Most motorcyclists are aware of the need for safety when riding their bikes on the road or trail. Wearing helmets and protective gear, keeping the bike in good working order, and paying attention to the road can all improve safety. But you can also improve your motorcycle safety in Maryland before you ever take your first ride. Here are some tips for choosing a motorcycle that can improve your safety and comfort, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Buy a bike with as much power as you need, but not too much to handle safely. Smaller bikes may not have the power and speed you need, especially if you’re planning to ride long distances. The larger a motorcycle gets, however, the heavier it is and the harder it is to pick up if it falls.
- Buy a bike that fits where you plan to ride it. Trail bikes are especially designed for trails, while highway bikes have features to adapt them to the highway. Matching a bike to its intended environment will improve safety. If you plan to do an equal amount of trail and highway riding, choose a bike designed for both.
- Buy a bike that fits your body. You should be able to sit comfortably on the bike and reach the grips and foot pedals without straining. Controls should be within easy reach and not require you to take your eyes from the road in order to find them. If you have to strain, have the bike adjusted or choose a different one.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering which Maryland laws apply to your situation and what you can do to help yourself and your family during this trying time. At Alpert Schreyer, our Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys can answer these questions and help you get the compensation you need to recover. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (844) 632-7274.