TIPS FROM PAKISTAN BIKERS CLUB
Accept and respect law, its designed to save you,
Helmet, very important for a Rider,
Side Mirrors, very important for a Bike (both sides have equal value),
An unlocked helmet means no helmet,
Use of cell phone during riding can give very dangerous outputs, no matter your speed is 10mph or 50 mph,
Best speed can be explained as speed that can be managed easily, always remember brake in your hands does not mean that it is a 100% controlling device of a bike,
Proper clothing can be very helpful and improper can be very dangerous and surely irritating,
Proper Covering: Cover atleast first supports, i.e., those body parts that give you support at very first or touch ground at first or give you base in case of some emergency e.g., your foot, hands, elbows, knees. It would do a lot specially on highways.
The Extras must be fitted properly, so that your bike does not get out of control,
Concentrate while turning specially,
Regardless of the situation, your bike has light mentioning Neutral Position or not, ALWAYS hold your clutch while starting your two wheeler machine. Part two can be as: ALWAYS hold your front brake before you equip your bike with first gear (though your clutch is being held for control). The reason can be explained as: usually our bikes have wet clutch and the cold weather makes the oil thicker, so clutch/flywheel tend to stick to each other after being idle for hours. Because, holding your clutch lever fully engaged is not a guarantee that when you put gear, the bike will not reply by jumping forward.
Lane choosing for riders is very important issue, you must consider many things e.g., you are visible to most of the traffic, your lane is the preferred lane for bike riders etc etc.
For long routes a cup of tea or coffee is not a solution to move you forward to cover big number of kms. Instead of doing this, its better if you find a place to stop and take some rest. Even a break of 20 minutes would do a lot to re-charge your body and brain to let you go on. It would be great if you find a place to stop for the rest of the day and have a night’s sleep like you normally do.
PARKING: On the sidestand you are most stable through three points while on center stand its two point stability. Secondly its easier specially when you are little tired. Remember to not to park the bike with the engine running. Try to consider the ground position while parking, you can better finalize to put it on the stand and the way as per ground condition. Use the place which is wide enough to manage bike any way. Also try to avoid parking behind bigger vehicles, it may create problem in viewing the bike and also for reversing of the bigger vehicle. Try to park at a side instead of center and leave a reasonable space for others to proceed.
ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT: Though we would not like this to be discussed but still its important and must be mentioned. We do not have 100% proven arguments but still a few given below points can be useful. e.g., Get a cell phone and equip it with your important phone numbers, inform partners about a few too, carry ID card specially the one showing your blood group, take a piece of paper mentioning your daily medicine names and its better if you mention your doctor name and number.
GROUP MOVEMENT: We understand that the person at position number 2 would easily manage the change developed by the leading position number 1, but will this be same in case of position number 6 or 7? Surely, the management of change by position 6 rider will be different due to different factors like time, distance and in-between positions. Perhaps the ground realities may be different at that time. The possibilities are of both kinds. In short the management of group can be done well by using these different factors well. On the other hand it can also be effected negatively by these factors. In our opinion a maximum number of 7 would be helpful specially when one member is always new.
DIFFERENT KIND OF ROADS AND RIDERS: In case of tours, you must understand that all roads are not same even in a city. So the bigger is tour the more are the options and varieties of roads. So, everyone must be prepared to manage almost every kind of road. The bike must be chosen keeping in mind the usage, the tires must be selected keeping the possibilities in mind (we would suggest that in case of new tires, use them for almost 50 miles without any stressful job). One important thing is that in case your bike is fine for all possibilities you should try to use the same throughout your plan, because it has been noticed in youngsters, inAsiaspecially, try to use other bikes also without any strong reason. Because its just like simple theory that works between you and your pets.
While crossing vehicles in the lane next to you, you should not use a big gap of speed (very high speed) for over taking and you should not forget the risk of someone in front of you, who would come to your lane for doing same. A normal gap of speed i.e., 10 to 15mph would be reasonable to manage the target and possibilities too.
While turning at some new places, try to get a position when the opponent side is more visible, while keeping a reasonable speed to manage all situations,
SOME COMMON NEEDS: There are a few things that can be managed easily and these can give us a reasonable outcome. It should be a part of regular system of riding, but it will be helpful for tours surely. It says that we should check for: Tires: Make sure both tires are properly inflated. In case of touring, don’t risk riding on tires that may ask you for replacement; if you expect for same, have it replaced. Controls: Check whether the cables (clutch, brakes etc) and controls intact and working, Lights: Make sure your headlights (high & low beam), turn signals, and brake lights work. Oils & fluids: Check everything from engine oil and coolant (if applicable) to brake fluid (if applicable), Chassis: Make assure that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact (we recommend you to check main frame properly after every three months), Stands: Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn’t cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly away from the pavement when stowed.
Try to avoid routes which have breaking again and again, it will ruin consumption and make you tiring earlier.
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