The snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, and summer is in full swing! In Michigan, that means it’s time to break the motorcycle out of the garage. However, motorcycles face unique safety hazards in the summer, so tune in for these motorcycle safety tips that will keep every rider safe on the roadway.
Summer Safety Inspection
If the bike has been in storage for a while, you’ll want to give it a quick safety inspection before hitting the road. This includes a tune-up and oil change if needed; each bike’s service manual will provide instructions for the frequency of these basic maintenance tasks. Even if the bike doesn’t need professional service, take the time to check its air pressure, tire tread, and all lights to ensure a safe ride.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
Riding in the summer means preparing for any type of weather. In Michigan, this could mean scorching hot afternoons, cool evenings, or scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Keeping an eye on the forecast helps every rider prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws at them, preventing any unexpected surprises.
Use the Right Gear and Accessories
In Michigan, few riders dare ride in the cold winter weather—or even the cool spring and fall weather—but those who do will need a very different set of gear and accessories for summer riding. It may be tempting to skimp on the safety gear to stay cool in the warm summer sun, but safety always comes first, and there’s plenty of gear designed specifically for staying cool during warm-weather rides. Riders should always wear a helmet with protective eye gear, gloves, and shoes. Equipment with bold colors and reflective stripes keep riders visible day and night.
Gear is only one aspect of safety. Motorcycles are greatly outnumbered by cars, trucks, and other vehicles on the roadway, and because of their small size, drivers don’t always see them. No matter the time of year, this is always worth repeating: please be sure to follow the rules of the road, avoid weaving in and out of traffic, and maintain reasonable speeds and following distances. And every rider should avoid making these critical safety mistakes!
TC Powersports is one of the largest retailers of brand new and pre-owned motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and other vehicles in the area. As a family-owned company, we care about our customers and encourage every person to prioritize safety as they ride. If you have any questions, call us at (517) 764-3600 or stop by to check out our motorcycles today!