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Rider maintenance

Posted 04.04.16 | By Dan Smith

Rider maintenance – Looking after yourself

Making sure you’re in great shape before hopping back on the bike is just as important as making sure your bike is up to scratch. Now the winter season is over, the longer days and better weather just beg for a great ride through the countryside, we all want to get back on our bikes. But the downtime might have taken its toll. Ensure you’re as ready for a ride as your bike is with these quick tips. It doesn’t take too long but could make a world of difference on your next ride.

Handling the beast

It may look easy to non-riders, but motorcycling can take a serious toll on your body and takes a surprising amount of hard work. It takes strong legs, upper body and core muscles to stay in control of your bike. Now’s the time to make sure you’re as fit as you can be to make sure you don’t topple over because you couldn’t keep control.

Eyes like a hawk

Your eyes are the most important tools in keeping you safe on your bike. You need to make sure you know pretty much everything that’s going on around you so you can anticipate any dangers and react accordingly.

That’s why we recommend you drop in to your local opticians for a check-up, even if you’ve never worn glasses before. You really need to make sure your eyes are the best they can be. If you do have to get glasses, or have them already, make sure you have a helmet that can accommodate them comfortably so you have no excuse for not wearing them while you ride.

The right reactions

When out on your bike, you need to have your wits about you so, if your brain is half asleep, you could be possibly be heading for a bad situation. That’s why you need to make sure you’re as sharp as you can be, so you can react in good time.

The easiest thing you can do to help this is make sure you have a good night’s sleep before you ride so you don’t head out with that sluggish, sleepy feeling. But you can also keep your brain sharp with the right diet and a few brain-training tools. Why not get your brain in gear with a bit of Sudoku and fuel up with some fish and nuts?

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