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Motorcycle Ownership: Most Common Things That Can Go Wrong

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Owning a bike is a fun way to get around. It doesn’t matter if you have a little moped that you use to scoot around town or a motorbike that is significantly more substantial—nothing quite beats the feeling of being able to weave in between gridlocked traffic. It’s not always going to be all riding in the warm sunshine, however.

Carry on reading to find out about some of the things that can go wrong when you own a motorcycle and the best ways to prevent it from happening.

Flat Tire


Getting a flat tire is the most common thing that can go wrong on a bike. It is very easy to pick up a shard of glass or a nail on the tarmac which leads to the tire deflating quickly. Unless you are riding an Italian make moped scooter that has room underneath the seat for a spare, you are looking at making an emergency call to someone who can hoist your bike up onto a level transporting surface and give you a lift.

Make sure you are prepared for this eventuality. Keep your emergency roadside service agreement paid up and current. Read the small print carefully to check there are no hidden clauses from which they can nullify the agreement. Many a motorcyclist with a learner’s permit has been caught off guard by insurance coverage or roadside assistance that doesn’t recognize their permit.

Getting into an Accident

While we are on the subject of motorcycle insurance, be vigilant whenever you encounter a situation where you or your motorbike have been involved in any kind of accident. The minute you are able to, call a San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyer if you live in the area or have been riding in that jurisdiction.

You will need the best law firm with experience of handling cases of this nature who can guide you through the process. Seek justice if you have been in an accident involving your motorcycle. Your lawyer will fight tirelessly on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve.

Triggered Traffic Lights

If you ride on roads that use triggered traffic lights, you may be slightly confused about what to do when you have to stop at one. All traffic lights operate in one of two ways: timed lights that are synchronized to change at structured times, and triggered lights that are only activated to turn green when a vehicle is heavy enough to set off the coiled circuit wires under a grid.

Unless you are built like the Terminator and have the same bike as he did, your motorcycle won’t be heavy enough to trigger the circuit. Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Virginia have laws that allow motorcyclists to treat these traffic lights as they would a yield sign. Other states have left the rules on how to get through these intersections up to the riders own interpretation.

Remember to stay safe out there on the roads and ride to stay alive.

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