You’ve always dreamed of owning your own motorcycle, and now that you do, what are some good tips of beginners?
Safety is the most important, so let’s first talk about safety tips. Buy yourself a good helmet. This could mean the difference between life and death, so please take this point very seriously. Unfortunately, bikers are killed every single day on the road.
When you are on the road stick to the speed limit and don’t tailgate people. Use your signals and also use both of your brakes and try to brake slow and steady. This is important for maintaining control over your bike.
Constant alertness is vital, after all, you never know when some idiot driving an SUV may swerve into your lane, or cut you off inadvertently. Even long term veterans of motorcycle riding crash sometimes, so no matter how experienced you become, never think that you are beyond harm or untouchable. All it takes is one second of distraction, and it’s all over. Being sharp and vigilant are a must for all motorcycle riders, both new and old. But, just as a warning to newbies, the cause of many motorcycle crashes are due to a lack of basic riding skills, according to US government statistics.
It’s important to read your motorcycle’s instruction manual thoroughly, and attending a motorcycle training class is not a bad idea, either. Please become aware of all traffic rules that apply to motorcycles, and avoid riding in between lanes of stopped or slow moving traffic. We’ve all seen that before- we are stuck at a dead pace in traffic, and some motorbike comes zipping in between the lanes. That kind of stuff tends to piss people off pretty easily, so don’t do it. It’s important to maintain respect between motorcycle riders and automobile drivers.
Now, let us talk about how you can look very cool while riding your new motorcycle. I probably don’t need to tell you this, but the first thing is- buy yourself a black leather jacket as soon as possible. The more zippers and chains on your black leather jacket, the cooler you will look.
Also, buy yourself a pair of black boots, and the longer they are the better. If your boots have spikes in them, you get an extra ten points in style. Aside from looking cool, a heavy leather jacket, long boots, and strong gloves also help aide your safety, because in a crash, they may be all that separates you from the pavement.
Motorcycle riding is pure pleasure, and once you have started, it will be almost impossible to stop or to give it up. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get being totally in touch with the road while riding your motorcycle. Riding in cars feels artificial, like you are viewing the world through a screen and riding your motorcycle is a very distinct experience by comparison.
In the beginning, learning to ride a motorcycle may take time and effort, but after some time, once you get the hang of it and it becomes natural, it becomes pure joy. Welcome to the fun-filled world of motorcycle riding!
JT writes about motorcycle tips and provides riders with information regarding safe riding for the motorcycle insurance blog.