Ride Safe On Two Wheels

By Laura Marshall

The incidence of road accidents is higher with motorcycles as compared to other vehicles. Fatalities too are higher with motorcycles. Most of them involve another vehicle. Majority of these happen when the other vehicle cut into the path of motorcycles. Single vehicle accidents are the cause of all other accidents and do not involve another vehicle. This happens due to driver error. This could be caused by under-cornering or running wide on a curve at high speed, slide out or over breaking. Some accidents are due to vehicle failure which includes a puncture flat. Consumption of alcohol has been found in half of the fatal accidents.

The extent of injury is more with the involvement of alcohol, size of the motorcycle and the speed. Protective barriers on the road such as the lamps, signs and fences are often the cause of injuries when the accident occurs. The motorcyclists crash on to these protective barriers after the accident resulting in injuries. Another inherent problem with the motorcycle is their relatively low visibility on the road making it difficult for other vehicles to spot the motorcycles.

Motorcycles are categorized into the dual purpose, street and off-road motorcycles. The dual-purpose motorcycles are designed to be used both for transportation as well as motor racing. Street bikes include cruisers, mopeds and scooters. Street bikes are what are usually driven on the streets. The off road motorcycles are not designed for street riding and are not permitted for transport. They are for motor racing. There are different kinds of scooters such as electric scooters, gas scooters, motorized scooters, mobility scooters and kick scooters.

Gas scooter is the most common on the roads. Some of the scooters include Honda, Peugeot, Piaggio, Puch, Suzuki, Vespa, Yamaha, Bajaj, TVS, and ZNEN. There are companies such as X-Treme who manufacture electric scooters such as X-Treme XB-420M, X-Treme X-500, X-Treme X-250, and X-Treme X-140; Gas motorcycle Moped as X-Treme XM-155; Gas Moped as X-Treme XM-160; gas motorcycle moped as X-Treme XM-50, gas scooters moped as X-Treme XM-150, electric moped motorcycle as X-Treme XM-4000Li and gas scooters as X-Treme XG 470 scooter. The most common scooter found on the roads is the gas scooter. They come in different models and brands such as Peugeot, Honda, Puch, Piaggio, Vespa, Yamaha, Suzuki, TVS, Bajaj and ZNEN. Companies such as X-Treme manufacture electric scooters as X-Treme X-500, X-Treme XB-420M, X-Treme X-140 and X-Treme X-250; Gas Moped as X-Treme XM-160; Gas motorcycle Moped as X-Treme XM-155; gas scooters moped as X-Treme XM-150; gas motorcycle moped as X-Treme XM-50; gas scooters as X-Treme XG 470 scooter and electric moped motorcycle as X-Treme XM-4000Li.

The economy has been slowing down. The cost of gasoline has been increasing. These have made motorcycles more attractive. Traffic snarls are all too frequent. The motorcycles are able to maneuver through this better than other vehicles. With increasing demand for motorcycles, the manufacturers are introducing newer models and designs with a variety of interesting features.

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