Shake and Bake-Safety Tip

motorcycle accidents
Always be cautious of left turns!


The overwhelming amount of accidents, whether on a motorcycle or car, is caused by a car making a left turn. Usually, the car making the left-turn does not see you, whether their view is blocked by another car or the driver is simply distracted. Either way, I like to “shake & bake” to make myself for visible.

Depending on the situation, a car may not see you or the headlights for a multitude of reasons. When you shake/bake, basically a zig-zag movement when approaching intersections, more visibility is created. That is the reason I like to start the motorcycle riding classes with the “inline” which is cones in a straight line. I am trying to get the motorcycle rider to get used to moving their motorcycle side-to-side aggressively, whether to avoid debris on the road, an accident, or creating visibility.

The motion is simple enough; moving side-to-side within your lane so that the driver sees the movement of an object, in this case, the motorcycle or the headlight. It is simple enough when riding, much more difficult when you do it on the course.

Below is the video (if recorded from the front, the move shows how aggressive I am moving side-to-side, but from the POV of the motorcycle rider, it doesn’t seem like much of a movement at all).

I do this just about every time when I see a car is ready to turn left in front of me, or even the cars making a right hand turn in my lane. You never know if they see you or their line of sight is blocked for any reason, so, to be careful, I just “shake and bake.” My experience has always been this gets the attention of a driver better than honking a horn that may not hear.

Be safe.

MC Atty

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8 thoughts on “Shake and Bake-Safety Tip

  • November 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Alex Hernandez. You accepted my friendship yesterday on facebook. Very reasonable, the money goes 100% to our annual Turkey Ride.

  • November 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I live in Pembroke Pines, I do not mind traveling, lol. As for pricing, if its reasonable I am in.

    By the way…whats your name?

  • November 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I was taught by motormen, so while I’m not certified, I give classes. I’m going to start charging for the classes (for now, it was always free), but the idea is to collect money year-round for our Turkey Ride. Where do you live?

  • November 28, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Amen to that. Do you happen to know any schools that have classes for “experienced” riders? I have contacted MTII but they never have enough enrollment to warrant a class and MRI stopped offering them.

  • November 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    LOL! Just be careful. I still practice every chance I get, usually while riding and do little drills to stay sharp.

  • November 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Damn cagers!!!!!!

    Thanks for all the info, I’ve been riding since February and I know there is a lot that I do not know.

  • November 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Rafael, always be careful with flashing the beams. Sometimes cars think that is a go-ahead for them to turn.

  • November 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    What I do is move to the right of my lane then flash the high beams, I like your idea though.

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