Things Every New Motorcyclist Should Know

Posted by Ben Davidson about 6 months ago
There are many things new motorcyclists should be aware of if they want to stay safe and enjoy their riding. Motorcycle riding can give a feeling of freedom and excitement, but you do not want to put yourself in any danger.

Check Your Bike

Before you go riding, every single time, you need to check that your bike is OK. Are the lights working? Do you brakes work as well as they should? Are the tires OK? Just a general look around to make sure everything is in good order is important before you ride anywhere.

Regular Servicing

A motorbike is a complex piece of machinery that needs to be well maintained. Getting Honda motorcycle parts, for instance, is not a major problem, and regular servicing is very important to keep you and your bike safe. You can learn how to do many things yourself, although having a mechanic check things over every once in a while is vital.

Watch The CC

New motorcycle riders are prone to overestimating the capabilities and often buy a bike that is more than they can handle. All new riders should start with some small, certainly no more than a 600cc. As you get used to the roads and handling this piece of machinery, it will start to feel underpowered. Then you can change to something with a bit larger engine, but still don’t be tempted to go to large too soon.

Get The Right Helmet

Your helmet should be well fitting and of a good make. If you drop it, the integrity can be compromised and you should replace it. For this same reason, you should never buy a second-hand helmet, as you do not know its history and it might not do the job it is intended for.

A good helmet will reduce the risk of you dying from head injuries by 50%, but still, there is a large proportion of motorbike fatalities that are caused by head or brain injuries.

Laws relating to helmets differ from state to state, and if you ride into another state with different laws you could fall foul of their rules. Make sure you know all the ins and out of helmet laws for wherever you are intending to ride to.

Ride Sensibly On The Roads

If you want to ride at speeds over the allowed limits or do stunts are your bike, find a track or some ground where you can do this without putting anyone else at risk. Bike riders do not have the best of reputations because of ones that have done things like this on the roads in the past. The problem with it is that if you are riding at speeds in excess of 100 mph and you hit someone, it is likely that they and you will not survive the crash.

Be Well Insured

Motorcycles are an easy and popular target for thieves. You can have all the locks and chains on it you want, but all they have to do is turn up in a van and load it onto the back. Make sure that your bike is well insured and not just for theft but for damage from accidents as well. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other road users who are not aware of the bike until it is too late to avoid them. Their insurance should pay for any damage to you and your bike, but what if they have none?

There is no reason why you should not have many years of pleasure from riding your motorcycle, as long as you take the right precautions.
Tags:

Latest Articles

See All
  • Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons
    Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons

    February 15, 2019 - So, let’s simplify things. Below, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of each of the three options, so you can see - at a glance - which might be the most suitable for you.

  • Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss
    Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss

    February 15, 2019 - Here, we’ll talk about how you can cut down your car maintenance costs like a boss. Whether you have a little run around or a more expensive sports car, the below tips will help you to cut back on unnecessary payments.

  • 5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs
    5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs

    February 15, 2019 - A single repair can land you in financial trouble if you don’t have the money to cover it, but you can’t really avoid it. If the car is broken and you need it, you’ll have to get it fixed whether you can afford it or not. That might mean borrowing mo

  • What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident
    What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident

    February 15, 2019 - This is a worst-case scenario, and we’ve knocked on wood that you or your child will never have to experience this throughout their whole driving career. But well-wishes and hopes don’t help much when the event has just taken place. Instead, you want

  • Making Your Vehicle Your Own
    Making Your Vehicle Your Own

    February 12, 2019 - So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us want to put our own personal stamp on our car and help it to stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few things that you can do to truly make your vehicle your own.

  • How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable
    How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable

    February 12, 2019 - Fortunately, in this day and age there are enough products, services, and other useful bits of advice that’ll have you enjoying your time behind the wheel. Below, we take a look at nine ways to boost your driving experience.

  • One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And Drive?
    One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And ...

    February 12, 2019 - But we only have to look at other drivers out there who continually take risks, by cutting in front of us, not indicating, and, of course, speeding, to see that risk-taking is a major factor, stemming from a sense of ignorance behind the wheel. And,

  • From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Problem On The Roads?
    From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Probl...

    February 12, 2019 - We've all got our own opinions as what is the biggest hazard, from drink drivers to distracted drivers, and all the various subcategories in between, like traffic. But, what is the answer? Is there one overriding problem? Let's see if we can answer t

  • How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You
    How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You

    February 9, 2019 - Buying a new car can be a thrilling experience. The feeling cannot be compared to any other, and when you are cruising down the open road you will know that deep down, you made the right decision. If you are having a hard time choosing a brand for yo

  • But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested
    But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested

    February 9, 2019 - For anyone who enjoys old cars and good TV shows, the Lucifer series with Tom Ellis is a pleasure for the eyes. Lucifer Morningstar drives a classic 1962 Corvette C1 convertible. The car, entirely black, has appealed to the viewers from the first mom

Share This!

or