Posted on November 11, 2021 at 8:00 AM by The Biker Lawyers
Ten Motorcycle Community Tips for Newbies
The Biker Lifestyle is all about community. There's an old saying that when it comes to riders there are no strangers, just friends you haven't met yet. A strong tradition that many Newbies may not be aware of is finding a strong mentor to learn the ropes. In this spirit, we asked our community what they wish they could tell their younger selves. It took a while but once the responses started pouring in, we got some great answers. Although we received quite a few responses, we promised to pick only the Top 10 best lessons. We know this is a completely subjective list, so if you disagree make sure to leave your thoughts or anything we missed in the comments below!
(We'll also share a few links to some of our deeper articles with even more tips we think you'll like!)
10. It’s better to predict than react.
Be aware not only of what’s happening in front of you when riding but behind and to the sides.
9. You may be on a loud machine, but that doesn't mean people will see/hear you.
Assume you're completely invisible and ride accordingly.
8. Keep your feet on the pegs when you're moving and the pavement when you're not.
7. There are only two types of riders: those who have crashed and those who will.
Everyone eventually crashes, even you. Always, always remember that.
6. Wear protective gear. See rule number 4 for why.
5. Practicing off-road riding (especially on dirt bikes) is helpful.
You'll learn to deal with traction changes and obstacles when riding off-road, which will help you become a better rider overall.
4. You don't need maximum weight, horsepower, tech, and design to maximize the value of the experience.
Flashy toys are cool, but it's the moments that matter. Speaking of "Flashy Toys," click the image below if you want to learn something interesting.
3. Your hardest rides will be the ones that stick with you.
2. The blowouts and breakdowns happen and it's ok to ask for help.
1. Owning a motorcycle doesn't make you a biker. Only a few hundred miles can do that.
One thing you'll learn on the road is that it's very rarely about where you're going, it's about the ride, the journey, and most often, the people you ride with.
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