Don’t jump into your first motorcycle purchase without taking some steps to ensure your safety. Motorcycles offer about as much fun as you can have with your leathers on, but they are not toys. They must be treated with the utmost respect. Motorcycle insurance will protect your bike, but it won’t keep you safe.
4 Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Take one of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses. These are well worth the price, and often graduation from one can be substituted for taking the on-road skills test at your local DMV. Visit MSF-USA.org for more information.
- Get your license BEFORE you ride. Not only is riding without a license illegal, it’s downright dangerous. Traffic laws for motorcycle often differ in significant ways from those for cars. Make sure you know the rules of the road.
- Get your bike insured. Almost every new riders drops his or her bike at one point. Make sure you’ve got insurance before that happens.
- Buy top-notch safety gear. One place where you don’t want to skimp is your helmet, gloves, boots, and jacket. Don’t be one of those guys you see riding in a flipflops or a tanktop. Road rash is not pretty.