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Airborne objects

Insects, and stones and debris thrown by
other vehicles can strike you as you ride.
Adjust your riding, if possible, to move
away from the potential danger.

You should always wear adequate
eye and face protection
(see Chapter
2). If you are not wearing face protection,
airborne objects can interfere with your
ability to see clearly, and may cause severe
pain and loss of vision. (A motorcycle with
a windshield will provide more protection
from airborne objects than one without.)

If you are wearing face protection,
insects may cause the visor or lens to
become smeared and flying stones may
cause cracks. This will make seeing
difficult. Concentrate on controlling the
motorcycle if you cannot see clearly.
When it is safe, move off the travelled
portion of the road. Stop in a safe place,
and fix the problem. Never try to fix the
problem while moving.




  Increase following distance when faced with
  airborne objects.

Animals

Animal behaviour is not predictable. If an
animal is near the road reduce your speed
and be prepared to steer around it or stop.
Be aware that animals are more active at
dusk and dawn.

Some dogs are attracted to
motorcycles. If a dog runs toward your
motorcycle from the front or side, reduce
your speed and downshift. Then as the
dog approaches accelerate away. Keep
both feet on the foot pegs to help you
keep control of the motorcycle.

 

CHAPTER SEVEN                                                                                     HANDLING RIDING EMERGENCIES  49 

 

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