This month’s clip contains not one but two key reminders. The first reminder is around the importance of adjusting your riding to suit the conditions. Despite the fact that modern tyres are said to be as much as 85% as effective in the wet as dry tyres, it is vital to make the necessary adjustments to your ride in the wet – visibility will no doubt be impeded in the wet thus reducing your field of vision, stopping distances are increased and, as these bikers found out the hard way, loss of contact between rubber and road caused by aquaplaning is an obvious risk.
Whilst it’s not immediately apparent what caused the off in this clip, the chances of it happening could have been reduced if the rider had adjusted his speed to reflect the hazardous conditions. It isn’t possible to see the speedo clearly, but the bike does appear to be making (at best) rapid progress and (at worst) to be travelling too fast for the conditions.
The second learning opportunity this particular clip provides us with is, obvious as it might sound, the imperative importance of wearing a helmet that fits properly. In the clip, at around the 11 or 12 second point, the pillion passenger’s crash helmet can clearly be seen to be hanging off her head very loosely. At 17 seconds it has moved so far up her head that it barely covers half of the facial area.
Luckily for her it stayed on, providing at least a degree of protection, but much less than if it had been a proper fit.
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