It is hard to argue that riding a motorcycle can be exciting. The feeling of the open road, the wind whipping past your body and the power of the machine can all be thrilling. It’s not surprising to experienced riders that riding a motorcycle is becoming more popular every day. The reality, though, is that the more popular riding becomes, the more novice riders that are on the road. People on a motorcycle are 30 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers in a car.
Anyone who is new to riding a motorcycle should only do so with extreme caution. Driving a motorcycle is not like driving a car, and it certainly isn’t like riding a bike. Taking such a powerful machine down the road comes with a serious responsibility. Here are tips for every motorcycle novice on today’s roadways.
1. The Right Bike
If you go to a dealer to purchase your first motorcycle, they will help you find the right bike for you. If you purchase from a private seller, chances are slim that they will refuse to sell you the bike because it isn’t the right size for your frame. It’s up to you to make sure the bike fits. Don’t buy a bike that is too heavy for you to maneuver when it isn’t running. Purchase a motorcycle that is easy for you to get on and off of. The rule of thumb is that your feet should rest flat on the ground when you are seated. If you have to reach with your toes to touch the pavement, the motorcycle is too large.
2. Take a Class
You will need to take a class, or at least a test, before you can get a motorcycle endorsement added to your driver’s license, but it may not be enough. Enroll yourself in a safety course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). These courses will give you a set of skills that can be invaluable as you ride down the highway and around your neighborhood.
3. Be Smart
One of the most important pieces of safety gear that you have is already sitting right on top of your shoulders. Use your head when you ride. Common sense can save you from situations that would otherwise be harmful. Don’t ride in weather conditions that you aren’t used to, don’t ride a bike that hasn’t been properly maintained, and don’t perform maneuvers that are better left to the experienced rider. While you are at it, protect that head of yours with a properly-fitting helmet. You will reduce your chances of suffering a brain injury in a crash by 40 percent.
Every rider has to start somewhere. Your somewhere doesn’t have to be on hundreds of miles of highway. Give yourself time to get used to your motorcycle and learn to drive in different weather conditions by practicing slowly and carefully. You have years ahead of you. Take a bit of time now to get some experience so you can enjoy your motorcycle that much more.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in San Luis Obispo, call our office. You may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. We will speak with you at no cost and advise you of your options. Call today to schedule your appointment.