A total of 84 million trips were taken on shared micro-mobility (e-scooter and shared bike) in the U.S. in 2018. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), that number is more than double than the number of trips that were taken the previous year. This means that people are more willing to use a two-wheel transportation option to go from one place to another. If you are thinking of using this mode of transportation but have yet to try riding any two-wheeled vehicle, you need to practice a lot of caution for your own safety. You also need to learn all the basic rules of riding this vehicle before buying your own motorcycle. Here are some of the most important things that need to know if you want to start riding a motorbike without looking silly on your first try.
Find An Entry-Level Bike
It will help you look cool and tough if everyone sees you riding one of those big bikes like the2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R or a Harley-Davidson FXDR 114. But realistically speaking, these superbikes can be challenging for those who are just starting to learn how to ride a bike. Beginner riders should avoid spending too much on big bikes, especially if you still need to learn how to keep your balance. If you are serious about learning to ride a two-wheel vehicle, a 49cc scooter for first-time riders is a smart option. It’s safe and it doesn’t require you to shift gears for a less complicated ride. There are several types of scooters available, but each has a different function. Some scooter types focus on design, while others offer more storage space. You can even find a scooter that can make heads turn because of its classic vintage vibe. You just need to look for the right kind of scooter that will suit your needs.
Learn The Basics Of Motorbike Riding
Learning how to ride a scooter is similar to learning how to ride a bike; it requires you to know how to keep your balance. Just as kids use stabilizers when they’re learning to ride a bike, you need to utilize your leg muscles to keep yourself from falling off the two-wheel vehicle.
You also need to learn how to start a standard automatic scooter. First, you must hold down the unit’s ignition switch and the break located at the right side of the scooter simultaneously. But you need to remember to keep both of your hands on the brakes for safety. After that, you need to release the brakes then gently turn on the accelerator while your feet are planted on the floor. Just make sure that your feet remain hovering over the ground so you can easily put them down rapidly when needed. You may practice this several times until you get the hang of it.
Know When To Brake
Another important thing that you must learn when riding a scooter is to know all the basics about using the brakes. First, you must avoid using the front brake abruptly when riding in high speeds to prevent accidental plummeting. For safety, you must only use the back brakes to stop your vehicle from moving forward. In addition, you must always remember that irresponsible and unnecessary braking should be avoided because it can wear out your brake pads and tires easily.
So put safety first, and remember to have fun every time you ride a two-wheel vehicle.