The Basics of Riding a Motorcycle
The term motorcycle is used around the world to refer to two-wheeled motor vehicles. Generally, a motorcycle is powered by an internal combustion engine and uses the rider’s body to steer and control the vehicle. In most countries, a special driver’s licence is required to operate a motorcycle.
Many people use motorcycles as a means of transportation, especially in poor countries. They are cheaper than cars at purchase time and much less expensive to run. They also take up a fraction of the space that a car does when parked.
In addition, a motorcycle is a good way to experience the thrill and exhilaration of the open road. There are many different types of motorcycles: from a basic bicycle with an added sidecar to the most exotic sports and racing bikes, there is something for everyone.
For those who have never owned or ridden a motorcycle before, it is important to familiarize yourself with the controls and safety precautions prior to riding in traffic. It is important to practice on a closed course or in a safe area to get accustomed to the feel of the bike and to learn how it responds to various driving conditions and hazards.
It is also important to remember that motorcycles are not as visible as cars to other drivers, so it is essential to wear brightly colored clothing and use reflective materials on the bike to increase visibility. It is also important to be completely sober when riding a motorcycle; alcohol and certain drugs (even some prescribed medications) impair judgment, coordination, balance, throttle control, and the ability to shift gears.