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Oh, boy. This could be dangerous, so you’d better know what to do before it happens. The number one piece of advice is to keep your bike properly maintained so you can avoid the avoidable.

First, of course, stay calm—even though your heart is pounding so loud you can’t even hear the bike anymore. Your life may depend on you keeping your head and reacting the right way to avoid getting into a Gurnee motorcycle wreck. This is what the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends for a couple of the more common motorcycle equipment failures.

Stuck Throttle

Luckily, this doesn’t happen often anymore because modern motorcycles have a cutoff switch by the right thumb. Know where it is and be able to locate it by feel; you will need to keep your eyes on the road if you do experience a stuck throttle. Press the cutoff switch as you pull in the clutch, then coast to a safe stopping place.

Broken Clutch Cable

If you try to downshift and the bike doesn’t respond, you can shift without a clutch. Just back off on the throttle and shift down one gear. You may be able to find neutral with your foot before you stop; if you don’t, the stop will be jerky.

If you have equipment failure and you end up injured in a motorcycle crash in Gurnee, you may have a legal case against the bike’s manufacturer or your maintenance shop. Contact the Gurnee motorcycle crash attorneys Hupy and Abraham to explore your legal options. You can call us toll free at 800-800-5678, or locally at 414-223-4800. Use our online contact form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also request our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

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