Motorcycle Owner Essentials

There are many benefits to a motorcycle compared to a car, with the main one being the lower running costs. But motorcyclists must still ensure they have the right safety equipment, insurance breakdown cover before hitting the open road.

Safety Equipment

Statistics show that motorcyclists involved in accidents are 40 times more likely to be killed or injured than those in cars, so safety is paramount. The only thing between you and the road is what you are wearing, which is why you need to choose the right equipment, ensuring that it fits correctly and is in good condition.

Your bike helmet is probably one of the most important items of safety equipment. Anyone prepared to get on their motorcycle without a helmet is putting their life at risk. The helmet is designed to cushion the impact of any fall and keep you safe.

Bike helmets come in a range of styles and sizes and it is important to get the right fit. A helmet that fits perfectly could be the difference between life and death, so try before you buy and ensure that it is the right size.

Bike leathers offer full body protection against not only the elements but also the road, protecting you from rain, snow and tarmac. In the event of an accident, your bike leathers will soften the impact of any fall and minimise cosmetic injuries.

Boots are available for riders to provide additional protection to the feet and ankles in the event of an accident. They are reinforced for added protection and also guard against the elements when you are out in poor weather conditions.

Insurance

All motorcycles need appropriate insurance before being taken on the road. A minimum of third-party insurance is required on any bike in use or a fine will be issued, according to the Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) regulations.

Exceptions to the CIE regulations include when a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) is in place or the vehicle is classed as sold, stolen or not having been recovered. Other exceptions include when a vehicle has been scrapped or when it is between registered owners.

Breakdown Cover

Regardless of what type of motorbike you use, motorcycle breakdown cover is essential for those unexpected moments and you never know when you might need it. It doesn’t matter whether your motorcycle is 3 months or 13 years old, a breakdown can come when you least expect it.

This type of cover offers peace of mind as you know that whenever and wherever you are, you can call on someone to have your motorcycle fixed by the side of the road or taken to an approved garage. Depending on your policy, you may even be transported home or to another destination.

These requirements should always be considered before taking your new motorcycle out on the road as it is important to be legal, safe and prepared at all times.

Article by Mark Martin

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