Tips for new motorcycle riders

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Watching riders proudly riding and winging their way through the air takes your breath away. Charmed by this show, many young men hurry out to buy a motorcycle. They see girls sitting behind the riders and think that after purchasing an iron horse all love problems will be over once and for all. 

Preoccupied with these thoughts and dreams, many learners forget essential things before starting riding. They forget that motorbiking was not just like buying online lotto tickets. It requires knowledge, caution, a cool head and practice to avoid dangers.

Read on to know what those things are if you decided to saddle a motorbike for the first time.

Choosing a motorcycle

The first natural urge of new riders is buying the best cutting-edge motorbike. It is hardly a good idea. The first motorbike will suffer a lot of wrecks because a beginner should have to gain riding skills. It will be your first brother in arms that will share your mistakes and falls.  Its destiny is to get damaged. In any case, you will want to buy a new one. It is a matter of time. Learning may take half a year or a year. That’s why it is good advice to buy a cheap motorbike.  This decision will save you regret that you spent so much money. Click on this link to check bikes for learners.

Learning your motorbike

If you are on a first-name basis with motorcycles, feel free to skip this recommendation. For others, it is vital to know the fuel economy and its fuel capacity so you know its range. These characteristics are to be taken into account in case you intend to take your first trip. (By the way, beginners should start with a short trip). Unlike cars, motorcycles have two tires, and they are as valuable as gold. Check their condition and pressure before setting out and avoid nails, glass and other things that may damage them.

Safety measures

Safety is always on top and safety gear is a must-have for all bikers. If you do have a fall, you will thank your helmet, gloves, motorcycles pants, boots and jacket for keeping your body in one piece. It will take time to get used to this outfit, because you will fell a bit “inconvenient” and not as attractive as you imagine. However, it may save your life. A road and everything on it is dangerous. That is a mantra for beginners. It means you need to be attentive and watch for cars, people, dirt, gravel and animals that may suddenly come out of the forest. High speed is another danger. Riding is always associated with the opportunity to ride faster than the wind.  Try your best to resist this temptation until mastering your riding skills.

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  1. Learn how to stop quickly whilst remaining upright. I spent a few weeks mastering the sequence of front brake followed by back brake to tuck the nose in followed by a few more learning how to brake when cornering without losing the front or having the back wheel trying to overtake me

  2. You should choose a practical all-rounder for your first bike for two reasons. 1) These bikes are easy to ride and will give you confidence. And having confidence will help you quickly develop your riding skills. 2) The all round capabilities of these bikes allows you to try different types of riding to see what you like best. Cruisers and sports bikes are popular but they are only designed for smooth roads. Don’t be sucked in by exotic Italian or classic American brand names. In some cases you just end up spending more money for an inferior bike.

  3. I would say ride it every day in all conditions. No good learning to be a fair weather weekender and panic as soon as it gets wet. And always ride your own race and at 8/10ths, trying to keep up with your mates will more than likely see them picking you up out of the bushes when you over baked that corner.

  4. I think the best advice for beginners is what my father told me when I started riding…..”ride as if everyone else on the road is out to kill you, ride defensively and you might survive”.
    I still follow his advice nearly 50 years later.

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