Riding Motorcycles in Flip – Flops! It’s No Day at the Beach!
As a veteran motorcycle rider, my pre-ride rituals are pretty well set, so much so that they have become habits. I do four simple steps: a quick check of tire pressure and oil levels, a test that brake and clutch cables are tight and working, a flash of the driving lights and brake lights, and a double check that the key to the gas tank is in my pocket. My pre-ride ritual also includes a check of my riding gear and attire, which is equally well established. Most days, it includes grabbing a helmet, and wearing protective clothing such as long pants and a leather jacket. But it’s also about what not to wear – flip -flops. After years of riding, you learn what works, and what’s safe. Flip-flops don’t make the cut.
As the warm weather begins to blanket New England, flip-flops seem to be the footwear of choice for comfort and ease. Only a rare few will be at one of New Hampshire’s beaches and lakes without them. But motorcycle riders should resist the temptation to ride in flip-flops.