So you want to acquire a motorbike? The basic thing you must figure out is what character of bike you require. What kind of riding do you intend to do? Are you going to ride on dirt tracks and trails or the freeway? Certainly, there are no right or wrong answers. Just be straight with yourself. And keep safety in mind.
Over sixty-six percent of car to motorcycle collisions in Homestead are caused by motorists, not by motorcyclists. These drivers commonly do not see the motorcyclist in time.
“I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
Drivers tend to watch for cars and trucks but not motorcycles or even bicycles. Because of the diminutive profile, bikes are more challenging to see. Furthermore, it is also harder to estimate a motorcycle’s speed especially at dusk and dawn.
Here is a piece of advice for drivers, Respect the Cyclist.
Motorcycles are vehicles having identical rights as that of any transportation on a Florida road or highway.
- Allow the biker a whole lane of travel.
- Keep your eyes peeled for scooters.
- Watch carefully at junctions, particularly before initiating a left-hand turn.
- Check your blind spots regularly and always check before switching lanes.
- Always signal your intentions.
- Provide plenty of room for you and all others sharing the road.
Traffic, weather and road conditions demand that motorcyclists respond and move differently than an enclosed motor vehicle. Leave plenty of room for the biker to maneuver and adequate time for you to make adjustments.
Being polite, considerate, non-aggressive, and accommodating can go a long way in decreasing accidents.
“They didn’t see me coming.”
Never assume that the operator of the other vehicle can see you. As a motorcyclist, it is your obligation to make yourself conspicuous. Pick riding paraphernalia that will enhance your visibility amongst the Homestead traffic and at night, in addition to acting as a safeguard in the occurrence of an accident.
Incorporate brilliant colors and reflective strips or reflectors, particularly if you ride early in the morning or in the evening.
Keep in mind that there is no particularly safe place to ride. Use lane positioning so you can easily be viewed within mirrors. Travel with your headlamp on even during the daylight hours and consider implementing a modulating headlight.
Maintain a safe following distance and provide yourself ample time for reaction and emergency braking.
Perform your lane changes gradually and always signal your intentions.
Avoid weaving in and out of lanes.
Flash your brake light when slowing down and before stopping.
Be courteous and respect the other travelers on the road.
Being polite, considerate, non-aggressive, and accommodating can go a long way towards decreasing the number of accidents in Florida.
What is a Motor Scooter?
Motor scooters are defined, as a non-pedal vehicle that:
- Has two wheels, of which one is 10 inches or more in diameter.
- Has a step-through chassis.
- Has a seat for the operator.
- Has an electric motor with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less.
- Has an internal combustion engine with a capacity of 50 CCs or less.
- Outfitted with an automatic transmission.
What is a Moped?
Mopeds are defined as a bicycle that:
- Is intended to be operated using human power with the aid of a motor.
- Is fitted with pedals that mechanically turn the rear wheel(s).
- Has two to three wheels, one of which is more than 14 inches in diameter.
- Has an electric motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less.
- Is fitted with an internal combustion engine, having a capacity of 50 CCs or less.
- A motorcycle license is not needed.
However, any person operating a moped or a motor scooter on any Florida roadway must have a driver’s license of some class issued by his or her state of residency. A moped operator’s license is also valid.
Drivers of mopeds and scooters need to check with the local authorities for any laws that regard the operation, titling, insuring, or displaying of a registration decal.
What Are ATVs and UTVs?
Corresponding to law an ATV must satisfy all of the subsequent specifications:
- It has been commercially devised and fabricated.
- They are motor-driven.
- Have a dry mass of 900 pounds or less.
- A width of 50″ or less.
- Possess a seat intended to be straddled.
- They travel on 3 or more non-pneumatic or low-pressure tires.
Corresponding with law a UTV must satisfy all of the subsequent specifications:
- It has been commercially devised and fabricated.
- They travel on 4 or more non-pneumatic or low-pressure tires.
- Has a dry mass of less than 2,000 lbs (1 ton).
- Incorporates a cargo box, steering wheel, brake light(s), taillight(s), and two headlights.
- Has a maximum width of 65″.
- Includes seat belts for every occupant.
- Has non-straddled bench or bucket type seats for two or more people.
- Incorporates a roll bar or comparable skeletal system or design.
Other Vehicles That Could Qualify as UTVs:
Any machine that meets ATV specs, but, has a mass greater than 900 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds.
Examples of this class of machine include the Polaris Big Boss or a six wheeler.
When handled cautiously and sensibly, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) produce a reservoir of pleasure and family entertainment as well as being a beneficial machine for work and traversing the outdoors around Homestead. However, when used foolishly by novice or amateur operators, these lightweight vehicles can be quite dangerous. It is your duty as the operator of the ATV to engage this sport safely.
Never indulge in alcoholic refreshments or consciousness-altering drugs before or during ATV/UTV operation (or any vehicle for that matter).
Intoxication is a constituent in more than 2/5ths of all ATV-related deaths.
Always wear your helmet! It could preserve your life.
Travel at speeds suitable for the terrain, road conditions, visibility limitations, and your personal experience level.
ATVs are intended for use off-road. Operate these vehicles only on assigned paths. However, this may also constitute public streets and roadways.
Refrain from exceeding the manufacturer’s passenger or load limits.
Wear protective apparel, which should include: a helmet, eye protection, gloves, boots, a long-sleeve shirt or jacket and long pants.
Now it is time for you to get serious and pick out a mode of transportation for yourself or perhaps even a child.
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