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Parking

Park where it is safe and legal. Signs, curb
markings and common sense will tell you
where parking is permitted.

Motorcycles are permitted to angle park
where other vehicles are required to park
parallel to the curb. Park the motorcycle
at an angle of about 45 to 60 degrees to
the curb or edge of the roadway, so your
motorcycle does not extend too far from
the curb. Your rear wheel should be within
50 centimetres (20 inches) of the curb.

When parking your motorcycle, use the
side kickstand. Make sure the front wheel
is turned all the way to the left and locked.
Remove the key from the ignition.

Hill parking

On a hill, it is best to park facing uphill. This
is to prevent the motorcycle rolling forward
off the stand. If a curb is present, have the
rear wheel make contact with the curb to
prevent the motorcycle from rolling back.

It is recommended that you do not park
your motorcycle facing downhill. If you must
do this temporarily, place the motorcycle
at about a 45-degree angle to the curb.
Ensure the motorcycle is in first gear. Lock
the steering to the left. If the motorcycle
does move it will likely fall to the left.

Tires and traction

Traction is the amount of grip and contact
your tires have with the road surface. Loss
of traction can have disastrous results for
the operator of any vehicle and especially
for the rider of a two-wheeled vehicle.
 

The rider can control some of the most
important factors that affect traction, like
speed, acceleration and braking. Other
factors are responsible riding, proper brake
maintenance, and the characteristics of
the tires.

Consider the following when choosing
and maintaining your tires:
• Material – softer compounds are
   available that provide better traction for
   certain types of riding. These tires can
   wear out sooner than other tires.
• Tire Pressure – maintain proper pressure
   according to the manufacturer’s
   specifications. Under- and over-inflated
   tires will reduce the amount of traction,
   due to less contact with the road
   surface. Improper inflation will also affect
   how the tire wears.
• Tread patterns – select the type of tire
   tread for the conditions you expect to
   be riding in.
• Wear and tread depth – replace tires
   as recommended by the manufacturer.
   Worn tires are dangerous to use, and do
   not provide adequate traction or safety.

Traction can be reduced by wet road
surfaces, and metal road parts like metal
bridges. Snow and ice, painted lines, and
holes and cracks affect the tire contact
with the road. Road debris, such as gravel,
sand, leaves, antifreeze, oil and spilled
materials, reduce traction.

When it is raining, the roads are the
most slippery during the first few minutes.
Continue to scan the road surface ahead
to determine road conditions and beware
of hydroplaning.
28  A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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