Once you purchase your first motorcycle, it may be very tempting to take it out on the road immediately. Before you do, however, there are some things that you should make sure you have done first. Failing to make sure that your motorcycle, and you, are road-ready could end up in a ticket or even an accident.
Here are three things you should always make sure of before you take your bike on the road.
- Make sure you have the proper license
Driving a motorcycle on the road requires a motorcycle license endorsement since it requires different knowledge and skills. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, most states require you to pass written and driven tests to receive this endorsement.
- Practice driving your new motorcycle safely
Motorcycles can vary in terms of responsiveness and handling. It is very important to take the time to get used to your new motorcycle in a safe area before you take it on the road. That way you can become accustomed to how your bike will handle in certain situations. This will make it much safer once you get it on the road.
- Every time before you ride your motorcycle
Before you ride your motorcycle, you should do the following things every time.
- Check your tire pressure and tread depth
- Make sure your headlights and signals work
- Be sure your fluid levels are appropriate
- Check below your bike for signs of oil or gas leaks
- Adjust the suspension and tire pressure if you will be carrying additional weight
These tips can help ensure that riding your motorcycle is both safe and fun.