On many farms, motorcycles have become one of the leading modes of transportation. These include both two-wheeled and four-wheeled motorcycles. On farms, two-wheeled motorcycles that are ridden on farms are often referred to as ag bikes or trail bikes and four-wheeled motorcycles are referred to as all-terrain vehicles (ATV) or quads.
The motorcycles that farmers ride on a farm are specifically designed for agricultural use. For personal transportation, these motorcycles are an economical solution, but they are also used for tasks like applying chemicals and fertilizing, muster cattle and livestock, supervising field crews, transporting equipment and supplies, and much more.
However, there is a great deal of hazards involved in riding a motorcycle on a farm, whether it is a two-wheeled or a four-wheeled one. Before even discussing the potential hazards involved, farmers who opt to ride a motorcycle around on their farm should keep certain key safety points in mind.
They should make sure they are experienced and trained enough to do the job. They should choose the right motorcycle for the job, i.e. either a two-wheeled or a four-wheeled one. They should always wear a helmet and tighten the helmet up whenever riding a motorcycle on a farm.
Potential Hazards Involved In Riding Two-Wheeled Motorcycles On Farms
Those who ride a two-wheeled motorcycle on a farm usually end up injuring themselves as a result of losing control of the vehicle. There is a wide range of reasons why this may occur, but generally, it is because the rider is not experienced and skilled enough to ride a farm motorcycle, especially a two-wheeled one.
It is easy to lose control of a two-wheeled motorcycle on a farm especially when riding on grass, gravel, loose dirt, mud, sand or a wet track. Accidents may also occur when riding a two-wheeled motorcycle at high speeds on a farm, which is not recommended. The rider should also be watchful for castles and livestock, logs, overhanging branches and potholes in their way to avoid a collision.
Keeping a two-wheeled farm motorcycle well-maintained is equally important because if its suspension is not worn out, it pays to pose the risk of vibration hazard for those who ride it for long hours.
Potential Hazards Involved In Riding Four-Wheeled Motorcycles On Farms
Injuries while riding four-wheeled motorcycles on farms usually occur when the motorcycles get overturned, whether backward, forward or sideways. Most commonly, the motorcycle tends to get overturned sideways.
Injuries may also occur if:
= A rider gets in a collision with something like an overhanging branch
= The motorcycle rolls over due to a collision or moving over really steep terrain
= The rider’s leg gets caught up in the chain or rear tire.
= The rider loses control of the motorcycle, mostly likely due to riding it incorrectly.
= The seat and/or the suspension of the motorcycle are worn out.
= The motorcycle is loaded with equipment and supplies that are far too heavy for it to support.
It is true that riding two-wheeled motorcycles on farms is far riskier and they pose the most common hazards, but riding four-wheeled ones are not any safer. In fact, safety begins with the riders themselves. Hence, they should make sure that they are experienced enough to and familiar with the motorcycle they are riding. Of course, it goes without saying, but anyone who rides a motorcycle should always wear a helmet and tighten the helmet up before they actually ride off, whether on a farm or on the road.