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Top Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents happen all too easily, but they can be prevented. Motorcycles are often associated with a daring and devil-may-care attitude, but the truth is that motorcyclists should be just as cautious on the roads as car drivers. Raceworx KTM offers a few expert tips to help you stay safe on your motorcycle.

Important Tips to Stay Safe When Riding Your Bike

Riding a motorbike can be extremely dangerous. South Africa has a high number of road accidents per capita as it is – among these, motorcycle accidents are the most likely to be fatal. The majority of motorbike accidents result in serious injury or death. With this in mind, there is no reason why you can’t keep enjoying your motorbike, but it is important to take precautions and ride carefully and alertly. Here are a few top tips to help keep you safe.

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Important Motorcycle Safety Tips

Before you get on your bike, bear these important safety tips in mind:

1. Increase Your Visibility

Wear protective gear that is easy to see: choose bright colours and add reflective elements to both yourself and your bike. Make use of your headlight – even when riding during the day and try to ride in a position on the road that makes you clear visible to all motorists.

2. Be Alert – And Never Assume That Other Road Users Are

When riding, keep your wits about you. Watch what is happening ahead of and behind you, as well as on either side of you. Motorists can very easily lose focus – especially if they are texting or speaking on the phone, so never assume that your fellow road users are alert and driving with maximum care. Watch out for swerves and sudden lane changes. If you are not sure if a motorist has seen you, use your hooter.

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3. Take Extra Special Care at Intersections

Almost half of road accidents occur at intersections. Motorists turning right across the intersection are perhaps the most common problem. Be on high alert at intersections and watch other road users very closely.

4. Watch Your Speed

It’s tempting to speed on a motorbike, but it will serve you to observe the speed limit and ride with care, especially on fairly busy urban and suburban roads.

5. Avoid Alcohol and Other Substances

This one shouldn’t even need saying, but a large percentage of road accidents occur as a result of one of the motorists involved being under the influence of alcohol or other substances

6. Avoid Bad Weather

If there are rainy or windy conditions, it is better to stay off the roads if you can. If you can’t avoid travelling in bad conditions, pack rain gear, ride slowly and take extra special care.

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6 Tips for Your First Motorcycle Road Trip

Motorcyle driving on road

A motorcycle road trip is an exciting experience. It offers a sense of freedom and independence, as well as an opportunity to get out on the open road and experience sights and sounds you may never have seen and heard before. However, if you are hitting the road for the first time, it is very important that you are properly prepared. Raceworx KTM gives you six expert tips to help you ensure that your debut road trip is a success.

Essentials for A Great Motorcycle Road Trip

If you were taking a road trip in a car, you wouldn’t just jump and go. You have to make sure that you are properly prepared before your wheels hit the road. Then, you should have one or two tricks up your sleeve to help you make the most of the ride. It’s the same with a motorcycle trip – perhaps more so, in fact. Before you head out on your first trip, take note of these tips.

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1. Choose The Right Bike

It’s very important that you have the right bike for the trip. Choose with comfort, steadiness and durability in mind. Do some research, speak to the experts and find out what bike in your price range is best suited for the kind of trips that you are wanting to take. Look for elements such as soft, comfortable seats and handlebars. You want a bike that will give you the smoothest, most successful trip.

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2. Pack Light

Choose from the many available luggage options for motorbikes. Saddlebags, which can be fixed on the sides of the bike, are usually the best option. Regardless of how you pack your bike, do your best to bring only the essentials. Choose your luggage carefully, use disposables wherever you can and avoid packing too many changes of clothes.

3. Carry Plenty of Water

No matter what trip you are planning to take, it is always essential to remain hydrated. Always make sure that you have enough water with you. Whenever you make a rest stop, refill your water containers, and drink regularly while on the road.

4. Take Breaks

As with any road trip, you must get off the road and rest occasionally. It is recommended that you take a rest stop every three hours or so.

5. Stop At Off Hours

If you’re going to stop to eat, choose off hours to avoid getting stuck in queues. Most people stop at traditional meal hours. Stop at 11 for lunch, instead of 12 or for dinner at 5pm instead of 6 or 7pm, and you will probably miss the rush.

6. Dress Correctly

With a bike trip, it is very important that you are dressed properly to protect against the weather, etc. Always have proper riding pants, a decent helmet, ankle boots and jacket.

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5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Secondhand Motorcycle

“Let the buyer beware!” As dramatic as it sounds, the old saying has a lot of truth in it. It is especially applicable when you are buying secondhand goods, and particularly when it comes to vehicles – bikes as much as any other. Raceworx KTM advises you on how to be a more savvy secondhand bike buyer. Ask these five simple questions to help you ensure you are getting a good deal.

What to Look for When Buying a Secondhand Bike

Buying a secondhand motorcycle can be risky. Where did this bike come from – and how was it treated by its previous owner? Is it of genuinely good quality or is someone trying to sell you a lemon? As a buyer, you need to be careful and these five questions can help you get the information you need to make your purchase decision.

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1. What Is The History Of This Bike?

First things first: where did this motorcycle come from? Who had it before, has it been damaged at any point? Check on things such as the VIN number and source as much as you can about the bike’s history on that basis. Ask your dealer for this information, and do not make any decisions until you are happy that you have learned all you need to know.

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2. What Is The Mileage And How Was It Accumulated?

It’s easy enough to check the odometer reading on a motorcycle – and it is one of the first things you should do. However, what is more important than the cycle’s mileage is the story of how that number was racked up. What was this bike used for and how was it treated? Is this a bike that is built for high performance over a short period or for high mileage over an extended time?

3. Ask About the Signs of Wear on The Tire And Footpegs

If you are looking at a motorcycle in a dealership, the original tires may not be on the bike, so this could be a difficult line of enquiry. Nevertheless, tires and footpegs can tell you a lot about a bike’s history. If the wear on the tires is balanced and squared off, that likely means that the bike was used for commuting and ridden fairly carefully. Heavy wear on the edges means the bike was ridden fairly hard. Look at the wear patterns on the footpegs too. If there are new tires on the bike, ask why they have been replaced. As you inspect the tires and footpegs, ask the seller about the signs you see. Doing so immediately makes you look like an informed buyer – even if you’re actually quite inexperienced.

4. What Is The Motorcycle’s Maintenance History?

It is very important that a bike has been properly maintained by the previous owner. Ask for service and maintenance histories. If these are unavailable, it does not necessarily mean that the bike is a no-go; perhaps the owner was a mechanic who did their own maintenance. However, a proper maintenance book is the best way to tell that a bike has been well taken care of.

5. Is All The Paperwork In Order?

This is unlikely to be a problem with a formal motorcycle dealer, but should definitely be checked on if you are working with a private seller. The bike should have an up-to-date licence and the registration needs to be properly transferred into your name to complete the sale – this is the seller’s responsibility.

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Motorcycle Safety: Everything You Need to Know

As much fun as riding a motorcycle can be, there is no denying that it involves more risk than driving a car. Owning and riding a bike comes with a responsibility to be extra safe, both for yourself and for other road users. Raceworx KTM offer five essential safety tips to help you ensure a safe and enjoyable ride every time.

5 Vital Motorcycle Safety Tips

Riding a motorbike comes with a certain image: riders project a tough image, even if they don’t intend to. There is a certain air of exciting danger that comes with being a bike rider. Follow these five tips to keep riding safely. Read our blog for more motorcycle care tips.

1. Choose the Right Bike for Your Comfort

Are you riding the right bike? It may seem a strange question but riding a bike that is comfortable for your height, weight and handling abilities is essential to your safety and enjoyment. Know your particular abilities and choose a bike on which your feet will rest flat on the ground when seated. If the bike feels too heavy, it probably is. Also, be sure to choose routes that you can negotiate easily on your bike. Never take on more than you can handle.

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2. Wear the Appropriate Gear

No matter how important your image is to you, it will mean little if you are involved in an accident and are not protected against serious injury. Helmets, as well as visors and/or goggles are essential, but you should also cover up with extra protection like leather jackets or padded, reinforced pants and boots made especially for riding.

3. Inspect Your Bike Before Riding Off

Before you hit the road, check your bike from front to back and top to bottom. You don’t have to run a full mechanical inspection, but just check to ensure that everything is as it should be. Walks around the bike and check for leaks, loose bolts or other potential hazards. Also remember to be diligent about care and maintenance. Have your bike serviced regularly and attend to all repairs as and when they become necessary.

4. Keep Your Eyes on The Road

As a motorcyclist, you should pay special attention to the road – perhaps more so than any other motorist. Be cautious when negotiating turns and curves and look out for loose gravel and other hazards. Watch out for other road users at all times.

5. Be Mindful of The Weather

The dangers of wet or icy roads, heavy rain and fog multiply when you are on two wheels. You don’t have the stability of a car, and you also lack the physical protection afforded by a car’s windscreen and the fact that you are on your vehicle rather than inside it places you more at risk to the elements. Lack of visibility and being pelted by heavy rain as you travel at 60-100km/h or more is a nightmare for a biker. Watch the forecasts and rather stay off the roads if the weather is bad.

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FAQ: How Do I Get Into Motorcycle Racing?

So, you think you have what it takes to be a motorcycle racer? It’s an exhilarating path to follow, whether you want to do it on an amateur or professional level. While acquiring the skill to compete is not easy, getting involved is relatively straightforward. Raceworx KTM is here to advise you on the steps to follow.

4 Steps To Becoming A Motorcycle Racer

Motor racing in South Africa – whether a car or a motorcycle is your “weapon of choice”, requires you to progress through the club system as per Motorsport South Africa (MSA) guidelines. Follow these four steps to get started. Also, visit our blog for more on everything relating to motorcycles.

1. Join A Club (Or At Least Research Some)

To get your career going, you will need to join one of the country’s many clubs at entry-level. The Short Circuit series is the best way to get started and offers several different junior racing classes such as Mini Moto, NSF100, 250CC and 150CC. Go to some race meetings before joining a club and speak to the competitors. This will help you decide exactly what type of racing you want to be involved in.

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2. Buy A Bike

This should actually be your first step, but it is probably best to investigate clubs and speak to established competitors before making the investment. All competitors must have their own bikes and the budget to maintain them and pay all other expenses relating to racing. A club chairman or representative will be able to advise you on what bike to buy. Raceworx KTM can then help you find the perfect bike.

3. Write Your Exam And Get Your MSA Licence

Every racer needs to have a licence issued by MSA. Before getting your licence, you will need to prove your riding capabilities, as well as your knowledge of racing regulations. You need to get a copy of the General Competition Rules handbook and you will then have to pass a written exam on these rules.

4. Get Involved At Your Club And Start Training And Racing

Once you have gone through the above steps, go through the processes of improving your racing skills through practice and training with your club. As you progress, the club will enter you in races that are appropriate for your skill levels. Ride hard and enjoy!

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