It’s your parent’s worst nightmare; it’s your partner’s greatest headache. But you’re determined and anxious to learn how to ride rather than drive a new sportscar. Forget about the stereotypes because none of them are true. Yes, there are some bad riders just like there are bad drivers. But, the majority of motorcyclists know the laws of the road and they abide by them. It’s silly to lump a whole group of people into one category so never let that put you off learning to ride. But, don’t just assume motorbikes are for you, they certainly won’t appeal to everyone. However, if you’re convinced a motorbike is the right choice, here are the steps you’re going to need to take.
Step 1: Buy A Bike
I know it’s obvious, but you would be amazed how many people think you can learn to ride a motorbike without buying one. They must believe this because you can more or less learn how to drive without a car, but riding is different. It’s a more independent form of learning. If you like, start off with a low powered bike. You can even try a scooter first but that probably isn’t what you’re looking for. When you buy your first motorbike, take someone with you that is familiar with these types of vehicles. Particularly if you are buying it second hand. You don’t want one that doesn’t work properly. Once you have found a bike that you love and that isn’t uncontrollable you can start learning.
Step 2: Getting The Basics
There is a short course you are going to have to take before you begin practising. It’s only around thirty minutes long and you can’t fail. You will be learning the basics on how to ride, stop, turn, speed up and slow down. Thirty minutes seems like quite a short time to get it all memorised but don’t worry. Once you have completed the course, you can practise by yourself with a learner plate on.
Step 3: Practise Makes Perfect
We know you’ll be eager to get that learner plate off but don’t rush it. Remember that tells drivers to be more cautious of you when you are out on the road. This is important because unlike when learning to drive a car, you won’t be getting lessons constantly. You will be reliant on your own knowledge.
Step 4: Theory Tests Are Easy
It’s true, we don’t care what anyone says. A theory test is the easiest thing you can do. A theory test for driving a car or riding a bike is like playing the most boring video game ever made. A couple clicks in the right places and you have passed with flying colours. Just remember to brush up on the highway code.
Step 5: Practical Tests Are Harder
The practical test is more challenging and you can book one when you’re ready on this website. You will be doing two tests, one off road and one on the road. Off-road is about making sure you have got the basics down. On road is for an examiner to see how you handle yourself around traffic. It can be a little scary having someone talking in your ear, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Step 6: You Passed!…Or Not
At this point, you will have either passed or the instructor will tell you how to prepare better for next time. Don’t worry if you don’t pass the first time, just try again and you will soon be enjoying the road as only a biker can.