When you choose to join the special fraternity of motorcycle owners and riders, you take on a lot of responsibility. Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles are a unique mode of transportation that are not always respected by other drivers on the road.
Whether you are a beginner who just got his motorcycle license or a seasoned vet who has been roaming the roads for decades, there are certain things every rider needs to know.
The Road Hierarchy
You will hear people say “share the road” and “the roads are for everyone,” but the simple fact is that motorcycles often take a back seat to cars and trucks when it comes to common roadway courtesy. Unfortunately, there is a definite bias against motorcycle riders and if you ride, you need to be aware that car and truck drivers often don’t pay enough attention to you. This means it’s up to you to be extra cautious when riding to avoid accidents. Is this fair? No, but it is a reality of the road and needs to be understood by riders of all experience levels.
Invest in Safety Gear
No matter how safe a rider you are, you can never predict the weather conditions or actions of other motorists. The best you can do is ride safe and buy gear that will protect you in case you do end up taking a spill. Great options include a leather biker jacket, steel toe boots, leather gloves, a helmet and a face shield to ensure you don’t sustain a serious injury should an accident occur.
License & Insurance
The license and insurance you carry for your car or truck does not apply to your motorcycle; some riders learn this the hard way. You will need to pass a test through the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a motorcycle license and it is highly recommended that you get a full license, rather than a renewable learner’s permit.