Finally, you’re able to purchase the motorcycle that you’ve always been dreaming of.
You cannot help but be excited about riding it.
But before you do, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the step-by-step procedure for street riding.
Motorcycling is fun and exciting, but you need to learn how to ride with both respect and caution to ensure that you’re always on the safe side.
As you know, this is a high-risk activity that shouldn’t be done by those with reckless personalities.
Here are some of the things that you have to know about riding your bike for the first time.
Step 1 – Safety first
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro or a beginner, you need to equip yourself with the right protective gear like a durable helmet, gloves, armored clothing, and boots so that you can be protected in case of a collision or road accident.
It’s also a must to check the motorcycle to ensure that it’s roadworthy.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, you should make use of a checklist that’s abbreviated T-CLOCS.
T stands for tires and wheels, C is for controls (levers, pedal, cables, hoses, and throttle), L is for light (battery, headlights, turn signals, mirrors), O is for oil or fluid levels, C is for chassis (frame, chain, and suspension), and S is for stands (center stand, kickstand).
Step 2 – Getting on your bike
Go onto the left of the bike. Stabilize your balance as you lean gently against the tank and handlebars.
Put all your weight on your left leg, lift your right leg, and put it over the bike.
Lift your leg high enough, so it doesn’t get caught before you’re able to reach the other side of the motorcycle.
Rest on the seat and get a feel of the bike’s ergonomics.
Adjust the mirrors and familiarize yourself with the location of horn, lights, turn signals, and so on.
Study the essential controls, including the clutch, shift pedal, throttle, and brakes carefully.
Step 3 – More on the Controls
Let your right hand learn about the two crucial functions in motorcycling.
These are the acceleration and braking. Twist the grip towards you so your wrist will move down.
This is the way you will apply throttle or gas the engine.
Be careful about doing this. If not, a sudden engine rev can lead to instability and may cause accidental wheelies.
It’s also the right hand that should control the front brake.
The right foot is what operates the rear brake.
Above the left hand is the clutch.
When you squeeze it, you put the bike in neutral even when the shifter is in gear.
Practice pulling the clutch with the left hand. Be sure to do it slowly.
Think of it not as an on and off switch but rather a dimmer switch to engage the gear more smoothly.
Motorcycle shift patterns include 6th gear (if applicable), 5th gear, 4th gear, 3rd gear, 2nd gear, neutral and 1st gear.
To shift, you need to disengage clutch using the left hand, move using the left foot, and then engage the clutch.
Step 4 – Start your engine
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the functions of your motorbike, it’s time to start it up.
Unlike those bikes from the past, the ones we have today can be started electrically, no more need for the “kick start.”
Remember, the bike will not start unless you put the kill switch in the “on” position. So be sure to flip it down before turning the key.
Next, turn the key to the ignition position.
After the bike has done its self-check, check if the bike is in neutral.
With your right thumb, push the start button.
Step 5 – The Waiting Game
The practice of warming car engines is not necessary anymore.
But that’s not the case with motorcycles.
Those that are carburetted are particularly in need of the warming up ritual.
After you’ve turned over the engine, let it be ideal for 45 seconds to a few minutes.
Avoid revving the engine during this time, or else the oil might not be appropriately distributed into the moving parts.
Engine warm-up varies according to ambient temperature, engine oil capacity, and engine displacement, among others.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to go!