Motorcycle riding On the road

When motorcycle riding on the road, there are some key things to remember to keep you safe.  Here are just a few below.

Motorcycle Riding – The Basics

You will be or will have been (depending as whether you have taken your CBT) taught the following before any on-road procedure however by remembering O, S, M(PSL) you shouldn’t go too far wrong.

    • Observation – shoulder or mirror, as necessary.
    • Signal – the types of different signal are: Primary (electrical indicators, arm signals) and secondary (position in the road, audible [horn]).
    • Manoeuvre – to the left or right, as required.
      • Position (on the road).
      • Speed (including gear on manual machines).
      • Look or lifesaver (depending upon the type of turn selected).

The importance of looking

When adapting to motorcycle riding it takes concentration. Being aware of your surroundings at all times is super important – as you can see from the above O, S, M(PSL) reminder, looking appears twice in the list – once at the start and once at the end.  It appears twice for a reason – its importance.  The more you ride you motorcycle, the more you will get used to doing this.

    • Check mirrors and look over shoulder before moving off.
 Double check in case you missed on first glance.
    • Check mirrors before braking.  
Its important to know if somebody is riding too close behind you.
    • Rear (Lifesaver) observation on the move when changing lanes or turning corners.
Remember not to look too long over your shoulder in case a vehicle stalls in front of you.  New riders are more susceptible to balance and turning issues when looking over your shoulder – be aware of this.


Getting your braking right is very important – always remind yourself of the following when motorcycle riding.  In the early stages of biking it is good practice to test your self in clear areas to get used to how to best handle your bike or scooter.

    • The overall braking percentage (in the dry) is 75% front 25% rear (this refers to the amount of comparative braking used and not the distance travelled by the brake lever/pedal – or 3x front to 1x rear).
    • Wet conditions will approximately half the braking potential of the machine.
    • The overall wet braking percentage will be approximately: 50% front to 50% rear (owing to the reduction of grip to the front tyre.  Percentage split also refers to comparative braking).

And if all this is new to you then you may be wanting to get your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training).  Well there are many good reasons to ride however if you want to know more about licence types further info can be found on the overview government website.

Remember to check out our  blog for more info on Motorcycle safety.