iQuanti: Taking out a motorcycle loan to become a first-time motorcycle owner is exciting. But it also comes with a steep learning curve. The good news is there are many ways you can increase your riding confidence and ensure a safe, enjoyable experience on the road every time.
Here are five tips you should know as a first-time motorcycle owner.
Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
Through a motorcycle safety course, you'll learn about proper techniques from an experienced rider. You'll also be able to ask questions and connect with others just beginning their motorcycle journeys. While you will have to pay a fee, a course may be just what you need to avoid dangerous mistakes and improve your skills. Depending on where you live, the course might even help you get your motorcycle license.
Practice, Practice, and Practice
The more you practice, the more confident of a rider you'll become. Ideally, you'd practice accelerating, turning, and braking in empty parking lots or quiet residential neighborhoods. If possible, practice on wet roads after a rainstorm as they're the most dangerous for newbies. Once you build up your skills, you can take the plunge and ride in higher traffic areas and highways.
Focus on the Road
Paying attention to the road at all times is one of the keys to motorcycle safety. While it may be tempting to check your phone, eat, and listen to music while riding, doing so can lead to serious accidents and injuries. Even once you've owned your motorcycle for quite some time and consider yourself a seasoned vet, make every effort to avoid all distractions. Remember that distracted riding is just as dangerous as distracted driving.
Maintain Your Bike
No matter what type of motorcycle you own, routine maintenance is not an option. It's a necessity if you'd like to keep it running smoothly and avoid dangerous situations. Be sure to check your owner's manual for information on the types of maintenance your bike requires and how often you should do them. Some of the most common maintenance tasks to keep on your radar include oil changes, air filter replacements, and coolant changes.
Shop for Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle insurance can cover damage to someone else's property after an accident you cause, theft, vandalism, emergency roadside expenses, and more. Most states require a liability policy, making it important to invest in one. Do your research and find the various plans available so you can choose the ideal option for your unique situation.
The Bottom Line
If you've never owned a motorcycle before, you're likely excited about your new bike but unsure of how to make the most of it. To do so, take a motorcycle safety course, practice often, maintain your bike, and shop for motorcycle insurance. These tips can ensure your first experience with owning a bike is a positive one.
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