You are not the only one who rides a motorcycle on the road, which will make the traffic conditions change rapidly. And riding in close quarters with cars requires constantly critical and quick decisions. Thus, only seeing carefully what’s ahead of you and around you can help motorcycle riders to avoid mishaps on the streets, especially when they are lane splitting. So, if you want to be a better rider and ride safely on the open road, you’d better learn how to stay in touch with surroundings while maintaining control of your motorcycle.
Visual scanning is actually one of the natural and instinctive acts you will do when you riding on motorcycles. But, it is not about scanning random things. Single bikers will want to scan ahead of the road, the sharpness of the turn when approaching a curve, the surface road conditions and any unexpected obstacles that may disturb the riding. And carefully keep eyes open when approaching intersections or passing driveways where you will encounter cars.
However, except for scanning the potential obstacles ahead, single Harley riders are supposed to scan what’s happening 360 degrees around them. So, riders need to imagine that they are hovering high above their positions and see all things around them, which including monitoring their mirrors, their blind spots and the movement of vehicles around them. Thus, they can totally control the whole traffic situation and ride safely with their biker babe.
The extremely bad thing for bikers is thinking too much while they are riding. Because how your body handles a motorcycle can be greatly influenced by what’s going on in your head. If you are distracted and not mentally focusing on the riding, you may not be able to cope with the rapidly changing variables on the roads. So, try your best to scan your surroundings can help you focus on the riding and enables you to avoid some pitfalls and accidents.