Anyone who has ever driven a motorcycle understands the feeling of absolute freedom you get behind the handlebars. There really is nothing else like it, and it can be the cause of some passionate devotion from motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. Still, many people who are just learning how to ride a motorcycle might not feel the same way. Below, you’ll find a few basic tips to help make your motorcycle riding experience as enjoyable as possible.
One of the first things that you’ll likely learn when you take any kind of motorcycle class is how to turn. Virtually anyone can ride a motorcycle in a straight line, but sometimes turning can leave you at a loss. Assuming that you already understand the basics of shifting, a turn is really all about “looking through” and leaning into the turn. It’s also vital to accelerate through the turn to minimize the risk of falling down.
Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is proper braking technique. This is particularly important for beginners who might find themselves in an unsavory position that requires immediate action. Emergency stops require the use of both brakes, generally located on the right handlebar and near the right foot peg. But, if you want to keep your engine running, you’re going to have to pull in the clutch during the stop, as well.
Overall safety for a motorcyclist is vitally important to staying out of trouble. You have to imagine that you are a mosquito and the other vehicles on the road are rain drops. In some cases, it’s going to be up to you to weave in and out of danger areas because you’re ultimately less visible to others around you. So, like a mosquito would have to dodge rain drops, you need to dodge other cars on the road.
It’s also important to avoid riding recklessly. Beginners might think there’s nothing wrong with riding in the rain, but even the slightest slip on wet asphalt can produce a fall. Also, when orienting your bike to railroad tracks, make sure that your front wheel is perpendicular to the tracks themselves so that they don’t influence your bike one way or the other.
After a while, all of these things will become second nature and you’ll be an expert rider in no time. If you ride a little slower than the flow of traffic, don’t let impatient drivers get to you. As with anything, practice makes perfect and everyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle has experienced a few shortcomings here and there.