Motorcycles do break down at times, though much less nowadays then in the past. Bikes are more dependable, but it does happen that one suddenly stops working. If you are riding on a road, even a highway, tollroad or freeway, you will be able to pull over. Head of the emergency lane or to the side of the road, and do whatever you need to do to get your bike going again (remember the times that you had to switch a fuel selector for normal or reserve??).
But if your motorcycle stops working inside a tunnel, then it is a whole different matter, especially in a narrow tunnel with only two single traffic lanes. Then it can become a nightmare.
Here are some simple tips to help minimize troubles:
- The moment you find out your bike is acting up, put on your hazard warning.
- Make sure your lights are on (unless of course you are having electrical problems).
- Start slowing down before the bike slows you down. This will slow traffic down behind you in a more controlled way.
- Pull alongside the right side of the road as far to the right as you can, even if there is an emergency lane.
- Keep your light on the bike on.
- Make sure YOU are visible (clothing, lights, etc).
- If there are emergency call boxes (telephones) inside the tunnel, best is to park your bike several yards further.
- If there is no phone in the tunnel, walk against the traffic direction, alongside the wall to the outside (unless of course you are very close to the other side of the tunnel). Remember that it’s dark, and you will be difficult to be seen.
- If you are indeed in a narrow tunnel with no emergency lane, DO NOT ATTEMPT to fix the problem yourself, but get the hell out of Dodge City.
- Contact authorities or a garage to get your bike out of there.
If you think it’ll never happen to you, think again. Every year quite a few bikes break down in a tunnel, and a few result in accidents.