Category: Scooter Care

Must-Have Essential Skills for Every Scooter Rider

Riding a motor scooter is fun, at the same time, challenging. The fun lies when a professional rider or even a fresher uses practical skills to maneuver through the streets. The challenge lies in the fact that some of the riding occurrences might cost one’s life.

Riding a motorcycle at low speeds while avoiding traffic doesn’t give you the experience; but, swerving at high speeds defines the adventure.

Go to a busy highway and gain practical knowledge in taking an unplanned U-turn or deal with rogue road users who pose a danger to your life and that of other road users. Ride on a bumpy road to understand the difficulties in the cycling game.

Do you know how to get out of the parking lot? What of scootering on the muddy waters?

You must know how to change the settings, especially the gears to suit such environments. It’s worse when you take the scooter to the nearest car wash only to find the only water used for cleaning in the area is hard water. Can you cope with the scam and high density of such waters? It is the moment you will appreciate the value of water softeners.

Most importantly, your braking skills come in handy to sharpen your navigation journey. These essential skills give you the refresher the confidence to face rough road users with ease.

Moreover, every new scooter rider must practice them off the road to perfect the skills.

The best place is the parking lot or at the playground. The refresher course or professional training is not enough; your practice comes in handy to give you the title- professional scooter rider.

What are the essential skills a scooter rider must possess?

Clutch control

The clutch is the bridge between the gears and the brakes. Just like driving, it’s the control system that determines whether you engage the gears or the brakes where applicable. You must have noticed a rider who lurch when starting the motorcycle.

It’s due to the poor mastery of the friction zone in a clutch release. It’s a skill that you master through practice. Scooter riders must know when to engage or disengage the clutch for a smooth transition to the right gears or brakes.

The skills come in handy during the low speed or when you need instant brakes yet you are on a high-speed gear.

Walking pace riding

The best place to test whether you are an excellent scooter rider or not is in heavy traffic or roundabout or from a pedestrian crossing. Riding in such areas sharpens the understanding of your braking system as well as slow speed movement.

Riding in the countryside doesn’t equip you with these skills- its smooth with fewer traffic issues- you might find it difficult in such areas. What do you do during this time?

  • Relax and be flexible with the steering
  • Put the throttle at a constant level to maintain power supply
  • Avoid using the front brakes instead engage the rare brakes
  • Increase stability using the rare brake
  • Master the friction zone to understand when to release or hold the clutch

Quick Braking

Emergency braking is a skill that saves lives by avoiding a head-on collision with other road users. You need to use all the brakes at the same time. If not, you might swerve off the road, which might pose even higher risks of accidents.

It’s a skill that needs no second thought, or else you will fall. If you’ve decided to stop do it as fast as possible. It’s one rare moment where second thoughts don’t work. You must know when to hold the emergency brakes and still be steady.

Swerving at high speed

Naturally, in motorcycling or driving, braking at high speeds might be detrimental if you lack the skills to manage the clutch at that point. A road user might take a U-turn or change lanes without notice, yet you are motor riding at very high speeds.

Braking is not an option; similarly, hitting the vehicle is also out of the question. The only savior is swerving at that speed. What do you do to master these skills? Motorcycle driving schools never give you the chance to swerve at high speed.

You only do this on your own. Do you know it’s simple to swerve at five kph than at 30 kph? Try this in an open playground. Start with the 5kph and increase the speed as you also learn the leaning ability of your scooter.

SR and PR prevention

Away from the practical skills, Survival Response (SR), and the Panic Reflex (PR) is something you have to deal with in the scootering journey. You must not under-react; similarly, not overreact.

 Avoid personal fears and face the road challenges with ease. When faced with an abnormal issue on the road, take time to think of the best thing to do rather than grabbing all the brakes leading to mishaps. You can never jump out of the machine; all the control processes are in your hands.

Generally, scooter riding is adventurous and fun; with the skills mentioned above, you make your riding experience memorable. At the end of the day, as you flashback on events of the day, you appreciate your skillset that saved your life or made the whole experience something to look forward to all the time.

How We Protect Our Scooters From The Harsh NYC Winters

Are you a Scooterist leaving around Gotham, New York City? Are you stuck on how to ride your machine in the rugged winters?

Well….

WORRY NO MORE

 The moment you have the right gear; then winter is not a hindrance to your passion.

What is the right gear for riding during winter?

 Before we even look at that it is important to get the facts and figures about the Winter season in New York City, US.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the winters last for at least three months which is from the Month of December to February. Imagine staying indoors without riding your scooter for such a long time.

The temperatures range from -2 to 5 Degrees Celsius during the winter months. Who can even imagine going out for a motorcycle ride with these extremely low temperatures?

 Almost 30 percent of the US population stays indoors; if not they plan their holidays to warmer areas just to escape the cold weather. If the later is not an option then you need to prepare your motorcycle for the upcoming events.

With these freezing levels, it is therefore important to plan your routes.

The same way you take care of your body, similarly, you also need to have the right protection for your Scooter.

For this, you need to get an expert to give you all the advice to maintain the scooter even for the warmer months. Among some of the reminders, you need to look into in this harsh weather include

  • Winter warning signs from the weatherman
  • Motorcycle winter additions and storage
  • Weather hazards within your route map
  • Damaged roads
  • Other riders using the routes

Why is it important to have protective gear in Winter Motorcycle Riding?

When we talk of the protective gear we mean- the clothing for all the body parts from head to toe. This is not an option. In fact in New York City; it is a traffic offense to ride a motorcycle without the right gear like helmet, reflector jackets, and boots among others.

It is not just for your own safety but also for the safety of other road users too.

The winter months are associated with fog and snow which limits one’s vision. Why endanger other road users just because of your ignorance?

It is therefore important, for example, to have a reflective jacket as a sign of your presence on the road. Other reasons why it is vital to have a protective gear include

  • Freedom of cycling on the streets with no fear
  • It saves one’s life
  • You avoid being on the wrong side of the law
  • Enhances one’s comfort
  • Prevents fatal road accidents

Whether you are riding on the remote parts of New York City or just within Gotham area; the following are the most important protective gear for NYC winter motorcycling

5 best clothing for winter rides in NYC

It is fun to take a ride as a group to enhance the team spirit. You will notice that you will ride longer distances than expected despite the rough winters. A scooter club will be the best organization to join to exercise your skills at this time of the year.

You will not only make friends but also learn what protective gear works for them.

The FIVE mandatory clothing for our scooters include

  1.  Helmets

The head houses the brain and that is the engine of the body. This is the body part that regulates all the body functions.

This explains the reason why you need to invest in the best helmet with the following features to protect you during an inevitable fall or accidents while on the streets with snow.

  1. Inner insulation to regulate the temperature
  2.  Transparent shield to enhance vision
  3. Rear spoiler to add a layer of shield to prevent high winds during high speeds
  4. Stylish to be fashionable on the road

A helmet comes in handy to ensure that during a fall on the sharp ice, your head remains intact. Have you watched a motorcycle accident scene and wonder how the rider survived?

 The answer all lies in the type of helmet. You do not just need a helmet, but you have to make sure that it is well-fitting to enhance your comfort. It should not be too tight or too loose.

2.      Jackets

From the head then we move to the upper part of the body. This is the part that houses most of the body organs including the lungs that are most affected by the cold weather.

You need a leather jacket but specifically with an inner warmer lining to act as an insulator against the cold temperatures.

The winter rides are only fun when you are comfortable. You need to get a well-fitting jacket with a polo neck to cover the neck. If you still feel you need a layer of warmth then a round-up shawl will serve the purpose.

A jacket is essential in winter motorcycling.

3.         Gloves

The hands are the parts that are most exposed to the cold. Moreover, this is the part that controls the motorcycle. The gloves that we recommend are also made of silicone on the outer part but woolen lining on the inner parts for warmth.

 The other main features to check when getting a glove is the

  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Silicone texture to enhance grip
  • Touch screen compatibility

Why silicone material? – It has a minimal sliding effect to enhance grip during turmoil on the rough ice.

4.         Warm pants

A warm pant is a protective gear that we recommend for the lower part of the body. The issue of gender takes a center stage here. Fashion is not overlooked among our scooters. We need to see you and identify you through your sense of fashion from the pants you wear.

Warmth and comfort are paramount when it comes to the choice of the best pant for winter motorcycling. After all, a scooterist is one of the most fashionable motorcyclists known globally.

5.         Boots

Finally, we are on the legs. This covers the feet and the knees. Take note: this is what gives you the grip on the stand as you navigate. Just like driving, you need to have boots designed for motorcycling.

As you look for these parameters, you need to understand the type of material which determines the weight. Too much weight reduces your grip rate and the ability to fast navigate especially during an emergency.

It is evident that protective gear mostly involves clothing. What you need not forget as you shop around are the cleaning instructions? ( A tag at the back or side of any clothing). Manufacturers set the standard on the type of water that you need to use. Do you need soft water or hard water? In case it is soft water and you have hard water then you have options on what you to do to maintain the set standard.

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