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How motorcycle safety is a year-round concern

It may seem hard to believe, but today is officially the first day of the fall season, meaning it won't be long before the leaves start to fall, and the temperatures begin their slow and steady decline.

Just because we're one-step closer to winter doesn't mean we have to completely abandon all of our favorite warm-weather outdoor activities. Indeed, there is still plenty of time left for bicycling, fishing, grilling and motorcycling.

In fact, many motorcyclists consider fall to be among the best season for riding given the more favorable temperatures and, of course, the beautiful scenery created by the changing leaves.

Experts caution, however, that as the riding season winds down, riders must remain vigilant while behind the throttle. Furthermore, they urge riders to keep some of the following safety points in mind even after they store their bike for the long winter, and mull making some off-season acquisitions or alterations.


Even though Rhode Island law only requires all new riders to wear a helmet for one year, and all riders under 21 to wear a helmet, many riders still make the wise decision to don the appropriate headgear. However, many opt for open-faced helmets instead of full-faced helmets, fearing that the latter will restrict their visibility.   

The U.S. Department of Transportation's safety standards dictate, however, that all helmets -- regardless of how they cover your face -- must provide riders with a field of view measuring 210 degrees. In addition, experts point out that full-faced helmets can protect the rider's face from the weather, insects and debris, as well as provide an extra measure of protection in a crash.

Accordingly, riders will want to keep this in mind when helmet shopping in the months ahead.

Bigger bikes

Even though it might be bitterly cold and there are several inches of snow on the ground, this won't stop devoted riders from heading to local shows and dealerships to check out the latest models.

While riders may be very tempted to upgrade to a new model with a bigger engine and/or a larger frame, experts advise them to proceed with caution. That's because bikes that weigh more are often harder to maneuver, while a bigger engine will mean higher torque and less room for mistakes.

Here's hoping we see a safe fall season for motorcyclists. In the event the unimaginable does happen, however, and you suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your rights and your options.  

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