You’ve just bought your first motorcycle from a dealer – exciting! However, getting it safely home is not as easy as it may sound. Motorcycle dealers are situated in congested city joints with many complicated routes to follow. This makes it even harder if this is your first motorcycle ride. The initial thing before buying is to book driving practical test and get your license. With a good plan, you can enjoy your first ride experience. Most dealers provide delivery services at a fee but this depends on how it’s calculated because if you live far from the dealer, you might end up paying too much. While the other alternative would be to ask an experienced friend to help, it’s a good thing to experience your first unforgettable ride.
Things You Needs To Know First
1. Plan your journey – know the map of your town beforehand by using Google maps or by the traditional ways of walking through the route. Ensure that you mark the straight roads to learn the weight of your bike that you’ll balance and power.
2. Avoid the traffic- if you’ll be picking your bike during working days avoid the rush hours. Early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday are the best hours during the weekends.
3. Keep to simple routes – follow the routes you are familiar with and don’t try a new short cut. Avoid distractions as much as possible.
4. Learn the controls – before you mount up your new bike understand all the controls. Find out where the ignition is located, how signals work and adjust the side mirrors to your viewing advantage.
5. Check the fuel – most people forget to check out this crucial element and end up pushing their motorbike to the nearest petrol station. Generally, a dealer should provide a full tank.
6. Positioning on the bike – sit on the bike and try raising the bike off the side stand and push into place.
7. Sample the clutch and brakes – while the engine still off, feel the pressure needed to release and apply them. Get a feel of both brakes by rolling the bike slightly forwards and braking and try on the rear side.
8. Start the bike – Put helmet and ignite the bike and use the “pilot” check list acronym learned in your driving school.
Your new bike will feel a bit different than the one you used during training. New riders find it heavier and more powerful. You’ll need to take it easy and go gently without pressure or frustrations.
Some more tips on your first ride
1. Check the traffic and don’t rely on the traffic around you to check out for you.
2. Ride by keeping your eyes to the road and not the bike.
3. Listen to how the bike revs and pay attention to any unusual sound when you accelerate.
4. Other road users don’t notice motorcycle riders so be visible by choosing safer lanes and creating cushion space between other users.
5. Once you are safely at home, don’t put the bike cover on until it cools down.
Practice enough times at the park until you have learnt all the particulars on your bike. Have a safe ride!