Riding Your Motorcycle for the First Time
When you have bought a new bike and are about to ride it for the first time, there are some things you should be aware of. You may have bought it from a dealer, or privately, but you have to remember they were trying to make a sale, and you cannot be certain that you can trust everything they told you. The same applies if you are test riding a motorcycle you have never ridden, take care before you sit astride it.
Check The Bike Over
It might not be deliberate, but you should not just take someone’s word about the condition of a motorcycle. You should run your fingers over the chain to make sure it is not too loose or too tight. Check the tires are in good condition and that the pressure feels right. Look for any oil leaks and check all the lights are working.
Just these few things could save you from having an accident and needing the services of someone like the Dolman Law Group – motorcycle accident lawyers, who have worked for many seriously injured people before. It’s always better to prevent accidents when you can than it is to sort them out later.
Walk Around With The Seller
Get the person you are thinking of buying from to walk around the bike with you. They can show you all the basic operations and point out any marks or scratches. If a dealer does not offer to do this anyway, be very wary. That could point to the condition of the bike not being too good. A dealer should be proud to show off the motorcycles they have for sale, and one that isn’t is hiding something from you.
Check The Brakes
Before you have completed your first mile, check the brakes at least three times using the method you will find in this Youtube video. When the engine is turned off, grab both brakes, as this will let you know if they are worn out. When you are traveling at just 5 miles an hour, pull on the brakes gently and make sure they stop you. Do this in a quiet and safe location, not on a busy road.
The third test should be at speed, and this time not to stop you but just to slow you down.
If the brakes do not pass all three tests they need replacing and you should ask the seller to do that before you buy the bike.
Do Not Ride Any Motorcycle If:
- You do not have the right protective gear. A well-fitting helmet and leather or something similar to protect your body can mean the difference between life and death in an accident situation.
- It does not have a kill switch.
- The brakes need replacing.
- There are issues with the lights.
- You are not comfortable on the bike, as the bike could be the wrong fit for you.
- No walk around was offered to explain the basic controls.
Any of these things can have fatal consequences, and you should be careful to remember them all. It is very easy to get excited at the prospect of riding a new motorcycle, but you do not want that excitement to turn into grief.