Motorbikes are getting faster day by day due to the technological advancements. Movies play a huge role in moulding the mindset of riders and wanting them achieve the action quotient themselves. The question here is, are the riders keeping up with the safety guidelines and taking proper precautions to ensure a smooth riding experience? In movies there is a big professional team behind the camera, but in real life, there is no one to take care of your safety apart from yourself.
There are numerous causes leading to an accident such as over-speeding, using your phone while riding, riding while you’re intoxicated or on drugs, and many more. In order to ensure that you and others on the road are safe, you, first of all, need to abide by the law, which is also changing to accommodate modern needs and advancements. To help riders enhance their riding experience and upgrade safety standards at the same time a huge gamut of accessories have been introduced.
Following are 7 useful accessories/gadgets every rider should carry while going on a long trip and some can come in handy in everyday life as well.
- Motorcycle Phone Mount
More than a million road accidents happen every year due to distraction caused by using phones while riding. The most prevalent problem is navigation, due to which motorbike riders have to take out their phone very often and put it back. Some also choose to keep it in their hands while riding which is not a smart idea at all. With the help of a phone mount, this issue can be solved easily. Now you can turn on the navigation on your phone and attach it to the phone mount.
- Bluetooth Headset
Bluetooth integrated helmets are the new technology to go hands free while riding. Bluetooth headsets come equipped with a microphone that can be attached inside the helmet and are a wonderful solution attend calls only in time of dire necessity, as speaking while riding is not advisable in any situation. But beside this these headsets also have the funactionality of intercoms and come in handy to communicate with your riding buddied and plan pit stops, route changes etc a lot more efficiently. With these headsets you no longer need to worry about getting a call on your phone while riding or to stop in middle of the road to see who is calling. It is both cheap and easy to install.
- Jump Starter
Your phone battery has become your lifeline. If your family calls you and your phone is dead, it is very probable for the family to have all kind of horrifying thoughts. Carrying a battery that can work as a power bank for phone ad as a jump starter at the same time is a great thought to go forward with when going for a long bike rides. If not for yourself, you can help a friend in need to jump start his bike’s battery if it comes to that. There are small batteries available that can give heck of a punch and are easily packable.
- Tyre Inflator
It is highly dangerous to run your bike with low air pressure in tyres. First, low tyre pressure can result in additional impact absorption over bumps and pot holes which can lead to bending of the rim. Second, unregulated tyre pressure also adversely affects the fuel consumption and the pickup of the bike feels insufficient when the tyres are not inflated properly. Last of all it can lead to a classic puncture and leave you stranded miles away from help. So, it is a smart choice to carry a small tyre inflator to that can come in handy specially when you are riding long distances.
- Tyre Plug Kit
In case your tyre gets punctured at any point during your trip, you need not worry if you carry this small tyre plug kit. It is very easy to repair and takes just a few minutes to do so. This works best for tubeless tyre and small kit like this one can save you a lot of trouble when help is far away.
- Airbag Suits
The mortality rates in case of motorcycle accidents are higher than most other forms of transport. Wearing riding gear at all time is highly recommended. However high speed accidents usually lead to sever injuries and some times even turn out to be fatal. The introduction of airbag suits is the newest technological innovation for adding enhanced protection to riders. These air bags usually come equipped with sensors and gyroscopes that detect a sudden change in acceleration or deceleration due to a hit or loss of balance that isnt correctable by a human. It deploys in seconds, creating full sized protective inflated layers that save the rider from all kinds of injury. Investing in one of these would be a great idea!
- Alarm Disc Lock
Since the number of robberies has increased, the companies have designed an effective tool, i.e., the alarm disc lock to put off robbers. This wouldn’t let anyone move your bike even an inch forward.
- Motorcycle Phone Mount
By Chirag Saluja