7 Tips for Riding a Harley-Davidson

iStock_000008965875SmallRiding 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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4 thoughts on “7 Tips for Riding a Harley-Davidson”

  1. I appreciate the tips on riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle, it was very helpful. I had no idea that you would have to do more rear braking with a Harley as opposed to any other motorcycle, I would have figured it was still mostly front braking. My brother is getting a Harley and he needs some tips on riding, I will be sure to share this article with him.

    1. Thanks for the comment Ben! Front braking can be tricky, the key to it is to make sure your front wheel doesn’t lock up. We’re also glad to hear that your brother is hopping on a hog. Harleys are a special bike! Keep coming around and you’ll see many more motorcycling tips that will help your brother on his new motorcycling adventure.

  2. Thank you for these tips! I didn’t know that the front brake on Harley’s aren’t all that great for sudden stops. When I invest in a Harley Davidson Motorcycle I will try and see the difference, but probably will only use the rear brakes. I agree with number two! Don’t drink and drive people!!

    1. The most important thing for riders to remember when stopping suddenly is to always utilize both the front and rear brake, while downshifting and keeping the clutch lever squeezed all at the same time. It is important to develop the habit of using both brakes, so one can use them properly if a quick stop is needed. The front brake provides 70 percent or more of the stopping power because forward weight shift pushes the front tire down onto the road surface, giving it more grip than the rear tire. Find a parking lot and practice at low speeds until you get the hang of it, then you’ll be able to stop that Harley on a dime. Thanks for the Comment Alice!

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