How to Get Started Riding Motorcycles – 7 Tips from Look Trailers
April 20, 2018
Do you long for the romance of the open road? Do you have a sense of adventure? Do you like machines that go “vroom-vroom”? If so, sounds like you’d be interested in riding motorcycles.
Motorcycles have a racy reputation, but with proper instruction and equipment, you can have lots of fun and ride safely, too. Motorized scooters, dirt bikes, cruisers, and classics all have their appeal. But if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before, it can take some getting used to.
From learning how to ride, to protecting and hauling your bike with an enclosed motorcycle trailer, here are tips for getting started:
1. Learn to ride a bicycle. Don’t laugh. You use the same skills for balancing, steering, turning, and stopping a bicycle as a motorcycle, but the former is much lighter, easier, and safer. Once you’ve mastered the bicycle, you’ll have a smoother transition to the motorized version.
2. Take a class. It’s best to learn from a pro. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, local motorcycle clubs, motorcycle driving schools, and Harley-Davidson all run courses. Check the internet for classes near you. Many courses allow you to rent or borrow a bike while you learn so you can try out the sport before you invest in your own.
3. Go off-road. Even if you’re planning to ride a street bike most of the time, driving on dirt first can teach you handling skills that will translate to the road. And, there’s no traffic.
4. Secure a license. Just like driving a car, you need a license to ride a motorcycle. According to the American Motorcyclist Association, statistics show unlicensed riders are more likely to get into a crash. Why? Because people who will ride without a license are also less likely to follow other rules.
5. Gear up. When you ride a motorcycle, you are at risk of falling—usually while moving. So, it makes sense to protect your body with the proper gear. Experts recommend a helmet and gloves, at minimum, but boots, a jacket, and pants made for riding are also a good idea. Though the helmet should be new to ensure its safety integrity, you can often find the rest of the clothing gently used or at a discount.
6. Buy a starter bike. Sure, you want to go for a big, shiny, new motorcycle. But it makes more sense to start with a pre-owned bike or a smaller—less expensive—starter model. Why? When you’re just getting started, you’re likely to drop the bike. If it’s your dream model, you’ll be devastated. Also, until you’ve been riding for a while, you don’t really know what type of bike and features you really want. Buying your ‘dream’ bike and having to sell it—depreciated—a year later because it isn’t “the one” is an expensive mistake.
7. Protect your investment. Once you buy a motorcycle, you’ll want to protect it. Weather—especially rain and snow—can cause your bike to rust inside and out. If you must keep it outside, invest in a cover. But the best way to protect your bike from the elements is keeping it sheltered. A garage is the logical place, but if you don’t have a garage, or it’s full, you might consider a motorcycle hauler. An enclosed motorcycle hauler, like the ones found here, can not only protect your bike from punishing water and heat when you’re not using it, but it’s the perfect way to transport your bike to rallies, biking weekends, and other events when you don’t want to ride your bike to the site.
Look’s enclosed motorcycle trailers include two wheel chocks and a six-piece E-Track tie-down system to keep your bike secure on the road, wherever—and however rugged—that road may be. Visit one of our trusted LOOK Trailer dealers to see all the roadworthy features of our haulers and find the best enclosed motorcycle trailer for you and your bike.