5 MORE Common Beginner Motorcycle Mistakes!

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5 MORE Common Beginner Motorcycle Mistakes:
1. Buying Too Much Motorcycle
Smaller is better to train on. More forgiving. Depending on how fast you learn, starting on a big bike isn’t a bad thing.
2. Not Doing A Pre-Ride Safety Check
Check Tire Pressure
Check Fluids
Check Belt/Chain
Check Tags and Lights
Check Damaged Wires/Hoses
3. Ego
Thinking you’re ready for Rush Hour etc.
4. Not Keeping a Clear Mental Picture of Traffic
Is that car to your right slowly encroaching into your lane? Does that parked car have somebody about to swing the door open? Is the person behind you aware that you’re slowing down for red light?
5. Not Assuming You’re Invisible
Cars can’t see you. It’s as simple as that.

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  1. Got my first bike 2018 Street Bob last week and was merging into 70mph highway traffic the first day. It's a lot like driving a car, get up to speed put on your turn signal and merge. Be prepared for the worst and expect for people to run every red light, blow every stop sign, and creep into your lane. Be hyper-aware and pretend every car is trying to kill you.

  2. When at a stop I'm always in first gear and watching the mirror. When I see someone coming up I flash my brake light a couple of times. But I'm still ready to move out of the way if they're not stopping.

  3. Thanks bro. I've been riding for decades, but a reminding refresher is always good… plus, my wife is beginning and I'd be foolish to think that I know it all… every bit helps!

  4. ~I have finally saved up enough for my first bike..I have been able to ride my friends bikes in the past…. but now it will be riding A LOT…so it has been great watching all your videos … i will take every tip as a life saving tip..(because my life could very well be saved by one..) so THANK YOU DAN..

  5. But by sticking to your side, you're inviting an overtake, that's very bad advice! You should always stay central in your lane to command a dominant position and check your mirrors. A car will still smash you if you go wide. To not be smashed how you advised, you need to literally get out of the lane. If you learned under a UK instructor you'd know all this and would be given a severe roasting for continuously inviting an overtake!

  6. Thnx for the video Dan, Iam from de Netherlands, and i almost have my licence, i watch you’re video’s to improve my knowledge of riding a motorcycle, keep up the good work😄💪🏾

  7. Great beginner rider TIP.

    I went 9 years without riding a motorcycle, when I started riding again I was rather nervous and felt like a new rider. I found that the best was to ride my motorcycle and still stay at speeds I was comfortable with at the time, was to use Google maps as navigation on my phone but to select a bicycle as my mode of transportation. This allowed me to find routes to my destination but the app selected roads that had lower speed limits and in turn they often had little to no traffic. Now that I am comfortable with my skills again I use my navigation as I would normally. It's a great idea for new riders.

  8. Not so sure about the traffic comment. The fact is a parking lot will never ever fully prepare a rider for traffic. Once you feel confident with emergency braking, shifting, staying in your lane on curves via counter steering, and swerving, I’d recommend getting into traffic while staying out of blind spots. Most of what makes riding traffic difficult is anticipating other drivers mistake and maintaining/adjusting lane position as required. That’s to say it’s more a mental skill than a physical skill. Being in a parking lot or single lane country road doesn’t really develop that mental skill.

  9. Just started riding and your videos are really helping me think! Got a YBR125 and definitely going to take my own time like you say! No rush 🙂

  10. Hey buddy, as a bus driver in the UK it's crazy what we can NOT see due to the pillars and blind spots we have. If any motorcyclists takes 1 thing from this video is that you ARE invisible. The pillars on a bus can hide a pick up truck!! Great video and keep up the good work

  11. I used to ride a dirt bike when I was small and now I am 19 weighting at 125 i got a Suzuki gsxr 600r as my first bike i haven't taken the safety course but I am and I ride down the block and its feels really good honestly

  12. I've heard a lot of opinions about starting bikes. I figured the weight of the bike matters a lot, don't start on a too heavy bike (like in pounds and kilo's), but the amount of cc doesn't really matter, It's not about size in power, it's about how you use it. Giggety… You need to drive to your abilities, not to the bikes abilities. I've got a Suzuki GSX 1200 with 1100 cc which is my first bike. But it doesn't mean you have to use this power right from the start.

    Another handy tip: Make sure you have two rear view mirrors instead of one… (I'm looking at you Dan) Of course it's not as likely cars will pass you on the right side but you cannot throw anything on good luck when you're on a motorcycle. Where I live it's actually illegal to only have one rear view mirror.

    Pre ride check is a good one but I don't think it's really neccessary to do this literally everytime at the start of a ride. I figure it would be good if you do it at least once a week.

    Ego, couldn't agree more. Same with mental awareness and pretending to be invisible.
    Anyway, good video, you help beginner riders (like myself) become a better rider.

  13. im a newbie i never rode or riding a motorcycle before ..im gonna do my riding classes next month …and dude this vids are so helpful ….keep them coming …..and a people like me with no experience at all …should def start with a 250 !!!! keep them coming dan

  14. I'm 154 pounds 5.7 feet and just bought an 18 yamaha mt09(fz09), do not have driver license yet, and will only drive with a passenger for my first 20-30 hours on bike in a big city with allot of traffic (because we have to in my country) feel i have missed a few of your points… at least i have bought full gear 🙂


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