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How do I prepare for a motorcycle crash?

Everyone thinks riding motorcycles is dangerous. But I ride one anyways.I have been in a crash before don’t know how to prepare for a crash. Say you are speeding and a vehicle comes head on, what should you do if the vehicle is too close to dodge. There are many types of settings before a crash so if anyone has tips for other tips as well on other settings concerning motorcycle crashes please do list them.

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13 Responses to “How do I prepare for a motorcycle crash?”

  1. CNC Guy said:

    Bend over and kiss your azz goodbye

  2. chathamguy said:

    Wear the proper protective gear, some crashes you can’t prepair for, I did some track racing back in the day and you learn to slid if you come off the bike, relax, try and ball yourself up.

    Other than that fate, I ride like everyone is out to kill me, I I am always scanning for other cars, debris, or anything that can hurt me.

    I assume people are going to do something stupid so I leave a good berth at intersections slow down, keep distance.

    Keep the shinny side up and ride safe

  3. Choppy C said:

    your never gonna see it coming,wear the right gear,ride safe!

  4. jim said:

    try to push your self away from your bike. try to curl into a ball befor impact

  5. Jim C said:

    Wear a helmet and some type of armor. Atleast a jacket, leather, textile, or mesh but with armor. Tuck, roll, enjoy the ride because it’s going to be a heck of one. That’s about it.

  6. vatrader said:

    You prepare for motorcycle safety the same way a soldier prepares for battle. By training with the proper gear. Some accidents are avoidable. Some are not. To insure safe riding, do the following

    1. Get trained and licensed
    2. Wear protective gear — all the gear, all the time — including a helmet manufactured to the standards set by the DOT
    3. Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs
    4. Ride within your own skill limits
    5. Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher rider courses

  7. Mikey said:

    Don’t go around “speeding” into oncoming traffic… that way the car won’t be too close to dodge.

  8. Scott H said:

    If you have time to prepare for a crash, you have time to avoid it.

  9. Jancie said:

    “Everyone thinks riding motorcycles is dangerous”. I don’t. Bikes are some of the safest vehicles on the planet. we have better tires, brakes and handling then 90% of all the other vehicles out there. But all that is only as good as the person in the seat controlling the bike. Most motorcyclists themselves never find out exactly what their bike is capable of. how far it can be leaned before it goes all the way over, at what speed. How fast can you get stopped in a panic, how fast the bike can swerve etc. All these things are key to knowing your machine and its performance.

    Don’t ride impaired
    Always expect the unexpected from car and light truck drivers
    Drive like they don’t see you, cause in reality, they aren’t seeing you even while they look right at you.
    Don’t panic when something fails on the bike, and attempt to bring it to a safe stop.
    Don’t speed, and as always expect that the other driver IS impaired or is not concentrating and always have an escape route planned.

  10. bikinkawboy said:

    A prayer book in one pocket and your insurance card in the other?

    All joking aside, Scott H said it right and Janice made some very good points. Never let yourself get hemmed into a spot where you have no escape. You want to be able to apply throttle, cut throttle or swerve to get yourself away from a bad situation. I know this isn’t always possible, but the “no escape” situations are really quite rare unless you’re an idiot that’s looking for trouble.

    Incidentally, NEVER prepare for a crash because most likely you’ll make it come true. Instead, prepare yourself for a situation where you have to act to avoid a crash.

  11. Ming said:

    learn to wheelie, then you can hop up over it like they do with dirt bikes. or.. just jump up.

  12. Andy Pandy said:

    Good question and some excellent answers.There’s no real formula just keep your wits about you, a safe distance from the tin tops, and you and your bike in tip top condition.

    I have been at it for over 40 years, and yes got swiped by a car with life time consequences, but my initial learning curve was around trials riding which teaches you a heck of lot about handling a bike. Try finding a local club that does this, it will be worth it, it taught me enough to be ”still” here when the whole thing went pair shaped.
    Bailing out is usually the last option if your riding skills are up to spec, but if you do have to take to the grass, as others have said roll up arms in across your chest or round your knees so you roll. Not easy to do when the world is falling apart, but try doing it ”off the bike” in the garden or local park. OK the rest of the planet may think you’ve escaped from some where, but what the heck, practise is supposed to make perfect, so it cannot do any harm.
    Just keep out of harms way where ever possible.

  13. Army_Recon said:

    I will give you this advise although I do not always wear my protective equipment myself…If you are overly concerned with getting hurt or crashing then I would suggest you always wear your helmet, gloves, over the ankle boots, eye protection, and highly visiable clothing. No matter what you ride just remember it is the other person you have to look out for, pay attention going around corners and look through your turns. Always expect the cars in front or along side of you to do something stupid, consitently be running through your head “what if” senerios. Make sure you have an “excape route” if you are on the interstate you don’t want to get stuck in a lane and can’t manuver out. Give yourself enough room to stop quickly, learn how to use your front and rear brakes together. the point is not to prepare for a crash rather to prevent one. You have control while on the bike, once you crash you have no control. Also you may want to look into taking a motorcycle safety course, I have been riding for years and I took one and Learned tons of stuff I never thought of. its only like a 100.00 bucks and you get a discount on your insurance.


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