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A biker?s survival kit

Safety is more important for the unprotected two-wheeler rider, feels Deepesh Rathore and yet manufacturers may be ignoring it.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2003 12:59 IST

Two wheels are thrilling, but it is the safety issue that keeps most ‘sane’ people away from two wheels. After all, in case of an accident, a two-wheeler rider will get hurt irrespective of the fact whether he was at fault or not. Over the last few years, two-wheeler companies in India have taken certain steps to make their two-wheelers safer. However, steps in the wrong direction, often dictated by economy have compensated this.

There has been a consistent effort on the part of some manufacturers to improve braking in their bikes. Most new entrants in the premium commuter segment now have 130mm drum brakes front and rear.

Practice braking on disc brake shod bikes as some are snappy. Nowadays manufacturers have started putting warning lights, beepers and even side-stand-gear-shifter interlocks that will not allow gear-shifts to happen when the side-stand is down.

Put good quality rear-view mirrors.

A good headlamp is an important safety feature.

Most two-wheeler riders don’t carry a helmet because bikes still come without factory designed helmet carriage hooks, which safely locks open-face helmets.
The biker’s safety is in his own hands, so do try to ride safe.

First Published: Aug 20, 2003 12:59 IST