Safety Camera Partnership
Motorcycle Scotland and Scottish Safety Camera Partnership want you to come, explore and enjoy our roads but we want you to do this safely.
The Safety Camera Partnership in the region is committed to reducing road casualties through education, encouragement and enforcement.
Scotland is full of interesting places with interesting roads that have unexpected bends and dips. Please carry out the essential checks prior to riding.
Pay particular attention to the following:
- Brakes and fluid
- Tyre condition and pressures (checked when cold)
- Fork seals
- Chain and sprockets
- A road-worthiness check by a reputable dealership
- If you do under the mileage for a yearly service consider a service at this time of year anyway.
- Loading and Accessories
- Use common sense when loading your machine or fitting additional accessories. Only use accessories recommended by your machines manufacturer. When loads are carried you should travel at a much lower speed than normal.
Tyres pressures should be adjusted, as recommend by manufactures, for passenger or load carrying.
As with any activity, to be proficient you need to respect that preparation is essential. The human brain performs tasks most efficiently when they are practiced – human expectations most often fall short of actual ability.
- The rider needs to regularly practice machine and road management skills
- He/she should initially consider riding an appropriate route on their own, avoiding group riding is strongly recommended until correctly prepared and organised – phone BikeSafe, IAM or RoSPA for advice
- Don’t take on too long a journey too soon – avoid demanding routes or speeds until experience has been regained
- Re-familiarise yourself with the controls and handling of the bike
- Consider attending a BikeSafe workshop/ assessment, IAM, Enhanced Riding or other advanced training course.
You should remember that brake fluid has a life span and it is recommended that the fluid is changed on a frequent basis. If you are not mechanically minded this job is best done at a dealership. Tyre condition is of prime importance. If a machine is not in regular use the tyres deteriorate at an alarming rate and remember cracks in the tyre walls will render a tyre useless.
A full service at the start of the season should sort any small problems before they become big problems.
If you have any doubts in this area please seek advice from a main dealer or tyre supplier.
Check your safety equipment thoroughly before using it. Pay particular attention to helmet webbing and scratched visors. Damaged helmets or helmets with worn webbing or straps must be replaced. Your helmet is without doubt your most important piece of equipment. It is essential to look after it. Scratched visors affect your vision when riding especially at night or in wet weather. They can usually be replaced for a few pounds and this is money well spent.
If you have protective motorcycle clothing – wear it even if your intended journey is only short.
Incidents can and very often do happen close to a journeys start or end.
- MotoGoLoco – We are pleased to announce that all accommodation featured on Motorcycle Scotland’s map has been visited and endorsed by MotoGoLoco.
- Rent a Motorcycle – Scotland’s leading motorcycle rental company and part of Motorrad Central the official BMW Motorrad dealership on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
- Safety Camera Partnership – Motorcycle Scotland and Scottish Safety Camera Partnership want you to come, explore and enjoy our roads but we want you to do this safely.