Since 2014 in Greater Manchester, there has been 2,629 Motorcycle Casualties in Greater Manchester, 1,041 of those were seriously injured and 76 were fatalities.
The average driver spends less than a second looking each way at junctions, we really need them to recognise you and your bike clearly! What’s seen needs to be recognised.
Being seen isn’t just about dressing from head to foot in Day-Glo yellow or fitting more lights to your bike than a Mod’s scooter has mirrors!
It’s about considering, before the start of the journey, the environments you will be riding in. What may get you noticed in a busy city street may not have the same visibility enhancing qualities as the gear you may wear on late summers evening when scratching around on those idyllic country lanes.
The first person at the scene of a motorbike collision is often another biker. Would you know what to do?
The Right Gear
Motorcycle helmets are lifesaving protection and reduce the risk of injury of death if an incident should happen. To travel safely and legally you must wear a safety helmet that meets British safety standards when riding on a motorcycle or moped on the road. A helmet is the most important part of your kit so getting it right is crucial. A brain injury is permanent – a genuine helmet is designed and tested to minimise the risk of head injury. They must meet one of the following:
BS 6658:1985 and carries the BSI Kitemark or
UNECE 22.05 or 22.06*, or
Meets with any standard accepted by a member of the European Economic Area, which offers a level of safety and protection equal to BS 6658:1985 and carries a mark equal to the BSI Kitemark
POWDER Checks - Can help you keep safe
Whether you ride your motorcycle every day or you’re getting ready to ride as the weather improves, maintaining your motorcycle is crucial to keeping you safe.
Motorcycles need legal, correctly inflated and maintained tyres to ride safely, braking and handling on motorcycles. Check your tyres for uneven wear, embedded objects, cracks, or bulging as part of your regular maintenance.
Petrol – Check you have enough fuel for your journey to prevent breakdowns and putting yourself or others at risk.
Oil - Reservoirs have upper and lower marks, and the oil level is usually checkable via a window in the engine casing if not use a dipstick to
check. Ensure your motorcycle parked upright on level ground. The correct oil level will prevent your engine seizing up.
Water – Check coolant levels keep them topped up, running out of coolant can cause your engine to overheat which will damage your motorcycle.
Damage/Drive chain – Check the motorcycle over for any signs of damage this includes checking for chain tension and lubrication and damage to sprocket teeth. If your bike has a belt rather than chain, you should check for signs of damage such as cracking and drying.
Electrics – Check all lights including brakes and indicators are all working. Check cables are secure, and they or termination points are not worn as this can lead to failure of systems such as clutch, brakes or lighting.
Rubber - Check your tyres once a week. Check tyre pressure when your tyres are cold and ensure they are set at the correct pressure as recommended by the manufacturer. Over inflated motorcycle tyres can affect road grip and under inflated can cause problems with braking and handling.
Condition – look for cracks, bulges or objects embedded in the tread. Take a look and make sure your tyres are wearing evenly, if they’re not your tyre pressures may be incorrect, or wheel assembly may be incorrectly balanced. Ensure tyres are clean and free of oil and grease, wash them with the detergent if necessary. Check your tyre tread depth. It must be no less than 1mm around the circumference of the middle three quarters of the tyre.
More information for motorcycle tyres can be found on the Tyresafe website but if you have any concerns, you should get advice from a qualified professional or an approved fitting centre.
Are you Fit to Ride?
Self – Make sure you are fit to ride, not tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any medicines which may affect your riding. Plan your route especially if you are taking your motorcycle out on a longer ride and make sure you take frequent breaks.