On a scale of Marlon Brando to Casey Stoner, you have always dreamed about being a pro at riding a furious bike. Along with the economical part of it, you have always wanted it to look beautiful and cause the heads to turn, when you vroom by.
Not to forget that riding a bike is also a matter of responsibility, because one wrong step and it can be detrimental to your own safety. Getting a new bike is exciting but we should never forget that a proper training is needed to be able to take your bike out on the roads alone.
Some of the basic starters for a new biker are:
Getting the right safety gear
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Practicing the technicalities of clutch, break and accelerator
Depending on your location, you may not be required to take a safety course to get your license. Yet, a course will give you the best tools to learn both proper riding technique and safety.
Learning the controls
The hand clutch lever is typically located on the left handlebar and is used to disengage the power from the rear wheel when shifting gears.
The gear shifter is typically located by your left foot and is used to shift one gear up or down while you’re pulling the clutch lever.
The throttle is on the right handlebar and used to accelerate. The handbrake, which applies the brakes to the front wheel, is the lever on the right handlebar.
The lever on the right side of the bike near your foot works the rear brake.
As a rule, the left side of your motorcycle controls gears, while the right side controls acceleration and braking.
Start your engine
Pull the clutch lever in and locate your kill switch. This is usually a red switch located on the right handlebar. Flip it down into the “on” position. Most modern bikes don’t require you to kick start your engine, but if you have an older bike you may have to. The kick start lever, if you have one, can be found behind the foot rest on the right side of your bike.
Start riding the bike
Once the engine has started and warmed up, you can begin to ride. This is done by shifting down into 1st gear and letting the clutch lever out while simultaneously pulling back on the throttle
Practice shifting gears
Once you’re able to start riding in a straight line, get a feel for shifting. Get a feel for the “friction zone”. The friction zone is the area of resistance created as the clutch becomes engaged.
Practice slowing down and stopping
Finally, now that you’ve practiced starting, shifting, and turning your bike, you need to know how to slow down and come to a stop. Remember that the lever on the right handlebar operates your front brake, while the brake by your right foot operates the brake for the back wheel. As a general rule, you want to begin braking with your front brake and employ your rear brake after to help you slow and stop.