Group Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

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For female motorcycle riders, there’s nothing better than hitting the open road with a group of your friends. However group trips can be a little crazy, so maintaining some rules of the road to follow is critical. That’s why we’re posting this list of group motorcycle riding safety tips for you.

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Moving into a single file line while going around curves or in poor visibility is a standard practice for safe group riding.

Riding in a group is fun, but you will want to observe a couple general rules to make sure that all riders are safe and stay within the group.

10 Group Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

Keeping that in mind, below you will find 10 top tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the American Motorcyclists Association that will help ensure a group ride is a safe one.

  1. Prior to hitting the road, riders should have a meeting to clarify the route and where you’re going to be stopping to get fuel and where you will be getting something to eat.
  2. Discuss the basic hand signals that will be used. There’s not much worse than trying to scream, “I’m on fumes. Let’s stop to get some gas!” at 65 MPH and through a helmet.
  3. Ensure your bike is in great shape and the gas tank is full. You don’t want to be the woman that derails a long trip before you even get 3 miles down the road.
  4. Elect someone to be a lead rider. She should have a lot of experience, be good with directions and be aware of the skill level of each rider in the group.
  5. Pick someone to be a chase rider to bring up the rear and make sure people aren’t falling too far behind.
  6. Avoid riding side by side. Instead, stagger yourselves within a lane. That provides you with enough room to swerve around and avoid any hazards or obstacles.
  7. Whenever approaching sharp turns or during poor visibility, switch to single file.
  8. Remain a minimum of two seconds behind the rider in front of you. If the event of bad weather or rough road, increase the distance even more.
  9. While riding, don’t become locked in on the bike in front of you. (That’s particularly easy to do on longer trips.) Instead, keep your eyes on the road and remember your training.
  10. When the time comes to park, attempt to get all riders off the road as fast and safely as possible. And wherever you stop, ensure there’s enough room for the whole group. It’s a pain to attempt cramming 50 bikes into the parking lot of a tiny diner.
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Discussing hand signals and the route is a key to a safe and successful motorcycle group ride.

Riding in a group is about communication and teamwork, so pay attention to the rules and everyone will be able to safely enjoy the ride.

Got any group motorcycle riding tips that you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments below.

Make The Most Of Fall Motorcycle Rides

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The fall season gives you the chance to  enjoy amazing rides on your motorcycle. The roads are peppered with breath-taking colors as the leaves change, ranging from green to bright oranges and reds. Some of the best roads to ride are done so in the fall. The beautiful array of colors and the smells of fall, make for an amazing experience for your fall motorcycle rides.

However there are dangers which are specifically characteristic to this time of year. Here are tips make the most of fall motorcycle rides to ensure a safe and beautiful experience!

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Riding in fall’s conditions can be a bit of a challenge however, with good planning and preparation your fall motorcycle rides are sure to be pleasant and very fulfilling.

Fall Motorcycle Ride Tips

        Plan your route to take advantage of daylight hours. Increase the amount of time, more than you would normally to do same route during summer months. Because of the colder conditions of riding in the fall, you’ll probably need to plan for more stops to warm up more frequently. You’ll also reduce your speed because of more slippery road conditions.
        Pick the best day based on the weather forecast to take your ride when you can.
      • CHECK YOUR MOTORCYCLE BATTERY: Make sure to charge up your motorcycle battery the night before to ensure a full charge for your ride. Colder weather makes your battery work more and can lose its charge faster than under normal dry warm conditions.
      • CHECK YOUR TIRES: Because of colder nights and cooler temperatures, your motorcycle tire pressure might appear low. Check your tire pressure for accuracy and inflate them to the proper levels while also checking the tread. Often at the end of riding season tires are worn out. During fall and winter weather rides, tread and grip are extremely important and necessary to ensure full grip.
      • COLD TIRES: Your tires will take longer to warm up during colder temperature days. Your tires will likely not warm to the point you’re used to in warmer temps and tires with soft rubber compound needs to warm up some to perform at their best.
      • CHECK LIGHTING SYSTEM: Be sure all your lights are functioning and if you can, increase your lighting quality and make sure the lenses are clean.
      • MOTORCYCLE GEAR: Be warm and be visible! Keeping and staying warm is key to a successful ride. It will be chilly and though you feel warm when you start, wind-chill will quickly change the way you feel. Heated gear is fabulous and of course add those extra linings to your jacket and pants. Winter riding gloves work well. Don’t forget to layer with performance under garments and bring extra layers if you have the room. Wear high-visibility and reflective gear to make yourself seen by other drivers.
      • LEAVES: Leaves are slippery – as they begin to accumulate on the roadway they can be very slick. Dry leaves can camouflage potholes and other road irregularities; wet leaves are slippery and can appear unexpectedly in shaded areas.  Wet or dry, riding through stacks of leaves can reduce traction, making it difficult to stop.
      • ROAD SURFACE: Be aware of frost on the roadway in the early morning hours. Be sure to pay particular attention for frost on bridge decks or other higher surfaces, railroad crossings, and in shady areas where the morning sun might not have melted the frost yet. Adjust your riding speed for the conditions
      • SUN GLARE: The sun is lower in the sky at this time of year and its glare can be an issue for much of the day, depending on the direction you’re riding.  Along with this, as trees become barren of leaves, the patterns of light and shade can be like riding in a strobe light. This can be distracting and confusing. Good sun glasses or a tinted visor work best. Be sure not to forget your clear visor so you can switch for the ride home when it becomes dark.
      • SPACE CUSHIONS: Give yourself enough following distance and space cushioning. It’s not only difficult for you to see the road this time of year, but equally challenging for other drivers to see you. Allow extra time to react both in front and behind you. Slow down, look further ahead and increase your following distance.
      • DEER AND MOOSE: Fall is the time of year deer and moose mate, meaning – they’ll be more active. These animals are huge hazards for motorcyclists. Try to plan your ride during daylight hours only. The best defense is to stay aware, particularly while riding in rural areas. Scan the roadway ahead and just off of the shoulders and watch for deer crossings. Typically deer activity peaks at dusk and dawn. Areas where crops or timber are relatively close to the road will present the greatest hazards as these are ideal places for deer to cross. Unfortunately, it’s these zones which provide you the shortest reaction time. Slow down and prepare for this potential obstacle.
      • WIND: This time of year is normally accompanied by gusty strong winds. These can unsettle your bike and blow you a little of course within your lane. To manage this, check for signs. For example, try looking ahead at the trees and bushes, and note the behavior of other vehicles to see how the wind is affecting them. Strong winds are not constant, they are usually gusty so make sure you hold the handlebar handgrip tightly. Go slow enough to manage the gusts.
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Deer can be a major hazard during your fall motorcycle rides. Around dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times.

Similar to going for any ride, you need to maintain an awareness of the road surface and consider the consequences those conditions can produce.

With good planning you’ll be able to enjoy a spectacular time on your fall motorcycle rides!

How To Prevent Helmet Hair

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I’ll have to confess that I’m a bit of a girly girl and am always on the lookout for ways to prevent helmet hair. When I’m riding, however, I don’t typically pay too much attention to my hair. Helmets are a necessary evil to keep our sexy brains in the place they belong. Unfortunately they’re not hair friendly at all. Sometimes, however, I prefer not having my hair plastered to my scalp or resembling a rat’s nest once the helmet comes off.

The quickest way to prevent helmet hair is to chop off your hair. A cute pixie cut or short-cropped hairstyle works beautifully under helmets. But if you aren’t willing to pull out the scissors yet, continue reading and we’ll figure out this “helmet hair” situation.

The First Step To Prevent Helmet Hair Is To Prep Your Hair

The best for preventing helmet hair is to go on the offensive. I love feeling my hair in the wind. Unfortunately, it also wreaks havoc on it. Wind whipping your hair around can inflict serious damage, making it prone to split ends, breakage, and dryness.

Therefore, the first thing you should do is to AVOID shampooing your hair. Wait, huh? That’s right, avoid washing it prior to taking any long rides. This will hold in the natural oils in your hair and help prevent the destruction the wind can cause. Just wait to wash it until after your ride or when you get to your destination. Ultimately, you’re going to anyway because of the sweat, road grime, and other particles that accumulate in your hair when you’re out riding all day.

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The Best Defense For Helmet Hair is a Good Offense

You will also want to thoroughly brush your hair, distributing the natural oils that provide a barrier to protect your locks.  
After your hair is free of tangles, you should treat your hair with a small amount of a good leave in conditioner and some texturizing spray. This helps to keep your hair strong, shiny,and manageable.

Take Advantage Of Hairstyles

My hair is a bit past my shoulders and I have bangs. For people like me with medium to long hair, a bandana or a hair wrap is a must. These keep your hair in place and prevent flyaways. It should be thin enough to fit under your helmet. The wraps keep your hair back away from your face and they look cute too. I have about a ten of them, some blingy, some not, and my favorite ones are my Harley Davidson ones, of course.

Together with a cute hair wrap, if your hair is long enough you might want to braid it. Try out different styles of braids such as French braids, Dutch braids, and fishtails are fun ways to try different hair styles.

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Fishtail Braids are a cute way to prevent helmet hair.

Putting your hair in braids helps to prevent helmet hair and will even look good after your ride.

Another option is to pull your hair into a low ponytail or pigtails and add a hair tie every half-inch or so down the length. This is also really cute. A hair glove is another great option to try. They’re available in different lengths and will keep your hair in place and protected.

You don’t need to be a victim of helmet hair, and it certainly shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying a long, pleasant ride. Sometimes just fixing your hair when you get there is a good way to go as well. Regardless of your hair, always remember you’re badass and beautiful.

What steps do you take to prevent helmet hair? Let us know in the comments below or contact us. Keep your knees in the breeze!