Before you read any further, know this: there is absolutely no replacement for getting on a motorcycle and learning through experience. No, I am not saying that you need to hop on your bike and go for a ride down the highway. What I am saying is that the best way to learn how to ride a motorcycle is to get on one. That being said, there are a lot of things that you can do to ensure that your first experience on a motorcycle is a positive one.
Unlike a car, you don’t have the opportunity to ride with someone and have them coach you while you’re riding. A motorcycle is an inherently personal machine, making instruction difficult. Ultimately, it’s up to you to take the initiative to learn how to ride.
Learning to Ride Sportbikes: Pre-work
Before you hop on a motorcycle and decide to go for a cruise by the lake, take some time to mentally prepare yourself for what you are going to be doing. Riding on two wheels is different than riding on four. It takes some patience, and a whole lot of caution, to ensure that your ride is a safe and successful one.
That is why there is immense value in making the investment in a motorcycle training guide. A good guide will cost you less than $30 and give you all of the information you need to make better, more informed decisions when riding.
If you’ve opted out of reading a guide, perhaps spend some time digging through the internet. Whatever you do, ensure that when you get on that motorcycle you’re confident and ready to ride. Overcoming the mental barriers inhibiting success is 95% of the process required to be successful the first time you hop on a motorcycle.
Learning to Ride Sportbikes: Your Gear
Everyone knows that you need a helmet to ride a motorcycle, but what about your other gear? If you’re smart, you’ll ride ATGATT. You should also have, at the minimum:
- A high quality helmet – This is self explanatory.
- Riding gloves – Work gloves are not a replacement.
- Riding boots – A high quality pair of boots will protect your feet and ankles much better than shoes.
- A riding jacket – A riding jacket offers spine protection, elbow/shoulder protection, and is more durable in the event of a fall.
Your gear is not an area where you can afford to cheap out on. It is the only layer of protection, aside from defensive riding techniques and remaining alert at all times, that you have in the event of a fall. Spend the extra money on gear that is high quality, durable, and comfortable. Ideally, your gear will be a one-time investment that will ensure your safety and comfort while you’re riding.