While riding a motorcycle can be great fun, it can also be dangerous, especially if you ride in an unsafe manner. Following are some important safety precautions while learning to ride a motorbike that you will want to bear in mind at all times.

These precautions will enable you to enjoy your motorbike riding to the fullest and even prolong the life of your bike.

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Get to Know the Motorbike

Get to know the motorbike a bit before taking it for a ride. Read the manual and make sure you know where the accelerator, brake control, clutch, shifter and other important parts are located.

If you bought the bike second hand, have it checked by a trusted mechanic. It is important to ensure the bike is in safe working order before you start to ride.

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Wear Safety Gear

Wearing a helmet is an absolute must. Choose a high quality model and make sure that it fits your head properly. The helmet should be a comfortable fit, not too tight but certainly not too loose.

Keep Your Distance

Keep a safe distance behind cars. While it may be tempting to swerve in between lanes, it is also extremely dangerous and can cost you your health or even life. It is all too easy for someone driving a car to fail to see you pull up in time and crash into you. Ideally, there should be a three second gap between you and the car in front of you at all times.

Familiarize Yourself with Local Laws

If you already have a driver’s license, chances are you are familiar with most local driving laws. Even so, there may be some that apply to motorbike drivers that you may be unaware of. Familiarizing yourself with laws pertaining to motorbike riding can save you a lot of problems down the road.

Check the Weather

weatherRiding a motorbike is more dangerous than driving a car. Heavy rain, fog, snow and/or icy roads can make the trip even more dangerous than it would be for a regular driver. Check the weather before you head out to ensure that you ride will be safe and dry.

If you intend to ride your motorbike during the winter, invest in the right tires to ensure that you do not lose control of your bike as you ride.

Get Training

If you are new to riding a motorbike and/or have not ridden one in a long time, getting training is always a good idea. Training will help you learn (or remember) the rules, get practice riding your motorbike and learn tips that can make your ride safer and more enjoyable than it would be otherwise.

London Motorcycle Training offers both CBT and full motorbike training courses for interested parties. The school is fully authorized by the Driving Standard Agency and is familiar with a wide range of motorbike brand names and models. Course sign-up can be done over the Internet, prices are affordable and the study program is both comprehensive and enjoyable.