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5 Essential Tips For New Motorcycle Riders

If you’re new to the world of motorcycling, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your first adventures are both safe and fun. Here are five important tips to consider, whether you're riding in the city or on the open road.

1. Wear a Helmet

First thing’s first: Use your head. Government studies suggest that riders without a helmet are “40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash” and “three times more likely to suffer brain injuries,” compared to motorcyclists that wear helmets, says Consumer Reports. Is it really worth the risk? 

2. Practice Makes Perfect

Whatever bike you select, do yourself a favor and make sure that you can — without any issue — handle the power it has to offer, and the skill that is required to ride it. There's no shame in taking a course to hone your skills, and a motorcycle class will ensure that you’re aware of traffic safety laws, how to avoid unsafe situations and respond to emergency circumstances, and you may also benefit from maintenance tips.

3. Consider Anti-lock Brakes

Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that motorcycles with anti-lock brakes were “37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it,” according to Consumer Reports.

Not all new models are equipped with ABS, and you won’t find them on older bikes. But they are worth considering, since they provide you with better steering control during hard stops (when your wheels lock-up) and slippery road conditions. 

4. Get the Right Gear

Riding a motorcycle isn’t like driving a car, in the sense that you’re not as protected from the elements. In this case, you need to dress for the part, because you will be dealing with unpredictable weather conditions, debris, bugs, and other drivers. Leathers (jacket, full pants, gloves) or anything with padding and breathable mesh material will help you deal with the weather, and a helmet visor (or goggles) will protect your eyes. Also, bright colors will allow other drivers to spot you more easily — especially at night.

5. Be Aware

Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Be aware of road hazards, keep an eye out for bad weather, avoid distractions, and leave a good amount of distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle up ahead.

Source: www.adamecharley.com