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Things You Should Know if You Are New to Riding

New-to-Riding-225x300As the weather warms, we know new motorcycle riders are anxious to get on the roads and test out their new bikes. Before you do, though, we have compiled some basic things you should know before you do.

Target Fixation

Many new riders aren’t quite sure where to keep their focus, whether its the ground in front of them or the road up ahead. It is important to look where you are intending to go. This is particularly true going around corners: you don’t want to look at the road as you ride around the corner but look at the road ahead so you are aware of your surroundings at all times.

Defensive Riding

You know on the roads and in your vehicles, you have to drive defensively. The same is true for riding a motorcycle except you should ride more defensively than in your car. You are less protected and many drivers still do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists on the roads. As such, your safety oftentimes is entirely up to you.

Mirror Adjustment

Always be sure the mirrors are positioned so you can see as much around you as possible. With motorcycles, however, you may have to use a wrench to adjust the mirrors, you can’t simply move it around as you go. That’s why it is important to make sure before you start your new motorcycle for the first time you adjust the mirror so that it is positioned properly.

Pre-Ride Inspection

Again, you have a new bike and are anxious to ride it for the first, but you want to make sure everything is in order before you do so. You can’t depend on the seller to have made the inspection for you. Not to reiterate it over and over again, but your safety is your primary responsibility. Make sure everything is in proper working condition, especially the chain of a chain-driven sport bike or the belt of a belt-driven cruiser. These things are what makes the bike move smoothly, and if in bad condition or improperly adjusted, the chain or belt can break while en route.

Bike Attire

Many of you may want to wear your day clothes on the bike, but you should know even a good, heavy pair of denim jeans won’t protect you if you are in an accident. Even if you aren’t in an accident, jeans won’t protect you from road rash. You should think about protective gear, and both leather or textile will work. And even though a motorcycle helmet is not required by law, you should seriously consider one. It saves lives. You can still ride free in New Hampshire, but you should be safe while you do so.

And if you are in a motorcycle accident, be sure to get medical attention immediately. Then, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. You’ll want to know your rights and your options after a nasty accident.

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