3 Things You Need To Do Before Hitting The Road On Your New Motorcycle

If you just purchased your first motorcycle, there are a few things you need to do and know before you hit the road on your hot new bike. 

#1 Purchase Appropriate Safety Gear

The very first thing you need to do is go out and purchase appropriate safety gear. You should not ride your motorcycle until you have the proper gear to do so. You will want to purchase the following safety gear:

  • Helmet: Purchase a Department of Transportation approved helmet that fits you snuggly and comfortably. A helmet will protect your brain if you crash, and will also protect you from wind noise as you ride.
  • Ear Plugs: Riding a motorcycle at high speeds can can cause damage to your ears through repeated exposure to the loud sounds of the road. All that noise can also be distracting. 
  • Ear wear: If you want to keep bugs and other debris out of your eyes, you need to invest in proper eye protection. Make sure that your protective eyewear allows you to see clearly during the day and night. 
  • Gloves:  Wearing gloves will help you keep a strong grip on your bike as you ride. If you ever happen to fall, a sturdy pair of gloves will also protect your hands from suffering extensive damage, especially if you try to catch yourself with your hands when you fall.
  • Jacket: When that wind wipes around you, even on a hot summer day, you'll want some protection from it. Purchase a jacket that fits your riding needs and climate. A jacket can also offer you a high degree of protection if you ever get into an accident.
  • Pants: Your everyday pants generally don't cut it on a bike. Your legs will be close to lots of exposed equipment, so you want to wear pants that will protect your body from the heat of your motorcycle and keep you comfortable as well.
  • Boots: Although you may be able to ride in your sneakers, you should invest in a pair of riding books that provide you with solid traction. You'll want to purchase boots that make it easy to keep your feet on the pegs and that protect you from flying objects, like small rocks.

#2 Update Your License

Almost every state requires that you have a special endorsement or certification in order to ride a motorcycle. Some states require you to just take a written test to update your license, and other states require you to take a driving test with your motorcycle before you are able to update your license. Make sure you are legally allowed to ride a motorcycle before you get on the road.

#3 Take A Training Or Safety Course

Riding a motorcycle requires a great degree of skill. Make sure that you are ready to be on the road with other motorists by taking a motorcycle training or safety course with your new motorcycle. This is a great way to get hands-on practice in a safe environment before you get on the road with other motorists. 

To learn more, contact a dealership like Canyon Honda