Passion and caution: Karin Fischer from Eichenkofen with her three-year-old Honda NC 750 X (left) and her 30-year-old Yamaha XV 535. ©
At the beginning of the motorcycle season, the police, driving instructor Christoph Flittner and an experienced biker warn of the dangers on the road.
Erding – Many motorcyclists on the roads usually means many tragic accidents. In the district of Erding, bikers like to ride on winding routes on these sunny days, such as between St. Wolfgang and Isen, in the Wartenberg area or in Holzland. For both motorcyclists and motorists, this means maximum caution.
"Something can happen to good drivers, too," says Karin Fischer. "You have to think for others." The Eichenkofen native has been riding motorcycles since she was 20 years old – back in 1994, she was on the road with a Yamaha Chopper, today with a 750cc Honda. The speed of motorcyclists is often underestimated, says the 50-year-old. "Especially at dusk or when the sun is blinding."
Motorcyclists are also easily overlooked, says Cristoph Flittner, managing director of the driving school of the same name. Often it is the fleeting glances of drivers that lead to accidents. "Fortunately, there are relatively few danger hotspots in the district," says Flittner. On the state road 2084 between Erding and Dorfen, however, there is an intersection with the road from Walpertskirchen to Bockhorn, where the stop sign is often disregarded.
Another danger is when motorcyclists overestimate themselves. "You have to be aware that you are not the same in spring as you are in autumn," says Christoph Flittner. In the beginning, you should "play the piano". In addition, many motorcyclists see curves as a sporting challenge, which is why they cut, the driving instructor knows.
For more safety on the motorized two-wheeler, there are safety training courses, such as those from ADAC or BMW. "For example, there is lean angle training in which the rider can lie down in the curves on a motorcycle with training wheels," explains Flittner. Motorcyclists can also improve their road safety in driving school through driving lessons or targeted training. "Unfortunately, very few people do that," says Flittner.
And this despite the fact that there is a fairly high risk of accidents on the roads. According to the police headquarters of Upper Bavaria North, several serious traffic accidents occurred at the beginning of the still young motorcycle season. According to accident statistics, a motorcyclist is five times more likely to be injured in a traffic accident than a motorist.
"We motorcyclists don't have a crumple zone," says Karin Fischer. "The most seriously injured person is always the motorcyclist." The passionate biker thinks that the attitude of the rider plays a big role in safety. "You have to have respect for motorcycling," she says. It is particularly important to get on the machine well rested and level-headed. And: "If it's pressing, you've already lost." You are not allowed to huddle.
Nothing has ever happened to Fischer himself while riding a motorcycle. However, there have already been several serious accidents in her family. There are also people in her circle of acquaintances who are still struggling with the consequences of a motorcycle accident.
But riding a motorcycle gives Karin Fischer a feeling of freedom: "Just get on and go." For the Fischers, their enthusiasm for motorized two-wheelers runs in the family – their husband and two sons also ride motorcycles. Mom's advice: "Look closely, because others make mistakes. And maintain a speed at which you can brake at any time."
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In the same way, motorists should be particularly attentive in the high motorcycle season. "As a motorist, you should keep in mind that many people are on the road by motorcycle and not all of them always keep to the speeds," advises Cristoph Flittner. Another appeal: "Never trust a flashing motorcycle." This is because the turn signal often stays on unintentionally. In the case of motorcycles, this must be actively displayed, but the flashing is often overheard or not seen well because of the helmet, explains Flittner. "Above all, driving towards an intersection with the right-hand turn signal is extremely dangerous."
Spring maintenance on your own motorcycle also ensures safety. "You should check the tire air, the tire tread and the lighting," recommends Flittner. Light-colored clothing or, in the best case, a well-fitting safety vest can also reduce the danger. Especially for motorcyclists, there is even an airbag vest in the look of a high-visibility vest, which acts like a kind of air suit around the motorcyclist. Flittner himself also wears such a vest when he rides a motorcycle privately, he says.