So you've always wanted to know how to ride a motorcycle? Welcome to our step-by-step tutorial for street riding! If you're interested in riding in the dirt, check out this tutorial first and then take a look at our How to Ride a Dirtbike article.
While motorcycling is a great deal of fun, it's important to approach learning how to ride with the respect and caution it deserves; taking that attitude not only will ensure that you're entering this high risk activity with thoughtfulness and self-preservation, but it will make the whole process even more enjoyable.
Perhaps you know what kind of motorcycle type you're interested in, or maybe you've already read up on the first steps to start riding-- regardless of where you are in the process, think of this tutorial as an outline of the basics on how to operate a motorcycle, and remember that there's no substitute for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Whether you're learning to ride or you're a seasoned pro, remember to always wear your safety gear.
Before trusting your life to your motorcycle, you'll want to make sure it's roadworthy and safe to ride. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has established a checklist they call T-CLOCS:
- T - Tires, wheels
- C - Controls (levers and pedal, cables, hoses, throttle)
- L - Light (battery, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, etc.)
- O - Oil (fluid levels)
- C - Chassis (frame, suspension, chain, etc.)
- S - Stands (center stand and/or kickstand)