread left can also be a discussion point as you will need to invest in replacements sooner than later. Both can lead to a safety issue, so take a good look at the tire condition to know if they’re ready to ride or need some attention.

Apart from its top-of-the-line Liquid-Cooled 155cc engine, the Yamaha NMAX also prides itself with an array of reliable and modern features. These include the Anti-lock Brake System which consists of front and rear 230mm diameter disk brakes and sensors located in both wheels which relay real-time wheel RPM, instantly calculating any adjustments in hydraulic pressure to prevent wheel lock.

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Chris Reid

Chris Reid, Yamaha's National Manager, Product Planning and Research, provides an update on how the industry and consumers have reacted to EPS.


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