Ten Things Motorcyclists Should Never Do (Part 2)

  • Riding is fun, but we motorcyclists should never cultivate a feeling of entitlement.

  • Respect others to earn respect.

  • There are things we motorcyclists should never do.

Here’s the conclusion to the “Ten Things Motorcyclists Should Never Do” list. (Please click here for Part 1.)

Ten Things Motorcyclists Should Never Do (Part 1)

We are fully aware that we are all adults and that we can think for ourselves. But an advice and suggestion once in a while is good, for us included.

Anyway, to that guy who wears a songkok tinggi and commented with vulgar words rather than offering anything constructive, you are a munafik. If you can’t be intelligent, you should never a ride motorcycles and your kind of attitude is exactly why motorcyclists are despised by some in the populace. Stop riding. Stop driving. Take the train before you endanger other people.

Hoo-sah… Okay, let’s count to ten, shall we.

6. Parking haphazardly

Yes, motorcycle parking lots around the Klang Valley seemed to have been designed by someone who thinks motorcylces are as wide their tyres and as long as four paces to a US size-5 shoe. And yes, there are car drivers who park in motorcycle bays. But that doesn’t mean we can park haphazardly, too. Our favourite spots are on sidewalks, between parked cars and aside parked cars. Yes, I know you’re worried about your bike’s security. But that doesn’t mean motorcyclists have not lost their calipers while their bikes are parked at home, does it? Let’s try to be more civilized and be considerate. Let’s park our bikes properly and laugh at car drivers who can’t find parking (and still pay when they finally do).

7. Not locking up

Speaking about locking up, we should never trust the bike’s steering lock only, or worse not lock it at all, thinking that big bikes don’t get stolen. Thieves usually work in pairs: One jumps on your bike and his friend pushes along on his bike. Goodbye.

So, please lock up. Buy extra locks and chains, special bolts for your Brembo calipers.

8. Not using the motorcycle lane

Let’s get this straight. We HATE… no, we ABHOR using motorcycle lanes but if the law requires it, then we have to use it. Or take another route. No, we aren’t defending the indefensible, but there are other ways of letting the authorities know about just how the motorcycle lanes are. Riding in the middle of the highway amongst other vehicles is not an effective way to protest for one single reason: It’s dangerous! Riding amongst cars is the riskiest thing any motorcyclist could do, regardless of type motorcycle.

Of course, this discounts the fact if certain parts of a motorcycle lane are closed for contruction or impassable, but we should always use the designated lanes, otherwise.

Motorcycles Allowed on Federal Highway Due to Bike Lane Works

9. Hogging the overtaking lane

If we don’t like other vehicles hogging the overtaking lane, do you think other drivers appreciate us doing the same? We should either keep overtaking or stay in the left lane (remember what we learned in driving school? “Ikut kiri jika tidak memotong (keep left if not overtaking) to allow the faster vehicles to pass. For motorcycle convoys, there should be a runner who sits just in front of the sweeper. From his position, he could then ride up the column of bikes, instructing his buddies to move over to let faster vehicles pass. The vehicle passing you might be someone who wants to drive the wheels off his car but do remember that he might have an emergency to attend to.

10. Hallucinating

Surely you’ll agree with us. How many times have you seen a motorcyclist meandering around in the middle of the road, completely oblivious to everything around him, like he’s in some kind or trance or stupor? They’d sometimes swerve into the path of a car behind without even realizing it! Stop it. Or tell him to stop it if you know someone like this, because that’s exactly how to get rear ended and contribute to the national accident rate statistics. Concentrate while riding, there’s no other way to stay safe!

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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