Born-Again bikers targeted in new safety campaign
Born-Again bikers are being targeted in a brand new safety campaign from North Yorkshire police.
Typically, a Born-Again rider is one who’s made a return to motorbikes and biking later in life after a spell away from two wheels.
And according to stats released by North Yorkshire Police, time away from riding, as well as slower reaction times means they’re the group of riders most at risk on North Yorkshire roads.
Born-Again biker profile
– 60 per cent of motorcyclists who lost their lives on North Yorkshire roads were aged between 40-49.
– 70 per cent of motorcycle collisions are caused by rider error.
– The main causes of rider error are a loss of control on bends and overtaking vehicles.
– Nearly all collisions involve bikes with engines of 500cc or more.
Because Born-Again bikers are high-risk on the road, North Yorkshire police is working hard to educate riders in that age category through a new campaign, as Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick explains:
“For those returning to biking after a considerable time away from the saddle, serious consideration needs to be given about the type of motorcycle you purchase.
“Remember, motorbikes have got faster and your reaction times have got slower. Please don’t let your dream ride to turn into a nightmare.
“Our advice is to take a realistic assessment of your physical capabilities and select a lower-powered bike instead. You can always graduate to a more powerful machine when your riding ability reaches a higher standard.”
The campaign will run for three weeks with lots of coverage throughout North Yorkshire however some vital tips have also been shared by the police force for anyone considering getting back into biking.
Tips for anyone thinking about making a return to biking
Training – you should consider taking a refresher course to familiarise yourself with riding again under expert tuition.
Your kit – Your kit can be the difference between life and death. Make sure your kit is up to scratch.
Learn your route – While you’re getting used to getting back on two wheels, learn any routes you’re going to ride to avoid surprises.
Think about your bike – You may have been fine on a 1000cc sports bike back in the day but your skills will have deteriorated. Consider a low-powered bike to start off with and gradually work your way up to your dream superbike.
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