6 motorbike safety tips for new riders

Beyond being more efficient than driving a car, most riders would agree that motorbikes are eminently more fun, too.

It’s therefore no wonder you’ve decided to get yourself on two wheels and make the most of the roads this country has to offer, but before you do, we think there’s six safety tips you’ll absolutely need to abide by every time you take to your bike:

1. Ride happy

Riding while you’re angry, stressed or upset is a bad idea, no matter how tempting it might be.

To be fit and ready for the road, you need to have had enough sleep, feel free from stress and be capable of planting a smile on your face. Positive, happy rides are the safest, after all.

2. Use common sense when it comes to speed

Speed limits are there for a reason and must be abided by at all times, but they’re only a guide - you don’t have to reach their maximum every time.

Apply common sense to the way you remain within the speed limit. If the road is empty and wide, you can hit the top speed limit for the road, but if there’s enough traffic to make it a danger to do so, stop chasing the big number.

3. Think weather

The more you ride your bike, the more acutely aware you’ll become of the weather conditions.

Planning a ride should always take into account whatever it is Mother Nature’s up to. And, if you ever look at the forecast and feel nervous about taking the bike out, listen to your gut instinct - it’s probably right.

4. Study the route

Unless you know the road like the back of your hand, it’s vitally important that you study your intended route before heading out.

If you’re really new to riding, it doesn’t hurt to first take the journey in your car. Get a feel for the weight of the traffic and the terrain. Look for speed limits, lay-bys and the number of roundabouts you’ll have to traverse.

5. Keep your bike in tip-top condition

Ignore this step at your peril.

A well-maintained bike is a safe bike, so make sure it’s always kept in the best possible condition with regular servicing and thorough cleans.

Before heading out, check your fluid levels, brakes and tyre condition - make it a habit you never break.

6. Get the right gear

Motorcycling isn’t a cheap hobby, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on the right gear.

Divert most of your funds towards the helmet (by far the most important thing you’ll wear) and your leathers, but don’t forget a decent pair of boots and gloves, too.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that certain rides will require different types of clothing - particularly if you’re heading out long distance. So, take into account the safety gear that might be needed depending on the route.

Wrapping up

We hope the above safety tips have helped. Enjoy riding - it’s the best thing in the world (just keep safe!).

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