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Motorcycling and Riding Over Small Obstacles

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Small Obstacles while Riding Motorcycle – What to Do?

No matter how long you’ve been a rider or where you ride, one day you will find yourself rapidly approaching an obstacle on the road, be it a shredded tire, a wooden plank, or another small object. Your first reaction will be to swerve around it or brake hard. Either of these could work, but if there’s a vehicle next to you or tailing you, then you’ll be toast. So what else can you do? It may seem counterintuitive, but your best bet in such a scenario would be to go straight into and over the object. Here are a few pointers:

  1. Line up as much as you can to hit the object straight on. Hit the object at an angle and you’ll most certainly take a spill. If you’re rounding a curve when the object pops up, straighten your bike.
  2. Hold onto the handlebar for dear life, using all of your fingers. And do NOT accidentally press the brake lever, unless you want to take a good, close look at the pavement.
  3. Do whatever you can to lower your center of gravity. Stand on your foot pegs if you can. But don’t forget to keep your knees bent so they can absorb much of the impact energy.
  4. Right before impact, open the throttle. This will cause your front wheel to lift, making it easier to go over the object. Once you’re over, shift your weight forward so the rear wheel can lift and follow.
  5. If you had a hard bump, pull over and inspect your bike. But wait until your bike is back in a straight line and stabilized.
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This isn’t something you want to learn on the fly, in an emergency situation where your life is on the line. Go to a quiet road or parking lot and practice these steps until the maneuver becomes second nature. This way, you’ll be prepared when the time comes.

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