Unlike cars, motorcycles are comparatively tricky to ride and control. To keep the bike from falling, the two-wheels should always be moving in order to keep the momentum enrolled. It is easy for beginner bikers to ride if they have ridden bicycles before, on the other hand, if they are new to the two-wheels, then it may take some time. But nonetheless, ten days are enough to get acquainted with the functioning of a bike.
So in the report below we highlight five golden points which you need to keep in mind if you are just learning to ride a motorcycle.
If you know how the momentum works, half the battle is won. Momentum comes into action when the bike starts moving, and it’s lost when the bike comes to a halt. The only reason the bike doesn’t fall when it starts moving is because of momentum.
The general fear in the mind of a person just starting to learn bike riding is the fear of falling down. But the thing to keep in mind is that as long as you keep the motorcycle rolling, you can never fall until you lose the grip by suddenly braking on a slippery surface.
As soon as you can build momentum of a bike, you need to learn how to control where the bike goes. Make sure you don’t hold the bike too firmly, as it may restrict the handling abilities. Whenever approaching a curve, look in the direction where you want your motorcycle to go, and slow down before aggressive turns. Keep a far sight on the road ahead and stay alert of potholes and cracks which may result in an accident.
Handling of a motorcycle may alter due to bad condition of tyres. Keep a close check on the tyres for punctures and cracks, and you can also use Grandpitstop’s Universal Puncture Repair Kit for the same.
Also, if you are confident enough to take the bike outside on to the city roads make sure you make a habit of looking in the rear view mirrors for the vehicles approaching from the back. And use direction indicators whenever taking a turn or overtaking another vehicle.
Another critical aspect of motorcycling is learning how to brake properly. You can never become a complete rider if you do not know the right braking techniques. The motorcycles come equipped with brakes at both the ends. The front usually gets disc brakes while the rear gets drum brakes. The front has more stopping power as well as grip.
But the right braking technique is to apply both the brakes at the same time. It distributes the braking power at both the ends and prevents the tyres from getting locked.
The clutch mechanism is used when the transmission shifts gears. Clutch engagement frees path for the gears to go up and down by idling the engine revs temporarily. To start riding, turn the ignition ON, pull the clutch, engage the bike in first gear, slowly release the clutch and accelerate the bike. It will get your rolling. Use the clutch lever to shift up or down, you can also use it when taking slow turns to prevent the engine from stalling.
But make sure you do not overuse the clutch or else your clutch plates might burn out faster than the usual speed.
Last but not the least, make sure you keep control on the gas, and have patients out there on the road. It might be a cliché but ‘Never ride faster than your guarding angel’. Also, keep yourself well kitted whenever you go for a ride, starting from a helmet.