7. Stop In A Clean Spot

Kawasaki Versys Off-Road

Dirt and gravel can be slippery substances to put your foot down when coming to a stop. If you must stop in dirt, look for hard-packed areas.

Be conscious of the road surface where you’re stopping your bike, whether at a traffic light or on the shoulder of a road. Many a bike has been dropped after its rider placed a foot on a slippery surface.

Sand and gravel are the most obvious dangers, but also be mindful that the areas around traffic lights are often spattered with oil and coolant from ill-maintained cars that can lead to a loss of footing and a dropped bike. Stopping in a clean section of road also reduces the possibility of tire punctures from nails or other sharp objects. Also, avoid riding in the center of any lane, as oil and debris tend to build there.