New bikers often make these mistakes

You've been riding a motorcycle for years. You typically ride with the same group, but it's been growing. A lot of brand new riders are joining. You may want to be wary of some of the mistakes these riders tend to make.

First off, they'll often think they need to buy the biggest bike they can. There's a stigma about smaller bikes, and they'll want to impress other riders. However, the larger bike may be too big and powerful for them to handle.

New riders also may not understand their own lack of skill. They won't want to practice or take safety courses. They won't want to ride in easier areas, but will head straight to difficult roads or city riding. They'll put themselves in situations where they are simply more likely to crash than those with years of experience.

Furthermore, new riders may neglect their bikes. They don't want to check the tire pressure and make sure the bike is ready before every ride. They just want to get on the road. This can lead to accidents that could very easily have been avoided.

Finally, new riders may forget that a motorcycle is not a car. Stopping distances are different. Acceleration is different. The bikes are smaller and harder for other drivers to see. The list goes on. It can take time for them to really get comfortable on a motorcycle and ride properly.

So, if these new riders cause an accident while you're all out riding, you could be caught up in it and injured. When facing high medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses, you may be able to seek out financial compensation.

Source: Ride Apart, "Mistakes New Riders First Six Months," accessed April 19, 2017

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