The bulk of drivers who hit a motorcyclist says the same thing: “I haven’t noticed him, I don’t know where he came from.” This should incite all bikers to wear bright clothes to be visible on the road in any weather.
Watch out for road trash
What a car driver doesn’t pay attention to, maybe the reason to kick a motorcycle from the road. The contact area of a motorcycle tire is much smaller than a car’s tire contact with the ground. That’s why the smallest stone, piece of asphalt, sand or any other trash can lead to an accident.
Watch the road line
Exactly the same tragic consequences may be resulted by a wheel getting into a pit or a corrugation. Always use your peripheral vision to analyze road surface for such defects. The slippery sections of a road can be dangerous too, for example, railway tracks, wet road markings or an asphalt pavement polished by wheels.
Avoid bad weather
Bad weather like wind, heavy rain and more pose an extreme danger to a motorcyclist. However, if you still want to travel in such circumstances, carefully twist the handlebar grip, control the brakes and the wheel so that you don’t lose the control of the bike.
In the absence of steel car body frame, you can rely only on the protective gear, which is worn like an armor. In case of a serious accident, it may be a matter of life and death.
Wear a helmet
A helmet is an essential and integral part of motorcycle gear. Statistics tell us that riders without helmets are killed in accidents 40% more than people with a protected skull. In addition, a helmet must comply with existing safety standards and should be tested in different conditions. Wearing a damaged helmet is forbidden because its protective frame has already been broken and it won’t save you in case of a crash. The minimum standard for helmets is “three quarter” or “full face”.
Use special equipment
You are advised not to wear shorts, shoes with laces or sandals when riding a bike, although 99,999% of people in Thailand ignore this rule. A rider should wear a leather or another protective jacket, pants, and boots that protect ankles. Current technologies allow making clothes that help to avoid overheating even in summer.
Protect your eyes
Use a helmet with a face shield to avoid hurting your eyes by insects and trash from under the wheels of other vehicles passing by. If you wear glasses, be sure to check whether it is comfortable for you to wear the helmet along with the glasses.
Be ready for the cold weather
When you ride at a high speed, cooling effect multiplies and exposed skin areas suffer greatly. Pay more attention to your face and neck. If you travel to Northern Thailand, please note that Cat Motors doesn’t recommend to travel on mountains after sunset without warm clothes like pants, inflatable jacket, gloves, scarf, socks, closed shoes. The temperature in mountain areas at night can drop to +10+15 degrees Celsius that carries a potential risk of hypothermia if you ride a motorbike without appropriate clothing.
A scooter or a motorcycle needs a regular service, as it is the case for cars. You can certainly do many works yourself without any problems. For example, there is no difficulty in changing filters, plugs, blown bulbs or a discharged battery (please note that you don’t need to do it if you rent a bike in Cat Motors, as our mechanics will do these works for you absolutely free of charge, since they are included in the rental price). Professionals recommend motorcyclists to check the tire pressure before every trip and always monitor the functionality of pipes, brakes, headlights, suspension, cables, etc.