July 24, 2012

Motorcycle Accidents Are Rarely Minor

You've seen them in your car on the highway: one, or possibly even a crew of bikers gunning it down an open road. Clad in cool, tough-looking leather, and with the wind on their face, it looks like the picture of freedom. But it's not hard to imagine travelling at such high velocities on top of an open machine going horribly wrong. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, there can be losses to normal functioning, disfigurement, and even death. Once you decide to drive a motorcycle, you need to be sure you've got insurance to absorb the costs should you be involved in an accident. It's also wise to seek a lawyer's help in giving you all the power you can towards a full recovery and towards only paying for what is really necessary.

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, there is much less to protect him than the driver of a car. There is no metal to absorb some of the fall, and no seat belt to keep him in place. Not surprising then that they are in a riskier situation. The treatment you'll need should you crash your motorcycle might range from physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture or massage therapy. Another cause for concern is recouping lost income, attendant care, and other expenses in your life that you won't be able to earn money for while you're sitting out with a serious injury. There are plenty of instances where a car crash is perhaps scary or worrying, but doesn't entail serious damage to the driver. It's a very rare instance when a motorcyclist can walk away from his bike with just a bit of a headache, a small limp, and carry on with his life. It's wise to be protected.

July 16, 2012

Motorcycle Maintenance Q and A

Owning a motorcycle can be frustrating when you aren't able to do regular maintenance on it without seeking the help of a professional mechanic. Fortunately, basic maintenance, such as recharging the battery, is relatively easy to learn. Here are some common maintenance questions that motorcycle owners ask and easy answers about how to keep your bike in good shape.

Is it safe to check the oil level of my bike when the engine is hot? Motorcycle owners go both ways on this one. Some prefer to check the oil when it's hot, because it makes for a better oil change should it be necessary. Others like to check it when the engine is cool. It's recommended to check the oil when the heat level on the dipstick reads between hot and cold.