Everybody wishes to ride better on his/her motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents and crashes have become quite common these days along with the worsening condition of Indian roads. In this context, ride quality assumes particular importance. When it comes to improving ride quality, there are some particular steps that you have to take in order to be successful. There are five major things that you should essentially consider in this regard.
You should always try to wear ear plugs
When it comes to wearing ear plugs while riding a bike, it is considered dangerous and fatal by most people. Dispensing such advice would usually merit disbelieving and outraged expressions from people. However, if done right, this can make for a life transforming experience indeed! Your riding experience will be bettered by a simple set of ear plugs. Ear plugs do not actually block any sound but only bring down the volume of the same. You have to scrutinize the packaging for these products carefully to see the dBA rating for every ear plug. The higher this number is, the more sound will be blocked by the plugs.
They are usually more effective for sounds which are more into bass territory rather than treble based sounds. You should only use ear plugs within a limit of 29 dBA even though a maximum of 33 dBA is always available. The ear plugs play a vital role when you ride; i.e. they bring down the overall volume of the road and your surroundings. All you need to do is get used to them for the first time. These plugs cut out all the noise from wind on the highway and give you a quiet and comfortable riding experience on highways at high speeds. While commuting to work or other locations, it brings down stress levels by reducing noise created by honking, car noises and other sounds. This calm and serene effect actually works towards improving the quality of the ride. There are no safety hassles with regard to using ear plugs while you ride a motorcycle.
You will find most ear plugs at chemist shops and at stores which retail safety products for industrial concerns. You can also order online and keep your plugs stowed away in your pocket for all time usage. Keep in mind that you need to shape the foam before inserting the plugs into your ears. You should always roll half of the plug length into a thin cylinder to allow for easier and smoother insertion into your ear. If it is sealing you are looking for, wetting the ear canal will help the plug expand much faster into the shape of your ears. Practice by wearing ear plugs for some time before you use them while riding. This will help your brain adjust to the lower sound levels all around.
Always keep your head in proper position
Keeping the head in proper position is very important indeed. You should get it up to the appropriate level. Why is this important? This will help you raise your eyes properly and scan the road till a particular distance. This may sound easy but is not when you consider our common habits of drooping into a lower head position. When you start looking a lot further down the road and get used to keeping your head up at all times, you will find that the illusion of speed does not deceive you anymore. Your brain will have loads of time to adjust and react to on road happenings. This will help you get a safer and much improved ride. This is one magical aspect that goes a long way towards enhancing the quality of your ride.
Always create ample space while riding
Most of us have a tendency to ride a little too close to cars and other vehicles around us because of our implicit faith in the maneuverability of our bikes and our abilities. However, you should always be able to clearly see your path. Creating increased space involves riding back and not too close to other vehicles. You should stay a little further away from trucks and other vehicles in order to be able to view more of the road that lies ahead. Keep an eye on the distance of other vehicles behind you. This requires practice and patience and also the right attitude to be a reality. Always create space on the road whenever you can in order to increase your own visibility levels and keep the possibilities of collisions firmly at bay!
Always pay prompt attention to what’s around you
Bikes require full attention at almost all times and this is something that you should not miss out on while riding. This is a daily affair and the sooner you adjust to it, the better. You should keep your head clear of all other thoughts be it work, family, friends and your daily tasks or other worries and hassles. Always focus on how your bike performs, road sensations and the traffic that lies ahead of you. This may be a little too draining at first but you will steadily adjust to the same. Do not allow your mind and brain to wander away from the road. Always focus on your own activities and try to be as focussed as possible on the road. This will help you get a safer and better ride. Controlling one’s mind is the best way forward with regard to mastering the art of good and safe riding.
Always aim to get enough riding practice whenever you can
This is quite simple and is actually the first thing that you should aim at in order to become a better rider. You need regular practice whenever you can get it. There is nothing that can substitute experience and mastery when it comes to riding a bike. Increasing riding time will definitely work towards enhancing overall ride quality.
Follow these simple tips towards drastically enhancing the quality of your ride!