Things to do if your motorbike breaks down during a ride
"Motorcycle breakdown is a harsh reality in motorcycling, as difficult as it may sound."
Motorcycle breakdown is a harsh reality in motorcycling, as difficult as it may sound. Breakdowns can occur at any time of day, but they usually occur when you least expect it.
Here's a list of things you can do to fix your motorcycle if something unexpected happens:
Look for a safe place to stop
If you feel your bike giving up and struggling beneath you, do everything you can to get to the far right side of the road or the shoulder.
Get a hold of the clutch to keep your bike moving and signal as much as possible to the drivers around you that you're attempting to move over.
If they notice you're having trouble, they'll want to avoid you. This will not only protect you from oncoming traffic but will also make it easier to seek assistance.
Once you've arrived, examine your bike and determine the source of the problem.
Secure your bike and yourself
When you've found a safe spot to stop, secure your bike there right away. Drop your stand, engage the gears if you're on a slope, and turn off the engine.
This is also the best time to quickly assess the problem with your bike and determine whether or not it is safe to continue riding.
If your bike isn't usable, make sure your valuables, such as your wallet, phone, and important documents, are safe – you'll need them all.
Keep an eye on your surroundings, especially if you're in an area with a lot of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
Stay visible at all times
If you've broken down, make sure you're visible to other drivers while you're stuck.
Turn signals, especially in this case, are something you'll want to utilize.
Either your hazard lights or your turn signal should be aligned with the side you'll be turning on.
This is especially important when it's dark outside, as drivers will have a harder time seeing you.
Decide to fix or call for help
Even if you believe you can fix the problem, stopping on the side of the road to service your bike isn't ideal, especially if you're on the highway.
You'll be less aware of the traffic around you and more likely to be hit by another vehicle if you're focused on fixing your bike. Instead, seek assistance from your breakdown provider.
Several manufacturers include breakdown assistance as part of the purchase price of your bike.
Stay calm and focused
When riding a motorcycle, you may feel more vulnerable to the traffic around you, especially if there is a problem.
So, first and foremost, stay calm and concentrate on finding a safe place to pull over.
Keep an eye on the traffic and indicate which side of the road you'd like to move to.
Waving your hand indicates that you need to maneuver; if others notice you're having trouble, they should slow down and give way.