Motorcycles are indeed fun to ride and efficient on gas, but this does not make it any safer than a car as they do not have airbags or seat belts to protect you. Being a beginner, there’s a lot of information you’ll have to take in.
Do a Pre-Inspection
Before each ride, do a quick walk-around to make sure your lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly. Check the brakes, chain, belt and shaft. Also, never forget to check oil leakages and tyre pressures.
Look Where You Want To Go
This is something you should always look into when you are learning how to ride. While piloting the motorcycle, you’ll always go wherever you are looking so always look far into the distance and so you could make decisions when you are approaching corners.
Never assume that a car driver sees you because they are focused more on trucks and other cars. Try to use good lane position so you can be seen by other drivers. If you are following heavy vehicles or they are tail gating you, maintain a good distance for safety reasons. Be very alert while overtaking, a matter of split second can get your life in danger.
Avoid Bad Weather
The weather is not always perfect for motorcycle riding. You should always check the weather before leaving for a ride. Slippery conditions reduce the tires’ grip which can lead to accidents. Avoid riding in rains and if you do, be gentle with the brakes and steering to avoid sliding.
Wear Protective Gears
It’s vital to wear the proper motorcycle gear when riding a bike. The best recommendation is to wear a full-face helmet, knee pads, riding gloves, a padded motorcycle jacket and boots that cover up your ankles. That is the bare minimum you should equip yourself to be safe!