Motorcycle Safety and Training
Do you want to learn to ride? Want more
information on motorcycle safety? Read on!
If you have the desire and want the wind in your hair, then go for it! But please, do it safely. Don't go out to the garage and jump on your husband's Goldwing and think that courage will lead the way. The best outcome with that approach will be trying to explain to your husband why his mirror is broken. We won't talk about the worse case....
Here are the basics. And I do mean the basics. I encourage you to learn more about safety and training at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Here are some points to know and remember:
#1 - Courage and passion. If you have that then you're on your way!
#2 - Are you fit? You don't have to be full of muscles but you will need to be able to handle your bike easily from a seated position forward and back. You also need to be able to grasp the clutch and brake levers comfortably without fatigue. A fair amount of arm and leg strength is important. Actual riding will tend to beat you up a bit so you can't be fragile.
#3 - Take a motorcycle safety and/or training course. I recommend getting all of the training you possibly can. And I mean from professionals. Your husband, boyfriend or best friend can show you the basics, but will also teach you their bad habits.
#4 - Don't buy the first bike you see. In fact, don't buy one at all until you have gone through a least one training course. I say this to save you a small fortune in the chance that you change your mind and decide that motorcycle riding is not for you. Most training or safety courses offer rental bikes that you can use at their course. If not, find a trusting friend that won't mind if you lay it down a few times.
#5 - Haven't ridden a motorcycle in a while and need to brush up? There is no time like the present! It's a great idea to take a refresher course and practice your turns and low speed handling. Don't let your ego keep you from freshening up your skills. You know that riding requires you to be sharp and focused. Take the time to become a better rider than you were before. You may even learn something new!
Look into Stayin Safe training courses. Located in DC, this company has training tours of CA, WA, PA, GA and CO. They are also AMA sanctioned.
If you live in California, look at Street Masters. You can learn to take curves like a pro!
Your local Department of Motor Vehicles should have a list of training facilities in your area.
Ride Safe Ladies!
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