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Here are some very basic riding tips to ensure you become a good road user and not become a threat for others inside cities…

There are certain very basic pointers that any rider should keep in mind before taking his motorcycle or scooter for a ride inside cities. Sometimes in haste and many a times due to pre-occupied minds we often neglect a few or all of these pointers and hit the roads making ourselves as well as the fellow road users in potential danger…

We are listing them down just to make you cautious..

Basic Riding Tips in Cities

  • First of all ensure to remove your side stand before starting the bike.
  • Never ride your bike when you are angry or frustrated with something/someone.
  • Do NOT try to overtake in corners or sharp bends. And before making up your mind for any maneuvers, make sure you overtake from the right side ALWAYS so that the driver can spot you easily.
  • Do not brake hard or use your front disc brakes heavily when you ride on a fine layer of sand or debris near the edges of the road. These lose particles, often, prove to be the worst enemy for bikers and cause most accidents especially in cities.
  • Don’t panic and lock your wheels when you suddenly encounter a Speed Bump. If you have time you can downshift to reduce speeds, if not, then calmly apply your front brake first and gradually your rear brake.
  • Always make sure you use your L/R indicator while turning to either of the sides about 30 meters ahead of your turn. This will ensure your intent is noticed by the motorists following you and you do not get hit by any vehicle. Also, before changing lanes for the turn, ensure you take a good look in your rear view mirrors.
basic riding tips
Always wear a good quality helmet and remember with a pillion the motorcycle behaves differently…

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  • Never follow Heavy vehicles or Cars (tailgating) very closely because a big part of your view is blocked by their size and if and when they brake hard you will have less or no time to react.
  • Do note that with a pillion, the bike behaves different in acceleration and braking. Be wary of this and calculate your moves accordingly before you overtake other vehicles.
  • The most important thing you have to do is to believe in you that you can stop your bike at proper time no matter what may come.
  • And finally, ride with proper riding gear especially a good quality helmet (buy helmets online) with straps fastened at ALL TIMES!

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In short, be sensible, ride safe and enjoy your ride. Remember, after all, people are waiting for all of us back home.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t agree with Tip No. 5: “pull the clutch and apply your front brake first and gradually your rear brake”

    If there is loose soil, gravel on the road.. it will be a spit second when the front wheels will lock and the rider will be on the ground. Pulling in the clutch does not allow for ENGINE BRAKING.

    • IMO Engine Braking is of very less importance when a bike is equipped with disk brakes.. Tip5 is controversial, but not completely untrue.. Important thing is not to panic.. It makes our decisions more effective.. Plus pulling clutch during braking reduces much much stress on an engine.. Gravel thing is completely out of Tip5 league.. Nothing can help you when there is gravel\loose soil just before a huge bump.. In case of a small to medium bump, one can do without braking and crossing the bumps in the same speed.. Nothing worse can happen than a small jerk or unsettling..

  2. point 4 is very true for me.
    i feel less control over bike on road side sands.
    plz show more light on this matter.
    to get full control what to do.
    slow down./ speeding up or what.?

  3. wawwwww nice tips pls give more tips bcoz am so young to ride bike just i got bike licence please give tips all guys
    thanks am kamar

  4. in my experience
    never be eager to overtake when some one gives u chance in city(especially if a truck or auto suddenly moves).
    watch carefully what is der in front.
    please don’t come in wrong way(especially during signals).

  5. One best thing is to “Always expect the worst to happen”. Think the one’s driving around you going to turn abruptly any time without signalling, going to stop suddenly and any vehicle might cross the road without any concern for us. So we will be more vigilant and make precautions before any mishaps.

    Please don’t involve yourself with any showdown of superiority in biking with any one on the road. In simple words don’t race, be a gentleman and just let go any throttle happy idiot who is asking for it.

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