For many, the idea of getting on a motorcycle is synonymous with freedom. Riding a motorcycle means no barriers between the rider and the great outdoors, a fusion of rider, wind, and sun on an endless open road. There are many things to consider for those who are ready to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Becoming a responsible rider begins with making the right choices and taking the time to learn motorcycle safety.
The first thing for a prospective motorcycle owner to consider is how big and how heavy their first motorcycle should be. Ultimately, being capable of handling a motorcycle depends on the rider’s size versus the size of the motorcycle. Once it’s decided which motorcycle to start out on, it’s time to learn some rules of the road.
Unlike driving a car, riding a motorcycle requires much more vigilance and awareness on the road. Potholes and debris can be hazardous to a motorcyclist. Learning how to watch out for these and other obstacles is vitally important to motorcycle safety. Other motorists pose an even bigger threat. A motorcyclist must learn to anticipate other drivers’ moves to avoid disaster. Generally, drivers are not consciously looking for motorcycles on the road and will often overlook them when changing lanes or pulling onto roadways. Without a heightened awareness, riding a motorcycle can be risky and dangerous.
It is best to learn how to ride a motorcycle on an even surface and practice some basic skills before taking it on the road. First, it’s important to get a feel for the bike by sitting on it with feet flat on the ground or by utilizing the three point position with the left foot on the ground and the right foot on the rear brake pedal. Good posture is critical in keeping the bike balanced and an eye on the road ahead.
After getting a feel for the bike it is time to learn how to ride. Anyone just learning should have a skilled rider present. A skilled rider can offer pointers and assist in the best handling of the bike. Before taking a motorcycle out on the road the new rider needs to learn starting, accelerating, decelerating, shifting, braking, and parking until it can be done comfortably and confidently. The first things one should practice with diligence is starting, stopping, and clutch control. Once these skills are mastered, the novice rider will have a better grasp of control and experience a smoother, safer ride.
Before anyone decides to learn how to ride a motorcycle, they should familiarize themselves with state laws and should always use a helmet. In addition, for the best protection against injuries from a fall, motorcyclists should wear snug-fitting clothing that will cover their legs and arms. Loose clothing can flap in the wind or get caught on parts of the motorcycle which can have disastrous results. Sturdy boots or shoes without laces are another good idea for extra protection and safety.
Riding a motorcycle can be fun, safe, and economical. With the right training and practice, it can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the open road and great outdoors.
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