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The time to ride is almost here

By Aviva Canada on


Budding trees and blooming flowers aren’t the only telltale signs of spring. For many, the gleam of freshly polished chrome and the rumble of motorcycle engines signify the start of a brand new season.

Riders from coast to coast to coast are itching to get out on the road as sunny, mild weather returns. However, depending on where you live, you may need to delay your first leisurely cruise this year. Many provinces have non-essential travel restrictions in place in an effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The choices we make and where we ride are more important now than ever. The health and safety of communities is the primary focus during this pandemic. Take note of what your Premier and public health officials report for your area. And try to have patience: your time to ride will come.May is Motorcycle Road Safety Awareness Month

Even if you’re not on the road yet, it’s a good idea to think about safety as you make plans for future rides. Smart activities include:

  • Performing all required maintenance on your bike
  • Checking over your helmet and other protective gear to ensure it’s in good condition
  • Researching routes for drives, taking note of speed limits and potential road hazards
  • Taking an online safety course

Harley-Davidson Offers Safety Control Features

If one of your at-home activities is to research new motorcycles, you might want to check out the advanced technology features that are being built right into the design of one venerable manufacturer’s products.

“At Harley-Davidson we’re continuously engineering new technology to make motorcycling more intuitive than ever. With the new Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), Harley-Davidson is enhancing riding confidence during unexpected situations or poor road conditions,” said Sam Olmstead, Consultant Finance and Insurance at Harley-Davidson Inc.

The systems include:

  • Electronic Linked Braking (ELB) and Cornering Enhanced ELB. Applies braking effort to both wheels when the rider uses either the hand lever (front) or foot pedal (rear) brake. Cornering Enhanced ELB takes into account the lean angle and alters the brake pressure to improve the rider’s ability to stay on the intended path.

  • Cornering Enhanced Antilock Brake Systems. Optimizes brake pressure based on a rider’s lean angle to deliver the best possible braking performance. When braking on a curve, the system calculates how much traction is available and adjusts the maximum brake pressure to preserve lateral grip. This helps the rider maintain course through the curve and keeps the motorcycle on the intended path.

  • Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System. Keeps the rear wheel from spinning out while the motorcycle is accelerating while cornering. Taking lean angle into account, the system balances side slip and engine torque to deliver controlled power to the rear wheel, ensuring optimal transfer to the road. A great feature to provide peace of mind in wet weather, unpaved roads or unexpected circumstances.

  • Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS). Reduces the excessive rear-wheel slip that typically happens when a rider decelerates with an abrupt down-shift gear change or wet or slippery road conditions. When DSCS detects excessive rear wheel slip under deceleration it will adjust engine torque delivery to better match rear-wheel speed to road speed.
  • Vehicle Hold Control. Helps manage a heavy motorcycle on a slope by applying and holding rear brake pressure after you’ve released the brakes. It prevents the motorcycle from rolling unintentionally, allowing the rider to focus on balance and control to ride away smoothly.

Aviva and Harley-Davidson have teamed up to provide Harley-Davidson® Insurance* for riders in Canada. Customers can save money on insurance, get genuine Harley-Davidson® parts when they submit a claim and ensure service from representatives who know Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.

No matter when you get out on the road again, you can lead the way in ensuring safety is as important as the thrill of the ride.


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