I guess it was inevitable in Scotland that the lovely weather we saw in March was not going to last! The rain and hail have been falling pretty hard over the past few weeks and this presents a challenge for many of us motorcyclists.
Part of the challenge of using a motorbike is adjusting our riding to deal with different road conditions.
There are all sorts of conditions we need to have the skills to deal with. Some conditions that can lead to a loss of control of the bike are: poor weather conditions, mud, diesel spills, manhole covers and painted road markings.
The key is to stay aware and look out for any of these conditions or road signs warning of hazards. There may also be some other clues. For example, where there are building sites or farm entrances there may be mud.
Make sure that your tyres are in good condition and allow yourself time and space to see what is ahead of you. Always remember the limitations of your bike and your skill as a rider.
This was on the back road down to Traquair- nightmare and just where you don’t want it to be…on a bend.
Also a friend of Motorcycle Law Scotland sent me this picture below of an "off" he had where thankfully he wasn’t injured. Just look at the state of the road and believe me, all the skill in the world wouldn’t have made much difference under these conditions.
We are off to Knockhill at the weekend so if anyone is going, watch out for the ladies with the pink mohicans doing a parade lap at lunch-time !