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Monday, May 4, 2015

Three things beginning bikers need to know

Cycle SafetyOne of the biggest challenges I see with new riders is that they often buy too much bike. If you are in the market for a bike, please consider the size and performance of the bike when deciding which bike is best for you. There are so many different body types, engine sizes and performance features available. It can leave the most experienced motorcycle rider a bit overwhelmed.

The first thing you need to decide is what type of bike do you want? Will you be on the highway or off-road? Do you plan to take long-distance trips or stay on local streets? Your answers will help you decide the type of motorcycle that’s best for you.

Secondly, understand that engine size will be one of your biggest decisions when choosing any new bike. Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a powerful motorcycle that is way beyond your riding skill-set. Motorcycle engine sizes are measured in cubic centimeters or “cc” for short, ranging from 50 cc to more than 2,000 cc. Bigger engines produce more power and go much faster. Beginner riders should start with a smaller engine size. Once you’ve gained riding experience and confidence, you will know when the time is right to move to another bike that may offer more performance and power.

And lastly, a motorcycle’s weight and seat height are two other key factors that even experienced riders must consider. You should be able to sit on a motorcycle comfortably with both feet planted firmly on the ground. That stability gives you better control of the bike if it starts to lean over. Your bike should not be so heavy that you can’t keep it safely balanced. Before buying, you should sit on a variety of motorcycles to test your comfort level.

For additional resources on motorcycle safety, please check out a safety video from AMA Daytona Sportbike Champion Martin Cardenas. For more information, please visit

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