If you haven’t already discovered the joys of road-tripping via motorcycle, you’re missing out. The feeling of the bike hugging the road, the wind in your face, and the camaraderie shared among fellow bikers is something you need to check off your bucket list. Plus it’s a much cheaper alternative for getting around than flying, driving a car, and even in some cases it’s cheaper than taking the bus.
If you’re just starting out with a motorcycle though, you will invariably encounter the fear that comes from riding. All new bikers experience this, each one to varying degrees. Because your body, as well as your bike parts are exposed to the elements, you may find yourself worrying about every little thing that happens.
If you do wind up in a bad situation like a collision (no matter how small), the fear can get worse and prevent you from enjoying your bike. So how do you get over it? There is no right answer because everyone is different, but here are some basic tips to help you get back in that saddle.
Start With Fundamentals
Learning to drive a motorcycle is the same as learning anything else. You need to create a solid foundation of basics and fundamentals before you start doing anything advanced. If you’re still nervous when you get on the bike, just go for a quick spin around the block.
To make things safer, ride where there are no cars around, so you don’t have to worry about them at all.
Ideally, you will figure out which things make you the most nervous, and then tackle them one by one. For example, if sharp turns make you worry that you’ll fall over, then practice doing them before you go out into traffic.
For most bikers, the fear subsided as they started to get more hours in the saddle. No matter how scared you are at first, once you’ve ridden a dozen times or so, you’ll feel like you’re an old pro. If you start out with fundamentals first—accelerating, braking, turning—then you can keep adding to it and gain more confidence with each successful trip.
For example, if rain makes you nervous, then do a quick ride in light rain to see what it feels like. Honda bike parts will shed water easily, so you don’t have to worry about your ride breaking down. Simply get used to the feeling of riding in the rain.
Whether it’s Arai helmets or a good set of speed and strength gloves, having the best safety gear can help you feel more at ease while riding. Be sure to get equipment that is highly rated for safety so that you can be confident in case something goes wrong.