Rider Safety Tips - General Riding Etiquette
The next time you ride with a group or organising a group ride consider the following:
- Leave as a group and we return as a group
- “Ride your own Ride”. Don’t let others push you into going too fast or doing something you are not comfortable with
- The first or fastest rider must wait at a confirmed point so that all the other riders can catch up
- Ride in a staggered formation, not single file
- Don’t tailgate other riders or other vehicles. Leave yourself plenty of braking distance for unforeseen emergencies
- Spread out a little around tight corners. Most will need a little extra space. We don’t want anyone riding off into the ditch
- The group on a whole must do a full count at every point of confirmation
- Ride respectfully and wisely in urban areas, have respect for residents of small towns who are normally very biker friendly
- If another rider comes up behind you and wants to pass, as soon as it is safe, make room and let them pass
- A hand wave or nod is perfectly acceptable and respectable, if you wish to acknowledge a fellow rider
- No wheelies, stoppies, etc. While it may be fun to goof around with your bike when you’re alone, it can create problems with the safety of the group
- Riders should also not slow way down from the group, then zoom back up to the group
Rider Safety Tips – Riding in the wind
- Are you battling when riding in windy conditions next time you ride try some of the following suggestions:
- Most important aspect of all riding is to relax and allow the bike to work
- If you are tense a gust of wind that hits you will be transfered to the bike
- Being loose on the bike prevents these movements transferring to the bike
- Use counter steer to counteract movement caused by the wind
- Try sitting on the edge of the seat into the wind, or lean into the wind
- Turn your head (helmet) slightly into the wind, - it immediately stops bashing your head side to side (Thanks Dennis Bartlet)
What license do I need to ride a scooter or bike in South Africa?
Do I need a learner's license or bike license to purchase a scooter or bike?
No, we just need a copy of your I.D. to purchase a scooter or bike, but it is your responsibility to comply with the rules of the road.
Can I ride a motor bike or scooter with a car drivers license?
Afraid not. It's common in some EU countries to allow people to ride motor bikes with a capacity up to 125cc with a drivers license, but not in South Africa. In S.A. you need a motorcycle license or a motorcycle learners license. The motorcycle learners license is easy to pass (it is a simple multiple-choice paper) and we have a great training facility which will virtually guarantee that you pass. (note that you are not allowed to carry a passenger until you have your full motorcycle license).
I am 16, can I ride a bike or scooter?
Yes. If you are 16 and over you can ride a bike or scooter with a capacity up to 125cc as long as you pass your motorcycle learners license. When you turn 18 you can ride a bike of any size. NOTE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED WITH A 125cc ON ANY MAJOR HIGHWAYS.
Where do I get my learners license?
At one of the License Testing Centers. You can download the learner's license application form and fill it in before you go to the traffic department. The test is a multiple choice exam and once you have passed you can ride! The learner's license will last 2 years in which time you need to pass the physical motorcycle test or pass your learners license again. With your learner's license you can ride any size bike but you are not allowed to carry a passenger.