Some of the best times my family has had include going out into the wild on our ATVs and UTVs. I know that if I want to cheer up one of my teenagers, that all I have to do is go to the garage, start up a machine and rev it up a few times. As soon as they hear the rumbling of the engine, their troubles fade away and we head out into the woods for a ride. Safety is the most important part of riding for our family. We wear all of the latest safety gear. Find out about safety gear here on my blog.
So, you've deiced to purchase a bike? Or maybe you've already made the purchase and aren't sure what you should do next. Whatever the case may be, here are a few tips that may help you as a novice bike rider:
1. Take a Motorcycle Safety Course.
A motorcycle riding course focused on safety can help build your confidence before you actually buy your bike or even after you have bought it. These safety courses are available for a variety of skill levels, including novice riders. In some states, depending on the state's regulations, a motorcycle safety course can actually waive the motorcycle license test. These courses will provide you with basic skills, knowledge and habits to ensure that you know how to operate your bike safely and accurately. If you haven't already purchased your motorcycle, this course may be able to help you determine the best type of bike for your personality. Plus, your insurance company may even offer a discount on your premium.
2. Wear Appropriate Gear.
You may dare to be different, or want to fit in with the rest of the bike riders in your community who don't wear helmets, but you need to wear a helmet when on the road. There are only three states – Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire – that do not currently have a motorcycle helmet law. However, 19 of the remaining states have universal helmet laws, which require that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet. In the other states, there is a partial law that requires only certain riders to wear a helmet. In addition, don't overlook the importance of other gear, such as above-ankle, hard-toed boots (to protect the ankles and feet); hand gloves (to protect hands and improve grip); and jackets with reinforced padding or abrasion-resistant shells (just in case you fall).
3. Invest in a Motorcycle Cover.
While it may be nice to have a garage to store a motorcycle in, everyone does not have this luxury. If this is you, then you will also want to consider getting a motorcycle cover. A motorcycle cover will help to prolong the appearance of your bike, particularly its finish. With the right properties, these covers can also protect your bike from rust, scratches, UV rays and heat. With a motorcycle cover, you will be able to keep your bike looking pristine at all times.
4. Stay Smart When Riding.
The most important aspect of the bike is the rider. If the rider is reckless, then no amount of safety equipment – helmet, gloves, etc. –