As spring starts to bring warmer weather to us all, many people are choosing to ride a motorcycle for the first time.
Even if you have been a committed car enthusiast for your entire life, there is something about the thrill and sense of freedom you get on a bike that is truly exhilarating. If you have never ridden a bike before, it can be a bit of a daunting prospect. So here are a few things that you should consider if you are a first timer.
Ride More Defensively That You Drive
It may be an obvious one, but when you are on a motorbike, you are in a very vulnerable position. You have to pretend that everyone and everything is out there to knock you off so drive defensively. Being in a car affords you that added safety that you simply don’t get on a bike so you need to adapt your driving style accordingly. Pay extra attention at every single junction and intersection as there are bound to be a few drivers out there who simply don’t look out for motorcycles. Also, be aware of where other cars’ blind spots are in case they decide to suddenly switch lanes.
Focus On Where You Want To Go
When people start riding a bike for the first time, they tend to get fixed on targets that are right in front of them. Over time, you will teach yourself to look further into the distance and work your way forward from there. You will then be in a better position to anticipate hazards further in advance. Ultimately, learning to ride a motorbike should also improve your ability as a driver as you will train yourself to become even more vigilant.
Remember to Turn the Choke Off
This is something that pretty much every new biker will do at one point or another so don’t worry too much if you do this once or twice. After a while, turning it off should become second nature. Leaving it on means that you will be running your bike unnecessarily after the initial warmup. Ultimately this could cause long term problems to your bike, but in the short term you will be wasting petrol which can add up to a significant cost over time.
Wear the Right Clothing
Make sure you are wearing the right motorcycle clothing for added protection. Jeans won’t offer a great deal of protection and will shred if you have a bad fall. Make sure to layer up. Not only will this give you added protection, you will also feel the cold a lot more when you are speeding along.
Adjust the Mirrors Before Moving
Unlike a car, motorcycle mirrors aren’t as easy to adjust. You will need a wrench in order to do so. This means that you need to check their positioning before heading out. Take up the normal position that you would when riding and make sure you can see as much as possible. This is easier to do if your bike has a centre stand.