Summertime is in effect and marching season is right around the corner. But instead of focusing on a bunch of idiots in silly costumes engaging in antisocial behaviour and potentially dangerous activities, let’s talk about motorcycle enthusiasts.
I’ll assume that if you are one of these folk, that you already know and obey the rules of the road, and are well aware that there is no greater danger to you than the oblivious automobile driver. Always assume that no one sees or hears you. Also, ride safe and sober at all times.
Now that the obvious is out of the way, here are some safe riding reminders:
Proper riding attire: While the young woman in the photo above has remembered her helmet, she is wearing it incorrectly. Also, in the even that she lays her bike down, her clothing may not protect her from road burn.
This more experienced rider knows that leather is still the best protection, but is wearing neither sensible footwear nor a helmet. Dress for the road from head to toe!
Be aware of both existing and new road rules.
For those of you born after 1998, this is what a border crossing looks like. (I time travelled to 2018 to take this photo on the Donegal/Derry border.) Always have your papers ready, and for fuck’s sake, keep your hands visible at all times! Expect long delays.
Respect the neighborhoods you ride through.
Examples of gang patches include the following:
anything with this—
Ride safely my friends, and may the wind be ever at your backs.