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Motorsports Store Manager Discusses Motorcycle Safety Tips After Weekend Crashes | Lehigh Valley Regional News

EMMAUS, PA — Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy the good weather and the open road, but it comes with a risk.

Last weekend two bikers were killed, one in Bucks County and one in Montgomery County.

And in Northampton County, 10 to 15 motorcycles crashed into each other. Fortunately, no one was killed in this accident.

“Unfortunately accidents do happen, it could have been much worse than it was. There could have been, there were no fatalities that we are all happy about, probably all wearing proper safety equipment, which is really good,” Dave said. Shive with Blackmans Cycle Center.

Shive says riders can take steps to help prevent serious injury if they are involved in an accident, and one of the most important is the type of gear they wear.

“An approved helmet is the start, don’t turn your brain to mush,” Shive said.

It doesn’t say just any helmet, but a top notch helmet with multiple layers of impact protection.

“There are protective gloves so you don’t break your hands, there are reinforced soles for the boots so your feet don’t twist on impact. There are airbags to wear,” said Shive.

Besides equipment, Shive says runners need training to help prevent a crash in the first place.

“Ride according to your level of experience, so don’t ride above your abilities, don’t ride with groups that test your abilities. Take it easy and be comfortable, especially on a new machine,” Shive said.

Shive says Pennsylvania has excellent motorcycle safety courses and recommends taking one even if you’re an experienced rider.