Despite recent snow storms, I know I'm looking forward to enjoying the Spring weather. Sun. Pavement. And the rev of an engine. More specifically--a motorcycle engine. If you're ready to drag the bike out for the nicer weather, keep in mind the rules of the road and how to stay safe in Cheyenne.

Whether you're planning a road trip to Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Biketoberfest or just local fund raisers, here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

  • Keep a lookout for other drivers: While we're taught to be defensive, sometimes the biggest danger on the road can be other drivers. Some folks aren't comfortable driving near motorcycles. Be sure to keep an eye out and move to another lane if needed.
  • Prepare a backpack: Ladies always seem to have what they need, when they need it. It doesn't matter if it's snacks, tissue or a pain reliever, they always seem to be prepared. When heading out on a trip, prepare a backpack with water supplies, food, and extra clothing should you get stuck in rain while on the road.
  • Do a bike check: When was the last time you checked fuel levels in your machine? It's important to ensure that your bike is well-maintained with proper oil and fuel levels, brakes, lights and tire pressures. So take 5 minutes and check these before hitting the road.
  • Be seated properly: Believe it or not, many new riders and their guests have been in accidents because of improper seating arrangement. Make sure that you, the driver, and your guest passengers are properly seated on the bike. Sit squarely on the center seat, with your feet on the foot pegs and remain 3 points of contact at all times.
  • Avoid distractions: Cell phones, scenery and the radio can cause fatalities and injuries if we allow them to take our attention off of the road.
  • You're not in a race: We all get rushed, but a motorcycle is not the place to react. Although you may be running late, stay focused on the road and think safety first. One of the bigger causes of accidents are vehicles following too close to each other. Give yourself plenty of space should an accident occur.

Have fun this summer as you head out for fun on your 2-wheeled fun machine. You can have a blast this Spring and Summer and make it back safely for the Winter, if you'll be conscience while out on the road.