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How to Get Started on a Motorcycle

Today we cover what you need to know to get started with motorcycle riding. The whole process can seem overwhelming but we’re here to reassure you that anyone can get started. Of course with the right guidance, you can ride with confidence which is one of the most important parts of riding a motorcycle.

Whether you want to ride a motorcycle for the sake of inexpensive transportation or you have always wanted to try out the sheer freedom of riding, we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

We’ll cover everything from getting your license to maintaining your motorcycle.

First Things First

Your first step in motorcycling is ensuring you have the proper license. You can search online to find out exactly where and how you can get your license in your area. Depending on where you live, there may be a graduated licensing process, this is to ensure you have the basics for riding a motorcycle safely.

You will also need to make sure you have the proper insurance. We will cover this later in this article as it will often depend on the type of motorcycle you own.

The best way to get started on a motorcycle is to enroll in a motorcycle training program like the one offered through Bennetts. These programs are offered to teach you the basics of motorcycle riding and to expedite the licensing process in most cases. Costs associated with these training programs pay for themselves by giving you the experience and knowledge you need to ride safely.

Even if you have experience with motorcycling, whether it be on a dirt bike or as a passenger, a motorcycle safety course will teach you at least one thing you didn’t know before. They teach road safety in addition to hands-on training. For this reason, we strongly recommend taking a training course.

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Protect Yourself!

This is a hot topic for motorcycle safety, the most important part of motorcycling is you, the rider. Below we list the items you need to have to start riding, without these items, you are risking your limbs and ultimately, your life.

Motorcycle Gear Must Haves:

  • Helmet
  • Motorcycle Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Riding Pants
  • Motorcycle boots/shoes

Once you have shopped around, you can see these items can be pricey, spend as much as you can afford, you’re body is worth it. These items are just as important as the body parts they cover. So start saving and include the cost of your gear to the list of things to get started on a motorcycle.

Finding the Right Bike For You

Choosing a motorcycle to fit your needs will determine the type of experience you have when on the road. If you are looking to use your motorcycle for commuting, long road trips, track days, or just leisure rides, choose your motorcycle accordingly. From there you can then pick a bike that will fit you and your needs, literally. Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, pick one relative to your height, weight, and overall comfort.

If you’re still unsure of the type of motorcycle you want, there are tons of resources available online. You can reference our best beginner motorcycles here. These will help guide you in the right direction as there are tons of motorcycles to choose from.

Learning how to ride a motorcycle
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Maintain Your Motorcycle

Now that you have chosen the right motorcycle, it’s now time to take care of it. The best way to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle is to pick up a maintenance manual specific to your bike. It will highlight the mandatory maintenance you need to perform weekly, monthly, yearly, or as it comes up.

Before each ride, it is important to walk around your bike a check a few items such as tire pressure, tire condition (check for punctures from nails or other debris), throttle movement, and brake functionality. Once back from a ride, it’s also important to check for any leaks on your motorcycle. Doing this will give you peace of mind that your motorcycle is ready for your next ride.

You are not expected to become a mechanic but knowing your machine will help you understand when something is wrong, ensuring you can enjoy your motorcycle for years to come.