If you ride a motorcycle in Oregon or anywhere else, it's important
to know about
motorcycle safety. Being on two wheels leaves you more exposed on the road, especially when
you're sharing it with big cars, SUVs, and commercial semi trucks.
It's important to know how to ride defensively and protect yourself.
One very good resource for
motorcycle safety is the Team Oregon website, which can be found at
http://team-oregon.org/. Team Oregon is a cooperative endeavor between the Oregon Department of
Transportation and Oregon State University and offers important tips for
riders as well as how to find the right course for you. It also has important
information about recent motorcycle rider course laws. For example, as
of 2011, all new riders under the age of 30 are required to take a
motorcycle safety course. If you already have a motorcycle endorsement, even if it's
from another state, you are not required to take a course. Motorcycle
rider safety course laws are being phased in over the next 5 years, so
expect them to change. As of 2012 the age moves up a full decade to age
40, as of 2013 the age moves to 50, and so on. It's important to stay
up to date on
motorcycle safety laws in Oregon. According to the site, currently "new riders 20 and
younger are required to take the Basic Rider Training (BRT) course. Motorcycle
riders aged 21-30 may take either the BRT or the Intermediate Rider Training
The site offers information about 4 levels of
motorcycle safety training, so you can find the course that's right for you. The costs
range from $99 for Rider Skills Practice to $179 for the 15-hour (3 day)
Basic Rider Training Course. Riders who want to take the courses are required
to have a valid driver's license but are not required to have a motorcycle
What if I don't have a motorcycle yet? Can I still take the course?
Yes! Team Oregon provides motorcycles and helmets to students taking their
courses. You can also choose to bring your own motorcycle, but it must
pass an inspection and meet certain safe operation requirements.
If you're unsure what kind of motorcycle or helmet to buy, Team Oregon
has helpful information about that as well. They'll tell you how to
measure your head and make sure your helmet fits properly.
Looking for something a bit more interactive? You might enjoy this
motorcycle safety site:
http://www.msgroup.org/default.aspx. It offers tips, videos, case studies, and an interactive forum where
you can discuss
motorcycle safety issues with other riders.
http://www.motorcycle-safety-tips.com/ is a blog that offers some helpful information about
motorcycle safety as well. It comes with anecdotal advice that's easy to read. The blogger
cautions against being lulled into a false sense of security. Even the
most experienced riders can get in an accident. Says the site's author,
"Although at the time of each incident I would have been able to
demonstrate a greater degree of rider skill, proficiency, and motorcycle
control than most of the riders I personally knew, the reality was much
my apparent competence as a rider WAS NOT ENOUGH to keep me from the brink
One important safe riding tip is to always be prepared for all types of
weather. Riding in rain can be extremely dangerous, especially if you're
a new rider. Make sure your motorcycle's tires are in good condition.
This is especially important when riding on wet road surfaces.
Undoubtedly, the most important motorcycle riding tip is simply to be alert
at all times. This may sound obvious, but many experienced riders become
overly confident on the road. They can lull themselves into a false sense
Regardless of how long you've been riding, you're never too experienced
to follow these basic
motorcycle safety tips. Know the laws; be alert at all times; and always be prepared. Consider
reviewing Team Oregon's website, or another motorcycle safety site,
for more tips and information that can help you be a better motorcycle
rider and hopefully prevent a future motorcycle accident.
Portland motorcycle accident attorney if you have been injured and we can help you recover compensation.