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The bike is the most vulnerable vehicle on the road. This means that a possible collision with another car or four-wheeled vehicle is unlikely not to even minor injury. A broken flash in a car, for us may mean at least bruise on the leg and a fallen bike.

Equally vulnerable are the bicycles and pedestrians, but because of their low speed, the impact of loss is usually less than the motorcycle, moving faster than anything in the urban fabric. And we do not mean that "runs" in the sense of exceeding limits, but just because it has the ability to move faster, and it does.

The simplistic interpretation of the above reality is that the motorcycle is dangerous. But the motorcycle it takes no initiative to be dangerous. Unlike today's motorcycles are much safer than the previous decades motorcycles.

The driver alone is he doing dangerous or not moving with the motorcycle. In this sense, the driver is the one who can create and safer travel conditions.

Lights (traffic lights)

The safest place in a desert traffic light  are the ends of the street, next to the sidewalk or preferably next to the separator frieze.

However, if there is even a car stopped at traffic lights, choose to move and stop near it, for safety reasons. Becoming the "shield" on our backs. Of course not cover the crossing of pedestrians. It indicates lack of culture and mind ...

Especially at night, the "shield" should not just be a habit, but fast rule. If for any reason oncoming vehicle either do not seen us or do not stop at the traffic light will fall on the vehicle behind us, our shield, which will recoup the conflict.


And here can a "shield", not only to protect us and to inform us indirectly for traffic.

If you care to cross the intersection "positioning" next to us a car or a bus to the side of the risk involved, then we have a significant and multiple collateral.

This happens because other drivers see a more massive vehicle and not a subtle silhouette of the motorcycle. And if nevertheless cause conflict, it will become with our "shield" and not with us.

We care even synchronize our movement to cross the intersection at the same time with our "shield".

Even if a car enters the intersection from the opposite current we can use it as a "shield". The fact that it has already entered the intersection gives us to understand that the cross is "clean", so we can move more confidently.

A pedestrian crossing an intersection gives us important information. If he is in a hurry, it means that  a car isapproaching. If moving light-hearted rather the intersection is free. Even if the pedestrian has not seen the oncoming vehicle, the most sensible approach is the driver have seen him and reduce the speed.

In any case, have in mind whether the driver of the "shield" will decide to turn the time you're next to the intersection. Any suspicious movement speed reduction, hand movements on the steering wheel, head movements on the mirror, sound be the alarm for us. An experienced and clever motorcyclist, can even from the physiognomy of the drivers to conclude their driving behavior.


Tips for safe driving in the rain

Anxious when driving on wet roads? There is no reason. The basic rules for driving on wet roads also apply to dry, all you have to think a little more ...

Some people really love to ride in the rain. However, there is an explanation for that. The control of the motorcycle in wet roads is for some equal or greater challenge than driving on dry roads. For others again, driving in the rain is a frightening prospect with they won't deal.

This unfortunately is not the right approach. And the secret is simple: safe driving on wet roads has no difference from driving on dry enough to drive smoothly, loose and with confidence. These three qualities are the foundation of correct driving in all circumstances. So if you feel that you have to change driving behavior when it rains so you do not feel then that is going to get an accident, then there is probably something in your driving experience to be spherical and not only when the heavens opened. The problem with today's suspension, brakes and tires is that they are so good that many basic mistakes happens to driving on dry roads. But as soon as it rains there is a limit to what can make a good set of tires, and the mishandling of the steering wheel or clumsy throttle and brake manipulation fluctuation dissolve the confidence and cause slips or even accidents.

So be calm and relaxed. Easy to say but not to do especially if the thought of driving in the rain terrifies you.


The first thing you need to configure it yourself: to drive smoothly, on dry or wet roads, you should be relaxed and flexible on the motorcycle rather than rigid and tense. Sit in the usual riding position and allow yourself to sink almost to the seat. Do not try to sit very upright, with your back straight and rigid.

Get behind the wheel without squeezing and make sure the elbows, shoulders and your neck is relaxed and free to move. Your hips should also be relaxed, and your feet on the pedals (except pressing rear brake or change gear) for better feel and control. This general looseness of the body is important in the dry, but much more in the wet road.

If the motorcycle glides, any movement will be stronger if you are adamant on it. Conversely if you stay relaxed and supple, the slips you will feel will be settled by themselves quickly and without deplorable. Easier to say than to do, but with the passage of time and experience will increase your confidence.


The best way to brake suddenly it is the same on dry and wet roads: clench, not grab. Any sudden force means attachment loss, but gradually reducing the force on the brake system may brake unexpectedly well in the rain.

Clenching progressively does not mean slow. With a little practice it is possible to gently exercise, progressive but also fast, power on the brakes. The most important part is the initial tightening at the brake lever, a lot of power and very fast braking will cause immobilization of the wheel before the fork subsided and transfers the weight to the front, where he can gain traction.


The basic mistake that many people make on the wet road is the very cautious driving. Βυ pressing on the edge cornering with a closed throttle and upright, not create hardly any centrifugal force, your tires have little grip on the road and the bike is unstable and nervous. You will end up swirling on the wet road.

Unlike riding with confidence and tranquility, and creating a centrifugal force rate, you gain grip. Once the secret is the smoothness. Any sudden load, either by steering, braking or acceleration will cause loss of traction tires, like the sudden steering with great force will result in slippage of the front system. This may has as a result a small kick or even a fall. Instead by pressing the tire on the road surface will gain traction.

In order to discharge the front tire should increase the throttle as soon as possible. We do not mean to speed into the corner, but keep one unchanged or slightly increasing speed.


The most important skill that you must have is the throttle control. Again here the secret is the smoothness. Any sudden power exercise will mean again lose grip.

What you need to do is to match the engine speed by increasing the throttle, in other words to gradually open the throttle. However, even at low revs, many sport bikes have enough torque to the wheels spins too if you open the throttle and the engine will continue to increase the speed. At best you risk leaving off course or in the worst case to highside.

The secret to properly drive on wet roads is to be calm, relaxed and look far ahead on the road. The most important thing is to enjoy your ride with the bike, after all, you are making what you like best.

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