Riding a motorcycle is probably one of the most liberating experiences of your life. And if you chose to make a Harley-Davidson a part of your riding experience, then you’ve started quite the adventure. However, there are some things you need to know about riding a Harley…
7 Harley-Davidson Riding Tips
- Lifestyle—One of the main advantages of riding a Harley is the community. Check out online forums, and check out your local Harley enthusiasts club. You’re bound to meet some of the most interesting folks.
- Don’t Drink and Ride—This should go without saying, but here’s a reminder. Motorcycles require more skill to operate than a car, so a beer or two actually has a higher potential to mess you up. Only ride sober.
- Lay Off the Front Brake—Sport bike riders will use their front brake as if their life depends on it, and it often does. However, a Harley’s stance doesn’t agree with heavy front braking. Rely on your rear brake a bit more when riding a Harley to prevent tipping over.
- Sand Trap—Gravel and sand are a motorcyclist’s worst nightmare, and just because a Harley is more stable doesn’t mean Harley riders can ignore these hazards. Keep an eye out for sand and gravel, avoid these patches if you can. If you can’t avoid them, ride through them smoothly and stay as perpendicular to the ground as you can.
- Learn Your Bike—Every motorcycle has its own personality. Learn your bike’s quirks so they don’t sneak up on you out on the open road.
- Learn to Wrench—Motorcycles can have mechanical problems, and they can happen anywhere. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road if something goes wrong. That’s why you need to learn how to do a few basic fixes on your bike, in case a mechanic isn’t quite in reach.
- Enjoy the Ride—Riding smooth is considered the best was to keep both tires on pavement. So relax and take everything one mile at a time.
This has been a reminder from the Metier Law Firm—we are the attorneys that ride!