This is a great article with some very valuable advise. One thing to remember though, don’t under estimate your ability to handle the bike you want if you are a new rider. Not everyone has to start with a very small cc bike in order to be safe. Be smart, wear gear, stay away from the temptation to what I call gearing down in nice weather. Regular jeans do not protect you at all. They are also much hotter than our KLIM Traverse pants to wear in the warmer months. Cotton is the worst to wear as a layer in any temperature yet we see T Shirts as riders “jackets”. Gear is so important just like your choice of bike.
Don’t succumb to group riding peer pressure, stay alert, relax and have fun. Oh, TAKE a course! Riding on the street in NOT like dirt. Also, we do not think their list of “beginner” bikes is that complete…please add the BMW F700GS. ;-) While I believe your first choice can really be any bike it is indeed up to you the new rider to use your judgement as to what type, how big, heavy and the look you want.
June 10, 2013
Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package.
One of the most frequent enquiries we get here at RideApart isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.
Why You Need Good Gear