Four crucial tips for getting your riding season off to a safe start:
1. Perform a thorough pre-season inspection of riding gear and your motorcycle. Anything wearing out or torn, lose, leaking, or rusted?... aside from maybe your skills? Perhaps now is a good time to put markers on some key fasteners. Doing so simplifies your mid-season pre-ride inspections if you can walk around and quickly determine if anything has nudged loose.
2. Before going out on the streets, give some consideration to surface conditions. Is there still loose sand and gravel everywhere? Have you been seeing giant potholes on your way to and from the office or grocery store? Make some mental notes.
3. Find a place to practice and re-familiarize yourself with your bike. Especially focusing on slow-speed maneuvers.
4. When you do get out there, leave lots of room between yourself and the person in front of you, thereby avoiding surprise surface changes, and remember, the caged drivers (that's all of us in Saskatchewan in the "off-season", unfortunately) are not used to looking for bikes. Be as visible and as alert as possible.
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