Knowing how to ride a bike is one of the fun things you can do, especially when you get the hang of it. Almost everyone has their experience with riding a bike for the first time. For some, it was a walk in the park, while for others, it wasn’t a fun experience. However it may be, you can do a lot of things with a bike once you know how to ride it.
BEGINNER’S METHOD OF RIDING A BIKE
If you are just beginning to learn how to ride a bike, you have to take into consideration the basics of riding a bike. It is very important to always ride within your limits and bear in mind that riding is an extremely risky pastime.
Beginners shouldn’t neglect the hazards associated with riding a bike. Helmets, gloves, coats, and boots should always be worn. Before using public roadways, you should practice in a parking lot or empty space that is not used.
These tips listed here will help you to know how to ride a bike efficiently and effectively.
- Get To Know Your Controls
The first thing you need to get familiar with is your controls. You wouldn’t want to get stuck at any point and not know what to do. There are basically five primary controls you can find on most motorcycles.
The throttle, located on the right-hand side of the handlebar is used to control the speed of the engine. It is quite similar to the gas pedal found in cars.
The Front Brake lever is used to activate the front brake. It can be found on the right-hand side of the handlebar and sits next to the throttle.
Other controls such as the clutch lever and the shift lever can also be found on the bike.
- Get To Know Other Controls
Other controls include your horn, kill switch, turn switch and indicator, dashboard, mirrors, and front beam switch. These are some additional controls on a bike that makes riding a bike easier.
- Turn On The Bike
After familiarizing myself with the controls, the next step is to start the bike. As soon as you turn the key to the “ON” position, the dashboard should begin to light up. Then locate the neutral gear, which usually lies between the first and second gear.
The bike should now be in neutral as soon as you pull the clutch in use your left foot to fully depress the shift lever and then gently press it back up.
You can then start the motorcycle by flipping the kill switch to the ON position and then pushing the starter button until the engine sounds.
It is also very important to note that you do not start a bike if it is in gear. This can be very dangerous.
- Get Familiar With The Clutch
You will need to learn how the clutch works and become familiar with it. To shift into a gear, pull in the clutch lever then shift into the first gear with your left foot.
You can then let go of the clutch lever and begin to roll on the throttle.
- Practice How To Stop
You would obviously need to slow down to stop at a point when you’re done riding or when you encounter a stop sign. To do this, simply let off the gas and draw the clutch lever in, then slowly compress the front brake lever while simultaneously pressing the rear brake lever.
Adjust your force on the levers in accordance with the ideal braking force ratio of 70% front brake and 30% rear brake.
It might take you more than once to learn how to ride a bike effectively. With sheer determination and the willingness to learn, you can become a happy commuter on your bike.