So you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle? This short video explains all the basics you need to know to ride a motorcycle. The beginning of the video explains all of the most essential things you need to know such as the controls, the gears, the clutch, how to shift, the brakes, and the carburetor (for motorcycles that have one, some don’t).
The second half of this video is a ‘ride along’ with me pointing out tips, tricks, common hazards on the road, and what to look out for in general.
You can learn all the basics of how to ride a motorcycle in the beginning of the video. The ride along is intended to be tips and pointers to help you out just by pointing out things along the way.
Riding a motorcycle can be really enjoyable, motorcycle riders are kind of like the modern day cowboy, but you have to remember it’s something to be taken seriously too. Riding out in the open air with no seat belt or airbags next to 4,000 pound cars is a calculated risk. You never know who is paying attention to the road, who is texting and driving, who is drinking and driving, etc. There are a LOT of idiots out on the road, so be on the lookout for them… they are everywhere. People die on motorcycle everyday, sometimes because of other bad drivers, and sometimes through fault of their own. Always wear the proper gear to protect yourself in the case of an accident, but more importantly, always keep your eyes open and be aware of whats going on around you while riding your motorcycle! Your gear is a savior of last resort, have it on (it’s saved me in the past), but ride smart and hopefully you’ll never have to use it.
And if you have a passenger, (which you shouldn’t until you are very comfortable riding on your own) make sure they have a helmet on. The worst stories for me are the ones where you hear about the married couple that went on a ride without proper gear, they get in a crash that wasn’t their fault, the wife on the back of the bike goes flying over head first and dies while the husband on the front lives. Not something you want to live with.
When I ride, the things I consider to be the most dangerous are intersections, primarily where a car in oncoming traffic is going to make a left in front of you. You have to be 100% sure this car sees you and doesn’t turn right in front of you. Of course you can’t be 100% sure they saw you, so you’re best bet is to slow down and be ready to brake just in case.
Also, it’s better to enter a turn too slow, then it is to enter a turn too fast and then try to scrub speed in the turn. This is a common way motorcycles crash, don’t let it happen to you. Reason being, when you try to slow down in the turn you are giving up some of the tires traction to braking, instead of turning alone. On top of that when you are braking in a turn, the bike will naturally start to stand up, it won’t want to continue to lean (like a gyro). Your best bet on turns is to enter with less speed than you need, stay in the same gear through the whole turn, and roll on the throttle easily through the turn.
Once you learn how to ride a motorcycle, you’ll quickly learn how fun it can be. I encourage you to have fun and enjoy the bike you’re on, but always remember to be safe while riding.
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