As a new motorcycle owner, it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and take the bike out for its first spin. But in order to be safe and keep that new motorcycle in great condition, it’s important to avoid these common mistakes.
1. Skipping the Basic Rider Course
Many new motorcycle owners have experience riding a friend’s bike or doing a test ride. Inevitably, this causes them to think they are experienced enough to be safe on a bike. The truth is, there’s much more to bike safety than meets the eye, and devoting one weekend to a professional motorcycle safety course is a must. Riders will learn essential skills as well as techniques for cornering, leaning in tight spaces, and, most importantly, being mindful of other riders and drivers on the road.
2. Starting With Challenging Rides
There are many beautiful locations for long rides across the country, but some of them are more challenging than others. It’s no surprise that new motorcycle owners may be tempted to try out the hardest routes to show off their brand new bike. But, there’s no shame on starting at the basics and riding at one’s skill level, which may mean avoiding rush-hour traffic and those mountain rides with sharp turns until spending some weeks or months practicing on less crowded, straightforward routes.
3. Skipping Safety Checks
Even some long-term riders are guilty of avoiding routine safety checks, which can have utterly disastrous ramifications. In addition to checking the gas tank and brake lights, it’s vital to routinely check things like tire inflation and have the bike serviced by a professional dealer when necessary. These safety checks only take a few minutes and can prevent damage, embarrassment, or even legal trouble.
4. Riding With Passengers
The first thing many new motorcycle owners want to do is show off their new bikes to friends and loved ones. Although it may be tempting to offer the entire neighborhood a ride on the back of the new bike, it’s not always a good idea. The physics and balance of riding with a passenger are different from riding solo, and the added distraction of the passenger’s movement or talking is often too much for new riders to handle. It’s best to get the right amount of solo practice before having someone else hop on.
A new motorcycle is exciting and can be life-changing, but safety and skill must come first. For more information, come by TC Powersports today to get a quote or view our motorcycles! Our staff will help you choose the right bike for your skill level, all in a comfortable, no-pressure environment. Stop by our location in Michigan Center today.