Your safety is your utmost priority. This is particularly true for motorcycle riders. A motorcycle is exposed to more risks than a typical vehicle. That is largely due to the absence of walls or additional protection that can minimize the impacts of a collision. As a motorcycle rider, you need to stay sharp on the road. You need to know the signs that say your motorcycle is about to crash. This will help you do something to prevent it. It can protect you and the people around you.
Your suspension is continuously shocked
You are about to crash if your suspension is shocked for a prolonged period of time. Any intervention using the brakes, throttle, or steering wouldn’t work. That’s because the traction is compromised. Factors like temperature, road surface, and tire composition can affect the longevity of traction.
The thing to note is that traction is a tricky balance. You need to be careful with your application of brakes, throttle, and steering. It is better to be gentle than to bombard your bike with aggression. It is said that the best riders have the gentlest and slowest hands.
You are driving above the speed limit
This is a no-brainer. Speed limits are imposed for a reason. They are calculated to minimize the risks of an accident. They are affected by factors like the amount of traffic or the type of terrain. Sometimes, a slippery road cannot handle a speed above the limit.
If you speed up unexpectedly, the other drivers may be surprised. The general rule is the higher the speed, the harsher the impact. Stay within the speed limit.
Your bike is behaving weirdly
Sometimes, you can exhibit all the traits of a good driver but still crash. The problem can be your bike. There are warning signs that indicate that its engines are compromised. The most common warning signs include twitching and wallowing. These signs indicate that the bike is in its critical point and is in danger of breaking down.
These signs usually emerge from aggressive handlebar maneuvers. You need to strengthen your counter-steering skills. There could also be insidious problems that a mechanic should attend to. When this happens, steer your bike towards the side of the road and park it there. Then, call a shop to have your bike towed and repaired. Do not attempt to ride a malfunctioning bike because you can crash and injure yourself.
Your corner entry speed is too fast
If you go around a corner at an unreasonably high speed, then you’re bound to crash. Your chances of crashing increases if your bike is too heavy. Most beginners crash if they enter a corner way too quickly. You have the option to slow down so that you can control the lean of your bike. another option is to tackle a wider radius as you go around a corner. After sufficient practice, you can master how your speed affects the radius of the corner.