New motorcycle riders’ inexperience often leads them make mistakes that could cause a serious accident. As such, it is very important for new riders to put a special focus on safety.
Almost all motorcycle riders know that it is dangerous to speed, ride without a helmet or operate a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, there are also some less-obvious risks that new motorcycle riders might not be aware of. By learning about these risks in advance, riders can work to avoid dangerous and deadly motorcycle accidents.
Choosing a New Bike: A new rider should get a bike that “fits,” even though it can be tempting to go with one that looks “cool” instead. Both of the rider’s feet should touch the ground and the rider should be able to lift the bike on his or her own. Sometimes, the best move is actually to find a used, inexpensive bike to learn on since most riders damage their first bike at least once.
Riding with a Passenger: Riding with a passenger is very different than riding alone, especially if the passenger is also inexperienced with motorcycles. The passenger could do something unpredictable, such as leaning the wrong way, which could cause the driver to lose control of the bike. Riders should never take on a passenger until they are confident in their ability to react safely to unexpected situations.
Reading the Road: One of the biggest mistake new riders make is not reading the road properly. A good motorcycle rider knows what is going to happen before it happens. Not only do riders have to look out for potholes, sand pits and debris on the road, but they must also be aware of all of the other vehicles on the road.
By following these tips, new riders can help ensure a safe transition into a fun and fulfilling pastime.
Source: Clutch & Chrome, “Seven more things new riders do completely wrong.”