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9 Motorcycle Safety Tips for New Riders

Excited about getting your first motorcycle? Before you dive in, consider these safety tips for new riders.

  1. Don’t buy more bike than you can handle – Find a bike that fits you, both in size and power. No one wants to end up flying off the bad of their bike the first time they hit the throttle.
  2. Invest in antilock brakes – This simple upgrade can keep you 37% safer.
  3. Hone your skills – As Honda’s Jon Seidel puts it, “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.”
  4. Use your head – Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies.
  5. Wear the right gear – It may be toasty out during the summer but flip flops and board shorts won’t keep you protected if you slip.
  6. Be defensive – Car drivers are at fault in approximately 60% of motorcycle involved crashes, which means you need to be even more vigilant while sharing the road.
  7. Avoid bad weather – Not only is it unpleasant to ride around in a torrential downpour with no roof but it’s also not safe.
  8. Watch for road hazards – Motorcycles have significantly less contact with pavement than cars and, therefore, small things, like leaves, debris, small potholes, have a much greater impact to the bike and rider.
  9. Be ready to roll

For more details, see the full article at Consumer Reports.