Experienced motorcyclists, like any other group of people, can develop bad habits over time. Being aware of common habits allows riders to cover-off the common issues then focus on their own bad habits, seeking (little by little) to improve their riding.
Here are some common bad habits of experienced motorcyclists:
- Overconfidence: Experienced riders may become overconfident in their abilities and take unnecessary risks on the road. This can lead to dangerous maneuvers and accidents.
- Lack of maintenance: Experienced riders may neglect regular maintenance on their motorcycle, which can lead to mechanical issues and unsafe riding conditions.
- Ignoring traffic laws: Experienced riders may feel that they have a good understanding of the road and traffic laws, which can lead them to ignore traffic laws and regulations, such as speed limits or traffic signals.
- Dangerous lane filtering & lane splitting: Experienced riders may engage in lane filtering, which can be dangerous in the wrong circumstances. Lane splitting is illegal in New South Wales.
- Not adapting to changing conditions: Experienced riders may not adapt their riding style to changing weather or road conditions, which can lead to accidents.
- Not wearing appropriate gear: Experienced riders may neglect to wear appropriate gear, such as helmets, gloves, and protective clothing, which can increase the risk of injury in case of an accident.
- Neglecting to check their motorcycle: Experienced riders may neglect to regularly check their motorcycle for issues such as tire pressure, oil level, and brakes, which can increase the risk of an accident or breakdown.
It's important to remember that even the most experienced riders can develop bad habits and it is important to be aware of them and to make an effort to correct them. By being aware of these habits and making a conscious effort to correct them, experienced riders can continue to ride safely and enjoyably.