Protecting Your Motorcycle Ass

Posted on 26th March 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Motorcycle Safety - Tags:

After reading all the news reports out of Phoenix, about the eight motorcycles being rear-ended while setting at a stoplight Thursday afternoon you just have to wonder, what the hell happened there?

Obviously the driver of the dump truck is a fault here. What the hell was the distraction?

In a split second three were killed, a fourth one passed away Friday night. Four others were seriously or critically injured, and one was treated and released from the hospital.

If they all would have been packed in a cage, the end result would probably been close to the same. My thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by this tragic accident.

The investigation into the crash may take some time. I’m still shaking my head on this one. When I’m sitting at a light I try to protect my ass as much as I’m watching what’s happening in front of me.

There have been quite a few comments on some motorcycle forums today about this so I thought I’d list some motorcycle safety recommendations for protecting your ass and trying to stay alive on a motorcycle.

1) Increase your following distance. By allowing more time for you to stop, you decrease the likelihood that you will surprise the person behind you. The person behind you will definitely be surprised if you have to stop quickly, but if you can stop smoothly and gradually, then you force them to do the same.

2) Communicate your intentions. While it’s not really an option in an emergency stop situation, in everyday traffic, you can tap your brakes a couple of times to flash your brake light. People behind you are MUCH more likely to notice a flashing light than a static one. You my what to consider a brake light modulator.

3) Always have a line of escape by constantly scanning the areas all around you.

4) Be ready to swerve instead of stop. If you recognize that a rear-end impact is imminent and you have the time and wherewithal to deal with it, swerve between lanes of traffic and let them hit the car in front of you instead.

5) Don’t obsess about the person behind you. If you’re busy thinking about what’s behind you, then you’re less likely to notice what’s in front of you.

6) Never take the traffic around you for granted. Anticipate driver error.

Ride safe and watch your ass.
Motorcycle Ass