Giving in to peer pressure
it's as important as helmets and protective gear, or as trivial
as what kind of clothes to wear, new riders can quickly lose the
freedom and individuality riding is supposed to be all about.
know it's a simplistic approach to advise new riders to simply do
the right thing, or at the very least what seems comfortable for
them. Riding is an uniquely individual experience. It's also something
that builds confidence the more it's enjoyed - giving riders the
opportunity to find their own road eventually.
Riding beyond their limits
rooted in riding too fast to safely control their motorcycle - the
thrill of speed can quickly outpace learning skill sets needed in
unexpected situations or emergencies.
done by choice or encouraged through peer pressure, this mistake
can be avoided with a constant gut-check and honest assessment of
current skill levels. Consistently doing both of these can help
the new motorcyclist around long enough to become a seasoned one.
Not reading the road
more to riding than simply knowing how to operate a motorcycle.
No other vehicle is more affected by its surrounding environment
than a motorcycle.
man-made debris and natures roadside traps, a rider can quickly
get themselves into a lot of trouble in the blink of an eye. Gravel
makes the bike lose much needed traction on corners. And steel plates
(commonly used in road repair) and similarly, wet painted stripes
in the road, can feel like riding on ice.
each situation has its own specific handling answer, the general
the hazards if at all possible.
controlled throttle control while the bike is negotiating the problem
surface. A firm but relaxed grip of the handlebars.
Not following maintenance schedules
a car, motorcycle components require more attention and consequently
have a shorter maintenance cycle.
instance, tires and brakes need to be changed more frequently on
a motorcycle than on a car. Since there are only two of each compared
to the four found on a car care and consideration should be given
ensuring they're serviced sooner than later.
it's easy to miss important oil changes needed more for the time
the oil has been in the bike rather than the miles you've traveled.
Running out of gas
stuck on the side of the road with an empty tank can a hassle. It's
understood motorcycles get great mileage, but an average tank only
holds four to six gallons of gasoline. For some reason it seems
that last quarter of a tank mysteriously goes much quicker, leaving
the unaware motorcyclist riding on fumes.
experienced bikers refer to the gas gauge as an 'idiot gauge', "Because
you'd have to be an idiot to rely on it!". Gauges are to be
used as a guide, and are not 100% accurate.
may not be as physically demanding as an active sport but between
being in the sun for the duration of the ride, sweating under protective
gear and the wind whipping past, a rider can get dehydrated before
they realize it.
can cause fatigue, headaches and the general lack of focus, none
of which are good for riding a motorcycle.
experts agree that drinking one bottle of water for every two hours
of riding time is a healthy ratio, drinking more if thirsty or while
traveling through hotter climates.
Riding into exhaustion
your first motorcycle is often a very exciting time, usually with
months of anticipation leading up to a sleepless night before you
pick it up the next day.
understandable that the new rider wants to squeeze in as many miles
in a day as possible. Unfortunately this enthusiasm can lead to
both physical as well as mental fatigue, opening up the rider to
mistakes which could be very dangerous, or even deadly.
conservative will the miles ridden and instead spend extra time
washing down the bike when you home. You'll have the opportunity
to know your bike better and certainly more intimately.
the number one reason for a majority of early riding accidents.
This category would include riding wide, going into the curve too
quickly or at too high of a gear.
of all the motorcycle fatality statistics, single vehicle accidents
(no other vehicles involved) are growing the quickest, meaning the
rider drove off the road or hit an immobile object.
is caused by not only a lack of riding experience, but also the
following common mistake...
Not taking a motorcycle safety course
from youthful ignorance or older over-confidence, too many riders
are taking to the road without professional instructions.
will spend a small fortune on a motorcycle, accessories and fashionable
apparel... but feel a couple of hundred dollars and two days for
a recognized safety course is simply too much.
beyond fragile ego's and misplaced confidence from experience gained
on quieter roads, smaller engines and sharper reaction times a recognized
motorcycle safety course should be an absolute given.
motorcyclists who consider themselves seasoned riders will acknowledge
they either learned something new or polished some rusty skills.
With prices ranging from free to a few hundred dollars its an inexpensive
way to gain life-saving tips.
many insurance companies will offer discounts for completing the
rider safety course.
Finding new things to do on a motorcycle
riding the same routes, boredom can sometimes replace the original
some new motorcyclists, other life issues or maybe newer interests
take a higher priority, leaving the new motorcycle unused.
who look for any excuse to ride, places to go can keep the passion.