Staying Safe While Riding Your Motorcycle in the Summer

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It’s no secret that Colorado has unparalleled natural beauty, from the sprawling grasslands to the distant peaks. And when the temperature starts to rise, people flock from across the country to take a tour of Colorado’s scenery. As Attorneys Who Ride, the Metier Law Firm welcomes any and all who wish to enjoy the sights, but you should take a look at this list of safety tips before you make the trip to the Centennial State.

Here are our tips for how to stay safe and enjoy your Colorado trip this summer.

  • Make sure you have the right gear for the weather, as well as for safety. Since it can get pretty hot out there, especially under motorcycle gear, look into ventilated hot weather gear.
  • Perform a thorough inspection of your bike. If it has been a while since you rode, you will want to do everything you can to make sure it is in good shape before you hop on the saddle. It only takes a split second for a malfunction to cause a serious accident, so give your bike a top-to-bottom inspection. Check your tire pressure, check your oil, pump the brakes and flash all the lights. Make sure your tires aren’t worn down or uneven. While an inspection might not prevent every mishap, it is still a good idea to do one every time you ride.
  • Practice defensive riding. It can be tempting to just let loose and feel the wind on your skin, but you must remain vigilant to what is happening around you and ahead of you, especially when traffic is involved. Motorcycles are relatively hard to see, especially at highway speeds or when in a blind spot. To make sure you don’t get hit, leave ample space between yourself and other vehicles. Don’t change lanes too fast or drive erratically. Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Check the weather forecast! In the summer, days can go from 90 degrees and sunny to stormy very quick. If you are visiting somewhere unfamiliar, this is doubly important. You don’t want to find yourself on strange roads in thunderstorms or hail.

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