First Solo Motorcycle Ride Tips and Tricks
After a training period, you are set to ride solo on your Motorcycle. Aside from the day you obtained your drivers license, this is the second most celebrated road worthy event in your life. Hitting the lanes alone is exciting yet undeniably scary. If you are the one going on your own or mentoring a novice rider, there are a few tips and tricks of the Motorcycle trade to help you feel at ease.
Anticipating your Path of Travel
In some ways, riding a Motorcycle is similar to the rules of driving a car. Your travel path is full of potential turns and twists in the road. Looking ahead of you and keeping an eye for road conditions will assist in anticipating your navigation and technique. The same goes for pot holes or debris that could have disastrous results. Pot holes are common to encounter, yet they also cause damages and cause mishaps when driving or riding. If you wait until last minute to gain a visual, you could slide or lean in a reactive response. Overcorrecting can happen in the blink of an eye without much course to correct the action. Sticking to the looking ahead rule will prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries.
Assumption is the Maker of Mistakes
Never assume because you are on a Motorcycle that you are seen. Other drivers can be careless and unpredictable. Motorcycles are often overlooked creating a dangerous situation on the road scene. When you are riding your bike, be alert at all times. Do not make the mistake of thinking you are quicker on your wheels than a car. Without the safety of a metal surround, you are especially prone to sustain deeper injuries than those in a vehicle. This theory also applies to the assumption of not needing motorcycle gear. Having the idea you are a good enough rider, will not be gone long and the wind doesn’t bother you are common misconceptions. Safety is the ultimate goal on the road which indicates the need for a helmet, glasses or goggles and clothing to break the wind. Gloves are highly advised to maintain the right grip and keep your hands from blistering.
Learn Your Motorcycle
We know when our car feels off and how much reserve we have in the gas tank. The same should apply to your Motorcycle. Knowing the sounds and vibrations your bike makes under specific driving conditions could keep you from becoming stranded on the side of the road. Motorcycles do not have a large gas tank which indicates a specified number of miles you can travel before heading to a gas station. It is smart to know your whereabouts and nearest points you can stop at if necessary. Nothing dampens a road trip quicker than walking with a gas can for miles. Being repair savvy will also help you to avoid lengthy breakdowns. Sometimes a quick turn of the wrist or fix is all your bike needs to get moving again.