Advice for Beginner Motorcycle Riders: What NOT to Do
So while there are a lot of "big and bad" bikers out there that have been riding for more years than they can count, at one point in time, they were all beginners. Everyone had to start from somewhere, and I'm sure your first time learning to ride didn’t look as glamorous as your riding right now. You might even have a difficult time trying to remember that far back, but it happened. So when someone decides they want to jump on the seat and try their hand at riding, it can be difficult to muster the courage to make it happen.
Riding can be scary. It’s exhilarating, adrenaline-inducing and complete freedom, but that doesn’t remove fear from the equation. It’s intimidating, and for some beginner motorcycle riders, there could even be a pretty large learning curve depending on your knowledge coming into it. But as long as you hop on, stay focused, and know that you’ll get the hang of it at some point, then you’ve got this.
As long as you’re aware of some first-time rider safety, rules of motorcycle etiquette, and find the best motorcycles for beginners, you’ll fall in love with it all. However, help is always appreciated, so here are safety things to keep in mind when you start riding:
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No, you can't do that wheelie that you see in the movies:
Sure, maybe you’re doing it to impress the ladies or the boys. But I promise they won’t be impressed when you’re laying on the asphalt and one person is hovering over you, trying to figure out if you’re broken while the other is calling an expensive ambulance. Plus, when you have insane skid marks and terrible road rash that you try to brush off like a shark bites or something else ridiculous, it’s not going to be very believable.
So maybe you do believe you can fly, but you can’t. So keep your butt on the seat, keep both wheels on the ground, and just put on a cool pair of shades if you’re looking to impress. Because a lack of understanding of rider safety is sure to impress no one. That should do it, and you don’t even have to mangle your body to do it. What a great deal!
"Yo, dude, helmets are totally optional!":
Okay, do you remember the person that said that to you? Your friend who thinks that wearing a helmet makes him look dorky? Yeah, go ahead and smack that friend across the face. It’s better to look dorky than dead, and whoever said motorcycle helmets look dorky probably wasn’t wearing one, crashed, and is suffering from some brain damage.
There are too many cool looking helmets to use "not looking good" as an excuse not to wear one. You can go as simple as you want as far as looks, you can look like a disco ball, and there are some interesting looks cat ones out right now. What I'm trying to say here is that a helmet is not optional, it’s a must. Pick the one that you like the best and know that while some of your friends could end up like Humpty Dumpty, you’ve got a long and happy future.
Don't trust soccer Mom Janet:
Oh, look, it’s Janet! Janet is a great Mom. She shuttles her kids to and from soccer practice, has a home-cooked meal on the table every night, always brings the best snacks to team practice, and also likes to run motorcycle riders off the road. Janet is just AWESOME.
Don’t trust Janet, and expect that almost everyone riding in their car is going to be soccer Mom Janet. Whether it’s drivers talking on their phone and not paying attention to the road, or they have a personal vendetta against motorcycle riders, the reason doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that they’re not watching for you or looking out for you, so you have to look out for yourself. When you ride, your safety should be of the utmost priority to you, so you need to act like it. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and beware of soccer Mom Janet.
"Hi, I just passed my motorcycle test and am going to ride the Tail of the Dragon":
Said no one. Ever. Seriously, sit down and calm yourself. We’re really, really happy that you passed your motorcycle test because that now means the road is your Oyster (unless you’re allergic to shellfish, then... sorry). But just because you can ride these roads, doesn’t mean you should. Believe it or not, there are certain difficulty levels of different rides, and the odds are that you’re not at all prepared for it.
So don’t go planning to ride the Tail of the Dragon right after you pass your test, because you’ll probably end up as an accident statistic of the road. You need to get comfortable with riding and all that comes with it before you venture off to ride trails and roads that require too high of riding skills. You’ll get there, just be patient.
You know those bar fights you got into in College? Yeah, no more:
You’re entering into a new culture that you don’t understand just yet. The motorcycle culture is full of some of the most hardworking, motivated, passionate, caring, and selfless people you’ll ever meet. They treat everyone like family, and it’s a culture unlike anything else out there. But this culture is not full of pretty, pretty princesses. This culture is not full of people that you tease, mock, or mess with because you have absolutely no idea what you’re signing yourself up for. And, honestly, this is what your fights probably looked like.
So no, those drunken bar fights you used to get into that didn't even leave a scratch? That’s a thing of the past. This culture is not full of people you can take advantage of. It’s full of people that do not and will not have the patience for your games. So stop playing games, respect the culture, respect every brand and every rider, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
To sum it all up: wear your gear, know your skillset, don’t push yourself too hard, stay aware, and don’t mess with other people. If you can manage to keep all these lessons in the back of your mind, you shouldn’t run into many problems.
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