What are the 5 elements of motorcycle roadcraft? We all know the basics, and think of the system every time we ride. However, reminders are never a waste of time. Our special correspondent gives a bitesize reminder of the system of riding used by the police - IPSGA and the core doctrines thinking riders should always have in mind.
- Take information - look all around you; scan the in-front and to the sides
- Use information - plan how to deal with hazards and make plans for anything unexpected
- Give information - use indicators, brake lights, flashing headlamps or your horn to warn other road users; they will benefit from it
- Safety. Stability. View. Position yourself so you can negotiate hazards safely and smoothly.
- Remember to observe behind you and take note of any other road users. It is essential to know what is happening around you and to check your mirrors each and every time you change your position or speed.
- Adjust your speed appropriately to the hazard. Consider the visibility, degree of cornering required and activity of any other road users
- Select the appropriate gear for the speed that you plan to use when negotiating the hazard
- Consider observations to the rear as needed, using the throttle to maintain your speed and stability through the hazard.
What do you need to boost your performance?
C.I.K.Ass - in a nutshell, to be a good rider takes more than natural ability and coaching. Riders need to:-
- Concentrate to a high level at all times when riding
- Identify potential risks around them constantly
- Know their abilities and limitations ... and those of their 'bike
- Assess the environment they are riding in and consider the weather, road conditions, the movements or/and behaviour of those around them, selecting the appropriate gear for the speed they plan to use when negotiating hazards