Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle
Step by Step Advice, Videos, & Guides

No online instruction will ever replace what you will learn from hands-on experience. However, you can’t always just hop on a bike and ride.

Whether you’re nervous about falling or are trying to determine if riding is right for you, there are a lot of reasons why you’d want to find great information about motorcycle riding online. At BestBeginnerMotorcycles.com, we’ve heeded your calls for better online instruction and have partnered with two motorcycle-riding instructors to create the best online guide to learning to ride that we could.

We strongly recommend that all new riders take motorcycle riding classes. The skills you will develop in said class will empower the rest of your riding, help you gain confidence, and teach you fundamental techniques that will keep you safe on the road.

Professional Motorcycle Riding Instructors, At Your Service!

Meet Our Instructors

Robert Gabbin, Motorcycle Riding Instructor

Robert Gabbin

  • I Ride: 2014 Honda Valkyrie
  • Years Riding: 13 Years

I am an avid rider and love being able to introduce others to my passion. I have worked as an instructor for the SAIT Motorcycle Operation & Safety classes for the past four years (I was an instructor with the Calgary Safety Council for five years prior to that). Through this course, I have helped dozens of new riders learn how to safely ride.

My hope is to help new riders from all over the world build the essential skills and competencies needed to safely ride a motorcycle. Enjoy the content we have created, and as always, make sure you’re riding safely!

Learn the Fundamentals Before Sitting on the Bike Seat

Preliminary Reading: Start Here First

Before Getting on a Motorcycle

Before Getting on a Motorcycle

  • Written By: Robert Gabbin, Riding Instructor
  • Reading Time: Estimated 15 minutes

Summary

What does it mean to ride a motorcycle, and how should you get started? This article outlines a high-level of what you need to know before you even get on a bike.

Robert discusses the importance of riding ATGATT, physical and mental challenges you’ll encounter while learning, and important philosophies you’ll need to stay safe while on the road.

Read Now: Before Getting Onto a Motorcycle


Pre-Ride Checks

Pre-Ride Checks

  • Written By: Robbert Gabbin, Riding Instructor
  • Reading Time: Estimated 10 minutes

Summary

Okay, so now you know a bit about why we ride and what parts on your bike you need to pay attention to. You’re ready to ride, right? Not quite…

In this article, Robert outlines important pre-ride checks to conduct prior to every ride and prior to every riding season. No rider was ever harmed by being prepared, so dive in and see what to check before you ride!

Read Now: Pre-Ride Checks

It's Time to Get Your Foot Pegs Wet!

Essential Riding Skills

How to Properly Get on a Motorcycle

Mounting, Dismounting, & Walking Your Motorcycle

  • Written By: Robert Gabbin
  • Reading Time: Estimated 12 minutes

Summary

Robert walks you through how to safely and easily get on and off your bike. This might sound simple, but if you’ve never manipulated a 400lb+ machine before, learning the ropes will likely save you an embarrassing parking-lot accident!

Learn how to pick up, walk, and mount your motorcycle in this informative article (with video step by steps).

Read Now: Mounting, Dismounting, & Walking Your Motorcycle


How to Use Motorcycle Clutch & Brakes

How to Operate Your Motorcycle’s Clutch & Brakes

  • Written By: Robert Gabbin
  • Reading Time: Estimated 9 minutes

Summary

For many new riders, the biggest initial challenge is managing the clutch and brakes and their motorcycle. The clutch, in particular, is challenging for some people.

This article outlines how to use your brakes and clutch, including finding the friction point and the basics of threshold braking.

This is an essential article for anyone considering hopping on a motorcycle.

Read Now: How to Operate the Clutch & Brakes on a Motorcycle

Other Articles for New Riders

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Rider exhibiting clutch control on motorcycle

What is the Clutch & How Does it Work? In simplistic terms, the clutch is the part of the motorcycle that connects the engine and gearbox to the rear wheel and tells the bike to go forward or not. When the clutch lever is all the way out, this is supposed to be a full …

Riding in slow motion

Why Ride Slow? Before we get into anything more complicated, we’re going to take a quick dive into slow motion riding. Riding a motorcycle at slow speeds can be way more technical and difficult than opening the throttle and going fast. Most of the time on a motorcycle, we’re moving or going at least the …

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