Whatever you ride, make sure you take the time to completely know your motorcycle. No matter how well you understand rules of the road or riding technique, to be a truly safe rider it is also important to know your motorcycle very well. Unlike a car, a motorcycle is physically demanding of the operator. The motorcycle moves, turns and stops according to the riders skill and technique.
Not all motorcycles are the same - turning, acceleration and stopping will differ. In order to operate the motorcycle at its optimum, the rider will have to adjust and ride according to the motorcycle. It can take a long time to completely know and appreciate a motorcycle, and that is why I am not a fan of lending or borrowing bikes. Some riders like to find large, empty parking lots and run the bike through the paces of turning, stopping and other maneuvers. This is a great way to get to know the bike, and it will make you a much safer rider.
As an Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer, we are involved in investigating many serious motorcycle accidents. Even when another vehicle is at fault for an accident, knowing your motorcycle and its capabilities can help you avoid an accident or significantly reduce the impact.
Enjoy the ride and be safe.
Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.