You’ve already pulled the trigger on a beginner motorcycle, found the best roads and even taken a few road trips. The confidence level is improving, and the bike feels like an extension of yourself. But when is the right time to move from beginner to intermediate riding? Stick around to find out.
Your First Bike is Not So Exciting Anymore
Most motorcycle experts will advise beginners to go for a 250cc bike or less – and they are right. These bikes usually come with straightforward technology, making DIY maintenance a possibility. But there are times when the 250cc bike doesn’t cut anymore. It might start to feel slow, unsophisticated and less capable on the track. That’s when you start looking at bigger motorcycles.
You Put Only One Foot Down
The easiest way to spot a beginner rider is how they support the bike at a red light. If both feet are down, you’re probably looking at a new rider. Experienced people use the left foot to support the bike and keep the right foot on the pedal. They also keep the motorcycle in gear, holding down the clutch with two fingers. To learn this, you can find an empty parking lot to practice the one foot-stand until it becomes natural.
You Can Ride Slow, No Problem
Riding slow can be challenging even for some experienced riders. The idea is to know where your bike balances at and the best gear to use. The revs should be quieter, and the bike should not jerk forward when gently pushing the throttle. To learn this, find an empty parking lot and practice riding slow.
It can be challenging for people with bigger bikes, owing to the motorcycle’s power and weight. Still, this is one of the best ways to learn how your bike responds to user input.