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According to The Motorcycle Safety Foundation
QUICK TIPS: Should You Ride A Motorcycle?
Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience. Riding is fun and invigorating, yet the skills
needed for safe riding, combined with the lack of car-like crash protection on a
motorcycle, can cast doubts on whether a person should choose to ride a motorcycle.
Some potential riders lack the ability to execute skilled and timely actions in a complex
traffic environment; others lack keen judgment or don’t have a firm grasp of the concept
of risk management.
MSF believes that motorcycling isn’t for everyone. If you’re considering becoming a
rider, however, here are some questions for you to use as a self-assessment of the
physical capabilities and mental attitude required to safely navigate a motorcycle on the
1. Are you a higher risk-taker than others you know? If you tend to need a thrill while
driving a car and have aggressive or risky tendencies (following too closely,
turning without signaling, talking on a cell phone, getting angry at other drivers,
etc.), motorcycling may not be for you. While motorcycling improves the overall
quality of life for many, for some it can lead to disaster. Thinking that accidents
only happen to others is an attitude that will get you in trouble.
2. Can you ride a bicycle? This is a prerequisite for enrolling in our Basic
RiderCourse and generally a good gauge of your ability to maneuver a motorcycle.
Bicycling, like motorcycling, is a physical activity that involves balance and
coordination. And speaking of coordination …
3. Can you drive a stick-shift car? This is not a requirement, but it may make
learning to ride easier because almost all motorcycles have manual transmissions.
If you can’t get the hang of shifting gears but still want to enjoy a powered twowheeler, you might want to start out on a motor scooter. Motor scooters generally have automatic transmissions and come in many sizes, from simpler models with an engine size of 50 cubic centimeters (cc) to powerful 650cc models.
4. Do you see well? Riding a motorcycle requires special perceptual skills that rely
on good vision. Have you had an eye examination recently? Do you tend to see
things that are far away later than other people you know? The ability to see well
ahead is important for safe riding. 5. Are you mechanically inclined? Today’s motorcycles are very reliable machines,
but with all the bolts, nuts, and mechanisms out in the open, and only two tires
connecting you to the pavement, you need to be able to inspect your equipment
and make the occasional minor adjustment. You don’t need to be a master
mechanic, but it helps to know your way around a tire pressure gauge and a
wrench. Most everything a rider needs to know is in the motorcycle owner’s
manual, and if you’ve never read your car owner’s manual, that could be a sign
that motorcycling is not for you.
6. Are you safety-minded? If you routinely find yourself bandaged up after doing
simple do-it-yourself projects around the house, or think it’s acceptable to operate
a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, the unique challenges of motorcycle
riding may not be compatible with your decision-making. Riders can control their
situation only if safety is a high priority. Millions of motorcyclists ride millions of
miles without incident, and they likely take safety seriously.
7. Do you respect machinery and other equipment that has risk? For example, when
using a lawn mower or chainsaw, do you maintain it properly and wear
eye/ear/hand protection when needed? If you’re not serious about safety in
connection with simple machinery and equipment whose improper use can lead to
serious injury, you may not respect motorcycling enough to follow safety
precautions. Successful riders know that safety isn’t a matter of luck, but a matter
of doing the right things to minimize risk.
8. Can you focus? Inattention is a major cause of crashes. Safe motorcycling
requires dedicated attention to the immediate task and a keen awareness of
everything going on 360 degrees around you. Rush-hour traffic aboard a
motorcycle is not the place to be daydreaming. For instance, if you find yourself
overusing your brakes because you were caught off-guard, or are often surprised
by a passing car or truck you didn’t see, your situational awareness could be less
9. Can you handle your car in an emergency? Drivers don’t often have the need to
brake hard or swerve to miss a crash, but it’s important to have the skills to be able
to do so when needed. On a motorcycle, having these types of skills is essential
because other highway users tend not to see motorcyclists in traffic, especially
10. Are you willing to invest some time in learning to ride the right way before hopping
on a bike? Your best “first ride” is a Basic RiderCourse where you can familiarize
yourself with the safe operation of a motorcycle. You can even take the course as
an experiment, to help you better understand the dynamics of good riding and to
determine if motorcycling is right for you.