Motorcycle Tips For Beginners

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges and risks. For most motorcyclists, the goals are to enjoy the ride…and to be able to ride for years to come!

Here are some tips for beginner motorcycle riders, to help ensure that you’ll love the ride…and that you’ll return home safely.

Take A Motorcycle Safety Course
Before hitting the road, consider taking a motorcycle safety course. Motorcycle safety classes teach essential riding skills and provide a strong foundation for new riders. The courses are required by some states before you can get your motorcycle license or endorsement. As a bonus, many motorcycle insurance companies offer a discount if you complete a safety course.

Practice Emergency Maneuvers On Your Motorcycle
In a controlled environment (during a safety course or on your own), it’s a good idea to practice quick stops and evasive maneuvers so that you’re better able to react quickly in case of an emergency.

Start With A Bike You Can Handle
As a beginner, it’s best to start with a smaller, more manageable motorcycle rather than a large, more powerful one. Bikes with 250cc to 500cc engines are usually recommended for new motorcycle riders.

Gradually Build Up Your Motorcycle Riding Skills
When you first start riding your motorcycle, stick to less busy roads and less congested areas. As you gain confidence, you can venture into more challenging terrain and higher-traffic roads.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Motorcycle
Before heading out, get to know the controls on your bike. Practice using the clutch, brakes, and throttle in a safe environment (e.g. an empty parking lot). Ensure that your movements are smooth, because jerky movements on a motorcycle can lead to loss of control.

Use Both Brakes
While the front brake on a motorcycle provides more stopping power, it’s essential to use both brakes for balanced stopping.

Know Your Limits
Don’t push yourself too hard or try advanced maneuvers until you’re truly ready. This is good advice not only for beginners, but also for advanced riders.

Always Do A Pre-Ride Check Of Your Motorcycle
Before each ride, check your tires, lights, brakes, and fluids. Make sure that everything on your motorcycle is in good working condition.

Ride Defensively
Riding a motorcycle is completely different than driving a car. To be safe, always assume other drivers DON’T see you. Maintain a safe distance from vehicles, watch for turning cars, and always be prepared for the unexpected.

Invest In Quality Motorcycle Gear
Always wear a DOT-approved helmet. Additionally, invest in high-quality motorcycle clothing (jacket, gloves, boots and pants). If you crash, this type of protective gear and clothing can significantly reduce the severity of your injuries.

Stay Visible
Wear bright or reflective clothing, so that other riders and drivers can see you. Make sure that your motorcycles tail lights and headlights are functioning properly. For added visibility, use your headlights at all times.

Avoid Distractions When You’re Riding Your Motorcycle
Keep your focus on the road. Avoid using your phone, and don’t do anything that might divert your attention from your riding.

Avoid Harsh Weather Conditions
Try not to ride your motorcycle in heavy rain, fog, snow, or other challenging weather conditions, at least until you gain more experience. If it looks like the weather might change, skip the ride or cut your trip short.

Stay Relaxed On Your Motorcycle
Tensing up can make it harder to maneuver the bike. Keep your arms and wrists relaxed, and grip the tank with your knees.

Prepare for Emergencies
Every time you ride, carry a basic first-aid kit, an emergency tool kit for minor repairs, and emergency contact information!

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