Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Riding over objects

Sometimes you have no choice but to ride over an object in your path. A length of tailpipe may be too close to steer around. Handling objects is a lot like riding over uneven surfaces.

Here is what to do:

  1. Hold the handle grips tightly so that you don’t lose your grip when the front wheel hits.
  2. Keep a straight course. This keeps the motorcycle upright and reduces the chance of falling on impact.
  3. Rise slightly on the footrests. This allows your legs and arms to absorb the shock and helps keep you from being bounced off as the rear wheel hits.
  4. Do not brake while going over the object.

Following these four steps lets you ride safely over most obstacles found on the highway. It’s a good idea to stop and check your tires and rims for damage after riding over an object.


Rev: 2015