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How To Ride A Motorcycle- Get The Basics Down

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How To Ride A Motorcycle- Get The Basics Down

Mark Barkow
November 18, 2009

Mark Barkow

One of the main reasons riding a motorcycle or motorcycle riding is such an exciting experience is due to the fact that one is travelling in an open air environment, with no space restrictions. The fact that it is also so cheap economically to ride a motorcycle compared to driving a car also makes for a great experience. To be able to get to that level of enjoyment, it is vital that one learn the proper way to operate a motorcycle.

The process is quick for some, and others struggle to learn how to operate one. It all boils down to learning the required skills and having confidence in your ability to make it happen.

Be conscious of the fact that the motorcycle you will learn on will affect your ability to learn to operate it. Be absolutely secure in the feeling that the bicycle is designed to fit you. This can be a tricky thing due to the fact that a lot of people learn how to ride a motorcycle on a bike that is owned by someone else. It is important to be certain that the motorcycle you are on is not overly heavy for you. It is of utmost importance to have the ability to touch the ground with both feet. Reaching the gas, brakes, and handle bars are essential as well. It is a good investment to find a cheap used bike that fits your body well. Once you fel you have been successful in your ability to ride well, then and only then should you consider an upgrade to a better bike.

It is very important to get your training from someone you have confidence in and who is patient. It is not a comfortable feeling knowing that someone is watching what you do closely, especially if you are driving their bike because they are concerned about you damaging their motorcycle. If you don't have someone you can comfortably learn from then you are wasting your time. You should look into enrolling into a motorcycle instruction course so that you can get the opportunity to learn from a trained motorcyclist to teach this skill.

Once you get the basics of motorcycle riding down, keep practicing. Just like driving a vehicle, you will get better as you practice. Refrain from riding your bike on busy roads, streets, and highways, until you get real comfortable with your driving skills. You should practice turns, sudden stops, curves, changing lanes because you need to know these things proficiently while riding a motorcycle on the open rode.

You should be practicing your motorcycle skills in a mixture of all possible weather conditions. You will develop some vital motorcycle skills that you won't be able to get anywhere else. You will be astonished at the difference your motorcycle feels on the road when you compare a sunny day to a very windy day. Being prepared for a variety of riding conditions is going to make you a much better operator. Given time, you will develop a sufficently comfortable feeling to want to take a long trip, perhaps you may want to ride to some of the motorcycle rallies held all over each year.

If you go about your learning process slowly and practice conscientiously and be patient,you will find that learning to ride a motorcycle can be a very rewarding experience for you. There are too many novice motorcyclists that feel they need a new motorcycle or to be on the same level of power as their friends. They either find a motorcycle too difficult to handle or they get seriously hurt riding it. This can also cause you to loose interest in the idea of learning to ride it, and result in your selling it.

The process of learning how to ride a motorcycle is be a very enjoyable and safe experienceif you are not in a rush to drive fast and get out onto a major road. Like anything else, your skills will only improve as you practice and learn from your own mistakes. Driving a motorcycle is a challenge that you can be successful at if you put in the effort and follow the safety precautions of the road.

Mark Barkow has been a motorcycle enthusiast for over 30 years and a motorcycle club member for over 15 years. For more free information on motorcycle riding, state of the art motorcycles, and their accessories, go to: http://www.motorcycleatvreviews.com

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