Are we heading toward a time when motorcycles are less common than they have been over the years? It's not just the season, as there are often fewer riders in the winter months, but an overall trend. In 10 years, will we look back and wonder where all the motorcycles went?
Braking on a motorcycle is one of the most important and yet complicated skills. It simply does not translate well from driving a car, where you just step on the pedal. In modern cars, you don't even need to know how to pump the brakes. The anti-lock braking system does all the work for you. It's a simple, one-step motion.
For a time, motorcycle helmet use was on the decline. People may have understood the dangers of riding without a helmet -- it is the single most important piece of safety gear you can wear -- but they liked the comfort and freedom of riding without one. Helmets are not mandatory in every state, so people did not always choose to wear them.
Not all motorcycles are created equal. You have a lot of different divisions these days. Some are touring bikes, made for long distances. Others are dirt bikes, made for off-road adventures. You also have beginner bikes, sportsbikes, three-wheeled motorcycles and a lot more.
One of the best things any new motorcyclist can learn is that they need to have the right mindset and attitude to become a safe rider. You can think about safety systems and tools -- everything from ABS braking systems to advanced motorcycle helmets -- but the wrong mindset can still put you at risk.
One of the most dangerous positions you face on the road, as a motorcyclist, is when you slow down and stop and the driver behind you does not notice.
Arizona is a beautiful state and often a great place to get out on your motorcycle, but you do have to take into account the fact that the state has a significant monsoon season. This is the type of weather that can cause you some serious problems on the road if you get caught unaware. Heavy rains make the roads slick, lead to hydroplaning, reduce your visibility and much more.
You never got your driver's license in Arizona. You don't own a car, so you didn't see any reason to do it.
Motorcycle accidents happen for many reasons. Some you can control. Many others you cannot.
One reason that some riders are resistant to the idea of motorcycle helmets is that they worry that they won't be able to see as well to either side. They know how important their peripheral vision is, and they think that the helmet will restrict it unnecessarily. In this fashion, they actually think it's more dangerous to drive with a helmet on. Despite the protection it provides in a crash, they also believe it's going to make a crash far more likely, and they'd understandably like to avoid that situation.