If you’re new to motorcycle riding, you’re probably excited to get out on the road – safely, of course! Here are three essential tips to follow to make sure you stay safe on your new wheels, and have fun while you’re at it.
Get the Right Gear
Riding a motorcycle without the appropriate gear is a non-starter. What you’re wearing will protect your body – and potentially save your life – in the event of a crash. At minimum, you’ll need a high-quality helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots. An alternative to pants are chaps, which can be easier and more comfortable to wear than full leather motorcycle pants. You can find men’s and ladies motorcycle chaps, as well as all the other gear you’ll need, by searching online.
Have the Proper Credentials
As a motorcycle driver, you’ll need the same credentials as you would need to drive a car: a license, vehicle registration and insurance. The first step is to apply for your motorcycle license, which will likely include passing both a written and road test, depending on your state. You’ll need to have your motorcycle license in hand in order to apply for insurance. Finally, once you’re insured, you can register your bike with your state’s DMV.
Find a Community
One of the best parts of riding is the biker community. Other motorcyclists can help connect you with resources for everything from riding in certain weather conditions, to bringing your bike into and out of storage, to detailing tips. Most importantly, becoming a part of a community means you’ll never have to ride alone! Riding with a friend or in a group of motorcyclists is not only safer – in case of an accident – but also a lot more fun.
As long as you have the right gear, the right credentials, a few good biker friends, you’ll be well on your way to the scenic rides you’ve been dreaming of!