Before you hop on a bike and take to the open road, it would benefit you and the drivers around you to take a beginner’s motorcycle class first. Even if you’ve been riding on and off for years, you’ll likely learn something that could save your life in a crisis.
As lawyers experienced in motorcycle accidents and injury cases, and as bikers ourselves, we at Law Tigers take safety very seriously. We’ll give you the rundown of what you can expect from a beginner’s motorcycle class.
What Does It Teach You?
A beginner’s motorcycle course will typically be a combination of online, classroom, and hands-on learning.
You’ll learn the basics of riding a motorcycle, like turning it on, using the clutch and brakes, and sitting on the bike. In the classroom and online, you’ll get all the info you need about safety measures, rules of the road, and some courses go so far as to teach you the engineering behind motorcycles.
The course will give you a deep understanding of how to ride a motorcycle safely, and you should come out of it with a level of confidence you would never get without it.
What Gear Do You Need?
All hands-on motorcycle classes will require you to wear the proper gear while riding, even if you’re going five miles per hour in the parking lot. It doesn’t take much to get hurt if a few hundred pounds of steel lands on top of you.
● Helmet. Protecting your head is incredibly important, as brain injuries can severely impact your life or even be fatal. Never use a damaged helmet, and ensure that the one you choose is DOT-certified.
● Gloves. A pair of full-finger riding gloves are necessary to protect your hands in an accident.
● Pants. While most classes will allow jeans, these pants may not be sturdy enough to keep your legs from getting scraped if you fall. There are riding pants available for better protection.
● Jacket. The instructors will not allow you to ride without sleeves during the course. The safest pick is a thick leather riding jacket with padded elbows and shoulders.
● Boots. Flip-flops, sneakers, and sandals are not safe to wear while riding a motorcycle. You should find a sturdy pair of boots that cover your ankles.
Is It Worth It?
Most courses cost a good chunk of change to take, and you might be wondering if it’s worth the price. The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. Taking a beginner’s motorcycle class can even save you money in the long run.
● Some insurance companies will give you a discount for taking approved motorcycle classes.
● Big motorcycle brands like Harley-Davidson and Honda will sometimes offer discounts or incentives for taking training classes.
You’ll be going to school to learn about riding a motorcycle, which means you’ll be on the path to becoming an expert.
● You will learn skills that will make you a better rider.
● A training class will give you knowledge you won’t find elsewhere.
● You’ll benefit from an instructor who can tell you what you’re doing wrong.
● Knowing the right way to ride can and will save your life.
You’ll be learning about motorcycle safety and expertise, but you’re also going to be surrounded by people with similar interests as you!
● You’ll make friends with all the other beginners learning beside you.
● You can network with the instructors and staff.
At The Law Tigers, We Assist Bikers Across America
Accidents happen to even the most knowledgeable riders. If you’ve been in an accident that resulted in injury or loss of property, you might be eligible to claim damages. Contact our experienced Law Tigers motorcycle attorneys at 1-888-863-7216 for a free case evaluation with a lawyer near you.