If you just bought a bike or are actually thinking of doing so, remember that there are certain behaviors you will need to have and certain knowledge other than riding a bike, prior to actually getting on the road. It is a dangerous business and you should be very careful. Here is a top 5 list on what you need to know:
1: Stay focused
Driving in general needs a high level of concentration. Bicycles/Motorbikes, being so less safe, need even higher levels of focus and concentration. Riding your motorcycle is not something you want to do if you just had a fight or got angry, if you are frustrated or too emotional for whatever reason. You need to have a 100% clear mind and feel that you are able to remain so during the whole ride, otherwise you’d better leave it parked.
2: Do a quick full inspection
Being aware that you are going to drive a vehicle that rides in a very high speed, you might want to quickly do a full inspection. You can try to remember the acronym T-CLOCS or you might prefer to print out the list of checks you have to make from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website and keep it in your wallet. This full inspection includes the tires, controls, the lights, the oil level, the chassis and stands. If you can’t really check them all every single time, at least keep an eye on tires and brakes as the fundamental ones.
3: Keep it slow
Riding a bike/motorbike is exciting and fun and mot of the times, even without realizing it, riders have the tendency to increase the speed as they enjoy the wind that blows in their faces, the noise, and the sensation of going fast. The thing is that you should never rush, always keep track of the speed you’re going by and try to be as slow as possible. It may save your life.
4: Practice the danger
Being on the road is not an easy task for car drivers, let alone for bikes, especially on busy roads where almost any type of vehicle is allowed to pass. If driving a car means you have to be careful, look at the mirrors, be ready for different maneuvers if cars or trucks are passing you buy not exactly as they should, experiencing the same while you are riding a bike/motorcycle is quite frightful. In fact, most people panic and that is when danger occurs. Instead of being flexible and twisting their bodies, trying to find a secure pass and proceed leaving the danger behind, most riders get stuck and don’t know how to react. You know your vehicle is heavy. It has only two wheels, it can’t stand easily if not kept on equilibrium from you and knowing all this, you should practice in a garage or another quiet place. This way you will get to know you your bike reacts on different movements and how your body adjusts to those as well to be better prepared in case this kind of solution is needed in a real situation.
5. Dress not to impress
If you think that you can wear whatever you want even if you just bought a bicycle/motorcycle, you’re wrong. You may dress up or just put on whatever you like if you are driving a car, but can’t do the same with a bike. If you thought that those bikers who are always seen in big boots, leather vests and impressive bluetooth motorcycle helmet do that to look cool, you are totally wrong. Well, they actually do look cool but that it not on purpose. Boots will help you be steady on your bike, a leather or any other vest will cover your chest and protect it from getting any kind of cold from the wind due to the high speed and that life savior helmet will…well, save your life.