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You have to carry special insurance to protect the risks you face on the bike. However, carrying motorcycle insurance isn’t the only way you can protect your risks on the road. Being a proper driver means keeping your bike in good operating condition and knowing how to ride it safely.

Motorcycles are not like your average vehicle. They require special operating techniques, including steering and braking. You also have to operate the bike attentively, and stay aware of your surroundings while you ride.

Motorcycles are harder to control than the standard car. That’s why your steering, acceleration and braking systems must stay in good condition in order to protect you. If you neglect your bike’s maintenance, you may be held at-fault for any accident you experience. Your bike insurance company may then refuse to issue a claim for the damages to the bike.

Therefore, you have to maintain your bike’s steering, braking and control mechanisms. Knowing what to look for can help you reduce your operational safety risks on the bike.

  • Bikes require different amounts of brake pressure on the back and front wheels. You usually apply brake pressure to the front wheels using a level on the handle. You operate the back wheels using the right brake pedal. Therefore, learn how much coordination your bike needs to stop safely.
  • Frequently check your bike’s brake fluid, pads and pedals. Deterioration in this system could lead to problems braking you bike. If you notice strange sounds upon braking, like squealing or rattling, these might indicate a problem. Smoke, sparks or a burning odor might also indicate brake problems. Have a mechanic check these problems immediately.
  • Periodically test you hand brake and foot pedals to ensure that these systems do not under- or over-perform. Braking should occur smoothly when stopping from a safe distance, and quickly when making sudden stops.
  • Like all tires, bike tires experience tread deterioration over time. As tread deteriorates, it becomes harder for a bike to grip the road. Worn tread may make braking, acceleration and control harder. This increases your accident risks. Inspect your tires’ treat every couple of months. A variety of tests, like a penny test, can help you diagnose tread problems.
  • Never forget to maintain your bike’s steering column. The steering column may become loose, jammed or sluggish over time. You should clean and service the steering column regularly to prevent the buildup of contaminants and rust. Also check the system periodically for signs of mechanical failures.

By understanding how control issues might impact your bike, you can improve your safety on the vehicle.

We’ve got you covered. Miller's Insurance Agency, Inc. can help you get West Chester motorcycle insurance that will meet your needs. Call us at (610) 269-4500 for more information.

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