Which of the following do you fear most?
a) Vehicle turning in front of you
b) Being rear-ended while stopped
c) Vehicle cutting into your lane
d) Losing your balance and the bike falling over
While each of these pose a very real threat. However, answer "d" that was the most common accident reported in a recent accident study. These low-speed crashes most frequently occurred as the motorcycle was coming to a stop or starring out from a stop - skills you'd think most bikers would master within the first few months of riding.
The study, known as the MSF-100, followed 100 riders over a 2-year period as they rode through five different states with bikes equipped with state-of-the-art GPS, accelerometers, high resolution cameras, machine vision lane tracers and brake/clutch lever inputs.
The study found that 18% of the riders experienced as least one crash, with 16 of the reported 22 incidents consisting of a rider falling over in a low-speed incident. While not normally associated with a fatal outcome, it's important to remember we have lost riders to this seemingly benign occurrence. Most often, a rider who is not wearing a DOT approved helmet.
To avoid "falling" to this easily avoidable crash, make use of the following tips.
1. Stop fully whenever possible and obviously when legally required. Avoid "slow-n-go's" at stop signs.
2. Practice smooth stops and starts in an empty parking lot. Be sure to include making both right and left hand turns to simulate real-world riding.
3. Work toward putting your left foot down "light as a feather" when coming to a stop. Look at each stop as on opportunity to refine your control skills.
To learn even more interesting details from the MSF-100 study, check out the companion video to our newsletter on the Snyder's Riders Facebook page. Additional tips can be found in the comment section under that video will be links to a number of YouTube tips that will help you improve those "lost arts" of starting and stopping smoothly.
While there, be sure to stop by the Snyder's Riders information booth for the latest Snyder's Swag, Snyder's Riders Contest flyers, PA Safety Class information and related goodies. All brought to you by Edgar Snyder & Associates, the sponsors brining you Snyder's Riders!
Ride Safe and SEE YOU THERE!
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