You basically just learned how to balance, turn on the engine, properly put on motorcycle helmets, and get the bike running through the streets. The idea of now driving a motorbike can excite and worry you altogether. You’re still learning the grips though and you need to be reminded of the basics to avoid accidents. Here are some of them:
Target fixation is common for new drivers. You become so focused on the road or on the fact that you’re driving that you looked down half of the time. This habit imposes risks because you end up ignoring the surroundings. Look ahead to widen your vision field.
Regardless whether your motorbike is powered by chain, shaft or belt, you need to inspect them before riding. Newbies sometimes forget to do the inspection after reaching their first destination. You think it’s okay already, but because these parts are heavily used, they easily loosen up.
Choose Custom Motorcycle Helmets
Your head gear protects you from fatal injuries, and so it’s important that you choose quality brands. Newbies may end up buying expensive helmets, only to find out that they do not fit right. When they’re tight or loose, they contribute to the rider’s discomfort and later, to accidents.
If you’re a wiser consumer, you’d opt for custom motorcycle helmets. They’re relatively easy to wear, with not much need for adjustments. You can even play with the design and demand what materials to use.
Mind Your Choke
Chokes in bikes regulate the fuel-air moisture in your engine. First-time drivers may forget turning off the choke once they’ve primed their engine. Remember that chokes heat up. Once riders feel this, they become panicky and end up getting distracted.
Always be alert with your chokes. They’re key to running your engine. When turned on for a prolonged period of time, the higher amount of fuel you consume. This spells bigger expenses for you.
Adjust the Mirrors
It’s relatively harder to adjust motorcycle mirrors than car mirrors. You may even need a wrench to slightly slant the mirror. Therefore, before running off, you need to adjust the mirrors to the point where you can see your surrounding areas. If you’re bike has no center stand, you can assume the riding position while doing the adjustments.
Check the Fuel Tank
There are motorbikes with fuel indicators. Good if this is the case. You will be better guided when to refill the tanks. But if your old motorbike doesn’t have a gauge, then you need to estimate the mileage. Accidents can happen when you’re down a difficult road, and you realize you’re short of gas.
Choose your Footwear
Driving bikes require much heel-to-toe shifting in the process. There are available boots designed for riding that takes all the damage from shifting. First-time riders may overlook this part, probably even try driving using sandals or flip-flops. Doing so spells higher risk for accidents since it’s difficult to maneuver the gear with swollen feet.
If you’re yet learning to drive, you absolutely need to be guided with the minor details. From top to bottom, you need to mind motorcycle helmets, shoes, gloves, and even glasses (if need be). You also have to inspect the bike itself, from its side mirror to its brake pedal. After all, it always pays to be a defensive driver.