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Riding Tips For Beginner Motorcyclists

Updated: May 17, 2023

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling and exciting experience, but it's important to remember that it's also a dangerous activity if proper safety precautions aren't taken. As a beginner motorcyclist, it's crucial to understand the basics of motorcycle riding and to develop good riding habits from the start. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Get proper training

Before you even think about getting on a motorcycle, it's important to take a motorcycle training course. This will give you the basic knowledge and skills you need to ride safely. There are different rules for different states here in Australia - make sure you check our blog post on what the legislation is in your state!

Wear proper gear

Always wear protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. This gear can help protect you in case of an accident. Make sure that the helmet you choose meets the safety standards of the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1698:2006

Take it slow

As a beginner, it's important to start out slowly and gain experience over time. Don't try to go too fast or take on too much too soon. Start with shorter rides and gradually increase the distance and difficulty of your rides as you gain more experience.

Stay alert

Always pay attention to your surroundings and stay alert for potential hazards such as other vehicles, pedestrians, and animals. Be especially cautious when riding in heavy traffic or in areas with poor visibility.

Keep your bike in good condition

Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure that your motorcycle is running smoothly and safely. Make sure to check your tires, brakes, and fluid levels before each ride. It is also good practice to check your lights are fully functioning, including indicators, front and back brake levers activate brake light and low/high beam both work!

Be aware of weather conditions

Always check the weather before you ride and be prepared for different conditions. If it's raining or the roads are wet, slow down, leave extra braking distance and be extra cautious to avoid hydroplaning.

Learn to handle emergency situations

It's important to know how to handle emergency situations such as skids, blowouts, and other unexpected events. Learn how to brake properly, and how to handle your motorcycle in different conditions. We think this is one of the most important things and something we were taught to spend all the time we can doing! If you're pulling up to some lights and no one is around, test out those emergency braking skills!

Take an advanced riding course

Once you have some experience under your belt, consider taking an advanced riding course. This will help you develop your skills and learn more advanced techniques. Check our Ironhorse Approved Training Centre page to find a training school near you and don't forget to join our Facebook Group where you could win a course in our monthly giveaways!

By following these tips and staying safe, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the thrill of motorcycle riding. Remember, the most important thing is to always ride safely and responsibly.

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