If you are gearing up for the riding season or thinking about becoming a new rider, make sure you are on a properly sized bike for your ability. Controlling your bike with one foot on the ground or the tip of your toes is not the most confidence-inspiring approach. You should be able to comfortably put both feet on the ground when the bike is stopped, reach the control levers and foot controls for better handling of your bike. Motorcycle safety courses and clinics for on- and off-road riding are available for all experience levels.
Before you ride, give the bike a quick once-over to ensure everything is working properly. Over- or under-inflated tires cause the bike to handle differently. Tire pressure, throttle operation, clutch and brake adjustment have the most influence on your control and safety.
When purchasing riding gear, select proper fitting clothes for the riding position. Loose or poorly fitted clothing may feel better when you’re walking around, but in the event you go down, they will twist and not protect you as designed. Today’s protective clothing often features vents, waterproofing, reflective material and hidden pockets. Make sure your helmet is at least DOT-approved and includes a face shield.
A motorcycles’ smaller size makes it harder to see, so always ride defensively, leave your headlight on at all times, signal in advance and always watch for turning vehicles. Pass only in the passing lane and give yourself enough time to brake. Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots. Be aware of road hazards such as potholes, train tracks, oil slicks, road debris and animals. Any of these can be a problem, even for the most experienced rider.
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