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Motorcycling: tips for a safe ride

Motorbikes are a practical means of transport, while at the same time offering what is a unique leisure experience. They carry connotations of power and freedom. Anyone keen to take their bike for a spin should be sure to think about the safety aspects. Helvetia explains what points to consider before setting off on a motorcycling trip.

25 May 2021, text: Sandra Biraghi, photo: iStock

Motorcycling: tips for a safe ride
If you have the right insurance, you can discover the world on two wheels – worry-free.

Key considerations for worry-free trips

Protective clothing

Wearing the right protective clothing goes a long way toward keeping you safe. It may be an expensive purchase, but it’s definitely not an area where you should cut corners to save costs. Motorcycling gear should give you optimum protection from head to toe. The first thing to consider is the helmet. Helmets are compulsory for riders and pillion passengers alike. So-called integral or flip-up helmets provide the best protection, as they completely cover the face and jaw. Important: helmets must comply with the “ECE 22-05” standard. When choosing motorcycling clothing, it’s a good idea to opt for eye-catching colours and reflective elements. Motorcycling jackets with integrated back protectors and extra protection around the elbows and shoulders are recommended. Motorcycling trousers should also have knee, hip and shin protectors. For motorcycling gloves, abrasion-resistant material that covers the wrists is recommended. Motorcycling boots should protect the ankles and lower shins. Lace-up shoes are a definite “no-no” as they can get caught in the brake lever or the gear lever.

Insure your protective gear

You can insure your protective gear and that of your pillion passenger against theft and damage with Helvetia.

Pre-trip checklist

For a safe ride, pay attention to these key points – especially if you haven’t been riding for quite a while:

  • Check your tyres: Tyres should have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm.
  • Check your lights: Test your whole lighting system, including indicators and brake lights. It’s also advisable to carry spare bulbs. Driving with your lights on is also compulsory during the daytime.
  • Check your fluid levels: Check your brake fluid, coolant and oil levels. Brake fluid should be changed roughly once every three years. You should change your oil and oil filter annually.
  • Test your brakes: Before setting off, it’s vital to check that your hand and foot brakes are working properly.
  • Check your chain: Check the tension to the rear wheel and ensure that the chain is freshly lubricated.
  • Mastery of your machine: Finally, make sure you feel confident you are in control of your machine before setting off on your first ride.

Bike safety training

When you get back on a bike for the first time in years, you can brush up your riding skills at a bike safety training course. You can get a voucher worth CHF 80 for this from Helvetia. If you don’t yet have a maximum no-claims bonus, voluntarily completing a bike safety training course raises your bonus level for third-party and accidental collision damage insurance.

Motorcycle insurance

Individual protection and carefree riding pleasure: With Helvetia’s motorcycle insurance, you can insure yourself, your motorbike and your equipment entirely according to your needs.