Advice to a New Rider: Have Fun, Try Not to Die

It’s not great advice, but it is a good goal. Have fun, try not to die.

Having fun is pretty easy, we are riding motorcycles after all, and they are AWESOME! You don’t even need to be dumb on them and they are fun.

It is that trying not to die that way too many people struggle with.

This means being smart, wearing protective gear, taking things slow, and not riding like an idiot. Lately, it’s been hard to get new riders that aren’t my brother to listen to this very basic advice. Especially the part about wearing gear. He and I both work with young men who have just started riding. Both have yet to get real protective gear.

There is only so much nagging you can do, but I haven’t given up yet. If anyone has some specific ideas on how to get them to wear gear post it up in the comments.

My Brother wears all this, but then again the apples did not fall far from the tree.

My Brother wears all this, but then again the apples did not fall far from the tree.

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Advice to a New Rider: Have Fun, Try Not to Die

  1. Wearing Protective Clothing is Mission Critical. One does not go running without sneakers, so why ride with a Helmet.

  2. motoventures says:

    That’s what I look like EVERY time I ride, no matter how far or for how long. As for your co-workers….ask them if they like their skin. Or their tattoos on their skin.

    If the answer is yes, then tell them it won’t look like that after their trip to the ER.

    If the answer is no…walk away quickly. There are bigger issues there!

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