Motorcycle Riding: Legal and Safety Consideration to Take Into Account Before You Get Started
Watching a MotoGP race might get you exhilarated enough to consider getting one of those power machines just for fun. However, before you commit your money to the purchase of a motorcycle, there are several legal and safety considerations you have to take into account.
For starters, a motorcycle rider needs to be licensed. While a friend could help you get the basics, for you to ride legally you need to attend a riding school. Motorcycle riding is certainly a lot of fun but it is also extremely dangerous both the rider and other road users when the rider is not competent enough. As an ordinary rider you might never even remotely approach the kind of speed that MotoGP riders do but bikes tend to be pretty fast. Unlike a motor vehicle, however, there is very little to protect you in the unfortunate event of an accident. Safety considerations are therefore of critical consideration when you decide to start motorcycle riding. There is standard gear that you must have before you start riding. For every rider, a helmet is mandatory. Should you fall off the bike when riding at a high speed, it could be the only thing that saves your skull. Regardless of where you stay, chances are that sooner or later you’ll be caught in a downpour when riding and you must therefore invest in a rain suit. Even on the sunniest of days, motorcycle riding exposes your body to extreme cold. Unless you have the correct gear, this could have long term consequences including catching pneumonia. To guard against the extremities of the wind you must cover your body with a warm jacket and also wear recommended gloves and riding boots. Safety considerations and regularity of use should also influence the kind of bike you buy. For the young and hot-blooded who only intend to use the bike just once in a while (probably for a single day of the weekend) a sports bike would be ideal. However, if you are buying a bike to use for daily commuting, the exposure will increase inevitably and depending on the distance you are covering and the weather in your area, constant use a motorcycle could have long term consequences. If you are in the latter category, a regular bike would be more ideal. And regardless of the bike you purchase, the correct gear is mandatory.