So you’re considering riding a motorcycle, but wondering if you’re even capable of riding one with no experience at all. You have no friends or family who are into bikes so you’re all on your own for this one. Sound familiar…

It was the exact same situation I was in, but I was able to figure it out. I wasn’t known to be that bike guy, or that car guy. I thought Motorbikes were pretty awesome and wanted to ride one, same as you I guess. Now once I was able to pick up one it was about learning to ride one. Like everything it’s practice, practice practice. On my second day I accidentally crashed it and had to replace the left rearset next to my back break.

Crashing my bike on the second day was pretty demoralizing, but I still managed. If you can ride a push bike you can ride a motorcycle. There were a few things that made it easier for me to learn from scratch without any help. The first was starting on a small bike, the classic learner bike which was a Ninja 250.

Actually staying on the bike is very easy. The two most difficult things for a learner will be turning and gear changes. With time it becomes second nature but in the beginning you will have to really concentrate with these things. For my first week, I would only ride my bike at 9pm at night and later. It meant I had the roads to myself and no one to disturb me. I went around the same block hundreds of times just getting a feel for the bike. 

For gear changes or working the clutch. What I found to be the  best way is to simply find a long stretch of flat empty road and stop and start. Simple repetition is the key to becoming a good rider. Ride two or three metres and stop, then drive two or three metres and stop.  keep practicing that clutch and brakes. In no time it will be second nature, then the harder part is practicing turns.

When it came to turns I would start slowly on large turns that were nice and easy, I would do them back and forth until it got super repetitive and boring. I would find a more difficult turn and increase my speed. Rinse and repeat. I would get bored of a certain turn and find a new one. I soon would be looking for more difficult turns to practice on. 

how long to learn to ride a motorcycle

For me after two weeks of riding for about two hours each day I was beginning to feel pretty confident. Once you gain some confidence on a bike it’s an absolute breeze and that’s when the fun really begins. While I was feeling some confidence after just two week.s I would say I became a pretty good rider at about the six to nine month mark.

So to actually learn is a quick process, but becoming a damn good rider will take a lot longer.

So for any would be riders, I would say that learning to ride is pretty easy in hindsight. If it’s your first time it absolutely will be daunting and I’m sure you will definitely feel some doubt in the beginning. Especially after your first ride when you’ve got no idea what you’re doing it’s a very daunting experience. Keep at it and soon enough you’ll be tearing up the roads.

What can I do before I start practicing on a bike

I believe even before you’ve ridden a bike, there is some basic theory that can help when you begin. When I began I had no idea about the clutch, gears, how the engine worked, torque. Absolutely nothing. I also had no idea which part did what. I have no idea how I passed the training course as it was my first time on a bike. 

Knowing how the gears work. Why do you use the clutch? When and how to use the breaks, and learning about counterbalancing when you turn. These are not necessities to know beforehand, but will definitely help when you’re starting out. Knowing why you squeeze this handle and let go of the other, knowing the reasons behind each action surprisingly does help when you’re starting out.

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