Motorcycle Riding Tips Every Beginning Rider Should Know

Motorcycles are a fun way to cruise around town. But if you do not follow the basic motorcycle riding tips that every beginner should know, the ride could turn deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are thirty times more likely to die in a crash than those riding in a motor vehicle. To lessen your chance of this happening to you, continue reading to learn some valuable information.

Only ride what you can handle – When purchasing a motorcycle, make sure your feet rest flat on the ground when seated. Then reach for the handlebars and controls to make sure they are easy to reach.

Antilock brakes – Get a motorcycle with antilock brakes. These are not available on every model, but they do help save lives. Motorcycles with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be in an accident than motorcycles that do not have them, according to the IIHS. Some insurance companies offer a discount if your motorcycle has this feature.

Wear a helmet – Some riders resist wearing a helmet, but those that don’t are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and three times more likely to suffer a brain injury than riders that wear a helmet. A properly fitting helmet will be snug.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Wear proper gear – For the best protection, wear a leather jacket, full-length pants, and footwear that reaches above your ankles. For eyewear, use a helmet or goggles. Wearing the proper clothing will protect you from bugs, debris, wind, and if you fall, road rash.

Take a riding course – Not only can taking a course make you eligible for an insurance discount, they can also improve your skills so you stay safe on the road. During the course, you’ll learn basic techniques and ones that are more advanced such as evasive emergency maneuvers.

Don’t ride in bad weather – When conditions are slippery, your margin of error is reduced. Rain diminishes your visibility as well as reduces the grip your tires have on the road. If you do ride in the rain, keep in mind the most dangerous time is right after the rain begins. That is because the water causes the oil residue to rise to the surface.

Road hazards – Keep an eye out for bumps, potholes, pebbles, and wet leaves as they can easily cause you to crash. If it is impossible to avoid a hazard, slow down and steer with minimal input. To reduce your chance of skidding, approach the hazard and railroad tracks as close to a right angle as possible.

Do a pre-ride check – Even if you ride year round, it is important to give your bike a check before heading out on the town. Some questions you should ask yourself are:

  • Are the wheels straight?
  • Is the chain properly lubricated?
  • Is the engine leaking coolant or oil?
  • Are the axle nuts properly tightened?

If you have any questions about motorcycle safety, contact us today to learn more.

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