Top 10 bad riding habits
27 August 2010 16:51
1. Irregular maintenance
Your bike will respond really well to regular checks, particularly the chain and other parts that can be easily cleaned and lubricated. It’s easy to put it off, but a weekly clean makes a big difference.
2. “Low eyes”
It’s easy to focus too hard on the road just in front of you and not look at what’s coming. The further your vision extends the better you’ll plan your lines and the smoother you’ll ride.
3. Riding right up behind cars before overtaking
It’s unsettling if a car does it to you, so don’t do it to cars. You’ll make them nervous and irritated, and if they brake suddenly you won’t be on your bike for long.
4. Filtering too fast, too often
Only when the traffic is crawling does filtering make a great difference to your journey. Don’t filter just because you can, filter when it’s safe and sensible to do so.
5. Overtaking before a junction
There are few things more dangerous than zooming past a car only to slam on the brakes because you need to stop or turn.
6. Ignoring the weather
After the rain has stopped there will still be wet patches on the road, particularly on boulevards of thick trees. Be aware of every factor that could affect road grip.
7. Revving too hard too fast
Even fuel injected bikes need time to warm up. Revving up to 11,000rpm from cold will wear and damage the components unnaturally quickly.
8. Riding like you’re on a track
You’re not. Though it’s tempting to think otherwise, roads are there to safely transport people from A to B, not to get your knee down and lift the front wheel at 140mph.
9. Thinking one check is enough
Riders often check their mirrors, wait for a vehicle to pass in the opposing lane and then overtake the car in front. There’s no reason another bike or a sports car couldn’t have appeared and started to overtake you in that time.
10. Getting too familiar
Choosing the same line on the same road every day makes you complacent, and when you do come to ride down unfamiliar roads you’ll be less sharp. Try new lines on regular roads and you’ll stay a more alert rider.