Riding a motorcycle is fun and is truly a great experience. The feel of wind hitting you while you cruise past everyone is incomparable. However, the very same motorcycle also happens to be one of the most dangerous vehicles, accounting for over 50% of the road accidents that take place on the US roads. In fact, motorcycles are 33% more dangerous than an average made car.
Experienced bikers have already endured pain and have gone through a lot of scratches, scrapes as well as injuries in their biking experience. Many of them lost quite a lot due to their recklessness which is why all beginners should take extra precaution in order to avoid accidents and enjoy a lifetime of biking experience. After all, it would be sad not to live to tell about your biking experience. (Kidding, just is careful)
So here are some of the most important motorcycling tips that you definitely need to follow if this is going to be your first time out there in the open.
Advice for Beginners
1. Don’t Push for the Best when You Buy
Now this happens to be the ground rule of better biking, never get a motorcycle that is the best in the market as it would be too much for you to handle. You being a beginner wouldn’t know how to use its advanced controls which basically wastes your money for the time being and confuses more than it helps you.
Always go for a motorcycle that suits you the best in the beginning. You can go for an advanced and better version after you are through with a first few months with decent control.
2. Better Honk Skills than Hope for Recovery
Motorcycle safety is all about skills and practicing. The more you practice, the better it is for you because you would then be able to handle tough turns, slide breaks and more. For this, I would personally recommend joining a motorcycle safety course that is going to help you a lot.
With some skilled advice and honing, you can easily learn how to maneuver your bike in emergency situations. Trust me; this is a lot better time and money investment than getting a fancy accessory. Make sure you practice what you learn. After all, practice makes a biker perfect.
3. Never Venture Out without a Helmet
Going for biking without a helmet is like committing suicide even if you become an experienced rider. You never know what might happen as even though you might not be making any mistake, the person in front of you or behind you might happen to be a stupid who could cause a serious accident. So, always wear a helmet before biking.
It not only saves you from accidental crashes and slides; it also protects your eyes from dust particles and mouth from bugs and other stuff. Always wear a helmet for better protection and focused vision on the road.
4. Wear the Right Gear
What happens when you’re not wearing the right gloves and pants and accidentally crash your bike into something? Bruised and broken fingers along with badly scraped or may be broken knees. If you want to avoid such outcomes, always remember to wear the right gear before you go for motorcycling.
As a beginner, you should not focus on something very light or very heavy. You should go for a well protective biker’s jacket and double layered pants that allow easy movement as well as ample protection. Make sure all your gear fits you well and you’re comfortable.
5. Try Not to Get Out in Bad Weather
You are a beginner for god’s sakes. Your time will come when you too would be able to ride in the rains and windy weathers. However if you are planning to do so now, give that thought a rest and practice for the unfavorable conditions that you might have to encounter in bad weather.
In bad weather, you might encounter water filled slippery roads, muddy terrains, strong winds, too much of dust and more. Your body should be accustomed to such conditions, and your skills should be good enough to pull emergency maneuvers whenever needed.
6. Try Defensive and Avoid Offensive
Being a beginner means you need to be very attentive and need to pay attention to every single detail, following every single road safety rule. According to sources, most of the motorcycle accidents that take place are single vehicle crashes by beginners. You can avoid these by following some simple rules.
These rules include not using a mobile phone while riding, always maintaining a safe distance from front and behind, driving within the speed limit and not getting over excited. This is a road filled with vehicles that you’re going to ride on, always take care of yourself and be on the defensive rather than trying to show off speed and novice biking skills that could result in a crash.
7. Be Vary of the Hazards on the Road
Being too obvious and cool on the road is also a mistake. When you are riding on the road, you need to be aware of your surroundings so that you can easily handle unexpected situations. For example, there are some broken branches, pebbles, leaves on the road which might result in sudden sliding or turning of the bike.
Always pay attention to the type of road you’re on and what surrounds you. If you have a better idea of your surroundings, you can not only save yourself; you can be a better bike as well.
8. The Final Check before You Ride
One of the most important tips for beginners is always checked your bike before you go out for a ride. Check if the headlights are intact and make sure the breaks are working. Don’t forget to take a look at the tires and other controls as well. Everything should be fine before you venture out on your ride.
Biking is an adventure-filled escape that excites you to your bone if you have that passion. To be a better biker, you need to be very careful and follow the rules as well as these suggestions so that you can enjoy biking for years to come, without much trouble.