Tips for Riders:
- Before riding, complete a rider's education course and obtain a class "M" endorsement on your driver's license.
- Wear a helmet and eye protection every time you ride. Motorcyclists should also wear bright, thick protective clothing.
- Always ride sober. Operating a motorcycle takes a great deal of mental focus and physical maneuvering, so alcohol or other impairing substances and motorcycles just don't mix.
- Riders should strategically use their lane position to see and be seen on the highway. Motorcyclists should also combine turn signals and hand signals to draw attention to themselves when switching lanes.
Tips for Motorists:
- Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the highway; always allow a motorcyclist the full lane and never try to share a lane.
- Make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
- Allow more following distance when traveling behind a motorcycle to permit enough time for the rider to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never tailgate a motorcyclist.
It's Kansas Law
Any person operating a motorcycle which is registered in Kansas shall be the holder of a class M driver's license (KSA 8-235).
- Penalty for no class M License
- Class B Misdemeanor
- Fine up to $1000 and/or Imprisonment up to 6 months.
It's essential to know when to expect deer as they can be encountered almost anywhere. Deer like wooded areas near water with access to grassy areas, but they can be encountered anywhere, including cities.
On small rural roads in cattle country, you might see things like cattle guards in the road or at side roads. You might also see cattle, sheep or other animals grazing freely and no fence between the road and the grazing land. You might even see dead animals by the road. As herbivores, if they get on the road, they might act like deer, suggesting the deer strategy of observation, slowing down, covering the brakes in preparation for an emergency stop, and wearing all the protective gear you have with you. Be prepared to meet a herd of sheep or cows being moved along the roadway. The drovers will generally let vehicles by, but be patient and let them do their thing.
Insects, venomous spiders and scorpions There's nothing worse than getting a stinging insect under your visor or inside your jacket, but the major hassle from critters like this, while you are actually riding, is keeping your eye protection clear. Another good time to cover up and get the eye protection straight.
Small animals, like squirrels, cats, rabbits, or rodents sometimes dart across the road. They usually move very fast and don't give you much reaction time. The conventional wisdom for small critters of 5 lbs. or less is just to ride right over them. Swerving is problematic, as they move fast and can change direction unpredictably, and you'll probably be very close before you see them. There's usually no good way of predicting when small critters are around, unless you see others around. If you see a lot of squirrels, for instance, you might want to slow down and be extra vigilant. Same might be true of prairie dogs and the like.
Riders also occasionally hit birds. There's no warning, no way to avoid them, and wearing good gear is the best counter-measure.
Be Safe. Be Seen.
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