Everyone makes mistakes, but these can be avoided. These are a few things we have noticed over the years that come up again and again.
These three things happen before your motorcycle even gets on the road.
- Buying a motorcycle too big for you. There is a ton of bad advice out there about motorcycles and getting bored of a small bike is one of them. Whether it’s cc size or literally just the seat height, I see a ton of people bite off more than they can chew and end up getting hurt or having to downgrade. Don’t listen to the hype. If you aren’t sure whether you can handle a bigger bike just get a small fun one and sell it when the time is right for YOU.
- Cheaping out on gear. I promise you a $50 off-brand Ebay helmet is not safe to put on your head. Do some research on brands and fitment and then try some on. One of the biggest mistakes I see beginners making with helmets is buying it a size too big. Your helmet should be as snug as you can stand! They break in quite a bit and if that helmet moves around on your head when you crash, it won’t protect you.
- Paperwork mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I see titles that are signed in the wrong place or a bill of sale that needs a notarization. Pay very close attention to your paperwork or you will have a terrible time getting a title and registering your bike. The MVA is not kind with mistakes like this. It’s also very easy to miss a salvage brand on a title or a lien if you aren’t paying attention. Buying a used motorcycle can be a big headache if both you and the seller aren’t on top of the paperwork. Unfortunately, beginner riders can also be targeted by unscrupulous sellers who take advantage of this.
Next blog post will be 3 bad habits beginners make while actually on the road.