The beginning of the summer season again put more motorcyclists into operation. For car drivers who haven't met them for half a year, they are something new on the road. Here are some tips and advice on how to understand why a biker does what he or she is doing.
For some, a motorcycle is just a completely common means of transport, for others a way to relax. Some people ride a motorcycle to work every day, others want to clear their heads a bit on the weekend or after work.
While motorcycle riders are usually car drivers, some car riders have never ridden a motorcycle and have no idea about specific areas of motorcycle riding. And then they don't understand why a biker is doing what he's doing. Perhaps the following few points will help explain that a biker is also just a person who, like you, wants to reach the destination safely and on time.
1. A biker rides for pleasure
With few exceptions, no one rides a motorcycle out of force, but simply because they want to. Bikers are usually not upset and frustrated, on the contrary, they enjoy the ride. It is similar for those who go, for example, after work or on the weekend to drive a veteran, convertible, or some sports car that is not used for everyday family responsibilities. So it is perhaps understandable that riding a motorcycle is often associated with sharp accelerations and here and there some banal violation of regulations.
But let us repeat again that it is not for anyone except the Police of the Czech Republic to educate anyone in traffic. Only the police have a legal monopoly on educating and reprimanding drivers, so others should mainly make sure that everyone gets to their destination safely and on time. The fact that someone is riding a motorcycle quickly or weaves through heavy traffic all the way to the traffic light while you are standing in a convoy does not entitle you to explain your idea of road safety and smoothness. Only a police officer can do that. And if that bothers you, buy a powerful motorcycle as well. You will see how happy you will be when car drivers in the convoy leave an alley between them, into which the motorcycle can fit.
2. The biker cannot see backward
Sometimes a rider on a motorcycle may do something out of the question. But keep in mind that the biker sees very badly for himself. The mirrors of the motorcycles are small and most of their area is filled by the rider's shoulders. And they also usually shake, which makes the rider's overview of the situation at the rear even worse.
It can happen that the motorcycle driver simply does not know that you are following him. Try not to make illogical maneuvers for him, do not run over him and leave him more space. Remember that especially in the rain, the biker will not tilt the machine so much into corners and will drive much slower. In the city, when turning, he almost stops so that it does not slip on the longitudinal markings or tram tracks. The biker does not want to restrict you, but he does not want to fall off the machine.
3. The biker forgets to turn off the turn signal
The vast majority of motorcycles do not have automatic turn-off of the turn signal like a car. It can happen that the driver of the motorcycle simply forgets, just like you forget to turn on the lights in the morning or forget to turn off the fog light.
You can blame it on the driver's lack of concentration, but unlike you in the car, he doesn't have a loud acoustic signal (he wouldn't even hear it in his helmet while driving). And the indicator light indicating that the turn signals are on is very difficult to see in direct sunlight. In thick gloves, it may also happen that the driver does not press the turn signal switch off button.
This is one important caveat. When a motorbike, which is already flashing from a great distance, comes to the junction along the main road, it can easily happen that the rider does not intend to turn at all! Watch out and wait. Also, do not rely on the deceleration of the motorbike in front of the intersection to signal to turn. A lot of bikers prefer to slow down in front of an intersection because they are afraid of inattentive drivers on a side road.
4. A biker needs as much space as a car
An ordinary motorcycle is smaller than a car, but it needs as much space on the road as a passenger. First of all, keep in mind that the motorcycle must tilt into corners. And also reckon with the fact that the biker zigzags much more between holes, unevenness, and obstacles on the road.
Great attention in cities with tram traffic and around railway crossings. The biker must drive extremely slippery tram (or other) tracks almost vertically and carefully. The same applies to horizontal road markings, as we have indicated above. The pedestrian crossing and the lines on the road are fear for bikers, especially in the rain, because then the white color slides like ice. And even on the cobblestones, the biker has not completely won.
5. A biker doesn't want / can't always be faster
A biker doesn't always have to fly like a madman with a two hundred. Some are unsure of the motorcycle and drive slower than the surrounding traffic. Some motorcycles (and especially scooters) do not go more than eighty. Especially in cities, count on the fact that the small fifty for a beginner biker has a speed limited to a meaningless 45 km /h. Over fifty he won't even go downhill.
A lot of bikers just want to ride the so-called cool seventies. Therefore, do not stick to the biker and feel free to overtake him normally if you want to go faster. But again, keep in mind that he may not see you well, so leave him more space, just as it is better to leave more space for cyclists. Then pay special attention when you reach a group of more bikers.
It's also good to know that most bikers don't stop as fast as a car. Despite the difference in the contact area of the tires, motorcycles can brake on a similar track as cars, but while in the car you just have to depress the pedal with all your might, braking on a motorcycle requires a lot more skill.
Less experienced bikers are afraid to take the brakes properly, or take them too hard, blocking the front wheel. When they lock it in the plane, it is often enough to startle, release the brake, and then do not brake at all. And although today all new motorcycles must have an ABS system, most motorcycles on the road are older and have nothing similar. So it's mainly about the rider. For a similar reason, the bike is usually also slower in corners, so don't race with a biker in serpentines. Knocking the bike into corners may seem simple from the outside, but know that from the saddle and without the proper experience, the whole situation is somewhat different.
Bonus: A biker is also just a human
Probably the easiest is to stop thinking of bikers as a machine, but rather as a human being. Unlike cyclists, who often have problems complying with at least the basic rules of the road, the biker usually has a valid driver's license and knows how to behave on the road and what the Stop, give way sign means.
The biker also pays liability and has the same moral right on the road as you in the car. And if you also buy a motorcycle, you will see why riding a motorcycle is so impressive. Even a convertible will not give you the feeling of freedom, connection with the environment, and the experience of how you are exposed to external influences.