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Three tips for taking care during motorcycle riding season

8 February 2018

We’re well into motorcycle season with many riders taking to the roads to make the most of the long, warm days. While you’re enjoying the incredible New Zealand scenery, bear these tips in mind to ensure you and your ride stay in good nick:

1. Critical checks: It only takes a couple of minutes to run through these checks and keep you safe on the road:

Fluids

Lights

Tyres

Remember to ask a mechanic if you’re not sure about any of these things.

2. Slip, slop, slap… and wrap: It’s easy to forget sunblock when you’re head-to-toe in leather and protective clothing, but there are lots of spots where sunburn can sneak through. Look out for gaps in your gear, such as at the wrists and collar area. Tip

As for your bike, it’s a good idea to give it a wash and wax before you take to the streets. This helps your bike shed road dust and water, and protects it from New Zealand’s harsh sun, keeping your paint and chrome shiny and glossy for longer.

3. Never ride naked: Riding without a licence, WoF, proper gear or insurance is a false economy. Fact

Ensure you’re fully covered by:

  • Checking your WoF and registration are up-to-date
  • Wearing protective clothing – it’s the only thing between you and the asphalt
  • Have the appropriate licence for your motorcycle’s engine size
  • Ensuring you have right insurance, and know what you’ll be covered for in the event of an accident, including your legal liability.

For more information on motorcycle safety, check out Ride Forever or the NZTA’s information on motorcycling.

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