Here are some of the main areas we believe are key to keeping your safety a priority whilst out motorcycling.
For your safety, we strongly recommend that you always wear an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket whenever you ride. Although complete protection is not possible, wearing proper gear can reduce the chance of injury when you ride. Following are suggestions to help you choose proper gear.
Not wearing a helmet increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash. Be sure you and your passenger always wear a helmet, eye protection and other protective apparel when you ride.
Helmets and Eye Protection
Your helmet is your most important piece of riding gear because it offers the best protection against head injuries. A helmet should fit your head comfortably and securely. A bright-coloured helmet can make you more noticeable in traffic, as can reflective strips. An open-face helmet offers some protection but a full-face helmet offers more. Always wear a face shield or goggles to protect your eyes and help your vision.
Additional Riding Gear
In addition to a helmet and eye protection, we also recommend:
- Sturdy boots with non-slip soles to help protect your feet and ankles.
- Leather gloves to keep your hands warm and help prevent blisters, cuts, burns and bruises.
- A motorcycle riding suit or jacket for comfort as well as protection.
Bright-coloured and reflective clothing can help make you more noticeable in traffic. Be sure to avoid loose clothes that could get caught on any part of your motorcycle.
Make Yourself Easy to See
Some drivers do not see motorcycles because they are not looking for them. To make yourself more visible, wear bright reflective clothing, position yourself so other drivers can see you, signal before turning or changing lanes, and use your horn when it will help others notice you.
Ride Within Your Limits
Pushing the limits is another major cause of motorcycle accidents. Never ride beyond your personal abilities or faster than conditions warrant. Remember that alcohol, drugs, fatigue and inattention can significantly reduce your ability to make good judgements and ride safety.
Keep Your Bike in Safe Condition
For safe riding, it's important to inspect your motorcycle before every ride and perform all recommended maintenance. Never exceed load limits, and only use accessories that have been approved by Honda for your motorcycle.
Don't drink and ride
Alcohol and riding don't mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don't drink and ride, and don't let your friends drink and ride either.