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Motorbike safety

Over the last 10 years, 141 bikers have been killed and 1,328 seriously injured on our roads in North Yorkshire.

Safety advice

  • Make sure your tyre pressures are correct and adjust them if you carry a passenger or extra luggage. Check you have enough tread and remove any grit, check for nails, cuts or bulges in the tyres.
  • Check the chain tension is correct. Oil the chain regularly and check the sprockets for uneven wear.
  • Never let your brake pads wear down to the minimum specified by the manufacturer – this will often be indicated by a colour marker on the pads. Neglected pads can result in life threatening damage to brake discs.
  • Make sure you have set the suspension correctly for the type of riding you are doing. Getting it wrong can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable.
  • Check your oil levels including the hydraulics. Grease or oil all moving parts of the bike.
  • Make sure you follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Getting the brake fluid changed regularly is particularly important.
  • Check the steering turns freely, and there is no knocking or free play in the head bearings.
  • If you’re riding with a pillion, check and adjust your headlight. With the extra weight of a pillion your dipped beam starts to become more of a main beam. It will also not adequately light the road in front at night.