Riding a motorscooter down an open country road can be the most enjoyable experience ever. Yet, it can be very dangerous if you don’t know most of the safety maneuvers that you could use to get out of a tricky situation with minimal damage. To help you with that, we have come up with a list of safety tricks that you might not have heard of before. Let’s take a look!
Use the rear brake when moving around heavy traffic If you have to get around heavy traffic in the urban area, the best thing you can do to keep your balance is to slightly drag the back brake when you accelerate and decelerate. The back brake isn’t going to harm your steering, as you still have full control over the handle as the front wheel remains untouched. On the other hand, the back wheel only helps with the balance, and by dragging it back, you will have more control when it comes to an abrupt stop. It can also increase the longevity of the brakes as well, as they won’t have to take on a lot of pressure every time you have to make a stop. To do this, you simply need to squeeze very gently on the back brake lever to feel slight friction when you’re shifting from a complete stop to accelerating. Give your bike some gas when downshifting You need to consider that the engine will try to match the speed of the rotation of the tires. When you’re downshifting, you have to make sure that you do it at correctly to prevent the rear tire from locking up due to the compression in the engine. A locked rear tire can be a problem when you’re coming into a corner because if the wheels aren’t rotating at the same speed, there will be a problem with your traction. It could send you skidding on the road surface, and that’s not something you want to have happen. To prevent this problem, you simply have to rev up the engine as you downshifting into a corner. By giving the engine some gas, it will help to allow it to keep up with the pace of the rear wheel. When you’re downshifting, hold the clutch with two fingers and give the throttle a slight blip to rev up the engine then let go of the clutch. Simple enough, right? Use the rear brake when you’re turning a corner You will be surprised how many people just cruise into a corner without tapping the breaks at all. Not only does this increases the chance of skidding, but you will also have no control over your bike if you have to dodge an obstacle around the corner. The risk of a collision is increased significantly if you don’t hit the brake when you’re cornering, as you won’t have as much control or vision over your bike in this situation. Many riders say that it slows them down too much, but that’s mostly because they don’t know how to do it correctly. If you use the front brake when you come into a corner, it will hinder both your ability to control the bike and how much speed you can produce. On the other hand, if you use the rear brake instead, it will give you a slight friction that keeps your pace in control as you enter the corner. You can release the brake lever once you’re inside the turn and give your bike a throttle, making it possible for you to enjoy both the speed and control over your bike without sacrificing any safety. Pay attention to the grip When you’re riding, you have to be aware of how much grip the vehicle has on the road. Leaning and braking require the bike to have a certain level of grip, and if you don’t pay attention to how your bike feels when you’re braking or leaning, you might be headed for a crash. Make sure you don’t squeeze violently on the brakes when you’re leaning into a corner, as that will exceed the grip limit and cause you to lose control of your bike.
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