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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

Look after your bike.

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 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.

Biker guide to North Yorkshire 2016[application/pdf]