Many motorcycle riders whether riding for work or pleasure have little or no formal riding training and tend to think of motorcycles as toys. But riders must master basic riding skills in order to ride them safely. When given the proper respect, motorcycles can be a valuable work tool and provide considerable entertainment.
To insure safety, a rider should take several precautions before attempting to ride an motorcycle. First, read the owners manual and become familiar with your motorcycle. Second each rider should make a pre-ride inspection of the motorcycle, this will gives the new rider an under standing of what is not working properly, and the opportunity to fix these issues. Third, riders should always wear proper attire and safety gear while riding any motorcycle. New motorcycle riders should always practice riding skills in an open area free of obstructions.
A pre-ride inspection insures that everything on the motorcycle is adjusted and working properly to prevent a breakdown or even an accident. In a pre-ride inspections check the operator should check tires, wheels, controls, lights, switches, oil, fuel, chain, or driveshaft, and chassis. Motorcycles should always be equipped with a complete tool kit supplied by the manufacturer.
Safety gear is a must for the motorcycle rider. The most important piece of safety equipment is the helmet. The operator should always wear a helmet that meets or exceeds safety standards. Purchase a helmet that is approved and marked by the Department of Transportation (DOT). A helmet should fit comfortably and always be fastened securely. Riders should wear safety goggles or have a helmet that is equipped with a face shield. Sunglasses should not be used as eye protection.
A well-equipped motorcycle rider should always wear the proper clothing such as gloves, boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirt. Boots that rise above the ankles offer the most protection and support for the motorcycle operator. Boots should have heels to prevent your feet from slipping off the foot pegs. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts prevent scratches from brush. Serious operators should wear off-road racing gear that has padded areas at the knees, elbows, and shoulders.
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