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Riding a motorcycle provides a freedom that few other activities can, but the rebellious nature of the open road can also be very dangerous. That's why the motorcycle industry continues to develop innovative safety features to help protect riders no matter what happens.

According to The New York Times, the motorcycle industry has been adapting car safety features to help make motorcycles safer for riders. Developments have been taking place for several decades and some are now standard on certain models.

First, make sure you get motorcycle insurance in case something happens, but also choose a bike that has features that can help save your life and possibly lower your motorcycle insurance cost. Here are some of those important safety features to look for when shopping for a bike:

1. Antilock brakes
Antilock braking systems continue to be refined for motorcycles. Bikes that have antilock brakes can help the rider brake quicker no matter what they might run into on the road. This can help them avoid accidents and remain in control.

2. Airbags
Everyone knows about airbags as a standard safety feature for cars, but some motorcycles also utilize this technology. Mostly found behind the windscreen, bike airbags are typically meant to help riders should they have a head-on collision.

3. Design
A motorcycle is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, but the construction can also help the driver keep the bike in control. Some bikes are intentionally made longer or wider to help with traction and control.

4. Anti-theft
Some motorcycles come with anti-theft alarms and other technology to deter thieves. Ask about these when shopping for a bike. It's smart to always take additional precautions, such as locking your motorcycle to an immovable object.

5. Lights
Lighting features on a motorcycle serve two important purposes: first they allow the rider to see when it is cloudy or dark out, and second, they allow other vehicles to see the rider and give them adequate space on the road.

Read more:  http://www.osceolaiowa.com/articles/ara/2011/05/20/8052352174/index.xml
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