When you are riding a bullet-bike in the Las Vegas area, you want to be able to enjoy the joy of the road while traveling at faster speeds on highways through the desert. At the same time, you want to be sure that you are taking precautions to avoid getting hurt in an accident. Is it possible to drive a bullet-bike fast while driving safely?
Motorcycle safety is complicated, and it is important to know how to get the most out of your bike and the time you get to spend riding it. We want to say more about riding safely while going as fast as you can, and to provide some tips for safe biking no matter where your motorcycle takes you.
Knowing How to Handle Your Bike: Driving Fast Does Not Mean Riding Aggressively
An article in Cycle World discusses the common motorcycle phrase “slow in, fast out,” emphasizing that many bikers do not always know what the saying means or how to make it work for them. The key to riding a bike safely is to practice turns and to know how to handle your bike. If you do not have a good sense of how your motorcycle handles turns or how to approach a turn, then driving fast will never be safe.
In short, driving fast does not have to mean riding aggressively. And if you want to stay safe and to avoid causing a collision, driving fast should never be synonymous with aggressive driving. At the same time, it is important to recognize that you can ride your bike at higher speeds without being an aggressive driver. When you are approaching a turn, it is essential to slow down and to wait to accelerate. The nose of your bike should always be pointing in the direction that you want to travel before you accelerate. When you are on a straight stretch of road, keeping your bike pointed straight in front of you is the best time to speed up and to enjoy the open highway.
Tips for Riding Fast and Safely
To be clear, riding fast can be safe as long as you have the skills and experience necessary to avoid an accident, and as long as you avoid aggressive driving. A tip sheet from Driving Life recommends the following tips for any motorcyclists who want to become faster and safer riders:
- Keep your bike properly maintained: One of the most important ways of being a faster yet safe rider is making sure that your bike is in its best condition. This means ensuring that your motorcycle is maintained on a regular basis, that you regularly replace your tires, and that you frequently have your brake pads and fluids checked. Your fluids should always be clear, and whenever there is a leak, it is essential to get it checked out by a mechanic right away. You should also have a mechanic investigate any unexpected noises or vibrations. You cannot drive quickly and safely if your bike does not receive regular maintenance.
- Know the proper position for riding fast and staying safe: You cannot drive fast and stay safe if you do not assume the proper position on your motorcycle. You should grip the handlebars firmly (but not too firmly), and you should keep your legs relaxed. The only place where your body should feel tight is where you are squeezing your knees against the bike’s gas tank. By keeping your upper body loose, you will have an easier time steering the bike in the direction you want to go.
- Do not travel at speeds beyond your comfort level: Going fast does not have to mean speeding, or traveling at speeds beyond your skill or comfort level. It is essential to know your own limits, and to practice riding techniques. Remember that you are not in a race, and the focus of your ride should be enjoying your bike rather than driving as fast as you can. As the tip sheet underscores, “speed is a byproduct” and not a goal for the best motorcyclists.
- Do not get competitive with other riders: In reminding yourself of your own comfort level and traveling only at speeds that make you feel safe, it is extremely important to avoid getting competitive with other riders. Competition on the highway can be dangerous and deadly.
- Plan for approaching corners: You should “let the corner come to you” instead of attempting to “attack or dominate a corner.” In other words, approach corners slowly, and do not accelerate until you are ready to do so.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) emphasizes that motorcycle accidents are on the rise, and nearly 5,300 people suffered fatal injuries in motorcycle crashes in 2016. Do not let speed become a goal. Instead, learn to drive fast while staying safe on your bike.