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New Motorcycle Riders "After School Training"

New Motorcycle Riders "After School Training" is a must have for those who finished a basic motorcycle safety course. Many suffer from lack of confidence when going out onto the road for the first time. This handy book goes over key principals to help you as you start out on your journey.


New Motorcycle Riders "After School Training"



Riding a motorcycle on the road for the first time can be an exhilarating experience, but it also requires careful preparation and adherence to safety practices. Here are the most important things to remember:


1. Wear Proper Safety Gear

Helmet:

Always wear a DOT-approved helmet to protect your head in case of an accident.

Protective Clothing: Wear a motorcycle jacket, pants, gloves, and boots designed to protect your body.

Eye Protection: Use a face shield or goggles to protect your eyes from wind, debris, and insects.


2. Know Your Motorcycle

Familiarize Yourself: Understand the controls and features of your motorcycle, including throttle, brakes, clutch, and gear shifter.

Pre-Ride Inspection: Check your bike for any issues before riding. Ensure tires are properly inflated, brakes are working, lights and signals are functional, and fluids are at the correct levels.


3. Start Slow and Easy

Practice in a Safe Area: Start by practicing in a parking lot or a quiet street to get a feel for the bike's handling and controls.

Gradual Acceleration and Braking: Get used to the throttle and brakes by gradually increasing speed and braking gently.


4. Focus on Balance and Control

Posture: Maintain an upright posture with your knees hugging the tank and your arms relaxed but ready to control the handlebars.

Look Ahead: Keep your eyes up and look where you want to go, not just at the road directly in front of you.


5. Master Basic Riding Skills

Starting and Stopping: Practice smooth starts and stops. Engage the clutch gently and use both brakes to come to a smooth stop.

Turning and Cornering: Learn to lean with the bike when turning and cornering. Practice taking turns at different speeds to get comfortable with the bike's lean.


6. Be Visible and Predictable

Positioning: Position yourself where other drivers can see you. Avoid riding in blind spots.

Signals: Always use your turn signals and hand signals to indicate your intentions to other drivers.


7. Ride Defensively

Anticipate Hazards: Be aware of potential hazards such as potholes, oil spills, and gravel. Adjust your speed and position accordingly.

Space Cushion: Maintain a safe following distance to allow ample reaction time.

Expect the Unexpected: Assume other drivers may not see you or may make sudden moves. Be prepared to react.


8. Follow Traffic Laws

Speed Limits: Obey speed limits and ride at a speed appropriate for the conditions.

Traffic Signals: Follow all traffic signals and signs. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.

Lane Discipline: Stay in your lane and avoid weaving between cars. Use proper lane positioning to enhance visibility and safety.


9. Stay Calm and Focused

Avoid Distractions: Stay focused on the road and avoid any distractions such as using your phone or listening to loud music.

Remain Calm: If you encounter a difficult situation, stay calm and use your training to navigate safely.


10. Continuous Learning

Rider Training Courses: Consider taking a motorcycle safety course to build your skills and confidence.

Practice Regularly: Continue practicing your riding skills regularly to improve and maintain your abilities.


Riding a motorcycle for the first time on the road requires preparation, caution, and confidence. By wearing proper safety gear, understanding your motorcycle, practicing basic skills, and riding defensively, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable riding experience. Always prioritize safety and be mindful of your surroundings to navigate the roads successfully.


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