Motorcyclists need the same alertness to stay safe, particularly on the street where four-wheeled (and sometimes four-legged) bogeys can appear at any time. To build a situational-awareness mind-set, practice concentrating on what is important and dismissing what isn’t. Use everything at your disposal, including vision, hearing, feel, and smell. For instance, practice attuning to your peripheral vision, an extremely valuable tool. Highly sensitive to light and motion, this sense can detect a car or animal barreling in from the side or another rider about to pass you on track. And, yes, you can simultaneously watch where you’re going while remaining alert for incoming hazards. Then, to reduce distractions, turn off your iPod or smartphone. You need situational awareness far more than you need Miley or Eminem.