So you want to ride…Congratulations! Deciding to overcome the fear and ride a bike puts you among a great class of women. Motorcycle riding is a great way to relieve stress, bond with friends, and experience the freedom of the open road. Women often don’t know where to start or what questions to ask to begin motorcycling. We’ve compiled these 5 steps to get on ground and give new riders a place to start.
Step 1: Go To Class
No matter what type of bike you want to ride, it’s important to start learning from a professional.Every state offers a motorcycle training class with curriculum from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.Classes are usually 18 hours over 2 days, covering rules of the road & riding techniques.Cost may range between $150 – $250.Upon completion of the class, you’ll receive your motorcycle certification.Visit totalcontroltraining.net to find a class near you!
Step 2: Choose Your Ride
Now that you’ve got your license, it’s time to choose your ride. Do you want a fast, aggressive sport bike or a laid back cruiser?Each has it’s own benefits, and you should test ride a few before you decide.A few things to consider are engine size, your height and weight, and your experience.All of these issues factor into choosing a bike you can control.There’s no shame in starting small and going bigger latter. Start here for tips on buying used.
Step 3: Get Geared Up
Safety gear is essential to the ride.Get started with a helmet, jacket, gloves and boots.These items will protect you from elements on the road, like dirt, rocks, gravel, and weather conditions.Safety gear can also save your life and limbs in the event of a mishap.The cost of these items will vary, depending on your needs and riding style.Find a salesperson you can trust to make suggestions on what you need to get on the road safely. Need summer time gear? Start here for gear to beat the heat…
Step 4: Hit The Road
Now, you need to get some ground time.Practice makes perfect, and the more you ride, the better you’ll get. You’ll want to focus on highway riding, defensive riding, group riding (or riding in a pack) and night riding.Advanced techniques, like counter steering and swerving, may come with the roads you choose.Find a few experienced friends to ride with, who’ll give you advice and show you how to handle issues as they occur.Always, ride your own ride. You’re welcome to join us on our upcoming rides and events!
Step 5: Don’t Overthink It
Don’t overthink your decision to learn to ride.Sure, there’s lots more to cover,
andthese five steps are just to get you started.As you learn more about riding, you’ll learn more about bike size, different riding styles and traveling long distances.Whether you learn to ride to make your commute easier, to compete for sport, or to travel the country, you’ll be glad you’ve made the decision to join the movement!