The first thing a new rider wants to do is get a motorcycle. We tell you how to choose it and give recommendations for good first bikes.
Some riders choose to learn how to take care of their own bike. Others do some maintenance and let the shop do the rest. Still others let the shop do everything. We have provided some maintenance tips in our Resources FAQ. New tips will be provided from time-to-time. The Motorcycles Newsletter will keep you apprised of updates.
We provide some articles and other resources to assist you. The motorcycle magazines do a good job of testing most new motorcycle models. We give you an index to find these articles and certain online tests as well. We also have a User Reviews feature that allows our users to evaluate their own bikes so you can get their input.
You can use our User Reviews feature. These reviews of motorcycles are submitted by our own Motorcycle Views site and forum users. You can also use our forums to seek advice on motorcycles and other motorcycle-related products.
Depending on the size of a bike, packing for a trip is basically an exercise in living simply. You must take only what you’ll need and then find a place to put it. A packing list is necessary.
Keep your motorcycle in gear. Watch the rearview mirror for that idiot who keeps hitting motorcycles that are waiting at red lights.
When it rains, slow down a bit. Be aware that the first rains in the season will cause all the accumulate oil and spooge to float up to the surface and make the roads really slick for the first hour or three.
Keep practicing your panic stops. Be aware that since there is less traction, your rear wheel will even more readily lock up, so be gentle with it until you get a feel for its traction in the wet.
In many places, it gets too cold or snowy to regularly ride during the winter, so you have to lay the bike up for storage. Check your bike’s user manual for how to do this.
You should change it every 3 months.