I will tell you the truth, becoming a rider isn’t like starting to drive a car. You are making a commitment to live a certain way of life. I didn’t wake up one day and decided to start riding. I had to take some steps before I could call myself an enthusiast. The good thing was I had the motivation and a support system to see me through.
Let me share some tips that will help you move from a novice to a pro.
I had to fully understand how a bike works before diving into this lifestyle. You’ll find that a lot of bike riding is backed up by instincts and feelings. To get this right, I had to know how the machine works to master it.
In the beginning, the research should focus on what motorcycle is best for your needs, basic mechanics of your bike, the peripheral materials or gear you need, etc.
2. Get a feel for the road
Don’t go hitting the streets and skip the classes and test drives required for your licence and permit. But, to be an enthusiast, you need to go beyond getting a licence and taking short rides. I have had to ride as much as I can in order to know how I can deal with various road and bike situations.
However, I recommend to practice turning, merging, and braking as many times as possible before you go on a freeway or anything complicated.
3. Take care of your motorcycle
Once I became an enthusiast, I realised that my motorcycle is more than just a means of transport. It became part and parcel of my life. I was riding a Harley Davidson back then and I had to do my best maintaining it. I kept a pre-ride checklist that helped keep track of my bike. I would check the oil, water, or fluid leaks before taking a ride.
Also, I would shake some motorcycle parts to see if they have vibrated loose especially the windscreen, rear racks, chain guard, etc. The tires too for wear and tear. If I find anything needs to be replaced, I would visit a Harley Davidson OEM parts store and make the purchase.
Generally, acknowledge that you are getting into a new world and you should take everything step by step. No pressure and remember you are riding to have fun.