Motorcycle Practice Drills
You may not have the license yet in order to take out your new motorcycle and ride it around or you may have it but you are not confident in your skills just yet. You cannot help but think about the feeling of the wind against your clothes as you ride fast. You are excited about the prospect of feeling adrenaline rush that you will feel when you start riding for real.
As of now, you still have to do a lot of motorcycle practice drills so that before you acquire your license, you are already skilled enough to handle some of the possible problems that you may encounter on the road. A lot of new riders practice their skills in the parking lot because there is a lot of space and not too much cars. Here are some drills that can be done:
You may not realize it but turning with the use of the motorcycle is one of the reasons why people lose control. For example, there are some people who miscalculate the turns that they have to do so they end up on the pavement or on the road with their motorcycle beside them because they fell off accidentally. You do not want this to happen to you so practice turning left and right until you know that you have control of your motorcycle.
2. Quick Stops
Stopping is already normal when you are driving any type of vehicle but you have to do some quick stops for emergency moments. The thing about driving is that you will never know what you will find on the road. There will be moments when you have to learn the feel of making quick stops so it will not overwhelm you when you have to do it.
3. Quick Swerves
This is also the same with quick stops. You have to do this drill while you are practicing so that if the time comes that you have to use it in real life, you will be prepared. There are a lot of things that can happen while you are on the road and you need to know exactly what to do.
4. Balancing the Motorcycle
You may not realize why you need to balance the motorcycle but just imagine a scenario wherein your motorcycle will suddenly stall in the middle of the road or will not turn on no matter what you do. You need to know how you can balance it so that you can use your feet to go on the emergency side of the street. This will allow you not to let the bike fall when it suddenly decides to just stop.
5. Clean Driving
There is such drill that exists wherein you have to practice how to drive your motorcycle cleanly. You may have seen a lot of instances wherein motorcycle drivers would have to drive at their top speed all the time in order to get to their destination. Do you honestly think that it will be ideal to do in real life? The answer is no. You need to know how you can take off cleanly after you have started your motorcycle. You need to do breaks well and not quick breaks all the time. If you are using a manual motorcycle, there is a need for you to do shifting well.
6. Figure 8
In order to be sure that you have truly mastered controlling your bike, you can start doing slow figure 8s. While you may be tempted to do fast ones, you will know more how much you are able to balance your bike if you could do it slowly. You may do this drill several times before you can proceed to the next drill.
Aside from all the drills mentioned above, there is one habit that you need to have before you start riding your motorcycle for real. You have to check your motorcycle thoroughly before using it. You may think that there is no need to do this because your motorcycle is new but you will never know.
Here are some things to look for:
- There may be some loose parts that you need to tighten first like the bolts.
- The tires may not have enough air on them which means that if you use them, they may hinder you from driving well.
- The fluid levels may be going down fast and this signifies that there may be a hole in one of your valves. Aside from this, you may not have enough fuel to get to your destination. Perhaps you have practiced so hard that you have forgotten that fuel will not last forever. Refuel first before you travel long distances.
- Honk your horn to see if it works. Your horn will be your signal to other drivers and pedestrians so it should work.
- Check your turn signals. This will be the basis of other drivers to see where you are going to go and what their next move is going to be. Make sure that it works properly.
Once you practice all of the drills and you have good riding habits, you will be ready to take your motorcycle out not only to show off your skills but to use it to your advantage.