Whether you’ve just bought a motorcycle or you’re weighing up the pros and cons of buying one, you need to do your research. Maybe you’ve driven cars before, but a motorbike is an entirely different machine.
And we’re not just talking about the fact that it has 2 wheels rather than 4. There’s a lot to be considered before you make the switch to a motorcycle. And, much like learning to ride a bicycle, you might need to take it steady at first.
Still, it’s also something you never forget (much like riding a bicycle). Are you ready to hop on your first motorbike? Well, let’s talk about the things you need to consider first.
Learn about the gear
The first step is becoming a bike expert. You need to know your stuff, much in the same ways as you do before you drive a car. Of course, many car owners don’t actually know that much about the vehicles they operate, but there’s no way you can “wing it” when it comes to riding a bike.
You need to understand everything about the gear and the bike itself. For instance, you should opt for a mid-range bike; most people go for an easy bike to ride at first. But you’ll get bored of that 250cc engine very quickly, so opt for a motorcycle that falls somewhere in the 500-1000cc range. You’re going to want to upgrade your bike as soon as you get it, otherwise.
It’s also important to do your research to learn about other aspects of vehicle maintenance and the right kind of gear to buy for your bike. After all, buying the motorcycle itself is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being a proper biker.
You need to think about helmets, gloves, different components of the vehicle, and so on. You might want to use a site such as Identoo to review and compare different pieces of motorcycle gear.
It’s important that you weigh up your options so that you know you’re spending your money wisely. Owning a motorcycle can be costly, but you’ll save a lot of money if you buy gear that’s designed to last.
Learn about insurance
Obviously, you understand the concept of insurance, but it’s vital to get it for your motorcycle. The law requires you to do so, of course, but it’s the type of coverage you get that’s important in this case.
You need to think about protecting your bike, but also protecting your health. After all, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being injured in an accident than car drivers. You don’t have the protective shell of a big vehicle to prevent bumps and bruises.
Finding an insurance plan that covers any medical costs in the event of an incident needs to be your main priority if you want to look after yourself.
Learn to ride one
Finally, let’s talk about the most important question you need to ask yourself before you hop on your first motorbike: do you know how to ride one?
Obviously, everyone has to start somewhere, but it’s important that you get the proper training if you’re a complete beginner to the world of motorcycles. In the UK, you need to take a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course before you’re even allowed near a bike on the road. And unless you go on to pass a full bike test, you’ll be stuck with 125cc and L plates.
It’s important to remember that such training involves groups of people. You might all learn at different rates, but the important thing is that you’ve taken the necessary steps to stay safe when you’re on the road. Getting that professional certification will give you the knowledge and peace of mind that you’re ready to hop on your first motorbike (outside of a training environment).
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