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Dream to own a high-end motorcycle? Read this safety checklist first

A 22-year-old died in Delhi in an accident while driving a superbike. Experts say superbikes are fast and powerful and owners must make themselves fully aware of their functioning before they turn the key. Here is a checklist if you plan to buy a motorcycle.

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:58 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times
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Superbike clubs say the government needs to tighten the noose on impulsive riders and check easy availability of such bikes. (HT FILE)

The death of 22-year-old Himanshu Bansal in Delhi has once again put superbike riders into the spotlight. The man was killed allegedly while racing with his friends in central Delhi. Following the incident, superbike clubs have called for stricter measures to control licensing of these motorcycles and inculcate road discipline in riders. Experts say superbikes are fast and powerful machines and owners must have a proper understanding of its functioning before they turn the key.

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, here are some things to keep in mind:

Safety measures protect your head
A full-face helmet that’s ISI approved is the best choice. Helmets deteriorate over time, and may not be safe even if they look fine.
  • WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR: Go for a leather or other reinforced jacket, gloves, full pants, and over-theankle footwear, even in summer. Especially designed jackets with rugged padding and breathable mesh material provide protection as well as ventilation for riding in warm weather.
  • BUY GOOD ANTILOCK BRAKES: It helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable on slippery surface.
  • RIDE ON THE DEFENSIVE: Keep an eye out for cars suddenly changing lanes or pulling out from side streets. Don’t tailgate; keeping a safe following distance is critical. An object that a car might easily straddle could be a serious hazard when on a bike.
  • WATCH OUT FOR ROAD HAZARDS: Sand, wet leaves, or pebbles can cause a bike to slide unexpectedly, easily resulting in a spill. Bumps and potholes that you might barely notice in a car can pose serious danger when on a bike.
  • AVOID BAD WEATHER: If you need to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins, as the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 12:54 IST