Once you go Harley-Davidson you never go back. It is one of the most exciting things that throw you into the world around you. Nevertheless, it’s dangerous as hell. When you literally hit the world around you hard at 70 mph momentum the thrill comes to a standstill.
The world has this thing against motorcycle dare-devils that calls out the careful baby inside you. Having participated in a lot of tours, I have learned what to do and not to do while on a Harley. I hope these lessons will help you and your bike finish tours in one piece.
You will get your fair share of wear and tear on the road. It catches up with you in the form of broken brakes, worn-out tires, finished fluids, non-functioning clutch, and so forth. I have learned to always inspect my bike before hitting the road. This way, I can always go to a Harley Davidson OEM parts dealership and have everything sorted out. You need to ride with peace of mind.
Always wear your helmet
This is non-negotiable. You might think your head has gotten thicker with years but you can’t compare it to the solid concrete. Brain damage or eating through a straw is no fun at all. So no matter how much you have grown into a pro rider, don’t be an idiot and ignore the helmet. It comes in handy when you least expect it and you’ll be glad you had it on.
Get proper boots and gloves
A proper boot should go over your ankle, provide apt ankle support and a good grip on the pedals. You are dealing with 800 pounds of metal you don’t want your ankle giving way.
Whenever you fall, the first thing you do is put your hands out. A good set of gloves ensures you don’t get scratched. I am not talking about the simple leather gloves but proper bad boys that ensure you are protected. Besides, in the event of an accident, only proper riding gear including pants and jackets will save you.
Always hit the rear brakes first
Train yourself to use the rear brakes before hitting the front brakes. If you want to change lanes, or your exit just pops up, brake to shed some speed but always go with the rear brakes first. The front brakes will make you eat the ground if you hit them with the same level of speed. Also, never brake with your hand first, foot goes first at all times.
Be on the lookout for sand, gravel, or debris
Avoid driving over these when you can as a bike has less traction compared to a car. If you are in a group, help each other avoid roadside hazards. Slow down and ensure your bike is upright when going through the sand.