So, you have just bought your new motorcycle and you are eager to get on the road to break it in, right? Or is it the other way round? Maybe it’s you that really needs breaking in. Whatever the case, there are some things that you are going to have to take note of as a new motorcycle rider. Take some time to read this article. It may just save you time, money and even your life. The great thing is that you have chosen a mode of transportation that’s synonymous with people who love freedom. The tips below should help you get the maximum out of it;
Know that you are one of the weakest points on the road
There is something about sitting on a bike that can get even the best of us feeling like cockerels. It makes you feel like you are on the top of the world. All the other riders are douches; conservatives who have not spirit of adventure. This feeling is particularly pronounced in new riders. They feel like they that the bravest souls on earth, and they have no reason for apologizing for it.
That could very well be true, but one thing that you need to know is that you, on your motorcycle, are one of the weakest points on the road. Making it a habit to engage in a not so subtle warfare with people in cars is, therefore, probably not the wisest thing for you to do. However, this is something that happens on a daily basis, if YouTube is to be believed. Check out the video below of a man who kicks a car. It doesn’t matter than he may have been the right party. Because of issues to due with mass, the result tends to be disastrous for the motorist.
Stay calm in the face of provocation
One thing that you are going to have to face as a motorcyclist is the provocation that comes from people in cars. Please note that this provocation may be either real or perceived. Whatever the case, one quality that you need to cultivate in yourself as a new rider is calmness. Getting into fights with everyone around you is a sign of immaturity. That’s particularly the case considering that these fights are not really logical because afterwards, you each go on your separate ways. So, why fight?
Still learning to ride your motorcycle? Look where you want to go
This tip applies to those that are still learning how to ride their newly acquired motorcycles. One thing that’s worth noting is that learning how to ride a motorcycle tends to be similar to learning how to ride a bicycle. One thing that undoes some people is they look at their pedals instead of ahead at the road. As a result, they become a hazard for others on the road, never mind for themselves.
When riding a motorcycle, you need to understand that your bike will go where you are looking. So, you should always keep your eyes in the direction where you want it to go. Otherwise, you are going to end up piled up in a ditch.
Take it slow at the beginning
One temptation for new riders is to zip along the road at top speed. After all, you have just acquired your new bike and you wish to find out how fast it can go. That’s only very understandable, but it can be dangerous. Before riding your bike at top speed, you need to first become familiar with riding it.
Take it slow for a while, while you both acclimatize to one another. You have the world at your feet, and there really is no reason for you to hurry. Once you are sure of yourself, you can then take things to the maximum allowed by the law, of course. Otherwise, you are going to end up acquiring your first motorcycling ticket.
We have already noted that learning how to ride a motorcycle is not the task of a single day. In that way, it’s similar to almost everything in life. If you set out to learn how to type or how to use a computer, you are not going to get it in one day. You need patience. Get the little stuff first, such as how to turn the thing on (computer or bike). From there, you can get to the next level, such as learning how to turn off tablet mode or how to open Word. On a bike, that would be similar to sitting on your bike and getting it to move forward. You are not yet on the complicated stuff such as doing wheelies.
Take good care of your bike and it will take care of you
Like every other type of vehicle that’s on the road, motorcycles need to be taken care of if they are to perform to their maximum potential. Make sure that you keep yours oiled and clean, and it will take you the extra mile. Make sure that everything is adjusted to your liking, including the mirrors.
Also make sure that you are as comfortable as is possible on your bike. That’s particularly the case if you are going to go on long trips (something that we don’t advice for new riders). Always inspect your bike before riding it. Make sure that everything is okay, including the chain. Also make sure that there are no leaks. Please read our article on how to prevent your bike from overheating. It’s important.
Always keep fuel consumption in mind
Range anxiety is something that can spoil the enthusiasm for new motorcycle riders. That’s particularly the case for those that wish to go on long trips. You should be well aware of your new bike’s range before setting out. Otherwise you are going to be stranded somewhere in the wilderness without fuel.
Also, make sure that there are filling stations along the way for every trip that you take on your bike. You probably won’t have to worry about gas when commuting in the city. However, when you go out into the countryside, planning becomes rather important.
Get the right clothes to protect yourself
As a new rider, this is something that you probably do not need to be reminded about. After all, the look is part of the reason why you were sold to motorcycling. You probably have bought more stuff than your really need. However, we will mention it all the same. Make sure that you have gotten appropriate clothes to go along with your motorcycle. Remember that you are pretty much exposed to the elements while on your bike.
So, you need to find a jacket to protect yourself from the wind and denims to protect your legs in the event that you are in an accident. Even if you do not end up on the ground, you need to have layers of clothing to protect yourself from the cold. Don’t think just because it’s hot now it’s going to stay that way. It’s better to be safe than sorry.