WRR57: Motorcycle Safety Tips for Beginners

z1000Over the years we have received a lot of questions from newer riders who are either just getting into motorcycling or are maybe completely inexperienced and just looking into what it might be like to ride. One of the biggest concerns new riders have is safety – and whether it’s due to their own desire for self-preservation or perhaps an overprotective spouse or parent, new riders need answers: just how dangerous is it to ride a motorcycle?

Well, certainly there is risk. Anyone who rides can tell you that. You are much more vulnerable on a motorcycle, fully exposed, versus a car with crumple zones, seat belts, and airbags. It’s also a lot harder for other drivers to see a motorcycle, we are physically much smaller than the other cars and trucks on the road. And that’s why you should always ride like you’re invisible. In fact, that point is so important we made a whole video dedicated to the concept. But it bears repeating here: One of the best things you can do for your safety while riding a motorcycle is to act like everyone else on the road has no idea that you are there. Assume they will merge into you, or pull out in front of you, because eventually – they will. If you are mentally prepared to deal with it you’ll have much greater chances of avoiding a collision or laying the bike down in a panic.

Another challenge new riders face, besides just learning the muscle memory of clutch, shift, throttle, brake – is the actual weight of the bike. Most new riders will drop their bike at least once. That’s because even a small bike, at 300lbs, is a lot of weight to hold up, and once you get past a certain tipping point, it’s just going to go over, with or without you. Knowing this, it’s important to carefully plan where you stop. Many intersections have depressions from the tires of cars and trucks, with a crown in the middle. You’ll want to avoid the middle for a few reasons, one is the oil that builds up in this area, slippery ground makes for bad footing and bad traction. The other is you may not even be able to reach the ground in some cases, especially if you already have a good reach to the ground due to leg length and seat height. So stay in the car tire tracks, you’ll be much more stable. Along those same lines, be very careful on slopes, especially steep driveways or parking lots. If you get sideways on a hill and start to tip towards the downhill side, many times there’s nothing you can do to stop it – by the time your foot reaches the ground it’s just too late – so plan ahead.zrxwheeeeelie

Lastly you need to wear the proper gear for riding. Sure this may seem like an extra big expense, especially if you just went through buying your first bike. But really, you should have factored in your motorcycle gear right along with the cost of the bike itself – yes, it’s that important.
A good helmet may seem obvious, but don’t neglect the rest of your body: dress for the crash, not the ride. Having said that, buy gear that is comfortable for your body and climate, gear that you’ll actually wear – it does you no good if it’s sitting at home in a closet. And going back to dropping the bike – wear proper motorcycle boots. If you wear boots or riding shoes with laces, make SURE the laces are tucked away so they can’t be snagged on the bike. It’s happened to me, it could very well happen to you too.

We hope you have found this article and video helpful. If you are a newer rider or a very experienced rider, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any other tips to share or questions about riding – leave them in the comments below.

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WRR56: Riding the BMW S1000R

20140705_094449I have thrown my leg over a bike or two, be it cruisers, dual sports, dirt bikes, or supersports.  I love all types of bikes, but every once in a while I hop on one and instantly feel at home.  The bike just fits.  Instant confidence is not something that usually happens on any motorcycle.  There’s always some amount of time devoted to getting to know each other – but with the BMW S1000R, we can skip straight to the wedding.  Yes, I love this bike that much.

This weekly ride is brought to you courtesy of my good friend John.  John showed up to our Cinco de Mayo party, walked around back and said “hey, you might want to come out front and see this.”  I knew it was going to be good – and it was.  A bright red, brand new BMW S1000R.  At the time it was actually the very first one I had seen in person.  Of course I had heard all the hype around the new mostly naked BMW sport bike, but wow – in person this bike really does live up to it all.  We agreed that after the first break in service was done we would chisel out some time to go for a ride. photo 20140705_133759.jpg
That ride came on the Fourth of July weekend, when we both finally had a little gap in our crazy work schedules.  We met up at Cars and Coffee in Charlotte, checked out some cool cars, then after a short while hit the road towards the mountains.  We made it all the way up to a nice scenic overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and John handed me the keys and said “have fun.”   You don’t have to tell me twice!
Where to begin… the first thing you notice when getting on the S1000R is the light weight when you lift it off the side stand.  This bike is a feather compared to my ZRX, weighing under 460 pounds (my ZRX is about 515).  Mate that light weight body to a powerhouse engine pumping out 160hp and 83 ft-lbs of torque, mix in dynamic stability control and an electronic quick-shifter and you have a recipe for awesomesauce.
 photo IMG_20140705_162348.jpgThe BMW S1000R has wheelie control, traction control, ABS, electronically adjustable suspension, a steering damper, etc etc.. the list goes on.  It’s a complicated bike – if you pay attention to all those switches on the grips and the display.  As geeked out as I was about all those gizmos, this bike is just a fantastic RIDING machine.
Never have I felt so at home and confident when first hopping on a bike.  It’s just a great, great machine.  Powerful, precise – and dare I say, as close to the perfect sport-street bike as I have ever ridden.  Does that sound like a bit much?  Well, watch the video below and you can decide for yourself!
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