Beginning Rider Tips

November 21st, 2018 by

If you’ve been thinking of investing in a motorcycle, you’re probably eager to learn how to ride. This is a thrilling, scary, and rewarding experience. Not only will you be able to enjoy your bike to the fullest once you know how to ride, but you’ll also have fun while you do it and benefit from the fuel efficiency. These perks are great, but riding a motorcycle can be an extremely dangerous activity if you don’t know what you’re doing. There’s nothing more hazardous than an uneducated rider on the road.

Harley-Davidson® of Yuba City is here to help. We’ve gathered some essential tips for beginner riders. If you have additional questions or want to check out our used Harley bikes, visit our dealership today! We’re located in Yuba City, California near Sacramento, Rocklin, and Lincoln.

Take a Class
You might think that a class isn’t necessary or that you can simply hop on a huge touring motorcycle and learn as you go. Guess again. Motorcycles might be referred to as bikes, but this doesn’t mean the learning process is the same. You’ll have a heavy engine plus several controls you need to manipulate. You’re much better off taking a class and learning from professionals. Fortunately, there are countless training programs all over the country to choose from.

Many of these programs will even provide a beginner’s motorcycle for you to learn on. You’ll learn important techniques involving the clutch, throttle, brake controls, and more. Some programs offer different classes based on your current skill level. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider, there’s always a lesson to be learned. You’ll be glad you took a class once you hit the road with invaluable knowledge!

Invest in Proper Gear
As you’re learning to ride a motorcycle, you’ll notice that you need a specific type of gear for the road. First and foremost, you need to wear a helmet so you’re protected from head injuries in the event of a fall or crash. Other parts of your body need protection as well. Don’t forget that your skin is your largest organ, so it’s best to protect it. A proper pair of riding pants and a riding jacket will serve you well. You’ll be protected from painful road rash should you take a spill.

As a beginner, you should pull out all the stops, so invest in a good pair of riding gloves and boots while you’re at it. Many new riders also choose to invest in hearing protection from the loud sounds that a motorcycle emits. The more protection you invest in for your ride, the safer you’ll be.

Practice Makes Perfect
You know the saying, “practice makes perfect”? It applies in many situations, one of which includes learning how to ride a motorcycle. Once you’ve completed your riding classes, you’ll want to start practicing on your own. Your first ride will likely be a bit bumpy and hectic, but that’s to be expected. Find an empty parking lot and get familiar with your bike. You should practice stopping by squeezing your brakes with a little more force each time until you’re familiar with maximum braking. It’ll take time to get used to the front brake contributing to a more fast stop than the rear one does.

Keep Up With Maintenance
Lastly, don’t neglect your motorcycle’s maintenance needs. After all, this is a hard-working machine that requires attention to make sure it continues working correctly. Always perform a pre-ride inspection before you hit the road. You want to look out for things like the tire tread, chain, fuel and oil levels, turn signals, and brake lights. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, take it in for service. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to motorcycle maintenance.

If you’re in the market for a used Harley as your first bike, be sure to stop by Harley-Davidson of Yuba City to check out our selection, which includes some great touring motorcycles. You’ll find our dealership in Yuba City, California near Sacramento, Rocklin, and Lincoln.